1996–97 Grimsby Town F.C. season

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Grimsby Town
1996-97 season
Chairman England Bill Carr
Manager England Brian Laws (until 1 November 1996)
England John Cockerill (caretaker)
England Kenny Swain (caretaker)
Team captain England Mark Lever
Home stadium Blundell Park
Division One 22nd (Relegated)
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup First Round
Lincolnshire Senior Cup Runners Up
Top goalscorer England Clive Mendonca (19)
Highest home
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Highest away
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Lowest home
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1995–96 0 0 0 Soccerball current event.svg 0 0 0 1997-98 →

During the 1996–97 English football season, Grimsby Town competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The Mariners were relegated from Division One. Despite flowing goals from Clive Mendonca and good performances from John Oster and newcomer Kingsley Black, Grimsby failed to save themselves. The club had suffered from the losses of ever-present goalkeeper Paul Crichton and Gary Croft, who made a £1.5 million move to Blackburn Rovers. Manager Brian Laws had been sacked late in 1996; John Cockerill and Kenny Swain both had stints as caretaker during the season. At the end of the season, former manager Alan Buckley, who had taken Grimsby from the Fourth to the old Second Division in his first stint in charge, rejoined the club in an attempt to take Grimsby back to the second tier.

Kit[edit]

Italian company Lotto became Grimsby's new kit manufacturers, and introduced a new kit for the season.[1] Europe's Food Town remained kit sponsors.

Results[edit]

First Division[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

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

Squad overview[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 Paul Crichton (Departed in October 1996)
England GK Jason Pearcey
England GK Andy Love
England GK Alan Miller (on loan from Middlesbrough)
England GK Andy Quy
England DF Danny Butterfield
England DF Ashley Fickling
England DF Tony Gallimore
England DF Joby Gowshall
Scotland DF Peter Handyside
England DF Kevin Jobling
England DF Brian Laws (Departed in November 1996)
England DF Mark Lever (captain)
England DF John McDermott
England DF Jimmy Neil
England DF Graham Rodger
England DF Richard Smith
England DF Neil Webb
No. Position Player
England MF Michael Appleton (on loan from Manchester United)
Northern Ireland MF Kingsley Black
England MF Gary Childs
England MF Paul Harsley
Wales MF John Oster
England MF Craig Shakespeare
England MF Nicky Southall
Wales MF Paul Trollope (on loan from Derby County)
Scotland MF Johnny Walker (Departed in November 1996)
England MF Tommy Widdrington
England MF Darren Wrack
Republic of Ireland FW Daryl Clare
England FW Jamie Forrester (Departed in March 1997)
England FW Jason Lee (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
England FW Jack Lester
England FW Steve Livingstone
England FW Clive Mendonca
England FW Neil Woods

Transfers & loans[edit]

In[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Date Pos. Player From club Transfer fee
11 July 1996 MF England Tommy Widdrington England Southampton £300,000
16 July 1996 MF Northern Ireland Kingsley Black England Nottingham Forest £25,000
19 July 1996 MF England Darren Wrack England Derby County £100,000
16 August 1996 DF England Neil Webb England Nottingham Forest Free
31 August 1996 GK England Andy Quy England Derby County Free

Loans[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player From club
30 August 1996 1 October 1996 DF Wales Paul Trollope England Derby County
17 January 1997 18 March 1997 MF England Michael Appleton England Manchester United
28 January 1997 8 February 1997 GK England Alan Miller England Middlesbrough

Out[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Exit Date Pos. Player To club Transfer fee
31 May 1996 MF England Tommy Watson Retired Released
31 May 1996 DF Italy Enzo Gambaro Austria Sturm Graz Released
8 July 1996 MF England Paul Groves England West Bromwich Albion £600,000
1 August 1996 MF England Steve Fraser England Lincoln City Free
2 August 1996 MF Scotland Jim Dobbin England Rotherham United Free
9 August 1996 FW Italy Ivano Bonetti England Tranmere Rovers Free
2 October 1996 GK England Paul Crichton England West Bromwich Albion £250,000
1 November 1996 DF England Brian Laws England Darlington Sacked
8 November 1996 MF Scotland Johnny Walker England Mansfield Town £50,000
21 March 1997 FW England Jamie Forrester England Scunthorpe United Free

Loans[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player To club
4 October 1996 4 November 1996 MF England Jimmy Neil England Grantham

References[edit]

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