1996–97 Coventry City F.C. season

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Coventry City
1996–97 season
Chairman Bryan Richardson
Manager Ron Atkinson (until 5 November)
Gordon Strachan (from 5 November)
Stadium Highfield Road
FA Premier League 17th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Dublin (14)
Highest home attendance 23,085 vs. Manchester United (18 January 1997)
Lowest home attendance 15,273 vs. Wimbledon (3 March 1997)
Average home league attendance 19,625

During the 1996–97 English football season, Coventry City F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Manager Ron Atkinson stepped up to the role of Director of Football at struggling Coventry City in early November, with assistant Gordon Strachan stepping up to the manager's seat. A good run of form saw Coventry climb to 11th place in January, but then a decline set in and defeat in the penultimate game of the season made Coventry's 30-year stay in the top flight appear to be over. However, with a win over Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season and losses for Sunderland and Middlesbrough, the Sky Blues pulled off a miraculous survival act to book themselves a 31st successive top flight campaign. The key player in the great escape act was striker Dion Dublin, who scored 14 Premier League goals to attract attention from several larger clubs and encourage calls for an international call-up from many observers.

However, Coventry only ultimately avoided relegation due to the three-point deduction imposed upon Middlesbrough, who had been penalised in mid-season for cancelling a fixture at short notice.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Manchester United 38 21 12 5 76 44 +32 75
2. Newcastle United 38 19 11 8 73 40 +33 68
3. Arsenal 38 19 11 8 62 32 +30 68
4. Liverpool 38 19 11 8 62 37 +25 68
5. Aston Villa 38 17 10 11 47 34 +13 61
6. Chelsea 38 16 11 11 58 55 +3 59
7. Sheffield Wednesday 38 14 15 9 50 51 -1 57
8. Wimbledon 38 15 11 12 49 46 +3 56
9. Leicester City 38 12 11 15 46 54 -8 47
10. Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 7 18 44 51 -7 46
11. Leeds United 38 11 13 14 28 38 -10 46
12. Derby County 38 11 13 14 45 58 -13 46
13. Blackburn Rovers 38 9 15 14 42 43 -1 42
14. West Ham United 38 10 12 16 39 48 -9 42
15. Everton 38 10 12 16 44 57 -13 42
16. Southampton 38 10 11 17 50 56 -6 41
17. Coventry City 38 9 14 15 38 54 -16 41
18. Sunderland 38 10 10 18 35 53 -18 40
19. Middlesbrough *** 38 10 12 16 51 60 -9 39
20. Nottingham Forest 38 6 16 16 31 59 -28 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]

Coventry City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Nottingham Forest H 0-3 19,468
21 August 1996 West Ham United A 1-1 21,580 McAllister
24 August 1996 Chelsea A 0-2 25,024
4 September 1996 Liverpool H 0-1 23,021
7 September 1996 Middlesbrough A 0-4 29,811
14 September 1996 Leeds United H 2-1 17,297 Salako, Whelan
21 September 1996 Sunderland A 0-1 19,459
28 September 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 0-0 17,032
13 October 1996 Southampton H 1-1 15,485 Dublin
19 October 1996 Arsenal A 0-0 38,140
26 October 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-0 17,267
4 November 1996 Everton A 1-1 31,477 McAllister
16 November 1996 Wimbledon A 2-2 10,307 Whelan, Dublin
23 November 1996 Aston Villa H 1-2 21,340 Dublin
30 November 1996 Derby County A 1-2 18,042 Dublin
7 December 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-2 19,675 Whelan
17 December 1996 Newcastle United H 2-1 21,538 Huckerby, McAllister
21 December 1996 Leicester City A 2-0 20,038 Dublin (2)
26 December 1996 Leeds United A 3-1 36,465 Huckerby, Dublin, McAllister (pen)
28 December 1996 Middlesbrough H 3-0 20,617 Huckerby, McAllister (pen), Liddle (own goal)
1 January 1997 Sunderland H 2-2 17,700 Dublin, Daish
11 January 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 0-4 24,055
18 January 1997 Manchester United H 0-2 23,085
29 January 1997 Nottingham Forest A 1-0 22,619 Huckerby
1 February 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-0 21,793
19 February 1997 Aston Villa A 1-2 30,409 Staunton (own goal)
22 February 1997 Everton H 0-0 19,497
1 March 1997 Manchester United A 1-3 55,230 Huckerby
3 March 1997 Wimbledon H 1-1 15,273 Dublin
8 March 1997 Leicester City H 0-0 19,220
15 March 1997 Newcastle United A 0-4 36,571
22 March 1997 West Ham United H 1-3 22,291 Dublin
6 April 1997 Liverpool A 2-1 40,079 Whelan, Dublin
9 April 1997 Chelsea H 3-1 19,917 Dublin, Williams, Whelan
19 April 1997 Southampton A 2-2 15,251 Ndlovu, Whelan
21 April 1997 Arsenal H 1-1 19,998 Dublin
3 May 1997 Derby County H 1-2 22,839 McAllister (pen)
11 May 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 2-1 33,029 Dublin, Williams

