1996–97 Everton F.C. season

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Everton
1996–97 season
Chairman England Peter Johnson
Manager England Joe Royle (until 27 March)
England Dave Watson (caretaker)
Stadium Goodison Park
FA Carling Premiership 15th
FA Cup Fourth round
Football League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Ferguson (11)
All: Ferguson, Speed (11)
Highest home attendance 40,177 vs. Liverpool (16 April 1997)
Lowest home attendance 30,368 vs. Leicester City (9 April 1997)
Average home league attendance 36,186

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

Season summary[edit]

After finishing sixth the previous season, Everton started the new season with much hope and ambitions of qualifying for Europe or winning a major trophy. But the mid-season sale of top scoring winger Andrei Kanchelskis to Fiorentina sabotaged Everton's chances of more success, and manager Joe Royle resigned in March, less than two years after guiding the club to FA Cup glory. Captain Dave Watson took over as acting manager and confirmed Everton's survival with a 15th place finish, before Howard Kendall returned to Goodison Park for his third spell as manager.

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]

Everton's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Newcastle United H 2-0 40,117 Unsworth (pen), Speed
21 August 1996 Manchester United A 2-2 54,943 Ferguson (2)
24 August 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-0 29,696
4 September 1996 Aston Villa H 0-1 39,115
7 September 1996 Wimbledon A 0-4 13,684
14 September 1996 Middlesbrough H 1-2 39,250 Short
21 September 1996 Blackburn Rovers A 1-1 27,091 Unsworth
28 September 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-0 34,160 Kanchelskis, Stuart
12 October 1996 West Ham United H 2-1 36,571 Stuart, Speed
28 October 1996 Nottingham Forest A 1-0 19,892 Short
4 November 1996 Coventry City H 1-1 31,477 Stuart
16 November 1996 Southampton H 7-1 35,669 Stuart, Kanchelskis (2), Speed (3), Barmby
20 November 1996 Liverpool A 1-1 40,751 Speed
23 November 1996 Leicester City A 2-1 20,975 Hinchcliffe, Unsworth
30 November 1996 Sunderland H 1-3 40,087 Ferguson
7 December 1996 Chelsea A 2-2 28,418 Branch, Kanchelskis
16 December 1996 Derby County A 1-0 17,252 Barmby
21 December 1996 Leeds United H 0-0 36,954
26 December 1996 Middlesbrough A 2-4 29,673 Unsworth, Ferguson
28 December 1996 Wimbledon H 1-3 36,733 Stuart
1 January 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 0-2 30,427
11 January 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-2 24,175 Ferguson
19 January 1997 Arsenal A 1-3 38,095 Ferguson
29 January 1997 Newcastle United A 1-4 36,143 Speed
1 February 1997 Nottingham Forest H 2-0 32,567 Ferguson, Barmby
22 February 1997 Coventry City A 0-0 19,497
1 March 1997 Arsenal H 0-2 36,980
5 March 1997 Southampton A 2-2 15,134 Ferguson, Speed
8 March 1997 Leeds United A 0-1 32,055
15 March 1997 Derby County H 1-0 32,140 D Watson
22 March 1997 Manchester United H 0-2 40,079
5 April 1997 Aston Villa A 1-3 39,339 Unsworth
9 April 1997 Leicester City H 1-1 30,368 Branch
12 April 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-0 36,380 Speed
16 April 1997 Liverpool H 1-1 40,177 Ferguson
19 April 1997 West Ham United A 2-2 24,545 Branch, Ferguson
3 May 1997 Sunderland A 0-3 22,108
11 May 1997 Chelsea H 1-2 38,321 Barmby

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1997 Swindon Town H 3-0 20,411 Kanchelskis, Barmby, Ferguson
R4 25 January 1997 Bradford City H 2-3 30,007 O'Brien (own goal), Speed

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 18 September 1996 York City H 1-1 11,527 Kanchelskis
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 York City A 2-3 7,354 Rideout, Speed

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Neville Southall
2 England DF Earl Barrett
3 England DF Andy Hinchcliffe
4 England DF David Unsworth
5 England DF Dave Watson (captain)
6 England DF Terry Phelan
7 England MF Graham Stuart
8 England FW Paul Rideout
9 Scotland FW Duncan Ferguson
10 Wales MF Gary Speed
12 England MF Nick Barmby
13 England GK Paul Gerrard
15 Denmark MF Claus Thomsen
17 England DF Adam Eaton
18 England MF Joe Parkinson
No. Position Player
19 Switzerland DF Marc Hottiger
20 England MF Tony Grant
21 England DF Craig Short
22 England MF Gavin McCann
23 England FW Michael Branch
24 England DF Jon O'Connor
25 England DF Michael Ball
26 England DF Graham Allen
27 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
28 England FW Danny Cadamarteri
30 England MF Richard Townsend
32 England MF Robert Tynan
34 England DF Edward Hussin
35 England DF John Hills

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
11 Sweden MF Anders Limpar (to Birmingham City)
14 England MF John Ebbrell (to Sheffield United)
15 England DF Matt Jackson (to Norwich City)
16 England MF Vinny Samways (to UD Las Palmas)
17 Russia MF Andrei Kanchelskis (to ACF Fiorentina)
No. Position Player
22 England MF Peter Holcroft (to Swindon Town)
25 England DF Neil Moore (to Norwich City)
27 England MF Mark Grugel
28 England MF Chris Price
33 England GK James Speare (to Darlington)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Everton 1996-1997 Home - statto.com". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-02-27.