1994–95 Sheffield Wednesday F.C. season

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Sheffield Wednesday
1994–95 season
Chairman Dave Richards
Manager Trevor Francis
Premiership 13th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Bright (11)
All: Bright (13)
Highest home attendance 34,051 vs Tottenham Hotspur
(20 Aug 1994, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 15,705 vs Bradford City
(21 Sep 1994, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 26,572 (league only)

The 1994-95 season was Sheffield Wednesday F.C.'s 128th season. They competed in the twenty-two team Premiership, the top tier of English football, finishing thirteenth.

Season summary[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday were among the pre-season favourites for a UEFA Cup places, having finished seventh in the first two Premiership seasons, third in 1992 and winning the League Cup in 1991, with many fine players still on the club's payroll. But they were still without striker David Hirst for much of the season due to injury, and this played at least some part in the Owls enduring their worst league form since relegation in 1990.

Right up till early May, the Owls were in real danger of relegation and this was enough for the club's board, who wielded the axe on manager Trevor Francis after four years in charge.[1] His successor was the former Luton Town and Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat, who looked to the continent in hope of returning the Owls to their winning ways and brought in Belgian forward Marc Degryse.

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 13 12 17 49 57  −8 51 7 7 7 26 26  0 6 5 10 23 31  −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 H A A H A H H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A A H H A H A A H
Result L L W D L D D L W W L D L D W D W L L W W W D D D W W L L L W D L L L L W L D D L W
Position 17 21 14 12 15 16 17 18 16 13 14 15 17 16 16 15 14 14 18 15 13 9 10 10 9 7 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 8 9 11 10 11 13 14 14 13

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

Results[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 August 1994 Tottenham Hotspur H 3-4 34,051 Hirst, Calderwood (own goal), Petrescu
24 August 1994 Queens Park Rangers A 2-3 12,788 Sheridan, Hyde
27 August 1994 Wimbledon A 1-0 7,453 Watson
31 August 1994 Norwich City H 0-0 25,072
10 September 1994 Nottingham Forest A 1-4 22,022 Hyde
17 September 1994 Manchester City H 1-1 26,776 Watson
26 September 1994 Leeds United H 1-1 23,227 Bright
1 October 1994 Liverpool A 1-4 31,493 Nolan
8 October 1994 Manchester United H 1-0 33,441 Hirst
16 October 1994 Ipswich Town A 2-1 13,073 Bright, Hirst
22 October 1994 Newcastle United A 1-2 34,408 Taylor
29 October 1994 Chelsea H 1-1 25,450 Bright
2 November 1994 Blackburn Rovers H 0-1 24,207
6 November 1994 Arsenal A 0-0 33,705
19 November 1994 West Ham United H 1-0 25,300 Petrescu
27 November 1994 Aston Villa A 1-1 25,082 Atherton
3 December 1994 Crystal Palace H 1-0 21,930 Bart-Williams
10 December 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-3 25,912 Nolan
17 December 1994 Queens Park Rangers H 0-2 22,766
26 December 1994 Everton A 4-1 37,080 Bright, Whittingham (2), Ingesson
28 December 1994 Coventry City H 5-1 26,056 Bright (2), Waddle, Whittingham (2)
31 December 1994 Leicester City A 1-0 20,624 Hyde
2 January 1995 Southampton H 1-1 28,424 Hyde
14 January 1995 Chelsea A 1-1 17,285 Nolan
21 January 1995 Newcastle United H 0-0 31,215
23 January 1995 West Ham United A 2-0 14,554 Waddle, Bright
4 February 1995 Arsenal H 3-1 23,468 Petrescu, Ingesson, Bright
12 February 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1-3 22,223 Waddle
18 February 1995 Aston Villa H 1-2 24,063 Bright
25 February 1995 Liverpool H 1-2 31,964 Bart-Williams
4 March 1995 Leeds United A 1-0 33,750 Waddle
8 March 1995 Norwich City A 0-0 13,530
11 March 1995 Wimbledon H 0-1 20,395
14 March 1995 Crystal Palace A 1-2 10,422 Whittingham
18 March 1995 Manchester City A 2-3 23,355 Hyde, Whittingham
1 April 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-7 30,060 Bright (pen)
8 April 1995 Leicester City H 1-0 22,551 Whittingham
15 April 1995 Coventry City A 0-2 15,710
17 April 1995 Everton H 0-0 27,880
29 April 1995 Southampton A 0-0 15,189
7 May 1995 Manchester United A 0-1 43,868
14 May 1995 Ipswich Town H 4-1 30,213 Whittingham (2), Bart-Williams, Bright