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 25 January 1997 Woking H 1-1 16,040 Jess
R3R 4 February 1997 Woking A 2-1 6,000 Whelan, Foster (own goal)
R4 15 February 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 2-1 21,123 Jess, Huckerby
R5 26 February 1997 Derby County A 2-3 18,003 Huckerby, Whelan

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 18 September 1996 Birmingham City H 1-1 11,828 Daish
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Birmingham City A 1-0 15,281 McAllister
R3 22 October 1996 Gillingham A 2-2 10,603 Telfer (2)
R3R 13 November 1996 Gillingham H 0-1 12,639

First-team 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 Steve Ogrizovic
2 England DF Richard Shaw
3 England DF David Burrows
4 England DF Paul Williams
5 Republic of Ireland DF Liam Daish
6 England MF Kevin Richardson
7 Scotland MF Eoin Jess
8 England MF Noel Whelan
9 England FW Dion Dublin
10 Scotland MF Gary McAllister (captain)
11 England MF John Salako
12 England MF Paul Telfer
No. Position Player
13 Australia GK John Filan
14 Zimbabwe FW Peter Ndlovu
15 Brazil FW Isaías
16 England DF Brian Borrows
17 Republic of Ireland MF Willie Boland
18 England DF Marcus Hall
20 Northern Ireland MF Michael O'Neill
21 England FW Andy Ducros
23 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Yevtushok
25 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Breen
26 Scotland MF Gordon Strachan (player-manager)
28 England FW Darren Huckerby

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
24 Belgium DF Régis Genaux (to Udinese)

Reserve 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
19 England FW Iyseden Christie
22 Republic of Ireland MF Gavin O'Toole
24 England GK Neil Wypior
27 Northern Ireland MF Chris McMenamin
29 England DF Scott Goodwin
30 Republic of Ireland DF Lorcan Costello
31 England DF Adam Willis
32 Republic of Ireland DF Barry Prenderville
33 England MF Brett Healy
No. Position Player
34 Republic of Ireland DF Colin Hawkins
35 England FW Craig Faulconbridge
36 England DF Carl Nolan
37 England MF Sam Shilton
38 England MF Tim Blake
39 England MF Paul Bailey
40 England DF Jamie Williams

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
10 August 1996 DF Belgium Régis Genaux Belgium Standard Liège £750,000
23 November 1996 FW England Darren Huckerby England Newcastle United £1,000,000
30 January 1997 DF Republic of Ireland Gary Breen England Birmingham City £2,500,000
30 January 1997 DF Ukraine Oleksandr Yevtushok Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk £800,000
21 May 1997 FW England Simon Haworth Wales Cardiff City £500,000
19 June 1997 MF Norway Trond Egil Soltvedt Norway Rosenborg £500,000
4 July 1997 FW Bermuda Kyle Lightbourne England Walsall £500,000
7 July 1997 GK Sweden Magnus Hedman Sweden AIK Free
9 July 1997 MF Denmark Martin Johansen Denmark Copenhagen Free

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
5 August 1996 DF England David Rennie England Northampton Town Free
15 August 1996 DF England Ally Pickering England Stoke City £280,000
28 January 1997 DF Belgium Régis Genaux Italy Udinese £800,000
1 July 1997 MF Northern Ireland Chris McMenamin England Peterborough United Free
4 July 1997 MF Scotland Eoin Jess Scotland Aberdeen £700,000
14 July 1997 FW Zimbabwe Peter Ndlovu England Birmingham City £1,600,000
14 July 1997 GK England Neil Wypior England West Bromwich Albion Undisclosed
Transfers in: Decrease £6,550,000
Transfers out: Increase £3,380,000
Total spending: Decrease £3,170,000

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