2007–08 Premier League

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Premier League
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Season2007–08
Dates11 August 2007 – 11 May 2008
Champions Manchester United
10th Premier League title
17th English title
Relegated Reading
Birmingham City
Derby County
Champions League Manchester United
Chelsea
Arsenal
Liverpool
UEFA Cup Portsmouth
Everton
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
Intertoto Cup Aston Villa
Matches played380
Goals scored1,002 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo (31 goals)
Biggest home win Middlesbrough 8–1 Manchester City
(11 May 2008)
Biggest away win Derby County 0–6 Aston Villa
(12 April 2008)
Highest scoring Portsmouth 7–4 Reading
(29 September 2007)
Longest winning run8 games [1]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run21 games [1]
Chelsea
Longest winless run32 games [1]
Derby County
Longest losing run8 games [1]
Reading
Wigan Athletic
Highest attendance76,013 [2]
Manchester United v West Ham United
(3 May 2008)
Lowest attendance14,007 [2]
Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough
(15 August 2007)
Average attendance36,076 [2]
2008–09

The 2007–08 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) season was the 16th since its establishment. The first matches of the season were played on 11 August 2007, and the season ended on 11 May 2008. Manchester United went into the 2007–08 season as the Premier League's defending champions, having won their ninth Premier League title and sixteenth league championship overall the previous season. This season was also the third consecutive season to see the "Big Four" continue their stranglehold on the top four spots (which mean UEFA Champions League qualification).

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The first goal of the season was scored by Michael Chopra, who scored a 94th-minute winner for Sunderland against Tottenham in the early kick-off. [3] The first red card of the season was given to Reading's Dave Kitson after a challenge on Patrice Evra in their opening game against Manchester United. [4] The first hat-trick was scored by Emmanuel Adebayor in the match between Arsenal and Derby County. [5]

On 29 September 2007, Portsmouth beat Reading 7–4 in the highest-scoring match in Premier League history. [6] On 15 December 2007, both Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers) and Marcus Bent (Wigan Athletic) scored hat-tricks during Wigan's 5–3 home win over Blackburn. This was the first occasion in Premier League history that two players on opposing teams had scored hat-tricks during the same match. [7]

On 29 March 2008, Derby County drew 2–2 with Fulham while Birmingham City, who were 17th in the table at the time, beat Manchester City 3–1, to make Derby County the first team in Premier League history to be relegated in March, [8] ending the season with an all-time top flight record low points tally of just 11.

On 11 May 2008, the final day of the season, Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 2–0 while Chelsea drew 1–1 with Bolton Wanderers, thus crowning Manchester United with their tenth Premier League title, and 17th championship overall, just one behind Liverpool's total of 18. Meanwhile, despite Birmingham beating Blackburn Rovers 4–1 and Reading beating Derby 4–0, both Birmingham and Reading were relegated due to Fulham's 1–0 win over Portsmouth. This meant that Fulham avoided relegation by a goal difference of −22, compared to Reading's −25. On the same day, Middlesbrough beat Manchester City 8–1 to claim the biggest win of the season.

The season was notable for the return of the English league to the top of UEFA's official ranking list, overtaking La Liga for the period from 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009. This followed the success of English clubs in the UEFA Champions League, with both champions Manchester United and runners-up Chelsea reaching the European Cup final. This was the first time that the English league had topped the UEFA rankings since the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985.

Teams

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams were Sunderland, Birmingham City (both teams returning after a season's absence) and Derby County (returning after a five-year absence). They replaced Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic and Watford. The previous season had seen Sheffield United and Watford both suffer an immediate return to the Championship, while Charlton Athletic were relegated after a seven-year top flight spell.

Stadiums and locations

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Greater London Premier League football clubs
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Greater Manchester Premier League football clubs
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
Arsenal London (Holloway) Emirates Stadium 60,355
Aston Villa Birmingham (Aston) Villa Park 42,640
Birmingham City Birmingham (Bordesley) St Andrew's Stadium 30,009
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,157
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 26,300
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,276
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 47,726
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 76,212
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,049
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,688
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,244
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Upton Park 35,303
Wigan Athletic Wigan JJB Stadium 25,138

