1996–97 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
1996–97 season
Chairman Jonathan Hayward
Manager Mark McGhee
First Division 3rd
(lost in play-offs)
FA Cup 3rd round
League Cup 1st round
Top goalscorer League: Steve Bull (23)
All: Steve Bull (23)
Highest home attendance 27,400 (vs Stoke,
1 February 1997)
Lowest home attendance 10,760 (vs Swindon,
4 September 1996)
Average home league attendance 24,763 (league only)

The 1996–97 season was the 98th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

The team finished in third position in the league, their highest position in the football pyramid since their relegation from the top flight in 1983–84. Nonetheless, the season ended in disappointment for the club as they lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to Crystal Palace, thereby failing to reach the Premier League.

Their failure to finish ahead of unfancied Barnsley in the automatic promotion places, and then subsequent play-off exit, caused owner Sir Jack Hayward to make an emotional outburst days after the campaign in which he accused manager Mark McGhee and the chairman, his son Jonathan, of "blackmailing" him into funding their high transfer spending. He promised that there would be an end to Wolves being a "sloppily-run club".[1][2]

Results[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in the Football League First Division in the 1996–97 season. Each team played every other team twice: once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. Teams finishing level on points were firstly divided by the number of goals scored rather than goal difference.

The provisional fixture list was released on 17 June 1996, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage or police concerns.[3]

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA 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

Source: Statto.com

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 22 10 14 68 51 +17 76 10 5 8 31 24 +7 12 5 6 37 27 +10

Source: Statto.com

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result W W D L W D W L W L L D W L W D D L W W D L W W D W L W W W W L W D W W L L L D W L W D W L
Position 1 2 4 6 3 6 3 4 3 5 6 6 3 5 4 6 5 9 7 6 5 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Source: Statto.com

Play-offs[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Key

      ‡ On loan from another club       * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of end of season. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.


Pos Name P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
GK England Bartram, VinceVince Bartram 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Murray, MattMatt Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK Netherlands Segers, HansHans Segers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Stowell, MikeMike Stowell 48 0 1 0 2 0 51 0 0 0
DF England Curle, KeithKeith Curle (c) 22(1) 2 0 0 0 0 22(1) 2 0 0
DF Wales Law, BrianBrian Law 4(3) 0 0 0 0 0 4(3) 0 0 0
DF Northern Ireland Masters, NeilNeil Masters 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Naylor, LeeLee Naylor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Pearce, DennisDennis Pearce 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
DF England Richards, DeanDean Richards 19(2) 1 0 0 2 0 21(2) 1 0 0
DF France Romano, SergeSerge Romano 1(3) 0 0 0 1 0 2(3) 0 0 0
DF England Smith, JamieJamie Smith 38(2) 1 1 0 1(1) 0 40(3) 1 0 0
DF England Thompson, AndyAndy Thompson 27(6) 2 0 0 2 0 29(6) 2 0 0
DF England Venus, MarkMark Venus 36(4) 0 1 0 2 0 39(4) 0 0 0
DF England Westwood, ChrisChris Westwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Wales Williams, AdrianAdrian Williams 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0
DF Wales Young, EricEric Young 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
MF England Atkins, MarkMark Atkins 46(1) 5 1 0 2 0 49(1) 5 0 0
MF Australia Corica, SteveSteve Corica 33(3) 2 1 0 2 0 36(3) 2 0 0
MF England Daley, TonyTony Daley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Northern Ireland Dennison, RobbieRobbie Dennison 9(5) 1 1 0 0 0 10(5) 1 0 0
MF Germany Dowe, JensJens Dowe 5(3) 0 0 0 0 0 5(3) 0 0 0
MF England Emblen, NeilNeil Emblen 27(1) 0 1 0 0 0 28(1) 0 0 0
MF Scotland Ferguson, DarrenDarren Ferguson 12(6) 3 0(1) 1 1 0 13(7) 4 0 1
MF England Froggatt, SteveSteve Froggatt 27 2 0 0 2 0 29 2 0 0
MF Barbados Gilkes, MichaelMichael Gilkes 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0
MF England Osborn, SimonSimon Osborn 35(2) 5 1 0 1 1 37(2) 6 0 0
MF England Rankine, MarkMark Rankine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0 0
MF England Thomas, GeoffGeoff Thomas 17(7) 3 1 0 0 0 18(7) 3 0 0
MF Netherlands van der Laan, RobinRobin van der Laan 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
MF England Wright, JermaineJermaine Wright 0(3) 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0(5) 0 0 0
FW England Bull, SteveSteve Bull 45 23 1 0 2 0 48 23 0 1
FW Republic of Ireland Crowe, GlenGlen Crowe ¤ 5(1) 0 0 0 0 0 5(1) 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Foley, DominicDominic Foley 0(7) 1 0 0 0 0 0(7) 1 0 0
FW England Goodman, DonDon Goodman 20(8) 6 1 0 0 0 21(8) 6 0 0
FW England Leadbeater, RichardRichard Leadbeater 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
FW Wales Roberts, IwanIwan Roberts 26(9) 12 0(1) 0 2 0 28(10) 12 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
1 July 1996 Wales Adrian Williams Reading £750,000[4]
5 July 1996 Wales Iwan Roberts Leicester City £1.3 million[5]
31 July 1996 England Keith Curle Manchester City £650,000[6]
12 August 1996 France Serge Romano Martigues Free[7]
30 August 1996 Netherlands Hans Segers Unattached Free[8]
27 March 1997 Barbados Michael Gilkes Reading £150,000[9]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
June 1996 Netherlands John de Wolf Released Free[10]
June 1996 England Andy De Bont Hereford United Free[11]
June 1996 England Gavin Mahon Hereford United Free[11]
June 1996 England Steve Piearce Doncaster Rovers Free[11]
June 1996 England Quentin Townsend Hereford United Free[11]
June 1996 South Africa Mark Williams Released Free[10]
16 July 1996 Wales Paul Jones Stockport County £60,000[12]
20 July 1996 England Paul Birch Doncaster Rovers Free
17 September 1996 England Mark Rankine Preston North End £100,000[13]
28 March 1997 Northern Ireland Neil Masters Gillingham £150,000[14]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
9 October 1996 Germany Jens Dowe Hamburg End of season[15]
11 October 1996 Netherlands Robin van der Laan Derby County 1 January 1997[16][17]
26 February 1997 England Vince Bartram Arsenal 14 March 1997[18][19]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
21 February 1997 Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Exeter City 12 April 1997[20]

