1991–92 Sheffield Wednesday F.C. season

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Sheffield Wednesday
1991–92 season
Chairman Dave Richards
Manager Trevor Francis (player-manager)
Stadium Hillsborough
First Division 3rd
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Full Members Cup Quarter finals
Top goalscorer League: Hirst (18)
All: Hirst (21)
Average home league attendance 29,578

During the 1991–92 English football season, Sheffield Wednesday F.C. competed in the Football League First Division, following promotion from the Second Division the previous season.

Season summary[edit]

Having guided Sheffield Wednesday to promotion to the First Division and League Cup glory the previous season, Ron Atkinson left Wednesday for Aston Villa (in somewhat controversial circumstances, having claimed that he was staying on at Wednesday before departing a week later). He was replaced by striker Trevor Francis, who juggled his playing responsibilities with his management role. Under Francis, Wednesday enjoyed a fabulous season, finishing third, behind Leeds United and Manchester United and ahead of bigger clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal; this gave Wednesday qualification to the UEFA Cup.

Despite their overall good form, Wednesday still found themselves on the receiving ends of the season's heaviest home (6-1 to Leeds) and away (7-1 to Arsenal) defeats. Wednesday also lost both of that season's derbies against arch-rivals Sheffield United, losing 1-3 at home and 2-0 at Bramall Lane.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Leeds United 42 13 8 0 38 13 9 8 4 36 24 74 37 +37 82
2 Manchester United 42 12 7 2 34 13 9 8 4 29 20 63 33 +30 78
3 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 5 3 39 24 8 7 6 23 25 62 49 +13 75
4 Arsenal 42 12 7 2 51 23 7 8 6 30 24 81 46 +35 72
5 Manchester City 42 13 4 4 32 14 7 6 8 29 34 61 48 +13 70
6 Liverpool 42 13 5 3 34 17 3 11 7 13 23 47 40 +7 64
7 Aston Villa 42 13 3 5 31 16 4 6 11 17 28 48 44 +4 60
8 Nottingham Forest 42 10 7 4 36 27 6 4 11 24 31 60 58 +2 59
9 Sheffield United 42 9 6 6 29 23 7 3 11 36 40 65 63 +2 57
10 Crystal Palace 42 7 8 6 24 25 7 7 7 29 36 53 61 – 8 57
11 Queens Park Rangers 42 6 10 5 25 21 6 8 7 23 26 48 47 +1 54
12 Everton 42 8 8 5 28 19 5 6 10 24 32 52 51 +1 53
13 Wimbledon 42 10 5 6 32 20 3 9 9 21 33 53 53 ±0 53
14 Chelsea 42 7 8 6 31 30 6 6 9 19 30 50 60 – 10 53
15 Tottenham Hotspur 42 7 3 11 33 35 8 4 9 25 28 58 63 – 5 52
16 Southampton 42 7 5 9 17 28 7 5 9 22 27 39 55 – 16 52
17 Oldham Athletic 42 11 5 5 46 36 3 4 14 17 31 63 67 – 4 51
18 Norwich City 42 8 6 7 29 28 3 6 12 18 35 47 63 – 16 45
19 Coventry City 42 6 7 8 18 15 5 4 12 17 29 35 44 – 9 44
20 Luton Town 42 10 7 4 25 17 0 5 16 14 54 38 71 – 33 42
21 Notts County 42 7 5 9 24 29 3 5 13 16 33 40 62 – 22 40
22 West Ham United 42 6 6 9 22 24 3 5 13 15 35 37 59 – 22 38
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Key
League Champions, qualified for Champions League
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Results[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1991 Aston Villa H 2–3 36,749 Hirst, Wilson
24 August 1991 Leeds United A 1–1 30,260 Hirst
28 August 1991 Everton H 2–1 28,690 Anderson, Wilson
31 August 1991 Queens Park Rangers H 4–1 25,022 Palmer (3), Sheridan
3 September 1991 Notts County A 1–2 12,297 Pearson
7 September 1991 Nottingham Forest H 2–1 31,289 Francis, P Williams
14 September 1991 Manchester City A 1–0 29,453 P Williams
18 September 1991 Norwich City A 0–1 12,503
21 September 1991 Southampton H 2–0 27,291 P Williams, Worthington
28 September 1991 Liverpool A 1–1 37,071 Harkes
2 October 1991 Wimbledon A 1–2 3,121 Pearson
5 October 1991 Crystal Palace H 4–1 26,230 Hirst (2), Palmer, Worthington
19 October 1991 Luton Town A 2–2 9,401 Hirst, Sheridan
26 October 1991 Manchester United H 3–2 38,260 Jemson (2), Hirst
2 November 1991 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 31,573
17 November 1991 Sheffield United A 0–2 31,832
23 November 1991 Arsenal H 1–1 32,174 Hirst
30 November 1991 West Ham United A 2–1 24,116 Harkes, Jemson
7 December 1991 Chelsea H 3–0 27,383 Hirst (2), P Williams
21 December 1991 Wimbledon H 2–0 20,574 Sheridan (2)
26 December 1991 Everton A 1–0 30,788 Hirst
28 December 1991 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 12,990 Hirst
1 January 1992 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 32,679 Sharp (own goal)
12 January 1992 Leeds United H 1–6 32,228 Sheridan
18 January 1992 Aston Villa A 1–0 28,036 Jemson
1 February 1992 Luton Town H 3–2 22,291 Harkes, Hirst, P Williams
8 February 1992 Manchester United A 1–1 47,074 Hirst
15 February 1992 Arsenal A 1–7 26,805 Worthington
22 February 1992 West Ham United H 2–1 26,150 Anderson, Palmer
29 February 1992 Chelsea A 3–0 17,538 P Williams, Wilson, Worthington
7 March 1992 Coventry City H 2–0 23,959 Anderson
11 March 1992 Sheffield United H 1–3 40,327 King
14 March 1992 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–0 23,027 Hirst, P Williams
21 March 1992 Notts County H 1–0 23,910 Hirst
28 March 1992 Oldham Athletic A 0–3 15,897
4 April 1992 Nottingham Forest A 2–0 26,105 Hirst, P Williams
8 April 1992 Coventry City A 0–0 13,293
11 April 1992 Manchester City H 2–0 32,138 Hirst, Worthington
18 April 1992 Southampton A 1–0 17,715 Hirst
20 April 1992 Norwich City H 2–1 27,362 Nilsson, Sheridan
25 April 1992 Crystal Palace A 1–1 21,573 P Williams
2 May 1992 Liverpool H 0–0 34,861

