1993–94 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1993–94 season
Chairman England Doug Ellis
Manager England Ron Atkinson
Premier League 10th
FA Cup Fifth round
Coca-Cola Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Dean Saunders (9)
All:
Dean Saunders/Dalian Atkinson (15)
Average home league attendance 29,015

The 1993–94 season was Aston Villa's 119th professional season; their 83rd season in the top-flight and their 6th consecutive Premier League season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Aston Villa were never anywhere near the title race that they had looked likely to win for much of the previous season, as they finished 10th in the table a year after coming second. But their compensation for this shortcoming was victory in the League Cup final against Manchester United - a 3-1 scoreline ending the opposition's hope of becoming the first English team to win all three major domestic trophies in the same season. The likes of Dean Saunders and Paul McGrath were as consistent and reliable as ever, though a few older players such as Garry Parker, Kevin Richardson and Shaun Teale were starting to look past their best.

The pre-season signing of 30-year-old midfielder Andy Townsend from Chelsea was one of the best pieces of business done so far by manager Ron Atkinson, whereas the capture of Guy Whittingham from Portsmouth proved to be a disappointment - the striker never came anywhere near matching the tally of 47 goals he had scored done for the south coast club a season earlier, and he was loaned out to Wolverhampton to gain more first-team chances. Gordon Cowans rejoined the club for his third spell but left the club again mid season.

Villa fans were given something to look forward to with the emergence of promising young players like Ugo Ehiogu, Graham Fenton and Mark Bosnich.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Manchester United (C) 42 27 11 4 80 38 +42 92 UEFA Champions League 1994–95 Group stage
2 Blackburn Rovers 42 25 9 8 63 36 +27 84 UEFA Cup 1994–95 First round
3 Newcastle United 42 23 8 11 82 41 +41 77
4 Arsenal 42 18 17 7 53 28 +25 71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1994–95 First round1
5 Leeds United 42 18 16 8 65 39 +26 70
6 Wimbledon 42 18 11 13 56 53 +3 65
7 Sheffield Wednesday 42 16 16 10 76 54 +22 64
8 Liverpool 42 17 9 16 59 55 +4 60
9 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 12 14 62 61 +1 60
10 Aston Villa 42 15 12 15 46 50 −4 57 UEFA Cup 1994–95 First round2
11 Coventry City 42 14 14 14 43 45 −2 56
12 Norwich City 42 12 17 13 65 61 +4 53
13 West Ham United 42 13 13 16 47 58 −11 52
14 Chelsea 42 13 12 17 49 53 −4 51 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1994–95 First round3
15 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 12 19 54 59 −5 45
16 Manchester City 42 9 18 15 38 49 −11 45
17 Everton 42 12 8 22 42 63 −21 44
18 Southampton 42 12 7 23 49 66 −17 43
19 Ipswich Town 42 9 16 17 35 58 −23 43
20 Sheffield United (R) 42 8 18 16 42 60 −18 42 Relegated to Football League First Division 1994–95
21 Oldham Athletic (R) 42 9 13 20 42 68 −26 40
22 Swindon Town (R) 42 5 15 22 47 100 −53 30

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1 Arsenal qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions

