1996–97 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest
1996–97 season
Chairman Irving Korn
Manager England Frank Clark (until December)
England Stuart Pearce (player-caretaker manager)
England Dave Bassett (from March)
Stadium City Ground
FA Carling Premiership 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
Coca-Cola Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Håland/Campbell (6)
Highest home attendance 29,181 vs. Liverpool (15 March 1997)
Lowest home attendance 17,525 vs. Blackburn Rovers (25 November 1996)
Average home league attendance 24,587

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

Season summary[edit]

After a Kevin Campbell hat-trick earnt Nottingham Forest an impressive 3-0 away win at Coventry City on the season's opening game, an appalling 4-1 home defeat to Premiership newcomers Sunderland prompted a dismal start to the season which saw them fail to win any of their next 16 league games until a shock 2-1 home win over title contenders Arsenal on 21 December 1996. Ultimately, Forest were bottom of the Premiership by Christmas, and their manager Frank Clark gone, with Stuart Pearce taking over as player-manager on a temporary basis. A good run of form in January saw Pearce receive the Manager of the Month award, but, by the time he stepped down to make way for Dave Bassett in March, Forest had endured another setback and were left needing a miracle to beat the drop. The acquisition of Dutch striker Pierre van Hooijdonk did little to change the club's fortunes, and they were relegated in bottom place.

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]

Nottingham Forest's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Coventry City A 3-0 19,468 Campbell (3)
21 August 1996 Sunderland H 1-4 22,874 Håland
24 August 1996 Middlesbrough H 1-1 24,705 Pearce
4 September 1996 Southampton A 2-2 14,450 Campbell, Saunders
7 September 1996 Leicester City H 0-0 24,105
14 September 1996 Manchester United A 1-4 54,984 Håland
21 September 1996 West Ham United H 0-2 23,352
28 September 1996 Chelsea A 1-1 27,673 Lee
12 October 1996 Leeds United A 0-2 29,225
19 October 1996 Derby County H 1-1 27,771 Saunders
28 October 1996 Everton H 0-1 19,892
2 November 1996 Aston Villa A 0-2 35,310
18 November 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-2 16,390
25 November 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 2-2 17,525 Pearce (pen), Cooper
30 November 1996 Wimbledon A 0-1 12,608
9 December 1996 Newcastle United H 0-0 25,762
17 December 1996 Liverpool A 2-4 36,126 Campbell, Pearce
21 December 1996 Arsenal H 2-1 27,384 Håland (2)
26 December 1996 Manchester United H 0-4 29,032
28 December 1996 Leicester City A 2-2 20,833 Clough, Cooper
1 January 1997 West Ham United A 1-0 22,358 Campbell
11 January 1997 Chelsea H 2-0 28,358 Pearce, Bart-Williams
19 January 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-1 27,303 Roy (2)
29 January 1997 Coventry City H 0-1 22,619
1 February 1997 Everton A 0-2 32,567
22 February 1997 Aston Villa H 0-0 25,239
1 March 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-0 32,805 Saunders
5 March 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-3 21,485
8 March 1997 Arsenal A 0-2 38,206
11 March 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 1-1 20,485 Håland
15 March 1997 Liverpool H 1-1 29,181 Woan
22 March 1997 Sunderland A 1-1 22,120 Lyttle
24 March 1997 Middlesbrough A 1-1 29,888 Håland
5 April 1997 Southampton H 1-3 25,134 Pearce (pen)
19 April 1997 Leeds United H 1-1 25,565 van Hooijdonk
23 April 1997 Derby County A 0-0 18,087
3 May 1997 Wimbledon H 1-1 19,865 Roy
11 May 1997 Newcastle United A 0-5 36,554

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1997 Ipswich Town H 3-0 14,681 Saunders (2), Allen
R4 26 January 1997 Newcastle United A 2-1 36,434 Woan (2)
R5 15 February 1997 Chesterfield A 0-1 8,890

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 18 September 1996 Wycombe Wanderers H 1-0 6,482 Roy
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Wycombe Wanderers A 1-1 6,310 Lee
R3 23 October 1996 West Ham United A 1-4 19,402 Cooper

First-team 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
1 Wales GK Mark Crossley
2 England DF Des Lyttle
3 England DF Stuart Pearce (captain; caretaker manager)
4 England DF Colin Cooper
5 England DF Steve Chettle
6 England MF Chris Bart-Williams
7 Wales MF David Phillips
8 Scotland MF Scot Gemmill
9 Wales FW Dean Saunders
10 England FW Kevin Campbell
11 England MF Steve Stone
12 England FW Jason Lee
13 Northern Ireland GK Alan Fettis
No. Position Player
14 England MF Ian Woan
15 Netherlands FW Pierre van Hooijdonk
16 Croatia DF Nikola Jerkan
17 England MF Chris Allen
18 Norway DF Alf-Inge Håland
19 England DF Bobby Howe
20 England FW Paul McGregor
21 England DF Vance Warner
22 Netherlands FW Bryan Roy
23 England FW Ian Moore
24 Scotland MF Brian O'Neil (on loan from Celtic)
25 England DF Steve Blatherwick
28 England FW Steve Guinan

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
15 Italy FW Andrea Silenzi (on loan to Venezia)
23 Northern Ireland GK Tommy Wright (to Manchester City)
No. Position Player
24 England FW Richard Irving (released)
29 England FW Nigel Clough (on loan from Manchester City)

Reserve 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
26 England DF Craig Armstrong
27 England MF Justin Walker
29 England MF Paul Smith
30 England GK Richard Clark
No. Position Player
31 Northern Ireland GK David Henry
32 Republic of Ireland MF John Burns
England MF Bobby Howe
England MF Steve Melton

References[edit]