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1991-92 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1992 Preston North End A 2–0 14,337 Bart-Williams, Sheridan
R4 4 February 1992 Middlesbrough H 1–2 29,772 Hirst

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 24 September 1991 Leyton Orient A 0–0 6,231
R2 2nd leg 9 October 1991 Leyton Orient H 4–1 (won 4-1 on agg) 14,938 Francis (2), Anderson, P Williams
R3 30 October 1991 Southampton H 1–1 17,627 Hirst
R3R 20 November 1991 Southampton A 0–1 10,801

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
NR2 23 October 1991 Manchester City H 3–2 7,951 Hirst, Hyde, Jemson
NQF 26 November 1991 Notts County A 0–1 4,118

Squad[edit]

[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Marlon Beresford
England GK Lance Key
England GK Kevin Pressman
England GK Chris Woods
England DF Viv Anderson
England DF Chris Bart-Williams
England DF Phil King
Sweden DF Roland Nilsson
England DF Nigel Pearson (captain)
England DF Peter Shirtliff
England DF Paul Warhurst
England DF Julian Watts
Northern Ireland DF Nigel Worthington
United States MF John Harkes
England MF Graham Hyde
No. Position Player
Wales MF Ryan Jones
England MF Steve MacKenzie
England MF Steve McCall
England MF Carlton Palmer
Republic of Ireland MF John Sheridan
England MF Mark Taylor
Northern Ireland MF Danny Wilson
England FW Leroy Chambers
England FW Trevor Francis
England FW David Hirst
England FW Nigel Jemson
England FW David Johnson
England FW Gordon Watson
England FW Mike Williams
England FW Paul Williams

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
17 July 1991 DF Paul Warhurst Oldham Athletic £750,000
15 August 1991 GK Chris Woods Rangers £1,200,000
17 September 1991 FW Nigel Jemson Nottingham Forest £800,000
21 November 1991 DF Chris Bart-Williams Leyton Orient £275,000
13 March 1992 DF Julian Watts Rotherham United £80,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
11 June 1991 DF Jon Newsome Leeds United £150,000
15 July 1991 DF David Wetherall Leeds United £125,000
15 August 1991 DF Lawrie Madden Wolverhampton Wanderers Free transfer
13 September 1991 MF Mark Taylor Shrewsbury Town £70,000
26 March 1992 MF Steve McCall Plymouth Argyle £25,000
Transfers in: Decrease £3,105,000
Transfers out: Increase £370,000
Total spending: Decrease £2,735,000

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