2 Aston Villa qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners

3 Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup runners-up

P = Games Played; W = Games Won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals For; A = Goals Against; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Aston Villa's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1993 Queens Park Rangers H 4–1 32,994 Atkinson (2), Saunders, Staunton
18 August 1993 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–0 28,450
21 August 1993 Wimbledon A 2–2 7,533 Richardson, Staunton
23 August 1993 Manchester United H 1–2 39,624 Atkinson
28 August 1993 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 32,498 Staunton (pen)
31 August 1993 Everton A 1–0 24,022 Whittingham
11 September 1993 Coventry City H 0–0 31,181
18 September 1993 Ipswich Town A 2–1 16,617 Saunders, Townsend
25 September 1993 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 12,836 Saunders
2 October 1993 Newcastle United H 0–2 37,336
16 October 1993 West Ham United A 0–0 20,425
23 October 1993 Chelsea H 1–0 29,706 Atkinson
30 October 1993 Swindon Town A 2–1 16,530 Atkinson, Teale
6 November 1993 Arsenal A 2–1 31,773 Whittingham, Townsend
20 November 1993 Sheffield United H 1–0 24,686 Whittingham
24 November 1993 Southampton H 0–2 16,180
28 November 1993 Liverpool A 1–2 38,484 Atkinson
4 December 1993 Queens Park Rangers A 2–2 14,915 Richardson, Parker
8 December 1993 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–2 20,304 Cox, Saunders (pen)
11 December 1993 Wimbledon H 0–1 17,940
19 December 1993 Manchester United A 1–3 44,499 Cox
29 December 1993 Norwich City A 2–1 20,650 Houghton, Saunders
1 January 1994 Blackburn Rovers H 0–1 40,903
15 January 1994 West Ham United H 3–1 28,869 Richardson, Atkinson (2)
22 January 1994 Chelsea A 1–1 18,341 Saunders
6 February 1994 Leeds United H 1–0 26,919 Townsend
12 February 1994 Swindon Town H 5–0 26,637 Saunders (3, 2 pens), Froggatt, Richardson
22 February 1994 Manchester City H 0–0 19,254
2 March 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 17,452 Parker
6 March 1994 Coventry City A 1–0 14,325 Daley
12 March 1994 Ipswich Town H 0–1 23,732
16 March 1994 Leeds United A 0–2 20,003
19 March 1994 Oldham Athletic H 1–2 21,214 Redmond (own goal)
30 March 1994 Everton H 0–0 36,044
2 April 1994 Manchester City A 0–3 26,075
4 April 1994 Norwich City H 0–0 25,416
11 April 1994 Blackburn Rovers A 0–1 19,287
16 April 1994 Sheffield United A 2–1 18,402 Richardson, Fenton
23 April 1994 Arsenal H 1–2 31,580 Houghton
27 April 1994 Newcastle United A 1–5 32,216 Beinlich
30 April 1994 Southampton A 1–4 19,003 Charlton (own goal)
7 May 1994 Liverpool H 2–1 45,347 Yorke (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1994 Exeter City A 1–0 10,570 Saunders (pen)
R4 29 January 1994 Grimsby Town A 2–1 15,771 Houghton, Yorke
R5 20 February 1994 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 18,817

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 21 September 1993 Birmingham City A 1–0 27,815 Richardson
R2 2nd leg 6 October 1993 Birmingham City H 1–0 (won 2-0 on agg) 35,856 Saunders
R3 26 October 1993 Sunderland A 4–1 23,692 Atkinson (2), Houghton, Richardson
R4 30 November 1993 Arsenal A 1–0 26,453 Atkinson
R5 12 January 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–1 31,408 Houghton, Barrett
SF 1st leg 16 February 1994 Tranmere Rovers A 1–3 17,140 Atkinson
SF 2nd leg 27 February 1994 Tranmere Rovers H 3–1 (won 5-4 on pens) 40,593 Saunders, Teale, Atkinson
F 27 March 1994 Manchester United N 3–1 77,231 Atkinson, Saunders (2, 1 pen)

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st leg 15 September 1993 ŠK Slovan Bratislava A 0–0 10,886
R1 2nd leg 29 September 1993 ŠK Slovan Bratislava H 2–1 (won 2-1 on agg) 24,461 Atkinson, Townsend
R2 1st leg 19 October 1993 Deportivo de La Coruña A 1–1 26,800 Saunders
R2 2nd leg 3 November 1993 Deportivo de La Coruña H 0–1 (lost 1-2 on agg) 26,737

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Nigel Spink
2 England DF Earl Barrett
3 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
4 England DF Shaun Teale
5 Republic of Ireland DF Paul McGrath[3]
6 England MF Kevin Richardson
7 Republic of Ireland MF Ray Houghton[4]
8 England MF Garry Parker
9 Wales FW Dean Saunders
10 England FW Dalian Atkinson
11 England FW Tony Daley
12 England MF Steve Froggatt
13 Australia GK Mark Bosnich
No. Position Player
14 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend[5]
16 England DF Ugo Ehiogu
17 England DF Neil Cox
18 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
19 Germany MF Stefan Beinlich
20 Germany MF Matthias Breitkreutz
21 England MF David Farrell
22 England MF Guy Whittingham
23 England DF Bryan Small
24 Poland DF Dariusz Kubicki
25 England MF Graham Fenton
30 England GK Michael Oakes

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
15 England MF Gordon Cowans (to Derby County)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/aston-villa/1993-1994
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1993-1994/faprem/avilla.htm
  3. ^ McGrath was born in Ealing, England, but was raised in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 1985.
  4. ^ Houghton was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his father and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in March 1986.
  5. ^ Townsend was born in Maidstone, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in February 1989.