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Premier League
Season 1992–93
Champions Manchester United
1st Premier League title
8th English title
Relegated Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest
Champions League Manchester United
UEFA Cup Aston Villa
Norwich City
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal
Goals scored 1222
Average goals/game 2.65
Top goalscorer Teddy Sheringham (22)
Biggest home win Blackburn Rovers 7–1 Norwich City (3 October 1992)
Biggest away win Manchester City 2–5 Everton (8 May 1993)
Blackburn Rovers 2–5 Coventry City (26 January 1993)
Highest scoring Liverpool 6–2 Tottenham Hotspur (8 May 1993)
Everton 3–5 QPR (12 April 1993)
Oldham Athletic 6–2 Wimbledon (3 April 1993)
Blackburn Rovers 7–1 Norwich City (3 October 1992)
Oldham Athletic 5–3 Nottingham Forest (22 August 1992)
Longest winning run Manchester United (7)
Sheffield Wednesday (7)
Longest unbeaten run Manchester United (11)
Longest losing run Nottingham Forest (6)
Highest attendance Liverpool v Everton (44,619) (20 March 1993)
Lowest attendance Nottingham Forest (17,553)
Average attendance 21,126

The 1992–93 FA Premier League was the first season of the Premier League, the top division of English football. The season began on 15 August 1992 and ended on 11 May 1993. The league was made up of the 22 clubs that broke away from The Football League at the end of the 1991–92 season. The new league was backed up by a five-year, £305 million deal with BSkyB to televise Premier League matches. In concept, the Premier League was identical to the old First Division of the Football League, which was now reduced to three divisions.

Overview[edit]

Background[edit]

In May 1992, the breakaway league signed a broadcasting rights contract with British Sky Broadcasting and the BBC valued at £304 million, the largest such agreement in the history of British sport.[1] The league's executive committee was unable, however, to secure title sponsorship for the new competition after eight clubs blocked a proposed £13 million deal with brewers Bass.[2] Nonetheless, clubs began to utilise their dramatically increased wealth to fund a series of high-profile transfers.[3]

Shortly before the season began, newly promoted Blackburn Rovers signed Southampton's 21-year-old England international striker Alan Shearer for a new British record fee variously reported as £3.3 million,[4] £3.4 million,[5] or £3.6 million.[6] Several other players moved for fees of £2 million or more, including Arsenal's David Rocastle, who joined Leeds United,[7] Dean Saunders, who moved from Liverpool to Aston Villa,[8] and Teddy Sheringham, who left Nottingham Forest for Tottenham Hotspur.[9]

The structure of the new league was identical to that of the previous season's Football League First Division, comprising 22 teams, with each playing the other 21 twice for a total of 42 matches. Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough had been promoted from the old Second Division as champions and runners-up respectively, and Blackburn Rovers took the third promotion place after winning the 1991–92 Second Division playoff.[10]

Season summary[edit]

The first Premier League title went to Manchester United, the club's first title for 26 years. Manchester United's Premier League title success was achieved with a 10-point lead over runners-up Aston Villa. Villa led the table for much of the season, but their challenge faded in the final weeks of the season and were out of contention three games before the season was over after they lost 1–0 at home to Oldham Athletic. Norwich City led the Premier League at Christmas in the unusual position of having a negative goal difference, their defensive frailties having been highlighted by a 7–1 defeat at Blackburn early in the season. Norwich eventually finished in third place, achieving European qualification in Mike Walker's debut season as manager. Blackburn, in the top division for the first time in almost 30 years, finished in fourth place.

Nottingham Forest's league form had suffered through the sale of key players like Des Walker and Teddy Sheringham, and they were bottom of the Premier League for much of the 1992–93 season. Their relegation was confirmed in early May when they lost to Sheffield United, and manager Brian Clough announced his retirement after 18 years as manager, which had yielded one league title, two European Cups and four League Cups. Next to go were newly promoted Middlesbrough, who fell from mid-table at Christmas to go down in second from bottom place. Last to go down were Crystal Palace, who failed to win their final game of the season which would have instead consigned Oldham Athletic to the final relegation place.

