1994–95 in English Football - Diary of The Season

Diary of The Season

6 July 1994 - Tottenham Hotspur's 12-point penalty is reduced to 6 points on appeal at a Football Association hearing, while the £600,000 fine is increased to £1.5million and the FA Cup ban remains in place.

11 July 1994 - Graham Taylor prepares for a Division One promotion challenge with Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing defender Steve Froggatt from Aston Villa for £1million, while Clayton Blackmore (Manchester United's longest-serving player) signs for Middlesbrough on a free transfer to join Bryan Robson's fellow promotion hopefuls.

12 July 1994 - Sheffield Wednesday sign midfielder Ian Taylor from Port Vale for £1million.

13 July 1994 - Blackburn Rovers pay a national record £5million for Norwich City's 21-year-old striker Chris Sutton.

19 July 1994 - Bryan Robson further bolsters Middlesbrough's squad with a £1million move for Aston Villa defender Neil Cox.

22 July 1994 - Leicester City, newly promoted to the Premier League and in the top flight for the first time since 1987, pay a club record £1.25million for Notts County midfielder Mark Draper.

2 August 1994 - Tottenham Hotspur sell winger Vinny Samways to Everton for £2.2million.

3 August 1994 - Tottenham Hotspur pay a club record £2.6million for Romania winger Ilie Dumitrescu.

4 August 1994 - Aston Villa pay Wimbledon £1.35million for long-serving striker John Fashanu.

4 August 1994 - Tottenham Hotspur pay Monaco £2million for German striker Jürgen Klinsmann.

6 August 1994 - A second Romanian World Cup star, defender Dan Petrescu, joins a Premier League club. Petrescu, 27, signs for Sheffield Wednesday in a £1.3million deal.

10 August 1994 - Newcastle United pay a club record £2.65million for Belgium and Anderlecht defender Philippe Albert.

11 August 1994 - After more than 13 years at Liverpool, goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar signs for Southampton on a free transfer.

12 August 1994 - Chelsea sign midfielder David Rocastle from Manchester City for £1.25million. A tribunal orders Sheffield Wednesday to pay £1million for Port Vale midfielder Ian Taylor.

20 August 1994 -

    • - Huddersfield Town play their first game at the new Alfred McAlpine Stadium, a Division Two fixture with newly-promoted Wycombe Wanderers which ends in a 1-0 defeat.
      • - The FA Premier League season opens with Liverpool beating newly-promoted Crystal Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush both find the net twice, while Jürgen Klinsmann scores on his English league debut in a 4-3 away win for Tottenham Hotspur against Sheffield Wednesday.

24 August 1994 - A late surge by Newcastle United in the final 15 minutes of their home clash with Coventry City in the Premier League sees them break the deadlock to win 4-0 after Coventry striker Micky Quinn (a former Newcastle player) was sent off.

27 August 1994 - National record signing Chris Sutton scores a hat-trick for Blackburn Rovers as they beat Coventry City 4-0. Andy Cole and Steve Watson are both on the scoresheet twice for Newcastle United in their 5-1 home win over Southampton, as are Uwe Rosler and Paul Walsh for Manchester City in a 4-0 home win over Everton.

28 August 1994 - 19-year-old striker Robbie Fowler scores a hat-trick for Liverpool in less than five minutes as they beat Arsenal 3-0 in the league at Anfield.

31 August 1994 - Newcastle United finish the first month of the league season as Premier League leaders with four wins from their opening four games, with defending champions Manchester United and newly-promoted Nottingham Forest bracketed together as their nearest rivals. With four teams going down this season due to the reduction of the Premier League from 22 clubs to 20, the relegation places are occupied by Everton, Leicester City, West Ham United and Coventry City. In Division One, Bryan Robson has made a perfect start to his managerial career by guiding Middlesbrough to the top of Division One after winning their first four games of the season. Oldham Athletic occupy second place - but for the first time in 100 years of the Football League's second tier the runners-up of the division will not gain automatic promotion. Due to a reorganisation of the Premier League and Football League for next season, the second to fifth placed teams in Division One will go into the playoffs, which are also currently occupied by Portsmouth, Millwall and Reading.

