The Anfield win helped keep Newcastle United's lead of the Premier League a comfortable one. The result left their opponents rooted to the bottom of the table and still looking for a league win after 11 games, but it was a big boost for the Reds, who were now four points behind leaders Newcastle United and three points adrift of second placed Manchester United. Nine months worth of hope and expectation flushed down the toilet with one swift movement of a Frenchman’s foot. However, ‘Calamity’ James performed his soon-to-be-trademark ‘flapping-at-a-corner’ routine and BANG! Liverpool's best chance of silverware appeared to be in the FA Cup, where they began with a 7–0 third round win over Rochdale in which Ian Rush set a new record for career goals scored in the competition. They did manage to edge past Sunderland in the League Cup second round and then crush Manchester City 4–0 in the third round.
Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Liverpool saw off three fightbacks from Leeds to begin … , January was another successful month at Anfield as the Reds ended it in second place, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference, although Newcastle United still had a nine-point lead at the top. 10/30/96 For the second season running, Robbie Fowler scored a league hat-trick at home to Arsenal, though this time in the space of nearly 40 minutes rather than the record breaking time of less than five minutes as had happened the previous season, as the Reds won 3–1.
Given the dearth of opportunities thus far, I merely assumed the corner would be cleared and resumption of the tactical midfield battle would occur. Taking my first baby steps towards becoming a football fan was wonderful in 1995/96. It was the FA Cup final. This match has not been attend by any other user. They were still going well in the league, keeping up the pressure on the leading pack of Newcastle United and Manchester United, though by 24 February they were still nine points behind Kevin Keegan's leaders and Alex Ferguson's second place title chasers.
The FA Cup final was played at Wembley Stadium on 11 May 1996.
The result did a favour for Liverpool's fierce rivals Manchester United, as it kept their three-point lead over the Tynesiders intact, also keeping Liverpool's title hopes – and their hopes of a unique second double – alive, as they were now just five points off the top. Arriving in THOSE awful crème suits, Fowler & co strolled across the Wembley turf. Following my father’s quick “FA Cup for Beginners” speech, I sat down in front of t’telly (presumably Capri-Sun and Tommy Tomatoes in-tow) to watch my new-found heroes win some silverware. The 1995–96 Liverpool F.C. I mean, compared to the Red Scum and Keggy’s Entertainers, we were never really in it, but it was damn enjoyable to watch. Disappointment. Last updated: 30 May 1996Source: Competitions, Liverpool qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1995–96_Liverpool_F.C._season&oldid=981296464, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 October 2020, at 13:17. The 11th of May 1996 was the day when I first experienced the heartache of being a football fan. Collymore too was rich on form from the beginning: he found the net on his debut at Liverpool won 1–0 at Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the Premier League season. This is the symbolic moment when you realise your attachment to your club has gone further than simply wearing the replica shirt. Through a seemingly impermeable flock of flailing limbs, Eric Cantona executed a perfect half-volley that flew into the right hand corner of the goal. Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’ enthralled and oozed with exotic elegance (see: Ginola, Asprilla and errrr…Phillippe Albert). Some will be more familiar with this feeling than others. On 17 December, Robbie Fowler took his tally of goals against Manchester United for the season to four as he scored both goals in a 2–0 win at Anfield just over two months after netting twice in the 2–2 draw at Old Trafford. season was the 104th season in the club's existence, and their 34th consecutive year in the top-flight. As any self-respecting football fan knows, that magical moment in boyhood when one pledges their allegiance to their chosen shirt is a life-defining act, a decision that simply cannot be reversed regardless of future fortunes.
Having paid a national record £8.5million for Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore in the close season, Liverpool were many people's favourites for the league title in 1995–96 – especially as defending champions Blackburn Rovers had failed to significantly add to their squad and runners-up Manchester United had sold three key players but begun the season without a single major signing. last 16 2nd leg |  By the time of their 1–0 home win over Middlesbrough on 27 April, the title was beyond Liverpool's reach. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
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