1993–94 Oldham Athletic A.F.C. season

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Oldham Athletic
1993–94 season
Chairman Ian Stott
Manager Joe Royle
Stadium Boundary Park
Premier League 21st (relegated)
FA Cup Semi–finals
Coca–Cola Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Graeme Sharp (9)
All:
Graeme Sharp (11)
Highest home attendance 16,708 vs. Manchester United
Lowest home attendance 10,633 vs. Wimbledon
Average home league attendance 12,563

During the 1993–94 English football season, Oldham Athletic competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Oldham Athletic's luck finally ran out on the final day of the season as their failure to beat Norwich City condemned them to relegation after three years in the top flight. A year earlier, they had won their final three games of the season to stay up on goal difference and, this time round, they had looked more than capable of beating the drop without needing any last-gasp "Houdini" survival acts. They even looked on course for their first-ever FA Cup final as they entered the final minute of the semi-final beating Manchester United 1–0.

But Mark Hughes then equalised for United and forced a replay, in which the Latics were crushed 4–1 at Maine Road. The team seemed to lose its fighting spirit in the final weeks of the season that followed this defeat, and the results of other relegation-threatened teams would have sent them down even if they had managed to beat Norwich on that final day.

Yet there was no pressure for manager Joe Royle, the longest-serving manager in any division, to be removed from his position. The board kept faith in him and he kept faith in his players, with Mike Milligan (to Norwich) being the only significant departure of the close season.

The season had started dismally with a 3–0 home defeat to Ipswich Town, who would only narrowly avoid relegation at the end of the season after a decent start was followed by a slump. The next game saw Oldham win 1–0 at newly promoted Swindon Town, but then came a 10-match winless run which included five draws. The winless run ended on 30 October when a Darren Beckford goal gave them a 1–0 win at Chelsea. Three successive defeats followed before Oldham recorded their third league win of the campaign, a 2–1 home win over high flying Norwich City. There were some decent results after the turn of 1994, including two successive 2–1 home wins followed by a point at home to Leeds United. On 2 April, a 4–1 home win over Queen's Park Rangers suggested that the Latics were more than capable of survival. And they also had an FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United at Wembley to look forward to. First they had to meet United in the league at Old Trafford, and gave them a serious run for their money as the table-leading hosts managed a narrow 3–2 win. However, then came the semi-final, which went to a replay which the Latics lost, leaving them with Premier League survival to focus on. Three successive defeats did them no favours (a narrow 2-1 home loss to West Ham United, a narrow 3-2 defeat at in-form Newcastle United - including two Oldham equalizers - and a 3-0 defeat at Wimbledon), and draws against the two Sheffield teams and a defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur left them needing to beat Norwich City at Carrow Road on the final day of the season to stand any chance of survival. A 1–1 draw was not enough, and Oldham's three-year stay in the top flight was over.[1]

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 1994–95 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Blackburn Rovers 42 25 9 8 63 36 +27 84 1994–95 UEFA Cup First round
3 Newcastle United 42 23 8 11 82 41 +41 77
4 Arsenal 42 18 17 7 53 28 +25 71 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 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 1994–95 UEFA Cup 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 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 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 1994–95 Football League First Division
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]

