1995–96 Queens Park Rangers F.C. season

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Queens Park Rangers
1995–96 season
Chairman Peter Ellis
Manager Ray Wilkins
Stadium Loftus Road
Premiership 19th (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Dichio (10)
All: Dichio (11)
Highest home attendance 18,828 vs West Ham United
(27 Apr 1996, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 9,207 vs Oxford United
(3 Oct 1995, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 15,683
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1995–96 English football season, Queens Park Rangers competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

One player never makes a team, but QPR felt the loss of prolific striker Les Ferdinand following his £6 million move to Newcastle United.

The last three seasons had seen QPR finish fifth, ninth and eighth in the Premiership thanks largely to Ferdinand's goals, but the new strike partnership of Kevin Gallen and Danny Dichio failed to provide anywhere near as many goals as QPR had managed while Ferdinand was up front. Even the support of excellent winger Trevor Sinclair could not translate into a strong supply of goals, and it was soon clear that player-manager Ray Wilkins and his men were in for a hard season.

A 3-0 win over London rivals West Ham United in late April was not enough to keep QPR up, and their relegation was confirmed after 13 years in the top flight.

Hopes of QPR gaining a quick return to the Premiership were given a major boost by the confirmation that Gallen, Dichio and Sinclair were to stay at the club.

Kit[edit]

View From became QPR's new kit manufacturers. American electronics company Compaq remained as kit sponsors.

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.
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

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 9 6 23 38 57  −19 33 6 5 8 25 26  −1 3 1 15 13 31  −18

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 H A H A H A H A A H A H H A A H H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A
Result L L W L L W L W L L D L D L L D L W W L L L L L L L W D L L D D W L W L W L
Position 17 20 15 16 18 15 15 12 13 15 14 15 16 16 18 17 18 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 18 19 18 19 19 19

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

Results[edit]

Queens Park Rangers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 0-1 22,860
23 August 1995 Wimbledon H 0-3 11,837
26 August 1995 Manchester City H 1-0 14,212 Barker
30 August 1995 Liverpool A 0-1 37,548
9 September 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-3 12,459
16 September 1995 Leeds United A 3-1 31,504 Dichio (2), Sinclair
25 September 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-3 15,659 Dichio, Impey
30 September 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 1-0 17,362 Dichio
14 October 1995 Newcastle United H 2-3 18,254 Dichio (2)
21 October 1995 Middlesbrough A 0-1 29,293
28 October 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 17,549 Sinclair
4 November 1995 Southampton A 0-2 15,137
19 November 1995 Coventry City H 1-1 11,189 Barker
22 November 1995 Everton A 0-2 30,009
25 November 1995 West Ham United A 0-1 21,504
2 December 1995 Middlesbrough H 1-1 17,546 McDonald
9 December 1995 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-1 28,851
16 December 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 2-1 11,456 Osborn, Impey
23 December 1995 Aston Villa H 1-0 14,778 Gallen
26 December 1995 Arsenal A 0-3 38,259
30 December 1995 Manchester United A 1-2 41,890 Dichio
2 January 1996 Chelsea H 1-2 14,904 Allen
13 January 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 0-1 13,957
20 January 1996 Wimbledon A 1-2 9,123 Hateley
3 February 1996 Manchester City A 0-2 27,509
11 February 1996 Liverpool H 1-2 18,405 Dichio
17 February 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 3-1 22,442 Barker (2), Goodridge
2 March 1996 Arsenal H 1-1 17,970 Gallen
6 March 1996 Leeds United H 1-2 13,991 Gallen
9 March 1996 Aston Villa A 2-4 28,221 Dichio, Gallen
16 March 1996 Manchester United H 1-1 18,817 Irwin (own goal)
23 March 1996 Chelsea A 1-1 25,590 Barker
5 April 1996 Southampton H 3-0 17,615 Brevett, Dichio, Gallen
8 April 1996 Newcastle United A 1-2 36,583 Holloway
13 April 1996 Everton H 3-1 18,349 Gallen, Hateley, Impey
17 April 1996 Coventry City A 0-1 22,910
27 April 1996 West Ham United H 3-0 18,828 Ready, Gallen (2)
5 May 1996 Nottingham Forest A 0-3 22,910

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 2-0 10,230 Quashie, Sinclair
R4 29 January 1996 Chelsea H 1-2 18,542 Quashie

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 19 September 1995 Oxford United A 1-1 7,477 Dichio
R2 2nd Leg 3 October 1995 Oxford United H 2-1 (won 3-2 on agg) 9,207 Ready, Gallen
R3 25 October 1995 York City H 3-1 12,972 Sinclair, Impey, Atkin O.G.
R4 29 November 1995 Aston Villa A 0-1 24,951

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[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 Wales GK Tony Roberts
2 England DF David Bardsley (captain)
3 England DF Rufus Brevett
4 England MF Simon Barker
5 Northern Ireland DF Alan McDonald
6 Jamaica DF Danny Maddix
7 England MF Andrew Impey
8 England MF Ian Holloway
9 England FW Danny Dichio
10 England FW Kevin Gallen
11 England MF Trevor Sinclair
12 England MF Paul Murray (on loan from Carlisle United)
13 Netherlands GK Sieb Dijkstra
No. Position Player
14 Wales DF Karl Ready
18 Barbados DF Gregory Goodridge
19 Scotland MF Nigel Quashie
20 England MF Ray Wilkins (player-manager)
21 England DF Steve Yates
22 England FW Lee Charles
23 Australia DF Andy McDermott
24 England DF Trevor Challis
25 United States GK Juergen Sommer
26 England FW Mark Hateley
27 England DF Matt Brazier
29 England DF Chris Plummer

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
12 England FW Gary Penrice (to Watford)
15 England MF Simon Osborn (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
16 Australia DF Ned Zelić (to Eintracht Frankfurt)
No. Position Player
17 England FW Bradley Allen (to Charlton Athletic)
19 England MF Steve Hodge (to Watford)

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 DF Matt Lockwood
England DF Mark Perry
No. Position Player
England DF Graeme Power

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
10 July 1995 MF Simon Osborn Reading £1,100,000
26 July 1995 DF Ned Zelić Borussia Mönchengladbach £1,250,000
4 August 1995 FW Lee Charles Chertsey Town £67,500
5 August 1995 DF Andy McDermott Australian Institute of Sport £20,000
9 August 1995 DF Gregory Goodridge Torquay United £100,000
29 August 1995 GK Juergen Sommer Luton Town £600,000
27 October 1995 DF Lee Sharp Lincoln United Signed
3 November 1995 FW Mark Hateley Rangers £1,500,000
2 May 1996 MF Paul Murray Carlisle United £300,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
12 June 1995 DF Clive Wilson Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer
19 July 1995 MF Michael Meaker Reading £550,000
1 August 1995 FW Dennis Bailey Gillingham Free transfer
10 August 1995 DF Marvin Bryan Blackpool Free transfer
14 August 1995 DF Alan McCarthy Leyton Orient £25,000
14 August 1995 MF Brian Croft Torquay United Free transfer
15 November 1995 FW Gary Penrice Watford £300,000
15 December 1995 MF Steve Hodge Watford Free transfer
15 December 1995 DF Ned Zelić Eintracht Frankfurt £1,000,000
28 March 1996 FW Bradley Allen Charlton Athletic £400,000
Transfers in: Decrease £4,937,500
Transfers out: Increase £2,275,000
Total spending: Decrease £2,662,500

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in Premiership and League Cup[3]