1996–97 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1996–97 season
Chairman Tom Smeaton
Manager Martin O'Neill
Stadium Filbert Street
Premiership 9th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Claridge (12)
All: Claridge (14)
Highest home attendance 21,134 vs Newcastle United
(26 Oct 1996, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 10,793 vs Scarborough
(25 Sep 1996, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 20,182
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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

Season summary[edit]

Most observers had tipped Leicester for an immediate return to Division One, so Martin O'Neill's ultimate task for this season was to achieve survival for Leicester. However, he defied many of the pre-season predictions by finishing 9th in the table. Leicester's season was capped by a victory over Middlesbrough in the League Cup final to win their first major trophy for 33 years and their passport to the following season's UEFA Cup.[1]

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 Summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 12 11 15 46 54 −8 47 7 5 7 22 26 −4 5 6 8 24 28 −4

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Result D W L L D L W W L L W L W L L W D L D D L W D L W W W D L D D D L L L D W W
Position 11 7 12 13 14 16 14 10 12 14 11 13 10 12 14 12 12 13 13 12 16 12 13 14 12 10 9 10 11 11 11 11 13 13 14 16 12 9

Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Sunderland A 0-0 19,262
21 August 1996 Southampton H 2-1 17,562 Heskey (2)
24 August 1996 Arsenal H 0-2 20,429
2 September 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-2 17,657 Claridge
7 September 1996 Nottingham Forest A 0-0 24,105
15 September 1996 Liverpool H 0-3 20,987
22 September 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 2-1 24,159 Claridge, Marshall
28 September 1996 Leeds United H 1-0 20,359 Heskey
12 October 1996 Chelsea H 1-3 20,766 Watts
19 October 1996 West Ham United A 0-1 22,285
26 October 1996 Newcastle United H 2-0 21,134 Claridge, Heskey
2 November 1996 Derby County A 0-2 18,010
16 November 1996 Aston Villa A 3-1 36,193 Claridge, Parker (pen), Izzet
23 November 1996 Everton H 1-2 20,975 Walsh
30 November 1996 Manchester United A 1-3 55,196 Lennon
3 December 1996 Middlesbrough A 2-0 29,709 Claridge, Izzet
7 December 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 1-1 19,306 Marshall
21 December 1996 Coventry City H 0-2 20,038
26 December 1996 Liverpool A 1-1 40,786 Claridge
28 December 1996 Nottingham Forest H 2-2 20,838 Heskey, Izzet
11 January 1997 Leeds United A 0-3 29,486
18 January 1997 Wimbledon H 1-0 18,927 Heskey
29 January 1997 Sunderland H 1-1 17,883
2 February 1997 Newcastle United A 3-4 36,396 Elliott, Claridge, Heskey
22 February 1997 Derby County H 4-2 20,323 Marshall (3), Claridge
1 March 1997 Wimbledon A 3-1 11,487 Elliott (2), Robins
5 March 1997 Aston Villa H 1-0 20,626 Claridge
8 March 1997 Coventry City A 0-0 19,220
15 March 1997 Middlesbrough H 1-3 20,561 Marshall
19 March 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-1 20,563 Claridge
22 March 1997 Southampton A 2-2 15,044 Heskey, Dryden (own goal)
9 April 1997 Everton A 1-1 30,368 Marshall
12 April 1997 Arsenal A 0-2 38,044
19 April 1997 Chelsea A 1-2 27,723 Sinclair (own goal)
23 April 1997 West Ham United H 0-1 20,327
3 May 1997 Manchester United H 2-2 21,068 Walsh, Marshall
7 May 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 20,793 Elliott
11 May 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 4-2 25,881 Heskey (2), Claridge, Wilson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 15 January 1997 Southend United H 2-0 13,982 Claridge, Marshall
R4 25 January 1997 Norwich City H 2-1 16,703 Marshall, Parker (pen)
R5 16 February 1997 Chelsea H 2-2 19,125 Walsh, Newton (own goal)
R5R 26 February 1997 Chelsea A 0-1 26,053

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 17 September 1996 Scarborough A 2-0 4,168 Izzet, Lawrence
R2 2nd Leg 25 September 1996 Scarborough H 2-1 10,793 Lawrence, Parker (pen)
R3 22 October 1996 York City A 2-0 8,406 Lennon, Grayson
R4 27 November 1996 Manchester United H 2-0 20,428 Claridge, Heskey
QF 21 January 1997 Ipswich Town A 1-0 20,793 Robins
SF 1st Leg 18 February 1997 Wimbledon H 0-0 16,021
SF 2nd Leg 11 March 1997 Wimbledon A 1-1 (a.e.t.) on away goals 17,810 Grayson
F 6 April 1997 Middlesbrough N 1-1 (a.e.t.) 76,757 Heskey
FR 16 April 1997 Middlesbrough N 1-0 (a.e.t.) 39,500 Claridge

Squad[edit]

[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 Kevin Poole
2 England DF Simon Grayson
3 England DF Mike Whitlow
4 England DF Julian Watts
5 England DF Steve Walsh (captain)
6 Turkey MF Muzzy Izzet
7 Northern Ireland MF Neil Lennon
8 England MF Scott Taylor
9 England FW Steve Claridge
10 England MF Garry Parker
11 England FW Emile Heskey
12 England FW Mark Robins
13 United States GK Kasey Keller
14 England DF Colin Hill
15 Sweden DF Pontus Kåmark
16 France DF Franck Rolling
No. Position Player
17 England DF Spencer Prior
18 Scotland DF Matt Elliott (vice-captain)
19 England DF Rob Ullathorne
20 England FW Ian Marshall
21 Jamaica DF Jamie Lawrence
22 England DF Neil Lewis
23 England MF Sam McMahon
24 England MF Steve Guppy
25 England MF Stuart Wilson
26 Scotland MF Stuart Campbell
27 England FW Justin Harrington
28 Germany MF Sascha Lenhart
29 England GK Paul Hyde
30 England GK Ian Andrews
33 England DF Martin Fox

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 England DF Jimmy Willis (retired)
No. Position Player
24 England MF Stuart Slater (to Watford)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
17 August 1996 DF England Spencer Prior England Norwich City £600,000[4]
17 August 1996 GK United States Kasey Keller England Millwall £900,000
31 August 1996 FW England Ian Marshall England Ipswich Town £800,000
1 September 1996 MF Germany Sascha Lenhart Belgium Royal Antwerp Free transfer
16 January 1997 DF Scotland Matt Elliott England Oxford United £1,600,000
17 February 1997 DF England Robert Ullathorne Spain Osasuna £600,000
28 February 1997 MF England Steve Guppy England Port Vale £850,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
23 August 1996 MF England Mark Blake England Walsall Free transfer
27 November 1996 MF England Stuart Slater England Watford Free transfer
14 March 1997 GK England Paul Hyde England Leyton Orient Free transfer
22 June 1997 DF England Jamie Lawrence England Bradford City £50,000
22 June 1997 DF England Neil Lewis England Peterborough United £75,000
26 June 1997 DF England Simon Grayson England Aston Villa £1,300,000
Transfers in: Decrease £5,350,000
Transfers out: Increase £1,425,000
Total spending: Decrease £3,925,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Glenn (17 April 1997). "Claridge's five-star silver service". The Independent. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Leicester City 1996-1997 Home - statto.com". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1996-1997/faprem/leicester.htm
  4. ^ "On the move". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 18 August 1996. Retrieved 16 April 2012.