1996–97 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
1996–97 season
Chairman Mike McDonald
Manager Howard Kendall
Stadium Bramall Lane
First Division 5th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Pyotr Kachura/Andy Walker (12)
All:
Andy Walker (14)
Average home league attendance 16,638

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

Season summary[edit]

In the 1996–97 season, Howard Kendall's first full season in charge, the Blades finished fifth in Division One to qualify for the play-offs. In the play-off final at Wembley, the Blades lost to a last minute goal from David Hopkin and Crystal Palace earned the final promotion spot to the Premier League.[1] In June 1997, Kendall left the club by mutual consent to return to Everton for a third spell as manager.


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
England GK Simon Tracey
Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly
England DF David Holdsworth
England DF Paul Parker
England DF Lee Sandford
England DF Chris Short
England DF Carl Tiler
Netherlands DF Michel Vonk
Norway DF Roger Nilsen
Australia DF Doug Hodgson
England MF Graham Anthony
England MF Mark Beard
England MF John Ebbrell
England MF Charlie Hartfield
England MF Steve Hawes
No. Position Player
England MF Nick Henry
England MF Paul Simpson (on loan from Derby County)
England MF Nigel Spackman
England MF Mitch Ward
England MF David White
England MF Dane Whitehouse
Scotland MF Don Hutchison
England FW Chris Bettney
England FW Mark Patterson
England FW Andy Scott
England FW Phil Starbuck
Wales FW Gareth Taylor
Scotland FW Andy Walker
Norway FW Jan Åge Fjørtoft
Belarus FW Pyotr Kachura

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

Matches[edit]

Source:[2]

Key[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Division One[edit]

Play offs[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Steel City Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stenson, Tony (27 May 1997). "COP STEP AND JUMP INTO THE PREMIER LEAGUE". The Free Library. The Mirror. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (1999). A Complete Record of Sheffield United Football Club 1889–1999. Hallamshire Press. pp. 296–297. ISBN 0-9508588-2-X.