1993–94 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
1993–94 season
Chairman Jack Petchey
Manager Glenn Roeder
Stadium Vicarage Road
First Division 19th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Furlong (18)
All: Furlong (19)
Average home league attendance 7,907

During the 1993–94 English football season, Watford F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In July 1993, after Steve Perryman left to join Tottenham Hotspur, Roeder was hired as Watford's new manager at the start of the 1993–94 season. However, Watford were fined £10,000 for an illegal approach, and ordered to pay Gillingham a further £30,000 in compensation.[1]

Watford endured a poor season though where they didn't mount a serious promotion challenge which at one stage produced just 4 wins from 20 league games, picking up just 16 points out of 60 during that run which also included 7 defeats in 8 games. As a result of their poor form, they were involved in a relegation battle and at that stage just ahead of the relegation zone on goals scored, and their form didn't improve heading to the closing stages of the season and again lost 7 from 8 games between 5 February and 19 March which saw the Hornets in the relegation zone and looked set for the drop but their final 10 games saw Watford win six to secure survival for another season in Division One.

Final league table[edit]

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Crystal Palace 46 27 9 10 73 46 90
2. Nottingham Forest 46 23 14 9 74 49 83
3. Millwall 46 19 17 10 58 49 74
4. Leicester City 46 19 16 11 72 59 73
5. Tranmere Rovers 46 21 9 16 69 53 72
6. Derby County 46 20 11 15 73 68 71
7. Notts County 46 20 8 18 65 69 68
8. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 17 17 12 60 47 68
9. Middlesbrough 46 18 13 15 66 54 67
10. Stoke City 46 18 13 15 57 59 67
11. Charlton Athletic 46 19 8 19 61 58 65
12. Sunderland 46 19 8 19 54 57 65
13. Bristol City 46 16 16 14 47 50 64
14. Bolton Wanderers 46 15 14 17 63 64 59
15. Southend United 46 17 8 21 63 67 59
16. Grimsby Town 46 13 20 13 52 47 59
17. Portsmouth 46 15 13 18 52 58 58
18. Barnsley 46 16 7 23 55 67 55
19. Watford 46 15 9 22 66 80 54
20. Luton Town 46 14 11 21 56 60 53
21. West Bromwich Albion 46 13 12 21 60 69 51
22. Birmingham City 46 13 12 21 52 69 51
23. Oxford United 46 13 10 23 54 75 49
24. Peterborough United 46 8 13 25 48 76 37

Results[edit]

