NUFC 1995/96 - Season Summary

NUFC 1995/96 Squad
Prem2nd ChairmanJ Hall
FA CupR3 ManagerK Keegan
League CupQF CoachD Fazackerly/C McMenemy
CaptainP Beardsley
Attendance36,505Top ScorerL Ferdinand (29)

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newcastle 1995/96 programme

Although results-wise 1995/96 is the best in the club's history it will unfortunately be remembered as the season when Newcastle "threw away" a 12 point lead.

Many theories have been put forward for United's late collapse: defensive weakness, tactical naivety, loss of bottle and the disruption to the team caused by the introduction of Asprilla.

When you look at the defeats they had: in 6 out of 8 they didn't score. This was not a season of high scoring defeats as it has often been misrepresented.

Crucially they lost both games against Manchester United. The home match was particularly hard to take as Newcastle put them under intense pressure, but just could not score.

Certainly, the introduction of the maverick Asprilla and the conequential change to the team pattern was a risky move at such a crucial stage of the season.

The late goals at Anfield and Ewood Park cost United 4 points and United's inability to close games down certainly did not help.

But none of these reasons would have been relevant if Manchester United had not hit such a rich vein of form; they won 13 out of their last 15 games. A distraught Keegan offered to resign.

The League Cup brought a controversial defeat at Highbury in the Quarter- Finals whilst Chelsea knocked United out of the FA Cup in a penalty shoot-out.


Competitions



Premiership
19/8 H Coventry W 3-0
22/8 A Bolton W 3-1
27/8 A Sheff Wed W 2-0
30/8 H Middlesbrough W 1-0
09/9 A Southampton L 0-1
16/9 H Man City W 3-1
24/9 H Chelsea W 2-0
01/10 A Everton W 3-1
14/10 A QPR W 3-2
21/10 H Wimbledon W 6-1
29/10 A Tottenham D 1-1
04/11 H Liverpool W 2-1
08/11 H Blackburn W 1-0
18/11 A Aston Villa D 1-1
25/11 H Leeds Utd W 2-1
03/12 A Wimbledon D 3-3
09/12 A Chelsea L 0-1
16/12 H Everton W 1-0
23/12 H Nottm F W 3-1
27/12 A Manchester Utd L 0-2
02/1 H Arsenal W 2-0
14/1 A Coventry W 1-0
20/1 H Bolton W 2-1
03/2 H Sheff Wed W 2-0
10/2 A Middlesbrough W 2-1
21/2 A WHU L 0-2
24/2 A Man City D 3-3
04/3 H Manchester Utd L 0-1
18/3 H WHU W 3-0
23/3 A Arsenal L 0-2
03/4 A Liverpool L 3-4
06/4 H QPR W 2-1
08/4 A Blackburn L 1-2
14/4 H Aston Villa W 1-0
17/4 H Southampton W 1-0
29/4 A Leeds Utd W 1-0
02/5 A Nottm F D 1-1
05/5 H Tottenham D 1-1

As in 1994/95 the Magpies got off to a blistering start, they won 9 out of their first 10 games and by the time they met second-placed Manchester United at Old Trafford in the last match of 1995 they were ten points ahead of them.

Although Manchester United won the game, Newcastle won their next 6 games. The final match in the run was a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough where Tino Asprilla made his first appearance (as a sub) and turned the game.

At this stage, Newcastle were 9 points ahead of Manchester United and had a game in hand. Newcastle lost at West Ham and drew at Manchester City and when the rivals met at St. James' on the 4th March the gap had narrowed to 4 points.

Newcastle played brilliantly, but could not find a way past Peter Schmeichel and Cantona scored for the Reds. It was a heavy psychological blow.

They beat West Ham in the next match, but then lost in two tough away assignments at Arsenal and (infamously) at Liverpool. Manchester were now 3 points ahead but United still had a game in hand.

Although they beat QPR they lost at Blackburn after conceding two late goals. The Old Trafford side now led by 6 points. All was not lost though and the Magpies recorded 3 wins on the bounce with the last one being at Elland Road which precipitated Keegan's famous "love it" rant.

In their penultimate game United played their game in hand against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. A win would take the Magpies level on points with Manchester United although their goal difference was 6 goals better. But a 76th minute equaliser by Ian Woan denied them the necessary victory.

The only way the title could be won now was if Newcastle beat Spurs at St James' and Man U lost at Middlesbrough. They won and Newcastle could only manage a draw.


FA Cup
R3 07/1 A Chelsea D 1-1
R3r 17/1 H Chelsea D 2-2

League Cup
R2 L1 19/9 A Bristol W 5-0
R2 L2 04/10 H Bristol W 3-1
R3 25/10 A Stoke W 4-0
R4 29/11 A Liverpool W 1-0
QF 10/1 A Arsenal L 0-2

Players


Squad

Total Number of Matches: 45

Total Number of Goals: 82

Player A S G
Albert P 23 5 6
Asprilla F 11 3 3
Barton W 37 1 1
Batty D 11 0 1
Beardsley P 40 0 11
Beresford J 35 1
Brayson P 1 0
Clark Lee 26 7 2
Crawford J 0 1
Elliott R 8 2
Ferdinand L 44 0 29
Fox R 3 2
Gillespie K 30 2 5
Ginola D 40 0 5
Hislop S 28 0
Holland C 0 1
Hottiger M 1 2
Howey S 33 0 1
Huckerby D 0 2
Kitson P 4 5 2
Lee R 41 0 9
Peacock D 40 1 2
Sellars S 4 4 1
Srnicek P 17 2
Watson S 18 11 4
Team

01: Hislop/Srnicek

02: Barton

03: Beresford

04: Clark > Batty

05: Peacock

06: Howey > Albert

07: Lee

08: Beardsley

09: Ferdinand

10: Ginola

11: Gillespie > Asprilla

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Transfers


Toon In

NameDateAgeFromFee
Barton Warren 06/95 26 Wimbledon £4m
Ferdinand Les 06/95 28 QPR £6m
Ginola David 07/95 28 PSG £2.5m
Brayson Paul 08/95 17 Professional
Hislop Shaka 08/95 26 Reading £1.575m
Huckerby Darren 11/95 19 Lincoln City £450,000
Asprilla Faustino 02 26 Parma £7.5m
Batty David 02/96 27 Blackburn Rovers £3.5m

F Asprilla

L Ferdinand

D Ginola


Toon Oot

NameDateAgeToFee
Jeffrey Mike 06/95 23 Rotheram £100,000
Neilson Alan 06/95 22 Southampton £400,000
Venison Barry 06/95 30 Galatasaray £750,000
Fox Ruel 10/95 27 Tottenham £4m
Allen Malcolm 12/95 27 Retired (inj)
Appleby Richard 12/95 20 Ipswich
Sellars Scott 12/95 29 Bolton £750,000
Hottiger Marc 03/96 28 Everton £700,000

R Fox

S Sellars

B Venison: 36 - 1


Drop Oot

NameClubFromTo
Harper SteveBristol City07/9505/96
Hooper MikeSunderland07/9505/96
Appleby RichardIpswich11/9511/95

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