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The 1991-92 season was the 112th season of competitive football in England.

Overview

First Division

The last-ever league championship before the creation of the Premier League was won by Leeds United who overhauled Manchester United thanks to the efforts of players like Eric Cantona, Gordon Strachan, Lee Chapman, David Batty, Gary Speed and Gary McAllister. After runners-up Manchester United came newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday, who were quickly emerging as one of the most feared sides in England.

Defending champions Arsenal slipped to fourth place in the 1991-92 season and never made a serious threat to retain their title. The previous season's runners-up Liverpool slipped to sixth in their first full season under the management of Graeme Souness.

Newly promoted West Ham United were relegated in bottom place, with another newly promoted side - Notts County - following days later. The last day of the season saw Luton Town lose their top flight status after 10 seasons.

Second Division

John Lyall took Ipswich Town back to the First Division after a six-year absence for the Suffolk club. The Tractor Boys were followed up by runners-up Middlesbrough, but it was playoff winners Blackburn Roversmarker whose promotion made the biggest headlines. Bankrolled by millionaire chairman Jack Walker and managed by former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, Rovers beat Leicester 1-0 in the playoff final to end a 26-year exile from the top flight.

The Second Division relegation places were occupied by Port Vale, Plymouth Argyle and Brighton & Hove Albion - the latter team had been playoff losing finalists just 12 months before going down, but their fortunes had been ruined by financial problems.

Third Division

New manager Phil Holder guided Brentford to a surprise Third Division championship success, while Terry Cooper's Birmingham occupied runners-up spot and the playoffs were won by Chris Turner's Peterborough United.

The Third Division drop zone was occupied by Shrewsbury Town, Bury, Torquay United and Darlington.

Fourth Division

Burnley won the Fourth Division title to join Wolverhampton Wanderers as champions of all four divisions of the Football League. Also going up were Rotherham United, Mansfield Town and play-off winners Blackpool.

On 25 March 1992, Aldershot were declared bankrupt and obliged to resign from the Football League - their record was expunged. There was no relegation from the Football League in 1991-92. Carlisle United finished bottom, and Conference champions Colchester United returned to the league after a two-year absence.

FA Cup

Liverpool's Graeme Souness compensated for a disappointing first season as manager in the league by steering the Reds to a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Second Division underdogs Sunderland.

League Cup

Manchester United missed out on the league title but achieved success in the League Cup with a 1-0 triumph against Nottingham Forest in the final.

League Tables

First Division

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Leeds United 42 22 16 4 74 37 82
2. Manchester United 42 21 15 6 63 33 78
3. Sheffield Wednesday 42 21 12 9 62 49 75
4. Arsenal 42 19 15 8 81 47 72
5. Manchester City 42 20 10 12 61 48 70
6. Liverpool 42 16 16 10 47 40 64
7. Aston Villa 42 17 9 16 48 44 60
8. Nottingham Forest 42 16 11 15 60 58 59
9. Sheffield United 42 16 9 17 65 63 57
10. Crystal Palace 42 14 15 13 53 61 57
11. QPR 42 12 18 12 48 47 54
12. Everton 42 13 14 15 52 51 53
13. Wimbledon 42 13 14 15 53 53 53
14. Chelsea 42 13 14 15 50 60 53
15. Tottenham 42 15 7 20 58 63 52
16. Southampton 42 14 10 18 39 55 52
17. Oldham 42 14 9 19 63 67 51
18. Norwich City 42 11 12 19 47 63 45
19. Coventry City 42 11 11 20 35 44 44
20. Luton Town 42 10 12 20 39 71 42
21. Notts County 42 10 10 22 40 62 40
22. West Ham 42 9 11 22 37 59 38


Second Division
                             P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1. IPSWICH TOWN (P)        46  16  3  4  42  22   8  9  6  28  28  84
 2. MIDDLESBROUGH (P)       46  15  6  2  37  13   8  5 10  21  28  80
 3. Derby County            46  11  4  8  35  24  12  5  6  34  27  78
 4. Leicester City          46  14  4  5  41  24   9  4 10  21  31  77
 5. Cambridge United        46  10  9  4  34  19   9  8  6  31  28  74
 6. BLACKBURN ROVERS (P)    46  14  5  4  41  21   7  6 10  29  32  74
 7. Charlton Athletic       46   9  7  7  25  23  11  4  8  29  25  71
 8. Swindon Town            46  15  3  5  38  22   3 12  8  31  33  69
 9. Portsmouth              46  15  6  2  41  12   4  6 13  24  39  69
10. Watford                 46   9  5  9  25  23   9  6  8  26  25  65
11. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46  11  6  6  36  24   7  4 12  25  29  64
12. Southend United         46  11  5  7  37  26   6  6 11  26  37  62
13. Bristol Rovers          46  11  9  3  43  29   5  5 13  17  34  62
14. Tranmere Rovers         46   9  9  5  37  32   5 10  8  19  24  61
15. Millwall                46  10  4  9  32  32   7  6 10  32  39  61
16. Barnsley                46  11  4  8  26  25   5  7 11  19  32  59
17. Bristol City            46  10  8  5  30  24   3  7 13  25  47  54
18. Sunderland              46  10  8  5  36  23   4  3 16  25  42  53
19. Grimsby Town            46   7  5 11  25  28   7  6 10  22  34  53
20. Newcastle United        46   9  8  6  38  30   4  5 14  28  54  52
21. Oxford United           46  10  6  7  39  30   3  5 15  27  43  50
22. PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (R)     46  11  5  7  26  26   2  4 17  16  38  48
23. BRIGHTON & H ALBION (R) 46   7  7  9  36  37   5  4 14  20  40  47
24. PORT VALE (R)           46   7  8  8  23  25   3  7 13  19  34  45


Third Division
                             P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1. BRENTFORD (P)           46  17  2  4  55  29   8  5 10  26  26  82
 2. BIRMINGHAM CITY (P)     46  15  6  2  42  22   8  6  9  27  30  81
 3. Huddersfield Town       46  15  4  4  36  15   7  8  8  23  23  78
 4. Stoke City              46  14  5  4  45  24   7  9  7  24  25  77
 5. Stockport County        46  15  5  3  47  19   7  5 11  28  32  76
 6. PETERBOROUGH UNITED (P) 46  13  7  3  38  20   7  7  9  27  38  74
 7. West Bromwich Albion    46  12  6  5  45  25   7  8  8  19  24  71
 8. Bournemouth             46  13  4  6  33  18   7  7  9  19  30  71
 9. Fulham                  46  11  7  5  29  16   8  6  9  28  37  70
10. Leyton Orient           46  12  7  4  36  18   6  4 13  26  34  65
11. Hartlepool United       46  12  5  6  30  21   6  6 11  27  36  65
12. Reading                 46   9  8  6  33  27   7  5 11  26  35  61
13. Bolton Wanderers        46  10  9  4  26  19   4  8 11  31  37  59
14. Hull City               46   9  4 10  28  23   7  7  9  26  31  59
15. Wigan Athletic          46  11  6  6  33  21   4  8 11  25  43  59
16. Bradford City           46   8 10  5  36  30   5  9  9  26  31  58
17. Preston North End       46  12  7  4  42  32   3  5 15  19  40  57
18. Chester City            46  10  6  7  34  29   4  8 11  22  30  56
19. Swansea City            46  10  9  4  35  24   4  5 14  20  41  56
20. Exeter City             46  11  7  5  34  25   3  4 16  23  55  53
21. BURY (R)                46   8  7  8  31  31   5  5 13  24  43  51
22. SHREWSBURY TOWN (R)     46   7  7  9  30  31   5  4 14  23  37  47
23. TORQUAY UNITED (R)      46  13  3  7  29  19   0  5 18  13  49  47
24. DARLINGTON (R)          46   5  5 13  31  39   5  2 16  25  51  37


Fourth Division
                             P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1. BURNLEY (P)             42  14  4  3  42  16  11  4  6  37  27  83
 2. ROTHERHAM UNITED (P)    42  12  6  3  38  16  10  5  6  32  21  77
 3. MANSFIELD TOWN (P)      42  13  4  4  43  26  10  4  7  32  27  77
 4. BLACKPOOL (P)           42  17  3  1  48  13   5  7  9  23  32  76
 5. Scunthorpe United       42  14  5  2  38  18   7  4 10  25  41  72
 6. Crewe Alexandra         42  12  6  3  33  20   8  4  9  33  31  70
 7. Barnet                  42  16  1  4  48  23   5  5 11  33  38  69
 8. Rochdale                42  12  6  3  34  22   6  7  8  23  31  67
 9. Cardiff City            42  13  3  5  42  26   4 12  5  24  27  66
10. Lincoln City            42   9  5  7  21  24   8  6  7  29  20  62
11. Gillingham              42  12  5  4  41  19   3  7 11  22  34  57
12. Scarborough             42  12  5  4  39  28   3  7 11  25  40  57
13. Chesterfield            42   6  7  8  26  28   8  4  9  23  33  53
14. Wrexham                 42  11  4  6  31  26   3  5 13  21  47  51
15. Walsall                 42   5 10  6  28  26   7  3 11  20  32  49
16. Northampton             42   5  9  7  25  23   6  4 11  21  33  46
17. Hereford United         42   9  4  8  31  24   3  4 14  13  33  44
18. Maidstone United        42   6  9  6  24  22   2  9 10  21  34  42
19. York City               42   6  9  6  26  23   2  7 12  16  35  40
20. Halifax Town            42   7  5  9  23  35   3  3 15  11  40  38
21. Doncaster Rovers        42   6  2 13  21  35   3  6 12  19  30  35
22. Carlisle United         42   5  9  7  24  27   2  4 15  17  40  34


Events

Premier League gets go-ahead

1991-92 was the last season of the four-division Football League. For 1992-93, the First Division would become the breakaway FA Premier League, and the Football League would contain just three divisions. The new league was seen as the last chance to maintain interest in a sport which had been blighted in recent years by numerous incidents of hooliganism and images of decay at football grounds which had contributed to the Bradford Fire Disaster and the Hillsborough Disaster.

Leeds grab title

Leeds United won the last-ever league championship before the creation of the F.A Premier League, two years after returning to the top flight. Driving force in the title triumph was experienced midfielder Gordon Strachan, who helped Leeds overtake Strachan's former club Manchester United in the title race.

Dalglish makes comeback to deliver promised land to Blackburn

Blackburn Roversmarker, managed by former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, won promotion to the new F.A Premier League to end a 26-year exile from the top flight of English football. Their triumph was sealed with a 1-0 win over Leicester City in the playoff final, thanks to a penalty from Mike Newell - a former Leicester striker.

Aldershot go bust

Aldershot, who had been plagued with financial problems for two years, finally went out of business on 25 March. Their Fourth Division record was expunged and their place in the Football League was taken over by Colchester United for the 1992-93 season. A new club Aldershot Town was formed almost immediately, and joined the Third Division of the Isthmian League for the following season.

League Cup win at last for United

Manchester United won the League Cup for the first time in their history after Brian McClair scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at Wembleymarker. It was some consolation for their failed title challenge.

Souness delivers Cup glory for Reds

Liverpool won the FA Cup for the fifth time in their first full season under the management of Graeme Souness, beating Second Division underdogs Sunderland 2-0 in the final at Wembley. Ian Rush set a new record for scoring in FA Cup Finals at Wembley with his 5th goal.

Burnley enter the history books

Burnley won the last ever Fourth Division championship to join Wolves as only the second English team to have been champions of all four divisions of the English league. It was Burnley's first successful season after a period of misery which had almost seen them relegated to the Conference in 1987.

The Owls make an impressive comeback

Newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday finished third in the league and qualified for the UEFA Cup, confounding suggestions that 37-year-old player-manager Trevor Francis was too inexperienced to keep the Owls in the top flight.

Euro final returns to Wembley

Wembley hosted the European Cup final for the first time in 14 years. Barcelona of Spain beat Sampdoria of Italy 1-0.

Keegan rescues Newcastle

Newcastle United sacked manager Ossie Ardiles, just 36 hours after being told by chairman John Hall that his job was safe. Hall appointed former striker Kevin Keegan as manager in hope of staving off relegation from the Second Division - and he succeeded.

Successful players

In his last season at Tottenham Hotspur before joining Nagoya Grampus Eight of Japan, Gary Lineker was voted FWA Footballer of the Year after scoring 28 goals in all competitions during the 1991-92 season.

The PFA Player of the Year award went to Manchester United's rock solid and ultra reliable central defender Gary Pallister.

The PFA voted Manchester United's exciting 18-year-old winger Ryan Giggs as Young Player of the Year beating three other emerging young talents to the award in Steve McManaman, Nick Barmby and team mate Lee Sharpe to the award. Giggs also picked up a League Cup winner's medal, but just missed out on the league title.

Veteran Scottish midfielder Gordon Strachan, now in his 35th year, had another brilliant season as he proved the driving force in Leeds United's championship glory.

Little known Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel quickly established himself as one of the most feared shot-stoppers in Europe in his first season with Manchester United, helping them win the League Cup and come within a shout of championship glory.

Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst earned himself an England call-up after helping his side finish third in the league and earn their first European qualification since the 1960s.

Mike Newell made a stylish comeback from injury to score a winning penalty for Blackburn Roversmarker in the Second Division playoff final, pipping his old club Leicester to a place in the new Premier League.

Successful managers

Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson brought the league championship trophy to Elland Roadmarker just two seasons after they gained promotion to the First Division.

Manchester United's Alex Ferguson added another trophy to the Old Traffordmarker boardroom, this time the club's first-ever League Cup.

Graeme Souness marked his first full season as Liverpool manager with an FA Cup triumph.

