NUFC 1996/97 - Season Summary

NUFC 1996/97 Squad
Prem2nd ChairmanJ Hall
FA CupR4 ManagerK Keegan > K Dalglish
League CupR4 CoachC McMenemy
UEFA CupQF CaptainP Beardsley
Attendance36,466Top ScorerA Shearer (28)

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United's Premiership collapse in 1995/96 was seen mainly as a failure to defend at crucial stages of the game therefore it came as no surprise that £15 million was spent on another centre-forward. Keegan had been ready to quit, but the capture of Shearer re-kindled the spirit of both manager and fans.

The season started badly with a four goal defeat to Man United in the Charity Shield at Wembley followed by two defeats in the first three Premier games.

Seven League wins on the trot culminating in the 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United suggested that confidence had returned. However United's form deteriorated again and Keegan resigned withouth so much as a goodbye.

Kenny Dalglish replaced him and after a stuttering start which brought exits in both the FA and UEFA Cups some fans were getting on Dalglish's back with one even offering him the shirt off his own.

However United became harder to beat and they gradually climbed the table until they reached second on the final day of the season which earned them a place in the Champions League for the first time.

Premiership

17/8/96 A Everton L 0-2
21/8/96 H Wimbledon W 2-0
24/8/96 H Sheff Wed L 1-2
04/9/96 A Sunderland W 2-1
07/9/96 A Tottenham W 2-1
14/9/96 H Blackburn W 2-1
21/9/96 A Leeds Utd W 1-0
30/9/96 H Aston Villa W 4-3
12/10/96 A Derby W 1-0
20/10/96 H Manchester Utd W 5-0
26/10/96 A Leicester L 0-2
03/11/96 H Middlesbrough W 3-1
16/11/96 H WHU D 1-1
23/11/96 A Chelsea D 1-1
30/11/96 H Arsenal L 1-2
09/12/96 A Nottm F D 0-0
17/12/96 A Coventry L 1-2
23/12/96 H Liverpool D 1-1
26/12/96 A Blackburn L 0-1
28/12/96 H Tottenham W 7-1
01/1/97 H Leeds Utd W 3-0
11/1/97 A Aston Villa D 2-2
18/1/97 A Southampton D 2-2
29/1/97 H Everton W 4-1
02/2/97 H Leicester W 4-3
22/2/97 A Middlesbrough W 1-0
01/3/97 H Southampton L 0-1
10/3/97 A Liverpool L 3-4
15/3/97 H Coventry W 4-0
23/3/97 A Wimbledon D 1-1
05/4/97 H Sunderland D 1-1
13/4/97 A Sheff Wed D 1-1
16/4/97 H Chelsea W 3-1
19/4/97 H Derby W 3-1
03/5/97 A Arsenal W 1-0
06/5/97 A WHU D 0-0
08/5/97 A Manchester Utd D 0-0
11/5/97 H Nottm F W 5-0

After a shaky start seven League wins on the trot culminating in the 5-0 mauling of Manchester United on October 20th had United's critics choking on their words.

Then just as suddenly came the downturn as the next seven Premiership games brought 4 draws and 3 defeats as injuries to Shearer and then Ferdinand appeared to disrupt the team.

Thumping home victories over Spurs and Leeds were followed, but Keegan resigned.

Under Dalglish the Magpies became harder to beat and only lost two more League games. In the last ten games they remained unbeaten and snatched 2nd place on the last day of the season.

UEFA Cup

UC 10/9/96 H Halmstads BK W 4-0
UC 24/9/96 A Halmstads BK L 1-2
UC 15/10/96 A Ferencváros L 2-3
UC 29/10/96 H Ferencváros W 4-0
UC 19/11/96 A Metz D 1-1
UC 03/12/96 H Metz W 2-0
UC 04/3/97 H AS Monaco L 0-1
UC 18/3/97 A AS Monaco L 0-3

FA Cup

R3 05/1/97 A Charlton D 1-1
R3r 15/1/97 H Charlton W 2-1
R4 26/1/97 H Nottm F L 1-2

League Cup

R2 23/10/96 H Oldham W 1-0
R3 27/11/96 A Middlesbrough L 1-3

Squad

Total Number of Matches:

Total Number of Goals:

Player A S G
Albert P 39 1 3
Asprilla F 25 8 9
Barton W 20 7 1
Batty D 45 0 1
Beardsley P 34 3 8
Beresford J 25 2
Clark Lee 14 20 3
Crawford J 0 2
Elliott R 36 2 7
Ferdinand L 38 2 21
Gillespie K 31 13 1
Ginola D 31 5 2
Hislop S 22 0
Howey S 9 0 1
Kitson P 0 6
Lee R 44 1 6
Peacock D 49 0 1
Shearer A 40 0 28
Srnicek P 30 0
Watson S 40 6 1

Players


Toon In

SurnameDateAgeFromFee
Shearer Alan 07/96 25 Blackburn Rovers £15.6m
Hamilton Des 03/97 20 Bradford City £1.375m
Gudjonnson Bjarni 03/97 IA Akranes £250,000

Toon Oot

NameDateAgeToFee
Hooper Mike 07/96 32 PortsmouthFree
Holland Chris 10/96 21 Birmingham £600,000
Huckerby Darren 11/96 20 Coventry £1.65m
Kitson Paul 02/97 26 West Ham £2.4m

Drop Oot

NameClubFromTo
Holland ChrisBirmingham09/9609/96
Brayson PaulSwansea City01/9704/97
Crawford JamesRotherham07/9605/97
Holland ChrisBirmingham09/9609/96
Harper SteveGateshead
Harper SteveStockport
Huckerby DarrenMillwall