1896–97 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City F.C.
1896–97 season
Manager England Sam Ormerod
Football League 6th
FA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Meredith (10 goals)
All: Meredith (10 goals)
Highest home attendance 20,000 vs Newton Heath
(3 October 1896)
Lowest home attendance 1,000 vs Lincoln City
(13 February 1897)
1,000 vs Leicester Fosse (12 April 1897)

The 1896–97 season was Manchester City F.C.'s sixth season of league football and fifth season in the Football League.

Team Kit[edit]

Football League Second Division[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
4 Small Heath 30 16 5 9 69 47 37
5 Newcastle United 30 17 1 12 56 52 35
6 Manchester City 30 12 8 10 58 50 32
7 Gainsborough Trinity 30 12 7 11 50 47 31
8 Blackpool 30 13 5 12 59 56 31

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points
Source: Football League

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts W D L GF GA Pts W D L GF GA Pts
30 12 8 10 58 50 1.16 32 5 5 5 25 27 15 7 3 5 33 23 17

Source: rsssf.com

Reports[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Venue Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
5 September 1896 Woolwich Arsenal H Hyde Road 1 – 1 Finnerhan 8,000
12 September 1896 Gainsborough Trinity H Hyde Road 1 – 1 Sharples 4,000
19 September 1896 Darwen H Hyde Road 4 – 1 Mann (2), Ditchfield, Lewis 10,000
21 September 1896 Lincoln City A Sincil Bank 3 – 0 Finnerhan, Lewis, Sharples 3,000
26 September 1896 Blackpool A Athletic Grounds 2 – 2 Mann, Hill 5,000
3 October 1896 Newton Heath H Hyde Road 0 – 0 20,000
10 October 1896 Notts County A Trent Bridge 3 – 3 Meredith, Hill, Robinson 7,000
17 October 1896 Newcastle United H Hyde Road 1 – 2 Robinson 10,000
24 October 1896 Grimsby Town H Hyde Road 1 – 3 Sharples 3,000
31 October 1896 Notts County H Hyde Road 1 – 4 Meredith 12,000
7 November 1896 Blackpool H Hyde Road 4 – 2 Banner, Meredith, Sharples, Lewis 4,000
14 November 1896 Burton Swifts A Peel Croft 3 – 1 Tait (2), Gunn 4,000
23 November 1896 Walsall H Hyde Road 2 – 3 Finnerhan, Mann 3,000
28 November 1896 Burton Wanderers H Hyde Road 2 – 1 F. Williams, Gunn 2,000
19 December 1896 Grimsby Town A Abbey Park 3 – 1 Meredith, Gunn, F. Williams 12,000
25 December 1896 Newton Heath A Bank Street 1 – 2 Hill 18,000
26 December 1896 Burton Swifts H Hyde Road 0 – 5 6,000
1 January 1897 Small Heath H Hyde Road 3 – 0 Bannister, Gunn, Sharples 16,000
6 January 1897 Walsall A Hillary Street 5 – 0 Ray, Mann, Meredith, Lewis, Sharples 500
9 January 1897 Darwen A Barley Bank 1 – 3 Gillespie 1,000
6 February 1897 Newcastle United A St James' Park 0 – 3 4,000
13 February 1897 Lincoln City H Hyde Road 1 – 0 Gillespie 1,000
27 February 1897 Gainsborough Trinity A The Northolme 4 – 1 Gillespie, F. Williams (2), Meredith 9,000
6 March 1897 Burton Wanderers A Derby Turn 1 – 1 Read 3,000
13 March 1897 Leicester Fosse A Filbert Street 4 – 0 Holmes, Meredith, Gillespie, F. Williams 6,000
17 March 1897 Loughborough A Athletic Ground 0 – 2 2,000
12 April 1897 Leicester Fosse H Hyde Road 3 – 3 Meredith (2), ? (o.g.) 1,000
16 April 1897 Loughborough H Hyde Road 1 – 1 Foster 2,000
19 April 1897 Small Heath A Muntz Street 1 – 3 Meredith 500
28 April 1897 Woolwich Arsenal A Manor Ground 2 – 1 Hill (2) 2,000

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Venue Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
30 January 1897 First round Preston North End A Deepdale 0 – 6 6,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Squad[edit]

Appearances for competitive matches only

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Charlie Williams 30 0 1 0 31 0
DF England Dick Ray 30 1 1 0 31 1
MF Scotland James McBride 28 0 1 0 29 0
FW Canada Walter Bowman 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Pat Finnerhan 25 3 0 0 25 3
FW England Billie Gillespie 11 4 0 0 11 4
FW England Frank Hesham 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Wales Billy Meredith 27 10 1 0 28 10
FW England William Townley 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Fred Williams 11 5 0 0 11 5
-- Charlie Bannister 18 2 0 0 18 2
-- John Ditchfield 10 1 0 0 10 1
-- H. Foster 6 1 1 0 7 1
-- England John Gunn 21 4 1 0 22 4
-- James Harper 10 0 1 0 11 0
-- Robert Hill 12 5 0 0 12 5
-- Billy Holmes 12 1 1 0 13 1
-- Wales Billy Lewis 12 4 1 0 13 4
-- Alex McConnell 2 0 0 0 2 0
-- George Mann 18 5 1 0 19 5
-- Bobby Moffatt 8 0 0 0 8 0
-- J. Moffatt 3 0 0 0 3 0
-- William Patterson 1 0 0 0 1 0
-- J. Platt 1 0 0 0 1 0
-- Thomas Read 8 1 0 0 8 1
-- L. Robinson 3 2 0 0 3 2
-- James Sharples 10 6 1 0 11 6
-- David Tait 4 2 0 0 4 2
-- Tonge 2 0 0 0 2 0

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