1996–97 Southend United F.C. season

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Southend United
1996–97 season
Chairman Vic Jobson
Manager Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan
Stadium Roots Hall
Football League First Division 24th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Boere/Rammell (9)
All: Rammell (10)
Highest home attendance 8,707 vs. Manchester City (29 October 1996)
Lowest home attendance 3,305 vs. Grimsby Town (16 October 1996)
Average home league attendance 5,176

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

Season summary[edit]

The 1996–97 season was a big struggle for Southend as they suffered relegation after finishing bottom of Division One. Ronnie Whelan left the club and he openly admitted when he took the job he didn't know the first thing about being a manager.

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]

Southend United's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 1–1 4,264 Rammell
24 August 1996 Oxford United A 0–5 6,382
27 August 1996 Portsmouth A 0–1 5,579
31 August 1996 Swindon Town H 1–3 4,011 Byrne
7 September 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 5–2 4,475 Boere (2), Nielsen, Williams, Marsh
10 September 1996 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 8,497
14 September 1996 Norwich City A 0–0 12,461
21 September 1996 Port Vale H 0–0 4,025
28 September 1996 Crystal Palace A 1–6 14,858 Williams
1 October 1996 Sheffield United H 3–2 3,716 Boere (2), Marsh
5 October 1996 Bradford City A 0–0 10,156
13 October 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–1 5,550 Marsh
16 October 1996 Grimsby Town H 1–0 3,305 Tilson
19 October 1996 Huddersfield Town A 0–0 9,578
26 October 1996 Oldham Athletic A 0–0 6,606
29 October 1996 Manchester City H 2–3 8,707 Williams, Rammell
2 November 1996 Reading H 2–1 5,002 Nielsen, Marsh (pen)
9 November 1996 Ipswich Town A 1–1 10,146 Rammell
16 November 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 2–3 5,120 Rammell, Williams
23 November 1996 Stoke City A 2–1 12,821 Williams, Sigurðsson (own goal)
30 November 1996 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 5,001 Nielsen
7 December 1996 Barnsley A 0–3 7,483
14 December 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 0–4 11,117
20 December 1996 Birmingham City H 1–1 5,100 Williams
26 December 1996 Charlton Athletic H 0–2 7,508
28 December 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 16,357 Rammell
18 January 1997 Sheffield United A 0–3 15,049
25 January 1997 Port Vale A 1–2 5,588 Thomson
28 January 1997 Crystal Palace H 2–1 5,061 Thomson, Boere
1 February 1997 Ipswich Town H 0–0 7,232
8 February 1997 Manchester City A 0–3 26,261
15 February 1997 Stoke City H 2–1 4,625 Thomson, Rammell
22 February 1997 Reading A 2–3 7,683 Boere (2)
25 February 1997 Norwich City H 1–1 5,169 Thomson
1 March 1997 Barnsley H 1–2 4,855 Thomson
5 March 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2 16,125
8 March 1997 Birmingham City A 1–2 13,189 Marsh
15 March 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 0–1 6,747
22 March 1997 Oxford United H 2–2 4,102 Boere, Lapper
28 March 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 0–3 7,563
31 March 1997 Portsmouth H 2–1 6,107 Gridelet, Rammell
5 April 1997 Swindon Town A 0–0 6,730
12 April 1997 Bradford City H 1–1 6,697 Rammell
19 April 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–4 25,095 Rammell
26 April 1997 Huddersfield Town H 1–2 4,762 Boere
4 May 1997 Grimsby Town A 0–4 7,367

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 15 January 1997 Leicester City A 0–2 13,982

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 August 1996 Fulham H 0–2 3,084
R1 Second Leg 3 September 1996 Fulham A 2–1 (lost 2-3 on agg) 4,297 Nielsen, Rammell

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 Royce
- England DF Keith Dublin
- England DF Mark McNally
- England DF Leo Roget
- South Africa DF Andy Harris
- England MF Mike Marsh
- England FW Andy Rammell
- England MF Steve Tilson
- England DF Mark Stimson
- Netherlands FW Jeroen Boere
- England MF Julian Hails
- England MF Adrian Clarke (on loan from Arsenal)
- Republic of Ireland MF Paul Byrne
- England GK Paul Sansome
No. Position Player
- Scotland FW Andy Thomson
- England MF Phil Gridelet
- England MF Ian Selley (on loan from Arsenal)
- England FW Paul Williams
- England MF Mark Patterson (on loan from Sheffield United)
- England DF Mike Lapper
- England MF Robert Codner
- England FW Ritchie Hanlon
- Denmark GK Tony Henriksen
- England MF John Nielsen
- Australia MF Adem Poric (on loan from Sheffield Wednesday)
- Denmark FW Peter Dursun
- England MF Mark Jones
- England MF Andy Sussex

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