1995–96 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1995–96 season
Chairman Doug Ellis
Manager Brian Little
Stadium Villa Park
Premiership 4th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Yorke (17)
All: Yorke (25)
Highest home attendance 39,336 vs Manchester City
(27 Apr 1996, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 17,679 vs Stockport County
(25 Oct 1995, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 31,688[1]
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1995–96 English football season, Aston Villa competed in the Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Aston Villa made huge progress in their first full season under Brian Little's management. They finished fourth in the league and matched Liverpool's record of five League Cup victories (Liverpool have since reclaimed the record with victories in 2001, 2003 and 2012) thanks to a 3-0 Wembley win over Leeds United in March.[2] Villa were also FA Cup semi-finalists, but their hopes of a Wembley double were ended with a defeat to Liverpool.

A new-look Villa side proved itself to be one of the finest in the country thanks to the likes of Gary Charles, Alan Wright, Ian Taylor and Mark Draper. Trinidadian striker Dwight Yorke proved himself as one of the Premier League's most competent goalscorers, though there were some doubts regarding the suitability of Savo Milošević as the man to replace Dean Saunders.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 25 7 6 73 35 +38 82 1996–97 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Newcastle United 38 24 6 8 66 37 +29 78 1996–97 UEFA Cup First round
3 Liverpool 38 20 11 7 70 34 +36 71 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
4 Aston Villa 38 18 9 11 52 35 +17 63 1996–97 UEFA Cup First round
5 Arsenal 38 17 12 9 49 32 +17 63
6 Everton 38 17 10 11 64 44 +20 61
7 Blackburn Rovers 38 18 7 13 61 47 +14 61
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 13 9 50 38 +12 61
9 Nottingham Forest 38 15 13 10 50 54 −4 58
10 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 43 52 −9 51
11 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 46 44 +2 50
12 Middlesbrough 38 11 10 17 35 50 −15 43
13 Leeds United 38 12 7 19 40 57 −17 43
14 Wimbledon 38 10 11 17 55 70 −15 41
15 Sheffield Wednesday 38 10 10 18 48 61 −13 40
16 Coventry City 38 8 14 16 42 60 −18 38
17 Southampton 38 9 11 18 34 52 −18 38
18 Manchester City (R) 38 9 11 18 33 58 −25 38 Relegation to 1996–97 Football League First Division
19 Queens Park Rangers (R) 38 9 6 23 38 57 −19 33
20 Bolton Wanderers (R) 38 8 5 25 39 71 −32 29

Updated to games played on 5 May 1996.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Liverpool qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup runners-up, as winners Manchester United already qualified for the Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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
38 18 9 11 52 35  +17 63 11 5 3 32 15  +17 7 4 8 20 20  0

Source: Statto

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
Ground H A A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A H A A A H H H A A H A H H A H A H A H H A
Result W W L W D W D W L L W W D W L D D W L W D W L W W D W L W W L D W W L D L L
Position 2 3 6 5 5 3 5 2 6 7 7 5 4 3 4 4 6 4 6 5 7 5 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Aston Villa's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Manchester United H 3-1 34,655 Taylor 14', Draper 27', Yorke 36' (pen)
23 August 1995 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-0 26,726 Ehiogu 69'
26 August 1995 Leeds United A 0-2 35,086
30 August 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 1-0 31,770 Yorke 75'
9 September 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1-1 27,084 Milošević 33'
16 September 1995 Wimbledon H 2-0 26,928 Draper 7', Taylor 47'
23 September 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 33,972 Townsend 67'
30 September 1995 Coventry City A 3-0 20,987 Yorke 1', Milošević 84', 87'
14 October 1995 Chelsea H 0-1 34,922
21 October 1995 Arsenal A 0-2 38,271
28 October 1995 Everton H 1-0 32,792 Yorke 76'
4 November 1995 West Ham United A 4-1 23,637 Milošević 33', 89', Johnson 49', Yorke 54'
18 November 1995 Newcastle United H 1-1 39,167 Johnson 22'
20 November 1995 Southampton A 1-0 13,582 Johnson 30'
25 November 1995 Manchester City A 0-1 28,027
2 December 1995 Arsenal H 1-1 37,770 Yorke 65'
10 December 1995 Nottingham Forest A 1-1 25,790 Yorke 47'
16 December 1995 Coventry City H 4-1 28,486 Johnson 12', Milošević 48', 63', 90'
23 December 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 0-1 14,778
1 January 1996 Middlesbrough A 2-0 28,535 Wright 21', Johnson 40'
13 January 1996 Manchester United A 0-0 42,667
21 January 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-1 35,666 McGrath 23', Yorke 79'
31 January 1996 Liverpool H 0-2 39,332
3 February 1996 Leeds United H 3-0 35,982 Yorke 11', 23', Wright 62'
10 February 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 2-0 18,099 Yorke 40', 53'
24 February 1996 Wimbledon A 3-3 12,193 Reeves 33' (own goal), Yorke 49' (pen), Cunningham 58' (own goal)
28 February 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 2-0 28,008 Joachim 55', Southgate 71'
3 March 1996 Liverpool A 0-3 39,508
6 March 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 3-2 27,893 Milošević 61', 62', Townsend 75'
9 March 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 4-2 28,221 Milošević 18', Yorke 65', 80', Yates 82' (own goal)
16 March 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-2 22,964
19 March 1996 Middlesbrough H 0-0 23,933
6 April 1996 Chelsea A 2-1 23,530 Milošević 39', Yorke 59'
8 April 1996 Southampton H 3-0 34,059 Taylor 64', Charles 78', Yorke 82'
14 April 1996 Newcastle United A 0-1 36,510
17 April 1996 West Ham United H 1-1 26,768 McGrath 27'
27 April 1996 Manchester City H 0-1 39,336
5 May 1996 Everton A 0-1 40,127

