1994–95 FA Premier League
1st Premier League title
3rd English title
|Champions League||Blackburn Rovers|
|Cup Winners' Cup||Everton|
|UEFA Cup||Manchester United
|Goals scored||1,195 (2.59 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Alan Shearer
|Biggest home win||Manchester United 9–0 Ipswich Town
(4 March 1995)
|Biggest away win||Sheffield Wednesday 1–7 Nottingham Forest
(1 April 1995)
|Highest scoring||Manchester United 9–0 Ipswich Town
(4 March 1995)
|Longest winning run||7 games
|Longest unbeaten run||13 games
|Longest winless run||12 games
|Longest losing run||8 games
Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday
(7 May 1995)
Wimbledon v Manchester City
(21 March 1995)
- 1 Controversial incidents
- 2 Transfers
- 3 Premier League standings and European cup competition qualification
- 4 Promoted teams
- 5 Relegated teams
- 6 Player and managerial awards
- 7 Managerial changes
- 8 Personnel and kits
- 9 Final league table
- 10 Results
- 11 Top goal scorers
- 12 Awards
- 13 Championship squad
- 14 See also
- 15 References and notes
- 16 External links
In January 1995, Manchester United's 28-year-old French striker Eric Cantona (then holder of the PFA Players' Player of the Year award) assaulted a Crystal Palace fan in his team's 1–1 draw at Selhurst Park. Cantona was banned from football for eight months, fined £20,000 and sentenced to 14 days in prison. The prison sentence was later reduced to 120 hours community service on appeal.
Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise was convicted of criminal damage and assault, relating to a fight with a taxi driver in London. He was given a three-month prison sentence but the conviction and prison sentence were quickly overturned on appeal.
Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson admitted in November 1994 that he was an alcoholic and was also addicted to cocaine and gambling. He underwent a three-month drug rehabilitation programme before being allowed to resume his playing career.
Crystal Palace striker Chris Armstrong failed a drugs test in February 1995 but admitted that he had done wrong and returned to action after just four weeks undergoing rehabilitation. Armstrong was Palace's leading goalscorer in 1994–95, helping them reach the semi finals of both domestic cup competitions, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated back to the First Division just one season after winning promotion.
Arsenal manager George Graham was sacked in February 1995 after nearly nine years in charge, when it was revealed that he had accepted an illegal payment of £425,000 from Norwegian agent Rune Hauge relating to the purchases of Norwegian and Danish players Pål Lydersen and John Jensen three years earlier. Graham was later banned from football for one year by the FA.
Just before the start of the 1994–95 season, the English transfer record was broken when Blackburn Rovers paid £5 million for 21-year-old Norwich City striker Chris Sutton. But that record was broken again in January when Manchester United paid £6 million for Newcastle United's Andy Cole, in a deal which also saw £1 million-rated Keith Gillespie move to Newcastle. Other significant transfers before and during the 1994–95 season included: Vinny Samways (Tottenham to Everton, £2 million), David Rocastle (Manchester City to Chelsea, £1.25 million), Jürgen Klinsmann (Monaco to Tottenham Hotspur, £2 million), John Scales (Wimbledon to Liverpool, £3 million) and Paul Kitson (Derby County to Newcastle United, £2.2 million).
Premier League standings and European cup competition qualification
The title race was won by Blackburn Rovers, whose last title success was in 1914, and also was Blackburn's first major trophy in 67 years (last 1927–28 FA Cup). Kenny Dalglish's side secured the championship on the last day of the season despite losing 2–1 at his former club Liverpool, as Manchester United could only manage a 1–1 draw at West Ham. This meant that Blackburn Rovers qualified for the European Cup for the first time in their history, while Manchester United finished second earning a UEFA Cup place. A single point separated the two sides, who for more than half of the season enjoyed a wide gap in terms of point between themselves and the rest of the league, despite the likes of Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Newcastle United briefly topping the league during the first three months of the season.
Also qualifying for the UEFA Cup were Nottingham Forest (who finished third in their first season back in the Premier League), Liverpool (who finished fourth and won their fifth League Cup in the club's first full season following the appointment of Roy Evans) and fifth placed Leeds United.
Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, and Leicester City were promoted to the league following the 1993–94 First Division season.
1994–95 was the last season of the 22-club Premier League. The FA had decided to decrease the division to 20 clubs. To accommodate the redistribution of clubs across the Football League and Premier League, four teams were relegated from the Premier League and two promoted from Division One, alongside four relegations from Division One and two promotions from Division Two.
The bottom place in the 1994–95 final Premier League table was occupied by Ipswich Town, who conceded 93 goals and won just seven games. Second from bottom came Leicester City, who won just six Premier League games in their first top division season for eight years. Third from bottom was Norwich City, who won just one of their final 20 games after spending the first half of the season near the top of the table. The final relegation place went to Crystal Palace, who went down on the final day. They lost 3–2 to Newcastle on the final day of the season, and manager Alan Smith was sacked within a week of the defeat.
Player and managerial awards
- PFA Players' Player of the Year was Alan Shearer.
- PFA Young Player of the Year was Robbie Fowler.
- Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year was Jürgen Klinsmann.
- FA Premier League Manager of the Year was Kenny Dalglish.
Of the 22 clubs who featured in the 1994–95 Premier League campaign, 15 of them changed managers during the season or during the preceding and subsequent close seasons.
