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The 1993-1994 season was the 114th season of competitive football in England.



From the start of this season, the FA Premier League would be sponsored by Carling Breweries - an association which would last for eight years. The premier league was without a sponsor for the previous season.



Keane joins United in record breaking deal

Manchester United broke the English transfer record before the start of the season by paying relegated Nottingham Forest £3.75million for promising young midfielder Roy Keane. The 22-year-old Irishman was signed by Alex Ferguson as a long-term replacement for Bryan Robson, who at 36 was in the twilight of his illustrious Old Trafford career.

Taylor out, Venables in

Graham Taylor resigned as England manager after their failure to qualify for the World Cup. He was succeeded by Terry Venables, the former Tottenham manager. Taylor had already been branded a Turnip by the Sun newspaper, after England lost 2-1 to the Swedish team in 1992, with their headline "Swedes 2, Turnip 1".

Sir Matt Busby dies

Sir Matt Busby died on 20 January at the age of 84. He had been associated with Manchester United since being appointed manager at the end of the Second World War, and remained at the club as a director after calling time on his glorious managerial career in 1969.

United do the double

Manchester United won the Premiership title and F.A Cup to become only the fourth club this century to be league champions and F.A Cup winners in the same season. Only a 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa in the League Cup final prevented them from winning a unique treble of domestic trophies. They led the Premiership from the fourth game onwards and in the final table had an eight-point lead over second-placed Blackburn Rovers. French striker Eric Cantona scored 25 goals in all competitions and was voted PFA Player of the Year. Ryan Giggs, Lee Sharpe and Andrei Kanchelskis also hit the headlines with their brilliant form. In the F.A Cup final, United crushed Chelsea 4-0 thanks to two penalties from Eric Cantona and single goals from Mark Hughes and Brian McClair.

A sticky time for the Toffees

Howard Kendall resigned three years into his second spell as Everton manager and was replaced by Norwich City's Mike Walker. They looked set for relegation from the Premiership on the final day of the season as they were 2-0 down to Wimbledon - just seven years after they had been league champions - but turned the tables on their opponents to win 3-2 and beat the drop. Sheffield United went down instead.

Swindon's record breaking relegation

Swindon Town, in the top division for the first time, were relegated from the Premiership after collecting just five wins and conceding 100 goals in 42 games. Many fans pointed the finger of blame at the club's directors for giving the manager's job to the inexperienced John Gorman. Swindon were joined in the drop zone by Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic.

Robson quits Old Trafford

Bryan Robson left Manchester United after 13 years to become player-manager of Middlesbrough F.C. in place of Lennie Lawrence. Robson was impressed by the club's ambitions, which included plans for a new 30,000-seat stadium on the banks of the River Tees scheduled for completion in the summer of 1995. Robson brought in former Manchester United team-mate Viv Anderson as his assistant.

Huddersfield move into a new home

Huddersfield Town relocated from Leeds Road to the new Alfred McAlpine Stadium at Kirklees. Their new home was initially a two-sided 15,000-seat stadium, with plans for an eventual capacity of 25,000. It took its name from the world famous building company, with which it had a 10-year sponsorship deal.

Bungs scandal hits Tottenham hard

After the end of the season, Tottenham Hotspur were found guilty of financial irregularities dating back to the 1980s and hit with the most severe punishment handed down on any English club: a £600,000 fine, 12 league points deducted for the 1994-95 season, and a one-year ban from the F.A Cup. The points deduction and F.A Cup were eventually quashed after a series of appeals, although the fine was increased to £1.5million.

Northampton have a close shave

Northampton Town, who spent one season in the top division during the 1960s, finished bottom of Division Three but retained their league status because Conference champions Kidderminster Harriers were unable to meet the Football League's minimum stadium capacity requirements. This was the first time that there had been no exits or arrivals in the Football League since the re-election system was scrapped in 1986.

Famous debutants

15 September 1993: Darren Eadie, 18-year-old winger, makes his debut for Norwich City in their first ever European fixture - the UEFA Cup first round first leg clash with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

22 September 1993: Robbie Fowler, 18-year-old striker, makes his debut for Liverpool in their 3-1 win at Fulham in the Football League Cup second round first leg.