Personnel and kits

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Flag of France.svg William Gallas Nike Emirates
Aston Villa Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill Flag of England.svg Gareth Barry Nike 32red
Birmingham City Flag of Scotland.svg Alex McLeish Ulster Banner.svg Damien Johnson Umbro F&C Investments
Blackburn Rovers Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes Flag of New Zealand.svg Ryan Nelsen UmbroBet 24
Bolton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Gary Megson Flag of England.svg Kevin Davies Reebok Reebok
Chelsea Flag of Israel.svg Avram Grant Flag of England.svg John Terry Adidas Samsung Mobile
Derby County Flag of England.svg Paul Jewell Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Robbie Savage Adidas Derbyshire Building Society
Everton Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes Flag of England.svg Phil Neville Umbro Chang Beer
Fulham Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson Flag of the United States.svg Brian McBride Nike LG
Liverpool Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City Flag of Sweden.svg Sven-Göran Eriksson Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Dunne Le Coq Sportif Thomas Cook.com
Manchester United Flag of Scotland.svg Sir Alex Ferguson Flag of England.svg Gary Neville Nike AIG
Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Gareth Southgate Flag of Ghana.svg George Boateng Erreà Garmin [9]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Kevin Keegan Flag of England.svg Nicky Butt Adidas Northern Rock
Portsmouth Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Flag of England.svg Sol Campbell Canterbury Oki
Reading Flag of England.svg Steve Coppell Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Murty Puma Kyocera
Sunderland Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Flag of England.svg Dean Whitehead Umbro boylesports.com
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Spain.svg Juande Ramos Flag of England.svg Ledley King PumaMansion Casino
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Alan Curbishley Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lucas Neill Umbro XL Airways
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mario Melchiot Umbro JJB Sports

In addition, Premier League officials were supplied with new kit made by Umbro, replacing American makers Official Sports, and are sponsored by Air Asia, replacing Emirates. The 2007–08 season saw a new font used for the names on the back of players' shirts. [10]

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Paul Jewell Resigned14 May 2007 [11] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Chris Hutchings 14 May 2007 [12]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson (caretaker)End of caretaker period14 May 2007 Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce 15 May 2007 [13]
Manchester City Flag of England.svg Stuart Pearce Sacked14 May 2007 [14] Flag of Sweden.svg Sven-Göran Eriksson 6 July 2007 [15]
Chelsea Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho Mutual consent20 September 2007 [16] 5th Flag of Israel.svg Avram Grant 20 September 2007 [16]
Bolton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Sammy Lee 17 October 2007 [17] 19th Flag of England.svg Gary Megson 25 October 2007 [18]
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Jol Sacked25 October 2007 [19] 18th Flag of Spain.svg Juande Ramos 27 October 2007 [20]
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Chris Hutchings 5 November 2007 [21] Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce 26 November 2007 [22]
Birmingham City Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce Wigan purchased rights for £3m19 November 2007 [22] 15th Flag of Scotland.svg Alex McLeish 28 November 2007 [23]
Derby County Flag of Scotland.svg Billy Davies Mutual consent26 November 2007 [24] 20th Flag of England.svg Paul Jewell 28 November 2007 [25]
Fulham Ulster Banner.svg Lawrie Sanchez Sacked21 December 2007 [26] 18th Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson 30 December 2007 [27]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce Mutual consent9 January 2008 [28] 11th Flag of England.svg Kevin Keegan 16 January 2008 [29]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C)3827658022+5887Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Chelsea 38251036526+3985
3 Arsenal 38241137431+4383Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Liverpool 38211346728+3976
5 Everton 38198115533+2265Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
6 Aston Villa 381612107151+2060Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
7 Blackburn Rovers 381513105048+258
8 Portsmouth 38169134840+857Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 1]
9 Manchester City 381510134553855Qualification for the UEFA Cup first qualifying round [lower-alpha 2]
10 West Ham United 381310154250849
11 Tottenham Hotspur 381113146661+546Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 3]
12 Newcastle United 3811101745652043
13 Middlesbrough 3810121643531042
14 Wigan Athletic 3810101834511740
15 Sunderland 381162136592339
16 Bolton Wanderers 389101936541837
17 Fulham 388121838602236
18 Reading (R)381062241662536Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Birmingham City (R)388111946621635
20 Derby County (R)38182920896911
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Competition
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. As FA Cup winners
  2. Manchester City qualified as the highest-ranked team not already qualified for European competitions of Premier League Fair Play Ranking by The Football Association, the top association among UEFA Fair Play ranking winners.
  3. As League Cup winners