Managerial changes[edit]

The only manager to be dismissed from his job during the season was Chelsea's Ian Porterfield, who was sacked in February after a string of poor results. Club chairman Ken Bates replaced him on a temporary basis with David Webb, a former Chelsea player who scored the winning goal for the club in the 1970 FA Cup Final.[11] At the end of the season, Bates opted not to offer a longer contract to Webb and instead appointed former Swindon Town manager Glenn Hoddle.[12][13]

Three other managers left their jobs at the end of the season. Crystal Palace manager Steve Coppell resigned after his side's relegation from the Premier League and was succeeded by Alan Smith.[14] Brian Clough retired after 18 years in charge of Nottingham Forest. Frank Clark, who had played in Forest's 1979 European Cup victory, resigned from his job as managing director of Leyton Orient to replace him.[15] Following a power struggle between chief executive Terry Venables and majority shareholder Alan Sugar, Tottenham Hotspur appointed one of the club's former players, Osvaldo Ardiles, as manager, replacing Doug Livermore, who had fulfilled the same role but had been designated "first team coach".[16][17][18]

Personnel and kits[edit]

(as of 9 May 1993)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal George Graham Tony Adams Adidas JVC
Aston Villa Ron Atkinson Kevin Richardson Umbro Mita Copiers
Blackburn Rovers Kenny Dalglish Tim Sherwood Asics McEwan's Lager
Chelsea David Webb Andy Townsend Umbro Commodore International
Coventry City Bobby Gould Brian Borrows Ribero Peugeot
Crystal Palace Steve Coppell Geoff Thomas Bukta (until December)
Ribero (from December)
Tulip Computers NV
Everton Howard Kendall Dave Watson Umbro NEC
Ipswich Town John Lyall John Wark Umbro Fisons
Leeds United Howard Wilkinson Gordon Strachan Admiral Admiral
Liverpool Graeme Souness Mark Wright Adidas Carlsberg Group
Manchester City Peter Reid Terry Phelan Umbro Brother Industries
Manchester United Alex Ferguson Bryan Robson Umbro Sharp
Middlesbrough Lennie Lawrence Alan Kernaghan Admiral Imperial Chemical Industries
Norwich City Mike Walker Ian Butterworth Ribero Norwich and Peterborough
Nottingham Forest Clough, BrianBrian Clough Stuart Pearce Umbro Shipstones (home), Labatts (away)
Oldham Athletic Joe Royle Mike Milligan Umbro JD Sports
QPR Gerry Francis Alan McDonald Brooks Running Classic FM
Sheffield United Dave Bassett Brian Gayle Umbro Laver
Sheffield Wednesday Trevor Francis Nigel Pearson Umbro Sanderson
Southampton Ian Branfoot Matt Le Tissier Admiral Draper Tools
Tottenham Hotspur Doug Livermore
Ray Clemence
Gary Mabbutt Umbro Holsten
Wimbledon Joe Kinnear John Scales Admiral No sponsor

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 42 24 12 6 67 31 +36 84 1993–94 UEFA Champions League First round
2 Aston Villa 42 21 11 10 57 40 +17 74 1993–94 UEFA Cup First round
3 Norwich City 42 21 9 12 61 65 −4 72
4 Blackburn Rovers 42 20 11 11 68 46 +22 71
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 12 13 63 55 +8 63
6 Liverpool 42 16 11 15 62 55 +7 59
7 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 14 13 55 51 +4 59
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 11 15 60 66 −6 59
9 Manchester City 42 15 12 15 56 51 +5 57
10 Arsenal 42 15 11 16 40 38 +2 56 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
11 Chelsea 42 14 14 14 51 54 −3 56
12 Wimbledon 42 14 12 16 56 55 +1 54
13 Everton 42 15 8 19 53 55 −2 53
14 Sheffield United 42 14 10 18 54 53 +1 52
15 Coventry City 42 13 13 16 52 57 −5 52
16 Ipswich Town 42 12 16 14 50 55 −5 52
17 Leeds United 42 12 15 15 57 62 −5 51
18 Southampton 42 13 11 18 54 61 −7 50
19 Oldham Athletic 42 13 10 19 63 74 −11 49
20 Crystal Palace (R) 42 11 16 15 48 61 −13 49 Relegation to the 1993–94 Football League First Division
21 Middlesbrough (R) 42 11 11 20 54 75 −21 44
22 Nottingham Forest (R) 42 10 10 22 41 62 −21 40

Updated to games played on 11 May 1993.
Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Arsenal qualified by winning the FA Cup.
(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.