29 September 1993: Stephen Carr, 17-year-old Irish defender, makes his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League fixture against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

3 November 1993: Ade Akinbiyi, 19-year-old London-born striker of Nigerian descent, makes his debut as a substitute for Norwich City in their UEFA Cup second round second leg fixture with Bayern Munich at Carrow Road, which ends in a 1-1 draw.

4 May 1994: Michael Duberry, 17-year-old defender, played in Chelsea's final Premier League game of the season - a 2-1 home defeat by Coventry City.


Competition Winner
FA Cup Manchester United (8*)
League Cup Aston Villa (4*)
FA Premier League Manchester United (9/2*)
Football League First Division Crystal Palace
Football League Second Division Reading
Football League Third Division Shrewsbury

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour (First Division & Premier League). Number after slash is Premier League only. * indicates new record for competition

English national team

Date Opposition Venue Competition Result Score
8 September 1993 Poland Wembley World Cup Qualifier Won 3-0
13 October 1993 Netherlands Rotterdam World Cup Qualifier Lost 0-2
17 November 1993 San Marino Bologna World Cup Qualifier Won 7-1
9 March 1994 Denmark Wembley Friendly Won 1-0
17 May 1994 Greece Wembley Friendly Won 5-0
22 May 1994 Norway Wembley Friendly Drew 0-0

Even with the 7-1 victory over San Marino (in which Davide Gualtieri scores the fastest goal in World Cup history) England fail to qualify for the finals of the 1994 World Cup and manager Graham Taylor resigns within days of the defeat. Terry Venables is appointed as his replacement.

Qualifying Group Final Positions

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
Norway 10 7 2 1 25 5 16
Netherlands 10 6 3 1 29 9 15
England 10 5 3 2 26 9 13
Poland 10 3 2 5 10 15 8
Turkey 10 3 1 6 11 19 7
San Marino 10 0 1 9 2 46 1

League tables

FA Carling Premiership

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Man Utd 42 27 11 4 80 38 92
2. Blackburn 42 25 9 8 63 36 84
3. Newcastle 42 23 8 11 82 41 77
4. Arsenal 42 18 17 7 53 28 71
5. Leeds Utd 42 18 16 8 65 39 70
6. Wimbledon 42 18 11 13 56 53 65
7. Sheffield Wed 42 16 16 10 76 54 64
8. Liverpool 42 17 9 16 59 55 60
9. Q.P.R. 42 16 12 14 62 61 60
10. Aston Villa 42 15 12 15 46 50 57
11. Coventry 42 14 14 14 43 45 56
12. Norwich 42 12 17 13 65 61 53
13. West Ham 42 13 13 16 47 58 52
14. Chelsea 42 13 12 17 49 53 51
15. Tottenham 42 11 12 19 54 59 45
16. Man City 42 9 18 15 38 49 45
17. Everton 42 12 8 22 42 63 44
18. Southampton 42 12 7 23 49 66 43
19. Ipswich 42 9 16 17 35 58 43
20. Sheffield Utd 42 8 18 16 42 60 42
21. Oldham Ath 42 9 13 20 42 68 40
22. Swindon 42 5 15 22 47 100 30

Endsleigh League Division One

Alan Smith kicked off his management career by guiding Crystal Palace to the Division One title and regaining their Premiership place at first time of asking. Frank Clark began Nottingham Forest's post Brian Clough era by helping them finish second in Division One and achieve promotion back to the Premiership. They were joined by playoff winners Leicester City who beat unlucky John King's Tranmere Rovers then Derby County in the final witch they finally made Premiership after two successive playoff final defeats.

Oxford United's decline since losing their top flight status in 1988 continued as they slid into Division Two, along with Peterborough United (who had finished a strong 10th in the previous season, their first in the second tier) and Birmingham City.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Crystal Palace 46 27 9 10 73 46 90
2. Nottingham F 46 23 14 9 74 49 83
3. Millwall 46 19 17 10 58 49 74
4. Leicester 46 19 16 11 72 59 73
5. Tranmere 46 21 9 16 69 53 72
6. Derby 46 20 11 15 73 68 71
7. Notts C 46 20 8 18 65 69 68
8. Wolves 46 17 17 12 60 47 68
9. Middlesbrough 46 18 13 15 66 54 67
10. Stoke 46 18 13 15 57 59 67
11. Charlton 46 19 8 19 61 58 65
12. Sunderland 46 19 8 19 54 57 65
13. Bristol City 46 16 16 14 47 50 64
14. Bolton 46 15 14 17 63 64 59
15. Southend 46 17 8 21 63 67 59
16. Grimsby 46 13 20 13 52 47 59
17. Portsmouth 46 15 13 18 52 58 58
18. Barnsley 46 16 7 23 55 67 55
19. Watford 46 15 9 22 66 80 54
20. Luton 46 14 11 21 56 60 53
21. West Brom 46 13 12 21 60 69 51
22. Birmingham 46 13 12 21 52 69 51
23. Oxford 46 13 10 23 54 75 49
24. Peterborough 46 8 13 25 48 76 37