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BIR BLB BOL CHE DER EVE FUL LIV MCI MUN MID NEW POR REA SUN TOT WHU WIG
Arsenal 1–11–12–02–0 1–0 5–01–02–11–11–02–21–13–03–12–03–2 2–1 2–02–0
Aston Villa 1–2 5–1 1–14–02–02–02–02–11–21–11–41–14–11–33–10–12–11–00–2
Birmingham 2–2 1–2 4–11–00–11–11–11–12–23–10–13–01–10–21–12–24–10–13–2
Blackburn Rovers 1–10–42–14–10–13–10–01–10–01–01–11–13–10–14–21–01–10–13–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–31–13–01–20–11–01–20–01–30–01–00–01–30–13–02–01–11–04–1
Chelsea 2–1 4–43–20–01–16–11–1 0–0 0–06–02–11–02–11–01–02–02–01–01–1
Derby County 2–60–61–21–21–10–20–22–21–21–10–10–11–02–20–40–00–30–50–1
Everton 1–42–23–11–12–00–11–03–0 1–2 1–00–12–03–13–11–07–10–01–12–1
Fulham 0–32–12–02–22–1 1–2 0–01–00–23–30–31–20–10–23–11–33–30–11–1
Liverpool 1–12–20–03–14–01–16–0 1–0 2–01–0 0–1 3–23–04–12–13–02–24–01–1
Manchester City 1–31–01–02–24–20–21–00–22–30–0 1–0 3–13–13–12–11–02–11–10–0
Manchester United 2–14–01–02–02–02–04–12–12–0 3–0 1–2 4–16–02–00–01–01–04–14–0
Middlesbrough 2–10–32–01–20–10–21–00–21–01–18–12–2 2–2 2–00–12–21–11–21–0
Newcastle United 1–10–02–10–10–00–22–23–22–00–30–21–5 1–1 1–43–0 2–0 3–13–11–0
Portsmouth 0–02–04–20–13–11–13–10–00–10–00–01–10–10–0 7–4 1–00–10–02–0
Reading 1–31–22–10–00–21–21–01–00–23–12–00–21–12–10–22–10–10–32–1
Sunderland 0–11–12–01–23–10–11–00–11–10–21–20–43–2 1–1 2–02–11–02–12–0
Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 4–42–31–21–14–44–01–35–10–22–11–11–11–42–06–42–04–04–0
West Ham United 0–12–21–12–11–10–42–10–22–11–00–22–13–02–20–11–13–11–11–1
Wigan Athletic 0–01–22–05–31–00–22–01–21–10–11–10–21–01–00–20–03–01–11–0
Source: Barclays Premier League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals [43]
1 Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 31
2 Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Torres Liverpool 24
Flag of Togo.svg Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal
4 Flag of Paraguay.svg Roque Santa Cruz Blackburn Rovers 19
5 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Benjani Portsmouth / Manchester City 15
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham Hotspur
Flag of Ireland.svg Robbie Keane
Flag of Nigeria.svg Yakubu Everton
9 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Tevez Manchester United 14
10 Flag of Norway.svg John Carew Aston Villa 13

Fastest scorers

ScorerTime (seconds)TeamOpponent
Geovanni 28 Manchester City Wigan Athletic
Cameron Jerome 32 Birmingham City Derby County
Yakubu 47 Everton Portsmouth
David Healy 50 Fulham Arsenal

Clean sheets

Discipline

Average home attendance

Overall

Home

Away

Records

Awards

Monthly awards

MonthManager of the MonthPlayer of the Month
August 2007 Sven-Göran Eriksson (Manchester City) [46] Micah Richards (Manchester City) [46]
September 2007 Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) [47] Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal) [47]
October 2007 Mark Hughes (Blackburn Rovers) [48] Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) [48]
November 2007 Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa) [49] Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) [49]
December 2007 Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) [50] Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers) [50]
January 2008 Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) [51] Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) [51]
February 2008 David Moyes (Everton) [52] Fernando Torres (Liverpool) [52]
March 2008 Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) [53] Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) [53]
April 2008 Avram Grant (Chelsea) [54] Ashley Young (Aston Villa) [54]

Annual awards

Premier League Manager of the Season

Sir Alex Ferguson picked up the Premier League Manager of the Season award for the eighth time. [55]

Premier League Player of the Season

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Premier League Player of the Season accolade for the second season in succession. [55]

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2008 was won by Cristiano Ronaldo for the second year in a row. [56]

The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, in alphabetical order, was as follows:

PFA Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: David James (Portsmouth)
Defence: Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy (both Arsenal), Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (both Manchester United)
Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Attack: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was won by Cesc Fàbregas of Arsenal. [56]

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

FWA Footballer of the Year

The FWA Footballer of the Year award for 2008 was won by Cristiano Ronaldo for a second successive season. The Manchester United winger saw off the challenges of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, who finished second and third respectively. [57]

Premier League Golden Boot

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the winner of the Premier League Golden Boot award. The Manchester United winger's 31 goals from 34 league appearances helped see off stiff opposition for this award from Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and Fernando Torres of Liverpool. This was the first Premier League season that a player has scored more than 30 goals since Alan Shearer's 31-goal haul for Blackburn Rovers twelve years prior. [55] [58]

Premier League Golden Glove

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina claimed the Premier League Golden Glove award for the third season in succession. Clean sheets in 18 out of the 38 games meant Reina kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the top flight during the 2007–08 campaign. [59]

Premier League Fair Play Award

The Premier League Fair Play Award is a merit given to the team who has been the most sporting and best behaved team. Tottenham topped the Fair Play League, ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. [60] The least sporting side was Blackburn Rovers who finished in last place in the rankings. [61]

LMA Manager of the Year

The LMA Manager of the Year award was won by Sir Alex Ferguson after leading Manchester United to back-to-back league title wins. The award was presented by Fabio Capello on 13 May 2008. [62]

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

2007 winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, was named the PFA Fans' Player of the Year again in 2008. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres finished second, with Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas finishing third. [63]

PFA Merit Award

BBC broadcaster and former England and Blackpool full-back Jimmy Armfield received the PFA Merit Award for his services to the game. [56]

Premier League Merit Award

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese winger, collected the Premier League Merit Award for reaching 30 league goals this season. [58]

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