1995–96 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
1995–96 season
Chairman Jonathan Hayward
Manager Graham Taylor
(until 13 November)
Mark McGhee
(from 13 December)
First Division 20th
FA Cup 4th round
League Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Don Goodman (16)
All: Don Goodman (20)
Highest home attendance 28,088 (vs Birmingham, 17 January 1996)
Lowest home attendance 20,381 (vs Fulham,
20 September 1995)
Average home league attendance 22,658 (league only)

The 1995–96 season was the 97th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

Although the season began with Graham Taylor as manager, he resigned sixteen games into their league campaign under fan pressure due to the team's poor results.[1] Despite being tipped by many to be one of the promotion favourites[2] - following on from having reached the play-offs in the previous season - the side sat in 18th place at the time of Taylor's exit.[3]

After a period under caretaker manager Bobby Downes, Mark McGhee resigned from Leicester City to become Wolves' new manager in December.[4] Despite a slow upturn in results under McGhee that put the team within three points of a play-off place at the start of April, their form again collapsed and they took just four points from the final 24 available.[5]

The club eventually finished the season in 20th place, only confirming their safety from relegation in their final home game. This represented their lowest finish in the football pyramid since returning to the second level in 1989–90.[6]

Results[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in the Football League First Division in the 1995–96 season. Each team played every other team twice: once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. Teams finishing level on points were firstly divided by the number of goals scored rather than goal difference.

The provisional fixture list was released on 20 June 1995, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage or police concerns.

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
17 Grimsby Town 46 14 14 18 55 69 –14 56
18 Oldham Athletic 46 14 14 18 54 50 +4 56
19 Reading 46 13 17 16 54 63 –11 56
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 13 16 17 56 62 –6 55
21 Portsmouth 46 13 13 20 61 69 –8 52
22 Millwall 46 13 13 20 43 63 –20 52

Source: Statto.com

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 13 16 17 56 62 −6 55 8 9 6 34 28 +6 5 7 11 22 34 −12

Source: Statto.com

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result D D L W L W L L D D W L D W L D L L L D W L D D D W W D W L W W L D L W W W L L D D L D L D
Position 9 19 21 12 15 12 16 18 18 19 15 18 16 16 18 18 18 19 20 21 20 22 22 20 20 20 18 18 17 18 16 14 15 15 15 14 12 11 12 13 15 15 18 18 18 20

Source: Statto.com

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Key

      ‡ On loan from another club       * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of end of season. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.


