2006–07 in English football

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Football in England
Season2006–07
Men's football
FA Premier League Manchester United
Championship Sunderland
League One Scunthorpe United
League Two Walsall
Conference National Dagenham & Redbridge
FA Cup Chelsea
League Cup Chelsea
Community Shield Liverpool
  2005–06 Flag of England.svg 2007–08  
The new Wembley Stadium was completed in time for the 2006-07 season's FA Cup Final. Wembley Stadium closeup.jpg
The new Wembley Stadium was completed in time for the 2006–07 season's FA Cup Final.

The 2006–07 season was the 127th season of competitive association football in England.

Contents

Overview

Diary of the season

Clubs removed

Managerial changes

NameClubDate of departureReplacementDate of appointment
Glenn Hoddle Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 July 2006 [95] Mick McCarthy 21 July 2006 [96]
David O'Leary Aston Villa 19 July 2006 [97] Martin O'Neill 4 August 2006 [98]
Niall Quinn Sunderland 28 August 2006 [99] Roy Keane 28 August 2006 [100]
Dave Penney Doncaster Rovers 30 August 2006 [101] Sean O'Driscoll 8 September 2006 [102]
Mark McGhee Brighton & Hove Albion 8 September 2006 [103] Dean Wilkins 29 September 2006 [104]
Sean O'Driscoll Bournemouth 8 September 2006 [102] Kevin Bond 13 October 2006 [105]
Bryan Robson West Bromwich Albion 18 September 2006 [106] Tony Mowbray 13 October 2006 [107]
Gary Waddock Queens Park Rangers 20 September 2006 [108] John Gregory 20 September 2006 [108]
Kevin Blackwell Leeds United 20 September 2006 [109] Dennis Wise 24 October 2006 [110]
Nigel Spackman Millwall 25 September 2006 [111] Willie Donachie 22 November 2006 [112]
Nigel Worthington Norwich City 1 October 2006 [113] Peter Grant 13 October 2006 [114]
Brian Horton Macclesfield Town 1 October 2006 [115] Paul Ince 23 October 2006 [116]
David Hodgson Darlington 4 October 2006 [117] Dave Penney 30 October 2006 [118]
Paul Sturrock Sheffield Wednesday 19 October 2006 [119] Brian Laws 6 November 2006 [120]
Dennis Wise Swindon Town 24 October 2006 [110] Paul Sturrock 7 November 2006 [121]
Graham Rodger Grimsby Town 6 November 2006 [122] Alan Buckley 9 November 2006 [123]
Brian Laws Scunthorpe United 6 November 2006 [120] Nigel Adkins 7 December 2006 [124]
Iain Dowie Charlton Athletic 13 November 2006 [125] Les Reed 14 November 2006 [126]
Leroy Rosenior Brentford 18 November 2006 [127] Scott Fitzgerald 21 December 2006 [128]
Andy Ritchie Barnsley 21 November 2006 [129] Simon Davey 31 December 2006 [130]
Ian Atkins Torquay United 27 November 2006 [131] Luboš Kubík 27 November 2006 [132]
Phil Parkinson Hull City 4 December 2006 [133] Phil Brown 4 January 2007 [134]
Alan Pardew West Ham United 11 December 2006 [135] Alan Curbishley 13 December 2006 [136]
Steve Parkin Rochdale 17 December 2006 [137] Keith Hill 3 January 2007 [138]
Peter Shirtliff Mansfield Town 19 December 2006 [139] Billy Dearden 28 December 2006 [140]
John Gorman Northampton Town 20 December 2006 [141] Stuart Gray 2 January 2007 [142]
Les Reed Charlton Athletic 24 December 2006 [143] Alan Pardew 24 December 2006 [143]
Denis Smith Wrexham 11 January 2007 [144] Brian Carey 12 January 2007 [145]
Keith Alexander Peterborough United 15 January 2007 [146] Darren Ferguson 20 January 2007 [147]
Micky Adams Coventry City 17 January 2007 [148] Iain Dowie 19 January 2007 [149]
Luboš Kubík Torquay United 5 February 2007 [150] Keith Curle 8 February 2007 [151]
Colin Todd Bradford City 12 February 2007 [152] Stuart McCall 22 May 2007 [153]
Kenny Jackett Swansea City 15 February 2007 [154] Roberto Martínez 24 February 2007 [155]
Alan Knill Rotherham United 1 March 2007 [156] Mark Robins 6 April 2007 [157]
Peter Jackson Huddersfield Town 6 March 2007 [158] Andy Ritchie 11 April 2007 [159]
Roy McFarland Chesterfield 12 March 2007 [160] Lee Richardson 26 April 2007 [161]
Mike Newell Luton Town 15 March 2007 [162] Kevin Blackwell 27 March 2007 [163]
Scott Fitzgerald Brentford 10 April 2007 [164] Terry Butcher 24 April 2007 [165]
Chris Coleman Fulham 10 April 2007 [166] Lawrie Sanchez 11 May 2007 [167]
Rob Kelly Leicester City 11 April 2007 [168] Martin Allen 25 May 2007 [169]
Sam Allardyce Bolton Wanderers 29 April 2007 [170] Sammy Lee 30 April 2007 [171]
Mark Wright Chester City 30 April 2007 [172] Bobby Williamson 11 May 2007 [173]
Glenn Roeder Newcastle United 6 May 2007 [174] Sam Allardyce 15 May 2007 [175]
Paul Jewell Wigan Athletic 14 May 2007 [176] Chris Hutchings 14 May 2007 [177]
Stuart Pearce Manchester City 14 May 2007 [178] Sven-Göran Eriksson 6 July 2007 [179]
Neil Warnock Sheffield United 16 May 2007 [180] Bryan Robson 22 May 2007 [181]
Martin Allen Milton Keynes Dons 25 May 2007 [169] Paul Ince 25 June 2007 [182]
Paul Ince Macclesfield Town 24 June 2007 [182] Ian Brightwell 29 June 2007 [183]

