1992–93 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1992–93 season
Chairman Peter Coates
Manager Lou Macari
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 1st (93 Points)
FA Cup First Round
League Cup Second Round
League Trophy Semi final
Top goalscorer League: Mark Stein (26)
All: Mark Stein (33)
Highest home attendance 24,459 vs Port Vale (24 October 1992)
Lowest home attendance 10,867 vs Brighton & Hove Albion (16 September 1991)
Average home league attendance 16,556
Home colours

The 1992–93 season was Stoke City's 86th season in the Football League and 4th in the third tier now known as the Second Division following the formation of the Premier League.

After a successful 1991–92 season which saw Stoke win the Football League Trophy and reach the play-offs the team went one better in 1992–93 as they claimed the Second Division title in fine style breaking the club's unbeaten record after going 25 league matches without defeat. Stoke collected 93 points from 138 on offer and racked up an impressive +39 goal difference as the club returned to the second tier.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

With the formation of the Premier League in 1992 Stoke found themselves playing in the Second Division, still the third tier of English football.[1] Following their excellent season in the previous campaign everyone was excited for the 1992–93 season to start and no more so than Lou Macari who signed Kevin Russell from Leicester.[1] Stoke began their league season away at Hull City and things didn't go according to plan the "Tigers" winning 1–0.[1]

But then things started to improve, Wigan Athletic were beaten and draws were gained at tricky Exeter and Plymouth.[1] Stoke then beat traditional rivals West Bromwich Albion 4–3 which sparked a record breaking run of results.[1] Stoke began to score goals on a regular basis and come the end of October, after 14 matches Stoke were in second position and after a 3–1 win away at Blackpool on 21 November Stoke went top and they were to remain there until the end of the season taking the league title and with it a return to the second tier.[1] A tremendous run of 25 league games without defeat from 5 September 1992 to 20 February 1993, creating a new club record, Leyton Orient ending that with a single goal victory at Brisbane Road.[1] The average attendance had risen by 3,000 to 16,556 and Mark Stein ran away with the goalscoring hitting 33 goals with 26 coming in the league.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke drew local rivals Port Vale in the first round and after a 0–0 draw at the Victoria Ground, Vale went on to win the replay 3–1 at a waterlogged Vale Park which saw a shot from Dave Regis that was heading for goal get stuck in the mud.[1]

League Cup[edit]

After easily beating Preston North End Stoke lost against Cambridge United.[1]

League Trophy[edit]

Stoke went in the League trophy as holders and but for the second time this season Port Vale knocked Stoke out of a cup competition at the semi final stage.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Stoke City 46 27 12 7 73 34 +39 93
2 Bolton Wanderers 46 27 9 10 80 41 +39 90
3 Port Vale 46 26 11 9 79 44 +35 89
4 West Bromwich Albion 46 25 10 11 88 54 +34 85
5 Swansea City 46 20 13 13 65 47 +18 73
6 Stockport County 46 19 15 12 81 57 +24 72
7 Leyton Orient 46 21 9 16 69 53 +16 72
8 Reading 46 18 15 13 66 51 +14 69
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 20 9 17 63 59 +4 69
10 Bradford City 46 18 14 14 69 67 +2 68
11 Rotherham United 46 17 14 15 60 60 0 65
12 Fulham 46 16 17 13 57 55 +2 65
13 Burnley 46 15 16 15 57 59 –2 61
14 Plymouth Argyle 46 16 12 18 59 64 –5 60
15 Huddersfield Town 46 17 9 20 54 61 –7 60
16 Hartlepool United 46 14 12 20 42 60 –18 54
17 Bournemouth 46 12 17 17 45 52 –8 53
18 Blackpool 46 12 15 19 63 75 –12 51
19 Exeter City 46 11 17 18 54 69 –15 50
20 Hull City 46 13 11 22 46 69 –23 50
21 Preston North End 46 13 8 25 65 94 –29 47
22 Mansfield Town 46 11 11 24 52 80 –28 44
23 Wigan Athletic 46 10 11 25 43 72 –29 41
24 Chester City 46 8 5 33 49 102 –53 29