Endsleigh League Division Two

Mark McGhee won the Division Two championship for Reading after their first successful season in years. They were joined by John Rudge's Port Vale in second place. Burnley triumphed in the Division Two playoffs to come within one division of the top flight just seven years after they had almost gone down to the Conference.

Going down to Division Three were Fulham (who would be in the league's lowest tier for the first time in their history), Hartlepool United, Exeter City and Barnet.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Reading 46 26 11 9 81 44 89
2. Port Vale 46 26 10 10 79 46 88
3. Plymouth 46 25 10 11 88 56 85
4. Stockport 46 24 13 9 74 44 85
5. York City 46 21 12 13 64 40 75
6. Burnley 46 21 10 15 79 58 73
7. Bradford City 46 19 13 14 61 53 70
8. Bristol Rovers 46 20 10 16 60 59 70
9. Hull 46 18 14 14 62 54 68
10. Cambridge 46 19 9 18 79 73 66
11. Huddersfield 46 17 14 15 58 61 65
12. Wrexham 46 17 11 18 66 77 62
13. Swansea 46 16 12 18 56 58 60
14. Brighton 46 15 14 17 60 67 59
15. Rotherham 46 15 13 18 63 66 58
16. Brentford 46 13 19 14 57 55 58
17. Bournemouth 46 14 15 17 51 59 57
18. Leyton Orient 46 14 14 18 57 71 56
19. Cardiff 46 13 15 18 66 79 54
20. Blackpool 46 16 5 25 63 75 53
21. Fulham 46 14 10 22 50 63 52
22. Exeter 46 11 12 23 52 83 45
23. Hartlepool 46 9 9 28 41 87 36
24. Barnet 46 5 13 28 41 86 28

Endsleigh League Division Three

Shrewsbury Town, Chester City and Crewe Alexandra occupied the three promotion places in Division Three, while Martin O'Neill's Wycombe Wanderers won the playoffs in their first season of league football.

Northampton Town finished bottom of the league but were saved from demotion because Conference champions Kidderminster Harriers did not meet the league's stadium capacity requirements.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Shrewsbury 42 22 13 7 63 39 79
2. Chester 42 21 11 10 69 46 74
3. Crewe 42 21 10 11 80 61 73
4. Wycombe 42 19 13 10 67 53 70
5. Preston 42 18 13 11 79 60 67
6. Torquay 42 17 16 9 64 56 67
7. Carlisle 42 18 10 14 57 42 64
8. Chesterfield 42 16 14 12 55 48 62
9. Rochdale 42 16 12 14 63 51 60
10. Walsall 42 17 9 16 48 53 60
11. Scunthorpe 42 15 14 13 64 56 59
12. Mansfield 42 15 10 17 53 62 55
13. Bury 42 14 11 17 55 56 53
14. Scarborough 42 15 8 19 55 61 53
15. Doncaster 42 14 10 18 44 57 52
16. Gillingham 42 12 15 15 44 51 51
17. Colchester 42 13 10 19 56 71 49
18. Lincoln 42 12 11 19 52 63 47
19. Wigan 42 11 12 19 51 70 45
20. Hereford 42 12 6 24 60 79 42
21. Darlington 42 10 11 21 42 64 41
22. Northampton 42 9 11 22 44 66 38

Transfer deals

For subsequent transfer deals see 1994-95 in English football.

Successful players

Eric Cantona received the PFA Player of the Year award after his 25 goals in all competitions were the key force in Manchester United's double glory.

Alan Shearer was voted FWA Player of the Year after returning from injury to score 31 Premier League goals for runners-up Blackburn Rovers.

