1993–94 FA Premier League

Premier League
Season 1993–94
Champions Manchester United
2nd Premier League title
9th English title
Relegated Oldham Athletic
Sheffield United
Swindon Town
Champions League Manchester United
Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal
Chelsea
UEFA Cup Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United
Goals scored 1,195
Top goalscorer Andy Cole (34)
Biggest home win Newcastle United 7–1 Swindon Town
(12 March 1994)
Biggest away win Swindon Town 0–5 Liverpool
(22 August 1993)
Swindon Town 0–5 Leeds United
(7 May 1994)
Highest scoring Norwich City 4–5 Southampton
(9 April 1994)
Longest winning run 8 games[1]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run 22 games[1]
Manchester United
Longest winless run 15 games[1]
Swindon Town
Longest losing run 7 games[1]
Tottenham Hotspur
Highest attendance 45,347[2]
Aston Villa v Liverpool
(7 May 1994)
Lowest attendance 4,739[2]
Wimbledon v Coventry City
(26 December 1993)

The 1993–94 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the second season of the Premier League, the top division of professional football in England. Manchester United won the league by eight points over nearest challengers Blackburn Rovers, their second consecutive league title. Swindon Town finished bottom of the league in their first season of top-flight football and were relegated along with Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic.

New league sponsors

From the start of the 1993–94 season, the FA Premier League was sponsored by Carling Breweries.

Newcastle United and West Ham United were promoted to the Premier League from the First Division as champions and runners-up respectively. The last promotion place was won by Swindon Town after their victory over Leicester City in the 1992–93 playoff final.[3] Newcastle had been relegated from the old First Division in 1989 and West Ham United had been relegated the season before the start of the Premier League. Swindon had never played top-division football before. They had won the old First Division playoffs in 1990 but were later denied promotion because of financial irregularities.

Transfers

Just before the start of the season, Roy Keane became the most expensive footballer signed by an English football team. The 22-year-old Irish midfielder left relegated Nottingham Forest for Manchester United for a fee of £3.75 million.

During the 1993–94 season, many players were transferred between Premier League clubs for fees exceeding £1 million. They included David White (Manchester City to Leeds United), David Rocastle (Leeds United to Manchester City), Roy Wegerle (Blackburn Rovers to Coventry City) and Tim Flowers (Southampton to Blackburn Rovers). At £2.5 million, Flowers became the most expensive goalkeeper in English football.

Personnel and kits

Greater London Premier League football clubs

(as of 8 May 1994)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal George Graham Tony Adams Adidas JVC
Aston Villa Ron Atkinson Kevin Richardson ASICS Müller
Blackburn Rovers Kenny Dalglish Tim Sherwood ASICS McEwan's Lager
Chelsea Glenn Hoddle Dennis Wise Umbro Amiga
Coventry City Phil Neal Brian Borrows Ribero Peugeot
Everton Mike Walker Dave Watson Umbro NEC
Ipswich Town John Lyall Steve Palmer Umbro Fisons
Leeds United Howard Wilkinson Gordon Strachan ASICS Thistle Hotels
Liverpool Roy Evans Ian Rush Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City Brian Horton Keith Curle Umbro Brother
Manchester United Alex Ferguson Bryan Robson Umbro Sharp
Newcastle United Kevin Keegan Peter Beardsley ASICS McEwan's Lager
Norwich City John Deehan Ian Butterworth Ribero Norwich and Peterborough
Oldham Athletic Joe Royle Mike Milligan Umbro JD Sports
Queens Park Rangers Gerry Francis David Bardsley Clubhouse CSF
Sheffield United Dave Bassett Brian Gayle Umbro Laver
Sheffield Wednesday Trevor Francis Chris Waddle Puma Sanderson
Southampton Alan Ball Matt Le Tissier Pony Dimplex
Swindon Town John Gorman Shaun Taylor Loki Burmah
Tottenham Hotspur Osvaldo Ardiles Gary Mabbutt Umbro Holsten
West Ham United Billy Bonds Steve Potts Pony Dagenham Motors
Wimbledon Joe Kinnear Vinnie Jones Ribero LBC

Manchester United's Premier League and FA Cup double

Manchester United led the 1993–94 Premier League for almost all of the season, eventually finishing as champions eight points ahead of runners-up Blackburn Rovers. They also won the FA Cup after beating Chelsea 4–0 in the final, thereby becoming only the fourth team to achieve this feat in the 20th century (after Tottenham in 1961, Arsenal in 1971 and Liverpool in 1986). Their lead of the Premier League stood at 11 points by the end of October and peaked at 16 points two months later, but a run of bad results in March was followed by defeat at Blackburn at the beginning of April, which meant that they now led the league merely on goal difference. A return to form then saw United seal the league title with two games still to play.

Norwich City, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Everton and Aston Villa were among the sides who showed promise early in the season before Manchester United established a runaway lead. Norwich reached the third round of the UEFA Cup after famously beating Bayern Munich in the second round, but their league form slumped after manager Mike Walker departed to Everton in January, and the Norfolk side finished 12th. Everton's brief lead of the league in the opening stages of the season was followed by a slump in form, and manager Howard Kendall stepped down at the beginning of December with the Toffees now in the bottom half of the table. They only narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the season. Aston Villa finished a disappointing 10th in the league, but won the Football League Cup for the fourth time.

