2014–15 in English football

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Football in England
Season2014–15
Men's football
Premier League Chelsea
Championship AFC Bournemouth
League One Bristol City
League Two Burton Albion
Conference Premier Barnet
FA Cup Arsenal
League Cup Chelsea
Community Shield Arsenal
2013–14 Flag of England.svg 2015–16

The 2014–15 season was the 135th season of competitive association football in England.

Contents

Promotion and relegation

Pre-season

LeaguePromoted to leagueRelegated from league [1]
Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two

National teams

England national football team

2014 FIFA World Cup

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 321041+37Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 32014406
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 31022313
4Flag of England.svg  England 30122421
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
14 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D Flag of England.svg  England 1–2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Manaus, Brazil
23:00 BST Sturridge Soccerball shade.svg 37' Report Marchisio Soccerball shade.svg 35'
Balotelli Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Stadium: Arena Amazonia
Attendance: 39,800
Referee: Björn Kuipers
19 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2–1Flag of England.svg  England São Paulo, Brazil
20:00 BST Suárez Soccerball shade.svg 39', 85' Report Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 75'Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo
Attendance: 62,575
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
24 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D Flag of England.svg  England 0–0Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Belo Horizonte, Brazil
17:00 BST Report Stadium: Mineirão
Attendance: 57,823
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of England.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg Flag of Estonia.svg Flag of Lithuania.svg Flag of San Marino.svg
1Flag of England.svg  England 101000313+2830Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–0
2Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 10703248+1621 0–2 3–2 3–0 4–0 7–0
3Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 105141811+716Advance to play-offs 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 6–0
4Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 1031649510 [lower-alpha 1] 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
5Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 103167181110 [lower-alpha 1] 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1
6Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 10019136351 0–6 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Tied on head-to-head results. Overall goal difference was used as the tiebreaker.
8 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0–2Flag of England.svg  England [2] Basel
19:45 BST Report Welbeck Soccerball shade.svg 58', 90+4'Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Attendance: 35,500
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey)
9 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E Flag of England.svg  England 5–0Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino London
19:45 BST Jagielka Soccerball shade.svg 25'
Milner Yellow card.svg 38'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 43' (pen.)
Welbeck Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Townsend Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Della Valle Soccerball shade.svg 78' (o.g.)
Summary Selva Yellow card.svg 43'
Rinaldi Yellow card.svg 90'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 55,990
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
12 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 0–1Flag of England.svg  England [2] Tallinn
17:00 BST Klavan Yellow card.svg 29' Yellow-red card.svg 48' Summary Baines Yellow card.svg 45+1'
Henderson Yellow card.svg 53'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Wilshere Yellow card.svg 87'
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Attendance: 10,195
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)
15 November 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E Flag of England.svg  England 3–1Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia London
17:00 GMT Gibbs Yellow card.svg 52'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 59' (pen.)
Welbeck Soccerball shade.svg 66', 72'
Clyne Yellow card.svg 79'
Sterling Yellow card.svg 82'
Jagielka Yellow card.svg 88'
Summary Henderson Soccerball shade.svg 58' (o.g.)
Cesar Yellow card.svg 58'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 82,305
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)
27 March 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E Flag of England.svg  England 4–0Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania [2] London
19:45 GMT Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Welbeck Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Sterling Soccerball shade.svg 58'Yellow card.svg 80'
Kane Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Report Žaliūkas Yellow card.svg 41'
Kazlauskas Yellow card.svg 90+1'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 83,671
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)

