1995–96 Southampton F.C. season

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Southampton F.C.
1995–96 season
Chairman Guy Askham
Manager David Merrington
Stadium The Dell
Premiership 17th
FA Cup Quarter-finals
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Le Tissier/Shipperley (7)
All: Shipperley (12)
Highest home attendance 15,262 vs Manchester United
(13 Apr 1996, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 11,059 vs West Ham United
(25 Oct 1995, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 14,820
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1995–96 English football season, Southampton Football Club competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Amidst rumours of lack of support from the board, Alan Ball was lured to Manchester City in the summer of 1995 and Southampton turned to long-serving coach David Merrington to take charge of the team in 1995–96. Southampton finished 17th with 38 league points, avoiding relegation on goal difference. Two important wins during the final weeks of the season did much to ensure that Saints achieved Premiership survival and relegating Manchester City. First came a 3–1 home win over eventual double winners Manchester United, then came a 1–0 away win over relegated Bolton Wanderers. Despite achieving survival, Merrington was then sacked as manager after just one season and replaced by Graeme Souness, who had won silverware earlier in his managerial career with Rangers and Liverpool.

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[edit]

Southampton's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Nottingham Forest H 3–4 15,164 Le Tissier (3, 2 pens)
26 August 1995 Everton A 0–2 33,668
30 August 1995 Leeds United H 1–1 15,212 Widdrington
9 September 1995 Newcastle United H 1–0 15,237 Magilton
12 September 1995 Middlesbrough A 0–0 29,181
16 September 1995 Chelsea A 0–3 26,237
23 September 1995 Arsenal A 2–4 38,136 Watson, Monkou
2 October 1995 West Ham United H 0–0 13,568
14 October 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1–2 26,780 Maddison
22 October 1995 Liverpool H 1–3 15,245 Watson
28 October 1995 Wimbledon A 2–1 7,982 Shipperley (2)
4 November 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 2–0 15,137 Dodd, Le Tissier
18 November 1995 Manchester United A 1–4 39,301 Shipperley
20 November 1995 Aston Villa H 0–1 13,582
25 November 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 1–0 14,404 Hughes
2 December 1995 Liverpool A 1–1 38,007 Shipperley
9 December 1995 Arsenal H 0–0 15,238
16 December 1995 West Ham United A 1–2 18,501 Bishop (own goal)
23 December 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–2 25,115 Heaney, Magilton (pen)
26 December 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 15,238
1 January 1996 Coventry City A 1–1 16,818 Heaney
13 January 1996 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 23,321
20 January 1996 Middlesbrough H 2–1 15,151 Shipperley, Hall
31 January 1996 Manchester City H 1–1 15,172 Shipperley
3 February 1996 Everton H 2–2 15,136 Watson, Magilton
24 February 1996 Chelsea H 2–3 15,226 Widdrington, Clarke (own goal)
2 March 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 26,320
16 March 1996 Manchester City A 1–2 29,550 Tisdale
20 March 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–1 13,216
25 March 1996 Coventry City H 1–0 14,461 Dodd
30 March 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 0–3 17,615
3 April 1996 Leeds United A 0–1 26,077
6 April 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 14,793 Le Tissier (pen)
8 April 1996 Aston Villa A 0–3 34,059
13 April 1996 Manchester United H 3–1 15,262 Monkou, Shipperley, Le Tissier
17 April 1996 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,554
27 April 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 1–0 18,795 Le Tissier
5 May 1996 Wimbledon H 0–0 15,172

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1996 Portsmouth H 3–0 15,236 Magilton (2), Shipperley
R4 7 February 1996 Crewe Alexandra H 1–1 13,736 Le Tissier
R4R 13 February 1996 Crewe Alexandra A 3–2 5,579 Shipperley, Hall, Dodd
R5 17 February 1996 Swindon Town A 1–1 15,035 Watson
R5R 28 February 1996 Swindon Town H 2–0 13,962 Oakley, Shipperley
QF 11 March 1996 Manchester United A 0–2 45,446

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 19 September 1995 Cardiff City A 3–0 9,041 Le Tissier (2), Shipperley
R2 2nd Leg 4 October 1995 Cardiff City H 2–1 (won 5–1 on agg) 12,709 Watson, Hall
R3 25 October 1995 West Ham United H 2–1 11,059 Watson, Shipperley
R4 28 November 1995 Reading A 1–2 13,742 Monkou

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 Zimbabwe GK Bruce Grobbelaar
2 England DF Jason Dodd
3 England DF Francis Benali
4 Northern Ireland MF Jim Magilton
5 England DF Richard Hall
6 Suriname DF Ken Monkou
7 England MF Matt Le Tissier (captain)
8 England FW Gordon Watson
8 England FW Neil Shipperley
10 England MF Neil Maddison
11 England MF Neil Heaney
12 England MF Tommy Widdrington
13 England GK Dave Beasant
No. Position Player
14 England DF Simon Charlton
15 Wales DF Alan Neilson
16 Wales MF David Hughes
17 England MF Paul Tisdale
19 England MF Mark Walters
21 England FW Frankie Bennett
22 England DF Barry Venison
23 England GK Darryl Flahavan
24 England MF Christer Warren
25 Scotland MF Paul Sheerin
26 England DF Matthew Robinson
27 England MF Matt Oakley

Left club during the 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
19 England MF Paul Allen (to Swindon Town)
22 England DF Peter Whiston (to Shrewsbury Town)
No. Position Player
20 Scotland DF Paul McDonald (to Brighton & Hove Albion)
18 England FW Craig Maskell (to Brighton & Hove Albion)

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 Moss

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
1 June 1995 DF Alan Neilson Newcastle United £750,000
20 December 1995 GK Neil Moss Bournemouth £250,000
18 January 1996 MF Mark Walters Liverpool Free transfer

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
11 October 1995 MF Paul Allen Swindon Town Free transfer
24 October 1995 DF Peter Whiston Shrewsbury Town £50,000
16 February 1996 DF Paul McDonald Brighton & Hove Albion £25,000
1 March 1996 FW Craig Maskell Brighton & Hove Albion £40,000
Transfers in: Decrease £1,000,000
Transfers out: Increase £115,000
Total spending: Decrease £885,000

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