Trevor Francis had a successful first season as player-manager of Sheffield Wednesday, who finished third in the league and qualified for the UEFA Cup to end a 28-year absence from European competitions.

John Lyall brought First Division football back to Ipswich Town for the first time since 1985-86.

Kenny Dalglish put together an impressive squad to win promotion to the new FA Premier League for fallen giant Blackburn Roversmarker.

Phil Holder had a successful first season in management by winning the Third Division title with Brentford.

Chris Turner guided Peterborough United to a second successive promotion as they won the Third Division playoffs to claim a place in the second tier of the English league for the first time in their history.

Jimmy Mullen won the last-ever Fourth Division title with Burnley, who joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in the distinction of having been champions of all four divisions of the English league.

Roy McDonough steered Colchester United to title success in the Conference to return the club to the Football League after a two-year exile.

European qualifiers

Leeds United were rewarded for their championship success with a place in the European Cup for the 1992-93 season.

Runners-up Manchester United and third-placed Sheffield Wednesday were England's entrants for the UEFA Cup.

England's place in the Cup Winners Cup went to Liverpool.

Biggest rise

Blackburn Rovers won promotion to the new Premier League to end their 26-year spell outside the top flight.

Biggest fall

Brighton & Hove Albion were relegated to the league's third tier (Division Two next season) just one year after narrowly missing out on promotion to the top flight and eight years after being FA Cup finalists.

Famous debutants

29 January 1992: Ray Parlour, 18-year-old midfielder, makes his debut for Arsenal in their 2-0 league defeat against Liverpool.

2 May 1992: Eddie Newton, 20-year-old midfielder, comes on and scores as a substitute on his debut for Chelsea in the final game of the league season as they lose 2-1 to Everton.

Diary of the season

11 July 1991 - Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge returns to Englandmarker in a £250,000 move to Tranmere Rovers, becoming their record signing after spending two years in Spainmarker with Real Sociedad, while Dalian Atkinson departs from Real Sociedad in a £1.6million move to Aston Villa where he is playing under manager Ron Atkinson (no relation) who sold him to the Spaniards from Sheffield Wednesday a year earlier.

12 July 1991 - Ron Atkinson looks to the future when he signs 18-year-old defender Ugo Ehiogu for Aston Villa from West Bromwich Albion for £40,000.

15 July 1991 - Mark Wright becomes Britain's most expensive defender when Liverpool sign him from Derby County for £2.2million.

19 July 1991 - Liverpool break the national transfer record by paying Derby County £2.9million for striker Dean Saunders.

20 July 1991 - Aston Villa sell David Platt to A.S. Bari of Italymarker for £6.5million - the most expensive fee for a British player, and more than double the latest record paid by a British club.

23 July 1991 - Nottingham Forest pay a club record £2million for Millwall's striker Teddy Sheringham, who was the Football League's top goalscorer last season.

25 July 1991 - 37-year-old midfielder Jimmy Case moves from Southampton on a free transfer to AFC Bournemouth, who sell defender Shaun Teale to Aston Villa for £300,000.

31 July 1991 - Coventry City pay £130,000 for 22-year-old striker Paul Furlong from Isthmian League side Enfield.

2 August 1991 - Liverpool sell Peter Beardsley to Everton for £1million.

6 August 1991 - Kevin Richardson becomes the third player to leave Real Sociedad for an English club this summer when he is sold to Aston Villa for £450,000.

7 August 1991 - Liverpool sell Steve Staunton to Aston Villa for £1.1million.

12 August 1991 - Manchester United's summer-long search for a new goalkeeper ends when they pay Brondbymarker £500,000 for 27-year-old Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

13 August 1991 - Mark Walters follows his former Rangers manager Graeme Souness to Liverpool in a £1.25million deal.

14 August 1991 - Manchester City set a new national record for a defender by paying Wimbledon £2.5million for Keith Curle.

15 August 1991 - Sheffield Wednesday preprare for their return to the First Division by paying a club record £1.2million for Rangers and England goalkeeper Chris Woods, while Liverpool sell defender Gary Gillespie to Celtic for £925,000.

16 August 1991 - Tottenham Hotspur pay a club record £2.2million for Chelsea and Scotland striker Gordon Durie, while Coventry City pay a tiny fraction of that fee when signing Zimbabweanmarker striker Peter Ndlovu from Highlanders for £10,000.

19 August 1991 - Cardiff City pay a Fourth Division record fee of £100,000 for Chester City striker Carl Dale.

30 August 1991 - Former Tottenham Hotspur full-back Cyril Knowles dies of cancer aged 47. Three months ago he retired as manager of Hartlepool United shortly after taking them to promotion to the Third Division.