Andy Cole was voted PFA Young Player of the Year after finishing top scorer in the Premier League with 34 goals for newly promoted Newcastle United, who finished third and qualified for Europe for the first time since the 1970s.

Cole's veteran partner Peter Beardsley scored 25 league goals in his first season back on Tyneside.

Dean Saunders was once again a consistent goalscorer for Aston Villa, who dipped to 10th in the league a year after finishing runners-up, but booked themselves another UEFA Cup campaign thanks to glory in the League Cup.

21-year-old striker Chris Sutton attracted huge attention from England's top clubs before his record-breaking transfer from Norwich City to Blackburn Rovers.

Stan Collymore established himself as one of the country's top marksmen as he powered Nottingham Forest back into the Premier League at the first attempt.

Veteran Reading striker Jimmy Quinn scored 35 league goals to lead his side to the Division Two title.

Successful managers

Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest gained promotion to the Premiership in their first season under the respective management of Alan Smith and Frank Clark.

Brian Little finally got it right with Leicester City as he helped them win promotion to the Premiership.

Jimmy Mullen inspired Burnley's second promotion in two seasons as they won the Division Two playoffs.

Martin O'Neill helped Wycombe Wanderers gain their second successive promotion and earn a place in Division Two.

Notable debutants

26 September 1993: Stephen Carr, 17-year-old defender, makes his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Ipswich Town at Portman Road. [1]


21 January 1994: Mel Sterland, 32-year-old Leeds United defender, retires after failing to overcome an achilles injury suffered more than a year ago. [2]

2 May 1994: Frank Stapleton, 38-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester United striker, retires from playing after being dismissed as player-manager by Division Two club Bradford City. [3]

9 May 1994: Paul Elliott, 30-year-old Chelsea central defender, retires from playing 20 months after suffering a serious knee injury for which he is about to begin a legal challenge against Dean Saunders, the former Liverpool striker who collided with him when he was injured. [4]

31 May 1994: Kevin Moran, 38-year-old Blackburn Rovers central defender, announces his retirement as a player but will not retire completely until the end of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup campaign. [5]

Diary of the season

1 July 1993 - Barnsley appoint Sheffield Wednesday defender Viv Anderson as their player-manager to succeed Mel Machin.

5 July 1993 - Gordon Cowans begins his third spell at Aston Villa after joining them on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers, while Nottingham Forest pay £2million for 22-year-old Southend United striker Stan Collymore.

14 July 1993 - After Lee Chapman departs to Portsmouth on a free transfer, Leeds United replace him with record signing Brian Deane from Sheffield United for £2.9million, while England midfielder David Platt is transferred for the third year running when he leaves Juventus in a £5.2million move to Italian Serie A rivals Sampdoria.

16 July 1993 - Peter Beardsley returns to Newcastle United in a £1.4million move from Everton, six years after he left Tyneside for Liverpool.

17 July 1993 - The domestic transfer record is broken when Roy Keane signs for Manchester United from Nottingham Forest in a £3.75million deal.

20 July 1993 - For the first time in more than 40 years, the British transfer fee record is broken by a Scottish club rather than an English one, when Rangers sign Dundee United striker Duncan Ferguson for £4million.

26 July 1993 - Aston Villa sign Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend from Chelsea for £2.1million.

29 July 1993 - Former Manchester United, Everton and Wales winger Mickey Thomas, 39, is sentenced to 18 months in prison for producing and distributing forged banknotes. This comes just eight days after he was in court to see two men sent to prison for assaulting him. [6]

1 August 1993 - Guy Whittingham, whose 42 Division One goals weren't quite enough to get Portsmouth promoted to the Premier League last season, is transferred to Aston Villa for £1.2million.

4 August 1993 - John Smith, leader of the Labour Party, opens Millwall's New Den, a 20,000-seat stadium, which sees its first action in a friendly with Sporting Clube de Portugal that ends in a goalless draw. The stadium was first planned in 1990 in the wake of the Taylor Report and was initially going to have a capacity of 25,000-30,000, but these plans were downsized as Millwall could not meet the cost.

7 August 1993 - Frank Clark is named as manager of Nottingham Forest, replacing Brian Clough, who retired earlier in the summer after 18 years at the helm. His first task is to guide Forest back into the Premier League after last season's relegation.

