1996–97 Swansea City A.F.C. season

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Swansea City
1996–97 season
Chairman Doug Sharpe
Manager Jan Mølby (player-manager)
Stadium Vetch Field
Third Division 5th
Play-offs Runners-up
FA Cup First round
League Cup First round
Football League Trophy Second round
Top goalscorer Penney (13)
Average home league attendance 3,850

During the 1996–97 English football season, Swansea City competed in the Football League Third Division, following relegation from the Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1996–97 season, Swansea reached the final of the 1997 Third Division play-offs for promotion, but unfortunately for them, ended up losing 1-0 to Northampton Town, whose goal came from a re-taken free kick by John Frain in the final minute.

Kit[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Wigan Athletic 46 17 3 3 53 21 9 6 8 31 30 84 51 +33 87
2 Fulham 46 13 5 5 41 20 12 7 4 31 18 72 38 +34 87
3 Carlisle United 46 16 3 4 41 21 8 9 6 26 23 67 44 +23 84
4 Northampton Town 46 14 4 5 43 17 6 8 9 24 27 67 44 +23 72
5 Swansea City 46 13 5 5 37 20 8 3 12 25 38 62 58 +4 71
6 Chester City 46 11 8 4 30 16 7 8 8 25 27 55 43 +12 70
7 Cardiff City 46 11 4 8 31 24 9 5 9 26 31 56 54 +2 69
8 Colchester United 46 11 9 3 36 23 6 8 9 26 28 62 51 +11 68
9 Lincoln City 46 10 8 5 35 25 8 4 11 35 44 70 69 +1 66
10 Cambridge United 46 11 5 7 30 27 7 6 10 23 32 53 59 –6 65
11 Mansfield Town 46 9 8 6 21 17 7 8 8 26 28 47 45 +2 64
12 Scarborough 46 9 9 5 36 31 7 6 10 30 38 65 68 –3 63
13 Scunthorpe United 46 11 3 9 36 33 7 6 10 23 29 59 62 –3 63
14 Rochdale 46 10 6 7 34 24 4 10 9 24 34 58 58 ±0 58
15 Barnet 46 9 9 5 32 23 5 7 11 14 28 46 51 –5 58
16 Leyton Orient 46 11 6 6 28 20 4 6 13 22 38 50 58 –8 57
17 Hull City 46 9 8 6 29 26 4 10 9 15 24 44 50 –6 57
18 Darlington 46 11 5 7 37 28 3 5 15 27 50 64 78 –14 52
19 Doncaster Rovers 46 9 7 7 29 23 5 3 15 23 43 52 66 –14 52
20 Hartlepool United 46 8 6 9 33 32 6 3 14 20 34 53 66 –13 51
21 Torquay United 46 9 4 10 24 24 4 7 12 22 38 46 62 –16 50
22 Exeter City 46 6 9 8 25 30 6 3 14 23 43 48 73 –25 48
23 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 12 6 5 41 27 1 4 18 12 43 53 70 –17 47 [notes 1]
24 Hereford United 46 6 8 9 26 25 5 6 12 24 40 50 65 –15 47
  • 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).
  1. ^ Brighton & Hove Albion had two points deducted for failure to control spectators.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
New club in the league (none)
Relegated to Conference

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales GK Roger Freestone
Wales GK Lee Jones
England DF Mark Clode
Wales DF Christian Edwards
Wales DF Robert King
Republic of Ireland DF Ryan Casey
Scotland DF Keith Walker
Denmark DF Thomas Willer-Jensen
Angola DF Joao Moreira
England MF Richard Appleby
England MF Steve Jones
England MF Dave Penney
Wales MF Shaun Chapple
No. Position Player
Wales MF Jonathan Coates
Wales MF Lee Jenkins
Wales MF Damian Lacey
Wales MF Kristian O'Leary
Republic of Ireland MF Kwame Ampadu[2]
Denmark MF Jan Mølby
England FW Linton Brown
England FW Carl Heggs
England FW Steve Torpey
Wales FW Jason Price
Wales FW Dai Thomas
Scotland FW Colin McDonald

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 DF Andy Cook (to Portsmouth)
England DF Shaun Garnett (to Oldham Athletic)
England DF John Hills (on loan from Everton)
No. Position Player
Northern Ireland DF Pat McGibbon (on loan from Manchester United)
England MF John Hodge (to Walsall)
England FW Paul Brayson (on loan from Newcastle United)

Transfers[edit]

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In[edit]

Out[edit]

Results[edit]

Third Division[edit]

References[edit]