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 15 August 1992 Hull City A 0–1 9,088
2 22 August 1992 Wigan Athletic H 2–1 12,902 Biggins 7', Foley 70'
3 29 August 1992 Exeter City A 2–2 4,106 Stein (2) 23', 25'
4 2 September 1992 Bradford City A 1–3 5,959 Stein 18'
5 5 September 1992 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 14,252
6 12 September 1992 Plymouth Argyle A 1–1 8,208 Stein 34'
7 16 September 1992 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–1 10,867 Sandford 1'
8 19 September 1992 West Bromwich Albion H 4–3 18,674 Foley 45', Russell (2) 46', 76', Cranson 83'
9 26 September 1992 Mansfield Town A 4–0 3,426 Stein (2) 33', 45', Ware 41', Biggins 61'
10 3 October 1992 Chester City A 1–1 5,237 Beeston 61'
11 10 October 1992 Leyton Orient H 2–1 12,640 Stein (2) 87', 89'
12 17 October 1992 Preston North End A 2–1 8,138 Butler 13', Sandford 40'
13 24 October 1992 Port Vale H 2–1 24,459 Cranson 69', Stein 86' (pen)
14 31 October 1992 Burnley A 2–0 16,667 Shaw (2) 21', 37'
15 3 November 1992 Fulham A 0–0 5,903
16 7 November 1992 Bournemouth H 2–0 15,146 Stein (2) 47', 52' (1 pen)
17 21 November 1992 Blackpool A 3–1 8,028 Russell (2) 19', 46', Stein 28'
18 28 November 1992 Swansea City H 2–1 13,867 Shaw 47', Stein 80' (pen)
19 12 December 1992 Huddersfield Town H 3–0 13,377 Ware (2) 75', 83', Cranson 87'
20 19 December 1992 Hartlepool United A 2–1 4,021 Regis 7', Gleghorn 90'
21 26 December 1992 Reading A 1–0 7,269 Regis 37'
22 28 December 1992 Rotherham United H 2–0 21,714 Beeston 40, Foley 81'
23 9 January 1993 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–2 8,622 Stein 48', Foley 89'
24 16 January 1993 Mansfield Town H 4–0 14,643 Russell 14', Gray 40' (o.g.), Regis 64', Overson 70'
25 23 January 1993 West Bromwich Albion A 2–1 29,341 Gleghorn 11', Stein 69'
26 27 January 1993 Exeter City H 1–1 14,181 Regis 38'
27 30 January 1993 Wigan Athletic A 1–1 4,775 Beeston 36'
28 6 February 1993 Hull City H 3–0 15,341 Ware 5', Foley 43', Stein 86'
29 20 February 1993 Bradford City H 1–0 16,494 Kevan 89'
30 27 February 1993 Leyton Orient A 0–1 10,798
31 6 March 1993 Chester City H 4–0 14,534 Stein (2) 23', 63', Shaw 41', Foley 66'
32 9 March 1993 Stockport County H 2–1 17,484 Stein 47', Gleghorn 77'
33 13 March 1993 Bournemouth A 1–1 7,129 Stein 68' (pen)
34 20 March 1993 Fulham H 1–0 17,935 Stein 72' (pen)
35 23 March 1993 Swansea City A 2–1 8,366 Gleghorn 51', Foley 74'
36 27 March 1993 Blackpool H 0–1 17,918
37 31 March 1993 Port Vale A 2–0 20,373 Stein 4', Gleghorn 84'
38 3 April 1993 Stockport County A 1–1 9,402 Regis 40'
39 7 April 1993 Huddersfield Town A 0–1 11,089
40 10 April 1993 Reading H 2–0 16,919 Shaw 35, Gleghorn 69'
41 12 April 1993 Rotherham United A 2–0 9,021 Stein (2) 2', 54'
42 17 April 1993 Hartlepool United H 0–1 17,363
43 24 April 1993 Preston North End H 1–0 18,334 Stein 55'
44 28 April 1993 Plymouth Argyle H 1–0 19,718 Gleghorn 4'
45 4 May 1993 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 19,238
46 8 May 1993 Burnley H 1–1 21,840 Stein 64'

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1992–93 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 16 November 1992 Port Vale H 0–0 24,490
R1 Replay 24 November 1992 Port Vale A 1–3 19,810 Sandford 24'

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 1st Leg 8 August 1992 Preston North End A 1–2 5,581 Stein 8'
R1 2nd Leg 26 August 1992 Preston North End H 4–0 (aet) 9,745 Stein 91', Overson 95', Biggins (2) 102', 105'
R2 1st Leg 22 September 1992 Cambridge United A 2–2 3,426 Stein (2) 34', 63'
R2 2nd Leg 7 October 1992 Cambridge United H 1–2 10,732 Shaw 68'

League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Preliminary Round 1 15 December 1992 Wrexham A 2–0 3,974 Russell, Ware
Preliminary Round 2 6 January 1993 Crewe Alexandra H 2–2 9,714 Stein, Regis
Southern Round 2 20 January 1993 Barnet H 4–1 8,892 Foley (3), Gleghorn
Southern Quarter Final 16 February 1993 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1 17,568 Stein (2)
Southern Semi Final 3 March 1993 Port Vale H 0–1 22,267

Isle of Man Trophy[edit]

Round Opponent Result
Quarter Final Isle of Man XI 4–1
Semi Final Wigan Athletic 2–0
Final Wrexham 5–0

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Newcastle Town A 5–0
2 Derby County H 1–1
3 Aston Villa A 1–4
4 Weston St. Johns A 5–3

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup League Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Fox 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
GK Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
GK England Brian Horne 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
GK England Tony Parks 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
GK Scotland Ronnie Sinclair 29 0 2 0 2 0 5 0 38 0
DF England John Butler 44 1 2 0 4 0 5 0 55 1
DF England Ian Cranson 45 3 2 0 4 0 4 0 55 3
DF England Graham Harbey 16(1) 0 0 0 4 0 2(1) 0 22(2) 0
DF England Vince Overson 43 1 2 0 3 1 4 0 52 2
DF England Lee Sandford 42 2 2 1 4 0 4 0 52 3
DF England Ian Wright 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
MF England Carl Beeston 25(2) 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 30(2) 3
MF Scotland Mark Devlin 3 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0 0 4(1) 0
MF England Nigel Gleghorn 34 7 2 0 0 0 5 1 41 8
MF England Dave Hockaday 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
MF Scotland Dave Kevan 13(2) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 14(2) 1
MF Australia Ernie Tapai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0
MF England Paul Ware 21(7) 4 0 0 3 0 4 1 28(7) 5
FW England Wayne Biggins 8 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 10 4
FW England Steve Foley 44 7 2 0 4 0 4 3 54 10
FW England Tony Kelly 2(5) 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0 2(7) 0
FW England Dave Regis 16(9) 5 0(1) 0 0 0 3(1) 1 19(11) 6
FW England Kevin Russell 30(10) 5 2 0 3 0 4(1) 1 39(11) 6
FW England Graham Shaw 20(9) 5 2 0 2(1) 1 2(2) 0 26(12) 6
FW England Mark Stein 46 26 2 0 4 4 5 3 57 33
Own goals 1 0 0 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.