12 August 1993 - Chelsea buy midfielder Gavin Peacock from Newcastle United for £1.2million, while Everton's longest-serving player Kevin Ratcliffe leaves Goodison Park after 15 years and joins Cardiff City on a free transfer.

17 August 1993 - Sheffield Wednesday pay a club record fee £2.7million for QPR midfielder Andy Sinton.

19 August 1993 - Tony Barton, who managed Aston Villa to European Cup glory in 1982, dies of a heart attack aged 56.

26 August 1993 - Peter Reid is sacked by Manchester City, who have lost three of their four opening FA Premier League games.

27 August 1993 - Brian Horton leaves Oxford United to become the new manager of Manchester City.

28 August 1993 - Manchester United go top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Southampton, and will not be headed all season.

31 August 1993 - The first month of the league season ends with defending champions Manchester United top of the Premier League with Liverpool, Arsenal, Norwich City and Ipswich Town completing the top five. Meanwhile, Swindon Town have gained just one point from their first-ever five top division games, and prop up the table. Completing the bottom three are Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday, who had been largely expected to compete near the top of the table this season. [7] The first month of the Division One campaign has seen Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic take a joint lead at the top of the table with 12 points. Nottingham Forest, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southend United and Crystal Palace occupy the playoff places.[1]

3 September 1993 - Paul Warhurst moves from Sheffield Wednesday to Blackburn Rovers in a £2.75million deal - the fifth highest fee between English clubs.

8 September 1993 - England put their World Cup qualification hopes back on track with a 3-0 win over Poland at Wembley.

15 September 1993 - Manchester United beat Honved of Hungary 3-2 away in their first European Cup fixture for 25 years.

16 September 1993 - After two months at Portsmouth, Lee Chapman returns to the Premier League with newly promoted West Ham United for £250,000.

17 September 1993 - Liverpool sign West Ham United defender Julian Dicks for £1.5million, with Mike Marsh and David Burrows going to Upton Park in exchange.

22 September 1993 - Mark Stein scores twice for Stoke City in their surprise 2-1 over Manchester United in the first leg of the Coca-Cola Cup second round at the Victoria Ground. South African born Stein, 27, is a target for several Premier League clubs.

25 September 1993 - Everton, fourth in the Premier League, suffer a 5-1 defeat at home to Norwich City in one of the most thrilling league games so far this season.

30 September 1993 - September draws to a close with Manchester United still top of the table, leading by three points over Arsenal. Aston Villa, Leeds United, Norwich City and Wimbledon are just some of the many other clubs currently in strong contention. Liverpool, meanwhile, have slumped to 13th place after a disappointing month, mounting the pressure upon Graeme Souness. Swindon are still bottom of the table and looking for their first-ever top division win after nine games, being level on points with a Southampton side who have lost eight of their first nine games, while Oldham Athletic have fallen into the relegation zone as well. [8] In the race to win promotion to the Premier League, Crystal Palace top Division One on goal difference ahead of Tranmere Rovers. The playoff zone is occupied by Leicester City, Charlton Athletic, Middlesbrough and Southend United. [9]

1 October 1993 - Former Manchester City player-manager Peter Reid signs a short-term playing contract with Southampton, while Everton striker Mo Johnson returns to his homeland after agreeing a contract with Hearts.

4 October 1993 - Jim Holton, who played for Manchester United at centre-half in the 1970s, dies from a heart attack at the wheel of his car. He was 42 years old.

7 October 1993 - Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan rules him out of the running to take over as England manager if Graham Taylor's reign is ended by failure to qualify for the World Cup.

13 October 1993 - England are left with little hope of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Holland in their penultimate qualifying game.

18 October 1993 - Lou Macari walks out on Stoke City to succeed Liam Brady as manager of Glasgow Celtic.

26 October 1993 - Blackburn Rovers pay Leeds United £2.75million for midfielder David Batty.

31 October 1993 - Manchester United end October as Premier League leaders with an 11-point margin over their nearest rivals Norwich City, Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa who are all bracketed together on points. Swindon are still bottom of the league and their winless run has now stretched to 13 games, while Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday are still in the relegation zone. Liverpool have improved after last season's wobbles to occupy seventh place. [10] Charlton Athletic are top of Division One, with Leicester City occupying second place. The playoff zone is occupied by Crystal Palace, Tranmere Rovers, Middlesbrough and Derby County. Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who both began the season in promotion form, have slipped into the bottom half of the table. [11]

3 November 1993 - Manchester United are eliminated from the European Cup on away goals by Turkish side Galatasaray, while Arsenal progress to the next stage of the European Cup Winners' Cup with a 7-0 away victory over Standard Liege of Belgium.

