1996–97 Leeds United A.F.C. season

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Leeds United
1996–97 season
Chairman England Bill Fotherby
Manager England Howard Wilkinson (until 9 Sep 1996)[1]
Scotland George Graham
Stadium Elland Road
Premier League 11th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
England Brian Deane (5)
England Lee Sharpe (5)
All:
England Rod Wallace (8)
Highest home attendance 39,981 vs Liverpool
(19 Nov 1996, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 15,230 vs Darlington
(18 Sep 1996, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 32,109

During the 1996–97 season, Leeds United A.F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

While Howard Wilkinson was heavily backed with funds by new owners Caspian, there were rumours of discord between him and recently appointed chairman Bill Fotherby. The club made a respectable enough start, earning 7 points from their first 4 games, but a 4-0 home defeat to Manchester United in September prompted Wilkinson's dismissal after eight years as manager. With assistant manager Mike Hennigan and first-team coaches Dick Bate and Eddie Gray also being dismissed alongside Wilkinson (though Gray would subsequently be reinstated), it became clear that Fotherby wanted a clean slate for the club after the massive disappointment of the previous season.

Wilkinson's successor was George Graham, back in football after a one-year ban arising from the "bung" scandal that had cost him his job as Arsenal manager back in February 1995. Graham was unable to improve the club's dismal goalscoring record (they finished with just 28 goals, the lowest number in Premier League history until that point; it would not be until the 2002-03 season when another club, namely Sunderland, scored fewer goals) but he managed to steer them well clear of relegation in a respectable 11th place, with a total of a staggering 20 league clean sheets all season.

Record signing Lee Sharpe failed to live up to expectations and, by the end of the season, it was rumoured that he would be on his way out of the club, while Tony Yeboah made just six appearances after recovering from a long-term injury; he, too, appeared to be heading for the Elland Road exit door. Full-back Tony Dorigo's future at the club was also thrown into doubt by the emergence of Ian Harte, while midfielder Carlton Palmer's days at Leeds were also looking numbered.

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]

Leeds United's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Derby County A 3-3 17,927 Laursen (own goal), Bowyer, Harte
20 August 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-2 31,011
24 August 1996 Wimbledon H 1-0 25,860 Sharpe
4 September 1996 Blackburn Rovers A 1-0 23,226 Harte
7 September 1996 Manchester United H 0-4 39,694
14 September 1996 Coventry City A 1-2 17,297 Couzens
21 September 1996 Newcastle United H 0-1 36,070
28 September 1996 Leicester City A 0-1 20,359
12 October 1996 Nottingham Forest H 2-0 29,225 Wallace (2)
19 October 1996 Aston Villa A 0-2 39,051
26 October 1996 Arsenal A 0-3 38,076
2 November 1996 Sunderland H 3-0 31,667 Ford, Sharpe, Deane
16 November 1996 Liverpool H 0-2 39,981
23 November 1996 Southampton A 2-0 15,241 Kelly, Sharpe
30 November 1996 Chelsea H 2-0 32,671 Deane, Rush
3 December 1996 Middlesbrough A 0-0 30,018
7 December 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-0 33,783
21 December 1996 Everton A 0-0 36,954
26 December 1996 Coventry City H 1-3 36,465 Deane
28 December 1996 Manchester United A 0-1 55,256
1 January 1997 Newcastle United A 0-3 36,489
11 January 1997 Leicester City H 3-0 29,486 Bowyer, Rush (2)
20 January 1997 West Ham United A 2-0 19,441 Kelly, Bowyer
29 January 1997 Derby County H 0-0 27,549
1 February 1997 Arsenal H 0-0 35,502
19 February 1997 Liverpool A 0-4 38,957
22 February 1997 Sunderland A 1-0 21,890 Bowyer
1 March 1997 West Ham United H 1-0 30,575 Sharpe
8 March 1997 Everton H 1-0 32,055 Molenaar
12 March 1997 Southampton H 0-0 25,913
15 March 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-1 33,040
22 March 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-2 30,373 Sharpe, Wallace
7 April 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 0-0 27,264
16 April 1997 Wimbledon A 0-2 7,979
19 April 1997 Nottingham Forest A 1-1 25,565 Deane
22 April 1997 Aston Villa H 0-0 26,897
3 May 1997 Chelsea A 0-0 28,277
11 May 1997 Middlesbrough H 1-1 38,567 Deane

Goalscorers[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 14 January 1997 Crystal Palace A 2-2 21,052 Deane, Andersen (own goal)
R3R 25 January 1997 Crystal Palace H 1-0 21,903 Wallace
R4 4 February 1997 Arsenal A 1-0 38,115 Wallace
R5 15 February 1997 Portsmouth H 2-3 35,604 Bowyer (2)

Goalscorers[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 18 September 1996 Darlington H 2-2 15,711 Wallace (2)
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Darlington A 2-0 6,298 Wallace, Harte
R3 23 October 1996 Aston Villa H 1-2 15,803 Sharpe

Goalscorers[edit]

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[3]

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 Nigel Martyn
2 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Kelly
3 England DF Tony Dorigo
4 England MF Carlton Palmer
5 South Africa DF Lucas Radebe
6 England DF David Wetherall
7 England MF Lee Sharpe
8 England FW Rod Wallace
9 Wales FW Ian Rush
10 England FW Brian Deane
11 England MF Lee Bowyer
12 England DF John Pemberton
14 England FW Andy Gray[4]
15 England GK Mark Beeney
16 England DF Richard Jobson
17 Scotland FW Derek Lilley
18 Norway DF Gunnar Halle
No. Position Player
19 Australia FW Harry Kewell
20 Republic of Ireland DF Ian Harte
21 Ghana FW Tony Yeboah
22 England MF Mark Ford
23 England MF Andy Couzens
24 England MF Jason Blunt
25 France MF Pierre Laurent (from January)
27 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury
28 England DF Paul Shepherd
29 England DF Mark Jackson
30 Netherlands DF Robert Molenaar
31 England MF Martin Foster
32 England MF Andy Wright
33 Northern Ireland MF Wesley Boyle
34 South Africa GK Paul Evans
35 Wales FW Lawrence Davies

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
17 England MF Mark Tinkler (to York City)
25 England DF Rob Bowman (to Rotherham United)
26 England DF Paul Beesley (to Manchester City)
No. Position Player
30 England FW Mark Hateley (on loan from QPR)
36 Sweden FW Tomas Brolin (on loan to Parma)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Club record transfer fee at the time.

Out[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease £11,200,000
Transfers out: Increase £6,975,000
Total spending: Decrease £4,225,000

Loaned in[edit]

Loaned out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Caretaker Managers - Howard Wilkinson". 
  2. ^ "Leeds United 1996-1997 Home - statto.com". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1996-1997/faprem/leeds.htm
  4. ^ Gray was born in Harrogate, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and would make his international debut for Scotland in April 2003.