2008–09 Premier League

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Premier League
Season2008–09
Dates16 August 2008 – 24 May 2009
Champions Manchester United
11th Premier League title
18th English title
Relegated Newcastle United
Middlesbrough
West Bromwich Albion
Champions League Manchester United
Liverpool
Chelsea
Arsenal
Europa League Everton
Aston Villa
Fulham
Matches played380
Goals scored942 (2.48 per match)
Top goalscorer Nicolas Anelka (19 goals)
Biggest home win Manchester City 6–0 Portsmouth
(21 September 2008)
Biggest away win Hull City 0–5 Wigan Athletic
(30 August 2008)
Middlesbrough 0–5 Chelsea
(18 October 2008)
West Bromwich Albion 0–5 Manchester United
(27 January 2009)
Highest scoring Arsenal 4–4 Tottenham Hotspur
(29 October 2008)
Liverpool 4–4 Arsenal
(21 April 2009)
Longest winning run11 games [1]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run21 games [1]
Arsenal
Longest winless run14 games [1]
Middlesbrough
Longest losing run6 games [1]
Blackburn Rovers
Hull City
Highest attendance75,569
Manchester United v Liverpool
(14 March 2009)
Lowest attendance14,169
Wigan Athletic v West Ham United
(4 March 2009)
Average attendance35,650
2009–10

The 2008–09 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 17th season since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992. Manchester United became champions for the 11th time on the penultimate weekend of the season, defending their crown after winning their tenth Premier League title on the final day of the previous season. They were run close by Liverpool, who had a better goal difference and who had beaten United home and away, including a 4–1 victory at Old Trafford, but who were undone by a series of draws. The campaign – the fixtures for which were announced on 16 June 2008 – began on Saturday, 16 August 2008, [2] and ended on 24 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, consisting of 17 who competed in the previous season and three promoted from the Football League Championship. The new match ball was the Nike T90 Omni.

Contents

At the start of this season, clubs were allowed to name seven substitutes on the bench instead of five. [3] This season was also different in that there was no New Year's Day game, as is traditional. This was because the FA Cup Third Round is traditionally played on the first Saturday in January, which in 2009 fell in the usual spot for New Year's league games. [4] September saw Manchester City taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, transforming them into one of the world's wealthiest football clubs, securing the signing of Robinho for a British record £32.5 million just seconds before the 2008 summer transfer window closed in the process. [5]

The first goal of the season was scored by Arsenal's Samir Nasri against newly promoted West Bromwich Albion in the fourth minute of the early kick-off game on the opening day of the season on 16 August. [6] Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa scored the first hat-trick of the season against Manchester City, scoring three goals in the space of seven minutes. [7] Manchester United clinched the 2009 Premier League title with a scoreless draw against Arsenal on 16 May 2009, their 11th Premier League title, and 18th League title overall, drawing level with fierce rivals Liverpool who finished as runners-up. It is the second time they clinched the title for three consecutive years, the first being in 2001.

West Bromwich Albion were the first team to be relegated to the Championship after losing 2–0 at home to Liverpool on 17 May 2009. They were joined in the Championship by Middlesbrough and Newcastle United on the last day of the season after Middlesbrough's defeat at West Ham United and Newcastle's 1–0 defeat at Aston Villa. It meant that Hull City and Sunderland stayed up despite home defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. The fact that Hull City avoided relegation (along with Stoke City, who stayed up relatively comfortably under the management of Tony Pulis), meant it was the first time since the 2005–06 season that more than one promoted club maintained their Premier League status. Aston Villa, Everton and Fulham all secured European football for the 2009–10 season through their league position. [8]

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 West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City (returning to the top flight after absences of two and twenty-three years respectively) and Hull City (playing top flight football for the first time ever). This was also Stoke City's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Reading (ending their two-year top flight spell), Birmingham City and Derby County (both teams relegated after a season's presence).

