1995–96 Coventry City F.C. season

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Coventry City
1995–96 season
Chairman Bryan Richardson
Manager Ron Atkinson
Stadium Highfield Road
Premiership 16th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Dublin (14)
All: Dublin (16)
Highest home attendance 23,400 vs Manchester United
(22 Nov 1995, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 8,915 vs Hull City
(20 Sep 1995, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 18,507
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1995–96 English football season, Coventry City competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Once again, Coventry City defied the odds after a season of struggle. This time they had the determination of manager Ron Atkinson and the regular supply of goals from Dion Dublin to thank for their survival. They hit the headlines in December with a spectacular 5–0 win over defending champions Blackburn, but the defence leaked too many goals for the Sky Blues to progress beyond 16th place in the final table, surviving only on goal difference to secure a 30th successive season of top flight football. Tragedy struck the club as promising defender David Busst suffered a harrowing broken-leg injury during a clash with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair from a corner in the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, often considered as one of the worst football injuries in history, which ultimately ended his career. He was diagnosed with MRSA later on from his injury in hospital, forcing him to premature retirement later that year.

New to the side for the season were defender Paul Williams from Derby County and Brazilian midfielder Marques Isaias, followed soon after by 21-year-old Leeds United striker Noel Whelan.

Atkinson splashed out more than £15 million on new players during the close season, as he looked to build a Coventry side which was capable of matching the high placing of his old club Aston Villa, one of Coventry's deadliest rivals.

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 8 14 16 42 60  −18 38 6 7 6 21 23  −2 2 7 10 21 37  −16

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 A H H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H H A A A H H H A H A A H A H A A H
Result L W D D D L L L D L L L D L D L W L W W D L D L D W D D D L L L W L W D W D
Position 20 11 11 10 11 14 16 16 16 17 18 19 19 20 19 20 19 19 19 17 17 17 17 18 18 17 17 16 15 16 18 19 18 19 18 17 16 16

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

Results[edit]

Coventry City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Newcastle United A 0-3 36,485
23 August 1995 Manchester City H 2-1 15,957 Telfer, Dublin
26 August 1995 Arsenal H 0-0 20,065
30 August 1995 Chelsea A 2-2 24,398 Isaías, Ndlovu
9 September 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 17,219 Dublin
16 September 1995 Middlesbrough A 1-2 27,882 Isaías
23 September 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1-5 24,382 Ndlovu
30 September 1995 Aston Villa H 0-3 20,987
14 October 1995 Liverpool A 0-0 39,079
21 October 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-1 13,998
28 October 1995 Leeds United A 1-3 30,161 Dublin
4 November 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-3 17,545 Dublin, Williams
19 November 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 1-1 11,189 Dublin
22 November 1995 Manchester United H 0-4 23,400
25 November 1995 Wimbledon H 3-3 12,523 Heald (own goal), Dublin, Rennie
4 December 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 3-4 16,229 Dublin (3)
9 December 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 5-0 13,376 Busst, Dublin, Rennie, Ndlovu, Salako
16 December 1995 Aston Villa A 1-4 28,486 Dublin
23 December 1995 Everton H 2-1 16,639 Busst, Whelan
30 December 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 2-1 16,678 Whelan, Salako (pen)
1 January 1996 Southampton H 1-1 16,818 Whelan
14 January 1996 Newcastle United H 0-1 20,547
20 January 1996 Manchester City A 1-1 25,710 Dublin
31 January 1996 West Ham United A 2-3 18,884 Whelan, Dublin
3 February 1996 Arsenal A 1-1 35,623 Whelan
10 February 1996 Chelsea H 1-0 20,639 Whelan
24 February 1996 Middlesbrough H 0-0 18,810
2 March 1996 West Ham United H 2-2 17,459 Salako, Whelan
9 March 1996 Everton A 2-2 34,517 Daish, Williams
16 March 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 0-2 17,226
25 March 1996 Southampton A 0-1 14,461
30 March 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-3 26,808 Dublin
6 April 1996 Liverpool H 1-0 23,137 Whelan
8 April 1996 Manchester United A 0-1 50,332
13 April 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 1-0 22,910 Jess
17 April 1996 Nottingham Forest A 0-0 24,629
27 April 1996 Wimbledon A 2-0 15,540 Ndlovu (2)
5 May 1996 Leeds United H 0-0 22,769

