1996–97 Norwich City F.C. season

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Norwich City
1996–97 season
Manager Mike Walker
Stadium Carrow Road
First Division 13th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer Eadie (17)
Highest home attendance 20,256 vs. Ipswich Town (11 October 1996)
Lowest home attendance 11,946 vs. Portsmouth (1 January 1997)
Average home league attendance 14,719

During the 1996–97 English football season, Norwich City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In 1996, Mike Walker returned for a second spell as Norwich manager to the delight of the fans but during the season he could not achieve promotion during his first season back at the club with only a 13th-place finish. After a great start which saw the Canaries lose only 2 out of the first 14 games, Norwich's brilliant form deteriorated from the end of October, picking up 3 points from the next 10 matches with 7 defeats during the winless run which all but ended their chances of automatic promotion.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Bolton Wanderers 46 28 14 4 100 53  +47 98
2. Barnsley 46 22 14 10 76 55  +21 80
3. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 68 51  +17 76
4. Ipswich Town 46 20 14 12 68 50  +18 74
5. Sheffield United 46 20 13 13 75 52  +23 73
6. Crystal Palace 46 19 14 13 78 48  +30 71
7. Portsmouth 46 20 8 18 59 53  +6 68
8. Port Vale 46 17 16 13 58 55  +3 67
9. Queens Park Rangers 46 18 12 16 64 60  +4 66
10. Birmingham City 46 17 15 14 52 48  +4 66
11. Tranmere Rovers 46 17 14 15 63 56  +7 65
12. Stoke City 46 18 10 18 51 57  -6 64
13. Norwich City 46 17 12 17 63 68  -5 63
14. Manchester City 46 17 10 19 59 60  -1 61
15. Charlton Athletic 46 16 11 19 52 66  -14 59
16. West Bromwich Albion 46 14 15 17 68 72  -4 57
17. Oxford United 46 16 9 21 64 68  -4 57
18. Reading 46 15 12 19 58 67  -9 57
19. Swindon Town 46 15 9 22 52 71  -19 54
20. Huddersfield Town 46 13 15 18 48 61  -13 54
21. Bradford City 46 12 12 22 47 72  -25 48
22. Grimsby Town 46 11 13 22 60 81  -21 46
23. Oldham Athletic 46 10 13 23 51 66  -15 43
24. Southend United 46 8 15 23 42 86  -44 39
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division Two

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Results[edit]

Norwich City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Swindon Town H 2–0 15,165 Johnson, Fleck
24 August 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 13,507 Eadie
27 August 1996 Oxford United A 1–0 7,436 Adams
31 August 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 14,456 Adams (pen)
7 September 1996 Bradford City A 2–0 10,054 Sutch, Eadie
11 September 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 14,000 Adams
14 September 1996 Southend United H 0–0 12,461
21 September 1996 Portsmouth A 1–0 7,511 Crook
28 September 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 1–1 14,511 Fleck
1 October 1996 Grimsby Town A 4–1 5,266 Eadie (2), Johnson, O'Neill
11 October 1996 Ipswich Town H 3–1 20,256 Johnson (2), Polston
16 October 1996 Oldham Athletic H 2–0 12,271 Eadie, Adams
19 October 1996 Manchester City A 1–2 28,269 Scott
26 October 1996 Birmingham City A 3–2 18,869 Johnson, Adams, Scott
30 October 1996 Sheffield United H 1–1 14,534 Adams
2 November 1996 Charlton Athletic H 1–2 14,145 Milligan
12 November 1996 Barnsley A 1–3 9,697 Newman
16 November 1996 Reading H 1–1 14,412 Scott
30 November 1996 Birmingham City H 0–1 12,764
7 December 1996 Huddersfield Town A 0–2 10,749
14 December 1996 Crystal Palace H 1–1 16,395 Adams
18 December 1996 West Bromwich Albion A 1–5 7,483 O'Neill
21 December 1996 Port Vale A 1–6 6,278 Fleck
26 December 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 2–3 15,699 Crook, Eadie
28 December 1996 Bradford City H 2–0 13,473 Adams (pen), O'Neill
1 January 1997 Portsmouth H 1–0 11,946 Jackson
18 January 1997 Grimsby Town H 2–1 16,687 Polston, Sutch
22 January 1997 Stoke City A 2–1 10,179 O'Neill, Eadie
28 January 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 1–3 5,891 Eadie
1 February 1997 Barnsley H 1–1 17,001 Eadie
9 February 1997 Sheffield United A 3–2 15,301 Johnson, Ottosson, Holdsworth (own goal)
15 February 1997 West Bromwich Albion H 2–4 14,845 Sutch, Adams (pen)
22 February 1997 Charlton Athletic A 4–4 12,405 Adams (2), Eadie (2)
25 February 1997 Southend United A 1–1 5,169 Fleck
1 March 1997 Huddersfield Town H 2–0 13,001 Eadie (2)
4 March 1997 Reading A 1–2 8,174 Adams
8 March 1997 Port Vale H 1–1 16,101 Jackson
15 March 1997 Crystal Palace A 0–2 17,378
22 March 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 0–1 17,585
29 March 1997 Swindon Town A 3–0 10,249 Eadie (2), O'Neill
31 March 1997 Oxford United H 1–1 14,644 Eadie
5 April 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–3 26,938 Broughton, Adams
12 April 1997 Stoke City H 2–0 13,805 O'Neill, Eadie
18 April 1997 Ipswich Town A 0–2 22,397
25 April 1997 Manchester City H 0–0 14,080
4 May 1997 Oldham Athletic A 0–3 5,562

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1997 Sheffield United H 1–0 12,356 Polston
R4 25 January 1997 Leicester City A 1–2 16,703 Adams (pen)

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 August 1996 Oxford United A 1–1 6,062 Johnson
R1 Second Leg 4 September 1996 Oxford United H 2–3 (lost 3-4 on agg) 7,301 Adams (2, 1 pen)

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 Marshall
Scotland GK Bryan Gunn
England DF Carl Bradshaw
England DF Matt Jackson
England DF Danny Mills
England DF Neil Moore (on loan from Everton)
England DF Rob Newman
England DF John Polston
England DF Kevin Scott (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
England DF Daryl Sutch
England DF Johnny Wright
England MF Neil Adams
England MF Shaun Carey
England MF Ian Crook
England MF Darren Eadie
No. Position Player
England MF Adrian Forbes
England MF Lee Marshall
England MF David Rocastle (on loan from Chelsea)
England MF Karl Simpson
Wales MF Andy Johnson
Republic of Ireland MF Mike Milligan
Republic of Ireland MF Keith O'Neill
England FW Drewe Broughton
England FW Jamie Cureton
England FW Matthew Rush
England FW Keith Scott
Scotland FW Robert Fleck
Wales FW Craig Bellamy
Sweden FW Ulf Ottosson
Nigeria FW Ade Akinbiyi

References[edit]