1995–96 Wimbledon F.C. season

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Wimbledon
1995–96 season
Chairman Lebanon Sam Hammam
Manager Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear
Stadium Selhurst Park
Premiership 14th
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Second round
UEFA Intertoto Cup Group stage
Top goalscorer League: Earle (11)
All: Ekoku and Holdsworth (16)
Average home league attendance 13,246

During the 1995–96 English football season, Wimbledon F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons). It was their tenth successive season in the top flight of English football and although they finished 14th, lower than on any of the previous nine occasions, they finished high enough to maintain their top flight membership.

Season summary[edit]

With the Premiership's lowest crowds and transfer budget, Wimbledon had begun most of their top division seasons since promotion in 1986 as pre-season relegation favourites, but the "Crazy Gang" spirit kept Wimbledon going once again, although their 14th place finish was their lowest since joining the top flight 10 seasons earlier.

Dean Holdsworth and Efan Ekoku were once again a formidable strikerforce, while Vinnie Jones was as combative as ever and Oyvind Leonhardsen's performances attracted attention from several bigger clubs. Manager Joe Kinnear managed to hold on to all his key assets, as well as adding a few more, over the close season as he grew ever more determined to defy the odds once again.

It was the last season at Wimbledon for long-serving goalkeeper Hans Segers, who lost his place early in the season to Paul Heald and was transferred to Wolves soon afterwards. Within a few months however, Kinnear had decided on Neil Sullivan as his regular goalkeeper.

The season saw Wimbledon play in European competition for the first (and the only) time in their history, in the Intertoto Cup. However, as Selhurst Park was unavailable the club were forced to play the matches at Brighton & Hove Albion's Goldstone Ground. The lack of home support affected Wimbledon's performances, and they finished fourth in their group of five after a 4-0 "home" defeat to Turkish club Bursaspor, a 1-1 draw at Slovakian side Košice, a 0-0 draw with Israelis Beitar Jerusalem at "home" and a 3-0 away defeat at Belgian team Charleroi.

Kit[edit]

Core became Wimbledon's kit manufacturers for the season. Birmingham-based electronics company Elonex remained the kit sponsors.[1]

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]

Wimbledon's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 3-2 9,317 Ekoku, Earle, Holdsworth
23 August 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 3-0 11,837 Leonhardsen, Holdsworth, Goodman
26 August 1995 Manchester United A 1-3 32,226 Earle
30 August 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-2 6,352 Goodman, Holdsworth (pen)
9 September 1995 Liverpool H 1-0 19,530 Harford
16 September 1995 Aston Villa A 0-2 26,928
23 September 1995 Leeds United H 2-4 13,307 Holdsworth, Reeves
30 September 1995 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-3 25,321 Earle
16 October 1995 West Ham United H 0-1 9,411
21 October 1995 Newcastle United A 1-6 36,434 Gayle
28 October 1995 Southampton H 1-2 7,982 Euell
6 November 1995 Nottingham Forest A 1-4 20,810 Jones
18 November 1995 Middlesbrough H 0-0 13,780
22 November 1995 Manchester City A 0-1 23,617
25 November 1995 Coventry City A 3-3 12,523 Jones (pen), Goodman, Leonhardsen
3 December 1995 Newcastle United H 3-3 18,002 Holdsworth (2), Ekoku
9 December 1995 Leeds United A 1-1 27,984 Leonhardsen
16 December 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-1 16,193
23 December 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 1-1 7,105 Earle
26 December 1995 Chelsea A 2-1 21,906 Earle, Ekoku
30 December 1995 Arsenal A 3-1 37,640 Earle (2), Holdsworth
1 January 1996 Everton H 2-3 11,121 Holdsworth, Ekoku
13 January 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 0-1 16,216
20 January 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 9,123 Leonhardsen, Clarke
3 February 1996 Manchester United H 2-4 25,380 Gayle, Euell
10 February 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-2 19,085 Gayle
24 February 1996 Aston Villa H 3-3 12,193 Goodman (2), Harford
2 March 1996 Chelsea H 1-1 17,048 S. Clarke (own goal)
13 March 1996 Liverpool A 2-2 34,063 Ekoku, Holdsworth
16 March 1996 Arsenal H 0-3 18,335
23 March 1996 Everton A 4-2 31,382 Gayle, Castledine, Clarke, Goodman
30 March 1996 Nottingham Forest H 1-0 9,807 Holdsworth
6 April 1996 West Ham United A 1-1 20,402 Jones
8 April 1996 Manchester City H 3-0 11,844 Earle (2), Ekoku
13 April 1996 Middlesbrough A 2-1 29,192 Earle, Ekoku
17 April 1996 Blackburn Rovers A 2-3 24,174 Earle, Gayle
27 April 1996 Coventry City H 0-2 15,540
5 May 1996 Southampton A 0-0 15,172

