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


Diary of the season

  • 22 June 2006 – Fixtures for the Premier League and the Football League are released.[9]
  • 30 June 2006 – Rupert Lowe resigns from Southampton. Michael Wilde's consortium takes control of the club.[10]
  • 27 July 2006 – A consortium led by Niall Quinn takes full control of Sunderland after previously buying out the former chairman Bob Murray.[2]
  • 1 August 2006 – Steve McClaren begins his job as England manager.[2]
  • 2 August 2006 – Leeds United chairman Ken Bates reports his former club Chelsea to The Football Association, Premier League and FIFA over the alleged 'tapping-up' of three Leeds youth team players.[2]
  • 5 August 2006 – The Football League season begins, with Luton Town beating Leicester City 2–0 in the first game.[2]
  • 8 August 2006 – The 500,000th goal in the history of English league football (FA Premier League and Football League) was scored by Huddersfield Town's Gary Taylor-Fletcher in their 3–0 victory over Rotherham United.[2]
  • 10 August 2006 – John Terry is appointed as the new captain of England.[2]
  • 12 August 2006 – The Football Conference begins, along with most other non-league campaigns.[2]
  • 13 August 2006 – Liverpool take the first silverware of the season, as they beat Chelsea 2–1 in the FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.[2]
  • 19 August 2006 – The Premier League season begins with Sheffield United and Liverpool drawing 1–1.[2]
  • 23 August 2006 – Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher elbows Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes in the face at the City of Manchester Stadium, after the two challenged for the same ball. This left Mendes unconscious and needing hospital treatment.[2] Thatcher was shown a yellow card for the incident, but he was later banned by his club and charged with violent misconduct by The FA.[3] Ole Gunnar Solskjær scores his first competitive goal in more than three years in Manchester United's 3–0 away league win over Charlton Athletic.[3]
  • 31 August 2006 – Chelsea are fined £40,000 by The FA for breaching doping regulations.[3]
  • 31 August 2006: August ends with last season's runners-up Manchester United top of the Premiership with three wins out of three. Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Everton, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool complete the top seven. Watford, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers prop up the table with one point each from their opening three matches, with Arsenal only above the relegation zone on goal difference. Cardiff City lead the Championship, with Norwich City, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers all three points behind the Welsh club and Burnley completing the top six, ahead of Plymouth Argyle and West Bromwich Albion on goal difference. Sunderland, despite playing in a lower division, have failed to turn around their poor form from the previous season and stand in the Championship drop zone, sandwiched by Colchester United and Hull City.
  • 4 September 2006 – Andy Webster's controversial move to Wigan Athletic is ratified by FIFA.[3]
  • 8 September 2006 – Liverpool get permission from Liverpool city council to build a new 60,000 all-seater stadium in nearby Stanley Park.[3]
  • 18 September 2006 – Bryan Robson is sacked after less than two years as manager of West Bromwich Albion.[3]
  • 19 September 2006 – After becoming majority shareholder at the club, Randy Lerner officially becomes chairman of Aston Villa, replacing 82-year-old Doug Ellis.[3] A BBC Panorama programme is aired, alleging widespread corruption in the English game.[3]
  • 30 September 2006 – September ends with reigning champions Chelsea top of the Premiership. Bolton Wanderers are keeping up their push for a European place, being only two points behind in second place. Manchester United, Portsmouth, Everton, Aston Villa and Arsenal complete the top seven, with Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Charlton Athletic in the relegation zone. Cardiff have extended their lead in the Championship to five points, ahead of Birmingham. Preston North End, Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Brom stand in the play-off places and Southend United, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday in the relegation zone.
  • 1 October 2006 – Norwich City, 17th in the Championship, sack manager Nigel Worthington after nearly six years in charge.[3]
  • 14 October 2006 – Chelsea goalkeepers, Petr Čech and Carlo Cudicini, both received head injuries during their match against Reading.[3] Čech underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture and is expected to be out for six months,[31] while Cudicini was treated and released.[31]
  • 16 October 2006 – Norwich City appoint West Ham United assistant manager Peter Grant as their new manager.[33]
  • 18 October 2006 – Hibernian's Tony Mowbray is appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion.[33]
  • 28 October 2006 – Aston Villa, the last unbeaten team in any professional English division, lose 3–1 to Liverpool at Anfield.[33]
  • 30 October 2006 – Manchester United have moved to the top of the Premiership on goal difference; both United and Chelsea have 25 points apiece. Bolton, Portsmouth, Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa complete the top seven, while Watford, Sheffield United and Charlton Athletic finish the month in the relegation zone. Cardiff remain top of the Championship and Preston have claimed second place, with Burnley, Birmingham, West Brom and Plymouth not far behind. Hull, Barnsley and Southend stand in the bottom three.
