|Dates||15 August 1992 – 11 May 1993|
|Champions|| Manchester United |
1st Premier League title
8th English title
|Relegated|| Crystal Palace |
|Champions League||Manchester United|
|Cup Winners' Cup||Arsenal|
|UEFA Cup|| Aston Villa |
|Top goalscorer||Teddy Sheringham (22)|
|Biggest home win|| Blackburn Rovers 7–1 Norwich City |
(3 October 1992)
Sheffield United 6–0 Tottenham Hotspur
(2 March 1993)
|Biggest away win|| Manchester United 0–3 Everton |
(19 August 1992)
Sheffield Wednesday 0–3 Manchester City
(5 September 1992)
Leeds United 1–4 Nottingham Forest
(5 December 1992)
Blackburn Rovers 2–5 Coventry City
(26 January 1993)
Nottingham Forest 0–3 Norwich City
(17 March 1993)
Queens Park Rangers 0–3 Blackburn Rovers
(24 March 1993)
Manchester City 2–5 Everton
(8 May 1993)
|Highest scoring|| Oldham Athletic 5–3 Nottingham Forest |
(22 August 1992)
Blackburn Rovers 7–1 Norwich City
(3 October 1992)
Oldham Athletic 6–2 Wimbledon
(3 April 1993)
Everton 3–5 Queens Park Rangers
(12 April 1993)
Liverpool 6–2 Tottenham Hotspur
(8 May 1993)
|Longest winning run||7 games |
|Longest unbeaten run||11 games |
|Longest winless run||13 games |
|Longest losing run||6 games |
Liverpool v Everton
(20 March 1993)
Wimbledon v Everton
(26 January 1993)
The 1992–93 FA Premier League was the inaugural season of the Premier League, the top division of English football. The season began on 15 August 1992 and ended on 11 May 1993. The league was made up of the 22 clubs that broke away from The Football League at the end of the 1991–92 season. The new league was backed up by a five-year, £305 million deal with Sky to televise Premier League matches. In concept, the Premier League was identical to the old First Division of the Football League, which was now reduced to three divisions.
In May 1992, the breakaway league signed a broadcasting rights contract with Sky and the BBC valued at £304 million, the largest such agreement in the history of British sport. The league's executive committee was unable, however, to secure title sponsorship for the new competition after eight clubs blocked a proposed £13 million deal with brewers Bass. Nonetheless, clubs began to utilise their dramatically increased wealth to fund a series of high-profile transfers.
Although the idea of a super league had been mentioned by football's governing bodies and evaluated by the media since the mid 1980s, plans for a new Premier League of 22 clubs were first unveiled by the Football Association in October 1990, and included in the Football Association's Blueprint for the Future of Football, published in June 1991.The majority of First Division clubs, particularly long-established top clubs including Arsenal and Manchester United, were in favour of a breakaway from the Football League, although Football League president Bill Fox criticised the planned Premier League as an attempt by the Football Association to "hijack" the First Division.
Shortly before the season began, newly promoted Blackburn Rovers signed Southampton's 21-year-old England international striker Alan Shearer for a new British record fee variously reported as £3.3 million, £3.4 million, or £3.6 million. Several other players moved for fees of £2 million or more, including Arsenal's David Rocastle, who joined Leeds United, Dean Saunders, who moved from Liverpool to Aston Villa, and Teddy Sheringham, who left Nottingham Forest for Tottenham Hotspur.
The structure of the new league was identical to that of the previous season's Football League First Division, comprising 22 teams, with each playing the other 21 twice for a total of 42 matches. Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough had been promoted from the old Second Division as champions and runners-up respectively, and Blackburn Rovers took the third promotion place after winning the 1991–92 Second Division playoff.
The first Premier League title went to Manchester United, the club's first title for 26 years. Their title was achieved with a 10-point lead over runners-up Aston Villa. Norwich City led the table for much of the season, but their challenge faded in the final weeks of the season and were out of contention three games before the season was over after they lost 3–1 to Ipswich Town. Norwich did however finish in third place, achieving European qualification in Mike Walker's debut season as manager. Blackburn, in the top division for the first time in almost 30 years, finished in fourth place, also taking the lead of the league early in the season but suffering a shortage of goals after 16-goal Alan Shearer was injured just after Christmas. The title race after Christmas was largely between the clubs who finished in the top four after early challenges from the likes of Arsenal, Coventry City, and QPR were not sustained.
