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1993_94 Premier League Table

1993/94 Premier League Table: Back To Back League Champions

Champions: Manchester United

Runners-up: Blackburn Rovers

Champions League places: Manchester United

UEFA Cup places: Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Aston Villa (League Cup)

Cup Winners Cup places: Arsenal (as winners), Chelsea

Promoted (from 1992/93): Newcastle United, West Ham United, Swindon Town

Relegated: Swindon Town, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield United

Leading scorer: Andy Cole (Newcastle United) 34 goals

1993 – 1994 Premier League Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester United42271148038+4292
2Blackburn rovers4225986336+2784
3Newcastle United42238118241+4177
4Arsenal42181775328+2571
5Leeds United 42181686539+2670
6Wimbeldon421811135653+365
7Sheffield Wednesday421616107654+2264
8Liverpool42179165955+460
9Queens Park Rangers421612146261+160
10Aston Villa421512154650-457
11Coventry City421414144345-256
12Norwich City421217136561+453
13West Ham United 421313164758-1152
14Chelsea421312174953-451
15Tottenham Hotspur421112195459-545
16Manchester City42918153849-1145
17Everton42128224263-2144
18Southampton42127234966-1743
19Ipswich Town42916173558-2343
20Sheffield United 42818164260-1842
21Oldham Athletic 42913204268-2640
22Swindon Town425152247100-5330

1993/94 Season Review

Manchester United retained the title finishing on top of the 1993/94 Premier League table. The Red Devils finished the season eight points clear of closest rivals Blackburn Rovers who demonstrated their incredible spending power under millionaire owner Jack Walker. United, though, was also breaking records in the transfer market. Roy Keane’s £3.75million move from relegated Nottingham Forest in July made him the most expensive signing ever by an English club.

Meanwhile, newly-promoted Newcastle United was making significant strides under manager Kevin Keegan. In striker Andy Cole they had the league’s top scorer with 34 goals, a tally never bettered. Newcastle finished third and made their intentions known early with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the season’s second match.

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Another high-profile draw involving United came against Liverpool in January. United strolled into a three-goal lead, but two goals from Nigel Clough helped Liverpool earn a 3-3 draw in one of the matches of the season.

United led Blackburn by 16 points in January, but Kenny Dalglish’s men turned on the style in the campaign’s second half. Some inconsistent form from United coupled with Blackburn’s good run meant that the gap between the two clubs was reduced to six points by the time Rovers hosted the Red Devils on 2nd April.

Shearer headed the home side in front and made it 2-0 with an explosive left-footed finish. After that, the gap was down to three points, with each club having played 35 matches. However, a surprise 2-1 defeat at Coventry a month later ended Blackburn’s hopes, and United were champions again.

mike stein chelsea last minute goal
Mike Stein scored a last-minute goal for Chelsea

Fight At The Bottom

At the other end of the 1993/94 Premier League table, fans witnessed one of Premier League’s most dramatic season finales at the bottom of the table. Mike Walker’s Everton looked certain of relegation on the final day when they trailed Wimbledon 2-0 at home. But the Toffees rallied and saved themselves by scoring three goals, and it was Sheffield United who suffered late heartbreak as a last-minute Mark Stein goal for Chelsea condemned them to a 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

They were several places clear of the relegation zone at half-time but ultimately went down with Oldham and Swindon, the latter winning just five games all season. “It is one of those unbelievable moments in football, but they happen,” said Blades manager Dave Bassett of his club’s relegation. “When you play Russian roulette, you sometimes get the bullet.”

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In Europe, Arsenal won the Cup Winners Cup courtesy of an Alan Smith strike against a Parma side featuring the talents of Gianfranco Zola and Faustino Asprilla.

These two would have been happy with Rod Wallace’s strike against Tottenham for Leeds United on 17th April. Wallace took the ball from his half around several Spurs players before curling the ball into the far corner. The BBC’s Match of the Day panel judged it the Goal of the Season.

1993/94 Cup Results

1993/94 FA Cup Winners: Manchester United [Final – Manchester United 4 v 0 Chelsea]

1993/94 League Cup Winners: Aston Villa [Final – Aston Villa 3 v 1 Manchester United]

1993/94 Champions League Winners: AC Milan [Final – AC Milan 4 v 0 Barcelona]

1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners: Inter Milan [Final – first-leg: Casino Salzburg 0 v 1 Inter Milan], [Second-leg: Inter Milan 1 v 0 Casino Salzburg]

1993/94 Cup Winners Cup Winners: Arsenal [Final – Arsenal 1 v 0 Parma]

alan ball southampton premier league manager
Ex-Southhampton FC Manager Alan Ball

1993/94 Managerial Changes

Chelsea: David Webb out, Glenn Hoddle in

Coventry City: Bobby Gould out, Phil Neal in

Everton: Howard Kendall out, Mike Walker in

Liverpool: Graeme Souness out, Roy Evans in

Manchester City: Peter Reid out, Brian Horton in

Norwich City FC: Mike Walker out, John Deehan in

Swindon Town: Glenn Hoddle out, John Gorman in

Southampton: Ian Branfoot out, Alan Ball in

Tottenham Hotspur: Terry Venables, Doug Livermore, and Ray Clemence out, Osvaldo Ardiles in