National team

England began their qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 in September, beating Andorra 5–0. [184] Steve McClaren began his reign as head coach against Greece. [185]

DateVenueOpponentsScore [186] CompetitionEngland scorersMatch report
16 August 2006 Old Trafford (H)Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 4–0 F John Terry
Frank Lampard
Peter Crouch (2)
BBC
2 September 2006 Old Trafford (H)Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 5–0 ECQ Peter Crouch (2)
Steven Gerrard
Jermain Defoe (2)
BBC
6 September 2006 Skopje City Stadium (A)Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia 1–0ECQ Peter Crouch BBC
7 October 2006 Old Trafford (H)Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia 0–0ECQ BBC
11 October 2006 Maksimir Stadium,
Zagreb (A)
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 0–2ECQ BBC
15 November 2006 Amsterdam ArenA (A)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1–1F Wayne Rooney BBC
7 February 2007 Old Trafford (H)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 0–1F  BBC
24 March 2007 Ramat Gan Stadium,
Ramat Gan (A) [187] [188]
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 0–0ECQ BBC
28 March 2007 Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys,
Barcelona, Spain (A) [189]
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 3–0ECQ Steven Gerrard (2)
David Nugent
BBC
1 June 2007 Wembley Stadium (H)Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–1F John Terry BBC
6 June 2007 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (A)Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 3–0ECQ Joe Cole
Peter Crouch
Michael Owen
BBC
Key

Honours

League football

CompetitionWinnerDetailsMatch report
Premier League Manchester United 2006–07 Premier League BBC
FA Cup Chelsea 2006–07 FA Cup
beat Manchester United 1–0 in final
BBC
Carling Cup Chelsea 2006–07 Carling Cup
beat Arsenal 2–1 in final
BBC
Football League Championship Sunderland 2006–07 Football League BBC
Football League One Scunthorpe United 2006–07 Football League BBC
Football League Two Walsall 2006–07 Football League BBC
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Doncaster Rovers beat Bristol Rovers 3–2 in final BBC
FA Community Shield Manchester United 2007 FA Community Shield
beat Chelsea 1–1 (3-0 on penalties)
BBC

Non-league football

CompetitionWinnersDetails
Conference National winners Dagenham & Redbridge [190]
Conference National playoff winners Morecambe [87]
Conference North winners Droylsden [63]
Conference North playoff winners Farsley Celtic
Conference South winners Histon [191]
Conference South playoff winners Salisbury City
FA Trophy Stevenage Borough [192] beat Kidderminster 3–2 in final
FA Vase Truro City [193] beat A.F.C. Totton 3–1 in final

