1995–96 Sheffield Wednesday F.C. season

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Sheffield Wednesday
1995–96 season
Chairman Dave Richards
Manager David Pleat
Premiership 15th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Intertoto Cup Group stage
Top goalscorer League: Hirst (13)
All: Hirst (14)
Highest home attendance 34,101 vs Manchester United
(23 Sep 1995, Premiership)
Lowest home attendance 12,039 vs Crewe Alexandra
(4 Oct 1995, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 24,877
(League games only)
Home colours
Away colours

The 1995–96 season was Sheffield Wednesday F.C.'s 129th season. They competed in the twenty-team Premiership, the top tier of English football, finishing fifteenth.

Season summary[edit]

David Pleat's first season as Sheffield Wednesday manager was the club's worst in the top flight since winning promotion in 1991. The eagerly-anticipated signing of Belgian forward Marc Degryse turned out to be a major disappointment, though David Hirst provided a fair supply of goals on his return to fitness after a two-year injury struggle.

The Owls struggled all season long, and finished 15th in the final table. This was another dismal showing for a club who were chasing honours just two or three seasons earlier, and Pleat knew that something had to change, and set out to reward the club's board for keeping faith in him for a second season.

Marc Degryse, Chris Waddle, Chris Woods and Klas Ingesson all left in the close season, and all the talk at Hillsborough was the acquisition of young striker Andy Booth from Huddersfield Town for £2.5 million. Many fans saw him as the answer to the problems which had plagued the Owls during the last seasons, and gave them hope of a new challenge for honours.

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 10 10 18 48 61  −13 40 7 5 7 30 31  −1 3 5 11 18 30  −12

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 A H H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H H A A H H A H A H A A A H A H H A
Result L W L D W L D L L W L D D L D W D W D L W D L L W L L L L W W L L W L D L D
Position 17 7 14 12 7 13 12 13 15 12 13 13 14 14 15 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 14 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15

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

Results[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup

League Cup[edit]

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

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 Chris Woods
2 England DF Peter Atherton
3 Northern Ireland DF Ian Nolan
4 Wales MF Mark Pembridge
5 Scotland DF Steve Nicol
6 England DF Brian Linighan
7 Australia MF Adem Poric
8 England MF Chris Waddle
9 England FW David Hirst
10 England FW Mark Bright
11 Republic of Ireland MF John Sheridan
12 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia DF Dejan Stefanović
13 England GK Kevin Pressman
14 Belgium FW Marc Degryse
15 Netherlands MF Regi Blinker
No. Position Player
16 England MF Graham Hyde
17 England DF Des Walker
18 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FW Darko Kovačević
19 England FW Guy Whittingham
20 England DF Jon Newsome
21 Wales MF Ryan Jones
22 England DF Simon Stewart
23 England GK Lance Key
25 England FW Mike Williams
26 England FW Richard Barker
27 England FW O'Neill Donaldson
29 England MF Lee Briscoe
30 England FW Ritchie Humphreys
31 England MF Mark Platts

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
5 Romania DF Dan Petrescu (to Chelsea)
12 England DF Andy Pearce (to Wimbledon)
15 England MF Andy Sinton (to Tottenham Hotspur)
No. Position Player
18 Sweden MF Klas Ingesson (to Bari)
24 England DF Julian Watts (to Leicester City)
30 England MF Matthew Hardwick (to Alfreton Town)

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 David Faulkner
No. Position Player
- England FW Kirk Jackson

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
19 July 1995 MF Mark Pembridge Derby County £900,000
19 July 1995 FW Marc Degryse Anderlecht £1,500,000
25 November 1995 DF Steve Nicol Notts County Free transfer
22 December 1995 DF Dejan Stefanović Red Star Belgrade £2,000,000
4 March 1996 MF Regi Blinker Feyenoord £275,000
16 March 1996 DF Jon Newsome Norwich City £1,500,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
1 July 1995 DF Chris Bart-Williams Nottingham Forest £2,500,000
8 November 1995 DF Dan Petrescu Chelsea £2,300,000
15 November 1995 MF Klas Ingesson Bari £900,000
22 November 1995 DF Andy Pearce Wimbledon £600,000
23 January 1996 MF Andy Sinton Tottenham Hotspur £1,500,000
29 March 1996 DF Julian Watts Leicester City £210,000
Transfers in: Decrease £6,175,000
Transfers out: Increase £8,010,000
Total spending: Increase £1,835,000

References[edit]

  • Dickinson, Jason (1999). One Hundred Years at Hillsborough. Sheffield: The Hallamshire Press/Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. pp. 240–241, 384. ISBN 978-1-874718-29-1. 
  • Dickinson, Jason; Brodie, John (2005). The Wednesday Boys: A Definitive Who's Who of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club 1880–2005. Sheffield: Pickard Communication. pp. 346–347, 350. ISBN 978-0-9547264-9-2. 
  • Drake, A. "1995–96 Players". The Owl Football Historian. Retrieved 6 August 2008.