1996–97 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1996-97
League Division Two
Manager Gary Megson
League position 7th
Top goalscorers League: Tony Ellis (15)
Combined: Tony Ellis (18)
FA Cup Second round
League Cup Second round
Football League Trophy Northern quarter finals
Highest home attendance
Lowest home attendance
Previous season 1995-96
Next season 1997-98

The 1996-97 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 89th season (86th consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the 24-team Division Two, then the third tier of English league football, finishing seventh. 5 September 1996 marked the 100th anniversary of Blackpool's first match in the Football League.

Season summary[edit]

Sam Allardyce was fired after failing to bring the club promotion the previous season. He was replaced by the former Norwich City manager Gary Megson.

Tony Ellis was the club's top scorer for the third consecutive season, with eighteen goals (fifteen in the league and three in the League Cup).

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Bury 46 24 12 10 62 38  +24 84
2. Stockport County 46 23 13 10 59 41  +18 82
3. Luton Town 46 23 13 10 59 41  +18 82
4. Brentford 46 20 14 12 56 43  +13 74
5. Bristol City 46 21 10 15 69 51  +18 73
6. Crewe Alexandra 46 22 7 17 56 47  +9 73
7. Blackpool 46 18 15 13 60 47  +13 69
8. Wrexham 46 17 18 11 54 50  +4 69
9. Burnley 46 19 11 16 71 55  +16 68
10. Chesterfield 46 18 14 14 42 39  +3 68
11. Gillingham 46 19 10 17 60 59  +1 67
12. Walsall 46 19 10 17 54 53  +1 67
13. Watford 46 16 19 11 45 38  +7 67
14. Millwall 46 16 13 17 50 55  -5 61
15. Preston North End 46 18 7 21 49 55  -6 61
16. Bournemouth 46 15 15 16 43 45  -2 60
17. Bristol Rovers 46 15 11 20 47 50  -3 56
18. Wycombe Wanderers 46 15 10 21 51 56  -5 55
19. Plymouth Argyle 46 12 18 16 47 58  -11 54
20. York City 46 13 13 20 47 68  -21 52
21. Peterborough United 46 11 14 21 55 73  -22 47
22. Shrewsbury Town 46 11 13 22 49 74  -25 46
23. Rotherham United 46 7 14 25 39 70  -37 35
24. Notts County 46 7 14 25 33 59  -36 35

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

Results[edit]

Blackpool's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Chesterfield H 0–1 6,014
24 August 1996 Bristol City A 1–0 9,387 Ellis
27 August 1996 Rotherham United A 2–1 2,914 Philpott, Preece
31 August 1996 Wycombe Wanderers H 0–0 4,856
7 September 1996 Walsall H 2–1 5,176 Philpott, Quinn (pen)
10 September 1996 Burnley A 0–2 13,599
14 September 1996 Brentford A 1–1 5,908 Quinn (pen)
21 September 1996 Shrewsbury Town H 1–1 4,452 Ellis
28 September 1996 Luton Town A 0–1 5,303
1 October 1996 Crewe Alexandra A 2–3 4,314 Brabin, Quinn
5 October 1996 Bury A 0–1 5,317
12 October 1996 Gillingham H 2–0 4,320 Ellis, Mellon
15 October 1996 Wrexham H 3–3 4,014 Preece (2), Mellon
19 October 1996 Bristol Rovers A 0–0 5,823
26 October 1996 Watford H 1–1 6,072 Quinn
30 October 1996 Millwall A 1–2 7,179 Malkin
2 November 1996 Peterborough United A 0–0 7,011
9 November 1996 Bournemouth H 1–1 3,744 Quinn
19 November 1996 Stockport County A 0–1 4,572
23 November 1996 Notts County H 1–0 3,598 Quinn (pen)
30 November 1996 Watford A 2–2 12,017 Malkin, Brabin
3 December 1996 Plymouth Argyle H 2–2 2,690 Philpott, Malkin
13 December 1996 Preston North End A 0–3 14,626
21 December 1996 York City H 3–0 3,432 Ellis, Quinn (2, 1 pens)
1 January 1997 Shrewsbury Town A 3–1 2,787 Preece (2), Mellon
18 January 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 1–2 4,760 Ellis
25 January 1997 Millwall H 3–0 4,523 Ellis, Quinn, Darton
1 February 1997 Bournemouth A 0–0 8,201
8 February 1997 Peterborough United H 5–1 4,001 Ellis (3), Preece, Bryan
15 February 1997 Notts County A 1–1 5,281 Quinn
22 February 1997 Stockport County H 2–1 5,772 Quinn, Ellis
25 February 1997 Burnley H 1–3 7,331 Quinn
1 March 1997 Plymouth Argyle A 1–0 5,585 Ellis
8 March 1997 York City A 0–1 3,639
15 March 1997 Preston North End H 2–1 8,017 Clarkson (2)
18 March 1997 Walsall A 1–1 3,459 Clarkson
22 March 1997 Bristol City H 1–0 4,518 Preece
29 March 1997 Chesterfield A 0–0 4,974
31 March 1997 Rotherham United H 4–1 5,524 Linighan, Clarkson, Ellis, Barlow
5 April 1997 Wycombe Wanderers A 0–1 5,619
12 April 1997 Bury H 2–0 6,812 Ellis (2)
15 April 1997 Luton Town H 0–0 4,382
19 April 1997 Gillingham A 3–2 5,151 Quinn, Mellon, Clarkson
22 April 1997 Brentford H 1–0 4,030 Preece
26 April 1997 Bristol Rovers H 3–2 6,673 Preece (2), Bonner
3 May 1997 Wrexham A 1–2 5,664 Ellis

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 16 November 1996 Wigan Athletic H 1–0 5,465 Quinn (pen)
R2 7 December 1996 Hednesford Town H 0–1 4,583

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 20 August 1996 Scunthorpe United A 1–2 1,880 Quinn
R1 2nd Leg 3 September 1996 Scunthorpe United H 2–0 (won 3-2 on agg) 2,560 Ellis, Philpott
R2 1st Leg 18 September 1996 Chelsea H 1–4 9,666 Quinn
R2 2nd Leg 25 September 1996 Chelsea A 3–1 (lost 4-5 on agg) 11,732 Ellis (2), Quinn

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
NR1 10 December 1996 Rotherham United A 1–0 (a.e.t.) 1,143
NR2 14 January 1997 Lincoln City H 4–0 1,578
NQF 4 February 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 0–1 3,033

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
England GK Steve Banks
England GK Henry Heighton
England GK Lee Martin
England GK Tony Parks
England DF Craig Allardyce
England DF Andy Barlow
England DF Darren Bradshaw
England DF David Brightwell (on loan from Bradford City)
England DF Marvin Bryan
England DF Tony Butler
England DF Scott Darton
England DF Ben Dixon
England DF Paul Jones (on loan from Tranmere Rovers)
England DF David Linighan
England DF Jason Lydiate
No. Position Player
England MF Mark Bonner
England MF Gary Brabin
England MF Paul Carden
England MF Phil Clarkson
Scotland MF Micky Mellon
England MF Udo Onwere
England MF Lee Philpott
England MF Keith Russell
Republic of Ireland MF Billy Woods (on loan from Tranmere Rovers)
England FW Tony Ellis
England FW Chris Malkin
England FW Brett Ormerod
England FW Andy Preece
Northern Ireland FW James Quinn
England FW Lee Thorpe

References[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.