1994–95 FA Premier League

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The 1994–95 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the third season of the Premier League, the top division of professional football in England.

Overview[edit source | edit]

Transfers[edit source | edit]

Just before the start of the 1994–95 season, the English transfer record was broken when Blackburn Rovers paid £5 million for 21-year-old Norwich City striker Chris Sutton. But that record was broken again in January when Manchester United paid £6 million for Newcastle United's Andy Cole, in a deal which also saw £1 million-rated Keith Gillespie move to Newcastle. Other significant transfers before and during the 1994–95 season included: Vinny Samways (Tottenham to Everton, £2 million), David Rocastle (Manchester City to Chelsea, £1.25 million), Jürgen Klinsmann (Monaco to Tottenham Hotspur, £2 million), John Scales (Wimbledon to Liverpool, £3 million) and Paul Kitson (Derby County to Newcastle United, £2.2 million).

Summary[edit source | edit]

The title race was won by Blackburn Rovers, whose last title success was in 1914, and also was Blackburn's first major trophy in 67 years (last 1927–28 FA Cup).[1] Kenny Dalglish's side secured the championship on the last day of the season despite losing 2–1 at his former club Liverpool, as Manchester United could only manage a 1–1 draw at West Ham.[2] This meant that Blackburn Rovers qualified for the European Cup for the first time in their history, while Manchester United finished second earning a UEFA Cup place. A single point separated the two sides, who for more than half of the season enjoyed a wide gap in terms of point between themselves and the rest of the league, despite the likes of Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Newcastle United briefly topping the league during the first three months of the season.

Also qualifying for the UEFA Cup were Nottingham Forest (who finished third in their first season back in the Premier League), Liverpool (who finished fourth and won their fifth League Cup in the club's first full season following the appointment of Roy Evans) and fifth placed Leeds United.

The number of teams in the league for the following year would be reduced to 20. This was to be achieved by increasing the number of teams facing relegation to four, and reducing the number of teams being promoted from Division 1 to two.

Controversial incidents[edit source | edit]

In January 1995, Manchester United's 28-year-old French striker Eric Cantona (then holder of the PFA Players' Player of the Year award) assaulted a Crystal Palace fan in his team's 1–1 draw at Selhurst Park. Cantona was banned from football for eight months, fined £20,000 and sentenced to 14 days in prison. The prison sentence was later reduced to 120 hours community service on appeal.

Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise was convicted of criminal damage and assault, relating to a fight with a taxi driver in London. He was given a three-month prison sentence but the conviction and prison sentence were quickly overturned on appeal.

Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson admitted in November 1994 that he was an alcoholic and was also addicted to cocaine and gambling. He underwent a three-month drug rehabilitation programme before being allowed to resume his playing career.

Crystal Palace striker Chris Armstrong failed a drugs test in February 1995 but admitted that he had done wrong and returned to action after just four weeks undergoing rehabilitation. Armstrong was Palace's leading goalscorer in 1994–95, helping them reach the semi finals of both domestic cup competitions, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated back to the First Division just one season after winning promotion.

Arsenal manager George Graham was sacked in February 1995 after nearly nine years in charge, when it was revealed that he had accepted an illegal payment of £425,000 from Norwegian agent Rune Hauge relating to the purchases of Norwegian and Danish players Pål Lydersen and John Jensen three years earlier. Graham was later banned from football for one year by the FA.

Teams[edit source | edit]

Twenty-two teams competed in the league – the top nineteen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest (both teams returning to the top flight after a season's absence) and Leicester City (returning after a top flight absence of seven years). This was also Leicester City's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town, ending their top flight spells of four, three and one year respectively.

Stadiums and Locations[edit source | edit]

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Team Location Stadium Capacity
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
Leicester City Leicester Filbert Street 22,000
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 42,730
Manchester City Manchester Maine Road 35,150
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 55,314
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 36,649
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,010
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford City Ground 30,539
Queens Park Rangers London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,439
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,859
Southampton Southampton The Dell 15,200
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,230
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 28,000
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[edit source | edit]

