1992–93 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
Season 1992-93
Dates15 August 1992 – 11 May 1993
Champions Manchester United
1st Premier League title
8th English title
Relegated Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest
Champions League Manchester United
Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal
UEFA Cup Aston Villa
Norwich City
Goals scored1,222
Average goals/game2.65
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 run7 games [1]
Manchester United
Sheffield Wednesday
Longest unbeaten run11 games [1]
Manchester United
Longest winless run13 games [1]
Ipswich Town
Longest losing run6 games [1]
Nottingham Forest
Highest attendance44,619
Liverpool v Everton
(20 March 1993)
Lowest attendance3,039
Wimbledon v Everton
(26 January 1993)
1993–94

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.

Contents

Overview

Background

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. [2] 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. [3] Nonetheless, clubs began to utilise their dramatically increased wealth to fund a series of high-profile transfers. [4]

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. [5] 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, [6] £3.4 million, [7] or £3.6 million. [8] Several other players moved for fees of £2 million or more, including Arsenal's David Rocastle, who joined Leeds United, [9] Dean Saunders, who moved from Liverpool to Aston Villa, [10] and Teddy Sheringham, who left Nottingham Forest for Tottenham Hotspur. [11]

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. [12]

Season summary

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. [13]

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. [14]

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.

Teams

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.

Stadiums and locations

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Greater London Premier League football clubs
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Greater Manchester Premier League football clubs
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
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
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 42,730
Manchester City Manchester Maine Road 35,150
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 55,314
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Ayresome Park 26,667
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
Southampton Southampton The Dell 15,200
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,230
Wimbledon London (Wimbledon) Selhurst Park [lower-alpha 1] 26,309
  1. Due to Wimbledon lacking a home stadium, they played their home games at Selhurst Park, which is the home stadium of Crystal Palace.

Personnel and kits

(as of 9 May 1993)

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of Scotland.svg George Graham Flag of England.svg Tony Adams Adidas JVC
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson Flag of England.svg Kevin Richardson Umbro Mita Copiers
Blackburn Rovers Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood Asics McEwan's Lager
Chelsea Flag of England.svg David Webb (caretaker) Flag of Ireland.svg Andy Townsend Umbro Commodore International
Coventry City Flag of England.svg Bobby Gould Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Ribero Peugeot
Crystal Palace Flag of England.svg Steve Coppell Flag of England.svg Geoff Thomas Bukta (until December)
Ribero (from December)
Tulip Computers NV
Everton Flag of England.svg Howard Kendall Flag of England.svg Dave Watson Umbro NEC
Ipswich Town Flag of England.svg John Lyall Flag of Scotland.svg John Wark Umbro Fisons
Leeds United Flag of England.svg Howard Wilkinson Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan Admiral Admiral
Liverpool Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Souness Flag of England.svg Mark Wright Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City Flag of England.svg Peter Reid Flag of Ireland.svg Terry Phelan Umbro Brother Industries
Manchester United Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson Flag of England.svg Bryan Robson Umbro Sharp
Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Lennie Lawrence Flag of Ireland.svg Alan Kernaghan Admiral Imperial Chemical Industries
Norwich City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mike Walker Flag of England.svg Ian Butterworth Ribero Norwich and Peterborough
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Brian Clough Flag of England.svg Stuart Pearce Umbro Shipstones (home), Labatts (away)
Oldham Athletic Flag of England.svg Joe Royle Flag of Ireland.svg Mike Milligan Umbro JD Sports
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Gerry Francis Ulster Banner.svg Alan McDonald Brooks Running Classic FM
Sheffield United Flag of England.svg Dave Bassett Flag of England.svg Brian Gayle Umbro Laver
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Trevor Francis Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson UmbroSanderson
Southampton Flag of England.svg Ian Branfoot Flag of England.svg Matt Le Tissier AdmiralDraper Tools
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Doug Livermore
Flag of England.svg Ray Clemence
Flag of England.svg Gary Mabbutt Umbro Holsten
Wimbledon Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kinnear Flag of England.svg John Scales AdmiralNo sponsor

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Norwich City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg David Williams End of caretaker spell1 May 1992Pre-season Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mike Walker 1 June 1992
Coventry City Flag of England.svg Don Howe 14 May 1992 Flag of England.svg Bobby Gould 6 June 1992
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Peter Shreeves Sacked19 May 1992 Flag of England.svg Doug Livermore
Flag of England.svg Ray Clemence
19 May 1992
Chelsea Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Porterfield 15 February 199312th Flag of England.svg David Webb 15 February 1993

