, 10 October 1995: Clive Allen, 34-year-old striker, retires after being given a free transfer by Carlisle United after playing just three games for them in Division Two. Cantona was banned from football for eight months, fined £20,000 and sentenced to 14 days in prison. 1995-96 was one of the worst seasons ever for English clubs in European competitions. , 1 January 1996: Manchester United suffer their heaviest Premier League defeat yet when they lose 4–1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. 19 July 1995: Sheffield Wednesday sign Belgian midfielder Marc Degryse from Anderlecht for £1.5 million. West Bromwich Albion finished 12th after a dramatic season where they had looked like promotion contenders in the autumn, before enduring a 14-match winless run where they picked up just one point and dropped into the relegation zone. Gullit, 33, is set become the youngest manager in the Premier League and one of the first foreign managers in the English game. , 19 May 1996: Ian Rush agrees to sign for Leeds United on a free transfer on 1 June, after spending 15 of the last 16 years with Liverpool. Gary Peters had a dream start to his reign as Preston North End manager as they were crowned champions of Division Three. , 3 February 1996: Eric Cantona returned to Selhurst Park for the first time since his flying kick the previous year, scoring twice as United defeated Wimbledon 4–2 to keep Manchester United's title hopes alive. Former Manchester City chairman Peter Swales dies of a heart attack at 63. 12 April 1996: John Aldridge is appointed player-manager of Tranmere Rovers, succeeding John King, who steps down as manager after nine years. 24 January 1996: Out-of-favour Liverpool striker Nigel Clough is sold to Manchester City for £1.5 million. 21 October 1995: Les Ferdinand scores a hat-trick in Newcastle's 6–1 home league win against Wimbledon, and Manchester United remain in second place with a 4–1 away victory over Chelsea. 4 February 1996: Gavin Peacock scores a hat-trick in Chelsea's 5–0 win against Middlesbrough. 29 April 1996: The Football Association offer Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle the England manager's job. Scarborough endured another torrid season, finishing second from bottom in the league for the second season in succession. 24 February 1996: Manchester City hold Newcastle United to a 3–3 draw at Maine Road, meaning that the Premier League leaders still have a seven-point lead over Manchester United but no longer have the advantage of a game in hand. Derby go top of Division One with a 2–1 home win over Sunderland, who fall into second place.. Blackburn Rovers failed to retain their league title and finished seventh in the league, with Alan Shearer finding the net more than 30 times for the third season in a row. Although Queens Park Rangers defeat West Ham United 3–0, it is too late to save their 13-year tenure in the top flight. English clubs endured a tough time in European competition during the 1995–96 season. Aston Villa, enjoying a revival with a reshaped squad under Brian Little, finished fourth and won the Football League Cup. At Christmas, United trailed Newcastle United by 12 points. 27 April 1996: Bolton Wanderers are relegated after one season in the Premier League, losing 1–0 at home to Southampton. Manchester United defeat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 for a three-point lead over Newcastle. 22 April 1996: England midfielder Paul Gascoigne publicly asks Terry Venables to remain as national team manager. Team P W D L F A GD Pts Form; 1: team hasn't moved: Everton: 5: 4: 1: 0: 14: 7: 7: 13: W Won 1 - … His old club Manchester United lose 3–1 at Southampton but still have a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League, while the win is a big boost to Southampton's survival bid. The Bosman ruling also saw an end to the three foreigner rule which restricted teams to fielding a maximum of three players born outside the country that they were employed in. In Division One, Sheffield United pick up their first points of the season with a 2–1 home win over Norwich City. 8 November 1995: Chelsea sign Romanian defender Dan Petrescu from Sheffield Wednesday for a club record fee of £2.3million. In Division One, Sheffield United climb off the bottom of the table and out of the bottom three with a 4–1 home win over Portsmouth. Manchester United drop two points when they are held to a 2–2 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the Premier League, but leaders Newcastle drop all three points when they lose 1–0 at Chelsea, meaning that their lead is cut to four points when a victory would have put them seven points ahead. For subsequent transfer deals see 1996-97 in English football. 28 March 1996: Manchester City sign Georgian striker Mikhail Kavelashvili from Alania Vladikavkaz for £1.4 million. Nottingham Forest finished ninth in the league and were the only English side to progress to the last eight of any of the European competitions, doing so in reaching the quarter-final UEFA Cup. Down in Division One, Huddersfield boost their hopes of a second successive promotion with a 1–0 win at struggling Watford lifting them into second place. The feat was all the more amazing considering they lost 0–2 at home to Blackpool in the 1st leg of the play off semi final. 9 March 1996: Aston Villa boost their chances of making a late run to the title with a 4–2 home win over QPR, which deprives the visitors of vital points needed in their battle to avoid relegation.. Torquay United finished at the bottom of Division Three, having won just five games all season, but were saved from demotion because Conference champions Stevenage Borough did not meet the league's required minimum stadium capacity. Going down were Carlisle United, Swansea City (who got through five managers in a season), Brighton & Hove Albion (sinking further into a financial crisis) and Hull City.  Derby County led Division One, with Charlton Athletic second. , M = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; Pts = Total Points, The 1995 Premier League Knockout Cup was the 57th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams but the first to be known as the Premier League Knockout Cup. 27 May 1996: Although England's 22-man squad for Euro 96 has yet to be confirmed, it is reported that 35-year-old Newcastle United forward Peter Beardsley is no longer being considered for a place in the squad. Steve McMahon succeeded in getting Swindon Town back into Division One at the first attempt as they were crowned champions of Division Two. 20 March 1996: An Eric Cantona goal from 25 yards puts Manchester United level on points at the top as they beat Arsenal 1–0 at Old Trafford. Joining them in Division Two were runners-up Gillingham (after seven years in the league's basement division), third placed Bury and playoff winners Plymouth Argyle. Busst is expected to be out of action for at least a year and may never be fully fit to play professional football again. , List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions, British League Division Two/National League, English Dirt Track League/Northern League, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1995_Premier_League_speedway_season&oldid=846902773, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 June 2018, at 15:47. Newly-promoted Birmingham City win 5–0 at Barnsley in Division One.
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