International Friendlies

30 May 2014 Friendly Flag of England.svg  England 3–0Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru London, England
20:00 BST Sturridge Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Cahill Soccerball shade.svg 65'
Jagielka Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Report Stadium: Wembley
Attendance: 83,578
Referee: Viktor Kassai
4 June 2014 Friendly Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 2–2Flag of England.svg  England Miami, United States
20:00 BST E. Valencia Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Arroyo Soccerball shade.svg 70'
A. Valencia Red card.svg 79'
Report Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 29'
Lambert Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Sterling Red card.svg 79'
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Attendance: 21,534
Referee: Jair Marrufo
7 June 2014 Friendly Flag of England.svg  England 0–0Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  Honduras Miami, United States
21:45 BST Report Beckeles Yellow card.svg 51' Yellow-red card.svg 66'Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Attendance: 45,379
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
3 September 2014 Friendly Flag of England.svg  England 1–0Flag of Norway.svg  Norway London, England
20:00 BST Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 68' (pen.) Report Stadium: Wembley
Attendance: 40,181
Referee: Jorge Sousa
18 November 2014 Friendly Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1–3Flag of England.svg  England Glasgow, Scotland
20:00 BST Robertson Soccerball shade.svg 83' Report Oxlade-Chamberlain Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 47', 85'
Stadium: Celtic Park
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Jonas Eriksson
31 March 2015 Friendly Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–1Flag of England.svg  England Turin, Italy
19:45 BST Pellè Soccerball shade.svg 29' Report Townsend Soccerball shade.svg 79'Stadium: Juventus Stadium
Attendance: 31,138
Referee: Felix Brych

England women's national football team

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA)

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of England.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Belarus.svg Flag of Montenegro.svg
1Flag of England.svg  England 101000521+5130 Women's World Cup 4–0 2–0 8–0 6–0 9–0
2Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 10712349+2522 Play-offs 1–2 1–0 8–0 8–0 7–0
3Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 10613189+919 0–4 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–0
4Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1040612311912 0–4 0–1 1–5 3–0 3–1
5Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 102081231196 0–3 1–3 0–3 1–2 3–1
6Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 100010653470 0–10 1–4 0–3 2–3 1–7
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
14 June 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 0–3Flag of England.svg  England [3] Minsk, Belarus
15:00 BST Avkhimovich Yellow card.svg 88' Report Aluko Soccerball shade.svg 31'
Houghton Soccerball shade.svg 36'
Dowie Yellow card.svg 66'
Bronze Soccerball shade.svg 90+5'
Stadium: Traktar Stadium
Attendance: 350
Referee: Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jana Adamkova
19 June 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1–2Flag of England.svg  England Lviv, Ukraine
19:00 BST Vasylyuk Yellow card.svg 59'
Olha Ovdiychuk Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Report Stoney Soccerball shade.svg 11'
Aluko Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Bronze Yellow card.svg 53'
Bassett Yellow card.svg 62'
Stadium: Arena Lviv
Attendance: 3,757
Referee: Flag of Romania.svg Cristina Dorcioman
21 August 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 0–4Flag of England.svg  England [3] Cardiff
19 BST Summary Carney Soccerball shade.svg 16'
Aluko Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Bassett Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Sanderson Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Flag of Greece.svg Efthalia Mitsi
17 September 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 0–10Flag of England.svg  England [3] Petrovac, Budva
19:00 BSTArmisa Kuć Yellow card.svg 80'
Irena Bjelica Yellow card.svg 84'Red card.svg 86'
Summary Aluko Soccerball shade.svg 8', 31', 64'
Carney Soccerball shade.svg 22', 51'
Bronze Soccerball shade.svg 37'
Scott Yellow card.svg 52'
Duggan Soccerball shade.svg 56', 90+4'
Williams Yellow card.svg 79'
Greenwood Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Potter Soccerball shade.svg 90+3'
Stadium: Stadion Pod Malim Brdom
Attendance: 300
Referee: Flag of Slovakia.svg Petra Chuda

