1996–97 West Ham United F.C. season

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West Ham United
1996–97 season
Chairman Terry Brown
Manager England Harry Redknapp
Stadium Upton Park
Premier League 14th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Paul Kitson (8)
All:
Paul Kitson and Julian Dicks (8)
Highest home attendance 25,064 (vs. Liverpool, 29 September)
Lowest home attendance 19,105 (vs. Aston Villa, 4 December)
Average home league attendance 23,242

During the 1996–97 English football season, West Ham United competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

The season began with much excitement at Upton Park, as a whole host of foreign signings arrived. However, most of the acquisitions were short-lived and unsuccessful. Romanian striker Florin Răducioiu walked out in mid-season after scoring just two goals and Portuguese winger Paulo Futre played just nine games for the club before giving in to a knee injury and announcing his retirement in November.

It was a season of struggle for Harry Redknapp and his east Londoners, but in the end a new wave of players helped save the day and keep West Ham in the Premiership. Exciting young defender Rio Ferdinand broke into the side and so impressed that an international call-up appeared imminent, while newly-signed strikers Paul Kitson and John Hartson gave the attack the much-needed boost that Radiciou and Futre had failed to deliver.

With survival confirmed by the final day of the season, there was now talk of pushing for a UEFA Cup place in the following campaign.

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

Results[edit]

West Ham United's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Arsenal A 0-2 38,056
21 August 1996 Coventry City H 1–1 21,580 Rieper
24 August 1996 Southampton H 2-1 21,227 M Hughes, Dicks (pen)
4 September 1996 Middlesbrough A 1-4 30,060 M Hughes
8 September 1996 Sunderland A 0-0 18,642
15 September 1996 Wimbledon H 0-2 21,294
21 September 1996 Nottingham Forest A 2-0 23,352 Bowen, M Hughes
29 September 1996 Liverpool H 1-2 25,064 Bilić
12 October 1996 Everton A 1-2 36,571 Dicks (pen)
19 October 1996 Leicester City H 1-0 22,285 Moncur
26 October 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 2-1 23,947 Berg (own goal), Porfírio
2 November 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-1 32,999
16 November 1996 Newcastle United A 1-1 36,552 Rowland
23 November 1996 Derby County H 1-1 24,576 Bishop
30 November 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-0 22,321
4 December 1996 Aston Villa H 0–2 19,105
8 December 1996 Manchester United H 2-2 25,045 Răducioiu, Dicks (pen)
21 December 1996 Chelsea A 1-3 28,315 Porfírio
28 December 1996 Sunderland H 2-0 24,077 Bilić, Răducioiu
1 January 1997 Nottingham Forest H 0-1 22,358
11 January 1997 Liverpool A 0–0 40,102
20 January 1997 Leeds United H 0-2 19,441
29 January 1997 Arsenal H 1-2 24,382 Rose (own goal)
1 February 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 1-2 21,994 Ferdinand
15 February 1997 Derby County A 0-1 18,057
24 February 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 4-3 23,998 Dicks (2, 1 pen), Kitson, Hartson
1 March 1997 Leeds United A 0-1 30,575
12 March 1997 Chelsea H 3-2 24,502 Dicks, Kitson (2)
15 March 1997 Aston Villa A 0-0 35,992
18 March 1997 Wimbledon A 1-1 15,771 Lazaridis
22 March 1997 Coventry City A 3-1 22,291 Hartson (2), Ferdinand
9 April 1997 Middlesbrough H 0-0 23,988
12 April 1997 Southampton A 0-2 15,244
19 April 1997 Everton H 2-2 24,525 Kitson (2)
23 April 1997 Leicester City A 1-0 20,327 Moncur
3 May 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 5-1 24,960 Kitson (3), Hartson (2)
7 May 1997 Newcastle United H 0-0 24,617
11 May 1997 Manchester United A 0-2 55,249

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1997 Wrexham A 1-1 9,747 Porfírio
R3R 25 January 1997 Wrexham H 0-1 16,763

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 18 September 1996 Barnet A 1-1 3,849 Cottee
R2 Second Leg 25 September 1996 Barnet H 1-0 15,264 Bilić
R3 23 October 1996 Nottingham Forest H 4-1 19,402 Dowie (2), Porfírio, Dicks (pen)
R4 27 November 1996 Stockport County H 1-1 20,061 Răducioiu
R4R 18 December 1996 Stockport County A 1-2 9,834 Dicks

First-team 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 Czech Republic GK Luděk Mikloško
2 England DF Tim Breacker
3 England DF Julian Dicks (captain)
4 England DF Steve Potts (vice-captain)
5 England DF Richard Hall
6 England MF Danny Williamson
7 England MF Ian Bishop
8 Denmark DF Marc Rieper
9 England FW Paul Kitson
10 Wales FW John Hartson
11 Northern Ireland MF Steve Lomas
12 Northern Ireland DF Keith Rowland
No. Position Player
13 Portugal MF Hugo Porfírio (on loan from Sporting CP)
14 Northern Ireland FW Iain Dowie
16 England MF John Moncur
17 Australia MF Stan Lazaridis
21 England GK Les Sealey
24 Northern Ireland MF Michael Hughes (footballer)
26 England MF Frank Lampard
27 England DF Rio Ferdinand
28 Croatia DF Slaven Bilić
29 Nigeria FW Emmanuel Omoyinmi
33 Republic of Ireland FW Lee Boylan

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
9 England FW Tony Cottee (to Selangor)
10 Portugal FW Paulo Futre (to Atlético Madrid)
11 Romania FW Florin Răducioiu (to Espanyol)
15 England DF Kenny Brown (to Birmingham City)
18 Romania FW Ilie Dumitrescu (to Club América)
19 Australia MF Robbie Slater (to Southampton)
No. Position Player
19 England FW Mike Newell (on loan from Birmingham City)
20 Wales DF Mark Bowen (to Shimizu S-Pulse)
21 England GK Peter Shilton (to Leyton Orient)
22 England DF Adrian Whitbread (to Portsmouth)
23 England FW Steve Jones (to Charlton Athletic)
30 Australia GK Steve Mautone (to Reading)

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
25 England MF Lee Hodges
31 England GK Neil Finn
32 England MF Scott Mean

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions

References[edit]