1993–94 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
1993–94 season
Chairman England Alan Sugar
Manager Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
Stadium White Hart Lane
FA Premier League 15th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer League: Sheringham (14)
All: Sheringham (16)
Average home league attendance 27,160

During the 1993–94 English football season, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur were full of excitement in the close season when, after the controversial dismissal of chief executive and former manager Terry Venables, former player Ossie Ardiles returned to the club as manager. He quickly set about bringing the glory days back to White Hart Lane by creating a new style of attacking football which regularly featured up to five players in the forward positions. Striker Teddy Sheringham was prolific once again, scoring 14 goals despite being restricted to just 19 league games due to injuries.

But the new regime failed to deliver, and Tottenham finished 15th in the final table. This dismal showing was hardly helped by Sheringham's injury problems, but the rest of the side failed to come close to Sheringham when it came to scoring goals. Defeats were all too frequent, with a seven-match losing run in mid-season being the longest succession of defeats endured by any Premier League team during the season.

This was soon to be the least of Tottenham's worries, as the Football Association announced that they were investigating financial irregularities which had occurred at the club during the 1980s under the chairmanship of Irving Scholar. The hammer blow was delivered when Tottenham were found guilty on all the charges and received the heaviest punishment ever imposed on an English club; they were fined £600,000 as well as having 12 league points deducted for the 1994-95 season and being banned from that season's FA Cup. Chairman Alan Sugar quickly appealed against the ruling, backing up his argument with the fact that the people responsible were no longer at the club.[1]

A defiant Ardiles, fearful that the 12-point deduction might end up costing them their Premiership status, made a momentous transfer swoop for German striker Jürgen Klinsmann and Romanian midfielders Ilie Dumitrescu and Gheorghe Popescu.

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]

Tottenham Hotspur's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1993 Newcastle United A 1–0 35,216 Sheringham
16 August 1993 Arsenal H 0–1 28,355
21 August 1993 Manchester City H 1–0 24,535 Sedgley
25 August 1993 Liverpool A 2–1 42,456 Sheringham (2, 1 pen)
28 August 1993 Aston Villa A 0–1 32,498
1 September 1993 Chelsea H 1–1 27,567 Sheringham
11 September 1993 Sheffield United A 2–2 21,325 Dozzell, Sheringham
18 September 1993 Oldham Athletic H 5–0 24,614 Sheringham (2), Sedgley, Dozzell, Durie
26 September 1993 Ipswich Town A 2–2 19,411 Dozzell, Sheringham
3 October 1993 Everton H 3–2 27,487 Anderton, Sheringham, Caskey
16 October 1993 Manchester United A 1–2 44,655 Caskey
23 October 1993 Swindon Town H 1–1 31,394 Dozzell
30 October 1993 Blackburn Rovers A 0–1 16,849
6 November 1993 Southampton A 0–1 16,017
20 November 1993 Leeds United H 1–1 31,275 Anderton
24 November 1993 Wimbledon H 1–1 17,744 Barmby
27 November 1993 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 17,694 Anderton
4 December 1993 Newcastle United H 1–2 30,780 Barmby
6 December 1993 Arsenal A 1–1 35,669 Anderton
11 December 1993 Manchester City A 2–0 21,566 Dozzell (2)
18 December 1993 Liverpool H 3–3 31,394 Hazard (pen), Samways, Caskey
27 December 1993 Norwich City H 1–3 33,130 Barmby
28 December 1993 West Ham United A 3–1 20,787 Anderton, Hazard, Dozzell
1 January 1994 Coventry City H 1–2 26,015 Caskey
3 January 1994 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–1 32,514
15 January 1994 Manchester United H 0–1 31,343
22 January 1994 Swindon Town A 1–2 16,563 Barmby
5 February 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–3 23,076 Rosenthal
12 February 1994 Blackburn Rovers H 0–2 30,236
27 February 1994 Chelsea A 3–4 16,807 Sedgley, Dozzell, Gray (pen)
2 March 1994 Aston Villa H 1–1 17,452 Rosenthal
5 March 1994 Sheffield United H 2–2 25,741 Scott, Dozzell
19 March 1994 Ipswich Town H 1–1 26,653 Barmby
26 March 1994 Everton A 1–0 23,580 Sedgley
2 April 1994 Norwich City A 2–1 21,181 Woodthorpe (own goal), Sheringham
4 April 1994 West Ham United H 1–4 31,502 Sheringham (pen)
9 April 1994 Coventry City A 0–1 14,491
17 April 1994 Leeds United A 0–2 33,658
23 April 1994 Southampton H 3–0 25,959 Sedgley, Samways, Anderton
30 April 1994 Wimbledon A 1–2 20,875 Sheringham (pen)
5 May 1994 Oldham Athletic A 2–0 14,283 Samways, Howells
7 May 1994 Queens Park Rangers H 1–2 26,105 Sheringham

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1994 Peterborough United A 1–1 19,169 Dozzell
R3R 19 January 1994 Peterborough United H 1–1 (won 5-4 on pens) 24,893 Barmby
R4 29 January 1994 Ipswich Town A 0–3 22,539

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 21 September 1993 Burnley A 0–0 16,844
R2 2nd leg 6 October 1993 Burnley H 3–1 (won 3-1 on agg) 20,614 Sheringham (2), Howells
R3 27 October 1993 Derby County A 1–0 19,855 Barmby
R4 1 December 1993 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 22,295 Campbell
R5 12 January 1994 Aston Villa H 1–2 31,408 Caskey

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Norway GK Erik Thorstvedt
2 England DF Dean Austin
3 England DF Justin Edinburgh
4 England MF Vinny Samways
5 Scotland DF Colin Calderwood
6 England DF Gary Mabbutt (captain)
7 England MF Nick Barmby
8 England DF Kevin Scott
9 England MF Darren Anderton
10 England FW Teddy Sheringham
11 Israel FW Ronny Rosenthal
12 England MF Jason Dozzell
13 England GK Ian Walker
14 England MF Steve Sedgley
15 England MF David Howells
16 England MF Micky Hazard
17 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Turner
No. Position Player
18 England DF Jason Cundy
19 England MF Kevin Watson
20 England MF Darren Caskey
21 England MF Danny Hill
22 England DF David Kerslake
23 England DF Sol Campbell
24 England FW Paul Moran
25 Scotland FW John Hendry
26 England DF Stuart Nethercott
27 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Carr
28 England MF Lee Hodges
29 Northern Ireland MF Steve Robinson
30 England GK Chris Day
31 England FW Robert Simpson
32 England FW Paul Mahorn
33 England MF Andy Gray

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
8 Scotland FW Gordon Durie (sold to Rangers)
11 England MF Paul Allen (sold to Southampton)
No. Position Player
22 Iceland DF Guðni Bergsson (released)
30 England GK Kevin Dearden (sold to Luton Town)

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