League season

Premier League

Despite criticism about their style of play, Chelsea regained the Premier League title after five years and handed manager José Mourinho his first title in his second spell back at the club. In addition, similar to the club's first season under Mourinho in 2004, the Blues also won the League Cup. Manchester City came second; whilst the highest scorers in the league, they never looked like defending their title. A large winless spell in January, not helped by powerhouse midfielder Yaya Touré heading to the Africa Cup of Nations saw their title defense effectively end in mid-March. Arsenal finished third, but missed out on the chance to take the runners-up spot, which was largely owed to a failure to score at home three times in their last six games. In spite of this, they retained the FA Cup title. Manchester United took the final spot for the Champions League, securing a return to the elite competition in Louis van Gaal's first season as manager, despite several defeats that included a shock 5–3 defeat to Leicester City and a 4–0 thrashing at Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur's first season under Mauricio Pochettino saw the impressive emergence of young striker Harry Kane, but was also blighted by the issues of the previous season as their defensive woes continued; because of this, their Champions League hopes evaporated by early March. Liverpool endured a turbulent season as they struggled to adjust to life without controversial striker Luis Suárez, whilst also being without Daniel Sturridge for large portions of the campaign due to injury. Having stood 12th in late November with just 14 points, the team rallied after New Year's Day as they mounted a late Champions League attempt, with a focus more on defense than goals and impressively made the semi-finals of both club competitions, but ultimately fell short overall. In spite of these issues, however, both Spurs and Liverpool secured Europa League spots.

Southampton were tipped by many for relegation following the loss of Pochettino and many key players over the summer, but they exceeded all expectations by challenging for the Champions League, their challenge continuing into April until a poor run of form against relegation battlers saw them slip out of the race. In spite of this, manager Ronald Koeman received universal praise for his work at the club in his first season and because of Arsenal's FA Cup win, they qualified for the Europa League. Swansea secured their best points total in Garry Monk's first full season, becoming another club to exceed expectations and even complete league doubles over Manchester United and Arsenal, whilst Stoke finished ninth, securing their best points total in the top flight.

Rounding out the top ten were Crystal Palace, who were tipped to struggle following the departure of Tony Pulis just two days before the start of the season; former boss Neil Warnock returned for a second spell, but only lasted four months before being sacked with the club facing another relegation battle. The surprise managerial appointment of former player Alan Pardew saw the Eagles rocket up into mid-table and ultimately survive, securing their highest ever Premier League finish. Another surprise saw pre-season relegation favourites Leicester City achieve survival against all the odds. Despite a reasonable start that included a famous 5–3 victory over Manchester United, their form dropped and they fell to the bottom of the table in November. With relegation looking likely at the beginning of April, the Foxes suddenly came to life and secured 22 points from their last nine games to become the only promoted team to avoid the drop.

West Ham went through some ups and downs; despite sitting in the top 4 at Christmas, they won just 3 times since then, finishing in 12th, which meant Sam Allardyce lost his job after 4 years, although they did qualify for the Europa League via the Fair Play rankings, ensuring that their last season at the Boleyn Ground will feature European football. Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation for the second year in a row, even though they only spent 2 match days in the bottom 3, a run of 11 points from their last 6 matches under new manager Dick Advocaat confirming their survival. Aston Villa finished 17th, their worst finish in the 20-team Premier League era, though they did manage to get to the FA Cup final.