European qualification

CompetitionQualifiersReason for Qualification
UEFA Champions League Manchester United 1st in FA Premier League
Chelsea 2nd in FA Premier League
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round Liverpool 3rd in FA Premier League
Arsenal 4th in FA Premier League
UEFA Cup Tottenham Hotspur 5th in FA Premier League
Everton In lieu of League Cup winners
(qualification awarded as next-highest (6th) Premier League finishers to have not qualified for Europe because League Cup winners Chelsea had already qualified for the Champions League)
Bolton Wanderers In lieu of FA Cup winners
(qualification awarded as next-highest (7th) Premier League finishers to have not qualified for Europe because FA Cup winners Chelsea and Runners Up Manchester United had already qualified for the Champions League)
UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round Blackburn Rovers Highest Premier League finishers (10th) to have entered and not qualified for any other European competition

League tables

FA Premier League

After 3 seasons of missing out, Manchester United fought off the challenge of Chelsea and regained the Premier League title for the 9th time in 15 years. Despite finishing second, the Blues claimed a League Cup and FA Cup double, and Didier Drogba was the top flight's leading goalscorer with 20 in the league. The final two Champions League places went to Liverpool (who nearly won the competition for the 2nd time in 3 seasons only to lose out to A.C. Milan, the same opponents from the final 2 years previous) and Arsenal. Tottenham and Everton qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Bolton, despite the departure of long-serving manager Sam Allardyce shortly before the end of the season. Blackburn qualified for the Intertoto Cup thanks to the 18 goals of striker Benni McCarthy as well as the impressive efforts of manager Mark Hughes.

Newly promoted Reading, tipped by many critics for relegation, defied the odds by finishing 8th on their first ever season in the top flight. Portsmouth put last season's managerial debacle behind them to finish 9th, finishing just 2 points short of European qualification. Aston Villa's campaign, their first under former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, marked an improvement on the previous campaign which saw them go undefeated in their first nine and last nine matches, although a staggering 17 draws prevented a top-half finish.

Watford finished bottom, managing only 5 wins all season as they made a swift return to the Championship. The loss of Alan Curbishley and 3 managerial changes in Iain Dowie, Les Reed and then Alan Pardew ended Charlton's 7-year stay in the top flight. Ironically, Curbishley took charge at West Ham, another London club who looked certain for the drop after a poor season. However, a run of seven wins from their final nine matches was enough to secure their Premiership status, with a goal from Carlos Tevez giving the Hammers victory over champions Manchester United at Old Trafford, while sending Sheffield United down and beginning speculation from the Yorkshire club over whether Tevez was eligible to play. The matter was eventually settled out of court, with West Ham fined £5.5 million by the Premier League and ordered to pay the Blades compensation over five years. Wigan Athletic, in their second year in the top flight, narrowly avoided relegation on goal difference.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C)3828558327+5689Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Chelsea 38241136424+4083
3 Liverpool 38208105727+3068Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38191186335+2868
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38179125754+360Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 1]
6 Everton 381513105236+1658
7 Bolton Wanderers 38168144752556
8 Reading 38167155247+555
9 Portsmouth 381412124542+354
10 Blackburn Rovers 38157165254252Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round [lower-alpha 2]
11 Aston Villa 381117104341+250
12 Middlesbrough 381210164449546
13 Newcastle United 381110173847943
14 Manchester City 381191829441542
15 West Ham United 381252135592441
16 Fulham 388151538602239
17 Wigan Athletic 381082037592238
18 Sheffield United (R)381082032552338Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Charlton Athletic (R)388102034602634
20 Watford (R)385132029593028
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Since both finalists of the FA Cup (Manchester United and Chelsea) and the League Cup winners (Chelsea) were qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup spots were given to the 6th- and 7th-placed Premier League teams.
  2. The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded with a place in that competition. Blackburn Rovers occupied the Intertoto place, because Portsmouth and Reading did not apply. [194] A further place in the UEFA Cup was up for grabs via the Premiership Fair Play League. The winner is placed into a draw with the winners of Fair Play leagues in other countries. The representatives from the two countries that come out of the hat first are given a place in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round. Since the winners of the Premiership Fair Play League, Tottenham Hotspur, had already qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of their league position, their place in the Fair Play draw was given to Aston Villa. However, the places in the UEFA Cup were awarded to the representatives from Finland and Norway.

