1996–97 Bradford City A.F.C. season

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Bradford City
1996–97 season
Chairman England Geoffrey Richmond
Manager England Chris Kamara
Stadium Valley Parade
Football League First Division 21st
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Sundgot (6)
All: Sundgot/Waddle (6)
Highest home attendance 17,609 vs. Manchester City (1 March 1997)
Lowest home attendance 9,249 vs. Swindon Town (2 October 1996)
Average home league attendance 12,925

During the 1996–97 English football season, Bradford City A.F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Kamara used 42 players in 1996–97 when Bradford avoided relegation with a 3–0 victory in the final game against Queens Park Rangers.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Bolton Wanderers 46 28 14 4 100 53  +47 98
2. Barnsley 46 22 14 10 76 55  +21 80
3. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 68 51  +17 76
4. Ipswich Town 46 20 14 12 68 50  +18 74
5. Sheffield United 46 20 13 13 75 52  +23 73
6. Crystal Palace 46 19 14 13 78 48  +30 71
7. Portsmouth 46 20 8 18 59 53  +6 68
8. Port Vale 46 17 16 13 58 55  +3 67
9. Queens Park Rangers 46 18 12 16 64 60  +4 66
10. Birmingham City 46 17 15 14 52 48  +4 66
11. Tranmere Rovers 46 17 14 15 63 56  +7 65
12. Stoke City 46 18 10 18 51 57  -6 64
13. Norwich City 46 17 12 17 63 68  -5 63
14. Manchester City 46 17 10 19 59 60  -1 61
15. Charlton Athletic 46 16 11 19 52 66  -14 59
16. West Bromwich Albion 46 14 15 17 68 72  -4 57
17. Oxford United 46 16 9 21 64 68  -4 57
18. Reading 46 15 12 19 58 67  -9 57
19. Swindon Town 46 15 9 22 52 71  -19 54
20. Huddersfield Town 46 13 15 18 48 61  -13 54
21. Bradford City 46 12 12 22 47 72  -25 48
22. Grimsby Town 46 11 13 22 60 81  -21 46
23. Oldham Athletic 46 10 13 23 51 66  -15 43
24. Southend United 46 8 15 23 42 86  -44 39
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division Two

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Results[edit]

Bradford City's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Portsmouth H 3–1 10,007 Regtop (pen), Duxbury, Stallard
24 August 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 24,171
28 August 1996 Stoke City A 0–1 11,918
31 August 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 1–0 10,080 Duxbury
7 September 1996 Norwich City H 0–2 10,054
10 September 1996 Sheffield United A 0–3 12,591
14 September 1996 Oxford United A 0–2 6,334
21 September 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 2–4 12,034 Liburd, Sas
29 September 1996 Port Vale A 1–1 4,706 Jacobs
2 October 1996 Swindon Town H 2–1 9,249 Sas (pen), Shutt
5 October 1996 Southend United H 0–0 10,156
12 October 1996 Birmingham City A 0–3 25,157
16 October 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1 7,776
19 October 1996 Barnsley H 2–2 11,477 Waddle, Kiwomya
26 October 1996 West Bromwich Albion A 0–0 14,249
29 October 1996 Crystal Palace H 0–4 10,091
2 November 1996 Oldham Athletic H 0–3 10,855
8 November 1996 Huddersfield Town A 3–3 14,126 Waddle, Dreyer, Steiner
16 November 1996 Ipswich Town H 2–1 10,504 Sundgot (2)
23 November 1996 Charlton Athletic A 2–0 12,256 Steiner, Waddle
30 November 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 12,003 Sas
7 December 1996 Manchester City A 2–3 25,035 Steiner (2)
17 December 1996 Reading H 0–0 10,077
21 December 1996 Grimsby Town A 1–1 5,766 Duxbury
26 December 1996 Sheffield United H 1–2 17,475 Jacobs
28 December 1996 Norwich City A 0–2 13,473
1 January 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 1–2 16,192 Shutt
11 January 1997 Oxford United H 2–0 13,275 O'Brien, Shutt
18 January 1997 Swindon Town A 1–1 7,851 Jacobs
28 January 1997 Port Vale H 1–0 15,186 Watson
1 February 1997 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 17,373 Waddle
8 February 1997 Crystal Palace A 1–3 14,844 Waddle
22 February 1997 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 9,524 Sundgot, Edinho
1 March 1997 Manchester City H 1–3 17,609 Edinho (pen)
4 March 1997 Ipswich Town A 2–3 9,367 Sundgot (2)
8 March 1997 Grimsby Town H 3–4 15,219 Sundgot, Edinho, O'Brien
15 March 1997 Reading A 0–0 8,435
22 March 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–1 15,351 Edinho, Pepper
29 March 1997 Portsmouth A 1–3 12,340 Murray
31 March 1997 Stoke City H 1–0 13,579 Pepper
4 April 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 0–3 8,531
12 April 1997 Southend United A 1–1 6,697 Edinho
19 April 1997 Birmingham City H 0–2 15,123
26 April 1997 Barnsley A 0–2 18,605
1 May 1997 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 15,780 Pepper
4 May 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 3–0 14,723 Pepper (2), Wright

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1997 Wycombe Wanderers A 2–0 5,173 Dreyer (2)
R4 25 January 1997 Everton A 3–2 30,007 Dreyer, Waddle, Steiner
R5 16 February 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–1 17,830

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 August 1996 Sheffield United A 0–3 7,575
R1 Second Leg 3 September 1996 Sheffield United H 1–2 3,593 Stallard

First-team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Jonathan Gould
Northern Ireland GK Aidan Davison[2]
South Africa GK Paul Evans
Australia GK Mark Schwarzer
England DF David Brightwell
England DF John Dreyer
England DF Wayne Jacobs
England DF Richard Liburd
England DF Graham Mitchell
England DF Nicky Mohan
England DF Andy O'Brien
England DF Christian Sansam
England DF Chris Wilder
Netherlands DF Marco Sas
Portugal DF Raúl Oliveira (on loan from Farense)
England MF Robbie Blake
England MF Gordon Cowans
England MF Lee Duxbury
England MF Des Hamilton
No. Position Player
England MF Richard Huxford
England MF Shaun Murray
England MF Nigel Pepper
England MF Matthew Smithard
Portugal MF Sérgio Pinto
Australia MF George Kulcsar[3]
England FW Andy Kiwomya
England FW Craig Midgley
England FW Ian Ormondroyd
England FW Carl Shutt
England FW Mark Stallard
England FW Chris Waddle
England FW Gordon Watson
Scotland FW Tommy Wright
Netherlands FW Erik Regtop
Norway FW Ole Bjørn Sundgot
Sweden FW Robert Steiner
Finland FW Jari Vanhala
Brazil FW Edinho

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Eric Nixon (on loan from Tranmere Rovers)
England GK Ben Roberts (on loan from Middlesbrough)
Sweden MF Magnus Pehrsson (on loan from Djurgårdens IF)
No. Position Player
England FW Ian Moore (on loan from Tranmere Rovers)
England FW Mike Newell (on loan from Birmingham City)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bradford 1996/1997 player appearances". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  2. ^ Davis was born in Sedgefield, England.
  3. ^ Kulcsar was born in Budapest, Hungary.