31 August 1991 - August draws to a close with Manchester United top of the First Division with 11 points from their first five games. Liverpool, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur occupy the next four places, while winless Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Luton occupy the bottom three places in the top flight. [246814] Ipswich Town lead the way in the Second Division, with Bristol City second. The playoff zone is occupied by Cambridge United, Tranmere Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City.

2 September 1991 - Don Mackay becomes the first managerial casualty of the season when he is sacked by Blackburn Rovers after more than four years in charge. Coach Tony Parkes is appointed caretaker manager.

20 September 1991 - Tottenham defender Terry Fenwick, 31, is sentenced to four months in prison for drink-driving. [246815]

23 September 1991 - Arsenal pay a club record £2.5million for Crystal Palace striker Ian Wright.

30 September 1991 - Manchester United lead the First Division with a six-point margin over second-placed Leeds United as September draws to a close. Also in contention are Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday (newly promoted), Chelsea, Coventry City and Tottenham Hotpsur, while Sheffield United are bottom of the table having only just achieved their first league win of the season. [246816] The Second Division is being led by a thriving Middlesbrough side in their first season under the management of Lennie Lawrence. Ipswich Town occupy second place. Swindon Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Cambridge United occupy the playoff zone. [246817]

1 October 1991 - Crystal Palace play a club record £1.8million for Sunderland's 23-year-old striker Marco Gabbiadini.

4 October 1991 - Liverpool sign 19-year-old Welsh-born right back Rob Jones from then fourth division Crewe Alexandra for £300,000.

7 October 1991 - Ray Harford resigns after 16 months as manager of Wimbledon and is succeeded by Peter Withe, whose only experience of management so far is his spell as Aston Villa assistant manager last season.

8 October 1991 - John Impey, who won promotion to the Third Division with Torquay United just weeks after his appointment as manager last season, is sacked after six months in the job after his side lost seven out of eight games in the league. 28-year-old player Wes Saunders is appointed caretaker manager - making him the youngest manager in the Football League.

12 October 1991 - Eight months after his controversial resignation from Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish returns to management with Blackburn Roversmarker in the Second Division. The 40-year-old Scotsman accepted an offer from chairman Jack Walker, who sees Dalglish as the man to bring top flight football back to one of the country's most historic sides. Dalglish has a dream start to his Blackburn career as his new team crush struggling Plymouth Argyle 5-2. Ray Harford, who walked out on Wimbledon five days ago, has dropped down a division and a level of responsibility to become Dalglish's assistant.

16 October 1991 - England beat Turkey 1-0 at Wembley in their penultimate Euro 92 qualifying game.

18 October 1991 - Everton buy 20-year-old defender Matthew Jackson from Luton Town for £600,000.

24 October 1991 - Justin Fashanu signs a trial contract with Newcastle United, who are battling against relegation from the Second Division.

31 October 1991 - Leeds United have leapfrogged Manchester United as First Division leaders as October draws to a close, but Alex Ferguson's men are just one point behind with a game in hand. Manchester City, Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday are currently the only the other teams posing a real threat to the top two, while Sheffield United remain bottom of the table with only two wins so far this season. [246818] The Second Division promotion race is still led by Middlesbrough, but second place is now occupied by a Cambridge United side who are in the hunt for a unique third successive promotion and First Division football for the first time in their history. The playoff zone is occupied by Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town, Ipswich Town and Derby County. [246819]

2 November 1991 - Billy Bremner, the Leeds United legend, is sacked as manager of Fourth Division strugglers Doncaster Rovers. Bremner, 48, has had two spells as manager of the South Yorkshiremarker club, at either side of his three-year spell as manager of Leeds that ended in 1988.

8 November 1991 - Kenny Dalglish's spending spree at Blackburn Rovers begins with a £700,000 (joint club record) move to bring defender Colin Hendry back to the club from Manchester City.

9 November 1991 - Cambridge United, in the Second Division after two successive promotions, start to look capable of achieving a unique third promotion in a row after going top of the Second Division.

12 November 1991 - First Division strugglers Notts County pay a club record £750,000 for Sheffield United striker Tony Agana.

13 November 1991 - England secure Euro 92 qualification by drawing 1-1 with Poland in Poznanmarker.

23 November 1991 - Justin Fashanu signs for Torquay United as manager Wes Saunders looks to boost his side's hopes of Third Division survival.

28 November 1991 - Gordon Cowans leaves Aston Villa for the second time, this time signing for Blackburn Rovers in a £200,000 deal.

