1995–96 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
Season1995 (1995)–96
Dates19 August 1995–05 May 1996
ChampionsManchester United
3rd Premier League title
10th English title
RelegatedManchester City
Queens Park Rangers
Bolton Wanderers
Champions LeagueManchester United
Cup Winners' CupLiverpool
UEFA CupNewcastle United
Aston Villa
Arsenal
Matches played380
Goals scored988 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorerAlan Shearer (31 goals)
Biggest home winBlackburn Rovers 7–0 Nottingham Forest
(18 November 1995)
Biggest away winBolton Wanderers 0–6 Manchester United
(25 February 1996)
Highest scoringSheffield Wednesday 6–2 Leeds United
(16 December 1995)
Longest winning run6 games[1]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run15 games[1]
Liverpool
Longest winless run14 games[1]
Coventry City
Wimbledon
Longest losing run8 games[1]
Manchester City
Middlesbrough
Highest attendance53,926[2]
Manchester United v Nottingham Forest
(28 April 1996)
Lowest attendance6,352[2]
Wimbledon v Sheffield Wednesday
(30 August 1995)

The 1995–96 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the fourth season of the competition, since its formation in 1992. Due to the decision to reduce the number of clubs in the Premier League from 22 to 20, only two clubs were promoted instead of the usual three, Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers.[3]

Manchester United won the Premier League and qualified for the UEFA Champions League, while Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Newcastle United qualified for the UEFA Cup. Liverpool also qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as runners-up of the FA Cup which was won by Manchester United.

Summary[edit]

Liverpool and Aston Villa emerged as possible title contenders early in the season, while Middlesbrough's early promise saw them occupy fourth place in late October, but an injury crisis saw their league form slump, and they could only manage a 12th-place finish. Most of the campaign was a two-horse race between Manchester United and Newcastle United. The two sides played on 27 December, with Newcastle 10 points ahead in the league. A 2–0 home win for Manchester United cut the gap to seven points, and two days later they beat Queens Park Rangers 2–1 to reduce the gap to just four points. But a 4–1 defeat at Tottenham on New Year's Day and a 0–0 draw with Aston Villa allowed Newcastle to establish a 12-point lead in January.

Manchester United and Newcastle met again in early March, and a goal by Eric Cantona gave Manchester United a 1–0 away win and cut the gap to a single point. With one game left of the season, Manchester United led the Premier League by two points, having taken lead of the league halfway through March and stayed on top ever since. In case of the two clubs being tied for first place, the Premier League made preliminary preparations for a championship play-off match at Wembley.[4] For Newcastle to win their first title since 1927, they had to win against Tottenham and hope that Middlesbrough beat their Mancunian rivals. But the Premier League title went to Old Trafford as Manchester United won 3–0 and Newcastle could only manage a 1–1 draw with Tottenham.

Despite the arrival of Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal never looked like serious title challengers, their best chance of success coming in the League Cup, where they reached the semi-finals, losing on away goals to Aston Villa. However, the North London side still qualified for the UEFA Cup by finishing fifth.

Title holders Blackburn recorded the lowest ever finish by a Premier League title-holder by finishing 7th. This record was matched by Manchester United in 2013–14 and broken by Chelsea in 2015–16 and again by Leicester City in 2016–17.

Six days after clinching their third league title in four seasons, Manchester United became the first team to complete a second league championship and FA Cup double when a Cantona goal gave them a 1–0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup final.[5]

The Premier League relegation places went to Bolton, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City. Bolton had spent a large proportion of their first Premier League season bottom of the table. Manchester City failed to beat Liverpool on the final day of the season, consigning them to the final relegation place on goal difference behind Southampton and Coventry City.

English performance in European competition[edit]

Blackburn Rovers, the 1994–95 Premier League champions, finished bottom of their group in the UEFA Champions League.[6] Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the first round, with Liverpool and Leeds United both being knocked out at the second round.[7] Everton were beaten in the second round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.[8] The only English team still in European competition after Christmas were Nottingham Forest, who reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.[7]

Teams[edit]

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top eighteen teams from the previous season and the two teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers, returning to the top flight after two and fifteen years respectively. This was also Bolton Wanderers's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Leicester City and Ipswich Town. Crystal Palace and Leicester took an immediate relegation to the First Division while Norwich City and Ipswich town ended their top flight spells of nine and three years respectively.

Stadiums and Locations[edit]

Greater Manchester Premier League football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arsenal London (Highbury) Arsenal Stadium 38,419
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 39,399
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Burnden Park 25,000
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 36,000
Coventry City Coventry Highfield Road 23,489
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,157
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 40,204
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 42,730
Manchester City Manchester Maine Road 35,150
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 55,314
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 30,000
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 36,649
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford City Ground 30,539
Queens Park Rangers London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,439
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,859
Southampton Southampton The Dell 15,200
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,230
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 28,000
Wimbledon London (Wimbledon) Selhurst Park[a] 26,309
  1. ^ Due to Wimbledon lacking a home stadium, they played their home games at Selhurst Park, which is the home stadium of Crystal Palace.