  • 21 November 2006 – West Ham United accept Eggert Magnússon's £85 million takeover bid for the club.[33]
  • 29 November 2006 – England National Game XI, the English semi-professional team, win the inaugural European Challenge Trophy after a 4–1 win over the Netherlands.[33]
  • 30 November 2006 – Manchester United remain top of the Premiership, three points ahead of Chelsea. Portsmouth, having narrowly avoided relegation the previous season, are maintaining their European push although they are 11 points adrift of Chelsea in third. Bolton, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Liverpool complete the top seven, while Sheffield United, Watford and Charlton Athletic remain in the relegation zone. Preston have leaped to the top of the Championship, a point ahead of Cardiff, Birmingham and Derby County. Burnley and Stoke City are also challenging for a play-off spot, while Leeds United, Hull and Southend are battling relegation.
  • 5 December 2006 – Macclesfield Town, the last team without a win in the Football League, beat Rochdale 1–0 at Moss Rose.[33]
  • 20 December 2006 – Bury are thrown out of this season's FA Cup after they fielded an ineligible player, Stephen Turnbull, on-loan from Hartlepool United in their 3–1 second round replay win at Chester City on 12 December. Chester will replace Bury in the third round.[33] Lord Stevens releases the results of his inquiry in the allegation of corruption in the English game, pin-pointing seventeen transfers that he will investigate further.[33]
  • 23 December 2006 – Doncaster Rovers play their final game at Belle Vue against Nottingham Forest. They move into the 15,000 seat Keepmoat Stadium.[33]
  • 30 December 2006 – Moritz Volz of Fulham scored the 15,000th goal in the history of the F.A. Premier League, opening the scoring in his side's 2–2 draw away at Chelsea.[47]
  • 30 December 2006 – Manchester United have increased the gap between them and Chelsea, still in second place, to six points. Bolton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Everton complete the top seven. Watford see in the New Year being bottom of the Premiership and ten points adrift of safety, with West Ham United and Charlton Athletic also several points behind fellow strugglers Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough. Birmingham now lead the Championship, six points ahead of Preston and Derby. Colchester have overcome a slow start to stand in sixth, behind Southampton and West Brom. Hull, Leeds and Southend remain in the Championship drop zone.
  • 11 January 2007 – Former Barrow defender James Cotterill is sentenced to four months in prison for causing grievous bodily harm to Bristol Rovers player Sean Rigg during an FA Cup first round match in November 2006. Rigg suffered a double fracture of the jaw after being punched by Cotterill.[47]
  • 16 January 2007 - In the FA Cup third round replays, third tier Bristol City knock out Championship club Coventry City. Elsewhere, top-flight sides Manchester City and Middlesbrough survive scares against Football League teams to progress, beating Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City respectively.[47]
  • 25 January 2007 – Peter Taylor resigns as England under-21 manager, stating that he wants to focus on managing his other team, Crystal Palace.[47]
  • 31 January 2007 – Manchester United remain top of the Premiership and look safe to reclaim the title they last won in 2003. Chelsea remain six points behind, with Liverpool, Arsenal, Bolton, Portsmouth and Reading (the latter expected by many to struggle in their first ever top-flight campaign) completing the top seven. The relegation zone remains unchanged from the end of December, but the strugglers are cranking up the pressure on Wigan Athletic. Derby end the month as the leader of the Championship, six points clear of Birmingham (who have two games in hand) and Preston, with West Brom, Southampton and a resurgent Cardiff not far behind. Leeds has swapped places with Southend at the foot of the Championship while Hull have escaped the bottom three at the expense of QPR.
  • 1 February. 2007 – Stuart Pearce is appointed as Peter Taylor's replacement.[47]
  • 6 February 2007 – George Gillett and Tom Hicks complete their takeover of Liverpool.[47]
  • 7 February 2007 – Milan Mandarić completes his takeover of Leicester City.[47]
  • 25 February 2007 – Chelsea defeat Arsenal 2–1 in the Carling Cup final at the Millennium Stadium. The match was marred by a mass brawl between the two sides during the final few minutes of the game, in which three players were sent off.[47]
  • 28 March 2007 – Manchester United now lead Chelsea by nine points, but have played one match more. Liverpool, Arsenal and Bolton are still in the mix for a Champions League place, with sixth-placed Reading and seventh-place Everton's challenge for UEFA Cup qualification is being threatened by Portsmouth and Tottenham. Wigan remains six points ahead of eighteenth-placed Charlton, joined in the relegation zone by West Ham and Watford. Birmingham are back on top of the Championship, a point ahead of West Brom and Derby. An improving Sunderland have moved into the top six, ahead of Southampton and Cardiff. The relegation zone is unchanged from the end of January.
  • 3 March 2007 – Stockport County set a Football League record of nine consecutive wins without conceding a goal by beating Swindon Town 3–0 at Edgeley Park.[47] Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey keeps the club record nine consecutive clean sheets and is named Player of the Month for February 2007.[47]
  • 17 March 2007 – The new Wembley Stadium opens for a special community event.[24]
  • 31 March 2007 – Chelsea have moved to within six points of leaders Manchester United but, with only seven matches left to play, there is little hope of the Londoners retaining the title for a third successive season. Liverpool and Arsenal have put distance between Bolton in the chase for the Champions League, who complete the top seven with Everton and Tottenham. Charlton, West Ham and Watford remain in the relegation zone but have caught up with strugglers Wigan and Sheffield United, now only three points and one point above the relegation zone respectively. Sunderland have finally moved into the automatic promotion spots in the Championship, sandwiched by leaders Derby and Birmingham. Preston, West Brom and Wolves are in the play-off places. Luton Town have slipped to the bottom of the table, behind Southend and Leeds.