Leading goalscorer: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 20

Football League Championship

After losing their first four games, Sunderland looked ominous for a second relegation. The surprise appointment of Roy Keane by rookie chairman Niall Quinn paid off and they surged up the table, losing just one of their final 20 games to clinch promotion as champions. Keane's former Manchester United colleague, Steve Bruce also took Birmingham City back into the Premier League, ensuring that they only remained in the Championship for one season.

Derby County spent half the season in the top 2, but fell away in the final weeks to slip into the play-off places. Nonetheless, they won promotion by beating West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in the final at the recently opened new Wembley Stadium. This denied the Baggies an immediate return to the Premier League, which would have meant all 3 relegated clubs from the previous season were promoted.

Preston were perhaps the biggest chokers as they lost 5 of their final 7 games to slump out of the play-off places they had occupied through the bulk of the season, missing out on a third successive play-off finish. Cardiff City had been the early pace-setters, leading the table up until the midway point before their form tailed off badly in the second half.

After a play-off final appearance the previous year, Leeds finished bottom amidst yet more financial worries and acrimony, falling into the relegation zone in early October and, despite a late improvement, never leaving it. Their placing at the foot of the table was due to a 10-point deduction they suffered after going into voluntary administration after their relegation was all but confirmed on the penultimate weekend. The club came close to being expelled from the Football League during the summer after being unable to agree a deal with their creditors, but they were allowed to remain for the following season, albeit with a 15-point deduction. Regardless, it meant they would spend next season competing outside of the top two divisions for the first time in their history.

Luton, who would have finished bottom but for Leeds's deduction, were relegated after being forced to sell many of their top players due to mounting financial problems. They had spent the first half of the season safely in mid-table, but a disastrous run of form after the turn of the year saw them relegated back to League One after just two seasons. Southend lasted only a single season in the Championship after their two successive promotions; their season was essentially the opposite of Luton's, winning just three games until the turn of the year before an improvement in form gave them some hope. Colchester fared best of the newly promoted clubs, comfortably finishing in 10th, largely on the back of their strong home form at the division's smallest stadium, Layer Road.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Sunderland (C, P)46277127647+2988Promotion to the Premier League
2 Birmingham City (P)46268126742+2586
3 Derby County (O, P)46259126246+1684Qualification for Championship play-offs
4 West Bromwich Albion 462210148155+2676
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 462210145956+376
6 Southampton 462112137753+2475
7 Preston North End 46228166453+1174
8 Stoke City 461916116241+2173
9 Sheffield Wednesday 462011157066+471
10 Colchester United 46209177056+1469
11 Plymouth Argyle 461716136362+167
12 Crystal Palace 461811175850+865
13 Cardiff City 461713165753+464
14 Ipswich Town 46188206459+562
15 Burnley 461512195249+357
16 Norwich City 461692156711557
17 Coventry City 461682247621556
18 Queens Park Rangers 4614112154681453
19 Leicester City 4613141949641553
20 Barnsley 461552653853250
21 Hull City 4613102351671649
22 Southend United (R)4610122447803342Relegation to Football League One
23 Luton Town (R)4610102653812840
24 Leeds United (R)461372646722636 [lower-alpha 1]
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Leeds United had 10 points deducted for entering financial administration.

Leading goalscorer: Jamie Cureton (Colchester United) – 23

Football League One

With club physiotherapist Nigel Adkins promoted to the manager's role, Scunthorpe United topped the league as champions, having been in the bottom two divisions since the early 1960s. Prolific striker Billy Sharp was the also the division's leading marksman with 30 goals. Gary Johnson helped Bristol City achieve automatic-promotion after nearly a decade of near-misses and 2 play-off defeats, ending their eight-year exile from the Championship. Blackpool won the play-offs, ending nearly three decades in the bottom two divisions.

