1995–96 West Ham United F.C. season

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West Ham United
1995–96 season
Chairman England Terry Brown
Manager England Harry Redknapp
Stadium Upton Park
Premier League 10th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Tony Cottee and Julian Dicks (10)
All: Tony Cottee (12)
Highest home attendance 24,324 (vs. Liverpool, 22 November)
Lowest home attendance 18,501 (vs. Southampton, 16 December)
Average home league attendance 22,340

During the 1995–96 English football season, West Ham United competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

West Ham progressed further following the previous season's 14th place finish (and last-minute scramble away from relegation danger) and climbed to 10th place in the final table – their best finish since they came third in 1986. They were never in any danger of going down, but they never looked like challenging for a UEFA Cup spot. Nor did they make much of an impact in the cup competitions, though striker Tony Cottee showed little sign of his advancing years, coming joint top scorer with penalty taking left-back Julian Dicks.

Manager Harry Redknapp spent heavily over the summer, mostly on foreign players, in hope of building a West Ham side capable of chasing European qualification and major trophies.

The season also brought the debut of two teenage players - defender Rio Ferdinand and midfielder Frank Lampard.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Manchester United 38 25 7 6 73 35 82
2. Newcastle United 38 24 6 8 66 37 78
3. Liverpool 38 20 11 7 70 34 71
4. Aston Villa 38 18 9 11 52 35 63
5. Arsenal 38 17 12 9 49 32 63
6. Everton 38 17 10 11 64 44 61
7. Blackburn Rovers 38 18 7 13 61 47 61
8. Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 13 9 50 38 61
9. Nottingham Forest 38 15 13 10 50 54 58
10. West Ham United 38 14 9 15 43 52 51
11. Chelsea 38 12 14 12 46 44 50
12. Middlesbrough 38 11 10 17 35 50 43
13. Leeds United 38 12 7 19 40 57 43
14. Wimbledon 38 10 11 17 55 70 41
15. Sheffield Wednesday 38 10 10 18 48 61 40
16. Coventry City 38 8 14 16 42 60 38
17. Southampton 38 9 11 18 34 52 38
18. Manchester City 38 9 11 18 33 58 38
19. Queens Park Rangers 38 9 6 23 38 57 33
20. Bolton Wanderers 38 8 5 25 39 71 29
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division One

Results[edit]

West Ham United's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Leeds United H 1–2 22,901 Williamson
23 August 1995 Manchester United A 1–2 31,966 Bruce (own goal)
26 August 1995 Nottingham Forest A 1–1 26,645 Allen
30 August 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 23,516 Hutchison
11 September 1995 Chelsea H 1–3 19,228 Hutchison
16 September 1995 Arsenal A 0–1 38,065
23 September 1995 Everton H 2–1 21,085 Dicks (2 pens)
2 October 1995 Southampton A 0–0 13,568
16 October 1995 Wimbledon A 1–0 9,411 Cottee
21 October 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 1–1 21,776 Dowie
28 October 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 23,917 Dowie
4 November 1995 Aston Villa H 1–4 23,637 Dicks (pen)
18 November 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 3–0 19,047 Bishop, Cottee, Williamson
22 November 1995 Liverpool H 0–0 24,324
25 November 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 1–0 21,504 Cottee
2 December 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 2–4 26,638 Dicks (pen), Slater
11 December 1995 Everton A 0–3 31,778
16 December 1995 Southampton H 2–1 18,501 Cottee, Dowie
23 December 1995 Middlesbrough A 2–4 28,640 Cottee, Dicks
1 January 1996 Manchester City A 1–2 26,024 Dowie
13 January 1996 Leeds United A 0–2 30,658
22 January 1996 Manchester United H 0–1 24,197
31 January 1996 Coventry City H 3–2 18,884 Cottee, Rieper, Dowie
3 February 1996 Nottingham Forest H 1–0 21,257 Slater
12 February 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 29,781 Dani
17 February 1996 Chelsea A 2–1 25,252 Dicks, Williamson
21 February 1996 Newcastle United H 2–0 23,843 Williamson, Cottee
24 February 1996 Arsenal H 0–1 24,217
2 March 1996 Coventry City A 2–2 17,459 Cottee, Rieper
9 March 1996 Middlesbrough H 2–0 23,850 Dowie, Dicks (pen)
18 March 1996 Newcastle United A 0–3 36,331
23 March 1996 Manchester City H 4–2 24,017 Dowie (2), Dicks, Dani
6 April 1996 Wimbledon H 1–1 20,402 Dicks
8 April 1996 Liverpool A 0–2 40,326
13 April 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 1–0 23,086 Cottee
17 April 1996 Aston Villa A 1–1 26,768 Cottee
27 April 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 0–3 18,828
5 May 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 23,790 Dicks

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Southend United H 2–0 23,284 Moncur, Hughes
R4 7 February 1996 Grimsby Town H 1–1 22,030 Dowie
R4R 14 February 1996 Grimsby Town A 0–3 8,382

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Bristol Rovers A 1–0 7,103 Moncur
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Bristol Rovers H 3–0 (won 4–0 on agg) 15,375 Dicks (pen), Bishop, Cottee
R3 25 October 1995 Southampton A 1–2 11,059 Cottee

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Luděk Mikloško
2 England DF Tim Breacker
3 England DF Julian Dicks
4 United States DF Steve Potts
5 England DF Alvin Martin
7 England MF Ian Bishop
8 Denmark DF Marc Rieper
9 England FW Tony Cottee
10 England MF John Moncur
11 Netherlands FW Marco Boogers
12 Northern Ireland DF Keith Rowland
14 Northern Ireland FW Iain Dowie[3]
15 England DF Kenny Brown
16 Portugal FW Dani (on loan from Sporting CP)
No. Position Player
17 Australia MF Stan Lazaridis
18 Romania MF Ilie Dumitrescu
19 Australia MF Robbie Slater
20 England MF Danny Williamson
21 England GK Peter Shilton
22 England DF Adrian Whitbread
23 England MF Dale Gordon
24 Northern Ireland MF Michael Hughes
26 England MF Frank Lampard
28 Croatia DF Slaven Bilić
29 England FW Mark Watson
30 England GK Les Sealey
31 England GK Neil Finn
32 England DF Rio Ferdinand

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 England MF Martin Allen (to Portsmouth)
14 England MF Matthew Rush (to Norwich City)
16 Scotland MF Don Hutchison (to Sheffield United)
18 England MF Simon Webster (retired)
21 United States GK Ian Feuer (to Luton Town)
No. Position Player
24 England MF Paul Mitchell (to Bournemouth)
25 Netherlands FW Jeroen Boere (to Crystal Palace)
25 United States MF John Harkes (on loan from Derby County)
27 England DF Chris Whyte (on loan from Birmingham City)

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[4]