4 November 1993 - 34-year-old goalkeeper Dave Beasant joins Southampton from Chelsea in a £300,000 deal, while the national record fee for a goalkeeper (a record of which Beasant was once a holder) is broken when Tim Flowers exits The Dell from Blackburn Rovers.

5 November 1993 - Tim Flowers becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in England when he moves from Southampton to Blackburn Rovers for £2.4million.

17 November 1993 - England beat San Marino 7-1 in their final World Cup qualifying game, but fail to qualify for the finals because of Holland's victory over Norway.

24 November 1993 - Graham Taylor announces his resignation as England manager after being vilified by the media (notably The Sun newspaper, who branded him a "turnip") for failing to achieve qualification for the 1994 World Cup. On the same day, Swindon Town finally win a Premier League game at the 16th attempt in their first-ever top division campaign.

30 November 1993 - November draws to a close with Manchester United now leading by 14 points ahead of their nearest rivals Leeds United and Arsenal, while newly-promoted Newcastle United are starting to give the top five a run for their money. Swindon Town finally managed to win a league game at the 16th attempt, but are still bottom of the division with a mere nine points from their opening 17 games, while Oldham Athletic remain second from bottom and Chelsea have slipped into the relegation zone after Southampton climbed out of it on goal difference. [12] Charlton Athletic remain top of Division One, with Tranmere Rovers occupying second place. Southend United's resurgence in form has seen them rise to third place in the league, with the playoff zone being completed by Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Millwall. [13]

7 December 1993 - Lazio deny rumours that Paul Gascoigne is due to return to English football in a move to either Leeds United or Manchester United.

30 December 1993 - Lawrie McMenemy, Southampton manager from 1973 to 1985 and until last month assistant manager of the England team since 1990, returns to The Dell as Director of Football, working alongside under-fire manager Ian Branfoot.[2]

31 December 1993 - 1993 draws to a close with Manchester United still top of the table with a 14-point lead over nearest rivals Blackburn Rovers, who have a game in hand. Leeds United, Arsenal and Newcastle United complete the top five, while at the other end of the table Swindon Town remain bottom with Oldham Athletic and Chelsea now out of the relegation zone at the expense of Southampton and Sheffield United. [14] Crystal Palace are now leaders of Division One, with the other automatic promotion place currently being occupied by Tranmere Rovers. Charlton Athletic, Leicester City and Southend United completing the top six. Nottingham Forest are catching up with the leading pack and are now just one point and two places outside the playoff zone. [15]

8 January 1994 - The FA Cup third round sparks some major upsets. Bristol City hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw, while an identical scoreline occurs for Everton at Bolton Wanderers. Queens Park Rangers are defeated by Stockport County, but the big shock comes when Division One Birmingham City lose 2-1 at home to GM Vauxhall Conference leaders Kidderminster Harriers.

11 January 1994 - Ian Branfoot resigns after two and a half years as manager of Southampton, with former England manager Graham Taylor rumoured to be on the shortlist of possible successors. [16]

13 January 1994 - Alex Ferguson sells his son, midfielder Darren Ferguson, from Manchester United to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £250,000.

14 January 1994 - Mike Walker, the manager who took Norwich City to a club best of third place in the Premier League last season, departs Carrow Road to take over at Everton.

20 January 1994 - Legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby dies at the age of 84.

20 January 1994 - Alan Ball is appointed manager of Southampton, who pay £100,000 to release him from his contract as manager of Exeter City. [17]

28 January 1994 - Graeme Souness quits as Liverpool manager after their shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Bristol City. He is succeeded by long-serving coach Roy Evans. Neighbouring Everton are also reeling from a third round replay exit in the FA Cup at the hands of a much smaller club, in their case Bolton Wanderers.

29 January 1994 - Kidderminster Harriers claim another Football League scalp when they triumph 1-0 at home to Preston North End in the FA Cup fourth round. Other surprise results include Manchester City's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff City.