1 September 1994 - Liverpool pay a club record fee of £3.6million for Coventry City and Republic of Ireland defender Phil Babb.

2 September 1994 - Liverpool further enhance their defence with a £3.5million move for Wimbledon's John Scales.

3 September 1994 - Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England captain Billy Wright dies of cancer aged 70.

9 September 1994 - Romanian World Cup midfielder Gheorghe Popescu signs for Tottenham Hotspur in a club record £2.9million deal from PSV Eindhoven.

10 September 1994 - Manchester United sell striker Dion Dublin to Coventry City for £2million (a record buy for Phil Neal's team). Dublin's value doubled in two years at Old Trafford after signing from Cambridge United but a broken leg in his first season - coupled with the arrival of Eric Cantona - saw his first team opportunities limited.

11 September 1994 - Leeds United beat Manchester United for the first time in more than a decade, defeating them 2-1 in the league at Elland Road.

17 September 1994 - Dion Dublin scores on his Coventry City debut, a 2-1 home league win over Leeds United. Leicester City achieve their first Premier League win - 3-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur, with young striker Julian Joachim scoring twice.

21 September 1994 - Gary Lineker, England's second highest goalscorer of all time, announces his retirement from playing. Since leaving Tottenham in 1992, he has played for Nagoya Grampus Eight of Japan.

23 September 1994 - UEFA announces that the Summer Cup will be re-introduced next year and will now be known as the Intertoto Cup. It will feature 40 clubs and at least one Premier League team (the highest placed applicant or applicants who failed to qualify for one of the three major European competitions) will be able to compete.

30 September 1994 - September draws to a close with Newcastle United still top after winning six of their first seven games, while Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest have leapfrogged Manchester United into fourth place. Completing the top five are a Chelsea side who are showing some of their best form in years under the management of Glenn Hoddle. Manchester City are also giving the top five a run for their money after last season's close shave with relegation. Everton are bottom of the division with no wins from their first seven games, while Crystal Palace, Coventry City and West Ham United are all still in the bottom four as well. Graham Taylor is rebuilding his managerial career well at Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have leapfrogged Middlesbrough on goals scored at the top of Division One. Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers and Reading complete the top five.

1 October 1994 - Everton manager Mike Walker looks to pull his side together by making a triple loan bid for Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson and midfielder Ian Durrant as well as Trevor Steven, who was sold from Everton to Rangers by Colin Harvey in 1989.

2 October 1994 - Duncan Ferguson and Ian Durrant complete their loan moves from Rangers to Everton, but Trevor Steven's move falls through, on the same day that Everton's winless start to the league season extends to eight matches as they lose 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

15 October 1994 - Division Three side Northampton Town move into the new Sixfields Stadium. Their first game is against Barnet, ending in a 1-1 draw with 19-year-old striker Martin Aldridge scoring the first goal at the new stadium.

23 October 1994 - Title contenders Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United clash in the league at Ewood Park, with Alex Ferguson's side finishing 4-2 winners.

31 October 1994 - October draws to a close with Newcastle United still top, with Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool and Leeds United their nearest contenders. Everton are still bottom of the league and it currently looks like something little short of a miracle will save their 41-year top flight tenure as they have yet to win a league game after their opening 12 games. Leicester City, Wimbledon and Ipswich Town have also joined Everton in the relegation zone. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough remain level at the top of Division One, with Tranmere Rovers, Reading and Swindon Town complete the top five.

1 November 1994 - Osvaldo Ardiles is sacked after 16 months as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

8 November 1994 - Mike Walker is sacked after 10 months as manager of Everton.

9 November 1994 - The Times reports that 16 Football League clubs are set to break away from the league to form a second tier of the Premier League.

10 November 1994 - Ron Atkinson is sacked as manager of Aston Villa, while Tottenham Hotspur appoint Gerry Francis from Queens Park Rangers. Manchester United crush Manchester City 5-0 in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, with Andrei Kanchelskis scoring a hat-trick.

