1996–97 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
1996–97 season
Chairman England Alan Sugar
Manager England Gerry Francis
Stadium White Hart Lane
FA Premier League 10th
FA Cup Third round
Coca–Cola Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Sheringham (7)
All: Sheringham (8)
Average home league attendance 31,067

During the 1996–97 season, Tottenham Hotspur participated in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

For two seasons running, Tottenham narrowly missed out on a UEFA Cup place. 1996-97 could have been the season when Gerry Francis finally got it right and secured either a top-five finish or victory in one of the cups, but early exits from the FA Cup and Coca-Cola Cup ended their chances of a Wembley final, and a 10th place finish in the final table was the club's lowest since Francis took over in November 1994. This disappointment saw the manager's future thrown into serious doubt, with fans calling for him to be dismissed.

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

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 England GK Ian Walker
2 England DF Dean Austin
3 England DF Justin Edinburgh
4 England MF David Howells
5 Scotland DF Colin Calderwood
6 England DF Gary Mabbutt (captain)
7 Montserrat MF Ruel Fox
8 Denmark MF Allan Nielsen
9 England MF Darren Anderton
10 England FW Teddy Sheringham
11 England FW Chris Armstrong
12 England MF Jason Dozzell
13 Norway GK Espen Baardsen
14 England MF Stuart Nethercott
15 England DF Clive Wilson
16 Israel FW Ronny Rosenthal
17 England DF John Scales
No. Position Player
18 Norway FW Steffen Iversen
19 Northern Ireland MF Paul McVeigh
20 Republic of Ireland FW Neale Fenn
21 England MF Danny Hill
22 England DF David Kerslake (on loan to Swindon Town)
23 England DF Sol Campbell
24 Switzerland DF Ramon Vega
25 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Carr
26 England FW Paul Mahorn
27 England MF Andy Sinton
28 England DF Jamie Clapham
29 England FW Rory Allen
30 Republic of Ireland MF Simon Webb
31 England GK Simon Brown
32 Scotland MF Garry Brady
34 South Africa DF Mark Arber

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
17 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Turner (to Portsmouth)
18 Northern Ireland MF Gerry McMahon (to Stoke City)
No. Position Player
19 England DF Kevin Scott (to Norwich City)
24 England DF Jason Cundy (to Ipswich Town)

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Topscorers[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager England Gerry Francis
Assistant manager Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton