1996–97 Chesterfield F.C. season

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Chesterfield
1996–97 season
Chairman Norton Lea
Manager John Duncan
Stadium Saltergate
Second Division 10th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup First round
Auto Windscreens Shield First round
Top goalscorer League: Howard (9)
All: Howard (11)
Average home league attendance 4,639

During the 1996–97 English football season, Chesterfield competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

For much of the season Chesterfield were in the Second Division play-off race, but a late slump saw them fall off the pace before a resurgence at the end of the season took them up to tenth - five points off the play-offs. In the FA Cup, Chesterfield reached the semi-finals for the first time in their history, before being knocked out by Premiership side Middlesbrough.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Bury 46 18 5 0 39 7 6 7 10 23 31 62 38 +24 84
2 Stockport County 46 15 5 3 31 14 8 8 7 28 27 59 41 +18 82
3 Luton Town 46 13 7 3 38 14 8 8 7 33 31 71 45 +26 78
4 Brentford 46 8 11 4 26 22 12 3 8 30 21 56 43 +13 74
5 Bristol City 46 14 4 5 43 18 7 6 10 26 33 69 51 +18 73
6 Crewe Alexandra 46 15 4 4 38 15 7 3 13 18 32 56 47 +9 73
7 Blackpool 46 13 7 3 41 21 5 8 10 19 26 60 47 +13 69
8 Wrexham 46 11 9 3 38 28 6 9 8 17 22 54 50 +4 69
9 Burnley 46 14 3 6 48 27 5 8 10 23 28 71 55 +16 68
10 Chesterfield 46 10 9 4 25 18 8 5 10 17 21 42 39 +3 68
11 Gillingham 46 13 3 7 37 25 6 7 10 23 34 60 59 +1 67
12 Walsall 46 12 8 3 35 21 7 2 14 19 32 54 53 +1 67
13 Watford 46 10 8 5 24 14 6 11 6 21 24 45 38 +7 67
14 Millwall 46 12 4 7 27 22 4 9 10 23 33 50 55 –5 61
15 Preston North End 46 14 5 4 33 19 4 2 17 16 36 49 55 –6 61
16 Bournemouth 46 8 9 6 24 20 7 6 10 19 25 43 45 –2 60
17 Bristol Rovers 46 13 4 6 34 22 2 7 14 13 28 47 50 –3 56
18 Wycombe Wanderers 46 13 4 6 31 14 2 6 15 20 43 51 56 –5 55
19 Plymouth Argyle 46 7 11 5 19 18 5 7 11 28 40 47 58 –11 54
20 York City 46 8 6 9 27 31 5 7 11 20 37 47 68 –21 52
21 Peterborough United 46 7 7 9 38 34 4 7 12 17 39 55 73 –18 47
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 8 6 9 27 32 3 7 13 22 42 49 74 –25 46
23 Rotherham United 46 4 7 12 17 29 3 7 13 22 41 39 70 –31 35
24 Notts County 46 4 9 10 20 25 3 5 15 13 34 33 59 –26 35
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Chesterfield's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Blackpool A 1–0 6,014 Holland
24 August 1996 Bury H 1–2 3,763 Law (pen)
27 August 1996 Walsall H 1–0 3,561 Howard
31 August 1996 Gillingham A 1–0 5,934 Howard
7 September 1996 Brentford H 0–2 3,643
10 September 1996 Rotherham United A 1–0 2,940 Howard
14 September 1996 Luton Town A 1–0 4,763 Curtis (pen)
21 September 1996 Burnley H 0–0 5,529
28 September 1996 Bristol Rovers A 0–2 5,008
1 October 1996 Shrewsbury Town H 2–1 3,299 Williams, Lormor
5 October 1996 Bristol City H 1–1 4,438 Lormor
12 October 1996 Millwall A 1–2 7,765 Beaumont
15 October 1996 Notts County A 0–0 4,265
19 October 1996 Crewe Alexandra H 1–0 4,030 Scott
26 October 1996 York City H 2–0 4,009 Scott (2)
29 October 1996 Stockport County A 0–1 4,831
2 November 1996 Wrexham A 2–3 4,160 Curtis (pen), Lormor
9 November 1996 Preston North End H 2–1 4,759 Lormor (pen), Williams
19 November 1996 Plymouth Argyle A 3–0 4,237 Lormor, Davies, Holland
30 November 1996 York City A 0–0 3,328
3 December 1996 Peterborough United H 2–1 2,805 Holland, Howard
14 December 1996 Wycombe Wanderers A 0–1 4,610
21 December 1996 Bournemouth H 1–1 4,174 Lormor
11 January 1997 Bristol Rovers H 1–0 3,305 Lormor
18 January 1997 Shrewsbury Town A 0–2 2,659
28 January 1997 Burnley A 0–0 7,903
1 February 1997 Preston North End A 1–0 8,681 Morris
8 February 1997 Wrexham H 0–0 6,738
18 February 1997 Rotherham United H 1–1 5,195 Lormor
22 February 1997 Plymouth Argyle H 1–2 5,833 Howard
1 March 1997 Peterborough United A 1–1 4,458 Howard
4 March 1997 Luton Town H 1–1 3,731 Davies
11 March 1997 Bournemouth A 0–3 3,368
15 March 1997 Wycombe Wanderers H 4–2 4,354 Howard (2), Hewitt, Hanson
22 March 1997 Bury A 0–1 4,162
29 March 1997 Blackpool H 0–0 4,974
1 April 1997 Walsall A 1–1 3,784 Morris
5 April 1997 Gillingham H 2–2 3,926 Morris, Howard
8 April 1997 Watford H 0–0 4,258
15 April 1997 Brentford A 0–1 5,216
19 April 1997 Millwall H 1–0 5,935 Curtis
24 April 1997 Watford A 2–0 6,411 Davies, Page (own goal)
26 April 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 2–1 4,858 Morris, Ebdon
28 April 1997 Stockport County H 0–1 8,690
30 April 1997 Bristol City A 0–2 16,195
3 May 1997 Notts County H 1–0 5,736 Williams

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 16 November 1996 Bury H 1–0 5,104 Williams
R2 7 December 1996 Scarborough H 2–0 4,475 Davies, Lormor
R3 14 January 1997 Bristol City H 2–0 5,193 Howard (2)
R4 4 February 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 3–2 10,854 Davies (3)
R5 15 February 1997 Nottingham Forest H 1–0 8,890 Curtis (pen)
QF 9 March 1997 Wrexham H 1–0 8,735 Beaumont
SF 13 April 1997 Middlesbrough N 3–3 (a.e.t.) 49,640 Morris, Dyche (pen), Hewitt
SFR 22 April 1997 Middlesbrough N 0–3 30,339

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 20 August 1996 Stockport County A 1–2 3,088 Lormor
R1 2nd Leg 3 September 1996 Stockport County H 1–2 (lost 2-4 on agg) 3,334 Gaughan

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
NR1 9 December 1996 Preston North End H 0–2 1,169

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 Andy Leaning
England GK Billy Mercer
England DF Neil Allison
England DF Darren Carr
England DF Sean Connelly
England DF Sean Dyche
England DF Jamie Hewitt
England DF Mark Jules
England DF Andrew Mitchell
England DF Lee Rogers
England DF Mark Williams[3]
England MF Chris Beaumont
England MF Jason Bowater
No. Position Player
England MF Tom Curtis
England MF Steven Gaughan
England MF Paul Holland
England MF Jamie Lomas
England MF Chris Perkins
Wales MF Marcus Ebdon
England FW Kevin Davies
England FW Dave Hanson (on loan from Leyton Orient)
England FW Jonathan Howard
England FW Tony Lormor
England FW Gary Lund
England FW Andy Mason
England FW Andy Morris

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
England GK Phil Morgan (on loan from Stoke City)
England DF Nicky Law (to Hereford United)
England MF Gary Patterson (on loan from Wycombe Wanderers)
No. Position Player
England FW Iain Dunn (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
England FW Andy Scott (on loan from Sheffield United)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/chesterfield/1996-1997/results
  2. ^ "All Chesterfield players: 1997". 11v11.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ Williams was born in Stalybridge, England, but qualifies to represent Northern Ireland internationally and would make his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1999.