11 November 1994 - Joe Royle, the longest-serving manager in England with 12 years at Oldham Athletic, is named as the new manager of Everton.

13 November 1994 - The third round of the FA Cup is highlighted by Division Two promotion chasers Oxford United's 2-0 defeat at non-league Marlow Town.

14 November 1994 - Ray Wilkins, 38, quits as Crystal Palace player-coach to return to Queens Park Rangers as their new player-manager, while Brian Little resigns as manager of Leicester City, sparking rumours that he will take over at Aston Villa.

21 November 1994 - Joe Royle has a dream start to his reign as Everton manager as they triumph 2-0 over Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

25 November 1994 - Brian Little is named as the new Aston Villa manager on his 41st birthday.

26 November 1994 - Alan Shearer scores a hat-trick and Chris Sutton nets once as Blackburn Rovers beat Queen's Park Rangers 4-0 in the league at Ewood Park.

30 November 1994 - Blackburn Rovers are the new month-end Premier League leaders, ahead of second-placed Manchester United by a single point, while they are two points ahead of former leaders Newcastle United who have dipped to third place. Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United are continuing to put up a strong challenge along with a Manchester City side who spent last season battling to avoid relegation. Everton's new manager Joe Royle has taken them off bottom place over the last month with their first three league wins of the season, with Ipswich Town and Leicester City now propping up the league. Also in the relegation zone are League Cup holders Aston Villa, who almost won the league title two seasons ago. Middlesbrough finish the month as outright leaders of Division One with a two-point lead over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tranmere Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Luton Town complete the top five, while Swindon Town's drastic loss of form over the last month has seen them slump from the playoff zone into 19th place and manager John Gorman sacked to be replaced by 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder Steve McMahon, who takes over as player-manager. Portsmouth, another side who were looking like promotion contenders not so long ago, have slumped even further into the relegation zone.

3 December 1994 - Teddy Sheringham scores a hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United 4-2 in the league at White Hart Lane.

5 December 1994 - John Lyall resigns after four-and-a-half years in charge of Ipswich Town, who stand bottom of the FA Premier League. While Ipswich's struggle shows no sign of easing, Everton's revival continues as they crush Leeds United 3-0 at Goodison Park.

9 December 1994 - The Football Association quashes Tottenham's FA Cup ban and 6-point deduction.

11 December 1994 - Arsenal manager George Graham denies allegations that he received an illegal £285,000 payment as part of a transfer deal. Everton pay a club record fee of £4million for Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson who has been on loan at Goodison Park for two months.

15 December 1994 - Mark McGhee leaves Reading to take charge of Leicester City. He is replaced at Elm Park by 35-year-old players Jimmy Quinn and Mick Gooding.

17 December 1994 - Manchester United suffer their first home league defeat of the season when they go down 2-1 at home to Nottingham Forest, who win the game with goals from Stuart Pearce as well as Stan Collymore, who is reportedly a Manchester United transfer target. Tony Cottee scores a hat-trick for West Ham United in their 3-0 home league win over Manchester City.

18 December 1994 - John Lyall resigns after four-and-a-half years in charge of Ipswich Town, who are currently bottom of the Premier League.

19 December 1994 - Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness denies allegations that he received a £30,000 illegal payment in connection with a player transfer.

21 December 1994 - Brian Little's rebuilding of Aston Villa begins when he signs midfielder Ian Taylor from Sheffield Wednesday, with striker Guy Whittingham moving in the opposite direction in a deal worth £1million.

28 December 1994 -

    • - Ipswich Town appoint their former player George Burley as their new manager. Burley, 38, had recently quit Colchester United and without a proven track record he was perhaps a surprise candidate for the job.
      • - Manchester United are held to a surprise 1-1 home draw by struggling Leicester City, preventing them from going top of the Premier League.