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Plymouth Argyle A 3-1 17,721 Pickering, Telfer, Salako
R4 7 February 1996 Manchester City H 2-2 18,709 Whelan, Dublin
R4R 14 February 1996 Manchester City A 1-2 22,419 Dublin

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 20 September 1995 Hull City H 2-0 8,915 Richardson, Lamptey
R2 2nd Leg 4 October 1995 Hull City A 1-0 (won 3-0 on agg) 6,929 Lamptey
R3 25 October 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 3-2 18,227 Busst, Ndlovu (pen), Salako
R4 29 November 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-2 24,628 Williams

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Steve Ogrizovic
2 England DF Brian Borrows
3 England DF David Burrows
4 England DF Paul Williams
5 Scotland DF David Rennie
6 England MF Kevin Richardson
7 England MF Paul Telfer
8 Brazil FW Isaías
9 Zimbabwe FW Peter Ndlovu
10 England FW Dion Dublin
11 England MF John Salako
12 England DF Dave Busst
13 Australia GK John Filan
14 England FW Noel Whelan
16 Scotland MF Eoin Jess
17 England DF Ally Pickering
18 England DF Marcus Hall
No. Position Player
19 England FW Iyseden Christie
20 England DF Steve Morgan
21 Angola MF Calita
22 Republic of Ireland MF Willie Boland
23 Scotland GK Jonathan Gould
24 England DF Richard Shaw
25 Scotland DF Gary Gillespie
26 Scotland MF Gordon Strachan (player-manager)
27 Ghana MF Nii Lamptey
28 England FW Darren Huckerby
29 England GK Colin Hunwick
30 Republic of Ireland DF Liam Daish
31 Republic of Ireland DF Lorcan Costello
32 England FW Andy Ducros
33 England MF Sam Shilton
35 England DF Adam Willis

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
14 Wales MF Leigh Jenkinson (to St Johnstone)
15 England MF Paul Cook (to Tranmere Rovers)
16 England MF Julian Darby (to West Bromwich Albion)
No. Position Player
28 England FW Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro (to Cambridge United)
30 England GK Peter Shilton (to West Ham United)
34 England DF Chris Whyte (on loan from Birmingham City)

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 Neil Cutler (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
Republic of Ireland DF Colin Hawkins
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland DF Barry Prenderville
Scotland MF Gavin Strachan

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
7 June 1995 MF Calita Farense £250,000
5 July 1995 FW Isaías Benfica £500,000
11 July 1995 MF Paul Telfer Luton Town £1,150,000
3 August 1995 MF John Salako Crystal Palace £1,500,000
6 August 1995 DF Paul Williams Derby County £750,000
23 February 1996 MF Eoin Jess Aberdeen £2,000,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
26 June 1995 MF Mike Marsh Galatasaray £500,000
25 July 1995 DF Steven Pressley Dundee United £750,000
28 July 1995 MF Sandy Robertson Dundee United £250,000
2 August 1995 GK Martin Davies Cambridge United Free transfer
10 August 1995 DF Paul Williams Plymouth Argyle £50,000
11 August 1995 MF Sean Flynn Derby County £225,000
15 September 1995 FW John Williams Wycombe Wanderers £150,000
24 November 1995 MF Julian Darby West Bromwich Albion £250,000
8 December 1995 MF Leigh Jenkinson St Johnstone Signed
11 January 1996 GK Peter Shilton West Ham United Free transfer
29 February 1996 MF Paul Cook Tranmere Rovers £250,000
Transfers in: Decrease £6,150,000
Transfers out: Increase £2,425,000
Total spending: Decrease £3,725,000

References[edit]