1996–97 Tranmere Rovers F.C. season

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Tranmere Rovers
1996–97 season
Chairman Frank Corfe
Manager John Aldridge (player-manager)
Stadium Prenton Park
First Division 11th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
John Aldridge (18)
All:
John Aldridge (20)
Highest home attendance 14,309 (vs. Bolton Wanderers, 4 May 1997)
Lowest home attendance 4,577 (vs. Oxford United, 1 October 1996)
Average home league attendance 8,170
Home colours

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

Season summary[edit]

Another decent season for Tranmere in player-manager John Aldridge's first full season in charge resulted in another mid-table finish, this time finishing two places higher than last season, in 11th.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Bolton Wanderers 46 18 4 1 60 20 10 10 3 40 33 100 53 +47 98
2 Barnsley 46 14 4 5 43 19 8 10 5 33 36 76 55 +21 80
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 10 5 8 31 24 12 5 6 37 27 68 51 +17 76
4 Ipswich Town 46 13 7 3 44 23 7 7 9 24 27 68 50 +18 74
5 Sheffield United 46 13 5 5 46 23 7 8 8 29 29 75 52 +23 73
6 Crystal Palace 46 10 7 6 39 22 9 7 7 39 26 78 48 +30 71
7 Portsmouth 46 12 4 7 32 24 8 4 11 27 29 59 53 +6 68
8 Port Vale 46 9 9 5 36 28 8 7 8 22 27 58 55 +3 67
9 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 5 8 33 25 8 7 8 31 35 64 60 +4 66
10 Birmingham City 46 11 7 5 30 18 6 8 9 22 30 52 48 +4 66
11 Tranmere Rovers 46 10 9 4 41 27 7 5 11 21 29 63 56 +7 65
12 Stoke City 46 15 3 5 34 22 3 7 13 17 35 51 57 –6 64
13 Norwich City 46 9 10 4 28 18 8 2 13 35 50 63 68 –5 63
14 Manchester City 46 12 4 7 34 24 5 6 12 25 35 59 60 –1 61
15 Charlton Athletic 46 11 8 4 36 28 5 3 15 16 38 52 66 –14 59
16 West Bromwich Albion 46 7 7 9 37 33 7 8 8 31 39 68 72 –4 57
17 Oxford United 46 14 3 6 44 26 2 6 15 20 42 64 68 –4 57
18 Reading 46 13 7 3 37 24 2 5 16 21 43 58 67 –9 57
19 Swindon Town 46 11 6 6 36 27 4 3 16 16 44 52 71 –19 54
20 Huddersfield Town 46 10 7 6 28 20 3 8 12 20 41 48 61 –13 54
21 Bradford City 46 10 5 8 29 32 2 7 14 18 40 47 72 –25 48
22 Grimsby Town 46 7 7 9 31 34 4 6 13 28 47 60 81 –21 46
23 Oldham Athletic 46 6 8 9 30 30 4 5 14 21 36 51 66 –15 43
24 Southend United 46 7 9 7 32 32 1 6 16 10 53 42 86 –44 39
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
Relegated


Results[edit]

Tranmere Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Southend United A 1–1 4,264 Morrissey
23 August 1996 Grimsby Town H 3–2 6,800 Aldridge (2, 1 pen), Irons
27 August 1996 Port Vale H 2–0 6,123 Mahon, Branch
31 August 1996 Bradford City A 0–1 10,080
7 September 1996 Birmingham City H 1–0 8,548 Aldridge
10 September 1996 Huddersfield Town A 1–0 10,181 Aldridge
14 September 1996 Swindon Town A 1–2 8,430 Aldridge
21 September 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 2–3 7,848 Aldridge, Branch
28 September 1996 Norwich City A 1–1 14,511 Aldridge
1 October 1996 Oxford United H 0–0 4,577
4 October 1996 Portsmouth H 4–3 5,001 Branch (2), G Jones, Bonetti
12 October 1996 Sheffield United A 0–0 15,059
15 October 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 14,136
20 October 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 2–3 7,025 Aldridge (pen), Brannan
26 October 1996 Ipswich Town A 2–0 11,003 Brannan, Vaughan (own goal)
29 October 1996 Charlton Athletic H 4–0 5,527 Thomas-Moore, G Jones, Mahon, Aldridge
2 November 1996 Crystal Palace H 1–3 8,613 Thorn
15 November 1996 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 8,327 Aldridge
23 November 1996 Manchester City A 2–1 26,531 Higgins, Brightwell (own goal)
30 November 1996 Ipswich Town H 3–0 10,127 Brannan, Aldridge (2)
3 December 1996 Reading A 0–2 5,513
7 December 1996 Stoke City A 0–2 9,931
14 December 1996 Barnsley A 0–3 8,513
21 December 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–2 9,674
26 December 1996 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 10,134 Brannan
1 January 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 2–1 14,770 Aldridge (2)
10 January 1997 Swindon Town H 2–1 8,763 Nevin (2)
18 January 1997 Oxford United A 1–2 7,072 Aldridge
28 January 1997 Norwich City H 3–1 5,891 Cook (2), Thomas-Moore
1 February 1997 Reading H 2–2 6,019 Branch, Thomas-Moore
7 February 1997 Charlton Athletic A 1–3 11,283 Irons
22 February 1997 Crystal Palace A 1–0 15,396 O'Brien
28 February 1997 Stoke City H 0–0 9,127
4 March 1997 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 5,417 Brannan (2)
8 March 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–3 26,192 Irons, Aldridge
15 March 1997 Barnsley H 1–1 7,347 Higgins
18 March 1997 Manchester City H 1–1 12,019 G Jones
22 March 1997 Grimsby Town A 0–0 4,353
28 March 1997 Southend United H 3–0 7,563 Irons, L Jones, Aldridge
31 March 1997 Port Vale A 1–2 7,469 Irons
4 April 1997 Bradford City H 3–0 8,531 G Jones (2), L Jones
12 April 1997 Portsmouth A 3–1 12,004 Cook, G Jones, L Jones
15 April 1997 Birmingham City A 0–0 22,364
19 April 1997 Sheffield United H 1–1 10,027 L Jones
26 April 1997 Queens Park Rangers A 0–2 14,859
4 May 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 2–2 14,309 Aldridge (pen), L Jones

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 14 January 1997 Carlisle United A 0–1 10,090

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 21 August 1996 Shrewsbury Town A 2–0 2,875 Aldridge, Bonetti
R1 Second Leg 3 September 1996 Shrewsbury Town H 1–1 (won 3-1 on agg) 3,028 Branch
R2 First Leg 17 September 1996 Oldham Athletic A 2–2 3,094 Aldridge (pen), Morrissey
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Oldham Athletic H 0–1 3,711

Squad[edit]

[2] 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 Eric Nixon
Wales GK Danny Coyne
England DF Dave Challinor
England DF Dave Higgins
England DF John McGreal
England DF Alan Rogers
England DF Gary Stevens
England DF Shaun Teale
England DF Tony Thomas
England DF Andy Thorn
Wales DF Alan Morgan
Scotland DF Steve Mungall
England MF Graham Branch
England MF Ged Brannan
No. Position Player
England MF Paul Cook
England MF Kenny Irons
England MF Gary Jones
Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon
England MF Kevin McIntyre
Republic of Ireland MF Liam O'Brien
Republic of Ireland MF Billy Woods
Italy MF Ivano Bonetti
England FW John Morrissey
England FW Ian Thomas-Moore
Wales FW Lee Jones
Scotland FW Pat Nevin
Republic of Ireland FW John Aldridge

References[edit]