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Backed by a £304m TV Deal with SKY and the BBC, the inaugural season of the Premier League kicked off in 1992 with the transfer of Southampton’s Geordie Alan Shearer to newly promoted Blackburn for a British Transfer record of, depending on sources, £3.5m. Meanwhile, having saved Newcastle United from relegation to the 3rd tier of English football, Kevin Keegan’s revolutionising of the club continued as a 3-2 opening victory over Southend United was watched by the largest crowd in the country. As the season played out, an Eric Cantona inspired Manchester United won their first title since 1967 thanks in some part to the Boxing Day injury of Shearer. Scoring a remarkable 16 goals in his first 21 games for the club, Shearer’s 2nd placed Rovers won only 2 of their following 11 games meaning their championship aspirations were over for this season at least.

Having won the last 2 games of the 1991-92 season, Keegan’s United won the first 11 league games of the season and defeated top flight Middlesbrough in the Coca Cola Cup. As the season progressed, the manager continued to rebuild the squad buying players primarily for the first team as the September arrival of Rob Lee preceded the £2.9m spent on Scott Sellars, Mark Robinson

and new club record Andy Cole. 7 of the last 8 games returned 3 points as The Mag’s lifted the Football Leagues ‘new’ Division One trophy. The high turnover of players during Keegan’s first 12 months in charge meant that, although Tommy Wright, Alan Neilson Liam O’Brien and Kevin Sheedy remained at the club, only Kevin Scott,

As It Was, When It Was

Pre-season, 1993

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...