1996–97 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
1996–97 season
Chairman Wales Tony Hale
Manager England Alan Buckley (until January)
England Ray Harford (from February)
Stadium The Hawthorns
First Division 16th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Andy Hunt and Paul Peschisolido (15)
All: Andy Hunt (16)
Highest home attendance 20,711 (vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 15 September)
Lowest home attendance 11,792 (vs. Southend United, 5 March)
Average home league attendance 15,064

During the 1996–97 English football season, West Bromwich Albion F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In February 1997, Ray Harford was named as West Bromwich's new manager in place of Alan Buckley, who was sacked with the Baggies hovering just above the relegation zone in Division One (which had been a familiar pattern since their promotion in 1993) and Harford did much to keep the club clear of relegation.

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]

West Bromwich Albion's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Barnsley H 1–2 18,561 Hunt (pen)
24 August 1996 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 9,642 Taylor
27 August 1996 Crystal Palace A 0–0 13,849
7 September 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 2–0 12,886 Peschisolido, Taylor
10 September 1996 Reading H 3–2 13,096 Hunt (3)
15 September 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–4 20,711 Hamilton, Taylor
21 September 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 3–2 7,848 Gilbert, Peschisolido, Groves
28 September 1996 Ipswich Town H 0–0 15,606
1 October 1996 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 5,817 Groves
12 October 1996 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 14,960 Hunt
16 October 1996 Stoke City H 0–2 16,501
19 October 1996 Grimsby Town A 1–1 7,187 Sneekes
26 October 1996 Bradford City H 0–0 14,249
30 October 1996 Swindon Town A 3–2 8,909 Holmes, Peschisolido, Sneekes
2 November 1996 Portsmouth A 0–4 7,354
9 November 1996 Port Vale H 1–1 13,975 Taylor
13 November 1996 Sheffield United H 1–2 12,167 Coldicott
16 November 1996 Southend United A 3–2 5,120 Peschisolido, Smith, Hunt
27 November 1996 Manchester City A 2–3 24,200 Peschisolido, Hamilton
30 November 1996 Bradford City A 1–1 12,003 Groves
8 December 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 2–2 13,082 Peschisolido, Taylor
18 December 1996 Norwich City H 5–1 12,620 Hamilton (2), Hunt (2), Peschisolido
21 December 1996 Oxford United H 3–3 13,782 Sneekes, Hunt (pen), Taylor
26 December 1996 Reading A 2–2 10,583 Peschisolido, Groves
28 December 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 4–1 19,061 Sneekes, Smith, Hunt, Peschisolido
1 January 1997 Tranmere Rovers H 1–2 14,770 Burgess
12 January 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–2 27,336
18 January 1997 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 12,103 Taylor
25 January 1997 Ipswich Town A 0–5 9,381
1 February 1997 Port Vale A 2–2 8,093 Peschisolido (2)
4 February 1997 Birmingham City A 3–2 21,600 Taylor (2), Sneekes
8 February 1997 Swindon Town H 1–2 16,219 Hunt (pen)
15 February 1997 Norwich City A 4–2 14,845 Peschisolido (3), Sneekes
22 February 1997 Portsmouth H 0–2 15,800
2 March 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 13,258
5 March 1997 Southend United H 4–0 11,792 Sneekes, Murphy, Hunt, Raven
8 March 1997 Oxford United A 0–1 8,502
16 March 1997 Birmingham City H 2–0 16,125 Sneekes, Hamilton
22 March 1997 Charlton Athletic H 1–2 14,312 Hunt
28 March 1997 Barnsley A 0–2 12,087
5 April 1997 Sheffield United A 2–1 15,004 Coldicott, Taylor
9 April 1997 Crystal Palace H 1–0 12,866 Peschisolido
12 April 1997 Manchester City H 1–3 20,087 Murphy
19 April 1997 Huddersfield Town A 0–0 12,748
26 April 1997 Grimsby Town H 2–0 15,574 Hunt, Coldicott
4 May 1997 Stoke City A 1–2 22,500 Hunt (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1997 Chelsea A 0–3 27,446

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 August 1996 Colchester United A 3–2 3,521 Hunt, Hamilton, Donovan
R1 Second Leg 3 September 1996 Colchester United H 1–3 (lost 4-5 on agg) 9,809 Groves

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 Paul Crichton
England GK Alan Miller
England GK Nigel Spink
Scotland GK Gary Germaine
England DF Paul Agnew
England DF Daryl Burgess
England DF Paul Holmes
England DF Roger Joseph
England DF Shane Nicholson
England DF Graham Potter
England DF Paul Raven
Wales DF Paul Mardon
Australia DF Andy McDermott
Australia DF Shaun Murphy
England MF Dean Bennett
No. Position Player
England MF Peter Butler
England MF Stacy Coldicott
England MF Shaun Cunnington
England MF Julian Darby
England MF Kevin Donovan
England MF Dave Gilbert
England MF Paul Groves
England MF Ian Hamilton
England MF David Smith
Netherlands MF Richard Sneekes
England FW Lee Ashcroft
England FW Andy Hunt
England FW Michael Rodosthenous
England FW Bob Taylor
Canada FW Paul Peschisolido

References[edit]