1993–94 Swindon Town F.C. season

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Swindon Town
1993–94 season
Chairman Ray Hardman
Manager John Gorman
Stadium County Ground
FA Premier League 22nd (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
Coca–Cola Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Fjørtoft (12)
All: Fjørtoft (13)
Average home league attendance 15,274

During the 1993–94 English football season, Swindon Town F.C. competed in the FA Premier League. It was Town's first (and, to date, only) season in the top flight of English football.

Season summary[edit]

Three years after winning promotion, and then being denied top-flight football for financial irregularities, the Robins finally reached the elite after 73 years of trying thanks to a pulsating 4–3 win over Leicester City in the Division One playoff final. The only downside to this superb triumph was the departure of player-manager Glenn Hoddle to Chelsea. His assistant John Gorman was left behind to pick up the pieces, and it took 16 games for Swindon to record their first top division win.

Swindon never adjusted to the pace of Premiership football, winning just five games and becoming the first top division team in 30 years to concede 100 league goals. They would have fared worse still had it not been for the strong form of Norwegian striker Jan Åge Fjørtoft, who was on target 12 times in the league.

They did not achieve a win in the league until their 16th game, finally achieving their first ever top-flight victory on 24 November 1993 when a Keith Scott goal gave them a 1-0 home win over Queen's Park Rangers.[1] Their 20th game of the season was a memorable one. They travelled to Anfield to face Liverpool, and managed to hold the home side to a 2-2 draw just over three months after they had crushed Swindon 5-0 at the County Ground. Midfielder John Moncur had put Swindon 1-0 up on the hour, and although Liverpool equalised after 71 minutes, Swindon restored their lead three minutes later with a goal from Keith Scott. They were still ahead with five minutes remaining, before an 86th-minute equaliser from Liverpool's Mark Wright denied Swindon a famous victory.[2] Swindon won their next game 2-1 at home to Southampton. They held Sheffield Wednesday to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Hillsborough on 29 December with two goals from striker Craig Maskell.[3] However, after the turn of the new year, Swindon found themselves on the receiving end of some more heavy defeats. On 15 January, they lost 6-2 to Everton at Goodison Park, though they did manage a narrow victory over Tottenham Hotspur in their next game, and within a month had fallen to a 5-0 defeat at Aston Villa. They were then crushed 7-1 at Newcastle on 12 March. A 2-2 home draw with Manchester United on 19 March sparked hopes that Swindon could climb to safety, but they collected just two points from their final eight games and were firmly rooted in bottom place.[4]

John Gorman spoke of his hope that Swindon would soon return to the Premiership, saying that "[Swindon] wouldn't be in Division One for long . . . "

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]