29 November 1991 - Aston Villa pay Nottingham Forest £650,000 for midfielder Garry Parker.

30 November 1991 - As happened at the end of last month, Leeds United finish this month as First Division leaders with Manchester United one point behind and with a game in hand. The threat from other clubs is becoming weaker, with third placed Manchester City now eight points adrift of top place. Sheffield United, meanwhile, have improved this month to climb off bottom place and are now just one place and two points adrift of safety, while Luton Town are bottom and Southampton are second from bottom. [246820] Cambridge United remain top of the Second Division, with Middlesbrough in second place. Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Leicester City occupy the playoff zone. Another newly promoted side, Southend United, are also looking to emulate Cambridge United's surprise promotion challenge as they stand just one point short of the playoff zone. [246821]

4 December 1991 - Ossie Ardiles pays Leicester City £250,000 to bring Irish international striker David Kelly to Newcastle United, who are battling against relegation from a Second Division in which Ardiles had boasted that he could get the club promoted.

6 December 1991 - Chelsea sign striker Clive Allen from Manchester City for £250,000.

11 December 1991 - Millwall receive the go-ahead to relocate to a new 20,000-seat stadium at Senegal Fields. Construction work is expected to begin within the next few months and chairman Reg Burr is hoping to have his team playing in their new stadium for the 1993-94 season.

24 December 1991 - Manchester City pay Liverpool £900,000 for winger Steve McMahon.

26 December 1991 - Southend United displace Cambridge United at the top of the Second Division in their first season at this level, but within hours are displaced by Blackburn Rovers.

30 December 1991 - Denis Smith is sacked after nearly five years at Sunderland, where Malcolm Crosby takes over as caretaker manager.

31 December 1991 - 1991 draws to a close with Manchester United - fresh from a 6-3 win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Parkmarker - top of the table by two points and with two games in hand over second placed Leeds United. The threat from other clubs is becoming even more distant, with Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City both nine points behind the leaders and having played more games. Sheffield United have now climbed out of the relegation zone which is now occupied by Luton Town, West Ham United and Southampton. [246822] In the Second Division, Cambridge United have restored their lead of the division but are level on points with Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough. Southend United and Leicester City, just one point behind them, complete the top six. Portsmouth, Derby County, Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic are just outside the playoff zone. [246823]

1 January 1992 - Southend United, in the Second Division for the first time in their history, go top of the division for a few hours before Blackburn Rovers regain top spot.

4 January 1992 - Arsenal, defending league champions, lose 2-1 at Wrexhammarker, who finished bottom of the Fourth Division last season, in the FA Cup third round. Meanwhile, Manchester United defeat Leeds United to cancel out their opposition's chances of winning the double, and sparking their own challenge for a unique domestic treble.

6 January 1992 - Terry Butcher, at 33 still the youngest manager in the First Division, is sacked by Coventry City and replaced by his 56-year-old assistant Don Howe.

10 January 1992 - Notts County sell Paul Rideout to Glasgow Rangers for £500,000.

19 January 1992 - Wimbledon sack Peter Withe after three months as manager and replace him with reserve team manager Joe Kinnear.

22 January 1992 - Bolton Wanderers sign 19-year-old midfielder Jason McAteer from Northern Premier League side Marine.

31 January 1992 - Manchester United are still top of the First Division as January ends, with a two-point lead over Leeds United and a game in hand. Liverpool's recent good run of form has taken them to third place, but they are still 11 points off top place and are not looking like serious title contenders, although they are still in contention for the UEFA Cup and FA Cup. West Ham United, Southampton and Luton Town still occupy the bottom three places. [246824] The Second Division promotion race is being led by Blackburn Rovers, while Southend United's unlikely promotion challenge continues as they occupy second place in a division that they had never played in until this season. Ipswich Town, Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Cambridge United occupy the playoff zone. [246825]

5 February 1992 - Swansea City winger Alan Davies, 30, is found dead in his car near his home in South Walesmarker. Davies played for Manchester United in the 1983 FA Cup final, and later played for Newcastle United and Bradford City.

6 February 1992 - Newcastle United, second from bottom in the Second Division sack manager Ossie Ardiles after 11 months in charge and replace him with former striker Kevin Keegan. Frenchmanmarker Eric Cantona signs for Leeds United from Nimesmarker in a £900,000 deal after turning down a contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

13 February 1992 - Torquay United appoint Ivan Golac as manager, with striker Justin Fashanu as assistant manager, with Wes Saunders reverting to playing duties only after four months in charge, while Second Division strugglers Plymouth Argyle sack David Kemp and are reportedly interested in appointing Ossie Ardiles as his successor.

15 February 1992 - Nottingham Forest move closer to a second successive FA Cup final (and a unique cup double) by thrashing Bristol City 4-1 at the City Groundmarker in the fifth round. On the same day, Liverpool's challenge is hit by a major block as they draw 0-0 at Ipswich Town.