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Gravesend & Northfleet A 3-0 26,021 Draper 2', Milošević 47', Johnson 72'
R4 28 January 1996 Sheffield United A 1-0 18,749 Yorke 63' (pen)
R5 17 February 1996 Ipswich Town A 3-1 20,748 Draper 10', Yorke 19', Taylor 53'
QF 13 March 1996 Nottingham Forest A 1-0 21,067 Carr 26'
SF 31 March 1996 Liverpool N 0-3 39,072

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 20 September 1995 Peterborough United H 6-0 19,602 Draper 12', Yorke pens 15', 42', Johnson 69', Heald 81' (own goal), Southgate 89'
R2 2nd Leg 3 October 1995 Peterborough United A 1-1 (won 7-1 on agg) 5,745 Staunton 87'
R3 25 October 1995 Stockport County H 2-0 17,679 Ehiogu 57', Yorke 65'
R4 29 November 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 1-0 24,951 Townsend 60'
R5 10 January 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 39,277 Johnson 66'
SF 1st Leg 14 February 1996 Arsenal A 2-2 37,562 Yorke 39', 72'
SF 2nd Leg 21 February 1996 Arsenal H 0-0 (won on away goals) 39,334
F 24 March 1996 Leeds United N 3-0 77,065 Milošević 21', Taylor 55', Yorke 90'

Squad[edit]

[4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Mark Bosnich
2 England DF Gary Charles
3 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
4 England DF Gareth Southgate
5 Republic of Ireland DF Paul McGrath[5]
6 England DF Carl Tiler
7 England MF Ian Taylor
8 England MF Mark Draper
9 Serbia and Montenegro FW Savo Milošević[6]
10 England FW Tommy Johnson
11 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend[7] (captain)
12 England DF Phil King
13 England GK Nigel Spink
14 England DF Alan Wright
No. Position Player
15 England MF Lee Hendrie
16 England DF Ugo Ehiogu
18 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
19 Republic of Ireland MF Gareth Farrelly
20 England DF Riccardo Scimeca
21 Scotland DF Paul Browne
22 England MF David Farrell
23 England FW Neil Davis
24 Scotland MF Scott Murray
25 England MF Steve Cowe
26 England FW Julian Joachim
28 England MF Trevor Berry
30 England GK Michael Oakes
35 England GK Adam Rachel

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
15 England FW Graham Fenton (to Blackburn Rovers)
No. Position Player
17 England MF Franz Carr (to Reggiana)

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
England GK Stuart Brock
England DF Aaron Lescott
England DF Ben Petty
No. Position Player
England DF Bryan Small
Jamaica FW Darren Byfield
Republic of Ireland FW Alan Lee

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
26 June 1995 FW Savo Milošević FK Partizan £3,500,000
1 July 1995 DF Gareth Southgate Crystal Palace £2,500,000
5 July 1995 MF Mark Draper Leicester City £3,250,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
1 July 1995 FW Dean Saunders Galatasaray £2,350,000
3 July 1995 DF Dennis Pearce Wolverhampton Wanderers Free transfer
1 August 1995 FW Dalian Atkinson Fenerbahçe Signed
14 August 1995 DF Shaun Teale Tranmere Rovers £450,000
13 September 1995 DF Darren Evans Hereford United Free transfer
14 September 1995 MF David Farrell Wycombe Wanderers £100,000
13 October 1995 MF Trevor Berry Rotherham United £20,000
1 March 1996 DF Bryan Small Bolton Wanderers Free transfer
21 March 1996 MF Steve Cowe Swindon Town £100,000
Transfers in: Decrease £9,250,000
Transfers out: Increase £3,020,000
Total spending: Decrease £6,230,000

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[8]