Swindon Town's score comes first[5]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1993 Sheffield United A 1–3 20,904 Moncur
18 August 1993 Oldham Athletic H 0–1 11,940
22 August 1993 Liverpool H 0–5 17,364
25 August 1993 Southampton A 1–5 12,505 Maskell (pen)
28 August 1993 Norwich City A 0–0 17,614
1 September 1993 Manchester City H 1–3 16,067 Summerbee
11 September 1993 West Ham United A 0–0 15,777
18 September 1993 Newcastle United H 2–2 15,393 Ling, Mutch
25 September 1993 Manchester United A 2–4 44,583 Mutch, Bodin (pen)
2 October 1993 Blackburn Rovers H 1–3 15,847 Taylor
16 October 1993 Everton H 1–1 14,437 Taylor
23 October 1993 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 31,394 Bodin (pen)
30 October 1993 Aston Villa H 1–2 16,322 Bodin (pen)
6 November 1993 Wimbledon A 0–3 7,758
20 November 1993 Ipswich Town H 2–2 13,860 Scott, Bodin (pen)
24 November 1993 Queens Park Rangers H 1–0 14,674 Scott
27 November 1993 Leeds United A 0–3 32,630
4 December 1993 Sheffield United H 0–0 12,882
7 December 1993 Oldham Athletic A 1–2 19,498 Mutch
11 December 1993 Liverpool A 2–2 32,739 Moncur, Scott
18 December 1993 Southampton H 2–1 13,565 Bodin, Scott
27 December 1993 Arsenal H 0–4 17,214
29 December 1993 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–3 30,570 Mutch, Maskell (2)
1 January 1994 Chelsea H 1–3 16,261 Mutch
3 January 1994 Coventry City A 1–1 15,869 Mutch
15 January 1994 Everton A 2–6 20,760 Moncur, Bodin
22 January 1994 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 16,464 Fjørtoft, Whitbread
5 February 1994 Coventry City H 3–1 14,635 Fjørtoft (3, 2 pens)
12 February 1994 Aston Villa A 0–5 27,637
19 February 1994 Norwich City H 3–3 15,405 Taylor, Fjørtoft (2)
25 February 1994 Manchester City A 1–2 26,360 Fjørtoft
5 March 1994 West Ham United H 1–1 15,929 Fjørtoft
12 March 1994 Newcastle United A 1–7 32,219 Moncur
19 March 1994 Manchester United H 2–2 18,102 Nijholt, Fjørtoft
26 March 1994 Blackburn Rovers A 1–3 20,046 Fjørtoft
2 April 1994 Arsenal A 1–1 31,635 Bodin (pen)
4 April 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–1 13,927
16 April 1994 Ipswich Town A 1–1 14,760 Fjørtoft
23 April 1994 Wimbledon H 2–4 13,309 Summerbee, Barton (own goal)
27 April 1994 Chelsea A 0–2 11,180
30 April 1994 Queens Park Rangers A 3–1 9,875 Taylor, Fjørtoft, Summerbee
7 May 1994 Leeds United H 0–5 17,228

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1994 Ipswich Town H 1–1 12,105 Mutch
R3R 18 January 1994 Ipswich Town A 1–2 (a.e.t.) 12,796 Fjørtoft

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 22 September 1993 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 8,649 Summerbee, Mutch
R2 2nd leg 5 October 1993 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 (won 3-2 on agg) 11,756 Summerbee
R3 26 October 1993 Portsmouth A 0–2 12,554

Matchday squads[edit]

FA Premiership line-ups[edit]