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C)42241266731+3684Qualification for the Champions League first round
2 Aston Villa 422111105740+1774Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 1]
3 Norwich City 42219126165472
4 Blackburn Rovers 422011116846+2271
5 Queens Park Rangers 421712136355+863
6 Liverpool 421611156255+759
7 Sheffield Wednesday 421514135551+459
8 Tottenham Hotspur 421611156066659
9 Manchester City 421512155651+557
10 Arsenal 421511164038+256Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round [lower-alpha 2]
11 Chelsea 421414145154356
12 Wimbledon 421412165655+154
13 Everton 42158195355253
14 Sheffield United 421410185453+152
15 Coventry City 421313165257552
16 Ipswich Town 421216145055552
17 Leeds United 421215155762551
18 Southampton 421311185461750
19 Oldham Athletic 4213101963741149
20 Crystal Palace (R)4211161548611349Relegation to the Football League First Division
21 Middlesbrough (R)4211112054752144
22 Nottingham Forest (R)4210102241622140
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Since League Cup winners Arsenal had qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners Cup by also winning the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup berth for the League Cup reverted to the league and was awarded to Norwich City. England was considered for an extra slot for the UEFA Cup after the 1993 Polish football scandal, but another one was given to Scotland, and it was thought excessive to give both two slots to Great Britain, and the extra place was awarded to Hungary.
  2. Arsenal qualified by winning the FA Cup and therefore did not take up their UEFA Cup spot for winning the League Cup, which reverted to the league.

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BLB CHE COV CRY EVE IPS LEE LIV MCI MUN MID NOR NFO OLD QPR SHU SHW SOU TOT WIM
Arsenal 0–10–1 2–1 3–03–02–00–00–00–11–0 0–1 1–12–41–12–00–01–12–14–3 1–3 0–1
Aston Villa 1–00–01–30–03–02–12–01–14–23–11–05–12–32–10–12–03–12–01–10–01–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–03–02–02–51–22–32–13–14–11–00–01–17–14–12–01–01–01–00–00–20–0
Chelsea 1–0 0–10–02–13–12–12–1 1–0 0–02–41–14–02–30–01–1 1–0 1–20–21–1 1–1 4–2
Coventry City 0–23–00–21–22–20–12–23–35–12–30–12–11–10–13–00–11–31–02–01–00–2
Crystal Palace 1–21–03–31–10–00–23–11–01–10–00–24–11–21–12–21–12–01–11–21–3 2–0
Everton 0–01–02–10–11–10–23–02–0 2–1 1–3 0–2 2–20–13–02–23–50–21–12–11–20–0
Ipswich Town 1–21–12–11–10–02–21–04–22–23–12–10–1 3–1 2–11–21–10–00–10–01–12–1
Leeds United 3–01–15–2 1–1 2–20–02–01–02–21–0 0–0 3–00–01–42–01–13–13–12–15–02–1
Liverpool 0–21–22–12–14–05–0 1–0 0–02–0 1–1 1–2 4–14–10–01–01–02–11–01–16–22–3
Manchester City 0–11–13–20–11–00–02–53–14–0 1–1 1–1 0–13–12–23–31–12–01–21–00–11–1
Manchester United 0–0 1–13–13–05–01–00–31–12–0 2–2 2–1 3–01–02–03–00–02–12–12–14–10–1
Middlesbrough 1–02–33–20–00–20–11–22–24–11–22–01–13–31–22–30–12–01–12–13–02–0
Norwich City 1–11–00–02–11–14–21–1 0–2 4–21–02–11–31–13–11–02–12–11–01–00–02–1
Nottingham Forest 0–10–11–33–01–11–10–10–11–11–00–20–21–00–32–01–00–21–21–22–11–1
Oldham Athletic 0–11–10–13–10–11–11–04–22–23–20–11–04–12–35–32–21–11–14–32–16–2
Queens Park Rangers 0–02–10–3 1–1 2–01–34–20–02–10–11–11–33–33–14–33–23–23–13–14–11–2
Sheffield United 1–10–21–34–21–10–11–03–02–11–01–12–12–00–10–02–01–2 1–1 2–06–02–2
Sheffield Wednesday 1–01–20–03–31–22–13–11–11–11–10–33–32–31–02–02–11–0 1–1 5–22–01–1
Southampton 2–02–01–11–02–21–00–04–31–12–10–10–12–13–01–21–01–23–21–20–02–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 0–01–2 1–2 0–22–22–10–24–02–03–11–12–25–12–14–13–22–00–24–21–1
Wimbledon 3–22–31–10–01–2 4–0 1–30–11–02–00–11–22–03–01–05–20–22–01–11–21–1
Source: [ citation needed ]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

Teddy Sheringham was the top scorer in the inaugural Premier League season. Teddy Sheringham finger snipped.jpg
Teddy Sheringham was the top scorer in the inaugural Premier League season.

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. [15] Alan Shearer had scored 16 goals by Christmas before suffering a season-ending injury.