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Mark McGhee
Assistant Manager Colin Lee
First Team Coach Mike Hickman
Youth Development Officer Chris Evans
Youth Team Coach Chris Turner
Club Doctors Dr Peter Ackroyd and Dr Peter Bekenn
Club Physio Barry Holmes

Kit[edit]

The season saw Puma take over as the club's kit manufacturer, and two new kits were therefore introduced. Both used a "wolf head" design to the shirts as a central feature, the home shirt using their traditional gold and black colours, while the away kit used shades of teal. In a further emphasis of the "wolf head", a new club emblen was introduced replacing the usage of the Wolverhampton city crest on the shirts that had been adopted for the previous three seasons. Both shirts featured the sponsor name of Goodyear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mac lashed". The Mirror. 16 May 1997. 
  2. ^ "McGhee blasted by boss". Daily Record. 16 May 1997. 
  3. ^ "Fixture guide". The Mirror. 18 June 1996. 
  4. ^ "Wolves hunt". The Mirror. 1 July 1996. 
  5. ^ "Iwan hits out". The Mirror. 6 July 1996. 
  6. ^ "Wolves grab Maine man". The Mirror. 1 August 1996. 
  7. ^ "Plymouth sign Grobbelaar". The Independent. 10 August 1996. 
  8. ^ "Handy Hans". The Mirror. 30 August 1996. 
  9. ^ "Round-up". The Independent. 27 March 1997. 
  10. ^ a b "Football". The Independent. 8 May 1996. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Club-By-Club Guide to the Nationwide League". The Times. 15 August 1996. p. 41. 
  12. ^ "Stockport sign Paul Jones from Wolves". The Independent. 17 July 1996. 
  13. ^ "On the move". The Independent. 22 September 1996. 
  14. ^ "Everton call on Donachie as stand-in". The Independent. 29 March 1997. 
  15. ^ "Celtic settle row with striker". The Independent. 10 October 1996. 
  16. ^ "Derby v Newcastle". The Mirror. 12 October 1996. 
  17. ^ "No headline". The Independent. 7 November 1996. 
  18. ^ "Cover up Bart". The Mirror. 19 February 1997. 
  19. ^ "Bergkamp fears the worst". Daily Mail. 15 March 1997. 
  20. ^ "On the move". The Independent. 23 February 1997.