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 60,432
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,640
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,157
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 26,500
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KC Stadium 25,404
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,276 [9]
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 47,726
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 76,212
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,100
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,224
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Britannia Stadium 28,000
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,240
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 25,369
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Upton Park 35,303
Wigan Athletic Wigan JJB Stadium 25,138

Personnel and kits

(as of 24 May 2009)

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Flag of Spain.svg Cesc Fàbregas Nike Fly Emirates
Aston Villa Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill Flag of Denmark.svg Martin Laursen Nike Acorns [10]
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce Flag of New Zealand.svg Ryan Nelsen Umbro Crown Paints [11]
Bolton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Gary Megson Flag of England.svg Kevin Davies Reebok Reebok
Chelsea Flag of the Netherlands.svg Guus Hiddink Flag of England.svg John Terry Adidas Samsung
Everton Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes Flag of England.svg Phil Neville Umbro Chang
Fulham Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson Flag of England.svg Danny Murphy Nike LG
Hull City Flag of England.svg Phil Brown Flag of England.svg Ian Ashbee Umbro Karoo (H) / Kingston Communications (A, 3rd)
Liverpool Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Dunne Le Coq Sportif Thomas Cook
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 Austria.svg Emmanuel Pogatetz Erreà Garmin
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Flag of England.svg Nicky Butt Adidas Northern Rock
Portsmouth Flag of England.svg Paul Hart Flag of England.svg David James Canterbury Oki
Stoke City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis Flag of England.svg Andy Griffin Le Coq Sportif Britannia
Sunderland Flag of Scotland.svg Ricky Sbragia Flag of England.svg Dean Whitehead Umbro Boylesports
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Flag of England.svg Ledley King Puma Mansion.com
Casino & Poker
West Bromwich Albion Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray Flag of England.svg Jonathan Greening UmbroNone
West Ham United Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola Flag of England.svg Matthew Upson Umbro XL Holidays [12] / SBOBET [13]
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mario Melchiot Champion JJB Sports

Also, Nike provided new match balls, white with red and yellow (autumn/spring) and yellow with purple and black (winter), based on their T90 Laser II Omni model.

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyTableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Chelsea Flag of Israel.svg Avram Grant Sacked24 May 2008 [14] Pre-season Flag of Brazil.svg Luiz Felipe Scolari 1 July 2008 [15]
Manchester City Flag of Sweden.svg Sven-Göran Eriksson Mutual consent2 June 2008 [16] Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes 4 June 2008 [17]
Blackburn Rovers Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes Manchester City purchased rights for £4.6m [18] 4 June 2008 [17] Flag of England.svg Paul Ince 22 June 2008 [19]
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Alan Curbishley Resigned3 September 2008 [20] 5th Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola 11 September 2008 [21]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Kevin Keegan 4 September 2008 [22] 11th Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kinnear 26 September 2008 [23]
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Spain.svg Juande Ramos Sacked25 October 2008 [24] 20th Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp 26 October 2008 [24]
Portsmouth Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Signed by Tottenham26 October 2008 [24] 7th Flag of England.svg Tony Adams 28 October 2008 [25]
Sunderland Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Resigned4 December 2008 [26] 18th Flag of Scotland.svg Ricky Sbragia 27 December 2008 [27]
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Paul Ince Sacked16 December 2008 [28] 19th Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce 17 December 2008 [29]
Portsmouth Flag of England.svg Tony Adams 9 February 2009 [30] 16th Flag of England.svg Paul Hart 9 February 2009 [30]
Chelsea Flag of Brazil.svg Luiz Felipe Scolari 9 February 2009 [31] 4th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Guus Hiddink 11 February 2009 [32]
Newcastle United Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kinnear Medical break clause16 February 200913th Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer 31 March 2009 [33]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C)3828646824+4490Qualification for the Champions League group stage [lower-alpha 1]
2 Liverpool 38251127727+5086
3 Chelsea 3825856824+4483
4 Arsenal 38201266837+3172Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Everton 38171295537+1863Qualification for the Europa League play-off round [lower-alpha 1]
6 Aston Villa 381711105448+662
7 Fulham 381411133934+553Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38149154545051
9 West Ham United 38149154245351
10 Manchester City 38155185850+850
11 Wigan Athletic 381291734451145
12 Stoke City 381291738551745
13 Bolton Wanderers 381181941531241
14 Portsmouth 3810111738571941
15 Blackburn Rovers 3810111740602041
16 Sunderland 38992034542036
17 Hull City 388111939642535
18 Newcastle United (R)387131840591934Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Middlesbrough (R)387112028572932
20 West Bromwich Albion (R)38882236673132
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 Since both finalists of the FA Cup (Chelsea and Everton) and the League Cup winners (Manchester United) qualified for the European competitions based on their league position, the sixth-placed team (Aston Villa) received a berth in the Europa League play-off round and the seventh-placed team (Fulham) received a berth in the Europa League third qualifying round.