Queens Park Rangers' return to the Premier League ended in immediate relegation; the club's failure to earn an away point until mid-February proving to be a key factor despite the impressive 18 goals of Charlie Austin. Burnley finished second-bottom, being the lowest goal-scorers in the league and even a shock 1–0 win over Manchester City failing to save them. Hull City filled the last relegation spot, struggling for the majority of the season amidst controversial plans by chairman Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers. Newcastle United, whose form sharply plummeted following the departure of Alan Pardew, survived on the last day.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C)3826937332+4187Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 3824778338+4579
3 Arsenal 3822977136+3575
4 Manchester United 38201086237+2570Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38197125853+564Qualification for the Europa League group stage [lower-alpha 1]
6 Liverpool 38188125248+462
7 Southampton 38186145433+2160Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
8 Swansea City 38168144649356
9 Stoke City 38159144845+354
10 Crystal Palace 38139164751448
11 Everton 381211154850247
12 West Ham United 381211154447347Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round [lower-alpha 2]
13 West Bromwich Albion 3811111638511344
14 Leicester City 38118194655941
15 Newcastle United 381091940632339
16 Sunderland 387171431532238
17 Aston Villa 381082031572638
18 Hull City (R)388111933511835Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Burnley (R)387121928532533
20 Queens Park Rangers (R)38862442733130
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions). [7]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Since winners of the 2014–15 FA Cup, Arsenal, and winners of the 2014–15 Football League Cup, Chelsea, qualified for the Champions League based on league position, the spot awarded to the FA Cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team, Liverpool, and the spot awarded to the League Cup winners (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team, Southampton, since those teams were the first teams in the table not already qualified for any European competition.
  2. England was given an extra qualification berth for the Europa League first qualifying round as one of the top three associations in UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking. [4] The spot was given to West Ham United after finishing on top of the Premier League Fair Play table. [5] [6]

Football League Championship

In a Championship season marked with constant changes among the top six, AFC Bournemouth completed a turnaround from being within five minutes of liquidation in 2008, to reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history. They remained top for around half the season and snatched the title on the last day to win promotion as champions. This meant that Eddie Howe had achieved the rare feat of taking a club from the fourth tier to the top flight for the first time, an achievement for which he was named the Football League Manager of the Decade.

Despite a spell in which they changed managers four times in 35 days between August and October, Watford found stability under Serbian Slaviša Jokanović and took advantage of slip-ups by other teams to win automatic promotion to the Premier League after an eight-year absence. Securing an immediate return to the Premier League through the play-offs were Norwich City, who beat Middlesbrough in the final; they had topped the standings early on in the season, only to fall to mid-table after a poor run of form within the winter period. Manager Neil Adams ultimately resigned in January, before the appointment of Hamilton boss Alex Neil in January re-invigorated the Canaries' campaign.

Reading endured a season of ups and downs, having first sacked Nigel Adkins in mid-December. This led to former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke taking over the reins and despite there being an outside chance of relegation going into the last few games, the Royals beat the drop and also reached the FA Cup semi-finals, losing to Arsenal in extra-time. Rotherham United came perilously close to being dropped into the relegation zone in the final weeks after they were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player, though they ultimately stayed up after the teams below them failed to capitalize on the situation.

Blackpool finished in bottom place (having stayed in that place since September until the end of the season), posting the joint-worst points total for a club in a 24-team second tier, failing to win away once and conceding 91 goals overall. Relegation was not helped by fan protests against owner Owen Oyston's running of the club (eventually culminating in an on-pitch protest that forced their final game of the season to be abandoned), as well as the fact that they had only eight players two weeks before the season started. Wigan Athletic were also relegated, just two years after they had won the FA Cup and played in the Premier League. During the season, they went through three managers and failed to win a home game between September and April as the extra games from the previous season appeared to take its toll on the Latics. Millwall filled the final relegation spot, having sacked Ian Holloway in March and appointed Neil Harris as his replacement, but he couldn't save them from the drop to the third tier.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bournemouth (C, P)46261289845+5390Promotion to the Premier League
2 Watford (P)46278119150+4189
3 Norwich City (O, P)462511108848+4086Qualification for Championship play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Middlesbrough 462510116837+3185
5 Brentford 46239147859+1978
6 Ipswich Town 462212127254+1878
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 462212127056+1478
8 Derby County 462114118556+2977
9 Blackburn Rovers 461716136659+767
10 Birmingham City 4616151554641063
11 Cardiff City 461614165761462
12 Charlton Athletic 461418145460660
13 Sheffield Wednesday 461418144349660
14 Nottingham Forest 461514177169+259
15 Leeds United 4615112050611156
16 Huddersfield Town 4613161758751755
17 Fulham 4614102262832152
18 Bolton Wanderers 4613122154671351
19 Reading 4613112248692150
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 4610171944541047
21 Rotherham United 4611161946672146 [lower-alpha 2]
22 Millwall (R)469142342763441Relegation to Football League One
23 Wigan Athletic (R)469122539642539
24 Blackpool (R)464142836915526
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: Sky Sports
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.
  2. Rotherham United were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player. [8]