Leading goalscorer: Teddy Sheringham (Tottenham Hotspur) – 22

Results table[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BLB CHE COV CPA EVE IPS LEE LIV MNC MNU MID NOR NOT OLD QPR SHE SHW SOT TOT WDN
Arsenal 0–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 4–3 1–3 0–1
Aston Villa 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 5–1 2–3 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–5 1–2 2–3 2–1 3–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 7–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–0
Chelsea 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–4 1–1 4–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–2
Coventry City 0–2 3–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 0–1 2–2 3–3 5–1 2–3 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–2
Crystal Palace 1–2 1–0 3–3 1–1 0–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 4–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–0
Everton 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–1 3–0 2–2 3–5 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–0
Ipswich Town 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 4–2 2–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–1
Leeds United 3–0 1–1 5–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 5–0 2–1
Liverpool 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–1 4–0 5–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 4–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 6–2 2–3
Manchester City 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–5 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–1
Manchester United 0–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 5–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 0–1
Middlesbrough 1–0 2–3 3–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 4–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–2 2–3 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–0
Norwich City 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1
Nottingham Forest 0–1 0–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–0 0–3 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–1
Oldham Athletic 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 4–2 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 4–1 2–3 5–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 4–3 2–1 6–2
Queens Park Rangers 0–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 4–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–3 3–3 3–1 4–3 3–2 3–2 3–1 3–1 4–1 1–2
Sheffield United 1–1 0–2 1–3 4–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 6–0 2–2
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–3 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–3 2–3 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 5–2 2–0 1–1
Southampton 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 4–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–2 0–0 2–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–1 0–2 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 5–1 2–1 4–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 4–2 1–1
Wimbledon 3–2 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–0 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 5–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1

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

Individual awards[edit]

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) presented its annual Player of the Year award to Paul McGrath, a veteran central defender who contributed to Aston Villa's second-place finish in the Premier League. Manchester United's Paul Ince came second and Blackburn's Alan Shearer third.[19] The Young Player of the Year award was given to Ryan Giggs, the 19-year-old Manchester United left winger who had also won the award in the previous season. Giggs, who finished ahead of Tottenham's Nick Barmby and Nottingham Forest's Roy Keane, became the first player to win the award more than once.[19]

The Football Writers' Association (the FWA) chose Chris Waddle as its Footballer of the Year.[20] Waddle, who made his return to English football with Sheffield Wednesday after three years in France with Olympique Marseille, became the first Wednesday player to win the award in its 45-year history. McGrath and Giggs finished in second and joint third place respectively in the writers' poll.[21]

The PFA also selected eleven players to form its Team of the Year. The team included four Manchester United players (Giggs, Ince, Peter Schmeichel and Gary Pallister) and two from Leeds United (Tony Dorigo and Gary Speed). The other members of the team were McGrath, Keane, Shearer, David Bardsley (Queens Park Rangers) and Ian Wright (Arsenal).[19] The Manager of the Year award, chosen by a panel representing football's governing body, the media, and fans, was given to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.[22] The newly formed League Managers Association also presented its own Manager of the Year award for the first time, specifically designed to recognise "the manager who made best use of the resources available to him". This award went to Dave Bassett of Sheffield United.[22]

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Teddy Sheringham was the top scorer in the inaugural Premier League season.

The top goalscorer in the Premier League's inaugural season was Teddy Sheringham, who scored one goal for Nottingham Forest before his early-season transfer followed by 21 for Tottenham Hotspur for a total of 22.[23]

Rank Player Club Goals[24]
1 Teddy Sheringham Nottingham Forest
Tottenham Hotspur
22
2 Les Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers 20
3 Dean Holdsworth Wimbledon 19
4 Micky Quinn Coventry City 17
5 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 16
David White Manchester City 16
7 Chris Armstrong Crystal Palace 15
Eric Cantona Leeds United
Manchester United
15
Brian Deane Sheffield United 15
Mark Hughes Manchester United 15
Matthew Le Tissier Southampton 15
Mark Robins Norwich City 15
Paul Wilkinson Middlesbrough 15
Ian Wright Arsenal 15

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Cantona, EricEric Cantona Leeds United Tottenham Hotspur 5–0 25 August 1992
Robins, MarkMark Robins Norwich City Oldham Athletic 3–2[citation needed] 8 November 1992
Hendrie, JohnJohn Hendrie Middlesbrough Blackburn Rovers 3–2 5 December 1992
Sinton, AndyAndy Sinton Queens Park Rangers Everton 4–2 28 December 1992
Deane, BrianBrian Deane Sheffield United Ipswich Town 3–0 16 January 1993
Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur Ipswich Town 4–0 20 February 1993
Strachan, GordonGordon Strachan Leeds United Blackburn Rovers 5–2 10 April 1993
Ferdinand, LesLes Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers Nottingham Forest 4–3 10 April 1993
Bart-Williams, ChrisChris Bart-Williams Sheffield Wednesday Southampton 5–2 12 April 1993
Ferdinand, LesLes Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers Everton 5–3[citation needed] 12 April 1993
Sutton, ChrisChris Sutton Norwich City Leeds United 4–2 14 April 1993
Walters, MarkMark Walters Liverpool Coventry City 4–0 17 April 1993
Wallace, RodRod Wallace Leeds United Coventry City 3–3 8 May 1993
Le Tissier, MatthewMatthew Le Tissier Southampton Oldham Athletic 4–3 8 May 1993

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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