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BLB BOL CHE EVE FUL HUL LIV MCI MUN MID NEW POR STK SUN TOT WBA WHU WIG
Arsenal 0–24–01–0 1–4 3–10–01–21–12–02–12–03–01–04–10–0 4–4 1–00–01–0
Aston Villa 2–23–24–20–13–30–01–00–04–20–01–21–00–02–22–11–22–11–10–0
Blackburn Rovers 0–40–22–20–20–01–01–11–32–20–21–13–02–03–01–22–10–01–12–0
Bolton Wanderers 1–31–10–00–20–11–31–10–22–00–14–11–02–13–10–03–20–02–1 0–1
Chelsea 1–2 2–02–04–30–0 3–1 0–00–11–01–12–00–04–02–15–01–12–01–12–1
Everton 1–12–32–33–00–01–02–0 0–2 1–21–11–12–20–33–13–00–02–03–14–0
Fulham 1–03–11–22–1 2–2 0–20–10–11–12–03–02–13–11–00–02–12–01–22–0
Hull City 1–30–11–20–10–32–22–11–32–20–12–11–10–01–21–41–22–21–00–5
Liverpool 4–45–04–03–02–0 1–1 0–02–21–1 2–1 2–13–01–00–02–03–13–00–03–2
Manchester City 3–02–03–11–01–30–11–35–12–3 0–1 1–02–16–03–01–01–24–23–01–0
Manchester United 0–03–22–12–03–01–03–04–3 1–4 2–0 1–01–12–05–01–05–24–02–01–0
Middlesbrough 1–11–10–01–30–50–10–03–12–02–00–2 0–0 1–12–1 1–1 2–10–11–10–0
Newcastle United 1–32–01–21–00–20–00–11–21–52–21–2 3–1 0–02–2 1–1 2–12–12–22–2
Portsmouth 0–30–13–21–00–12–11–12–22–32–00–12–10–32–13–12–02–21–41–2
Stoke City 2–13–21–02–00–22–30–01–10–01–00–11–01–12–21–02–11–00–12–0
Sunderland 1–11–20–01–42–30–21–01–00–10–31–2 2–0 2–1 1–22–01–14–00–11–2
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 1–21–02–01–00–10–00–12–12–10–04–01–01–13–11–21–01–00–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–31–22–21–10–31–21–00–30–22–10–53–02–31–10–23–02–03–23–1
West Ham United 0–20–14–11–30–11–33–12–00–31–00–12–13–10–02–12–00–20–02–1
Wigan Athletic 1–40–43–0 0–0 0–11–00–01–01–12–11–20–12–11–00–01–11–02–10–1
Source: Barclays Premier League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals [42]
1 Flag of France.svg Nicolas Anelka Chelsea19
2 Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United18
3 Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Liverpool16
4 Flag of Brazil.svg Robinho Manchester City14
Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Torres Liverpool14
6 Flag of England.svg Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa12
Flag of England.svg Darren Bent Tottenham Hotspur12
Flag of England.svg Kevin Davies Bolton Wanderers12
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dirk Kuyt Liverpool12
Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard Chelsea12
Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney Manchester United12

Clean sheets

Discipline

Overall

  • Most wins – Manchester United (28)
  • Fewest wins – Middlesbrough and Newcastle United (7)
  • Most losses – West Bromwich Albion (22)
  • Fewest losses – Liverpool (2)
  • Most goals scored – Liverpool (77)
  • Fewest goals scored – Middlesbrough (28)
  • Most goals conceded – West Bromwich Albion (67)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Chelsea and Manchester United (24)

