1996–97 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
1996–97 season
Chairman England Jack Walker
Manager England Ray Harford (until 25 October)
England Tony Parkes (from October)
Stadium Ewood Park
FA Premier League 13th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Chris Sutton (11)
All: Chris Sutton (12)
Average home league attendance 24,947

During the 1996–97 English football season, Blackburn Rovers F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

An early exit from the League Cup at the hands of Division Two side Stockport County was the final straw for manager Ray Harford, who stepped down on 25 October with Rovers also bottom of the Premiership with no wins from their opening 10 games. 18 months earlier, they had been league champions. Long-serving coach Tony Parkes was appointed caretaker, remaining in the post until the end of the season, when he handed over the reins to Roy Hodgson after Sampdoria's Sven-Göran Eriksson changed his mind about accepting the manager's job and joined Lazio instead. Parkes steered Blackburn to safety as they finished 13th.

The world record £15 million sale of striker Alan Shearer to Newcastle United was seen as the biggest factor in Blackburn's lowest top flight finish since they returned to the elite in 1992. However, his strike-partner Chris Sutton helped keep the club alive after recovering from a drastic loss of form triggered by a spate of injuries the previous season. The acquisition of Swedish striker Martin Dahlin at the end of the season enhanced Blackburn's attack and gave fans hope for a higher finish next time round.

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]

Blackburn Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-2 26,960
21 August 1996 Aston Villa A 0-1 32,457
25 August 1996 Manchester United A 2-2 54,178 Warhurst, Bohinen
4 September 1996 Leeds United H 0-1 23,226
9 September 1996 Derby County H 1-2 19,214 Sutton
14 September 1996 Newcastle United A 1-2 36,424 Sutton
21 September 1996 Everton H 1-1 27,091 Donis
28 September 1996 Coventry City A 0-0 17,032
12 October 1996 Arsenal H 0-2 24,303
19 October 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-1 22,191 Bohinen
26 October 1996 West Ham United A 1-2 23,947 Berg
3 November 1996 Liverpool H 3-0 29,598 Sutton (2, 1 pen), Wilcox
16 November 1996 Chelsea H 1-1 27,229 Gallacher
25 November 1996 Nottingham Forest A 2-2 17,525 Gallacher, Wilcox
30 November 1996 Southampton H 2-1 23,018 Sherwood, Sutton
7 December 1996 Leicester City A 1-1 19,306 Sutton
14 December 1996 Wimbledon A 0-1 13,246
26 December 1996 Newcastle United H 1-0 30,398 Gallacher
28 December 1996 Derby County A 0-0 17,847
1 January 1997 Everton A 2-0 30,427 Sherwood, Sutton
11 January 1997 Coventry City H 4-0 24,055 Sutton (2), Gallacher, Donis
18 January 1997 Sunderland A 0-0 20,850
29 January 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-2 22,943 Hendry
1 February 1997 West Ham United H 2-1 21,994 Gallacher, Sutton
22 February 1997 Liverpool A 0-0 40,747
1 March 1997 Sunderland H 1-0 24,208 Gallacher
5 March 1997 Chelsea A 1-1 25,784 Pedersen
11 March 1997 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 20,485 Gallacher
15 March 1997 Wimbledon H 3-1 23,333 Gallacher (3)
19 March 1997 Middlesbrough A 1-2 29,891 Sutton
22 March 1997 Aston Villa H 0-2 24,274
7 April 1997 Leeds United A 0-0 27,264
12 April 1997 Manchester United H 2-3 30,476 McKinlay, Warhurst
19 April 1997 Arsenal A 1-1 38,086 Flitcroft
22 April 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 4-1 20,845 Berg, Sherwood, Le Saux, Flitcroft
3 May 1997 Southampton A 0-2 15,247
8 May 1997 Middlesbrough H 0-0 27,411
11 May 1997 Leicester City H 2-4 25,881 Flitcroft, Fenton

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1997 Port Vale H 1-0 19,891 Bohinen
R4 15 February 1997 Coventry City H 1-2 21,123 Sherwood

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 17 September 1996 Brentford A 2-1 8,938 Flitcroft, Sutton
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Brentford H 2-0 (won 4-1 on agg) 9,599 Gallacher, Sherwood
R3 22 October 1996 Stockport County H 0-1 14,622

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 England GK Tim Flowers
2 Wales DF Chris Coleman
3 Republic of Ireland DF Jeff Kenna
4 England MF Tim Sherwood (captain)
5 Scotland DF Colin Hendry
6 England DF Graeme Le Saux
7 England MF Stuart Ripley
8 Scotland FW Kevin Gallacher
9 England FW Chris Sutton
10 Norway MF Lars Bohinen
11 England MF Jason Wilcox
12 England DF Nicky Marker
13 Republic of Ireland GK Shay Given
14 England MF Graham Fenton
15 England MF Matty Holmes
16 Denmark FW Per Pedersen
17 Scotland DF Billy McKinlay
No. Position Player
18 Sweden MF Niklas Gudmundsson
19 England DF Adam Reed
20 Norway DF Henning Berg
21 Greece MF Giorgos Donis
23 England MF Garry Flitcroft
24 England DF Paul Warhurst
25 England DF Ian Pearce
26 England DF Marlon Broomes
27 England DF Tony Whealing
28 England MF Wayne Gill
29 England DF Steve Hitchen
30 England FW James Beattie
32 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
33 Northern Ireland DF Damien Johnson
34 England DF Gary Croft
35 Wales FW James Thomas

Top scorers[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

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Out[edit]

References[edit]