1993–94 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

The 1993–94 season was the 95th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

Wolverhampton Wanderers
1993–94 season
ChairmanJonathan Hayward
ManagerGraham Turner
(until 16 March)
Graham Taylor
(from 29 March)
First Division8th
FA CupQuarter-finals
League Cup2nd Round
Anglo-Italian CupPreliminary round
Top goalscorerLeague: Steve Bull (14)
All: Steve Bull (15)
Highest home attendance28,234 (vs Ipswich,
19 February 1994)
Lowest home attendance9,092 (vs Stoke,
31 August 1993)
Average home league attendance21,996 (league only)

This season saw the completion of the redevelopment of Molineux which was officially opened on 7 December 1993 to bring the club's highest crowds since the early 1980s.[1] With the expense of the stadium completed by owner Sir Jack Hayward, manager Graham Turner was afforded the biggest budget he had been granted during his tenure but he resigned in March 1994 to end his ​7 12-year reign with the team in 13th place.[2]

Former England manager Graham Taylor was appointed as Turner's replacement[3] but the team were unable to improve enough to reach the promotion play-offs, ending in 8th place.

ResultsEdit

Football League First DivisionEdit

A total of 24 teams competed in the Football League First Division in the 1993–94 season. Each team played every other team twice: once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. Teams finishing level on points were firstly divided by the number of goals scored rather than goal difference.

14 August 1993 1Wolverhampton Wanderers3–1Bristol CityWolverhampton
15:00 BST Bull   9'87'
Mountfield   67'
Scott   58' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 21,052
22 August 1993 2Birmingham City2–2Wolverhampton WanderersBirmingham
14:55 BST Peschisolido   50'
Saville   52'
Venus   35'
Thomas   36'
Stadium: St Andrew's
Attendance: 15,117
25 August 1993 3Wolverhampton Wanderers2–0MillwallWolverhampton
19:30 BST Bull   32'
Kelly   52'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 19,570
28 August 1993 4Wolverhampton Wanderers2–3MiddlesbroughWolverhampton
15:00 BST Kelly   5'
Thomas   9'
Hendrie   3'73'
Pollock   85'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 21,061
5 September 1993 5West Bromwich Albion3–2Wolverhampton WanderersWest Bromwich
14:55 BST Raven   16'
Bradley   51'
Donovan   58'
Bull   12'
Thomas   62'
Stadium: The Hawthorns
Attendance: 25,615
7 September 1993 6Watford1–0Wolverhampton WanderersWatford
19:45 BST Venus   10' (o.g.) Stadium: Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,870
11 September 1993 7Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1PortsmouthWolverhampton
15:00 BST Kelly   47' Durnin   64' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 19,019
18 September 1993 8Sunderland0–2Wolverhampton WanderersSunderland
15:00 BST Small   15'
Thomas   88'
Stadium: Roker Park
Attendance: 18,292
25 September 1993 9Grimsby Town2–0Wolverhampton WanderersCleethorpes
15:00 BST Childs   35'
Mendonca   80'
Stadium: Blundell Park
Attendance: 6,310
2 October 1993 10Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1Charlton AthleticWolverhampton
15:00 BST Keen   60' Chapple   88' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 16,907
17 October 1993 11Crystal Palace1–1Wolverhampton WanderersLondon
14:55 BST Humphrey   44' Kelly   7' Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 13,056
23 October 1993 12Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1Stoke CityWolverhampton
15:00 BST Kelly   24' Stein   33' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 20,421
30 October 1993 13Southend United1–1Wolverhampton WanderersSouthend-on-Sea
15:00 GMT Jones   73' Cook   80' (pen.) Stadium: Roots Hall
Attendance: 8,071
2 November 1993 14Wolverhampton Wanderers3–0Notts CountyWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Birch   9'
Keen   67'
Bull   86'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 15,989
7 November 1993 15Derby County0–4Wolverhampton WanderersDerby
14:55 GMT Bull   19'60'68'
Keen   90'
Stadium: Baseball Ground
Attendance: 14,310
10 November 1993 16Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1Nottingham ForestWolverhampton
19:30 GMT Kelly   12' Collymore   50' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 21,621
13 November 1993 17Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1BarnsleyWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Kelly   60' Biggins   18' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 18,355
27 November 1993 18Leicester City2–2Wolverhampton WanderersLeicester
15:00 GMT Roberts   56'62' Bull   29'33' Stadium: Filbert Street
Attendance: 18,395
5 December 1993 19Wolverhampton Wanderers2–2Derby CountyWolverhampton
14:55 GMT Bull   45'
Kelly   90'
Gabbiadini   40'62' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 16,900
11 December 1993 20Wolverhampton Wanderers2–0WatfordWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Bull   25'
Dennison   33'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 17,460
18 December 1993 21Bristol City2–1Wolverhampton WanderersBristol
15:00 GMT Allison   29'
Brown   72'
Kelly   89' Stadium: Ashton Gate
Attendance: 15,151
27 December 1993 22Tranmere Rovers1–1Wolverhampton WanderersBirkenhead
15:00 GMT Irons   1' Bull   61' Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 15,603
28 December 1993 23Wolverhampton Wanderers2–1Oxford UnitedWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Cook   85' (pen.)
Keen   86'
Elliott   80' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 25,908
15 January 1994 26Wolverhampton Wanderers2–0Crystal PalaceWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Thompson   42' (pen.)
Keen   78'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 23,851
5 February 1994 28Stoke City1–1Wolverhampton WanderersStoke-on-Trent
15:00 GMT Overson   53' Blades   37' Stadium: Victoria Ground
Attendance: 22,579
12 February 1994 29Wolverhampton Wanderers0–1Southend UnitedWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Jones   56' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 22,774
22 February 1994 30Wolverhampton Wanderers3–0Birmingham CityWolverhampton
19:30 GMT Regis   45'
Kelly   47'
Keen   90'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 24,931
26 February 1994 31Wolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich AlbionWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Keen   18' Taylor   35'
Mardon   39'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 28,039
15 March 1994 33Portsmouth3–0Wolverhampton WanderersPortsmouth
19:45 GMT Chamberlain   35'
Creaney   61'82'
Stadium: Fratton Park
Attendance: 7,840
29 March 1994 36Bolton Wanderers1–3Wolverhampton WanderersBolton
19:30 BST McGinlay   50' Whittingham   25'76'
Thompson   56'
Stadium: Burnden Park
Attendance: 12,405
2 April 1994 37Wolverhampton Wanderers2–1Tranmere RoversWolverhampton
15:00 BST Whittingham   20'
Mills   83'
Aldridge   73' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 26,592
4 April 1994 38Oxford United4–0Wolverhampton WanderersOxford
15:00 BST Byrne   25'
Venus   36' (o.g.)
Moody   42'
Elliott   62'
Stadium: Manor Ground
Attendance: 10,423
12 April 1994 40Luton Town0–2Wolverhampton WanderersLuton
19:45 BST Burke   23'
Whittingham   47'
Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 8,545
16 April 1994 41Notts County0–2Wolverhampton WanderersNottingham
15:00 BST Thompson   54' (pen.)
Whittingham   89'
Stadium: Meadow Lane
Attendance: 13,438
20 April 1994 42Millwall1–0Wolverhampton WanderersLondon
19:45 BST Mitchell   84' Stadium: The New Den
Attendance: 11,883
23 April 1994 43Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Luton TownWolverhampton
15:00 BST Whittingham   42' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 25,479
30 April 1994 44Barnsley2–0Wolverhampton WanderersBarnsley
15:00 BST O'Connell   55'
Payton   65'
Stadium: Oakwell
Attendance: 11,329
3 May 1994 45Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1SunderlandWolverhampton
19:30 BST Bull   30' Goodman   36' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 25,079

