1993–94 FA Premier League
2nd Premier League title
9th English title
|Champions League||Manchester United|
|Cup Winners' Cup||
|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)
Norwich City 4–5 Southampton|
(9 April 1994)
|Longest winning run||
|Longest unbeaten run||
|Longest winless run||
|Longest losing run||
Aston Villa v Liverpool
(7 May 1994)
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
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. 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.
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
(as of 8 May 1994)
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.
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
- PFA Players' Player of the Year was Eric Cantona, who scored 25 goals in all competitions that season.
- PFA Young Player of the Year was Andy Cole, the leading Premier League goal scorer for the 1993–94 season.
- Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year was Alan Shearer, second highest Premier League goal scorer for the 1993–94 season.
- Alex Ferguson was the first recipient of the FA Premier League Manager of the Year.
- Chelsea's new manager for the 1993–94 season was former Swindon Town manager Glenn Hoddle, who was replaced at Swindon by former assistant John Gorman.
- Coventry City manager Bobby Gould resigned in December and was succeeded by Phil Neal, who had already managed Bolton Wanderers and assisted Graham Taylor in the England team.
- Everton manager Howard Kendall resigned in December, marking the end of his second spell as manager, and was replaced by Norwich City's Mike Walker.
- Ipswich Town manager John Lyall moved up to the role of Director of Football prior to the start of the season, with Mick McGiven taking over the manager's duties. With the club deep in relegation trouble however, McGiven was demoted back to being assistant manager in February, and Lyall was reinstated as manager.
- Liverpool sacked Graeme Souness in January and named long-serving coach Roy Evans as their new manager.
- Manchester City sacked Peter Reid four games into the season and replaced him with Oxford United manager Brian Horton.
- Norwich City appointed assistant John Deehan as Mike Walker's successor after their manager moved to Everton.
- Southampton sacked Ian Branfoot in January and replaced him with Exeter City's Alan Ball.
- Tottenham Hotspur chairman Alan Sugar dismissed chief executive Terry Venables and head coaches Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence and named West Bromwich Albion's Osvaldo Ardiles as their new manager.
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|
|4||Arsenal||42||18||17||7||53||28||+25||71||1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BLB||CHE||COV||EVE||IPS||LEE||LIV||MCI||MUN||NEW||NWC||OLD||QPR||SHU||SHW||SOU||SWI||TOT||WHU||WDN|
|Queens Park Rangers||1–1||2–2||1–0||1–1||5–1||2–1||3–0||0–4||1–3||1–1||2–3||1–2||2–2||2–0||2–1||1–2||2–1||1–3||1–1||0–0||1–0|
|West Ham United||0–0||0–0||1–2||1–0||3–2||0–1||2–1||0–1||1–2||3–1||2–2||2–4||3–3||2–0||0–4||0–0||2–0||3–3||0–0||1–3||0–2|
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
|Average Goals per game:||2.58|
Top goal scorers
|1||Andy Cole||Newcastle United||34|
|2||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers||31|
|3||Matt Le Tissier||Southampton||25|
|Chris Sutton||Norwich City||25|
|6||Peter Beardsley||Newcastle United||21|
|7||Mark Bright||Sheffield Wednesday||19|
|8||Eric Cantona||Manchester United||18|
|Rod Wallace||Leeds United||17|
Managers of the Month
|Month||Manager 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)|
References and notes
- "English Premier League 1993–94". statto.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Match Report". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- Football Statistics Archive
- 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