Brentford, who lost their manager Martin Allen just before the start of the season, finished bottom, having a dismal run of 21 games without a win. Rotherham won their first few games, wiping out their ten-point deduction early in the season; they ended up finishing thirteen points adrift however, and were relegated. Having started the decade in the Premier League, Bradford City fell into the bottom division for the first time in twenty-five years, with Chesterfield occupying the final relegation spot.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Scunthorpe United 46261377335+3891Division Champions, promoted
2 Bristol City 462510116339+2485Promoted
3 Blackpool 462411117649+2783Promoted through play-offs
4 Nottingham Forest 462313106541+2482Participated in play-offs
5 Yeovil Town 462310135539+1679
6 Oldham Athletic 462112136947+2275
7 Swansea City 462012146953+1672
8 Carlisle United 461911165455168
9 Tranmere Rovers 461813155853+567
10 Millwall 46199185962366
11 Doncaster Rovers 461615155247+563
12 Port Vale 46186226465160
13 Crewe Alexandra 46179206672660
14 Northampton Town 461514174851359
15 Huddersfield Town 461417156069959
16 Gillingham 461782156772159
17 Cheltenham Town 461592249611254
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 461411214958953
19 Bournemouth 4613132050641452
20 Leyton Orient 4612151961771651
21 Chesterfield 461211234553847Relegated
22 Bradford City 4611142147651847
23 Rotherham United 461392458751738 [lower-alpha 1]
24 Brentford 468132540793937
Source: [ citation needed ]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Notes:
  1. Rotherham United had 10 points deducted for entering financial administration.

Leading goalscorer: Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe United) – 30

Football League Two

The four teams relegated from League One in 2005–06 would occupy the top four this season, sending Walsall, Hartlepool United and Swindon Town back up. Bristol Rovers won the play-offs however, returning to League One after six years.

Torquay United had been both the last team to finish bottom under the old election system, and the last team to finish bottom of the League and survive due to the Conference champions not having a good enough ground. However, this season they finished bottom and dropped out of the League. They were joined by Boston United, who had voluntary arrangements in the 87th minute of the season's final game, but would still have been relegated even without the 10-point administration penalty. In a first since the introduction of automatic promotion and relegation between the Football League and Conference, Boston were relegated two divisions due to failing to pay footballing creditors, along with financial irregularities committed during their promotion season in 2001–02.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Walsall (C, P)46251476634+3289Promoted
2 Hartlepool United (P)462610106540+2588
3 Swindon Town (P)462510115838+2085
4 Milton Keynes Dons 46259127658+1884Participated in play-offs
5 Lincoln City 462111147059+1174
6 Bristol Rovers (O, P)462012144942+772
7 Shrewsbury 461817116846+2271
8 Stockport County 46218176554+1171
9 Rochdale 461812167050+2066
10 Peterborough United 461811177061+965
11 Darlington 461714155256465
12 Wycombe Wanderers 461614165247+562
13 Notts County 461614165553+262
14 Barnet 4616111955701559
15 Grimsby Town 461782157731659
16 Hereford United [lower-alpha 1] 461413194553855
17 Mansfield Town 461412205863554
18 Chester City 461314194048853
19 Wrexham 4613122143652251
20 Accrington Stanley [lower-alpha 1] 4613112270811150
21 Bury 4613112246611550
22 Macclesfield Town 4612122255772248
23 Boston United (R)4612102451802936 [lower-alpha 2] Relegated to Conference
24 Torquay United (R)467142536632735
Source: [ citation needed ]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 New club in the league
  2. Boston United had 10 points deducted for entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement. They were relegated directly to the Conference North for not paying their footballing creditors.