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
5 Tranmere Rovers 46 21 9 16 69 53 +16 72
6 Derby County 46 20 11 15 73 68 0+5 71
7 Notts County 46 20 8 18 65 69 0–4 68
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 17 17 12 60 47 +13 68
9 Middlesbrough 46 18 13 15 66 54 +12 67
10 Stoke City 46 18 13 15 57 59 0–2 67

Source: Statto.com

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 17 17 12 60 47  +13 68 10 10 3 34 19  +15 7 7 9 26 28  −2

Source: Statto.com

Results by round

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
ResultWDWLLLDWLDDDDWWDDDDWLDWWWWDDLWLLLDWWWLDWWLWLDD
Position27348876881617181212121112131212121212107889991013151310810118998888
Source: Statto.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

FA CupEdit

8 January 1994 R3Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Crystal PalaceWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Kelly   74' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 25,047
29 January 1994 R4Port Vale0–2Wolverhampton WanderersBurslem
15:00 GMT Blades   25'
Keen   89'
Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 21,996
19 February 1994 R5Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1Ipswich TownWolverhampton
15:00 GMT Kelly   81' Wark   28' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 28,234
2 March 1994 R5 rep.Ipswich Town1–2Wolverhampton WanderersIpswich
19:45 GMT Palmer   46' Mills   8'
Thompson   38'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 19,385
13 March 1994 QFChelsea1–0Wolverhampton WanderersLondon
15:05 GMT Peacock   58' Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 29,340

League CupEdit

22 September 1993 R2.1Swindon Town2–0Wolverhampton WanderersSwindon
19:45 BST Summerbee   20'
Mutch   67'
Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 8,649
5 October 1993 R2.2Wolverhampton Wanderers2–1
(2–3 agg.)
Swindon TownWolverhampton
19:30 BST Mountfield   81'
Burke   88'
Summerbee   59' Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 11,756

Anglo-Italian CupEdit

Wolves played in Group 5 of the preliminary round alongside two other domestic First Division clubs. The winner of the group would advance to the main group stage to play both English and Italian opposition. However, Wolves finished in second place in this initial round and so were eliminated.

