1992–93 Oldham Athletic A.F.C. season

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Oldham Athletic
1992–93 season
Chairman Ian Stott
Manager Joe Royle
Stadium Boundary Park
FA Premier League 19th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Olney (11)
All: Olney (13)
Average home league attendance 12,859

During the 1992–93 English football season, Oldham Athletic competed in the inaugural season of the FA Premier League, their second season since promotion back to the top flight of English football, and secured a third successive season at this level thanks to a three-match winning run at the end of the season which saved them from relegation on goal difference.

Season summary[edit]

Oldham started the season well and stood in midtable after eleven games, but struggled thereafter and were bottom of the Premier League with ten games left to play. Two successive wins briefly lifted Oldham out of the relegation zone, but failed to win any of their last four matches and looked dead and buried with three games left to play. For the club to survive relegation, three wins from their final three matches were required, and the Latics had to bank on Crystal Palace gaining no more than one point from their final two matches. Oldham's first game of the final trio was away at second placed Aston Villa, who had to win to have any hope of winning that year's title. In a battling display, Nick Henry scored the winner midway through the first half, a shock result but one that gave hope to an unlikely escape and clinched the first title for 27 years for Oldham's local rivals Manchester United. Three days later, Liverpool were beaten 3–2 at Boundary Park, whilst Crystal Palace gained a draw at Manchester City. For Oldham to survive, they would have to beat fellow strugglers Southampton at home and hope that Crystal Palace were defeated at Arsenal. Having led 4-1 at one point, Oldham survived a Southampton comeback to win 4–3. Palace lost 3–0 at Arsenal, meaning that the Eagles were relegated on goal difference (-13 versus Oldham's -11), though even if Palace lost only 1-0, they still would've been relegated on goals scored (Oldham had 63 goals scored for them whereas Palace had 48 scored for them).

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 42 24 12 6 67 31 +36 84 1993–94 UEFA Champions League First round
2 Aston Villa 42 21 11 10 57 40 +17 74 1993–94 UEFA Cup First round
3 Norwich City 42 21 9 12 61 65 −4 72
4 Blackburn Rovers 42 20 11 11 68 46 +22 71
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 12 13 63 55 +8 63
6 Liverpool 42 16 11 15 62 55 +7 59
7 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 14 13 55 51 +4 59
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 11 15 60 66 −6 59
9 Manchester City 42 15 12 15 56 51 +5 57
10 Arsenal 42 15 11 16 40 38 +2 56 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
11 Chelsea 42 14 14 14 51 54 −3 56
12 Wimbledon 42 14 12 16 56 55 +1 54
13 Everton 42 15 8 19 53 55 −2 53
14 Sheffield United 42 14 10 18 54 53 +1 52
15 Coventry City 42 13 13 16 52 57 −5 52
16 Ipswich Town 42 12 16 14 50 55 −5 52
17 Leeds United 42 12 15 15 57 62 −5 51
18 Southampton 42 13 11 18 54 61 −7 50
19 Oldham Athletic 42 13 10 19 63 74 −11 49
20 Crystal Palace (R) 42 11 16 15 48 61 −13 49 Relegation to the 1993–94 Football League First Division
21 Middlesbrough (R) 42 11 11 20 54 75 −21 44
22 Nottingham Forest (R) 42 10 10 22 41 62 −21 40

