1993–94 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
1993–94 season
Chairman England Robert Coar
Manager Scotland Kenny Dalglish
Stadium Ewood Park
FA Premier League 2nd
FA Cup Third round
Coca-Cola Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Shearer (31)
All: Shearer (34)
Average home league attendance 17,721

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

Season summary[edit]

It was another strong season for a resurgent Blackburn, who were in the higher reaches of the Premier League all season long and, at one stage in early April, were level on points with leaders Manchester United, whose lead from late October until well into the new year had been in excess of 10 points. The return of Alan Shearer from a long-term injury saw him make a swift return to his superb form of old, with the 23-year-old hitman scoring 31 goals in the league, including both of Blackburn's goals in an early April win over Manchester United at Ewood Park.

In the end, though, it wasn't quite enough to snatch the title crown off Manchester United, who had returned to their winning ways by the end of April after Blackburn took their turn to drop points, and Kenny Dalglish's men had to settle for runners-up spot and a UEFA Cup place. This meant that Blackburn would be competing in Europe for the very first time in the 1994-95 season, although in the UEFA Cup rather than the European Cup as would have happened if they had won the league. Blackburn's fourth-place finish a year earlier had not been enough for a UEFA Cup place due to English clubs still not having all their UEFA Cup places back despite their ban from European competitions arising from the Heysel disaster having been lifted for the 1990-91 season.

Blackburn fans were thrilled after the end of the season when 21-year-old Norwich City striker Chris Sutton joined the club for an English record fee of £5 million. With the most expensive striker-partnership in the country, the club's fans were given all the more reason to expect their team to succeed in at least one of the four major competitions that they would be contesting next season.

Kit[edit]

Japanese company Asics manufactured Blackburn's kit this season. British brewery McEwan's Lager were the kit sponsors.

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]

Blackburn Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1993 Chelsea A 2–1 29,189 Newell, Ripley
18 August 1993 Norwich City H 2–3 14,236 Atkins, Wilcox
21 August 1993 Oldham Athletic H 1–0 13,731 Moran
24 August 1993 Manchester City A 2–0 25,185 Newell, Gallacher
29 August 1993 Newcastle United A 1–1 34,272 Shearer
2 September 1993 Arsenal H 1–1 14,051 Gallacher
12 September 1993 Liverpool A 1–0 37,355 Newell
18 September 1993 West Ham United H 0–2 13,943
25 September 1993 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 13,917 Shearer
2 October 1993 Swindon Town A 3–1 15,224 Shearer (2), Ripley
18 October 1993 Sheffield United H 0–0 13,505
23 October 1993 Leeds United A 3–3 37,827 Shearer (3)
30 October 1993 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 16,849 Shearer
6 November 1993 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1 17,636
20 November 1993 Southampton H 2–0 16,666 Shearer (2)
23 November 1993 Coventry City H 2–1 15,136 Shearer (2)
27 November 1993 Ipswich Town A 0–1 14,582
5 December 1993 Chelsea H 2–0 15,736 Le Saux, Shearer
11 December 1993 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 13,887 Shearer (2)
18 December 1993 Manchester City H 2–0 11,800 Gallacher, Shearer
26 December 1993 Manchester United A 1–1 44,511 Gallacher
29 December 1993 Everton H 2–0 26,015 Shearer (2)
1 January 1994 Aston Villa A 1–0 40,903 Shearer
15 January 1994 Sheffield United A 2–1 19,124 Shearer (2)
23 January 1994 Leeds United H 2–1 16,938 Shearer (2)
5 February 1994 Wimbledon H 3–0 16,215 Shearer, Wilcox, Ripley
12 February 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–0 30,236 Shearer, Gallacher
19 February 1994 Newcastle United H 1–0 21,269 May
22 February 1994 Norwich City A 2–2 15,193 Gallacher (2)
26 February 1994 Arsenal A 0–1 35,030
5 March 1994 Liverpool H 2–0 20,831 Wilcox, Sherwood
20 March 1994 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 24,699 Wilcox, Newell
26 March 1994 Swindon Town H 3–1 20,046 Shearer (2, 1 pen), Sherwood
29 March 1994 Wimbledon A 1–4 10,537 Wilcox
2 April 1994 Manchester United H 2–0 20,866 Shearer (2)
4 April 1994 Everton A 3–0 27,427 Newell (2), Wilcox
11 April 1994 Aston Villa H 1–0 19,287 Shearer
16 April 1994 Southampton A 1–3 19,105 Ripley
24 April 1994 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 19,913 Shearer
27 April 1994 West Ham United A 2–1 22,186 Berg, Pearce
2 May 1994 Coventry City A 1–2 16,653 Le Saux
7 May 1994 Ipswich Town H 0–0 20,633

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1994 Portsmouth H 3–3 17,219 Gallacher, Shearer, Sherwood
R3R 19 January 1994 Portsmouth A 3–1 23,035 Shearer, Wilcox, May
R4 29 January 1994 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 8,532
R4R 8 February 1994 Charlton Athletic H 0–1 15,348

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 21 September 1993 Bournemouth H 1–0 10,733 Shearer
R2 2nd leg 5 October 1993 Bournemouth A 0–0 (won 1-0 on agg) 10,321
R3 26 October 1993 Shrewsbury Town H 0–0 10,603
R3R 9 November 1993 Shrewsbury Town A 4–3 7,330 Newell (2), Pearce, May
R4 1 December 1993 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 22,295

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 England GK Bobby Mimms
2 England DF David May
3 England DF Alan Wright
4 England MF Tim Sherwood (captain)
5 Scotland DF Colin Hendry
6 England DF Graeme Le Saux
7 England MF Stuart Ripley
8 Scotland FW Kevin Gallacher
9 England FW Alan Shearer
10 England FW Mike Newell
11 England MF Jason Wilcox
12 England DF Nicky Marker
No. Position Player
13 Australia GK Frank Talia
14 England MF Lee Makel
15 England DF Richard Brown
18 Scotland DF Andy Morrison
19 England MF Simon Ireland
20 Norway DF Henning Berg
21 Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Moran
22 England MF Mark Atkins
23 England MF David Batty
24 England DF Paul Warhurst
25 England DF Ian Pearce
26 England GK Tim Flowers

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
16 England DF Tony Dobson (to Portsmouth)
No. Position Player
17 Sweden DF Patrik Andersson (to Borussia Mönchengladbach)

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