1994–95 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1994–95 season
Chairman Doug Ellis
Manager Ron Atkinson (until 10 November)
Jim Barron (caretaker 10-25 November)
Brian Little (from 25 November)
Stadium Villa Park
Premiership 18th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Saunders (15)
All: Saunders (17)
Highest home attendance 40,154 vs Liverpool
(6 May 1995, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 12,433 vs Wigan Athletic
(21 Sep 1994, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 29,756

During the 1994–95 English football season, Aston Villa competed in the FA Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and the UEFA Cup.

Season summary[edit]

Two seasons earlier, Aston Villa narrowly missed out on the league title. The season after that, they dipped to 10th place in the league but still had success as League Cup winners. But the decline continued into 1994-95 and Ron Atkinson paid for this with his job in November. Within days, former Villa favourite Brian Little was back at the club as Atkinson's successor, and managed to keep Villa clear of the drop.

Before the season was over, a new era was already in the making at Villa Park. A number of players now past their best were off-loaded to new clubs; these included Ray Houghton, Garry Parker, Kevin Richardson and Earl Barrett. The close season saw more players from the Atkinson era pass through the Villa Park exit door: Shaun Teale, Dalian Atkinson, Dean Saunders and John Fashanu. Little brought in younger players like Mark Draper, Ian Taylor, Savo Milosevic, Nii Lamptey, Carl Tiler, Gary Charles and Alan Wright to give some much-needed strength to a side of fading stars, as well as giving such much-needed hope to fans of a club which had been rescued from the threat of a rapid decline.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Blackburn Rovers (C) 42 27 8 7 80 39 +41 89 1995–96 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 42 26 10 6 77 28 +49 88 1995–96 UEFA Cup First round
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 11 9 72 43 +29 77
4 Liverpool 42 21 11 10 65 37 +28 74
5 Leeds United 42 20 13 9 59 38 +21 73
6 Newcastle United 42 20 12 10 67 47 +20 72
7 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 14 12 66 58 +8 62
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 9 16 61 59 +2 60
9 Wimbledon 42 15 11 16 48 65 −17 56
10 Southampton 42 12 18 12 61 63 −2 54
11 Chelsea 42 13 15 14 50 55 −5 54
12 Arsenal 42 13 12 17 52 49 +3 51
13 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 12 17 49 57 −8 51
14 West Ham United 42 13 11 18 44 48 −4 50
15 Everton 42 11 17 14 44 51 −7 50 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
16 Coventry City 42 12 14 16 44 62 −18 50
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 53 64 −11 49
18 Aston Villa 42 11 15 16 51 56 −5 48
19 Crystal Palace (R) 42 11 12 19 34 49 −15 45 Relegation to 1995–96 Football League First Division
20 Norwich City (R) 42 10 13 19 37 54 −17 43
21 Leicester City (R) 42 6 11 25 45 80 −35 29
22 Ipswich Town (R) 42 7 6 29 36 93 −57 27

Updated to games played on 14 May 1995.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Everton qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners.
(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 Summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
42 11 15 16 51 56  −5 48 6 9 6 27 24  +3 5 6 10 24 32  −8

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Ground A H H A H A A H A H H A H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H H H A A A H A H H A
Result D D D W W L L L L D L L L L W D D D L D W D D W W W L W W D L L D L W D L L L D W D
Position 7 12 13 9 8 8 9 12 14 15 16 18 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 19 20 19 18 14 12 14 11 9 9 11 11 10 15 13 11 16 16 17 18 15 18

Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Aston Villa's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 August 1994 Everton A 2-2 35,544 Fashanu 65', Saunders 74'
24 August 1994 Southampton H 1-1 24,179 Saunders 32'
27 August 1994 Crystal Palace H 1-1 23,305 Staunton 46'
29 August 1994 Coventry City A 1-0 12,218 Yorke 3'
10 September 1994 Ipswich Town H 2-0 22,241 Staunton 15', Saunders 85'
17 September 1994 West Ham United A 0-1 18,326
24 September 1994 Blackburn Rovers A 1-3 22,694 Ehiogu 90'
1 October 1994 Newcastle United H 0-2 29,960
8 October 1994 Liverpool A 2-3 32,158 Staunton 37', Whittingham 90'
15 October 1994 Norwich City H 1-1 22,468 Saunders 62'
22 October 1994 Nottingham Forest H 0-2 29,217
29 October 1994 Queens Park Rangers A 0-2 16,073
6 November 1994 Manchester United H 1-2 32,136 Atkinson 29'
9 November 1994 Wimbledon A 3-4 6,221 Parker 19', Saunders 38', 50'
19 November 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 4-3 26,899 Atkinson 8', Fenton 21', 27', Saunders 90'
27 November 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-1 25,082 Atkinson 15'
3 December 1994 Leicester City A 1-1 20,896 Whittingham 61'
10 December 1994 Everton H 0-0 29,678
19 December 1994 Southampton A 1-2 13,874 Houghton 80'
26 December 1994 Arsenal A 0-0 34,452
28 December 1994 Chelsea H 3-0 32,901 Sinclair 9' (own goal), Yorke 32', Taylor 82'
31 December 1994 Manchester City A 2-2 22,513 Brightwell 55'(own goal), Saunders 59'
2 January 1995 Leeds United H 0-0 35,038
14 January 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 26,578 Fashanu 7', Ehiogu 76'
21 January 1995 Nottingham Forest A 2-1 24,598 Fashanu 32', Saunders 68'
25 January 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-0 40,017 Saunders 18'
4 February 1995 Manchester United A 0-1 43,795
11 February 1995 Wimbledon H 7-1 23,982 Reeves 12' (own goal), Johnson 22', 26', 38', Saunders 48', pen 66', Yorke 83'
18 February 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-1 24,063 Saunders 26', 44'
22 February 1995 Leicester City H 4-4 30,825 Saunders 8', Staunton 37', Yorke 60', Johnson 65'
25 February 1995 Newcastle United A 1-3 34,637 Townsend 40'
4 March 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 0-1 40,114
6 March 1995 Coventry City H 0-0 26,186
18 March 1995 West Ham United H 0-2 28,682
1 April 1995 Ipswich Town A 1-0 15,710 Swailes 90' (own goal)
4 April 1995 Crystal Palace A 0-0 12,606
15 April 1995 Chelsea A 0-1 17,015
17 April 1995 Arsenal H 0-4 32,005
29 April 1995 Leeds United A 0-1 32,955
3 May 1995 Manchester City H 1-1 30,133 Ehiogu 9'
6 May 1995 Liverpool H 2-0 40,154 Yorke 25', 36'
14 May 1995 Norwich City A 1-1 19,374 Staunton 7'