31 December 1994 - 1994 draws to a close with Blackburn Rovers still top and now with a three-point lead over Manchester United as well as a game in hand. Liverpool and Nottingham Forest are still in distant contention while a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur are now putting pressure on the top five, while Leeds United and Manchester City's challenges are practically dead and buried as they have slid down the table considerably. Norwich City, meanwhile, finish 1994 in seventh place as manager John Deehan looks set to defy the critics who felt he could never successfully replace Mike Walker and mount a challenge for another European place. The month-end bottom four of Everton, Aston Villa, Ipswich Town and Leicester City remain unchanged from last month. Middlesbrough continue to lead the Division One promotion race, now five points ahead of their nearest rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tranmere Rovers, Reading and Sheffield United complete the top five, while the change of manager at Swindon Town has made little difference to their league form (though they continue to progress well in the League Cup) as they are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

2 January 1995 - Alan Shearer adds another hat-trick for Blackburn Rovers in their 4-2 home win over West Ham United in the league. Ipswich Town give their survival hopes a boost with a 4-1 home win over fellow strugglers Leicester City.

6 January 1995 - Aston Villa sign striker Tommy Johnson and defender Gary Charles from Derby County for £1.45million each.

7 January 1995 - Division Three Walsall hold Premier League Leeds United to a 1-1 draw the Bescot Stadium in the FA Cup third round to force a replay. Enfield's hopes of achieving an upset against Leicester City are ended when they lose 2-0 to the home side at Filbert Street. Marlow's FA Cup dream ends in a 2-0 defeat at Swindon Town. Wrexham shock Ipswich Town 2-0, while Aylesbury United's dream ends in a 4-0 thrashing by Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Birmingham City hold Liverpool to a goalless draw.

9 January 1995 - Manchester United meet Sheffield United in the FA Cup at Bramall Lane for the second season running, and triumph 2-0.

10 January 1995 - Manchester United break the English transfer fee record by signing Andy Cole from Newcastle United in a deal worth £7million; £6million cash plus £1million-rated winger Keith Gillespie, 19.

11 January 1995 - Everton are reported to be in the process of making a £2.5million bid for 31-year-old Manchester United striker Mark Hughes, whose future at Old Trafford has been threatened by the arrival of Andy Cole.

13 January 1995 - Arsenal pay Luton Town £2.5million for 19-year-old Welsh striker John Hartson.

14 January 1995 - Ipswich Town collect three priceless points in a shock 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield, in which 21-year-old winger Adam Tanner scores the only goal.

15 January 1995 - Mark Hughes suffers a knee injury as he scored Manchester United's goal in their 1-1 league draw at Newcastle United. It is feared that he has suffered cruciate ligament damage and will be out of action until next season, effectively ending Everton's hopes of signing him any time soon.

16 January 1995 - Tests show that the knee injury suffered by Mark Hughes yesterday is less serious than feared, and he is expected to return to action before the end of next month.

17 January 1995 - Walsall's FA Cup dream is ended in a 5-2 defeat by Leeds United at Elland Road in the third round replay.

20 January 1995 - Steve Nicol, Liverpool's longest serving player, joins Notts County on a free transfer.

21 January 1995 - Leeds United pay a club record £3.4million for Eintracht Frankfurt's Ghanaian striker Tony Yeboah.

22 January 1995 - Blackburn Rovers are now just one point ahead of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League after Alex Ferguson's men beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford with Eric Cantona's 12th league goal of the season.

25 January 1995 - After being sent off for kicking an opponent in Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, Eric Cantona leaps into the crowd and kicks spectator Matthew Simmons, who had allegedly been making racist remarks to the Frenchman.

26 January 1995 - Blackburn Rovers beat Ipswich Town 4-1 in the league at Ewood Park, with Alan Shearer scoring yet another hat-trick.

27 January 1995 - Eric Cantona is suspended by his employers for the rest of the season and fined £20,000 after being charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

28 January 1995 - In the first game after the Eric Cantona incident, Manchester United beat Wrexham 5-2 in the FA Cup fourth round at Old Trafford. Brian Flynn's Division Two underdogs gave United a scare after taking an early lead, but United soon blew them apart.