Leading goalscorer: Izale McLeod (Milton Keynes Dons) – 21

Monthly awards

MonthPremiershipChampionshipLeague OneLeague Two
ManagerPlayerManagerPlayerManagerPlayerManagerPlayer
August Alex Ferguson
Manchester United [195]
Ryan Giggs
Manchester United [195]
Dave Jones
Cardiff City [196]
Gareth Bale
Southampton [197]
Colin Calderwood
Nottingham Forest [196]
Leon Constantine
Port Vale [197]
Dennis Wise
Swindon Town [196]
Christian Roberts
Swindon Town [197]
September Steve Coppell
Reading [198]
Andy Johnson
Everton [195]
Geraint Williams
Colchester United [196]
Michael Chopra
Cardiff City [197]
Brian Laws
Scunthorpe United [196]
Nicky Maynard
Crewe Alexandra [197]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United [196]
Mark Stallard
Lincoln City [197]
October Alex Ferguson
Manchester United [195]
Paul Scholes
Manchester United [195]
Steve Cotterill
Burnley [196]
Diomansy Kamara
West Bromwich Albion [197]
Alan Knill
Rotherham United [196]
Billy Sharp
Scunthorpe United [197]
John Schofield
Lincoln City [196]
Jamie Forrester
Lincoln City [197]
November Steve Coppell
Reading [199]
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United [200]
Billy Davies
Derby County [201]
Darel Russell
Stoke City [197]
John Sheridan
Oldham Athletic [202]
Kris Commons
Nottingham Forest [197]
Richard Money
Walsall [203]
Steve Phillips
Bristol Rovers [197]
December Sam Allardyce
Bolton Wanderers [195]
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United [195]
Steve Bruce
Birmingham City [204]
Jason Koumas
West Bromwich Albion [197]
Simon Grayson
Blackpool [205]
Paul Heffernan
Doncaster Rovers [197]
Paul Ince
Macclesfield Town [206]
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
Hartlepool United [197]
January Rafael Benítez
Liverpool [207]
Cesc Fàbregas
Arsenal [207]
Billy Davies
Derby County [196]
David Nugent
Preston North End [208]
Sean O'Driscoll
Doncaster Rovers [196]
Enoch Showunmi
Bristol City [209]
Paul Sturrock
Swindon Town [196]
Michael Nelson
Hartlepool United [210]
February Alex Ferguson
Manchester United [211]
Ryan Giggs
Manchester United [211]
Roy Keane
Sunderland [212]
Stephen Ward
Wolverhampton Wanderers [213]
Nigel Adkins
Scunthorpe United [214]
Joe Murphy
Scunthorpe United [215]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United [216]
Wayne Hennessey
Stockport County [217]
March José Mourinho
Chelsea [218]
Petr Čech
Chelsea [218]
Roy Keane
Sunderland [219]
Gary Johnson
Bristol City [220]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United [221]
April Martin O'Neill
Aston Villa [222]
Dimitar Berbatov & Robbie Keane
Tottenham Hotspur [223]
Tony Pulis
Stoke City [224]
Simon Grayson
Blackpool [225]
Paul Trollope
Bristol Rovers [226]

Transfer deals

The summer transfer window saw many high-profile moves. These included Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack joining Chelsea, [227] [228] and Ruud van Nistelrooy leaving Manchester United to join Real Madrid. [229] West Ham United secured the surprise double signing of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez from Corinthians, [230] and Dietmar Hamann's transfer to Bolton Wanderers became the shortest in English footballing history. [231]

The January transfer window was quieter than the summer, with Ashley Young's £9.65m move to Aston Villa [232] and Matthew Upson's £6m move to West Ham United [233] the window's most expensive.

In total, Premiership clubs spent the highest amount on transfers in the summer since the transfer window system was introduced. [234]

Notable debutants

Retirements

Deaths

See also

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The 2008–09 season was the 129th season of competitive football in England. The Premier League started on 16 August 2008, while the Championship, League One, and League Two matches started on 9 August 2008. The regular season of the Football League ended on 3 May 2009, while the Premier League ended on 24 May 2009.

The 2009–10 season was the 130th season of competitive football in England.

The 2010–11 season was the 131st season of competitive football in England.

The 2013–14 season was the 134th season of competitive football in England.

2014–15 Premier League

The 2014–15 Premier League was the 23rd season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The fixtures were announced on 18 June 2014. The season started on 16 August 2014 and concluded on 24 May 2015.

The 2018–19 season was the 139th season of competitive association football in England.

The following is a list of records and statistics of the FA Women's Super League — the highest level of women's football in England — since its inception in 2011. Barring total appearances, all statistics do not include the 2017 FA WSL Spring Series, which bridged the gap between the 2016 and 2017–18 season, featuring only 8 games for each team. Many statistics will not include the 2019–20 FA WSL as, due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, it was cut short and was decided on a points-per-game basis — with Manchester City actually gaining more points than champions Chelsea.

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