1996–97 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland
1996–97 season
Chairman Bob Murray
Manager Peter Reid
Stadium Roker Park
Premiership 18th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Russell/Stewart (4)
Highest home attendance 22,512 vs Derby County
(26 Dec 1996, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 10,659 vs Watford
(24 Sep 1996, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 20,865

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

Season summary[edit]

Just one year after they had almost slipped into Division Two, Sunderland had returned to the top flight under new manager Peter Reid. With a new 42,000-seat stadium due to be ready in the summer of 1997, Reid and his players were determined to secure survival in the final season at historic Roker Park and give the new stadium at Monkwearmouth a debut season in the Premiership.

The first half of the season went well for club, finding themselves in a comfortable 11th position by the end of January, boasting a strong home form going into the February. However, a run of 4 consecutive defeats against Aston Villa, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hospur saw them slip down to 16th by March.

Sunderland lost 1-0 to Wimbledon on the final day of the season; with Coventry City's win at Tottenham, the Wearsiders were relegated.

On a high note, Sunderland did manage to beat Chelsea (3-0), Arsenal (1-0) and Manchester United (2-1) all at home during the season.

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 10 10 18 35 53 −18 40 7 6 6 20 18 +2 3 4 12 15 35 −20

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 D L D L W L D L W L L D W L W L W L D W D D L L L L W L L D D L W L W L
Position 11 3 5 10 10 13 10 12 13 15 13 16 16 16 12 14 14 14 11 13 11 11 11 11 12 14 15 16 15 15 15 16 15 18 16 17 17 18

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

Results[edit]

Sunderland's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Leicester City H 0-0 19,262
21 August 1996 Nottingham Forest A 4-1 22,874 Gray, Quinn (2), Ord
24 August 1996 Liverpool A 0-0 40,503
4 September 1996 Newcastle United H 1-2 22,037 Scott (pen)
8 September 1996 West Ham United H 0-0 18,642
14 September 1996 Derby County A 0-1 17,692
21 September 1996 Coventry City H 1-0 19,459 Agnew
28 September 1996 Arsenal A 0-2 38,016
14 October 1996 Middlesbrough H 2-2 20,936 Rae (pen), Russell
19 October 1996 Southampton A 0-3 15,225
26 October 1996 Aston Villa H 1-0 21,059 Stewart
2 November 1996 Leeds United A 0-3 31,667
16 November 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-2 31,867
23 November 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-1 20,644 Melville
30 November 1996 Everton A 3-1 40,087 Russell, Bridges (2)
7 December 1996 Wimbledon H 1-3 19,672 Melville
15 December 1996 Chelsea H 3-0 19,683 Duberry (own goal), Ball, Russell
21 December 1996 Manchester United A 0-5 55,081
26 December 1996 Derby County H 2-0 22,512 Ord, Russell
28 December 1996 West Ham United A 0-2 24,077
1 January 1997 Coventry City A 2-2 17,700 Bridges, Agnew (pen)
11 January 1997 Arsenal H 1-0 21,154 Adams (own goal)
18 January 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 0-0 20,850
29 January 1997 Leicester City A 1-1 17,883 Williams
1 February 1997 Aston Villa A 0-1 32,491
22 February 1997 Leeds United H 0-1 21,890
1 March 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 0-1 24,208
4 March 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-4 20,785
8 March 1997 Manchester United H 2-1 22,225 Gray, Mullin
12 March 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-2 20,294 Ball
16 March 1997 Chelsea A 2-6 24,027 Stewart, Rae
22 March 1997 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 22,120 Ball
5 April 1997 Newcastle United A 1-1 36,582 Gray
13 April 1997 Liverpool H 1-2 21,938 Stewart
19 April 1997 Middlesbrough A 1-0 30,106 Williams
22 April 1997 Southampton H 0-1 21,521
3 May 1997 Everton H 3-0 22,108 Stewart (pen), Waddle, Johnston
11 May 1997 Wimbledon A 0-1 21,338

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1997 Arsenal A 1-1 37,793 Gray
R3R 15 January 1997 Arsenal H 0-2 15,277

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 17 September 1996 Watford A 2-0 9,136 Quinn, Rae
R2 2nd Leg 24 September 1996 Watford H 1-0 (won 3-0 on agg) 10,659 Scott
R3 23 October 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-2 24,867 Ball

Squad[edit]

[2][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 Tony Coton
2 Poland DF Dariusz Kubicki
3 England DF Martin Scott
4 England MF Paul Bracewell (vice-captain)
5 England MF Kevin Ball (captain)
6 Wales DF Andy Melville
7 England DF Michael Gray
8 England DF Richard Ord
9 England FW Craig Russell
10 England MF Paul Stewart
11 England MF Steve Agnew
12 Wales DF Gareth Hall
13 England GK David Preece
14 England DF Lee Howey
15 Scotland MF Alex Rae
16 Republic of Ireland FW David Kelly
No. Position Player
17 Republic of Ireland FW Niall Quinn
18 England FW Martin Smith
19 England FW Michael Bridges
20 England DF Darren Holloway
21 England MF Sam Aiston
22 England MF John Mullin
23 England DF Darren Williams
24 England DF Paul Heckingbottom
25 England MF Chris Waddle
26 Scotland MF Allan Johnston
28 England GK Philip Naisbett
29 England MF Steven Pickering
30 France GK Lionel Pérez
32 England GK Chris Woods
33 Sweden DF Jan Eriksson
34 Denmark MF Kim Heiselberg

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
- England DF Elliott Dickman
- England FW Brett Angell
- England FW Paul Beavers
- England FW Steve Brodie
No. Position Player
- England FW Paul Conlon
- Republic of Ireland FW Stephen Grant
- England FW Chris Tate

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
1 June 1996 MF Alex Rae Millwall £1,000,000
11 July 1996 FW Paul Conlon Hartlepool United Free transfer
18 July 1996 GK Tony Coton Manchester United £600,000
1 August 1996 FW Chris Tate York City Signed
1 August 1996 GK Lionel Pérez Bordeaux £200,000
17 August 1996 FW Niall Quinn Manchester City £1,300,000
18 October 1996 DF Darren Williams York City £50,000
7 January 1997 DF Jan Eriksson Helsingborgs IF £250,000
17 March 1997 MF Chris Waddle Bradford City £75,000
21 March 1997 MF Kim Keiselberg Esbjerg fB £125,000
26 March 1997 GK Chris Woods Colorado Rapids Signed
1 April 1997 MF Allan Johnston Rennes £550,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
10 July 1996 GK Alec Chamberlain Watford £40,000
27 July 1996 DF Scott Coates Berwick Rangers Signed
1 August 1996 MF Brian Atkinson Darlington Free transfer
1 August 1996 MF Gordon Armstrong Bury Free transfer
22 November 1996 FW Brett Angell Stockport County £120,000
14 February 1997 FW Steve Brodie Scarborough Free transfer
Transfers in: Decrease £4,150,000
Transfers out: Increase £160,000
Total spending: Decrease £3,990,000

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