30 January 1995 - Brian Little continues his reshaping of the Aston Villa squad with the £1.7million sale of defender Earl Barrett to Everton.

31 January 1995 - The month ends with Blackburn Rovers still leading the Premier League, while Manchester United have cut their lead to a single point Kenny Dalglish's men have a two-game advantage of their Old Trafford rivals. Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United complete the top five. Ipswich Town and Leicester City continue to prop up the top flight, while Aston Villa and Everton have surged clear of the drop zone at the expense of Coventry City and West Ham United. Middlesbrough are now two points ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers (who are level with Bolton Wanderers) at the top of Division One, with Reading and Tranmere Rovers completing the top five.

4 February 1995 - Andy Cole scores his first goal for Manchester United in a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

11 February 1995 - Aston Villa match the record for a Premier League victory when they beat Wimbledon 7-1 at Villa Park. Recently signed striker Tommy Johnson scores a hat-trick. The Manchester derby at Maine Road is won 3-0 by United.

13 February 1995 - Less than six months after leaving them to return to West Ham United, Tony Cottee scores twice against Everton in a 2-2 league draw at Upton Park.

14 February 1995 - George Graham, whose job as Arsenal manager is reportedly under threat due to sub-standard Premier League form as well as allegations of illegal payments, pays Vitesse Arnhem £2million for Holland winger Glenn Helder.

15 February 1995 - England's friendly international against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin is cancelled, with the Republic 1-0 in the lead thanks to Wolverhampton Wanderers striker David Kelly, due to rioting by England hooligans believed to be member of the Combat 18 organisation.

21 February 1995 - George Graham is sacked as Arsenal manager after he admits to receiving an illegal payment of £425,000 from Norwegian agent Rune Hauge when Arsenal signed Pal Lydersen in 1991 and John Jensen in 1992. Assistant manager Stewart Houston will take over as manager until the end of the season before Arsenal find a permanent manager to succeed Graham, who had been in charge at Highbury since May 1986 and had won six major trophies.

22 February 1995 - In Brian Little's first game against old club Leicester City since leaving them for Aston Villa, the two sides draw 4-4 in the league at Villa Park.

24 February 1995 - The Football Association extends Eric Cantona's suspension until 30 September and he is fined a further £10,000.

25 February 1995 - Manchester United's hopes of a third successive league title win are damaged by a 1-0 defeat to a resurgent Everton, with Duncan Ferguson scoring the only goal.

28 February 1995 - Blackburn Rovers remain month-end leaders of the Premier League, but failed to take maximum advantages of the two games they had in hand and are still only three points ahead of second-placed Manchester United. The challenge from the remainder of the top five - Newcastle United, Liverpool and particularly Nottingham Forest - is becoming more and more distant, while Norwich City's challenge for a UEFA Cup place has collapsed into a battle to avoid relegation in the space of a few weeks. The bottom four remain unchanged apart from West Ham United climbing out of the drop zone at the expense of a goal-shy Crystal Palace. Tranmere Rovers have stormed to the top of Division One at the expense of Middlesbrough, with the top five being completed by Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

4 March 1995 - Andy Cole becomes the first player to score five goals in a Premier League game in Manchester United's 9-0 home win over Ipswich Town - which is also the biggest win yet in the Premier League.

10 March 1993 - Aston Villa sign defender Alan Wright from Blackburn Rovers for £1million.

11 March 1995 - Liverpool's faint hopes of a unique domestic treble are ended when they lose 2-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup quarter-final.

12 March 1995 - Everton's season which began with a 12-match winless start in the league is showing signs of turning into a success after they beat Newcastle United 1-0 at Goodison Park in the FA Cup quarter-final. Manchester United reach the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, managed by former United player Ray Wilkins and ending his hopes of beginning his managerial career with FA Cup glory.

13 March 1995 - Chelsea captain Dennis Wise (28) is sentenced to three months in prison for assault and criminal damage, but is released on bail pending an appeal against his conviction and sentence. The court case follows an alleged attack on a taxi driver in London.