Updated to games played on 11 May 1993.
Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Arsenal qualified by winning the FA Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Oldham Athletic's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1992 Chelsea A 1–1 20,699 Henry
19 August 1992 Crystal Palace H 1–1 11,063 Sharp
22 August 1992 Nottingham Forest H 5–3 11,632 Adams, Sharp, Henry, Halle, Bernard
26 August 1992 Arsenal A 0–2 20,796
29 August 1992 Manchester City A 3–3 27,288 Jobson, Milligan, Halle
1 September 1992 Leeds United H 2–2 13,848 Olney (2)
5 September 1992 Coventry City H 0–1 11,254
12 September 1992 Crystal Palace A 2–2 11,224 Olney, Sharp
19 September 1992 Ipswich Town H 4–2 11,150 Marshall, Sharp, Halle, Henry
26 September 1992 Blackburn Rovers A 0–2 18,393
4 October 1992 Everton H 1–0 13,013 Jobson
17 October 1992 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–2 24,485 Milligan
24 October 1992 Aston Villa H 1–1 13,457 Olney
31 October 1992 Southampton A 0–1 10,827
9 November 1992 Norwich City H 2–3 11,081 Sharp, Marshall
21 November 1992 Manchester United A 0–3 33,497
28 November 1992 Middlesbrough H 4–1 12,401 Halle, Pointon, Sharp, Adams
5 December 1992 Queens Park Rangers A 2–3 11,804 Adams, Olney
12 December 1992 Wimbledon A 2–5 3,386 Brennan, Milligan
19 December 1992 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 11,735 Sharp, Olney
9 January 1993 Ipswich Town A 2–1 15,025 Brennan, Bernard
16 January 1993 Blackburn Rovers H 0–1 13,742
23 January 1993 Coventry City A 0–3 10,544
26 January 1993 Manchester City H 0–1 14,903
30 January 1993 Nottingham Forest A 0–2 21,240
6 February 1993 Chelsea H 3–1 11,772 Henry, Adams, Brennan
13 February 1993 Leeds United A 0–2 27,654
20 February 1993 Arsenal H 0–1 12,311
22 February 1993 Sheffield United A 0–2 14,628
27 February 1993 Everton A 2–2 18,025 Adams (2, 1 pen)
9 March 1993 Manchester United H 1–0 17,106 Adams
13 March 1993 Norwich City A 0–1 19,597
20 March 1993 Queens Park Rangers H 2–2 10,946 Henry, Adams
22 March 1993 Middlesbrough A 3–2 12,290 Bernard, Olney, Ritchie
3 April 1993 Wimbledon H 6–2 11,606 Fashanu (own goal), Bernard, Olney (2), Adams, Beckford
7 April 1993 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 12,312 Pointon
10 April 1993 Liverpool A 0–1 36,129
13 April 1993 Sheffield United H 1–1 14,795 Ritchie
17 April 1993 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–4 26,663 Beckford
2 May 1993 Aston Villa A 1–0 37,247 Henry
5 May 1993 Liverpool H 3–2 15,381 Beckford, Olney (2)
8 May 1993 Southampton H 4–3 14,597 Pointon, Olney, Ritchie, Halle

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1992-93 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1993 Tranmere Rovers H 2–2 13,389 Olney, Bernard
R3R 12 January 1993 Tranmere Rovers A 0–3 ?

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 22 September 1992 Exeter City A 1–0 4,375 Henry
R2 Second Leg 7 October 1992 Exeter City A 0–0 (won 1-0 on agg) 6,269
R3 27 October 1992 Swindon Town A 1–0 8,811 Bernard
R4 1 December 1992 Cambridge United A 0–1 5,488

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 Paul Gerrard
England GK Ian Gray
England GK Jon Hallworth
England GK John Keeley
England DF Andy Barlow
England DF Craig Fleming
England DF Richard Jobson
England DF Neil McDonald
England DF Neil Pointon
England DF Steve Redmond
Wales DF Andy Holden
Norway DF Gunnar Halle
England MF Neil Adams
No. Position Player
England MF Mark Brennan
England MF Nick Henry
England MF Andy Ritchie
Scotland MF Paul Bernard
Republic of Ireland MF Mike Milligan (captain)
England FW Darren Beckford
England FW Ian Marshall
England FW Paul Moulden
England FW Ian Olney
England FW Roger Palmer
England FW Neil Tolson
Scotland FW Graeme Sharp
Netherlands FW Orpheo Keizerweerd

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England DF Chris Makin (on loan to Wigan Athletic)

References[edit]