1993–94 FA Premier League

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Premier League
Season 1993–94
Champions Manchester United
2nd Premier League title
9th English title
Promoted Newcastle United
Swindon Town
West Ham United
Relegated Oldham Athletic
Sheffield United
Swindon Town
Champions League Manchester United
Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal
Chelsea
UEFA Cup Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United
Top goalscorer Andy Cole (34)

The 1993–94 FA Premier League was the second season of the Premier League, the top division of professional football in England. Manchester United won the league by eight points over nearest challengers Blackburn Rovers, their second consecutive league title. Swindon Town finished bottom of the league in their first season of top-flight football and were relegated along with Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic.

New league sponsors[edit]

From the start of the 1993–94 season, the FA Premier League was sponsored by Carling Breweries.

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Newcastle United and West Ham United were promoted to the Premier League from the First Division as champions and runners-up respectively. The last promotion place was won by Swindon Town after their victory over Leicester City in the 1992–93 playoff final.[1] Newcastle had been relegated from the old First Division in 1989 and West Ham United had been relegated the season before the start of the Premier League. Swindon had never played top-division football before. They had won the old First Division playoffs in 1990 but were later denied promotion because of financial irregularities.

Transfers[edit]

Just before the start of the season, Roy Keane became the most expensive footballer signed by an English football team. The 22-year-old Irish midfielder left relegated Nottingham Forest for Manchester United for a fee of £3.75 million.

During the 1993–94 season, many players were transferred between Premier League clubs for fees exceeding £1 million. They included David White (Manchester City to Leeds United), David Rocastle (Leeds United to Manchester City), Roy Wegerle (Blackburn Rovers to Coventry City) and Tim Flowers (Southampton to Blackburn Rovers). At £2.5 million, Flowers became the most expensive goalkeeper in English football.

Personnel and kits[edit]

(as of 8 May 1994)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal George Graham Tony Adams Adidas JVC
Aston Villa Ron Atkinson Kevin Richardson Asics Müller
Blackburn Rovers Kenny Dalglish Tim Sherwood Asics McEwan's Lager
Chelsea Glenn Hoddle Dennis Wise Umbro Amiga
Coventry City Phil Neal Brian Borrows Ribero Peugeot
Everton Mike Walker Dave Watson Umbro NEC
Ipswich Town John Lyall Steve Palmer Umbro Fisons
Leeds United Howard Wilkinson Gordon Strachan Asics Thistle Hotels
Liverpool Roy Evans Ian Rush Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City Brian Horton Keith Curle Umbro Brother
Manchester United Alex Ferguson Bryan Robson Umbro Sharp
Newcastle United Kevin Keegan Peter Beardsley Asics McEwan's Lager
Norwich City John Deehan Ian Butterworth Ribero Norwich and Peterborough
Oldham Athletic Joe Royle Mike Milligan Umbro JD Sports
Queens Park Rangers Gerry Francis David Bardsley Clubhouse CSF
Sheffield United Dave Bassett Brian Gayle Umbro Laver
Sheffield Wednesday Trevor Francis Chris Waddle Puma Sanderson
Southampton Alan Ball Matt Le Tissier Pony Dimplex
Swindon Town John Gorman Shaun Taylor Loki Burmah
Tottenham Hotspur Osvaldo Ardiles Gary Mabbutt Umbro Holsten
West Ham United Billy Bonds Steve Potts Pony Dagenham Motors
Wimbledon Joe Kinnear Vinnie Jones Ribero LBC

Manchester United's Premier League and FA Cup double[edit]

Manchester United led the 1993–94 Premier League for much of the season, eventually finishing as champions eight points ahead of runners-up Blackburn Rovers. They also won the FA Cup after beating Chelsea 4–0 in the final, thereby becoming only the fourth team to achieve this feat in the 20th century (after Tottenham in 1961, Arsenal in 1971 and Liverpool in 1986).