(as of 14 May 1995)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Template:Country data SCO Stewart Houston (caretaker) England Tony Adams Nike JVC
Aston Villa England Brian Little England Kevin Richardson Asics Müller
Blackburn Rovers Template:Country data SCO Kenny Dalglish England Tim Sherwood Asics McEwan's Lager
Chelsea England Glenn Hoddle England Dennis Wise Umbro Coors
Coventry City England Ron Atkinson England Brian Borrows Pony Peugeot
Crystal Palace England Alan Smith England Gareth Southgate Nutmeg TDK
Everton England Joe Royle England Dave Watson Umbro NEC
Ipswich Town Template:Country data SCO George Burley England Steve Palmer Umbro Fisons
Leeds United England Howard Wilkinson Template:Country data SCO Gary McAllister Asics Thistle Hotels
Leicester City Template:Country data SCO Mark McGhee England Steve Walsh Fox Leisure Walkers
Liverpool England Roy Evans Wales Ian Rush Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City England Brian Horton England Keith Curle Umbro Brother
Manchester United Template:Country data SCO Alex Ferguson England Steve Bruce Umbro Sharp
Newcastle United England Kevin Keegan England Peter Beardsley Asics Scottish and Newcastle Breweries
Norwich City England Gary Megson (caretaker) England Jon Newsome Ribero Norwich and Peterborough
Nottingham Forest England Frank Clark England Stuart Pearce Umbro Labatt's
Queens Park Rangers England Ray Wilkins England David Bardsley Clubhouse Compaq
Sheffield Wednesday England Trevor Francis England Chris Waddle Puma Sanderson
Southampton England Alan Ball England Matt Le Tissier Pony Dimplex
Tottenham Hotspur England Gerry Francis England Gary Mabbutt Umbro Holsten
West Ham United England Harry Redknapp England Steve Potts Pony Dagenham Motors
Wimbledon Template:Country data IRL Joe Kinnear Wales Vinnie Jones Ribero Elonex

Managerial changes[edit source | edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
West Ham United England Billy Bonds Resigned 10 August 1994 Pre-season England Harry Redknapp 10 August 1994
Tottenham Hotspur Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles Sacked 1 November 1994 11th England Steve Perryman (caretaker) 1 November 1994
Everton Wales Mike Walker 8 November 1994 22nd England Joe Royle 10 November 1994
Aston Villa England Ron Atkinson 10 November 1994 19th England Jim Barron (caretaker) 10 November 1994
Tottenham Hotspur England Steve Perryman End of caretaker spell 15 November 1994 13th England Gerry Francis 15 November 1994
Queens Park Rangers England Gerry Francis Resigned 18th England Ray Wilkins
Leicester City England Brian Little Resigned 22 November 1994 20th Template:Country data SCO Kevin MacDonald (caretaker) 22 November 1994
Aston Villa England Jim Barron End of caretaker spell 25 November 1994 19th England Brian Little 25 November 1994
Ipswich Town England John Lyall Resigned 5 December 1994 22nd England Paul Goddard (caretaker) 5 December 1994
Leicester City Template:Country data SCO Kevin MacDonald End of caretaker spell 14 December 1994 21st Template:Country data SCO Mark McGhee 14 December 1994
Ipswich Town England Paul Goddard 28 December 1994 22nd Template:Country data SCO George Burley 28 December 1994
Coventry City England Phil Neal Sacked 14 February 1995 13th England Ron Atkinson 15 February 1995
Arsenal Template:Country data SCO George Graham 21 February 1995 12th Template:Country data SCO Stewart Houston 21 February 1995
Norwich City England John Deehan Resigned 9 April 1995 20th England Gary Megson (caretaker) 9 April 1995

League table[edit source | edit]

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Results[edit source | edit]

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Season statistics[edit source | edit]

Scoring[edit source | edit]

Top scorers[edit source | edit]

Blackburn's Alan Shearer was the top scorer in the 1994–95 Premier League season, with 34 goals.
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 34
2 England Robbie Fowler Liverpool 25
3 England Les Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers 24
4 England Stan Collymore Nottingham Forest 22
5 England Andy Cole Newcastle United
Manchester United
21
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur 21
7 England Matt Le Tissier Southampton 19
8 England Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur 18
England Ian Wright Arsenal 18
10 Germany Uwe Rösler Manchester City 15
Wales Dean Saunders Aston Villa 15
England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers 15

Hat-tricks[edit source | edit]