20 February 1992 - The Football Association confirms that the top 19 clubs in the First Division and the three newly promoted Second Division clubs will break away from the Football League and form a new FA Premier League of 22 clubs for next season.

25 February 1992 - Aston Villa sign defender Earl Barrett from Oldham Athletic for £1.7million.

26 February 1992 - The FA Cup fifth round replays see Southampton beat Bolton Wanderers 3-2 at The Dell, Sunderland beat West Ham United 3-2 at Upton Parkmarker, Liverpool beat Ipswich Town 3-2 at Anfieldmarker and Portsmouth beat Middlesbrough 4-2 at Ayresome Parkmarker.

28 February 1992 - 20-year-old Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich joins Aston Villa from Manchester United on a free transfer - just seven months after fellow United goalkeeper Les Sealey moved to Villa Parkmarker.

29 February 1992 - February draws to a close with Manchester United still leaders with a two-point margin over second placed Leeds United, while Liverpool's good run of form has taken a slight setback leaving Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday as the nearest (distant) title contenders. The bottom three teams remain unchanged from the previous two month-ends. [246826] The race for a place in the new Premier League is still being dominated by Kenny Dalglish's Blackburn Rovers, while Ipswich Town are second to them in the league. The playoff zone is occupied by Cambridge United, Southend United, Middlesbrough and Derby County. [246827] In the Third Division, referee Roger Wiseman is assaulted by a spectator during the Birmingham City-Stoke City promotion clash at St Andrew's, a game which was also marred by a pitch invasion.

2 March 1992 - Peter Shilton, at 42 the oldest player in the Football League, departs from Derby County after nearly five years to become player-manager of Plymouth Argyle.

7 March 1992 - Liverpool's bid for a fifth FA Cup triumph remains on track as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Anfield. Nottingham Forest's hopes of a unique cup double are ended as they are surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Portsmouth at Fratton Parkmarker. Sunderland are starting to look like surprise FA Cup contenders under their interim manager Malcolm Crosby after holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

11 March 1992 - Derby County's spending spree continues with a £1.3million move for Leicester City striker Paul Kitson, while Manchester City beef up their defence with a £500,000 move for Dutch defender Michel Vonk for HVV.

12 March 1992 - Within 24 hours of signing Paul Kitson for £1.3million, Derby County spend the same fee on another striker - this time Tommy Johnson from Notts County, while Arsenal sell 20-year-old striker Andy Cole to Bristol City for £500,000 after a loan spell.

18 March 1992 - The FA Cup quarter-final replays see Norwich City beat Southampton 2-1 and Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1. Bruce Rioch resigns after two years as Millwall manager to be replaced in the manager's seat by 35-year-old defender Mick McCarthy.

25 March 1992 - Fourth Division side Aldershot, who have struggled to stay afloat for the last two years, are declared bankrupt and forced to resign from the Football League.

27 March 1992 - Clive Allen's three-month spell at Chelsea ends with a £275,000 move to relegation-threatened West Ham United.

31 March 1992 - March draws to a close with Manchester United still top of the league, now one point ahead of Leeds United and with a game in hand. Luton Town and West Ham United remain in the relegation zone but Southampton have climbed out of it at the expense of Notts County. [246828] Ipswich Town have displaced Blackburn Rovers at the top of the Second Division, with the playoff zone being occupied by Cambridge United, Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Charlton Athletic. [246829]

5 April 1992 - Sunderland beat Norwich City 1-0 to reach their first FA Cup final since the 1973 triumph, while Portsmouth's hopes setting the piece for a unique non top division FA Cup final are put on hold as they can only manage a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, whose manager Graeme Souness is rushed to hospital just hours after the game to undergo an emergency heart operation.

12 April 1992 - Manchester United collect a piece of silverware for the third season running by defeating Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the League Cup final thanks to a Brian McClair goal, and they are still fighting a two-horse race with Leeds United for the league title.

13 April 1992 - Liverpool defeat Portsmouth on penalties after the FA Cup semi-final replay ends in a goalless draw. Justin Fashanu receives a £265 fine and a 28-day driving ban for speeding and failing to produce his driving licence.

26 April 1992 - Leeds United are confirmed as league champions for the first time in 18 years, and just 2 years after winning promotion, thanks to Manchester United's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool.

