Middlesbrough 3-3 Norwich City May 8, 1993 Premier League Ayresome Park What was on the line? For City, it was a place in the UEFA Cup first round. With this game the final one of 42 in the 1992-93 season, Norwich were battling for the top three with Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers; only two of the three teams could qualify for Europe.
The club pockets around £8 from each £10 match pass sold, for both home and away fixtures, with sales having peaked at 2,200. Those figures are for the number of passes bought, rather than people watching, with that set to be substantially more based upon multiple people from the same household watching the same stream, but also matches being watched illegally, something the EFL are looking to clamp down on. That has meant Rovers have been more reliant than ever on the owners making up some of the shortfall, with ticketing revenue previously accounting for between 20 and 25 per cent of the club's revenue. “We've had accelerated payments from the league on different solidarity payments, but the flip-side of that is that we've been testing which has cost a couple of hundred thousand pounds that we pay back on a monthly payment plan back to the league,” CEO Steve Waggott told the Lancashire Telegraph.
Pilkington is no stranger to his travels having spent a collective eight seasons at Norwich and Cardiff City but this is a first foray to foreign shores. When the 32-year-old returned to his native North West to play for Wigan last season, his career, in a geographical sense at least, had come full circle - just seven miles from Atherton Collieries where it had all started some 15 years earlier. He thought he was home to stay but a points deduction and relegation from the Championship to League One left Wigan in tatters and Pilkington searching for a new club. “It was great being back home with my family and I know my parents were definitely glad to see me back after living away for so long at Norwich and Cardiff,” Pilkington told the Lancashire Telegraph.
|Promotion (League Winners): Norwich City|
|Promotion (League Position): Bournemouth|
|Promotion (Play Off): Watford, Swansea City, Reading, Bristol City|
|Relegation (League Position): Wycombe Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County|