1996–97 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

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Plymouth Argyle
1996–97 season
ChairmanDan McCauley
ManagerNeil Warnock (until 3 February)
Mick Jones (from 3 February)
StadiumHome Park
Second Division19th
FA CupThird round
League CupFirst round
Auto Windscreens ShieldQuarter finals
Top goalscorerLeague: Evans (12)
All: Evans (15)
Average home league attendance6,494

During the 1996–97 English football season, Plymouth Argyle F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1996-97 season, Plymouth manager Warnock was sacked within a year as the club narrowly avoided being relegated back to the basement division. Warnock's assistant Mick Jones became his successor and in February 1997, Plymouth participated in 'The Battle of Saltergate' – in a 2–1 win at Chesterfield, an 88th minute fight broke out, involving all 20 outfield players. Chesterfield's Darren Carr and Kevin Davies and Plymouth's Tony James and Richard Logan were all sent-off. To make matters even worse, Argyle's Wembley hero Ronnie Mauge had already been sent-off in the 36th minute. It was the first time in Football League history that five players were sent-off in one game.[1]

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]

Plymouth Argyle's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1996 York City H 2–1 9,035 Corazzin, Heathcote
24 August 1996 Wrexham A 4–4 3,920 Evans, Littlejohn (2), Logan
27 August 1996 Watford A 2–0 7,349 Billy, Littlejohn
30 August 1996 Preston North End H 2–1 9,209 Evans, Logan
7 September 1996 Notts County H 0–0 8,109
10 September 1996 Brentford A 2–3 5,377 Mauge, Corazzin
14 September 1996 Stockport County A 1–3 5,087 Evans (pen)
21 September 1996 Bristol Rovers H 0–1 8,879
28 September 1996 Crewe Alexandra A 0–3 3,797
1 October 1996 Peterborough United H 1–1 4,929 James
5 October 1996 Millwall H 0–0 7,507
12 October 1996 Walsall A 1–0 3,720 Littlejohn
15 October 1996 Bournemouth A 0–1 3,818
19 October 1996 Bristol City H 0–0 9,645
26 October 1996 Burnley A 1–2 9,602 Evans
29 October 1996 Gillingham H 2–0 4,787 Evans, Illman
2 November 1996 Luton Town H 3–3 7,134 Mauge, Evans (2, 1 pen)
9 November 1996 Wycombe Wanderers A 1–2 5,456 Williams
19 November 1996 Chesterfield H 0–3 4,237
23 November 1996 Bury A 0–1 3,582
30 November 1996 Burnley H 0–0 6,289
3 December 1996 Blackpool A 2–2 2,690 Wotton, Littlejohn
14 December 1996 Shrewsbury Town H 2–2 5,075 Mauge, Evans
21 December 1996 Rotherham United A 2–1 2,269 Illman, Evans
26 December 1996 Brentford H 1–4 9,525 Illman
11 January 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 1–0 4,767 Logan
18 January 1997 Peterborough United A 0–0 6,288
25 January 1997 Gillingham A 1–4 5,465 Evans
1 February 1997 Wycombe Wanderers H 0–0 5,024
8 February 1997 Luton Town A 2–2 6,439 Littlejohn, Evans
15 February 1997 Bury H 2–0 5,486 Logan, Corazzin
22 February 1997 Chesterfield A 2–1 5,833 Evans, Saunders
25 February 1997 Bristol Rovers A 0–2 6,005
1 March 1997 Blackpool H 0–1 5,585
8 March 1997 Rotherham United H 1–0 4,717 Corazzin (pen)
15 March 1997 Shrewsbury Town A 3–2 3,414 Billy (2), Illman
22 March 1997 Wrexham H 0–1 5,468
29 March 1997 York City A 1–1 3,917 Corazzin
31 March 1997 Watford H 0–0 6,836
5 April 1997 Preston North End A 1–1 8,503 Saunders
8 April 1997 Stockport County H 0–0 5,089
12 April 1997 Millwall A 0–0 5,702
15 April 1997 Notts County A 1–2 2,423 Collins
19 April 1997 Walsall H 2–0 5,535 Saunders, Barlow
26 April 1997 Bristol City A 1–3 15,368 Williams
3 May 1997 Bournemouth H 0–0 6,507

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 16 November 1996 Fulham H 5–0 7,104 Mauge, Evans (2, 1 pen), Littlejohn, Corazzin
R2 6 December 1996 Exeter City H 4–1 12,911 Evans, Mauge, Billy, Littlejohn
R3 4 January 1997 Peterborough United H 0–1 7,299

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 20 August 1996 Brentford A 0–1 3,034
R1 2nd Leg 3 September 1996 Brentford H 0–0 (lost 0-1 on agg) 5,180

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SR1 10 December 1996 Bournemouth H 2–0 944 Illman, Wotton
SR2 14 January 1997 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–0 1,295 Wotton
SQF 11 February 1997 Northampton Town H 0–2 1,499

Squad[edit]

[3] 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 Kevin Blackwell
England GK James Dungey
Zimbabwe GK Bruce Grobbelaar
England DF Jon Beswetherick
England DF Simon Collins
England DF Chris Curran
England DF Mick Heathcote
England DF Tony James
England DF Richard Logan
England DF Mark Patterson
Wales DF Jason Rowbotham
England DF Paul Williams
England MF Martin Barlow
England MF Chris Billy
No. Position Player
England MF Gary Clayton
England MF Chris Leadbitter
Trinidad and Tobago MF Ronnie Mauge
England MF Steve Perkins
England MF Mark Saunders
England MF Michael Simpson (on loan from Notts County)
England MF Paul Wotton
Canada FW Carlo Corazzin
Republic of Ireland FW Mickey Evans
England FW Neil Illman
England FW Adrian Littlejohn
England FW Lee Phillips
England FW Dominic Richardson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Culley, Jon (24 February 1997). "THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS : Battle of Saltergate: the aftermath". independent.co.uk. The Independent. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/plymouth-argyle/tab/players/season/1997