Date Opposition V Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 GK
14/08/93 Sheffield United A 1–3 Digby Summerbee MacLaren Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Maskell Fjortoft White Ling Horlock1 Viveash Hammond
18/08/93 Oldham Athletic A 0–1 Digby Summerbee MacLaren Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Hazard1 Fjortoft Maskell Ling Horlock1 Viveash Hammond
22/08/93 Liverpool A 0–5 Digby Summerbee Horlock Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur1 MacLaren Fjortoft Mutch Ling2 Hazard1 Maskell2 Hammond
25/08/93 Southampton A 1–5 Digby Summerbee Horlock Nijholt1 Whitbread Taylor Moncur MacLaren Fjortoft2 Mutch Ling Hazard1 Maskell2 Hammond
28/08/93 Norwich City A 0–0 Digby Summerbee Horlock Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur MacLaren Hazard Mutch1 Ling Fjortoft1 Maskell Hammond
01/09/93 Manchester City H 1–3 Digby Summerbee Horlock Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur MacLaren Hazard2 Mutch1 Ling Fjortoft1 Maskell2 Hammond
11/09/93 West Ham United A 0–0 Digby Summerbee Horlock2 Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Hazard Fjortoft1 Mutch Ling White1 Fenwick2 Hammond
18/09/93 Newcastle United H 2–2 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Hazard Fjortoft Mutch1 Ling2 White1 Fenwick2 Hammond
25/09/93 Manchester United A 2–4 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur2 Hazard Fjortoft1 Mutch Ling White1 MacLaren2 Hammond
02/10/93 Blackburn Rovers H 1–3 Digby Summerbee2 Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur Hazard White1 Mutch Ling Fjortoft1 MacLaren2 Hammond
16/10/93 Everton H 1–1 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur MacLaren Maskell1 Mutch Ling2 Fjortoft1 Horlock2 Hammond
23/10/93 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur MacLaren Fjortoft Mutch Ling1 Horlock1 Maskell Hammond
30/10/93 Aston Villa H 1–2 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick1 Taylor Moncur MacLaren2 Fjortoft Mutch Horlock Whitbread1 Ling2 Hammond
06/11/93 Wimbledon A 0–3 Digby Summerbee Bodin Horlock2 Whitbread Taylor Moncur MacLaren Fjortoft1 Mutch Ling White1 Maskell2 Hammond
20/11/93 Ipswich Town H 2–2 Digby Summerbee1 Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Fenwick Scott Mutch Horlock Ling1 Maskell Hammond
24/11/93 Queens Park Rangers H 1–0 Digby Fenwick Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Horlock Scott Mutch Ling Fjortoft Maskell Hammond
27/11/93 Leeds United A 0–3 Digby Fenwick Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Horlock1 Scott Mutch Ling Fjortoft1 MacLaren Hammond
04/12/93 Sheffield United H 0–0 Digby Fenwick Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Horlock Scott Mutch2 Ling1 Summerbee1 Maskell2 Hammond
07/12/93 Oldham Athletic A 1–2 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Fenwick Scott Mutch Horlock Ling Maskell Hammond
11/12/93 Liverpool A 2–2 Digby Summerbee2 Bodin Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur1 Horlock Scott Mutch Ling Fjortoft1 Maskell2 Hammond
18/12/93 Southampton H 2–1 Digby Horlock Bodin Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Scott Maskell Mutch Ling Fjortoft Berkley Hammond
27/12/93 Arsenal H 0–4 Digby Horlock Bodin1 Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Scott Maskell Mutch2 Ling Summerbee1 Fjortoft2 Hammond
29/12/93 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–3 Digby1 Summerbee Horlock Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Scott2 Maskell Mutch Ling Fjortoft2 MacLaren Hammond1
01/01/94 Chelsea H 1–3 Hammond Summerbee Horlock Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Scott Maskell1 Mutch Ling2 Bodin1 Fjortoft2 Cook
03/01/94 Coventry City A 1–1 Hammond Summerbee Bodin Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Horlock Maskell1 Mutch Ling Scott1 MacLaren Cook
15/01/94 Everton A 2–6 Hammond Summerbee Bodin Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Horlock1 Scott2 Mutch Ling Nijholt1 Fjortoft2 Kerr
22/01/94 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 Hammond Summerbee Horlock Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft Mutch2 Ling1 Bodin1 Scott2 Kerr
05/02/94 Coventry City A 3–1 Hammond Summerbee Horlock Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft Scott Ling1 Bodin1 Maskell Sheffield
12/02/94 Aston Villa A 0–5 Sheffield Summerbee Horlock Nijholt Whitbread1 Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft2 Scott Ling Bodin1 Fenwick2 Hammond
19/02/94 Norwich City H 3–3 Sheffield1 Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft Scott2 Horlock Ling McAvennie2 Hammond1
25/02/94 Manchester City A 1–2 Digby Summerbee Bodin2 Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Fenwick Fjortoft1 Mutch Horlock McAvennie1 Ling2 Hammond
05/03/94 West Ham United H 1–1 Digby Summerbee Horlock Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur McAvennie1 Fjortoft Mutch2 Ling Gooden1 Scott2 Hammond
12/03/94 Newcastle United A 1–7 Digby Horlock Bodin1 Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur McAvennie Fjortoft Scott2 Ling Gooden1 Hamon2 Hammond
19/03/94 Manchester United H 2–2 Digby Summerbee Horlock2 Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft Sanchez McAvennie1 Scott1 Ling2 Hammond
26/03/94 Blackburn Rovers A 1–3 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft Sanchez Ling1 Scott1 Fenwick Hammond
02/04/94 Arsenal A 1–1 Hammond Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft2 Scott1 Sanchez Horlock1 McAvennie2 Heald
04/04/94 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–1 Hammond2 Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Whitbread1 Taylor Moncur Kilcline Fjortoft Scott Sanchez Horlock1 McAvennie Heald2
16/04/94 Ipswich Town A 1–1 Hammond Summerbee1 Bodin Kilcline Fenwick Taylor Moncur Horlock Fjortoft Scott Sanchez2 Mutch1 McAvennie2 Digby
23/04/94 Wimbledon H 2–4 Hammond Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Horlock Kilcline Fjortoft Scott Sanchez1 Mutch1 Whitbread Digby
27/04/94 Chelsea A 0–2 Hammond Summerbee Bodin1 Nijholt Whitbread Taylor Moncur Fenwick Fjortoft Scott Horlock Sanchez1 Mutch Digby
30/04/94 Queens Park Rangers A 3–1 Hammond Summerbee Bodin Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Gooden Fjortoft Scott Horlock Thomson Mutch Heald
07/05/14 Leeds United H 0–5 Heald Summerbee Bodin Thomson1 Whitbread Taylor Moncur Gooden2 Fjortoft Scott Horlock Sanchez1 Mutch2 Hammond