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994-95 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1995 Barnsley A 2-0 11,469 Yorke 48', Saunders 64'
R4 28 January 1995 Manchester City A 0-1 21,177

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 21 September 1994 Wigan Athletic H 5-0 12,433 Atkinson (2), Yorke, Lamptey, Saunders
R2 2nd Leg 5 October 1994 Wigan Athletic A 3-0 (won 8-0 on agg) 2,633 Lamptey (2), Whittingham
R3 26 October 1994 Middlesbrough H 1-0 19,254 Townsend 30'
R4 30 November 1994 Crystal Palace A 1-4 12,653 Atkinson

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994-95 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 15 September 1994 Inter Milan A 0-1 22,639
R1 2nd Leg 29 September 1994 Inter Milan H 1-0 (won 4-3 on pens) 30,533 Houghton 41'
R2 1st Leg 18 October 1994 Trabzonspor A 0-1 27,500
R2 2nd Leg 1 November 1994 Trabzonspor H 2-1 (lost on away goals) 23,858 Atkinson 77', Ehiogu 90'

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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 Nigel Spink
2 England DF Alan Wright
3 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
4 England DF Shaun Teale
5 Republic of Ireland DF Paul McGrath[3]
8 England FW John Fashanu
9 Wales FW Dean Saunders
10 England FW Dalian Atkinson
11 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend[4]
12 Ghana MF Nii Lamptey
13 Australia GK Mark Bosnich
No. Position Player
14 England MF Franz Carr
15 England DF Phil King
16 England DF Ugo Ehiogu
17 England MF Ian Taylor
18 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
19 England FW Graham Fenton
20 England DF Bryan Small
21 England MF David Farrell
22 England DF Gary Charles
25 England FW Tommy Johnson
30 England GK Michael Oakes

Left 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
2 England DF Earl Barrett (to Everton)
4 England MF Garry Parker (to Leicester City)
6 England MF Kevin Richardson (to Coventry City)
No. Position Player
7 Republic of Ireland MF Ray Houghton[5] (to Crystal Palace)
22 England FW Guy Whittingham (to Sheffield Wednesday)
24 England DF Chris Boden (to Derby County)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
1 August 1994 DF Phil King Sheffield Wednesday £200,000
4 August 1994 FW John Fashanu Wimbledon £1,350,000
21 December 1994 MF Ian Taylor Sheffield Wednesday £1,000,000
6 January 1995 DF Gary Charles Derby County £1,450,000
6 January 1995 FW Tommy Johnson Derby County £1,450,000
10 February 1995 MF Franz Carr Leicester City £250,000
10 March 1995 DF Alan Wright Blackburn Rovers £1,000,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
6 June 1994 MF Tony Daley Wolverhampton Wanderers £1,250,000
11 July 1994 MF Steve Froggatt Wolverhampton Wanderers £1,000,000
14 July 1994 DF Dariusz Kubicki Sunderland Transfer
19 July 1994 DF Neil Cox Middlesbrough £1,000,000
21 December 1994 FW Guy Whittingham Sheffield Wednesday £700,000
30 January 1995 DF Earl Barrett Everton £1,700,000
10 February 1995 MF Garry Parker Leicester City £300,000
16 February 1995 MF Kevin Richardson Coventry City £300,000
23 March 1995 MF Ray Houghton Crystal Palace £300,000
24 March 1995 DF Chris Boden Derby County £150,000
Transfers in: Decrease £6,700,000
Transfers out: Increase £6,700,000
Total spending: £0

Awards[edit]

  • January: Manager of the Month, Brian Little

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/aston-villa/1994-1995/results
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1994-1995/faprem/avilla.htm
  3. ^ McGrath was born in Ealing, England, but was raised in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 1985.
  4. ^ Townsend was born in Maidstone, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in February 1989.
  5. ^ Houghton was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his father and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in March 1986.