1996–97 Swindon Town F.C. season

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Swindon Town
1996–97 season
Manager England Steve McMahon
Stadium County Ground
Football League First Division 19th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Allison (11)
All: Allison (13)
Highest home attendance 14,374 vs. Manchester City (2 November 1996)
Lowest home attendance 6,730 vs. Southend United (5 April 1997)
Average home league attendance 9,917

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

Season summary[edit]

With Swindon's financial state getting more precarious, they could not afford to build a side which would be able to win promotion to the Premier League, with McMahon's only significant summer signing the underwhelming Gary Elkins from Wimbledon. In 1996–97 season, Swindon held a mid-table position right up until the middle of March, but then scored just two goals in their last ten games – getting thumped 7–0 at Bolton, 5–1 at Oldham and 4–0 at Ipswich in the process – ending up in a disappointing 19th place.

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]

Swindon Town's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Norwich City A 0–2 15,165
24 August 1996 Port Vale H 1–1 8,706 Robinson
28 August 1996 Oldham Athletic H 1–0 8,025 Allison
31 August 1996 Southend United A 3–1 4,011 Watson, Cowe, Finney
7 September 1996 Grimsby Town A 1–2 4,089 Cowe
11 September 1996 Portsmouth H 0–1 8,685
14 September 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 2–1 8,430 Walters (pen), Horlock
21 September 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 13,662 Cowe
27 September 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–2 8,572 Horlock
2 October 1996 Bradford City A 1–2 9,249 Walters (pen)
12 October 1996 Oxford United H 1–0 10,811 Horlock
16 October 1996 Huddersfield Town H 6–0 7,724 Walters, Thorne (3), Allison, Horlock
19 October 1996 Crystal Palace A 2–1 15,088 Allison, Thorne
26 October 1996 Reading A 0–2 11,018
30 October 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 2–3 8,909 Allen, Thorne
2 November 1996 Manchester City H 2–0 14,374 Allison (2)
16 November 1996 Barnsley H 3–0 10,837 Walters, Gooden, Finney
19 November 1996 Ipswich Town A 2–3 7,086 Thorne, Allison
23 November 1996 Birmingham City A 0–1 16,559
26 November 1996 Sheffield United A 0–2 12,301
30 November 1996 Reading H 3–1 10,874 Horlock, Allison, Walters
7 December 1996 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 10,565
14 December 1996 Stoke City A 0–2 10,102
22 December 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 2–2 8,946 Walters, Allison
26 December 1996 Portsmouth A 1–0 10,605 Cowe
10 January 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 1–2 8,763 Horlock
18 January 1997 Bradford City H 1–1 7,851 Horlock
25 January 1997 Grimsby Town H 3–3 9,127 Horlock, Allison, Walters
29 January 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 23,003
1 February 1997 Sheffield United H 2–1 8,811 Elkins, Holdsworth (own goal)
5 February 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 10,830 Brevett (own goal)
8 February 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 2–1 16,219 Allison, Smith
22 February 1997 Manchester City A 0–3 27,262
26 February 1997 Birmingham City H 3–1 7,428 Bullock, Broomes, Cowe
1 March 1997 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 9,256 Allison
4 March 1997 Barnsley A 1–1 9,789 Thorne
8 March 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 0–7 13,981
15 March 1997 Stoke City H 1–0 8,878 Thorne
22 March 1997 Port Vale A 0–1 6,142
29 March 1997 Norwich City H 0–3 10,249
31 March 1997 Oldham Athletic A 1–5 5,699 Cowe
5 April 1997 Southend United H 0–0 6,730
12 April 1997 Ipswich Town H 0–4 8,591
19 April 1997 Oxford United A 0–2 8,167
26 April 1997 Crystal Palace H 0–2 10,447
4 May 1997 Huddersfield Town A 0–0 11,506

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1997 Everton A 0–3 20,411

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 August 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 7,451 Allison, Leitch
R1 Second Leg 3 September 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 (won 2-1 on agg) 10,760
R2 First Leg 18 September 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 1–2 7,843 Walters
R2 Second Leg 25 September 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 3–1 (won 4-3 on agg) 6,976 O'Sullivan, Allison, Thorne
R3 23 October 1996 Manchester United A 1–2 49,305 Thorne

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 Fraser Digby
England GK Steve Mildenhall
Australia GK Frank Talia
England DF Marlon Broomes (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
England DF Ian Culverhouse
England DF Jason Drysdale
England DF Gary Elkins
England DF David Kerslake (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
England DF Phil King
England DF Mark Robinson
England DF Mark Seagraves
England DF Shaun Taylor
Republic of Ireland DF Graham Coughlan (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
Republic of Ireland DF Wayne O'Sullivan
France DF Frédéric Darras
England MF Paul Allen
England MF Graham Anthony
No. Position Player
England MF Darren Bullock
England MF Ty Gooden
England MF Peter Holcroft
England MF Robin Hulbert
England MF Steve McMahon
England MF Alex Smith
England MF Mark Walters
England MF Kevin Watson
Wales MF Michael Pattimore
Scotland MF Lee Collins
Scotland MF Scott Leitch
Northern Ireland MF Kevin Horlock
England FW Wayne Allison
England FW Steve Cowe
England FW Steve Finney
England FW Peter Thorne

References[edit]