Home

  • Most wins – Manchester United (16)
  • Fewest wins – Hull City (3)
  • Most losses – Hull City (11)
  • Fewest losses – Liverpool (0)
  • Most goals scored – Manchester United (43)
  • Fewest goals scored – Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic (17)
  • Most goals conceded – Hull City (36)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Tottenham Hotspur (10)

Away

  • Most wins – Chelsea (14)
  • Fewest wins – West Bromwich Albion (1)
  • Most losses – Middlesbrough (15)
  • Fewest losses – Liverpool (2)
  • Most goals scored – Arsenal (37)
  • Fewest goals scored – West Bromwich Albion (10)
  • Most goals conceded – Stoke City (40)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (11)

Miscellaneous

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August [53] Gareth Southgate Middlesbrough Deco Chelsea
September [54] [55] Phil Brown Hull City Ashley Young Aston Villa
October [56] Rafael Benítez Liverpool Frank Lampard Chelsea
November [57] Gary Megson Bolton Wanderers Nicolas Anelka Chelsea
December [58] Martin O'Neill Aston Villa Ashley Young Aston Villa
January [59] Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Nemanja Vidić Manchester United
February [60] David Moyes Everton Phil Jagielka Everton
March [61] Rafael Benítez Liverpool Steven Gerrard Liverpool
April [62] Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Andrey Arshavin Arsenal

Annual awards

Premier League Manager of the Season

Sir Alex Ferguson, 67, picked up the Premier League Manager of the Season for the ninth time. During his hugely successful spell with Manchester United, which began in 1986, he won eleven Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, three European titles, one Intercontinental Cup and one Club World Cup. [63]

Premier League Player of the Season

Nemanja Vidić, 27, won the Premier League Player of the Season accolade for the first time. [64]

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2009 was won by Ryan Giggs of Manchester United.

The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award was as follows:

PFA Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
Defence: Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (all Manchester United)
Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs (both Manchester United), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Attack: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was won by Ashley Young of Aston Villa.

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

FWA Footballer of the Year

The FWA Footballer of the Year award for 2009 was won by Steven Gerrard for the first time. The Liverpool captain saw off the challenges of Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs and forward Wayne Rooney, who finished second and third respectively.

Premier League Golden Boot

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka won the Premier League Golden Boot award for the first time. He scored 19 goals in 35 appearances, which ensured he finished as the season's top scorer.

Premier League Golden Glove

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar collected the Premier League Golden Glove award for the first time. He kept a total of 21 clean sheets in 33 appearances, including a record run of 11 consecutive clean sheets (1,311 minutes) from Stoke City on 15 November 2008 to West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2009.

Premier League Fair Play Award

The Premier League Fair Play Award is merit given to the team who has been the most sporting and best behaved team. Fulham won this, ahead of London neighbours Chelsea and Arsenal. Hull City were deemed the least sporting side, finished in last place in the rankings [65] [66] [67]

LMA Manager of the Year

The LMA Manager of the Year award was won by David Moyes after leading Everton to back-to-back fifth-place finishes and the FA Cup Final. [68]

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

Steven Gerrard was named the PFA Fans' Player of the Year. [69]

Premier League Merit Award

  • Aston Villa and former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel was honoured with the Premier League Merit Award after reaching 167 consecutive Premier League appearances on 5 December 2008. [70]
  • Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar collected the Premier League Premier League Merit Award after breaking the Premier League record for minutes played without conceding a goal, spanning 11 consecutive clean sheets from Stoke City on 15 November 2008 to West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2009. [71]
  • Portsmouth goalkeeper David James was honoured with the Premier League Premier League Merit Award after he broke the Premier League's appearance record with 536 appearances on 14 February 2009 in Portsmouth's 2–0 victory over Manchester City. [72]

Premier League Spirit Award

The Premier League Spirit Award is given to "the player or manager whose actions best encapsulate the spirit of the game". In recognition for leading his club to the top of the Fair Play league, the Premier League Spirit Award for 2008–09 was given to Fulham manager Roy Hodgson. [73]

Behaviour of the Public League

Given to the best-behaved fans, Fulham won this for the third consecutive year, rounding off a hat-trick of sporting awards. [65]

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