31 January 1994 - Manchester United finish January as leaders with a 16-point margin, though Blackburn Rovers in second place have three games in hand. Arsenal, Newcastle United and a resurgent Liverpool side undaunted by the FA Cup shock and change of manager complete the top five. Swindon Town remain bottom, while Oldham Athletic occupy the next lowest position, though Sheffield United have climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Manchester City. [18] In Division One, Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic lead the race for promotion to the Premier League. The playoff zone is occupied by Millwall, Leicester City, Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest. Wolverhampton Wanderers are on the comeback trail after a run of dismal form before Christmas, and are now just two points and two places outside the playoff zone. [19]

2 February 1994 - Newcastle United pay a club record £2.5million for Norwich City winger Ruel Fox.

9 February 1994 - The FA Cup fourth round replays witness some of the most surprising results ever seen in the competition. Holders Arsenal lose 3-1 at home to Division One underdogs Bolton Wanderers. Leeds United, chasing a UEFA Cup place in the Premier League, lose 3-2 at home to an Oxford United side who are battling against relegation to Division Two. Newcastle United, another team in the race for a European place, lose 2-0 at another Division One struggling side - Luton Town. This means that a mere seven of the 16 clubs in the FA Cup fifth round will be Premier League members. [20]

16 February 1994 - Tranmere Rovers, who have never played in an FA Cup or Football League Cup final, move closer to their Wembley dream with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.

19 February 1994 - Aston Villa's hopes of achieving a cup double are ended when they are beaten 1-0 by Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park in the FA Cup fifth round. Kidderminster Harriers, among the few non-league teams ever to reach this stage of the competition, have dream ended in a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United.

28 February 1994 - February draws to a close with Manchester United still top, though with their lead now cut to seven points, and they have a game in hand over second-placed Blackburn Rovers. Arsenal, Newcastle United and Liverpool complete an unchanged top five at this month end. At the other end of the table, Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town prop up the rest of the Premier League while Manchester City have climbed out of the bottom three at the expense of Sheffield United. [21] Crystal Palace remain top of Division One, with Charlton Athletic second in the table. The playoff zone is occupied by Leicester City, Derby County, Millwall and a Stoke City side who have prospered under new manager Joe Jordan since the departure of Lou Macari to Celtic in October and mounted a serious challenge for a second successive promotion. [22]

2 March 1994 - Manchester City sign German striker Uwe Rosler from Dynamo Dresden for £750,000.

7 March 1994 - New England manager Terry Venables announces that David Platt, who currently plays for Sampdoria of Italy, will be the captain of the national team.

9 March 1994 - England beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley in their first game under Terry Venables.

10 March 1994 - Division One leaders Crystal Palace prepare for their inevitable return to the Premier League with a £1.1million move for Watford striker Bruce Dyer.

24 March 1994 - Manchester City sign Everton winger Peter Beagrie for £1.1million. He is succeeded at Goodison Park by Arsenal's Anders Limpar for £1.6million.

27 March 1994 - Manchester United's bid for a unique domestic treble ends when they lost 3-1 to Aston Villa in the Football League Cup final.

31 March 1994 - Manchester United's treble bid may be over, but they finish March as Premier League leaders by a six-point margin over second-placed Blackburn Rovers. They are also in the FA Cup semi finals. Newcastle United, Arsenal and Leeds United complete the top five. Oldham Athletic, who will soon be competing in the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United, are starting to look set for Premier League survival as they have climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Southampton, while Sheffield United and Swindon Town remain there. [23] In Division One, Crystal Palace continue to head the table and have been joined in the automatic promotion places by a Nottingham Forest side who weren't even in the playoff zone a month ago. Leicester City, Millwall, Derby County and Tranmere Rovers occupy the playoff zone. [24]

3 April 1994 - Blackburn Rovers draw level on points with leaders Manchester United after beating them 2-0 at Ewood Park, three months after United had established a 16-point lead.

9 April 1994 - Chelsea beat Luton Town 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final to reach their first FA Cup final since 1970.

10 April 1994 - A late equaliser by Mark Hughes forces a replay for Manchester United as they draw 1-1 with Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final, on the same day that Eric Cantona (suspended for today's game) is voted PFA Player of the Year - the first foreign player to receive this accolade.