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994-95 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1995 Gillingham A 2-1 10,425 Waddle, Bright
R4 30 January 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 21,757
R4R 8 February 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 (lost 3-4 on pens) 28,544 Bright

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 21 September 1994 Bradford City H 2-1 15,705 Taylor, Hyde
R2 2nd Leg 4 October 1994 Bradford City A 1-1 (won 3-2 on agg) 13,092 Bart-Williams
R3 26 October 1994 Southampton H 1-0 16,715 Bart-Williams
R4 30 November 1994 Arsenal A 0-2 27,390

Squad[edit]

[3] 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 Chris Woods
2 England DF Peter Atherton
3 Northern Ireland DF Ian Nolan
5 Romania DF Dan Petrescu
6 England DF Brian Linighan
7 Australia MF Adem Poric
8 England MF Chris Waddle
9 England FW David Hirst
10 England FW Mark Bright
11 Republic of Ireland MF John Sheridan
12 England DF Andy Pearce
13 England GK Kevin Pressman
14 England DF Chris Bart-Williams
15 England MF Andy Sinton
No. Position Player
16 England MF Graham Hyde
17 England DF Des Walker
18 Sweden MF Klas Ingesson
19 England FW Guy Whittingham
21 Wales MF Ryan Jones
22 England DF Simon Stewart
23 England GK Lance Key
24 England DF Julian Watts
25 England MF Mike Williams
26 England FW Trevor Francis (player-manager)
27 England FW O'Neill Donaldson
29 England DF Lee Briscoe
30 England MF Matthew Hardwick

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
19 England FW Nigel Jemson (to Notts County)
28 England DF Simon Coleman (to Bolton Wanderers)
No. Position Player
4 England MF Ian Taylor (to Aston Villa)
20 England FW Gordon Watson (to Southampton)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England FW Richie Barker
- England FW Leroy Chambers
No. Position Player
- England DF David Faulkner
- England MF Darren Holmes

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
1 June 1994 DF Peter Atherton Coventry City £800,000
12 July 1994 MF Ian Taylor Port Vale £1,000,000
6 August 1994 DF Dan Petrescu Genoa £1,300,000
17 August 1994 DF Ian Nolan Tranmere Rovers £1,500,000
1 September 1994 MF Klas Ingesson PSV Eindhoven £800,000
21 December 1994 FW Guy Whittingham Aston Villa £700,000
9 January 1995 FW O'Neill Donaldson Mansfield Town £50,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
30 June 1994 MF Carlton Palmer Leeds United £2,600,000
4 July 1994 DF Nigel Worthington Leeds United £325,000
19 July 1994 DF Nigel Pearson Middlesbrough £500,000
1 August 1994 DF Phil King Aston Villa £200,000
12 August 1994 FW Leroy Chambers Chester City Free transfer
8 September 1994 FW Nigel Jemson Notts County £300,000
5 October 1994 DF Simon Coleman Bolton Wanderers £350,000
21 December 1994 MF Ian Taylor Aston Villa £1,000,000
17 March 1995 FW Gordon Watson Southampton £1,200,000
Transfers in: Decrease £6,150,000
Transfers out: Increase £6,475,000
Total spending: Increase £325,000

References[edit]