Runner-up clubs[edit]

Finishing runners-up in the Premier League were Blackburn Rovers. In third place came Newcastle United, whose 22-year-old striker Andy Cole was the Premier League's leading scorer with 34 goals in 40 games, with a total of 41 goals in all competitions. In fourth place came Arsenal, who achieved success in European competition with a 1–0 win over Parma in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final.

Relegated teams[edit]

Swindon Town managed just five league wins all season and were relegated in bottom place having conceded 100 league goals in 42 games. Oldham Athletic, who had avoided relegation on goal difference the previous season, were relegated on the final day of the season after failing to win at Norwich City. The final relegation place went to Sheffield United, who were relegated from the top flight after a 3–2 defeat at Chelsea, with the winning goal coming in injury time (a draw would have been enough to survive, and a loss would have still been enough had Everton not won their final match). As of 2012, only one of these sides has returned to the top flight – Sheffield United in 2006, and they were relegated after one season, once again on the last day requiring only a draw to survive.

Player and managerial awards[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United 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 round 1
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 round 2
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 round 3
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 Relegation 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

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Arsenal qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions.
2 Aston Villa qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners.
3Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup runners-up.
(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]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BLB CHE COV EVE IPS LEE LIV MNC MNU NEW NOR OLD QPR SHE SHW SOT SWI TOT WHU WDN
Arsenal 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–3 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Aston Villa 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–2 0–2 5–0 1–0 3–1 0–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 3–0
Chelsea 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–3 2–0 2–0
Coventry City 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 4–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2
Everton 1–1 0–1 0–3 4–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–5 2–1 0–3 4–2 0–2 1–0 6–2 0–1 0–1 3–2
Ipswich Town 1–5 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 3–2 1–4 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0
Leeds United 2–1 2–0 3–3 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 4–0
Liverpool 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–3 0–2 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 2–0 4–2 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–1
Manchester City 0–0 3–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–1
Manchester United 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–1 3–0 5–0 2–0 4–2 2–1 3–0 3–1
Newcastle United 2–0 5–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–2 4–0 4–2 1–2 7–1 0–1 2–0 4–0
Norwich City 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–4 0–1 1–1 4–5 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1
Oldham Athletic 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 3–3 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–5 1–3 2–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 1–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 5–1 2–1 3–0 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–3 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–0
Sheffield United 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–2 3–2 2–1
Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 5–1 5–0 3–3 3–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 3–3 3–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–3 1–0 5–0 2–2
Southampton 0–4 4–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 4–2 0–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 1–3 0–1 3–3 1–1 5–1 1–0 0–2 1–0
Swindon Town 0–4 1–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–5 0–5 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–3 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–4
Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–3 5–0 1–2 2–2 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–4 1–1
West Ham United 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 2–4 3–3 2–0 0–4 0–0 2–0 3–3 0–0 1–3 0–2
Wimbledon 0–3 2–2 4–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–2

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Total Goals: 1195
Average Goals per game: 2.58

Top goal scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Andy Cole Newcastle United 34
2 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 31
3 Matt Le Tissier Southampton 25
Chris Sutton Norwich City 25
5 Ian Wright Arsenal 23
6 Peter Beardsley Newcastle United 21
7 Mark Bright Sheffield Wednesday 19
8 Eric Cantona Manchester United 18
9 Dean Holdsworth Wimbledon 17
Rod Wallace Leeds United 17

Awards[edit]

Managers of the Month[edit]

Month Manager of the Month
August 1993 Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
September 1993 Joe Kinnear (Wimbledon)
October 1993 Mike Walker (Norwich City)
November 1993 Kevin Keegan (Newcastle United)
December 1993 Trevor Francis (Sheffield Wednesday)
January 1994 Kenny Dalglish (Blackburn Rovers)
February 1994 Joe Royle (Oldham Athletic)
March 1994 Joe Kinnear (Wimbledon)
April 1994 Joe Kinnear (Wimbledon)

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]