14 March 1995 - Liverpool's hopes of making a late run to the title are virtually ended when they lose 3-2 at home to Coventry City, with Peter Ndlovu scoring a hat-trick for the Sky Blues.

15 March 1995 - Blackburn Rovers strengthen themselves for the title run-in with a £1.5million move for Southampton defender Jeff Kenna.

17 March 1995 - Southampton pay a club record £1.2million for Sheffield Wednesday striker Gordon Watson.

21 March 1995 - Liverpool pay Millwall £1.5million for 18-year-old Irish winger Mark Kennedy.

23 March 1995 - A judge at Croydon Crown Court sentences Eric Cantona to 14 days in prison for his attack on Matthew Simmons. He is released on bail, pending an appeal against the sentence. Meanwhile, Cantona's team-mate Paul Ince faces charges relating to the incident, while Matthew Simmons will also face prosecution.

31 March 1995 - Eric Cantona's prison sentence is quashed on appeal and he is sentenced to 120 hours of community service. Meanwhile, his Manchester United side are still second in the league to a Blackburn Rovers team who have a three-point lead and a game in hand. The threat from Liverpool, Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest is now even more distant to the point that it could be mathematically ended within a couple of weeks. At the other end of the table, Ipswich Town and Leicester City continue to prop up the rest of the Premier League and will now need a practical miracle to beat the drop. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are sinking deeper and deeper into hot water, while Southampton have fallen into the bottom four. A first win of 1995 has helped ease Norwich City's worries as they stand 12th, but they are just six points ahead of 19th-placed Southampton who have two games in hand. Arsenal, still reeling from the George Graham and Paul Merson scandals, are suddenly under surprise threat of relegation from a division they traditionally compete at the top end of. Middlesbrough have regained their lead of Division One, where Bolton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Reading complete the top five.

1 April 1995 - Nottingham Forest achieve a record Premier League away win when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 7-1 at Hillsborough. Meanwhile, Ipswich Town and Leicester City's survival hopes are virtually ended by home defeats.

2 April 1995 - Liverpool beat Bolton to win the League Cup with a brace from man of the match, Steve McManaman. A thrilling game at The Dell sees Southampton move closer to safety with a 4-3 win over Tottenham, with Matt Le Tissier scoring twice for the hosts and Teddy Sheringham scoring twice for the visitors.

5 April 1995 - On-loan Ghanaian striker Tony Yeboah scores a hat-trick for Leeds United in a 4-0 home win over Ipswich Town - a result which relegates the visitors. Leicester City cling onto their Premier League status with a 1-0 home win over a Norwich City who are heading towards the relegation zone just three months after being in close contention for a UEFA Cup place.

6 April 1995 - It is announced that Eric Cantona's community service order will take place in the form of coaching football to young boys in the Manchester area.

8 April 1995 - Norwich City fall closer to the relegation zone in a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United. Leicester City's relegation is confirmed by a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

9 April 1995 - 35-year-old Crystal Palace supporter Paul Nixon is crushed to death by a coach outside a Walsall public house before the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park between Crystal Palace and Manchester United. Mr Nixon had been trying to escape a brawl between supporters of the two teams, after being stabbed and seriously injured by a brick. The semi-final ended in a 2-2 draw, while Everton crush Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 in the other semi-final.

12 April 1995 - Manchester United reach the FA Cup final after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in the semi-final replay. Their opponents will be Everton, who crushed Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 in the other semi-final.

15 April 1995 - Ian Wright keeps up his strong record of goals against Ipswich Town by scoring in a 4-1 league win for Arsenal at Highbury. Manchester United keep their title hopes alive with a 4-0 win at relegated Leicester City, while Southampton continue their surge up the table with a 2-1 home win over Queen's Park Rangers.

17 April 1995 - Manchester United's title bid is made harder when Chelsea hold them to a goalless draw at Old Trafford. However, their neighbour's City do them a favour by beating leaders Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at Ewood Park, a result which boosts their own battle against relegation.

