1996–97 Ipswich Town F.C. season

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Ipswich Town
1996–97 season
Chairman David Sheepshanks
Manager Scotland George Burley
Stadium Portman Road
Football League First Division 4th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer Paul Mason (12)
Highest home attendance 22,397 (vs. Norwich City, 18 April 1997)
Lowest home attendance 7,086 (vs. Swindon Town, 19 November 1996)
Average home league attendance 11,953

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

Season summary[edit]

In George Burley's second season in charge of Ipswich, the club reached the play-offs as they looked for a return to the Premier League at the second attempt. However, they ended up losing in the semi-finals to Sheffield United.

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]

Ipswich Town's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 August 1996 Manchester City A 0–1 29,126
24 August 1996 Reading H 5–2 9,767 Vaughan (2), Sedgley (pen), Taricco, Scowcroft
27 August 1996 Grimsby Town H 1–1 9,762 Mason
31 August 1996 Oldham Athletic A 3–3 5,339 Mathie (2), Stockwell
7 September 1996 Huddersfield Town H 1–3 10,661 Mason
10 September 1996 Crystal Palace A 0–0 12,520
14 September 1996 Sheffield United A 3–1 14,261 Sedgley, Scowcroft (2)
20 September 1996 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 10,558 Sedgley, Mathie
28 September 1996 West Bromwich Albion A 0–0 15,606
1 October 1996 Barnsley H 1–1 9,041 Mathie
11 October 1996 Norwich City A 1–3 20,256 Sonner
15 October 1996 Birmingham City A 0–1 15,664
19 October 1996 Portsmouth H 1–1 10,514 Mason
26 October 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 0–2 11,003
30 October 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 1–0 10,562 Mason
2 November 1996 Oxford United A 1–3 7,903 Tanner
9 November 1996 Southend United H 1–1 10,146 Stockwell
16 November 1996 Bradford City A 1–2 10,504 Cundy
19 November 1996 Swindon Town H 3–2 7,086 Scowcroft, Creaney, Sedgley (pen)
23 November 1996 Port Vale H 2–1 9,491 Tanner, Mason
30 November 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 0–3 10,127
7 December 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–0 12,048
14 December 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 2–1 13,314 Scowcroft (2)
21 December 1996 Stoke City H 1–1 10,159 Mason
26 December 1996 Crystal Palace H 3–1 16,020 Tanner (pen), Mason, Naylor
28 December 1996 Huddersfield Town A 0–2 11,467
1 January 1997 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 10,186 Tanner (pen)
18 January 1997 Barnsley A 2–1 9,872 Mason, Cundy
25 January 1997 West Bromwich Albion H 5–0 9,381 Holmes (own goal), Scowcroft, Stockwell, Naylor, Mason
1 February 1997 Southend United A 0–0 7,232
8 February 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 2–0 12,983 Naylor, Gregory
15 February 1997 Port Vale A 2–2 6,115 Mason, Stockwell
22 February 1997 Oxford United H 2–1 11,483 Naylor, Stockwell
1 March 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–0 26,700
4 March 1997 Bradford City H 3–2 9,367 Sedgley (pen), Sonner, Gregory
8 March 1997 Stoke City A 1–0 11,933 Taricco
15 March 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 0–1 16,187
18 March 1997 Sheffield United H 3–1 10,374 Gregory (3)
22 March 1997 Reading A 0–1 10,058
31 March 1997 Grimsby Town A 1–2 6,268 Mason
5 April 1997 Oldham Athletic H 4–0 11,730 Scowcroft, Williams, Stockwell, Gregory
12 April 1997 Swindon Town A 4–0 8,591 Swailes, Stockwell, Sedgley (pen), Gudmundsson
18 April 1997 Norwich City H 2–0 22,397 Taricco, Mason
22 April 1997 Manchester City H 1–0 15,824 Sedgley (pen)
25 April 1997 Portsmouth A 1–0 12,101 Scowcroft
4 May 1997 Birmingham City H 1–1 20,570 Gudmundsson

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF First Leg 10 May 1997 Sheffield United A 1–1 22,312 Stockwell
SF Second Leg 14 May 1997 Sheffield United H 2–2 (lost on away goals) 21,467 Scowcroft, Gudmundsson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1997 Nottingham Forest A 0–3 14,681

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 August 1996 Bournemouth H 2–1 6,163 Marshall, Mason
R1 Second Leg 3 September 1996 Bournemouth A 3–0 (won 5-1 on agg) 4,119 Scowcroft, Mathie, Stockwell
R2 First Leg 17 September 1996 Fulham A 1–1 6,947 Milton
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Fulham H 4–2 (won 5-3 on agg) 6,825 Sonner, Sedgley (pen), Mathie (2)
R3 22 October 1996 Crystal Palace H 4–1 8,390 Mason (2), Mathie (2)
R4 26 November 1996 Gillingham H 1–0 13,537 Naylor
R5 21 January 1997 Leicester City H 0–1 20,793

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 Richard Wright
Northern Ireland GK Aidan Davison (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
Canada GK Craig Forrest
England DF Wayne Brown
England DF Jason Cundy (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
England DF Tony Mowbray
England DF Richard Naylor
England DF Steve Sedgley
England DF Chris Swailes
England DF Tony Vaughan
Netherlands DF Gus Uhlenbeek
Denmark DF Claus Thomsen
Argentina DF Mauricio Taricco
England MF Kieron Dyer
England MF Bobby Howe (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
No. Position Player
England MF Paul Mason
England MF Simon Milton
England MF Mick Stockwell
England MF Adam Tanner
Wales MF Geraint Williams
Scotland MF John Wark
Northern Ireland MF Danny Sonner
Netherlands MF Bobby Petta
New Zealand MF Lee Norfolk
England FW James Scowcroft
Scotland FW Gerry Creaney (on loan from Manchester City)
Scotland FW Alex Mathie
Sweden FW Niklas Gudmundsson (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
Zambia FW Neil Gregory
Saint Lucia FW Earl Jean
England FW Ian Marshall

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