1 1st Substitution, 2 2nd Substitution.

F.A. Cup line-ups[edit]

Date Opposition V Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 GK
08/01/94 Ipswich Town H 1–1 Hammond Summerbee2 Bodin Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Moncur Ling Maskell1 Mutch Horlock Fjortoft1 Nijholt2 Cook
XX/XX/94 Ipswich Town A 1–2 Hammond Summerbee Bodin Fenwick Whitbread Taylor Nijholt Ling Fjortoft1 Mutch Horlock Maskell1 MacLaren Cook

1 1st Substitution, 2 2nd Substitution.

League Cup line-ups[edit]

Date Opposition V Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 GK
22/09/93 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur Ling White Mutch Hazard MacLaren Maskell Hammond
05/10/93 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 Hammond Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur MacLaren Maskell1 Mutch Hazard White1 Ling Digby
26/10/93 Portsmouth A 0–2 Digby Summerbee Bodin Nijholt Fenwick Taylor Moncur MacLaren2 Fjortoft Mutch Ling1 Maskell1 Horlock2 Hammond

1 1st Substitution, 2 2nd Substitution.

Squad[edit]

[5] 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 Fraser Digby
2 England MF Nicky Summerbee
3 Wales DF Paul Bodin
4 England MF Micky Hazard
5 Netherlands MF Luc Nijholt
6 England DF Shaun Taylor
7 England MF John Moncur
8 Scotland MF Ross MacLaren
9 Norway FW Jan Åge Fjørtoft
10 England MF Martin Ling
11 England FW Craig Maskell
12 England FW Steve White
14 England DF Adrian Whitbread
15 England DF Adrian Viveash
16 Northern Ireland MF Kevin Horlock
17 England FW Chris Hamon
18 England MF Eddie Murray
No. Position Player
19 England DF Andy Thomson
20 Republic of Ireland DF Wayne O'Sullivan
21 England MF Marcus Phillips
22 England MF Austin Berkley
23 England GK Nick Hammond
24 England DF Lee Middleton
25 England FW Andy Mutch
26 England DF Terry Fenwick
27 England FW Keith Scott
28 England MF Ty Gooden
29 England GK Shane Cook
30 Scotland GK Stewart Kerr (on loan from Celtic)
31 England DF Brian Kilcline
32 Scotland FW Frank McAvennie (on loan from Celtic)
33 Northern Ireland MF Lawrie Sanchez
34 England GK Paul Heald (on loan from Leyton Orient)
34 England GK Jon Sheffield (on loan from Cambridge United)

Starting 11[edit]

Only considering Premiership starts

References[edit]