Football League One

Bristol City ended their two-year absence from the Championship, topping the division for virtually the entire season and becoming the first club in the country to win promotion. Milton Keynes Dons, the top scorers in any of the four divisions, snatched automatic promotion from under the noses of Preston North End on the final day, winning promotion to the Championship for the first time as the current incarnation of the club; they also enjoyed a famous Football League Cup upset over Manchester United in their first ever meeting. Preston made amends for their last-day slip-up by thrashing Swindon Town in the play-off final to end a five-year absence from the second tier, and in the process finally winning a play-off tournament after nine unsuccessful tries.

Despite being hotly tipped to make an immediate return to the Championship, Yeovil Town spent most of the season rooted to the bottom of the table (and in fact, they were glued to the bottom from February) and they suffered their second successive relegation, finding themselves back in League Two for the first time in a decade after only recording 10 wins in the whole season. Similarly, Leyton Orient were also among the promotion favourites after their play-off final appearance the previous year, but struggled all season, after going through four managers and they ultimately finished second-bottom. Crawley Town were relegated back to League Two after three years at this level; they had appeared to be well out of the reach of relegation but following manager John Gregory stepping down for heart surgery, their form collapsed under Dean Saunders. Notts County filled the final relegation spot, ultimately being cost dear by a disastrous second half of the season after some promising early form.

Crewe Alexandra survived a second relegation battle in a row despite more heavy thrashings in the season, whilst Colchester United's final day win to deny Preston automatic promotion confirmed their survival having been cut adrift for most of the season.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bristol City (C, P)46291259638+5899Promotion to Football League Championship
2 Milton Keynes Dons (P)462710910144+5791
3 Preston North End (O, P)46251477940+3989Qualification for League One play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Swindon Town 462310137657+1979
5 Sheffield United 461914136653+1371
6 Chesterfield 461912156855+1369
7 Bradford City 461714155555065
8 Rochdale 46196217266+663
9 Peterborough United 46189195356363
10 Fleetwood Town 461712174952363
11 Barnsley 461711186261+162
12 Gillingham 461614166566162
13 Doncaster Rovers 461613175862461
14 Walsall 461417155054459
15 Oldham Athletic 4614151754671357
16 Scunthorpe United 4614141862751356
17 Coventry City 4613161749601155
18 Port Vale 461592255651054
19 Colchester United 4614102258771952
20 Crewe Alexandra 4614102243753252
21 Notts County (R)4612142045631850Relegation to Football League Two
22 Crawley Town (R)4613112253792650
23 Leyton Orient (R)4612132159691049
24 Yeovil Town (R)4610102636753940
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.

Football League Two

Just six years after their first ever promotion to the Football League and just missing out on promotion a year earlier, Burton Albion were promoted as champions. While manager Gary Rowett departed for Birmingham City early in the season, his replacement in top-flight legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink guided the club into the top six and then finally promotion. Shrewsbury Town went up in second, securing an instant return to League One; they had actually led the table for much of the season but were made to pay for slip-ups that Burton took advantage of. Taking the third automatic slot in dramatic fashion were Bury, who almost slipped out of the race, but a last-day win over Tranmere Rovers saw the club also promoted. Southend United were forced all the way to extra time and penalties by Wycombe Wanderers, but ultimately scraped past their opponents to take the last promotion spot and secure their place in League One.

Luton Town, on their return to the Football League after five years, just missed out on a playoff place by virtue of Plymouth Argyle's victory over Shrewsbury whilst Portsmouth suffered an even lower league finish than the previous year, finishing in 16th with the club failing to make anything similar to a promotion challenge, but some good run of forms prevented them from being in another relegation battle.

