1996–97 Charlton Athletic F.C. season

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Charlton Athletic
1996–97 season
Chairman Richard Murray
Manager Alan Curbishley
Stadium The Valley
Football League First Division 15th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Leaburn (8)
All: Leaburn/Whyte (9)
Highest home attendance 15,301 vs. Barnsley (15 February 1997)
Lowest home attendance 8,497 vs. Southend United (10 September 1996)
Average home league attendance 11,356

During the 1996–97 English football season, Charlton Athletic F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

After missing out on promotion to the Premier League the season before in the play-offs, Alan Curbishley was looking to steer Charlton to automatic promotion the following season but it turned out to be a disappointing season for the Addicks, finishing in 15th place.

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]

Charlton Athletic's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Huddersfield Town A 0–2 11,858
24 August 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 9,642 Leaburn
3 September 1996 Manchester City A 1–2 25,963 Newton
6 September 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 21,072
10 September 1996 Southend United H 2–0 8,497 Stuart, Mortimer
14 September 1996 Reading H 1–0 10,831 Leaburn
20 September 1996 Ipswich Town A 1–2 10,558 Allen
28 September 1996 Oldham Athletic H 1–0 12,178 Whyte
12 October 1996 Portsmouth A 0–2 6,641
15 October 1996 Sheffield United A 0–3 14,080
19 October 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 3–3 11,091 Whyte (2), Chapple
26 October 1996 Oxford United H 2–0 10,626 Kinsella, Leaburn
29 October 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 0–4 5,527
2 November 1996 Norwich City A 2–1 14,145 Allen, Kinsella
16 November 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 2–1 12,360 Poole, Allen
20 November 1996 Birmingham City H 2–1 8,574 Allen, O'Connell
23 November 1996 Bradford City H 0–2 12,256
26 November 1996 Grimsby Town H 1–3 14,412 Whyte
30 November 1996 Oxford United A 2–0 7,080 Barness, Whyte
4 December 1996 Stoke City A 0–1 7,456
7 December 1996 Swindon Town H 2–0 10,565 Leaburn, Whyte
14 December 1996 Port Vale H 1–3 10,003 Chapple
21 December 1996 Crystal Palace A 0–1 16,279
26 December 1996 Southend United A 2–0 7,508 Kinsella, Robinson
28 December 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–0 12,259
1 January 1997 Ipswich Town H 1–1 10,186 Robson
11 January 1997 Reading A 2–2 7,614 Lisbie, Whyte
18 January 1997 Stoke City H 1–2 9,901 Barness
1 February 1997 Grimsby Town A 0–2 4,139
7 February 1997 Tranmere Rovers H 3–1 11,283 Kinsella, Leaburn, Robson (pen)
15 February 1997 Barnsley H 2–2 15,301 Nicholls, Lee
22 February 1997 Norwich City H 4–4 12,405 Kinsella, Robson, Lee, Leaburn
1 March 1997 Swindon Town A 0–1 9,256
4 March 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 2–1 10,610 Leaburn, Balmer
8 March 1997 Crystal Palace H 2–1 15,000 Lee, Robinson
15 March 1997 Port Vale A 0–2 5,905
18 March 1997 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 4,969 O'Connell
22 March 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 2–1 17,378 Robinson, Balmer
31 March 1997 Birmingham City A 0–0 14,525
5 April 1997 Manchester City H 1–1 15,000 Leaburn
9 April 1997 Huddersfield Town H 2–1 11,032 Newton (2)
12 April 1997 Barnsley A 0–4 11,701
19 April 1997 Portsmouth H 2–1 12,342 Bright (2)
25 April 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 1–4 21,880 Kinsella
1 May 1997 Bradford City A 0–1 15,780
4 May 1997 Sheffield United H 0–0 12,589

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1997 Newcastle United H 1–1 15,000 Kinsella
R3R 15 January 1997 Newcastle United A 1–2 36,398 Robson

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 17 September 1996 Burnley H 4–1 4,874 Leaburn, Robinson (2), Allen
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Burnley A 2–1 (won 6-2 on agg) 2,281 Allen, Whyte
R3 23 October 1996 Liverpool H 1–1 15,000 Whyte
R3R 13 November 1996 Liverpool A 1–4 20,714 Newton

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Mike Salmon
Australia GK Andy Petterson
England DF Anthony Barness
England DF Steve Brown
England DF Dean Chandler
England DF Phil Chapple
England DF Gary Poole
England DF Richard Rufus
England DF Kevin Scott (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
England DF Jamie Stuart
England DF Paul Sturgess
Scotland DF Stuart Balmer
England MF Keith Jones
England MF Paul Mortimer
No. Position Player
England MF Shaun Newton
England MF Kevin Nicholls
England MF Brendan O'Connell
England MF Ricky Otto (on loan from Birmingham City)
England MF Mark Robson
Wales MF John Robinson
Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
England FW Bradley Allen
England FW Mark Bright
England FW Steve Jones
England FW Carl Leaburn
England FW Jason Lee (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
England FW David Whyte
Jamaica FW Kevin Lisbie

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