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Watford A 1-1 11,187 Leonhardsen
R3R 17 January 1996 Watford H 1-0 5,142 Clarke
R4 7 February 1996 Middlesbrough A 0-0 28,915
R4R 13 February 1996 Middlesbrough H 1-0 5,520 Holdsworth
R5 17 February 1996 Huddersfield Town A 2-2 17,307 Ekoku (2)
R5R 28 February 1996 Huddersfield Town H 3-1 7,015 Ekoku, Goodman (2)
QF 9 March 1996 Chelsea A 2-2 30,805 Holdsworth, Earle
QFR 20 March 1996 Chelsea H 1-3 21,380 Goodman

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 19 September 1995 Charlton Athletic H 4-5 3,717 Holdsworth (2), Earle, Clarke
R2 Second Leg 3 October 1995 Charlton Athletic A 3-3 (lost 7-8 on agg) 9,823 Earle, Holdsworth (2, 1 pen)

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Hans Segers
2 Republic of Ireland DF Kenny Cunningham
3 England DF Alan Kimble
4 Wales MF Vinnie Jones[3]
5 England DF Dean Blackwell
6 Republic of Ireland DF Scott Fitzgerald[4]
7 Norway MF Øyvind Leonhardsen
8 England MF Robbie Earle[5]
9 Nigeria FW Efan Ekoku[6]
10 England FW Dean Holdsworth
11 England FW Marcus Gayle[7]
12 England DF Gary Elkins
13 England GK Paul Heald
14 England FW Jon Goodman[8]
15 England DF Alan Reeves
16 England DF Andy Thorn
17 Scotland DF Brian McAllister
18 England DF Neal Ardley
No. Position Player
19 England MF Stewart Castledine
20 England FW Mick Harford
21 England DF Chris Perry
22 England FW Andy Clarke
23 England GK Neil Sullivan[9]
24 England MF Peter Fear
25 England FW Gary Blissett
26 England MF Aidan Newhouse
27 England FW Grant Payne
28 England MF Steve Talboys
29 England DF Gerald Dobbs
30 England DF Roger Joseph
31 England MF Mark Thomas
32 England DF Justin Skinner
33 England GK Brendan Murphy
34 England MF Jason Euell[10]
35 England DF Andy Pearce

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
35 England GK Simon Tracey (on loan from Sheffield United)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Wimbledon/Wimbledon.htm
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/wimbledon/1995-1996
  3. ^ Jones was born in Watford, England, but qualified to represent Wales through his maternal grandfather; he made his international debut for Wales in 1994.
  4. ^ Fitzgerald was born in Westminster, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally; he made his debut for the "B" side during 1992.
  5. ^ Earle was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally. He made his international debut for Jamaica in 1997, having previously being called up for England once without playing.
  6. ^ Ekoku was born in Manchester, England, but qualified to represent Nigeria internationally and made his international debut for Nigeria in 1994.
  7. ^ Gayle was born in Hammersmith, London, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally; he made his international debut for Jamaica in 1998.
  8. ^ Goodman was born in Walthamstow, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and would make his debut for Ireland in 1997.
  9. ^ Sullivan was born in Sutton, England, but qualified to represent Scotland internationally and would make his debut for Scotland in 1997.
  10. ^ Euell was born in Lambeth, England, debuted for the England U21 side during the season, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 2004.