30 April 1992 - With Leeds United confirmed as champions, there is one game remaining and Manchester United's seemingly unassaible position in the top two is now under threat from Sheffield Wednesday, while Luton Town have to win their final game of the season to avoid losing the top flight place they have held since 1982. Notts County and West Ham United, meanwhile, have both had their relegation confirmed just one season after promotion. [246830] Ipswich Town have sealed promotion to the new Premier League as Second Division champions, ending six years outside the top flight. Leicester City, who this time last year narrowly avoided relegation to the Third Division, occupy the second automatic promotion place, but face competition from Derby County and Middlesbrough. Cambridge United and Charlton Athletic complete the top six, but the South Londonersmarker could be leapfrogged by Blackburn Rovers at the weekend. [246831]

1 May 1992 - Dave Stringer resigns as manager of Norwich City. Stringer, 48, had been in charge at Carrow Roadmarker for five seasons and had taken the club to the FA Cup semi finals twice as well as a club-best finish of fourth place in 1989. Youth team coach Mike Walker is announced as Stringer's successor.

2 May 1992 - Manchester United finished second in the league after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1, while Luton Town's final game of the season ends in defeat and their 10-year stay in the top flight is at an end. Middlesbrough beat Derby County and Leicester City to the second automatic promotion place in the Second Division. Blackburn Rovers have crept into the playoffs at the expense of Charlton Athletic, while Plymouth Argyle, Brighton and Port Vale have all been relegated. [246832]

5 May 1992 - It is announced that England will host the 1996 UEFA European Football Championships.

8 May 1992 - Phil Neal, the former Liverpool captain, is sacked after more than six years as manager of Bolton Wanderers. Neal, 41, oversaw Bolton's relegation to the Fourth Division in 1987 but won them promotion after just one season, and last season he took them to the brink of promotion to the Second Division. However, he could only manage them to 13th place in this season's Third Division.

9 May 1992 - Liverpool lift the FA Cup for the fifth time in their history thanks to a 2-0 win over Sunderland at Wembleymarker. The first goal of the game comes from Michael Thomas, who famously denied them the league title three years ago with a last-minute goal when playing for Arsenal. The second goal comes from Ian Rush, who has missed much of the season due to a spate of injuries.

25 May 1992 - Blackburn Roversmarker return to the top flight of English football after a 26-year exile after beating Leicester City in the Second Division playoff final. The only goal of the game was a penalty by striker Mike Newell, ironically a former Leicester player.

29 May 1992 - Bruce Rioch returns to football as manager of Bolton Wanderers.

1 June 1992 - England midfielder David Platt leaves Barimarker after one season to join Juventus in a £6.5million deal, the same fee that Bari signed him from Aston Villa for last summer.

11 June 1992 - England begin their Euro 92 campaign with a goalless draw with Denmark in Malmomarker.

14 June 1992 - England draw 0-0 with France in their second Euro 92 group game, leaving them needing to win their next game against host nation Sweden to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

16 June 1992 - Kevin Keegan continues to plot Newcastle United's revival bid by signing midfielder Paul Bracewell from Sunderland for £250,000.

17 June 1992 - Despite taking an early lead thanks to David Platt, England bow out of Euro 92 after two second-half goals put them 2-1 down to Sweden in Stockholmmarker.

Deaths

  • 30 August 1991 – Cyril Knowles, 47, who played at left back for Tottenham and England during the late 1960s and early 1970s, died of brain cancer. Achieved Fourth Division promotion success with Darlington in 1985 and Hartlepool United in 1991.
  • 27 September 1991 – Joe Hulme, 87, was a right-winger for Arsenal in Herbert Chapman's great interwar team. After the war, he was the manager of Tottenham Hotspur for four years.
  • 4 December 1991 – Cliff Bastin, 79, played centre-forward during Arsenal's hugely successful pre Second World War side and set a goalscoring record for the club which would be unbroken for some 60 years. Had played for Exeter City early in his career and a new stand at the club's St James's Park ground was named after him.
  • 13 January 1992 – Mick Leach, 44, played more than 300 games for Queens Park Rangers between 1965 and 1979. He helped them achieve their highest-ever league finish when they finished runners-up in the league title race at the end of the 1975-76 season, and continued at the club for the next three seasons before finishing his career with Cambridge United.
  • 4 February 1992 – Alan Davies, 30, who played on the left wing for Manchester United in their 1983 FA Cup triumph, was found dead in his car in South Wales. He had committed suicide. At the time of his death, Davies was employed by Swansea City and his other clubs had included Newcastle United and Bradford City.
  • 18 March 1992 – Jack Kelsey, 63, kept goal for Arsenal and Wales during the postwar years and played until his career was ended by a back injury suffered against Brazil in 1962.
  • April 1992 – Tommy Wilson, 61, scored for Nottingham Forest in their second FA Cup victory - when they beat Luton Town in the 1959 final at Wembleymarker.
  • 25 May 1992 – Daniel Yorath, 15, son of Wales manager Terry, collapsed and died as a result of a rare heart condition, just after joining the Leeds United youth team.


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