30 April 1995 - Middlesbrough clinch the Division One championship - and the only automatic promotion place to the Premier League for this season - by beating Luton Town in the final game at 93-year-old Ayresome Park and at the end of Bryan Robson's first season in management. Middlesbrough will relocate to the new 30,000-seat Riverside Stadium in August. Meanwhile, up in the Premier League, the final full month of the season ends with Manchester United still pushing Blackburn Rovers hard, with the margin now five points wide with four games to go, as Blackburn blew a chance to extend their lead today as they lost 2-0 at West Ham. Liverpool are the only other team now in with a mathematical chance of winning the title, and all minds at Anfield are focused on the final day of the season when they welcome former manager Kenny Dalglish and his Blackburn Rovers side for what could very well be the title decider. At the other end of the table, Ipswich Town and Leicester City both had their relegation confirmed earlier in the month, while Norwich City have sunk into the relegation zone and Crystal Palace are still in it - but only on goal difference, and they have a game in hand over 18th-placed West Ham United.

1 May 1995 - Manchester United cut Blackburn's Premier League lead to two points with a 3-2 away win over relegation threatened Coventry City, with Andy Cole scoring twice - taking his tally for United to 11 goals in 15 league games.

6 May 1995 - Norwich City's relegation is confirmed as they lose 2-1 at Leeds United.

7 May 1995 - Manchester United continue to put the pressure on Blackburn Rovers as a David May goal gives them a 1-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.

8 May 1995 - Blackburn Rovers maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League when Alan Shearer scores the only goal of a 1-0 win against his hometown club Newcastle United.

9 May 1995 - Everton confirm their survival with a 1-0 away win over doomed Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Coventry City are virtually safe thanks to a 3-1 away win over Tottenham, as are West Ham United after a 3-0 home win over Liverpool.

14 May 1995 - Blackburn Rovers are crowned league champions for the first time in 81 years, despite losing 2-1 at Liverpool on the final day of the season. Blackburn's title status was confirmed after their nearest contenders Manchester United could only manage a 1-1 draw with West Ham United. The final Premier League relegation place goes to Crystal Palace, despite their dynamic fightback from being 3-0 down at Newcastle United they still lose 3-2. Aston Villa's safety is confirmed by a 1-1 draw with already-relegated Norwich at Carrow Road.

19 May 1995 - Trevor Francis is sacked after four years as manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

20 May 1995 - Everton win the FA Cup thanks to a Paul Rideout goal in the final, which leaves Manchester United (who narrowly missed out on repeating the double) without a major trophy for the first time since 1989. Rideout's goal came in the 30th minute, and United made a few late attempts to equalise (including two extremely close attempts by Paul Scholes in the dying minutes of the game) but all shots were foiled by a courageous Neville Southall.

24 May 1995 - Paul Ince is cleared of assaulting a Crystal Palace supporter in the skirmish that followed Eric Cantona's attack on Matthew Simmons four months ago. It was already known that the spectator who accused Ince of assault had a history of football-related violence dating back to the early 1970s.

30 May 1995 - Manchester City, still looking for a new manager following the dismissal of Brian Horton, agree to sell striker Niall Quinn to Sporting Lisbon of Portugal in a £2million deal.

31 May 1995 - Dutch superstar Ruud Gullit accepts an offer to join Chelsea on a free transfer from Sampdoria.

5 June 1995 - Niall Quinn's transfer to Sporting Lisbon falls through after he fails to agree a contract.

5 June 1995 - Newcastle United sign Warren Barton from Wimbledon for £4million - a national record for a defender.

23 June 1995 - Manchester United announce the sale of striker Mark Hughes to Chelsea for £1.5million and midfielder Paul Ince to Inter Milan for £7.5million.

26 June 1995 - Aston Villa play a club record £3.5million for Partisan Belgrade's 22-year-old Serbian striker Savo Milošević, taking the place of Dean Saunders, who had linked up with his former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness at Turkish side Galatasaray along with Newcastle United's Barry Venison and Coventry City's Mike Marsh.

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