13 April 1994 - Manchester United beat Oldham Athletic 4-1 in the FA Cup semi-final replay at Maine Road.

30 April 1994 - April draws to a close with Manchester United still top of the league, though leading by just two points with a game in hand over Blackburn Rovers, the only team who now stand a mathematical chance of catching them. Newcastle United, Arsenal and Leeds United complete the top five, which a resurgent Wimbledon would now be in had it not been for their weaker form earlier on in the season. Swindon Town, meanwhile, have had their relegation confirmed as they occupy bottom place with a mere 27 points and just four wins so far this season. Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United complete the bottom three, while Southampton, Everton, Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are still under threat of relegation. [25] Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest will be playing Premier League football next season after sealing promotion from Division One, a year after relegation. The playoff zone is occupied by Tranmere Rovers, Leicester City, Derby County and Millwall, but there is still a chance of Notts County or Wolverhampton Wanderers ousting Millwall from the playoff places.

2 May 1994 - Manchester United complete a back-to-back FA Premier League title triumph after their nearest rivals Blackburn Rovers lost 2-1 to Coventry City in their penultimate game of the season. United won 2-1 at relegation-threatened Ipswich Town

4 May 1994- Arsenal win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup by beating Parma 1-0. The only goal comes from Alan Smith, who has missed most of this season due to injuries.

8 May 1994 - Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic join Swindon Town in the Premier League relegation zone, while Everton (league champions just seven years ago) pull off a remarkable escape by beating Wimbledon 3-2 after being 2-0 down. Sheffield United only needed a point to stay up at the expense of Ipswich Town, but a last-minute goal from Mark Stein gave Chelsea a 3-2 win.

14 May 1994 - Manchester United complete the 'double' by beating Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup final.

20 May 1994 - QPR give a free transfer to 37-year-old midfielder Ray Wilkins, the veteran midfielder who played 84 times for England between 1978 and 1986.

24 May 1994 - Matt Le Tissier, who has been linked with a move to several big clubs including Manchester United, signs a new contract to stay at Southampton until at least 1997.

26 May 1994 - Ray Wilkins, 38, leaves Queen's Park Rangers to become player-coach of newly promoted Crystal Palace.

10 June 1994 - Bobby Charlton, record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, receives a knighthood.

14 June 1994 - Tottenham Hotspur are found guilty of financial irregularities and receive the heaviest punishment ever imposed on an English club. The Football Association fines Tottenham £600,000, bans them from the 1994-95 FA Cup, and deducts them 12 league points from the start of next season.

22 June 1994 - West Ham United sign Oxford United winger Joey Beauchamp for £1million.


  • 20 August 1993 – Tony Barton, 56, was manager of Aston Villa when they won the European Cup in 1982. Had taken over from Ron Saunders earlier during the 1981-82 season. He remained in charge for two more seasons at Villa Park and later in his career he managed Northampton Town as well as being assistant manager of Portsmouth and finally Southampton before retiring from football in 1991.
  • 9 December 1993 – Danny Blanchflower, 67, was centre-half and captain of Tottenham Hotspur when they won the double in 1961, F.A Cup in 1962 and Cup Winners Cup in 1963. He retired through injury in 1964. During the late 1970s he managed Chelsea but was unable to sustain himself as a successful football manager, although he did make a successful living.
  • 20 January 1994 – Sir Matt Busby, 84, won F.A Cup as player with Manchester City in 1934. Became one of the most famous names in world football when manager of Manchester United from 1945 to 1969. Built three great teams. The first great team made its name in the postwar years with an F.A Cup victory and a league title. Busby replaced the ageing members of this teams with exciting young players who were known as the 'Busby Babes'. They won two straight league titles before eight players died and two had their careers ended by the Munich Air Disaster in 1958. Busby himself was gravely injured but made a full recovery against all the odds. He then built a third great team for the 1960s which won an F.A Cup and two league titles before reaching its pinnacle with the European Cup in 1968. He retired a year later but remained as a director and later as president until his death, which marked the end of his association with the club which had lasted 49 years.
  • 21 January 1994 – Tony Waddington, 68, was manager of Stoke City from 1960 to 1977 and guided them to League Cup glory in 1972 - still their only major trophy to date.



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