Other top four clubs

Finishing runners-up in the Premier League were Blackburn Rovers. In third place came Newcastle United, whose 22-year-old striker Andy Cole was the Premier League's leading scorer with 34 goals in 40 games, with a total of 41 goals in all competitions. In fourth place came Arsenal, who achieved success in European competition with a 1–0 win over Parma in the Cup Winners' Cup final.

Relegated teams

Swindon Town managed just five league wins all season and were relegated in bottom place having conceded 100 league goals in 42 games. Oldham Athletic, who had avoided relegation on goal difference the previous season, were relegated on the final day of the season after failing to win at Norwich City. The final relegation place went to Sheffield United, who were relegated from the top flight after a 3–2 defeat at Chelsea, with the winning goal coming in injury time (a draw would have been enough to survive, and a loss would have still been enough had Everton not won their final match, 3-2 at home to Wimbledon after coming from 0-2 down).

Player and managerial awards

Managerial changes

Final league table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United 42 27 11 4 80 38 +42 92 1994–95 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Blackburn Rovers 42 25 9 8 63 36 +27 84 1994–95 UEFA Cup First round
3 Newcastle United 42 23 8 11 82 41 +41 77
4 Arsenal 42 18 17 7 53 28 +25 71 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round[lower-alpha 1]
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 1994–95 UEFA Cup First round[lower-alpha 2]
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 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round[lower-alpha 3]
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 Relegation to 1994–95 Football League First Division
21 Oldham Athletic (R) 42 9 13 20 42 68 26 40
22 Swindon Town (R) 42 5 15 22 47 100 53 30
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  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, as winners Manchester United qualified for the Champions League.

Results

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BLBCHECOVEVEIPSLEELIVMCIMUNNEWNWCOLDQPRSHUSHWSOUSWITOTWHUWDN
Arsenal 12 10 10 03 20 40 21 10 00 22 21 00 11 00 30 10 10 11 11 02 11
Aston Villa 12 01 10 00 00 01 10 21 00 12 02 00 12 41 10 22 02 50 10 31 01
Blackburn Rovers 11 10 20 21 20 00 21 20 20 20 10 23 10 11 00 11 20 31 10 02 30
Chelsea 02 11 12 12 42 11 11 10 00 10 10 12 01 20 32 11 20 20 43 20 20
Coventry City 10 01 21 11 21 10 02 10 40 01 21 21 11 01 00 11 11 11 10 11 12
Everton 11 01 03 42 00 00 11 20 10 01 02 15 21 03 42 02 10 62 01 01 32
Ipswich Town 15 12 10 10 02 02 00 12 22 12 11 21 00 13 32 14 10 11 22 11 00
Leeds United 21 20 33 41 10 30 00 20 32 02 11 04 10 11 21 22 00 30 20 10 40
Liverpool 00 21 01 21 10 21 10 20 21 33 02 01 21 32 12 20 42 22 12 20 11
Manchester City 00 30 02 22 11 10 21 11 11 23 21 11 11 30 00 13 11 21 02 00 01
Manchester United 10 31 11 01 00 10 00 00 10 20 11 22 32 21 30 50 20 42 21 30 31
Newcastle United 20 51 11 00 40 10 20 11 30 20 11 30 32 12 40 42 12 71 01 20 40
Norwich City 11 12 22 11 10 30 10 21 22 11 02 12 11 34 01 11 45 00 12 00 01
Oldham Athletic 00 11 12 21 33 01 03 11 03 00 25 13 21 41 11 00 21 21 02 12 11
Queens Park Rangers 11 22 10 11 51 21 30 04 13 11 23 12 22 20 21 12 21 13 11 00 10
Sheffield United 11 12 12 10 00 00 11 22 00 01 03 20 12 21 11 11 00 31 22 32 21
Sheffield Wednesday 01 00 12 31 00 51 50 33 31 11 23 01 33 30 31 31 20 33 10 50 22
Southampton 04 41 31 31 10 02 01 02 42 01 13 21 01 13 01 33 11 51 10 02 10
Swindon Town 04 12 13 13 31 11 22 05 05 13 22 22 33 01 10 00 01 21 21 11 24
Tottenham Hotspur 01 11 02 11 12 32 11 11 33 10 01 12 13 50 12 22 13 30 11 14 11
West Ham United 00 00 12 10 32 01 21 01 12 31 22 24 33 20 04 00 20 33 00 13 02
Wimbledon 03 22 41 11 12 11 02 10 11 10 10 42 31 30 11 20 21 10 30 21 12

Source:
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Total Goals: 1195
Average Goals per game: 2.58

Top goal scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Andy Cole Newcastle United 34
2 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 31
3 Matt Le Tissier Southampton 25
Chris Sutton Norwich City 25
5 Ian Wright Arsenal 23
6 Peter Beardsley Newcastle United 21
7 Mark Bright Sheffield Wednesday 19
8 Eric Cantona Manchester United 18
9 Dean Holdsworth Wimbledon 17
Rod Wallace Leeds United 17

Awards

Managers of the Month

MonthManager of the Month
August 1993 Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
September 1993 Joe Kinnear (Wimbledon)
October 1993 Mike Walker (Norwich City)
November 1993 Kevin Keegan (Newcastle United)
December 1993 Trevor Francis (Sheffield Wednesday)
January 1994 Kenny Dalglish (Blackburn Rovers)
February 1994 Joe Royle (Oldham Athletic)
March 1994 Joe Kinnear (Wimbledon)
April 1994 Joe Kinnear (Wimbledon)

See also

References and notes

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