Nottingham Forest's league form had suffered through the sale of key players like Des Walker and Teddy Sheringham, and they were bottom of the Premier League for much of the 1992–93 season. Their relegation was confirmed in early May when they lost to Sheffield United, and manager Brian Clough announced his retirement after 18 years as manager, which had yielded one league title, two European Cups and four League Cups. Next to go were newly promoted Middlesbrough, who fell from mid-table at Christmas to go down in second from bottom place. Last to go down were Crystal Palace, who failed to win their final game of the season which would have instead consigned Oldham Athletic to the final relegation place - Oldham's survival was secured with a thrilling 4–3 win over Southampton.
Title holders Leeds United finished 17th, which became one of the worst-ever title defences in the English top flight and the lowest any top tier champions have so far finished in the Premier League. Leeds failed to win an away game in the league.
The top scorer in the new Premier League was Teddy Sheringham, who found the net for Nottingham Forest in their opening game of the season before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur, scoring a further 21 goals for the North London side in the league. PFA Player of the Year was Paul McGrath of Aston Villa. FWA Player of the Year was Chris Waddle, who helped Sheffield Wednesday achieve runners-up spot in both of the cups after ending his three-year spell in France. PFA Young Player of the Year was Ryan Giggs, who won the award for the second year running, and also picked up a league title medal with Manchester United.
Twenty-two teams competed in the league – the top nineteen teams from the First Division and the three teams promoted from the Second Division. The promoted teams were Ipswich Town, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers, returning to the top flight after an absence of six, three and twenty-six years respectively. They replaced Luton Town, Notts County and West Ham United, ending Luton Town's ten-year spell in the top flight, whilst both Notts County and West Ham United were relegated after only one year in the top flight.
|Arsenal||London (Highbury)||Arsenal Stadium||38,419|
|Aston Villa||Birmingham||Villa Park||39,399|
|Blackburn Rovers||Blackburn||Ewood Park||31,367|
|Chelsea||London (Fulham)||Stamford Bridge||36,000|
|Coventry City||Coventry||Highfield Road||23,489|
|Crystal Palace||London (Selhurst)||Selhurst Park||26,309|
|Everton||Liverpool (Walton)||Goodison Park||40,157|
|Ipswich Town||Ipswich||Portman Road||30,300|
|Leeds United||Leeds||Elland Road||40,204|
|Manchester City||Manchester||Maine Road||35,150|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||Old Trafford||55,314|
|Norwich City||Norwich||Carrow Road||27,010|
|Nottingham Forest||West Bridgford||City Ground||30,539|
|Oldham Athletic||Oldham||Boundary Park||13,512|
|Queens Park Rangers||London (Shepherd's Bush)||Loftus Road||18,439|
|Sheffield United||Sheffield (Highfield)||Bramall Lane||32,702|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Sheffield (Owlerton)||Hillsborough Stadium||39,859|
|Tottenham Hotspur||London (Tottenham)||White Hart Lane||36,230|
|Wimbledon||London (Wimbledon)||Selhurst Park||26,309|
(as of 9 May 1993)
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Arsenal||George Graham||Tony Adams||Adidas||JVC|
|Aston Villa||Ron Atkinson||Kevin Richardson||Umbro||Mita Copiers|
|Blackburn Rovers||Kenny Dalglish||Tim Sherwood||Asics||McEwan's Lager|
|Chelsea||David Webb (caretaker)||Andy Townsend||Umbro||Commodore International|
|Coventry City||Bobby Gould||Brian Borrows||Ribero||Peugeot|
|Crystal Palace||Steve Coppell||Geoff Thomas|| Bukta (until December)|
Ribero (from December)
|Tulip Computers NV|
|Everton||Howard Kendall||Dave Watson||Umbro||NEC|
|Ipswich Town||John Lyall||John Wark||Umbro||Fisons|
|Leeds United||Howard Wilkinson||Gordon Strachan||Admiral||Admiral|
|Liverpool||Graeme Souness||Mark Wright||Adidas||Carlsberg|
|Manchester City||Peter Reid||Terry Phelan||Umbro||Brother Industries|
|Manchester United||Alex Ferguson||Bryan Robson||Umbro||Sharp|
|Middlesbrough||Lennie Lawrence||Alan Kernaghan||Admiral||Imperial Chemical Industries|