Falling out of the Football League were Tranmere Rovers, who suffered a second relegation in a row and dropped into the Football Conference after 94 years. Cheltenham Town filled the second relegation spot, falling out of the Football League after 16 years; they had started the season reasonably well with 23 points from 14 games, but imploded disastrously after long-serving manager Mark Yates was sacked in favor of Paul Buckle, with not even the late-season arrival of veteran manager Gary Johnson saving them. Hartlepool United had been in the relegation zone for good chunks of the season, but an impressive March saw the club fight their way to safety.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Burton Albion (C, P)46281086939+3094Promotion to Football League One
2 Shrewsbury Town (P)46278116731+3689
3 Bury (P)46267136040+2085
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46231586745+2284Qualification for League Two play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
5 Southend United (O, P)462412105438+1684
6 Stevenage 462012146254+872
7 Plymouth Argyle 462011155537+1871
8 Luton Town 461911165444+1068
9 Newport County 461811175154365
10 Exeter City 461713166165464
11 Morecambe 461712175352+163
12 Northampton Town 46187216762+561
13 Oxford United 461516155049+161
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46178215859159
15 AFC Wimbledon 461416165460658
16 Portsmouth 461415175254257
17 Accrington Stanley 4615112058771956
18 York City 461119164651552
19 Cambridge United 461312216166551
20 Carlisle United 461482456741850
21 Mansfield Town 461392438622448
22 Hartlepool United 461292539703145
23 Cheltenham Town (R)469142340672741Relegation to the National League
24 Tranmere Rovers (R)469122545672239
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

Conference Premier

A close title race saw Barnet return to the Football League after a two-year absence, which also made them the first club to win promotion to the Football League three times. Pushing them all the way and then winning in the playoffs were Bristol Rovers who secured an immediate return to the Football League, despite being pushed themselves all the way to penalties by Grimsby.

Following the departure of manager Kevin Wilkin late in the previous season, Nuneaton were relegated in bottom place. AFC Telford United were immediately relegated back to the Conference North after being in bottom place for most of the season. Dartford finished third-bottom and experienced the relegation that they only avoided the previous season thanks to the demise of Salisbury City. Alfreton Town filled the final relegation spot and went down on goal difference; they were ultimately cost dear by having the worst defensive record in the division, eventually culminating in a 7-0 thrashing by Bristol Rovers on the final day of the season, when a draw would have been sufficient to prevent relegation.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Barnet (C, P)46288109446+4892Promotion to League Two
2 Bristol Rovers (O, P)46251657334+3991Qualification to Conference Premier play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
3 Grimsby Town 462511107440+3486
4 Eastleigh 462410128761+2682
5 Forest Green Rovers [lower-alpha 2] 46221688054+2679
6 Macclesfield Town 462115106046+1478
7 Woking 462113127752+2576
8 Dover Athletic 461911166958+1168
9 FC Halifax Town 461715146054+666
10 Gateshead 461715146662+466
11 Wrexham 461715145652+466
12 Chester 461962164761263
13 Torquay United 461613176460+461
14 Braintree Town 46185235657159
15 Lincoln City 461610206271958
16 Kidderminster Harriers 461512195160957
17 Altrincham 461682254731956
18 Aldershot Town 4614112151611053
19 Southport 4613122147722551
20 Welling United 4611122352732145
21 Alfreton Town (R)461292549904145Relegation to National League North or National League South
22 Dartford (R)468152344743039
23 AFC Telford United [lower-alpha 3] (R)461092758842636
24 Nuneaton Town [lower-alpha 4] (R)461092738763836
Updated to match(es) played on 17 May 2015. Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to League Two.
  2. Forest Green were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Southport on 9 August 2014. [9]
  3. Telford were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Lincoln City on 11 April 2015. [10]
  4. Nuneaton were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Welling United on 28 February 2015. [11]

