1996–97 Oldham Athletic A.F.C. season

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Oldham Athletic
1996–97 season
Chairman Ian Stott
Manager Scotland Graeme Sharp (until February)
England Neil Warnock (from February)
Stadium Boundary Park
Football League First Division 23rd (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Barlow (12)
Highest home attendance 12,992 vs. Manchester City (21 December 1996)
Lowest home attendance 4,851 vs. Oxford United (23 November 1996)
Average home league attendance 7,045

During the 1996–97 English football season, Oldham Athletic A.F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The 1996–97 season was a major struggle for Oldham which resulted in Graeme Sharp resigning in February. Sharp was succeeded by Neil Warnock, who had previously achieved promotion success with Scarborough, Notts County (twice), Huddersfield Town and Plymouth Argyle but was unable to save Oldham from relegation to the third tier for the first time in 23 years which was confirmed three months later following Bradford City's win against Charlton Athletic.

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]

Oldham Athletic's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 Stoke City H 1–2 8,021 Redmond
24 August 1996 Crystal Palace A 1–3 12,822 McCarthy
28 August 1996 Swindon Town A 0–1 8,025
31 August 1996 Ipswich Town H 3–3 5,339 Rickers, Redmond, Banger
7 September 1996 Sheffield United H 0–2 7,323
10 September 1996 Birmingham City A 0–0 17,228
13 September 1996 Huddersfield Town A 2–3 10,296 McCarthy (2)
21 September 1996 Barnsley H 0–1 7,043
28 September 1996 Charlton Athletic A 0–1 12,178
1 October 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 5,817 Ormondroyd
5 October 1996 Port Vale H 3–0 6,051 Ormondroyd (2), Banger
12 October 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 14,813 Allott
16 October 1996 Norwich City A 0–2 12,271
19 October 1996 Reading H 1–1 7,171 Örlygsson (pen)
26 October 1996 Southend United H 0–0 6,606
29 October 1996 Grimsby Town A 3–0 3,532 Ormondroyd, Halle (2)
2 November 1996 Bradford City A 3–0 10,855 Barlow (3)
9 November 1996 Portsmouth H 0–0 7,639
15 November 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 1–1 8,327 Ormondroyd
23 November 1996 Oxford United H 2–1 4,851 Barlow, Halle
30 November 1996 Southend United A 1–1 5,001 Richardson (pen)
7 December 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 0–2 5,590
14 December 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–0 22,528 Ormondroyd
21 December 1996 Manchester City H 2–1 12,992 Ormondroyd, Banger
28 December 1996 Sheffield United A 2–2 16,130 Henry, Rickers
18 January 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 12,103 Barlow
25 January 1997 Huddersfield Town H 1–2 8,566 Richardson
1 February 1997 Portsmouth A 0–1 9,135
8 February 1997 Grimsby Town H 0–3 6,549
15 February 1997 Oxford United A 1–3 6,868 Graham
22 February 1997 Bradford City H 1–2 9,524 Ormondroyd
1 March 1997 Queens Park Rangers A 1–0 10,180 Banger
4 March 1997 Tranmere Rovers H 1–2 5,417 Banger
8 March 1997 Manchester City A 0–1 30,729
15 March 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–2 9,661 Rickers (2), Barlow
18 March 1997 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 4,969 Barlow
23 March 1997 Crystal Palace H 0–1 5,282
29 March 1997 Stoke City A 1–2 11,755 Barlow
31 March 1997 Swindon Town H 5–1 5,699 Richardson (pen), Barlow (3), Rush
5 April 1997 Ipswich Town A 0–4 11,730
8 April 1997 Birmingham City H 2–2 5,942 Richardson (pen), Reid
12 April 1997 Port Vale A 2–3 11,701 Garnett, Duxbury
15 April 1997 Barnsley A 0–2 17,476
19 April 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 10,702
26 April 1997 Reading A 0–2 8,301
4 May 1997 Norwich City H 3–0 5,562 McCarthy, Rush, Barlow

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1996-97 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1997 Barnsley A 0–2 9,936

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 August 1996 Grimsby Town H 0–1 2,975
R1 Second Leg 3 September 1996 Grimsby Town A 1–0 (won 5-4 on pens) 2,371 McCarthy
R2 First Leg 17 September 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 2–2 3,094 Redmond, Richardson
R2 Second Leg 24 September 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 1–0 3,711 Banger
R3 23 October 1996 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,314

First-team 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
Republic of Ireland GK Gary Kelly
England GK Jon Hallworth
England DF Craig Fleming
England DF Mark Foran (on loan from Peterborough United)
England DF Shaun Garnett
England DF Richard Graham
England DF Andy Holt
England DF Steve Redmond
England DF Carl Serrant
Norway DF Gunnar Halle
Australia DF Doug Hodgson
England MF Mark Allott
England MF David Beresford
England MF Lee Duxbury
England MF John Gannon
England MF Nick Henry
No. Position Player
England MF Andrew Hughes
England MF Martin Pemberton
England MF Paul Reid
England MF Lee Richardson
England MF Paul Rickers
England FW Andy Ritchie
England MF Ian Snodin
Iceland MF Þorvaldur Örlygsson
England FW Nicky Banger
England FW Stuart Barlow
England FW David McNiven
England FW Scott McNiven
England FW Ian Ormondroyd
England FW Matthew Rush
Wales FW Sean McCarthy
Northern Ireland FW John Morrow

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