Watford's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1993 Luton Town A 1–2 9,149 Furlong
21 August 1993 Barnsley H 0–2 5,937
28 August 1993 Oxford United A 3–2 5,159 Charlery, Porter, Alsford
4 September 1993 Charlton Athletic H 2–2 6,925 Porter, Inglethorpe
7 September 1993 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 7,870 Venus (own goal)
11 September 1993 Grimsby Town A 2–2 4,783 Nogan, Porter
18 September 1993 Notts County H 3–1 6,959 Furlong (2), Lavin
25 September 1993 Sunderland H 1–1 7,694 Ashby
2 October 1993 Millwall A 1–4 7,707 Nogan
10 October 1993 Middlesbrough H 2–0 7,582 Furlong, Dyer
16 October 1993 Birmingham City A 0–1 12,823
23 October 1993 Bolton Wanderers H 4–3 7,492 Porter (3), Charlery
30 October 1993 West Bromwich Albion A 1–4 15,299 Soloman
3 November 1993 Southend United A 0–3 4,584
6 November 1993 Stoke City H 1–3 7,767 Dyer
20 November 1993 Bristol City H 1–1 6,045 Soloman
28 November 1993 Crystal Palace H 1–3 7,485 Nogan
4 December 1993 Stoke City A 0–2 13,465
7 December 1993 Portsmouth A 0–2 8,242
11 December 1993 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–2 17,460
19 December 1993 Luton Town H 2–2 7,567 Dyer (2)
27 December 1993 Leicester City A 4–4 21,744 Furlong (2), Dyer (2)
28 December 1993 Peterborough United H 2–1 7,155 Furlong (2)
1 January 1994 Tranmere Rovers A 1–2 8,271 Furlong
3 January 1994 Nottingham Forest H 1–2 14,539 Cooper (own goal)
15 January 1994 Birmingham City H 5–2 7,636 Hessenthaler, Furlong (3), Porter
22 January 1994 Middlesbrough A 1–1 8,089 Furlong
29 January 1994 Derby County A 2–1 15,308 Soloman, Furlong
5 February 1994 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 10,150 Inglethorpe
12 February 1994 West Bromwich Albion H 0–1 10,087
19 February 1994 Derby County H 3–4 8,277 Ashby, Furlong, Bazeley
26 February 1994 Charlton Athletic A 1–2 7,546 Porter
5 March 1994 Oxford United H 2–1 7,049 Hessenthaler, Ford (own goal)
12 March 1994 Notts County A 0–1 6,378
15 March 1994 Grimsby Town H 0–3 5,109
19 March 1994 Sunderland A 0–2 16,479
26 March 1994 Millwall H 2–0 9,036 Lavin, Hessenthaler
30 March 1994 Nottingham Forest A 1–2 23,044 Porter
2 April 1994 Leicester City H 1–1 8,645 Bailey
5 April 1994 Peterborough United A 4–3 7,734 Furlong, Bailey, Dublin, Lavin
9 April 1994 Tranmere Rovers H 1–2 7,347 Bailey
12 April 1994 Barnsley A 1–0 4,380 Furlong
16 April 1994 Southend United H 3–0 7,694 Bailey, Mooney, Foster
23 April 1994 Bristol City A 1–1 8,324 Furlong
30 April 1994 Portsmouth H 1–0 10,141 Hessenthaler
8 May 1994 Crystal Palace A 2–0 28,749 Hessenthaler, Mooney

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1994 West Ham United A 1–2 19,802 Porter (pen)

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st leg 17 August 1993 Brentford A 2–2 4,297 Dyer, Furlong
R1 2nd leg 24 August 1993 Brentford H 3–1 (won 5-3 on agg) 4,938 Holdsworth, Soloman, Dyer
R2 1st leg 21 September 1993 Millwall H 0–0 5,954
R2 2nd leg 6 October 1993 Millwall H 3–4 (lost 3-4 on agg) 5,381 Hessenthaler, Porter, Nogan

Anglo-Italian Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
Group 6 31 August 1993 Luton Town H 2–1 2,854 Dyer, Inglethorpe
Group 6 15 September 1993 Southend United A 0–3 1,881

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
- England GK Perry Digweed
- Scotland DF Gerard Lavin
- England DF David Holdsworth
- Canada DF Mark Watson
- England DF Keith Dublin
- England MF Gary Porter
- England MF Andy Hessenthaler
- Australia MF Richard Johnson
- England FW Paul Furlong
- Wales FW Lee Nogan
- England DF Jason Soloman
- England GK Simon Sheppard
- England DF Jason Drysdale
No. Position Player
- England MF Craig Ramage
- England DF Keith Millen
- England FW Tommy Mooney
- England DF Alan McCarthy
- England DF Julian Alsford
- England DF Darren Bazeley
- England DF Colin Foster
- England DF David Barnes
- Wales DF Robert Page
- England FW Dennis Bailey
- England GK Perry Suckling
- England FW Alex Inglethorpe
- England MF Paul Harding (on loan from Notts County)

Left the 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 MF Roger Willis (to Birmingham City)
- Saint Lucia FW Ken Charlery (to Peterborough United)
No. Position Player
- England DF Barry Ashby (to Brentford)
- England FW Bruce Dyer (to Crystal Palace)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 277. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/1993-1994