1996–97 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County
1996–97 season
Chairman England Lionel Pickering
Manager England Jim Smith
Ground Baseball Ground
Premier League 12th
FA Cup Sixth round
Coca-Cola Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Sturridge (11)
All: Sturridge (14)
Highest home attendance 18,287 vs. Arsenal (11 May 1997)
Lowest home attendance 17,022 vs. Wimbledon (28 September 1996)
Average home league attendance 17,889
Home colours

The 1996–97 season was Derby County's first in the Premier League, following their promotion from the First Division the previous season. Derby performed well for a newly promoted club, finishing 12th in the 20-team division.[1] The highlight of the season was a 3–2 win against champions Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Paulo Wanchope scoring a "wonder goal" on his English league debut.[2][3][4]

Season summary[edit]

Back in the top flight after a five-year exile, Jim Smith's Derby County side never looked in any real danger of an immediate return to Division One, and their 12th place finish in the final table was their highest final position in eight years. Young striker Dean Sturridge received many plaudits for his goalscoring exploits, which sparked talk of a £7 million transfer to Middlesbrough, but the move never happened.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Manchester United 38 21 12 5 76 44 75
2. Newcastle United 38 19 11 8 73 40 68
3. Arsenal 38 19 11 8 62 32 68
4. Liverpool 38 19 11 8 62 37 68
5. Aston Villa 38 17 10 11 47 34 61
6. Chelsea 38 16 11 11 58 55 59
7. Sheffield Wednesday 38 14 15 9 50 51 57
8. Wimbledon 38 15 11 12 49 46 56
9. Leicester City 38 12 11 15 46 54 47
10. Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 7 18 44 51 46
11. Leeds United 38 11 13 14 28 38 46
12. Derby County 38 11 13 14 45 58 46
13. Blackburn Rovers 38 9 15 14 42 43 42
14. West Ham United 38 10 12 16 39 48 42
15. Everton 38 10 12 16 44 57 42
16. Southampton 38 10 11 17 50 56 41
17. Coventry City 38 9 14 15 38 54 41
18. Sunderland 38 10 10 18 35 53 40
19. Middlesbrough *** 38 10 12 16 51 60 39
20. Nottingham Forest 38 6 16 16 31 59 34

Note: Middlesbrough deducted 3 points for failing to fulfil a fixture.

Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division One

Results[edit]

Derby County's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Leeds United H 3-3 17,925 Sturridge (2), Paul Simpson
21 August 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-1 28,219 Dailly
24 August 1996 Aston Villa A 0-2 34,646
4 September 1996 Manchester United H 1-1 18,025 Laursen
9 September 1996 Blackburn Rovers A 2-1 19,214 Willems, Flynn
14 September 1996 Sunderland H 1-0 17,692 Asanović (pen)
21 September 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-0 23,487
28 September 1996 Wimbledon H 0-2 17,022
12 October 1996 Newcastle United H 0-1 18,092
19 October 1996 Nottingham Forest A 1-1 27,771 Dailly
27 October 1996 Liverpool A 1-2 39,515 Ward
2 November 1996 Leicester City H 2-0 18,010 Ward, Whitlow (own goal)
17 November 1996 Middlesbrough H 2-1 17,350 Asanović, Vickers (own goal)
23 November 1996 West Ham United A 1-1 24,576 Sturridge
30 November 1996 Coventry City H 2-1 18,042 Asanović (pen), Ward
7 December 1996 Arsenal A 2-2 38,018 Sturridge, Powell
16 December 1996 Everton H 0-1 17,252
21 December 1996 Southampton A 1-3 14,901 Dailly
26 December 1996 Sunderland A 0-2 22,512
28 December 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 0-0 17,847
11 January 1997 Wimbledon A 1-1 11,467 Willems
18 January 1997 Chelsea A 1-3 27,639 Asanović
29 January 1997 Leeds United A 0-0 27,523
1 February 1997 Liverpool H 0-1 18,102
15 February 1997 West Ham United H 1-0 18,057 Asanović (pen)
19 February 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-2 18,060 Sturridge, Štimac
22 February 1997 Leicester City A 2-4 20,323 Sturridge (2)
1 March 1997 Chelsea H 3-2 18,039 Minto (own goal), Asanović, Ward
5 March 1997 Middlesbrough A 1-6 29,739 Simpson
15 March 1997 Everton A 0-1 32,140
22 March 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 4-2 18,083 van der Laan, Trollope, Sturridge, Ward
5 April 1997 Manchester United A 3-2 55,243 Ward, Wanchope, Sturridge
9 April 1997 Southampton H 1-1 17,839 Ward
12 April 1997 Aston Villa H 2-1 18,071 Rowett, van der Laan
19 April 1997 Newcastle United A 1-3 36,550 Sturridge
23 April 1997 Nottingham Forest H 0-0 18,087
3 May 1997 Coventry City A 2-1 22,854 Burrows (own goal), Sturridge
11 May 1997 Arsenal H 1-3 18,287 Ward

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 21 January 1997 Gillingham A 2-0 9,508 Willems, van der Laan
R4 25 January 1997 Aston Villa H 3-1 17,977 van der Laan, Sturridge, Willems
R5 26 February 1997 Coventry City H 3-2 18,003 Ward, van der Laan, Sturridge
QF 8 March 1997 Middlesbrough H 0-2 17,567

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 17 September 1996 Luton Town A 0-1 4,459
R2 Second Leg 25 September 1996 Luton Town H 2-2 (lost 2-3 on agg) 13,569 Sturridge, Simpson

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Russell Hoult
2 England DF Gary Rowett
3 England DF Chris Powell
4 England MF Darryl Powell[6]
5 England DF Dean Yates
6 Croatia MF Igor Štimac (captain)
7 Netherlands MF Robbie van der Laan
8 England FW Dean Sturridge
9 England FW Marco Gabbiadini
10 Croatia MF Aljoša Asanović
11 Netherlands FW Ron Willems
12 England FW Ashley Ward
13 England GK Martin Taylor
14 England MF Paul Simpson
15 England MF Paul Trollope[7]
No. Position Player
16 Denmark DF Jacob Laursen
17 England DF Matt Carbon
18 Republic of Ireland MF Lee Carsley[8]
19 England MF Sean Flynn
20 England DF Darren Wassall
21 Estonia GK Mart Poom
22 Scotland DF Christian Dailly
23 Costa Rica DF Mauricio Solis
24 England MF Kevin Cooper
25 England DF Robert Kozluk
26 Costa Rica FW Paulo Wanchope
27 Republic of Ireland DF Paul McGrath[9]
28 England DF Wayne Sutton
29 England MF Nick Wright
30 England GK Andy Quy

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
21 England DF Jason Kavanagh (to Wycombe Wanderers)
21 Sweden DF Marino Rahmberg (on loan to Degerfors IF)
No. Position Player
23 England DF Paul Parker (to Sheffield United)

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final 1996/1997 English Premier Table". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Results/Fixtures". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Harris, Nick (6 December 1997). "Football: Wanchope's weird route to renaissance man". The Independent. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wanchope put on transfer list". Evening Standard. 29 January 2001. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1996-1997/faprem/derby.htm
  6. ^ Powell was born in Lambeth, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 1998.
  7. ^ Trollope was born in Swindon, England, but qualified to represent Wales internationally and would make his international debut for Wales in May 1997.
  8. ^ Carsley was born in Birmingham, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and made his international debut for Ireland in 1997.
  9. ^ McGrath was born in Ealing, England to an Irish mother and Nigerian father, but was raised in the Republic of Ireland and made his international debut for Ireland in 1985.