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1993–94 Wimbledon F.C. season

Wimbledon
1993–94 season
Chairman Sam Hammam
Manager Joe Kinnear
Stadium Selhurst Park
FA Premier League 6th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer Holdsworth (24)
Average home league attendance 10,474

During the 1993–94 English football season, Wimbledon F.C. competed in the FA Premier League and finished the season in sixth place, equalling their best ever league finish which had previously been set in 1987.

Season summary

Those who thought that Joe Kinnear was too inexperienced to keep Wimbledon, the Premiership's smallest side in terms of financial resources and fan base (and without even their own home), in the top flight, were quickly proved wrong. The consistent goalscoring of striker Dean Holdsworth returned Wimbledon to their winning ways after two mediocre seasons and they quickly re-established themselves as one of the hardest-to-beat sides in England. They finished sixth in the table - equalling their highest-ever finish - and, of all the London clubs, only Arsenal finished above them. They finished higher than much more fancied sides, including Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur. The only frustration endured by Dons supporters was what could have been achieved with a higher transfer budget and perhaps even their own home.

Kit

Ribero became Wimbledon's new kit manufacturers, while London radio station LBC became the kit sponsors. The kit saw Wimbledon wear navy shirts for the first time since 1893; they were matched with navy shorts and socks for the first time in Wimbledon's history.[1]

Final league table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Manchester United (C) 42 27 11 4 80 38 +42 92 UEFA Champions League 1994–95 Group stage
2 Blackburn Rovers 42 25 9 8 63 36 +27 84 UEFA Cup 1994–95 First round
3 Newcastle United 42 23 8 11 82 41 +41 77
4 Arsenal 42 18 17 7 53 28 +25 71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1994–95 First round1
5 Leeds United 42 18 16 8 65 39 +26 70
6 Wimbledon 42 18 11 13 56 53 +3 65
7 Sheffield Wednesday 42 16 16 10 76 54 +22 64
8 Liverpool 42 17 9 16 59 55 +4 60
9 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 12 14 62 61 +1 60
10 Aston Villa 42 15 12 15 46 50 −4 57 UEFA Cup 1994–95 First round2
11 Coventry City 42 14 14 14 43 45 −2 56
12 Norwich City 42 12 17 13 65 61 +4 53
13 West Ham United 42 13 13 16 47 58 −11 52
14 Chelsea 42 13 12 17 49 53 −4 51 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1994–95 First round3
15 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 12 19 54 59 −5 45
16 Manchester City 42 9 18 15 38 49 −11 45
17 Everton 42 12 8 22 42 63 −21 44
18 Southampton 42 12 7 23 49 66 −17 43
19 Ipswich Town 42 9 16 17 35 58 −23 43
20 Sheffield United (R) 42 8 18 16 42 60 −18 42 Relegated to Football League First Division 1994–95
21 Oldham Athletic (R) 42 9 13 20 42 68 −26 40
22 Swindon Town (R) 42 5 15 22 47 100 −53 30

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1 Arsenal qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions

2 Aston Villa qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners

3 Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup runners-up

P = Games Played; W = Games Won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals For; A = Goals Against; Pts = Points

Results

Wimbledon's score comes first[2]