RankPlayerClubGoals [16]
1 Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Nottingham Forest
Tottenham Hotspur
22
2 Flag of England.svg Les Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers20
3 Flag of England.svg Dean Holdsworth Wimbledon19
4 Flag of England.svg Micky Quinn Coventry City17
5 Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers16
Flag of England.svg David White Manchester City
7 Flag of England.svg Chris Armstrong Crystal Palace15
Flag of France.svg Eric Cantona Leeds United
Manchester United
Flag of England.svg Brian Deane Sheffield United
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes Manchester United
Flag of England.svg Matt Le Tissier Southampton
Flag of England.svg Mark Robins Norwich City
Flag of England.svg Ian Wright Arsenal

Hat-tricks

Eric Cantona scored the first ever Premier League hat-trick, in a 5-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. In addition, he also assisted 16 goals for Leeds United and Manchester United over the season. Eric Cantona Cannes 2009.jpg
Eric Cantona scored the first ever Premier League hat-trick, in a 5–0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. In addition, he also assisted 16 goals for Leeds United and Manchester United over the season.
PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of France.svg Eric Cantona Leeds UnitedTottenham Hotspur5–0 (H)25 August 1992 [17]
Flag of England.svg Mark Robins Norwich CityOldham Athletic3–2 (A)8 November 1992 [18]
Flag of Scotland.svg John Hendrie MiddlesbroughBlackburn Rovers3–2 (H)5 December 1992 [19]
Flag of England.svg Andy Sinton Queens Park RangersEverton4–2 (H)28 December 1992 [20]
Flag of England.svg Brian Deane Sheffield UnitedIpswich Town3–0 (H)17 January 1993 [21]
Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Tottenham HotspurLeeds United4–0 (H)22 February 1993 [22]
Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan Leeds UnitedBlackburn Rovers5–2 (H)10 April 1993 [23]
Flag of England.svg Les Ferdinand Queens Park RangersNottingham Forest4–3 (H)10 April 1993 [24]
Flag of England.svg Chris Bart-Williams Sheffield WednesdaySouthampton5–2 (H)12 April 1993 [25]
Flag of England.svg Les Ferdinand Queens Park RangersEverton5–3 (A)12 April 1993 [26]
Flag of England.svg Chris Sutton Norwich CityLeeds United4–2 (H)14 April 1993 [27]
Flag of England.svg Mark Walters LiverpoolCoventry City4–0 (H)17 April 1993 [28]
Flag of England.svg Rod Wallace Leeds UnitedCoventry City3–3 (A)8 May 1993 [29]
Flag of England.svg Matt Le Tissier SouthamptonOldham Athletic3–4 (A)8 May 1993 [30]
Note: (H) – Home; (A) – Away

Top assists

RankPlayerClubAssists [31]
1 Flag of France.svg Eric Cantona Leeds United
Manchester United
16
2 Flag of England.svg Darren Anderton Tottenham Hotspur11
Flag of England.svg Matt Le Tissier Southampton
Flag of Ireland.svg Niall Quinn Manchester City
5 Flag of England.svg Brian Deane Sheffield United10
Flag of England.svg Jason Wilcox Blackburn Rovers
7 Flag of England.svg Jason Dozzell Ipswich Town9
Flag of England.svg Rick Holden Manchester City
Flag of England.svg Lee Sharpe Manchester United
Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur
Flag of England.svg Andy Sinton Queens Park Rangers
Flag of England.svg Ian Woan Nottingham Forest

Individual awards

Ryan Giggs won the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Giggs cropped.jpg
Ryan Giggs won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) presented its annual Players' Player of the Year award to Paul McGrath, a veteran central defender who contributed to Aston Villa's second-place finish in the Premier League. Manchester United's Paul Ince came second and Blackburn's Alan Shearer third. [32] The Young Player of the Year award was given to Ryan Giggs, the 19-year-old Manchester United left winger who had also won the award in the previous season. Giggs, who finished ahead of Tottenham's Nick Barmby and Nottingham Forest's Roy Keane, became the first player to win the award more than once. [32]

The Football Writers' Association (the FWA) chose Chris Waddle as its Footballer of the Year. [33] 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. [34]

The PFA also selected eleven players to form its Team of the Year. The team included four Manchester United players (Giggs, Ince, Peter Schmeichel and Gary Pallister) and two from Leeds United (Tony Dorigo and Gary Speed). The other members of the team were McGrath, Keane, Shearer, David Bardsley (Queens Park Rangers) and Ian Wright (Arsenal). [32] The Manager of the Year award, chosen by a panel representing football's governing body, the media, and fans, was given to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. [35] The newly formed League Managers Association also presented its own Manager of the Year award for the first time, specifically designed to recognise "the manager who made best use of the resources available to him". This award went to Dave Bassett of Sheffield United. [35]

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