31 August 1993 Wolverhampton Wanderers3–3Stoke CityWolverhampton
19:30 BST Kelly   42'
Bull   79'
Keen   90'
Carruthers   23'38'
Gleghorn   68'
Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 9,092
14 September 1993 Birmingham City2–2Wolverhampton WanderersBirmingham
19:45 BST Wratten   68'76' Burke   65'
Mills   85'
Stadium: St Andrew's
Attendance: 2,710

PlayersEdit

Key:
  ‡ On loan from another club   * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of end of season. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.

PosNamePGPGPGPGPG     Notes
League FA CupLeague CupOtherTotalDiscipline
GK   David Felgate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK   Paul Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK   Mike Stowell 46 0 5 0 2 0 2 0 55 0 0 0
DF   Kevin Ashley 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF   Paul Blades 35 1 5 1 1 0 2 0 43 2 0 0
DF   Paul Edwards 10(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10(1) 0 0 0
DF   Lawrie Madden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF   Neil Masters 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
DF   Derek Mountfield 17(2) 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 19(2) 2 0 0
DF   Peter Shirtliff (c) 39 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 47 0 0 0
DF   Darren Simkin 7(1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8(1) 0 0 0
DF   Andy Thompson 36(1) 3 5 1 0 0 1 0 42(1) 4 0 0
DF   Mark Venus 38(1) 1 5 0 2 0 2 0 47(1) 1 0 0
MF   Tom Bennett 8(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8(2) 0 0 0
MF   Paul Birch 25(7) 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 28(7) 1 0 0
MF   Mark Burke ¤ 10(2) 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 14(2) 3 0 0
MF   Paul Cook 34(2) 2 1(2) 0 1 0 0(1) 0 36(5) 2 0 0
MF   Robbie Dennison 10(4) 2 2(1) 0 0 0 0 0 12(5) 2 0 0
MF   Darren Ferguson 12(2) 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 16(2) 0 0 0
MF   Kevin Keen 36(5) 7 5 1 2 0 2 1 45(5) 9 0 0
MF   Jimmy Kelly ¤ 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
MF   Chris Marsden 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0
MF   Mark Rankine 28(3) 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 36(3) 0 0 0
MF   Geoff Thomas 8 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 4 0 0
MF   Mark Turner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW   Shaun Bradbury ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW   Steve Bull 27 14 2 0 0 0 0(1) 1 29(1) 15 0 0
FW   David Kelly 35(1) 11 5 2 2 0 1 1 43(1) 14 0 0
FW   Lee Mills 6(8) 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 9(8) 3 0 0
FW   Andy Mutch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW   Cyrille Regis 8(11) 2 1(2) 0 0 0 1 0 10(13) 2 0 0
FW   Darren Roberts ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW   Mike Small 2(1) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3(1) 1 0 0
FW   Guy Whittingham 13 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 8 0 0

Source: Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record[4]

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Date Player From Fee
18 June 1993   Geoff Thomas Crystal Palace £800,000
23 June 1993   David Kelly Newcastle United £750,000
7 July 1993   Kevin Keen West Ham United £600,000
3 August 1993   Cyrille Regis Aston Villa £600,000
12 August 1993   David Felgate Bolton Wanderers Free
18 August 1993   Peter Shirtliff Sheffield Wednesday £250,000
22 December 1993   Neil Masters Bournemouth £300,000
7 January 1994   Chris Marsden Huddersfield Town £250,000
12 January 1994   Darren Ferguson Manchester United £250,000

OutEdit

Date Player To Fee
July 1993   Rob Hindmarch Telford United Free
July 1993   Colin Taylor Telford United Free
16 July 1993   Tim Steele Bradford City Free
22 July 1993   Keith Downing Birmingham City Free
16 August 1993   Andy Mutch Swindon Town £250,000
3 September 1993   Lawrie Madden Darlington Free
1 October 1993   David Felgate Chester City Free
19 January 1994   Paul Edwards West Bromwich Albion £55,000

Loans inEdit

Start date Player From End date
15 September 1993   Mike Small West Ham United October 1993
11 March 1994   Guy Whittingham Aston Villa End of season

Loans outEdit

Start date Player From End date
January 1994   Jimmy Kelly Wrexham End of season
4 March 1994   Mark Burke Luton Town March 1994
18 March 1994   Darren Roberts Hereford United End of season

Management and coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager Graham Turner (until 16 March), then Peter Shirtliff as caretaker manager, then Graham Taylor (from 29 March onward)
First team coach Garry Pendrey (until 16 March)
Director of Youth School of Excellence Rob Kelly
Youth Team Coach Chris Evans
Club Doctors Dr Tweddell and Dr Peter Bekenn
Club Physio Paul Darby

KitEdit

The season brought a new home kit as the design returned to a plain gold shirt with black collar. The away kit, a bright blue shirt with black bands and gold trim on the upper arms, was retained from the previous season. Both were manufactured by the club's own "Molineux" label and sponsored by Goodyear.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Golden shirts stir old memories of Puskas and the past". The Independent. 7 December 1993.
  2. ^ "Turner resigns from Wolves". The Independent. 17 March 1994.
  3. ^ "Happy Taylor back in business at Wolves". The Independent. 30 March 1994.
  4. ^ Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3.