By the end of November, five more clubs had changed manager. After a disastrous start to the season, Everton sacked Mike Walker and recruited Joe Royle, their former player, from Division One club Oldham Athletic as his successor. A dismal start to the season for Tottenham Hotspur cost manager Ossie Ardiles his job, and in came Gerry Francis from London and Premier League rivals Queen's Park Rangers to take over from him, with veteran midfielder Ray Wilkins making a swift return to Loftus Road after a brief spell playing for Crystal Palace to become player-manager at the West London club. League Cup holders Aston Villa, who had been Premier League runners-up two seasons ago, sacked manager Ron Atkinson amid a relegation battle for a club whose fans were expecting a title challenge. His successor was Brian Little, who had just walked out on struggling Leicester City to be succeeded by Mark McGhee from Division One club Reading.
Just before Christmas, John Lyall resigned as manager of Ipswich Town, the Premier League's bottom club. George Burley of Colchester United made the big step up from Division Three to take over at Portman Road.
February saw two managerial changes. Firstly, Phil Neal was sacked after just over a year in charge of Coventry City, who replaced him with Ron Atkinson. Then, after it emerged that he had accepted £425,000 worth of illegal payments from an agent who had been involved in two transfers three years earlier, George Graham was sacked after nine successful years in charge of Arsenal. His assistant Stewart Houston was put in charge of the first team until the end of the season.
The final manager to lose his job during the course of the season was Norwich City's John Deehan, who resigned with three weeks of the season remaining after a catastrophic run of defeats which had seen Norwich sink from 7th place to 20th. Long-serving player Gary Megson took over as caretaker for the remaining five games, but was unable to prevent relegation. After the season ended, the club appointed Wycombe Wanderers manager Martin O'Neill as Deehan's permanent replacement.
After the season ended, Kenny Dalglish voluntarily stepped down from his role as manager of champions Blackburn Rovers, and announced his retirement from club management. Dalglish became Blackburn's director of football, while his assistant Ray Harford took over as manager.
Three managers lost their jobs at the end of the season. Alan Smith was dismissed after his Crystal Palace side, who had reached both domestic cup semi-finals, were unable to escape relegation, paving the way for Steve Coppell's return as manager after two years. Trevor Francis, whose Sheffield Wednesday side had finished 13th after top-seven finishes and three strong cup runs in the previous three seasons, was dismissed and succeeded by David Pleat from Luton Town. Finally, Brian Horton was sacked as Manchester City manager after two unsuccessful seasons in charge, and replaced by Southampton's Alan Ball. Ball in turn was replaced by his assistant at Southampton, David Merrington.
Personnel and kits
(as of 14 May 1995)
Final league table
|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|
|8||Queens Park Rangers||42||17||9||16||61||59||+2||60|
|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[a]|
|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|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BLB||CHE||COV||CRY||EVE||IPS||LEE||LEI||LIV||MCI||MUN||NEW||NWC||NOT||QPR||SHW||SOU||TOT||WHU||WDN|
|Queens Park Rangers||3–1||2–0||0–1||1–0||2–2||0–1||2–3||1–2||3–2||2–0||2–1||1–2||2–3||3–0||2–0||1–1||3–2||2–2||2–1||2–1||0–1|
|West Ham United||0–2||1–0||2–0||1–2||0–1||1–0||2–2||1–1||0–0||1–0||3–0||3–0||1–1||1–3||2–2||3–1||0–0||0–2||2–0||1–2||3–0|
Top goal scorers
|1||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers||34|
|3||Les Ferdinand||Queens Park Rangers||24|
|4||Stan Collymore||Nottingham Forest||22|
|5||Andy Cole||Newcastle United/Manchester United||21|
|Jürgen Klinsmann||Tottenham Hotspur||21|
|7||Matt Le Tissier||Southampton||19|
|8||Teddy Sheringham||Tottenham Hotspur||18|
|10||Uwe Rösler||Manchester City||15|
|Dean Saunders||Aston Villa||15|
|Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers||15|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|August||Kevin Keegan||Newcastle United||Jürgen Klinsmann||Tottenham Hotspur|
|September||Frank Clark||Nottingham Forest||Rob Lee||Newcastle United|
|October||Alex Ferguson||Manchester United||Paul Ince||Manchester United|
|November||Kenny Dalglish||Blackburn Rovers||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers|
|December||Gerry Francis||Tottenham Hotspur||Matt Le Tissier||Southampton|
|January||Brian Little||Aston Villa||Chris Waddle||Sheffield Wednesday|
|February||Kevin Keegan||Newcastle United||Duncan Ferguson||Everton|
|March||Ron Atkinson||Coventry City||Tony Yeboah||Leeds United|
|April||Howard Wilkinson||Leeds United||David Seaman||Arsenal|
Players in bold played enough games to earn a championship medal.
References and notes
- "English Premier League 1994–95". statto.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Premier League 1994/1995 – Attendances". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Blackburn Rovers winning the Premier League might never be surpassed". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
- "Liverpool 2 Blackburn 1". LFC History. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
- England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year
- England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year
- England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
- "Premier League 94/95 / Blackburn Rovers/Most frequent starting line-up". Stat Bunker. Retrieved 21 January 2010.