Legend

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 1993 West Ham United A 2–0 20,363 Fashanu, Sanchez
17 August 1993 Chelsea H 1–1 11,083 Fashanu
21 August 1993 Aston Villa H 2–2 7,533 Fashanu, Holdsworth
24 August 1993 Sheffield United A 1–2 15,555 Clarke
28 August 1993 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 9,633 Jones
31 August 1993 Southampton H 1–0 6,036 Barton
11 September 1993 Norwich City A 1–0 14,851 Sanchez
20 September 1993 Manchester City H 1–0 8,481 Earle
27 September 1993 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 9,478 Ferdinand (own goal)
2 October 1993 Leeds United A 0–4 30,020
16 October 1993 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–2 21,752 Jones, Blissett
25 October 1993 Ipswich Town H 0–2 7,756
30 October 1993 Newcastle United A 0–4 33,392
6 November 1993 Swindon Town H 3–0 7,758 Fashanu, Blissett, Holdsworth
20 November 1993 Manchester United A 1–3 44,748 Fashanu
24 November 1993 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 17,744 Holdsworth
27 November 1993 Everton H 1–1 6,934 Berry
4 December 1993 West Ham United H 1–2 10,903 Holdsworth
11 December 1993 Aston Villa A 1–0 17,940 Holdsworth
18 December 1993 Sheffield United H 2–0 21,566 Barton, Holdsworth
26 December 1993 Coventry City H 1–2 4,739 Holdsworth
28 December 1993 Liverpool A 1–1 32,232 Fashanu
1 January 1994 Arsenal H 0–3 16,584
15 January 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–1 5,536 Ardley, Fashanu
22 January 1994 Ipswich Town A 0–0 12,372
5 February 1994 Blackburn Rovers A 0–3 16,215
12 February 1994 Newcastle United H 4–2 13,358 Blissett, Earle, Fashanu, Holdsworth
26 February 1994 Southampton A 0–1 14,790
5 March 1994 Norwich City H 3–1 7,206 Earle (2), Holdsworth
12 March 1994 Manchester City A 1–0 23,981 Earle
16 March 1994 Chelsea A 0–2 11,903
19 March 1994 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1 11,368
26 March 1994 Leeds United H 1–0 9,035 Fear
29 March 1994 Blackburn Rovers H 4–1 10,537 Fashanu, Berg (own goal), Holdsworth, Earle
2 April 1994 Coventry City A 2–1 11,290 Castledine, Holdsworth
4 April 1994 Liverpool H 1–1 13,819 Elkins
16 April 1994 Manchester United H 1–0 28,553 Fashanu
19 April 1994 Arsenal A 1–1 21,292 Earle
23 April 1994 Swindon Town A 4–2 12,237 Fashanu, Holdsworth, Earle (2)
26 April 1994 Oldham Athletic H 3–0 6,766 Holdsworth (3)
30 April 1994 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 20,875 Holdsworth, Clarke
7 May 1994 Everton A 2–3 31,297 Holdsworth, Ablett (own goal)

FA Cup

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1994 Scunthorpe United H 3–0 4,944 Holdsworth (3)
R4 29 January 1994 Sunderland H 2–1 10,477 Scales, Fashanu
R5 20 February 1994 Manchester United H 0–3 27,511

League Cup

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 22 September 1993 Hereford United A 1–0 4,872 Clarke
R2 2nd leg 5 October 1993 Hereford United H 4–1 (won 5-1 on agg) 2,151 Jones, Ardley, Holdsworth, Earle
R3 27 October 1993 Newcastle United H 2–1 11,531 Barton, Holdsworth
R4 1 December 1993 Liverpool A 1–1 19,290 Earle
R4R 14 December 1993 Liverpool H 2–2 (won 4-3 on pens) 11,343 Holdsworth, Earle
R5 11 January 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–2 8,784 Holdsworth

Squad

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Hans Segers
2 England DF Warren Barton
3 Scotland DF Brian McAllister
4 England MF Vinnie Jones[3]
5 England DF Dean Blackwell
6 Republic of Ireland DF Scott Fitzgerald[4]
7 England FW Andy Clarke
8 England MF Robbie Earle[5]
9 England FW John Fashanu
10 England FW Dean Holdsworth
11 England MF Paul Miller
12 England FW Steve Anthrobus
14 England DF Gerald Dobbs
15 England DF John Scales
16 Republic of Ireland FW Paul McGee
17 England DF Roger Joseph
18 England MF Steve Talboys
No. Position Player
19 England MF Stewart Castledine
20 England FW Marcus Gayle[6]
21 England DF Chris Perry
22 England MF Aidan Newhouse
23 England GK Neil Sullivan[7]
24 England MF Peter Fear
25 England FW Leighton Allen
26 England MF Neal Ardley
27 England DF Justin Skinner
29 England FW Grant Payne
30 England MF Mark Thomas
31 England DF Marc Cable
32 England GK Neil Fairbairn
33 England DF Gary Elkins
35 England DF Alan Kimble
36 England FW Gary Blissett

Left the club during season

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
37 England GK Perry Digweed (to Watford)
20 Northern Ireland MF Lawrie Sanchez (to Swindon Town)
No. Position Player
34 England MF Greg Berry (to Millwall)

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