Season 1995-96

A highlight of the 1995/96 pre-season was the visit of Newcastle United, with David Ginola and Les Ferdinand making their debuts, when 4,600 watched the Premiership giants triumph 3-1. A long FA Cup run ended with a home First Round Proper defeat at the hands of Cardiff City.

After one or two jitters the season climaxed in May, when 4,664 people, then a ground record, witnessed a 3-2 victory over Merthyr Tydfil to secure the Southern League Championship and a place for Roger Ashby’s side in the Football Conference. That team had included Garry Butterworth, Darren Collins, Graham Benstead, Andy Kirkup and Nick Ashby.

The game at Gresley Rovers on 14th October 1995 was the 200th in the Diamonds History – see here for a reflection on that milestone.

See below for a match summary as well as links to match reports. The final league table for the season can be seen here.

See here for a detailed summary of all the games during the season, including team-line up for each game and match timings.

Date V Lge Opponent Result Scorers Att
Sat 29/07/95 H HSCF Kettering Town Drew 2-2 AET Wooding, Wilkin 1927
Mon 31/07/95 A HSCFr Kettering Town Drew 2-2 AET Collins, Wilkin 1509
Sat 19/08/95 H BHP Salisbury Won 3-0 Wilkin, Kirkup, Collins 1532
Mon 21/08/95 A BHP Chelmsford City Won 2-1 Spooner, Watkins 1003
Sat 26/08/95 H BHP Crawley Town Won 3-1 Butterworth, Watkins/2 1611
Mon 28/08/95 A BHP Burton Albion Lost 2-4 Watkins, Collins 901
Sat 02/09/95 A BHP Hastings Town Won 1-0 Watkins 552
Tue 05/09/95 H BHP VS Rugby Won 6-1 Ashby, Wilkin, Watkins/3, Bailey 1624
Sat 09/09/95 H FAC1q Grantham Town Won 4-1 Collins/3, Wilkin 1681
Sat 16/09/95 A BHP Worcester City Drew 0-0 960
Tue 19/09/95 H BHP Chelmsford City Won 2-1 og, Collins 1747
Sat 23/09/95 H FAC2q Eastwood Hanley Won 1-0 Collins 1652
Sat 30/09/95 A BHP Cheltenham Town Won 2-0 Kirkup, Collins 1122
Tue 03/10/95 H DMC1/1 Kings Lynn (2) Void 0-1 1262
Sat 07/10/95 A FAC3q Sandwell Boro Won 6-1 Wilkin/4, Collins/2 250
Sat 14/10/95 A BHP Gresley Rovers Won 3-0 Hannigan, Collins, Butterworth 808
Sat 21/10/95 A FAC4q Purfleet Drew 1-1 Hannigan 794
Tue 24/10/95 H FAC4qr Purfleet Won 3-1 Watkins, Collins, Wilkin 2850
Sat 28/10/95 A BHP Merthyr Tydfil Won 3-0 Collins, Kirkup, Watkins 464
Wed 01/11/95 H DMC1/1 Kings Lynn Won 1-0 Collins 1098
Sat 04/11/95 H BHP Stafford Rgrs Won 5-1 Wooding, Watkins, Wilkin/2, Hackett 2078
Tue 07/11/95 H HSCQF Long Buckby Won 4-0 Nuttell/2, Kirkup, Watkins 574
Sat 11/11/95 H FAC1 Cardiff City Lost 1-3 Hannigan 4214
Wed 15/11/95 A BHP VS Rugby Won 3-1 Wilkin/3 741
Sat 18/11/95 A BHP Gravesend & Nft Won 3-1 Wilkin, Collins, Smith 658
Tue 21/11/95 H BHP Burton Albion Won 2-0 Wilkin, Collins 1651
Sat 25/11/95 H BHP Atherstone Utd Won 7-3 Hackett, Hannigan, Collins/4, Ashby 2231
Tue 28/11/95 H BHP Baldock Town Won 3-0 Collins, Kirkup, Wilkin 1922
Sat 02/12/95 A BHP Crawley Town Drew 2-2 Wooding, Collins 1118
Tue 05/12/95 A DMC1/2 Kings Lynn Lost 0-2 432
Sat 09/12/95 A BHP Dorchester Town Drew 1-1 Wilkin 684
Tue 12/12/95 H BHP Gloucester City Won 3-2 Kirkup, Collins/2 1666
Sat 16/12/95 H BHP Hastings Town Drew 1-1 Watkins 1946
Sat 23/12/95 H BHP Ilkeston Town Won 3-0 Wilkin, Hackett, Watkins 2312
Tue 26/12/95 A BHP Baldock Town (9) Void 0-0
Sat 13/01/96 A BHP Atherstone Utd Won 3-1 Wilkin, Collins/2 605
Sat 20/01/96 H FAT1 Purfleet Lost 0-1 1906
Tue 30/01/96 H HSCSF Raunds Won 1-0 AET Collins 904
Sat 03/02/96 H BHP Worcester City Won 1-0 Collins 2197
Sat 10/02/96 H BHP Gravesend & Nft Lost 2-3 Watkins, Collins 1841
Tue 13/02/96 A BHP Baldock Town Won 3-0 Stott, Collins/2 854
Sat 17/02/96 H BHP Cheltenham Town Won 4-1 Watkins, Kirkup/2, Wilkin 2472
Sat 24/02/96 A BHP Newport Drew 1-1 Ashby 1170
Tue 05/03/96 H BHP Sudbury Town Won 3-1 Collins, Hackett, Kirkup 1409
Sat 16/03/96 A BHP Cambridge City Won 2-0 Collins, Hannigan 750
Tue 19/03/96 A BHP Halesowen Town Drew 0-0 1725
Sat 23/03/96 A BHP Ilkeston Town Drew 1-1 Hackett 1009
Tue 26/03/96 A HSCF Rothwell Town Lost 0-1 511
Sat 30/03/96 H BHP Halesowen Town Lost 1-2 Alford 3481
Thu 04/04/96 H BHP Dorchester Town Lost 0-1 1823
Sat 06/04/96 H BHP Cambridge City Won 2-1 Collins, Alford 2135
Mon 08/04/96 A BHP Sudbury Town Lost 1-4 Alford 918
Sat 13/04/96 H BHP Newport Won 3-0 Collins, Alford, Ashby 2914
Tue 16/04/96 H BHP Gresley Rovers Won 2-1 Collins, Alford 2250
Sat 20/04/96 A BHP Gloucester City Lost 1-2 Collins 1226
Wed 24/04/96 A BHP Salisbury Won 2-0 Collins, Kirkup 596
Sat 27/04/96 A BHP Stafford Rangers Won 4-0 Kirkup/2, Alford, Hackett 1160
Sat 04/05/96 H BHP Merthyr Tydfil Won 3-2 Butterworth, Collins, Alford 4664

Notes

Note 2: Match declared void after Kings Lynn fielded ineligible player

Note 9: Match abandoned after 25 minutes due to frozen pitch

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