In addition to his hat-trick, Manchester United's Andy Cole became the first player to score five goals in a Premier League match.
Player For Against Result Date Ref
England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers Coventry City 4–0 (H) 27 August 1994 [3]
England Robbie Fowler Liverpool Arsenal 4–3 (H) 28 August 1994 [4]
Russia Andrei Kanchelskis Manchester United Manchester City 5–0 (H) 10 November 1994 [5]
England Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers Queens Park Rangers 4–0 (H) 26 November 1994 [6]
England Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur Newcastle United 4–2 (H) 3 December 1994 [7]
England Tony Cottee West Ham United Manchester City 3–0 (H) 17 December 1994 [8]
England Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers West Ham United 4–2 (H) 30 October 1994 [9]
England Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers Ipswich Town 4–1 (H) 2 January 1995 [10]
England Tommy Johnson Aston Villa Wimbledon 7–1 (H) 11 February 1995 [11]
England Andy Cole5 Manchester United Ipswich Town 9–0 (H) 4 March 1995 [12]
Zimbabwe Peter Ndlovu Coventry City Liverpool 3–2 (A) 14 March 1995 [13]
Template:Country data GHA Tony Yeboah Leeds United Ipswich Town 4–0 (H) 5 April 1995 [14]
England Ian Wright Arsenal Ipswich Town 4–1 (H) 15 April 1995 [15]
Note: 5 Player scored 5 goals; (H) – Home; (A) – Away

Top assists[edit source | edit]

Southampton's Matt Le Tissier assisted 15 goals for the club in the 1994–95 Premier League season.
Rank Player Club Assists[16]
1 England Matt Le Tissier Southampton 15
2 England Darren Anderton Tottenham Hotspur 14
3 England Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 13
4 England Ruel Fox Norwich City 11
Wales Ryan Giggs Manchester United
England Andy Hinchcliffe Everton
Template:Country data NED Bryan Roy Nottingham Forest
8 England Kevin Gallen Queens Park Rangers 10
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers

Awards[edit source | edit]

Tottenham's Jürgen Klinsmann was the inaugural Player of the Month.

Monthly awards[edit source | edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August England Kevin Keegan Newcastle United Germany Jürgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
September England Frank Clark Nottingham Forest England Rob Lee Newcastle United
October Template:Country data SCO Alex Ferguson Manchester United England Paul Ince Manchester United
November Template:Country data SCO Kenny Dalglish Blackburn Rovers England Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
England Chris Sutton
December England Gerry Francis Tottenham Hotspur England Matt Le Tissier Southampton
January England Brian Little Aston Villa England Chris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
February England Kevin Keegan Newcastle United Template:Country data SCO Duncan Ferguson Everton
March England Ron Atkinson Coventry City Template:Country data GHA Tony Yeboah Leeds United
April England Howard Wilkinson Leeds United England David Seaman Arsenal

Annual awards[edit source | edit]

Award Winner Club
Premier League Manager of the Season Template:Country data SCO Kenny Dalglish Blackburn Rovers
PFA Players' Player of the Year England Alan Shearer[17] Blackburn Rovers
PFA Young Player of the Year England Robbie Fowler[18] Liverpool
FWA Footballer of the Year Germany Jürgen Klinsmann[19] Tottenham Hotspur
PFA Team of the Year
Goalkeeper England Tim Flowers (Blackburn Rovers)
Defence England Rob Jones (Liverpool) England Gary Pallister (Manchester United) Template:Country data SCO Colin Hendry (Blackburn Rovers) England Graeme Le Saux (Blackburn Rovers)
Midfield England Tim Sherwood (Blackburn Rovers) England Matt Le Tissier (Southampton) England Paul Ince (Manchester United)
Attack Germany Jürgen Klinsmann (Tottenham Hotspur) England Alan Shearer
(Blackburn Rovers)
England Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers)

See also[edit source | edit]

References and notes[edit source | edit]

  1. "Blackburn Rovers winning the Premier League might never be surpassed". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. "Liverpool 2 Blackburn 1". LFC History. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. Barton, Mark (29 August 1994). "Football: Sutton punishes sorry Coventry: Rovers leave it late". The Independent. London. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. McNulty, Phil (25 February 2004). "The hat-trick Hall of Fame". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. Smith, Rory (8 May 2009). "Manchester United v Manchester City: Five classic derbies". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  6. "Blackburn 4–0 QPR". Soccerbase. Retrieved 14 July 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. "Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 Newcastle United". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 3 May 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  8. "West Ham United 3–0 Manchester City". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 26 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  9. Hodgson, Guy (3 January 1995). "Blackburn put clear by superb Shearer". The Independent. London. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  10. "Liverpool 4–0 Southampton". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 27 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  11. Bramwell, Neil (12 February 1995). "Seven up for Villa". The Independent. London. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  12. "A nightmare revisited". BBC Sport. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  13. Tyler, Martin (23 April 2009). "Andrey the giant". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  14. Allsop, Derick (6 April 1995). "Yeboah's hat-trick buries Ipswich". The Independent. London. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  15. Houston, Bob (16 April 1995). "Hat-trick is the Wright response". The Independent. London. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  16. "Statistical Leaders – 1993". Premier League. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  17. England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year
  18. England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year
  19. England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year

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