Chelsea’s record run begins while Walsall go the other way
5 November ~ Chelsea's win was their second match in a club-record sequence of 27 games undefeated. Relegated the previous season, Bobby Campbell's side took three points from their first six games but ended up as champions on 99 points, 17 ahead of Manchester City.
Their goals at Watford came from strike partners Gordon Durie and Kerry Dixon. The latter finished as second top scorer in the division on 25 goals, one behind Keith Edwards of Hull. Dixon was to score the first of Chelsea’s goals in their 3-2 win at Manchester City in March.
In complete contrast to Chelsea, Walsall's defeat at Oldham was the second game in a run of 15 straight defeats – the last of which was a 7-0 home thrashing by the future champions in February. Walsall finished seven points adrift at the bottom.
Their manager Tommy Coakley, who had got the club promoted the previous year, was sacked after the 11th defeat and never worked in League football again. Birmingham and Shrewsbury also went down after spending most of the season in the relegation places.
Watford were top for another month but finished fourth and lost in the play-off semi-finals to Blackburn. Crystal Palace knocked out Swindon in the other play-off semi, then beat Blackburn 4-3 on aggregate in the two-legged final with Ian Wright scoring the decisive goal.
Steve Harrison was sacked as Watford manager during a poor run the following season. He then teamed up with his former boss Graham Taylor as England assistant coach but was dismissed after a press outcry over his party piece – he would crouch on top of a wardrobe and poo into a cup on the floor. Whether it ever helped team bonding is unclear.
Plymouth fan-favourite Tommy Tynan scored all four of their goals in their defeat of Blackburn. Several future managers were on the scoresheet this weekend including Martin Foyle and Paul Simpson for Oxford, John Sheridan (Leeds) and Andy Ritchie (Oldham), while Sky pundit Don Goodman scored for West Brom.