Cup competitions

FA Cup

Final

Arsenal 4–0 Aston Villa
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Report
Attendance: 89,283

League Cup

Final

Chelsea 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur
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Report
Attendance: 89,294

Community Shield

Arsenal 3–0 Manchester City
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Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 71,523
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Football League Trophy

Final

Walsall 0–2 Bristol City
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Attendance: 72,315

Women's Football

FA Women's Cup

Women's Super League

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Liverpool (C, Q)147521910+926Qualification to Champions League
2 Chelsea (Q)148242316+726
3 Birmingham City 147432014+625
4 Arsenal 146352421+321
5 Manchester City 146171316319
6 Notts County 14464128+418
7 Bristol Academy 145181824616
8 Everton (R)1404101030204Relegation to FA WSL 2
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Women's Super League 2

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion
1 Sunderland (C, P)1815214715+3247Promotion to FA WSL 1
2 Doncaster Rovers Belles 1814315614+4245
3 Reading 1813236021+3941
4 Aston Villa 189362526130
5 Yeovil Town 186482726+122
6 Durham 18531019321318
7 Watford 18531022371518
8 Millwall Lionesses 18431120361615
9 Oxford United 18331216442812
10 London Bees 1822141657418
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Managerial changes

This is a list of changes of managers within English league football:

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of departurePosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointmentPosition in table
at time of appointment
Blackpool Paul Ince Sacked21 January 2014 [14] 14th (2013–14 season) José Riga 11 June 2014 [15] Pre-season
Nottingham Forest Billy Davies Sacked24 March 2014 [16] 5th (2013–14 season) Stuart Pearce 1 July 2014 [lower-alpha 1] [17]
Tranmere Rovers Ronnie Moore Sacked9 April 2014 [lower-alpha 2] [18] 19th (2013–14 season) Robert Edwards 27 May 2014 [19]
West Bromwich Albion Pepe Mel Mutual consent [20] 12 May 2014 [21] Pre-season Alan Irvine 14 June 2014 [22]
Shrewsbury Town Michael Jackson Appointed as assistant manager12 May 2014 [23] Micky Mellon 12 May 2014 [23]
Brighton & Hove Albion Óscar García Junyent Resigned12 May 2014 [24] Sami Hyypiä 6 June 2014 [25]
Tottenham Hotspur Tim Sherwood Sacked [26] 13 May 2014 [21] Mauricio Pochettino 27 May 2014 [27]
Charlton Athletic José Riga End of contract27 May 2014 [28] Bob Peeters 27 May 2014 [29]
Southampton Mauricio Pochettino Signed by Tottenham Hotspur27 May 2014 [27] Ronald Koeman 16 June 2014 [30]
Leeds United Brian McDermott Mutual Consent31 May 2014 [31] Dave Hockaday 19 June 2014 [32]
Oxford United Gary Waddock Sacked4 July 2014 [33] Michael Appleton 4 July 2014 [33]
Huddersfield Town Mark Robins Sacked10 August 2014 [34] 24th Chris Powell 3 September 2014 [35] 21st
Crystal Palace Tony Pulis Mutual Consent14 August 2014 [36] Pre-season Neil Warnock 27 August 2014 [37] 18th
Leeds United Dave Hockaday Sacked28 August 2014 [38] 21st Darko Milanic 24 September 2014 [39] 12th
Watford Giuseppe Sannino Resigned31 August 2014 [40] 2nd Óscar García Junyent 2 September 2014 [41] 2nd
Colchester United Joe Dunne Mutual Consent1 September 2014 [42] 23rd Tony Humes 1 September 201423rd
Carlisle United Graham Kavanagh Sacked1 September 2014 [43] 22nd Keith Curle 19 September 2014 [44] 24th
Accrington Stanley James Beattie Mutual consent12 September 2014 [45] 21st John Coleman 18 September 2014 [46] 20th
Port Vale Micky Adams Resigned18 September 2014 [47] 23rd Rob Page 18 September 2014 [48] [49] 23rd
Cardiff City Ole Gunnar Solskjær Mutual consent18 September 2014 [50] 17th Russell Slade 6 October 2014 [51] 15th
Fulham Felix Magath Sacked18 September 2014 [52] 24th Kit Symons 29 October 201420th
Leyton Orient Russell Slade Resigned24 September 2014 [53] 17th Mauro Milanese 26 October 201418th
Watford Óscar García Junyent Resigned29 September 2014 [54] 4th Billy McKinlay 29 September 20144th
Bolton Wanderers Dougie Freedman Mutual consent3 October 2014 [55] 23rd Neil Lennon 12 October 2014 [56] 24th
Hartlepool United Colin Cooper Resigned4 October 2014 [57] 24th Paul Murray 23 October 2014 [58] 23rd
Watford Billy McKinlay Sacked6 October 2014 [59] 3rd Slavisa Jokanovic 7 October 2014 [60] 3rd
Scunthorpe United Russ Wilcox Sacked8 October 2014 [61] 23rd Mark Robins 13 October 2014 [62] 23rd
York City Nigel Worthington Resigned13 October 2014 [63] 22nd Russ Wilcox 15 October 2014 [64] 22nd
Tranmere Rovers Robert Edwards Sacked13 October 2014 [65] 24th Micky Adams 16 October 2014 [66] 24th
Birmingham City Lee Clark Sacked20 October 2014 [67] 21st Gary Rowett 27 October 201423rd
Burton Albion Gary Rowett Signed by Birmingham City27 October 20143rd Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank 13 November 20145th
Blackpool José Riga Sacked28 October 2014 [68] 24th Lee Clark 30 October 201424th
Wigan Athletic Uwe Rösler Sacked13 November 201422nd Malky Mackay 19 November 201422nd
Cheltenham Town Mark Yates Sacked25 November 201418th Paul Buckle 26 November 201418th
Reading Nigel Adkins Sacked15 December 201416th Steve Clarke 16 December 201416th
Brighton & Hove Albion Sami Hyypiä Resigned22 December 201422nd Chris Hughton 31 December 201421st
Crystal Palace Neil Warnock Sacked27 December 201418th Alan Pardew 2 January 201518th
Newcastle United Alan Pardew Signed by Crystal Palace31 December 201410th John Carver 2 January 201510th
Gillingham Peter Taylor Sacked31 December 201419th Justin Edinburgh 8 February 201517th
West Bromwich Albion Alan Irvine Sacked29 December 201416th Tony Pulis 1 January 201516th
Norwich City Neil Adams Resigned5 January 20157th Alex Neil 9 January 20157th
Charlton Athletic Bob Peeters Sacked11 January 201514th Guy Luzon 14 January 201514th
Queens Park Rangers Harry Redknapp Resigned3 February 201519th Chris Ramsey 4 February 201519th
Yeovil Town Gary Johnson Sacked4 February 201524th Paul Sturrock 9 April 201524th
Newport County Justin Edinburgh Signed by Gillingham7 February 20156th
Aston Villa Paul Lambert Sacked11 February 2015 [69] 18th Tim Sherwood 14 February 2015 [70] 18th

Diary of the season

Clubs dissolved

ClubLeagueDate of Dissolution
Salisbury City None (last in 2013–14 Conference Premier)4 December 2014
Hereford United Southern League Premier Division19 December 2014

Deaths

Retirements

Notes

  1. Although Pearce was announced on as new manager on 3 April, his official tenure began on 1 July
  2. Moore was suspended from his duties for gambling-related offences on 17 February, before being formally dismissed on 9 April. John McMahon managed Tranmere from Moore's suspension until the end of the season.

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