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 season was the best season 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, the disruption to the team caused by the introduction of Asprilla. But when you look at the defeats they had: in 6 out of 8 we didn't score. This was not a season of high scoring defeats as it has often been misrepresented. A distraught Keegan offered to resign.

The League Cup brought a controversial defeat at Highbury in the Quarter Finals whilst Chelsea knocked us 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

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Once again Newcastle set off at a blistering pace, winning 11 out of their first 13 Premiership matches and scoring 30 goals in the process. Hardly surprising when they boasted an attack of Lee, Beardsley, Ferdinand, Ginola and Gillespie.

Staying largely clear of injuries they maintained the pace and their only defeats before Christmas were at Southampton, Chelsea and Man United.

Five consecutive victories were recorded at the start of 1996 and a confident Keegan (who always believed in strengthening the team when it was doing well) splashed out again on Tino Asprilla and David Batty.

Then all of a sudden the wheels came off with a disastrous run of five defeats in eight games including the infamous but classic 4-3 defeat at Liverpool and the loss at Blackburn where they conceded twice in the last few minutes.

United bounced back to win 3 in a row with the last game of the run at Leeds being where Keegan gave his famous "love it" speech.

Manchester United had 79 points with 1 game left; United had 76 points with 2 games left but were 6 goals worse off in terms of goal difference. It was going to be difficult but there was still hope.

United's game in hand was away against Nottingham Forest 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
FAC 07/1 A Chelsea D 1-1
FAC 17/1 H Chelsea D 2-2

League Cup
LC 19/9 A Bristol W 5-0
LC 04/10 H Bristol W 3-1
LC 25/10 A Stoke W 4-0
LC 29/11 A Liverpool W 1-0
LC 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

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

Drop Oot

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