|Norwich City||Mike Walker||Ian Butterworth||Ribero||Norwich and Peterborough|
|Nottingham Forest||Brian Clough||Stuart Pearce||Umbro||Shipstones (home), Labatts (away)|
|Oldham Athletic||Joe Royle||Mike Milligan||Umbro||JD Sports|
|Queens Park Rangers||Gerry Francis||Alan McDonald||Brooks Running||Classic FM|
|Sheffield United||Dave Bassett||Brian Gayle||Umbro||Laver|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Trevor Francis||Nigel Pearson||Umbro||Sanderson|
|Southampton||Ian Branfoot||Matt Le Tissier||Admiral||Draper Tools|
|Tottenham Hotspur|| Doug Livermore |
|Wimbledon||Joe Kinnear||John Scales||Admiral||No sponsor|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Norwich City||David Williams||End of caretaker spell||1 May 1992||Pre-season||Mike Walker||1 June 1992|
|Coventry City||Don Howe||14 May 1992||Bobby Gould||6 June 1992|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Peter Shreeves||Sacked||19 May 1992|| Doug Livermore |
|19 May 1992|
|Chelsea||Ian Porterfield||15 February 1993||12th||David Webb||15 February 1993|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Manchester United (C)||42||24||12||6||67||31||+36||84||Qualification for the Champions League first round|
|2||Aston Villa||42||21||11||10||57||40||+17||74||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|5||Queens Park Rangers||42||17||12||13||63||55||+8||63|
|10||Arsenal||42||15||11||16||40||38||+2||56||Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round|
|20||Crystal Palace (R)||42||11||16||15||48||61||−13||49||Relegation to the Football League First Division|
|22||Nottingham Forest (R)||42||10||10||22||41||62||−21||40|
The top goalscorer in the Premier League's inaugural season was Teddy Sheringham, who scored one goal for Nottingham Forest before his early-season transfer followed by 21 for Tottenham Hotspur for a total of 22.Alan Shearer had scored 16 goals by Christmas before suffering a season-ending injury.
|1||Teddy Sheringham||Nottingham Forest|
|2||Les Ferdinand||Queens Park Rangers||20|
|4||Micky Quinn||Coventry City||17|
|5||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers||16|
|David White||Manchester City|
|7||Chris Armstrong||Crystal Palace||15|
|Eric Cantona||Leeds United|
|Brian Deane||Sheffield United|
|Mark Hughes||Manchester United|
|Matt Le Tissier||Southampton|
|Mark Robins||Norwich City|
|Eric Cantona||Leeds United||Tottenham Hotspur||5–0 (H)||25 August 1992|
|Mark Robins||Norwich City||Oldham Athletic||3–2 (A)||8 November 1992|
|John Hendrie||Middlesbrough||Blackburn Rovers||3–2 (H)||5 December 1992|
|Andy Sinton||Queens Park Rangers||Everton||4–2 (H)||28 December 1992|
|Brian Deane||Sheffield United||Ipswich Town||3–0 (H)||17 January 1993|
|Teddy Sheringham||Tottenham Hotspur||Leeds United||4–0 (H)||22 February 1993|
|Gordon Strachan||Leeds United||Blackburn Rovers||5–2 (H)||10 April 1993|
|Les Ferdinand||Queens Park Rangers||Nottingham Forest||4–3 (H)||10 April 1993|
|Chris Bart-Williams||Sheffield Wednesday||Southampton||5–2 (H)||12 April 1993|
|Les Ferdinand||Queens Park Rangers||Everton||5–3 (A)||12 April 1993|
|Chris Sutton||Norwich City||Leeds United||4–2 (H)||14 April 1993|
|Mark Walters||Liverpool||Coventry City||4–0 (H)||17 April 1993|
|Rod Wallace||Leeds United||Coventry City||3–3 (A)||8 May 1993|
|Matt Le Tissier||Southampton||Oldham Athletic||3–4 (A)||8 May 1993|
|1||Eric Cantona||Leeds United|
|2||Darren Anderton||Tottenham Hotspur||11|
|Matt Le Tissier||Southampton|
|Niall Quinn||Manchester City|
|5||Brian Deane||Sheffield United||10|
|Jason Wilcox||Blackburn Rovers|
|7||Jason Dozzell||Ipswich Town||9|
|Rick Holden||Manchester City|
|Lee Sharpe||Manchester United|
|Teddy Sheringham||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Andy Sinton||Queens Park Rangers|
|Ian Woan||Nottingham Forest|
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The Football Writers' Association (the FWA) chose Chris Waddle as its Footballer of the Year.Waddle, who made his return to English football with Sheffield Wednesday after three years in France with Olympique Marseille, became the first Wednesday player to win the award in its 45-year history. McGrath and Giggs finished in second and joint third place respectively in the writers' poll.
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