Personnel and kits[edit]

(as of 5 May 1996)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Scotland Bruce Rioch England Tony Adams Nike JVC
Aston Villa England Brian Little Republic of Ireland Andy Townsend Reebok AST Research
Blackburn Rovers England Ray Harford England Tim Sherwood Asics CIS
Bolton Wanderers England Colin Todd England Alan Stubbs Reebok Reebok
Chelsea England Glenn Hoddle England Dennis Wise Umbro Coors
Coventry City England Ron Atkinson England Brian Borrows Pony Peugeot
Everton England Joe Royle England Dave Watson Umbro Danka
Leeds United England Howard Wilkinson Scotland Gary McAllister Asics Thistle Hotels
Liverpool England Roy Evans Wales Ian Rush Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City England Alan Ball England Keith Curle Umbro Brother
Manchester United Scotland Alex Ferguson England Steve Bruce Umbro Sharp
Middlesbrough England Bryan Robson England Nigel Pearson Erreà Cellnet
Newcastle United England Kevin Keegan England Peter Beardsley Adidas Newcastle Brown Ale
Nottingham Forest England Frank Clark England Stuart Pearce Umbro Labatt's
Queens Park Rangers England Ray Wilkins England David Bardsley View From Compaq
Sheffield Wednesday England David Pleat England Peter Atherton Puma Sanderson
Southampton England Dave Merrington England Matt Le Tissier Pony Sanderson
Tottenham Hotspur England Gerry Francis England Gary Mabbutt Pony Hewlett-Packard
West Ham United England Harry Redknapp England Steve Potts Pony Dagenham Motors
Wimbledon Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear England Vinnie Jones Core Elonex

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Manchester City England Brian Horton Sacked 16 May 1995 Pre-season England Alan Ball 2 July 1995
Sheffield Wednesday England Trevor Francis 20 May 1995 England David Pleat 14 June 1995[9]
Arsenal Scotland Stewart Houston End of caretaker spell 8 June 1995 Scotland Bruce Rioch 8 June 1995
Bolton Wanderers Scotland Bruce Rioch Retired England Roy McFarland
England Colin Todd[a]
20 June 1995
Blackburn Rovers Scotland Kenny Dalglish Retired 25 June 1995 England Ray Harford 25 June 1995
Southampton England Alan Ball Resigned 2 July 1995 England David Merrington 14 July 1995
Bolton Wanderers England Roy McFarland Sacked 2 January 1996 20th England Colin Todd[b] 2 January 1996
  1. ^ McFarland and Todd were co-managers.
  2. ^ Assumed full managerial duties.

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 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Newcastle United 38 24 6 8 66 37 +29 78 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
3 Liverpool 38 20 11 7 70 34 +36 71 Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[a]
4 Aston Villa 38 18 9 11 52 35 +17 63 Qualification for the 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 the 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
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Liverpool qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup runners-up, as winners Manchester United already qualified for the Champions League. They defaulted their UEFA Cup spot from league position to Arsenal.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ARS AST BLB BOL CHE COV EVE LEE LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOT QPR SHW SOU TOT WHU WDN
Arsenal 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–2 4–2 0–0 1–0 1–3
Aston Villa 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 5–1 0–3 1–0 2–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 7–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 4–2 3–2
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–6 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 1–0
Chelsea 1–0 1–2 2–3 3–2 2–2 0–0 4–1 2–2 1–1 1–4 5–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–2
Coventry City 0–0 0–3 5–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–4 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–3
Everton 0–2 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–3 4–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–4
Leeds United 0–3 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–1
Liverpool 3–1 3–0 3–0 5–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 5–0 6–0 2–0 1–0 4–3 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2
Manchester City 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–3 0–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
Manchester United 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–1 2–2 4–1 1–0 2–1 3–1
Middlesbrough 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–4 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 4–1 0–3 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 4–2 1–2
Newcastle United 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 6–1
Nottingham Forest 0–1 1–1 1–5 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–3 3–0 2–3 3–0 0–3
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–2 0–0 4–3 2–5 6–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–1 2–1
Southampton 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–4 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 0–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1
West Ham United 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 4–2 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Wimbledon 0–3 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–4 1–0 3–0 2–4 0–0 3–3 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1
Source:
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goal scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 31
2 Robbie Fowler Liverpool 28
3 Les Ferdinand Newcastle United 25
4 Dwight Yorke Aston Villa 17
5 Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur 16
6 Chris Armstrong Tottenham Hotspur 15
Andrei Kanchelskis Everton 15
Ian Wright Arsenal 15
9 Eric Cantona Manchester United 14
Stan Collymore Liverpool 14
Dion Dublin Coventry City 14

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August Kevin Keegan Newcastle United David Ginola Newcastle United
September Kevin Keegan Newcastle United Tony Yeboah Leeds United
October Frank Clark Nottingham Forest Trevor Sinclair Queens Park Rangers
November Alan Ball Manchester City Rob Lee Newcastle United
December Roy Evans Liverpool Robbie Fowler Liverpool
January Roy Evans Liverpool Stan Collymore Liverpool
Robbie Fowler
February Alex Ferguson Manchester United Dwight Yorke Aston Villa
March Alex Ferguson Manchester United Eric Cantona Manchester United
April Dave Merrington Southampton Andrei Kanchelskis Everton

Player and managerial awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "English Premier League 1995–96". statto.com. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Premier League 1995/96 Attendances". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  3. ^ England 1994/95
  4. ^ "Arsenal and Chelsea may face play-off". www.premierleague.com. Premier League. 15 May 2013. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ England – FA Challenge Cup 1995–1996
  6. ^ European Competitions 1995–96 Archived 15 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b European Competitions 1995–96
  8. ^ European Competitions 1995–96
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year
  11. ^ England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year

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