Oldham Athletic's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1993 Ipswich Town H 0–3 12,182
18 August 1993 Swindon Town A 1–0 11,970 Bernard
21 August 1993 Blackburn Rovers A 0–1 13,731
24 August 1993 Coventry City H 3–3 10,817 Ritchie (pen), Bernard, Olney
28 August 1993 Wimbledon H 1–1 10,633 Bernard
30 August 1993 Leeds United A 0–1 28,717
11 September 1993 Everton H 0–1 13,666
18 September 1993 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–5 24,614
25 September 1993 Aston Villa H 1–1 12,836 Halle
4 October 1993 Manchester City A 1–1 21,401 Sharp
16 October 1993 Liverpool A 1–2 32,661 Beckford
23 October 1993 Arsenal H 0–0 12,105
30 October 1993 Chelsea A 1–0 15,372 Beckford
8 November 1993 Newcastle United H 1–3 13,821 Jobson
20 November 1993 West Ham United A 0–2 17,251
24 November 1993 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–3 18,509
27 November 1993 Norwich City H 2–1 10,198 Sharp, Makin
4 December 1993 Ipswich Town A 0–0 12,004
7 December 1993 Swindon Town H 2–1 10,771 Holden, Redmond
11 December 1993 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 13,887 Holden
18 December 1993 Coventry City A 1–1 11,800 Bernard
27 December 1993 Queens Park Rangers A 0–2 13,218
29 December 1993 Manchester United H 2–5 16,708 Holden, Sharp
1 January 1994 Sheffield United A 1–2 17,066 Jobson
15 January 1994 Liverpool H 0–3 14,573
22 January 1994 Arsenal A 1–1 26,524 Sharp
5 February 1994 Southampton H 2–1 9,982 McCarthy, Bernard
12 February 1994 Chelsea H 2–1 12,022 Jobson, Sharp
28 February 1994 Leeds United H 1–1 11,136 Beckford
5 March 1994 Everton A 1–2 18,837 Sharp
19 March 1994 Aston Villa A 2–1 21,214 Beckford, Holden
26 March 1994 Manchester City H 0–0 16,464
30 March 1994 Southampton A 3–1 14,101 Benali (own goal), Holden, Sharp
2 April 1994 Queens Park Rangers H 4–1 10,440 Beckford, Jobson, McCarthy, A McCarthy (own goal)
4 April 1994 Manchester United A 2–3 44,686 Sharp, McCarthy
16 April 1994 West Ham United H 1–2 11,669 Holden (pen)
23 April 1994 Newcastle United A 2–3 32,216 Sharp, Jobson
26 April 1994 Wimbledon A 0–3 6,766
30 April 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–0 12,967
3 May 1994 Sheffield United H 1–1 14,779 Beckford
5 May 1994 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–2 14,283
7 May 1994 Norwich City A 1–1 20,394 McCarthy

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1994 Derby County H 2–1 12,810 Beckford, Holden
R4 29 January 1994 Stoke City H 0–0 14,465
R4R 9 February 1994 Stoke City A 1–0 19,871 Beckford
R5 19 February 1994 Barnsley H 1–0 15,685 Ritchie
QF 12 March 1994 Bolton Wanderers A 1–0 20,321 Beckford
SF 9 April 1994 Manchester United N[3] 1–1 (a.e.t.) 56,399 Pointon
SFR 13 April 1994 Manchester United N[4] 1–4 32,311 Pointon

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 21 September 1993 Swansea City A 1–2 5,056 Sharp
R2 2nd leg 6 October 1993 Swansea City H 2–0 (won 3–2 on agg) 6,433 Halle, Bernard
R3 26 October 1993 Coventry City H 2–0 10,071 Beckford, Sharp
R4 30 November 1993 Tranmere Rovers A 0–3 9,477

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[5]

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 Paul Gerrard
2 England DF Craig Fleming
3 England DF Neil Pointon
4 England MF Nick Henry
5 England DF Richard Jobson
6 England DF Steve Redmond
7 Norway DF Gunnar Halle
8 England MF Andy Ritchie
9 England FW Ian Olney
10 Republic of Ireland MF Mike Milligan (captain)
11 Scotland MF Paul Bernard
13 England GK Jon Hallworth
14 Scotland FW Graeme Sharp
15 England DF Andy Barlow
No. Position Player
16 Norway DF Tore Pedersen
17 England FW Darren Beckford
18 England DF Neil McDonald
19 England FW Roger Palmer
20 England MF Mark Brennan
21 Wales FW Sean McCarthy
22 England DF Chris Makin
23 England DF Richard Graham
24 England GK Andy Woods
25 England MF Rick Holden
27 England MF David Beresford
28 England FW John Eyre
29 England MF Stephen Price

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
12 England MF Neil Adams (to Norwich City)
21 England FW Neil Tolson (to Bradford City)
No. Position Player
26 England GK Lance Key (on loan from Sheffield Wednesday)
30 England GK Gary Walsh (on loan from Manchester United)

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