Pos Name P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
GK England De Bont, AndyAndy De Bont 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK Wales Jones, PaulPaul Jones 8 0 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 0
GK England Stowell, MikeMike Stowell 38 0 4 0 4 0 46 0 0 0
DF Netherlands de Wolf, JohnJohn de Wolf 14(1) 1 0 0 1 0 15(1) 1 0 0
DF Wales Law, BrianBrian Law 5(2) 1 1 0 1(1) 0 7(3) 1 0 1
DF Northern Ireland Masters, NeilNeil Masters 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
DF England Pearce, DennisDennis Pearce 3(2) 0 1 0 1 0 5(2) 0 0 0
DF England Richards, DeanDean Richards 36(1) 1 2 0 5 0 43(1) 1 0 0
DF England Shirtliff, PeterPeter Shirtliff 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
DF England Smith, JamieJamie Smith 10(3) 0 0 0 1 0 11(3) 0 0 0
DF England Thompson, AndyAndy Thompson 45 6 4 0 6 0 55 6 0 0
DF England Venus, MarkMark Venus 19(3) 0 2 0 3 1 24(3) 1 0 0
DF Wales Young, EricEric Young 30 2 4 0 5 0 39 2 0 0
MF England Atkins, MarkMark Atkins 26(6) 3 4 0 5 2 35(6) 5 0 0
MF England Birch, PaulPaul Birch ¤ 5(2) 0 0 0 2(1) 0 7(3) 0 0 0
MF Australia Corica, SteveSteve Corica 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
MF England Cowans, GordonGordon Cowans 10(6) 0 0 0 2 0 12(6) 0 0 0
MF England Daley, TonyTony Daley 16(2) 3 0(1) 0 4 1 20(3) 4 0 0
MF Northern Ireland Dennison, RobbieRobbie Dennison ¤ 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0
MF England Emblen, NeilNeil Emblen 30(3) 2 3 0 1(1) 1 34(4) 3 0 0
MF Scotland Ferguson, DarrenDarren Ferguson 26(7) 1 3(1) 1 4 1 33(8) 3 0 0
MF England Flash, RichardRichard Flash 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF England Froggatt, SteveSteve Froggatt 13(5) 1 0 0 0 0 13(5) 1 0 0
MF England Osborn, SimonSimon Osborn 21 2 4 0 0 0 25 2 0 0
MF England Rankine, MarkMark Rankine 27(5) 0 3(1) 0 6 0 36(6) 0 0 1
MF Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF England Samways, VinnyVinny Samways 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
MF England Thomas, GeoffGeoff Thomas 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 1
MF England Wright, JermaineJermaine Wright 4(3) 0 0 0 1(1) 1 5(4) 1 0 0
FW England Bull, SteveSteve Bull 42(2) 15 4 2 4(1) 0 50(3) 17 0 1
FW Republic of Ireland Crowe, GlenGlen Crowe 1(1) 1 0 0 0 0 1(1) 1 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Foley, DominicDominic Foley 1(4) 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 1(6) 0 0 0
FW England Goodman, DonDon Goodman 43(1) 16 4 1 6 3 53(1) 20 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Kelly, DavidDavid Kelly 3(2) 0 0 0 0 0 3(2) 0 0 0
FW South Africa Williams, MarkMark Williams 5(7) 0 1 0 2(1) 1 8(8) 1 0 0

Source: Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record[7]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
30 May 1995 England Dean Richards Bradford City £1.85 million
13 September 1995 Wales Eric Young Crystal Palace Free
20 September 1995 South Africa Mark Williams RWD Molenbeek £300,000
21 September 1995 England Mark Atkins Blackburn Rovers £1 million
22 September 1995 England Richard Flash Manchester United Free
22 December 1995 England Simon Osborn Queens Park Rangers £1 million
16 February 1996 Australia Steve Corica Leicester City £1.1 million
16 February 1996 Australia Željko Kalac Leicester City £650,000

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
23 June 1995 Scotland Tom Bennett Stockport County £75,000
18 July 1995 England Paul Blades Rotherham United £110,000
25 August 1995 England Peter Shirtliff Barnsley £125,000
18 September 1995 Republic of Ireland David Kelly Sunderland £1 million
29 December 1995 England Gordon Cowans Sheffield United Free

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
21 December 1995 England Vinny Samways Everton 21 January 1996

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
5 October 1995 Northern Ireland Robbie Dennison Swansea City End of season
7 March 1996 England Paul Birch Preston North End End of season
28 March 1996 Wales Carl Robinson Shrewsbury Town End of season

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Graham Taylor (until 13 November), then Mark McGhee (from 13 December onward)
Assistant Manager Bobby Downes, then Colin Lee (from 13 December onward)
First Team Coach Mike Hickman
Youth Development Officer Chris Evans
Youth Team Coach Chris Turner
Club Doctors Dr Peter Ackroyd and Dr Peter Bekenn
Club Physio Barry Holmes

Kit[edit]

The season saw a new home shirt introduced featuring an embroidered crest and new collar design. The all-white away kit of the previous season was retained. Both were manufactured by Nutmeg Clothing and featured sponsor name of Goodyear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolves seek successor as Taylor resigns". The Independent. 14 November 1995. 
  2. ^ "Midland move to join the moneyed classes". The Independent. 12 August 1995. 
  3. ^ "Taylor falls through credibility gap". The Independent. 14 November 1995. 
  4. ^ "McGhee the new man at Molineux". The Independent. 14 December 1995. 
  5. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 1995-1996: Results". Statto. 
  6. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers: History 1975 to date". Statto. 
  7. ^ Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3.