  • 1 April 2007 – Doncaster Rovers win the competition for lower-division football league clubs, as they beat Bristol Rovers 3–2 after extra time in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.[18]
  • 7 April 2007 – Dagenham & Redbridge win the Conference National and promotion to the Football League.[19]
  • 9 April 2007 – St Albans City are relegated from the Conference National.[53] Brentford are relegated to League Two.[54]
  • 10 April 2007 – Manchester United beat Roma 7–1 in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford, completing an 8–3 aggregate victory and booking their first semi-final appearance in the competition for five years.[26]
  • 14 April 2007 – Torquay United are relegated to the Conference.[17] Scunthorpe United are promoted to the Championship.[57] Hartlepool United and Walsall are both promoted to League One.[58][59] Rotherham United are relegated to League Two.[7]
  • 20 April 2007 – Luton Town are relegated to League One.[7]
  • 21 April 2007 – Watford are relegated from the Premiership.[7] Droylsden are promoted to the Conference.[63]
  • 22 April 2007 – Cristiano Ronaldo is named PFA Player of the Year as well as PFA Young Player of the Year. Eight out of the eleven players who are named in the PFA Premiership Team of the Year are Manchester United players, including Ronaldo.[7]
  • 24 April 2007 – Tamworth and Southport are relegated from the Conference.[65] Manchester United beat Milan 3–2 in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Old Trafford.[7]
  • 28 April 2007 – Southend United are relegated from the Championship.[7] Chesterfield and Bradford City are both relegated from League One.[7]
  • 29 April 2007 – Derby County lose to Crystal Palace meaning that Birmingham City and Sunderland are promoted to the Premiership.[7] Sam Allardyce resigns after seven and a half years as manager of Bolton Wanderers.[8]
  • 30 April 2007 – Sammy Lee is promoted from the coaching staff to the manager's seat at Bolton Wanderers.[8]
  • 30 April 2007 – Manchester United remain five points ahead of Chelsea with both left with three games to play, but both have secured automatic Champions League qualification, meaning Liverpool and Arsenal will both have to face a two-legged tie to secure qualification to the group stage. Two points separate Bolton, Everton, Reading, Portsmouth and Tottenham in the race to qualify for the UEFA Cup. At the bottom of the table Watford have already been relegated, with Charlton and a resurgent West Ham completing the relegation zone but still with a slim chance of survival at the possible expense of Wigan, Fulham, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.
  • 1 May 2007 – Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League semi-final at Anfield after both sides won their home leg 1–0.[8]
  • 2 May 2007 – Manchester United's hopes of an all-English European Cup final with Liverpool and second Treble are ended when they lose 3–0 to Milan in the semi-final second leg at the San Siro.[8]
  • 4 May 2007 – Leeds United are relegated to League One for the first time in their history after they go into administration.[8]
  • 5 May 2007 – Manchester United come out on top in the Manchester derby beating Manchester City 1–0. In doing so United extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to 8 points. City's failure to score means that they set a new record for the fewest goals scored at home in a season by a club in the top flight, with only 10 scored in the season.[8] Bristol City are promoted to the Championship.[15] Boston United are relegated to the Conference.[15] Swindon Town are promoted to League One and Walsall are League Two champions.[8] MK Dons moved out of the National Hockey Stadium and into stadium:mk[8]
  • 6 May 2007 – Manchester United win the Premiership after Chelsea only draw 1–1 at Arsenal.[8] Sunderland win the Championship with a 5–0 win at Luton Town, whilst Birmingham City lose 1–0 at Preston North End.[9]
  • 7 May 2007 – Arsenal Ladies completed an unprecedented Quadruple of trophies, defeating Charlton Athletic 4–1 in the FA Women's Cup final, to add to their FA Women's Premier League, Women's League Cup and UEFA Women's Cup victories.[9] Charlton Athletic are relegated from the Premiership after they lose to Tottenham Hotspur.[9]
  • 13 May 2007 – Sheffield United are relegated from the Premiership after losing 2–1 at home to Wigan Athletic and West Ham United beat Manchester United 1–0 at Old Trafford.[9] The season ends with Manchester United champions, Chelsea runners-up and Liverpool and Arsenal completing the top four. Tottenham, Everton and Bolton all qualify for the UEFA Cup.
  • 16 May 2007 – Neil Warnock resigns after seven and a half years in charge of Sheffield United.[9]
  • 18 May 2007 – The Football League confirms that Boston United were docked ten points for entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement in the final seconds of their League Two defeat at Wrexham, a game which saw The Pilgrims relegated.[9]
  • 19 May 2007 – Chelsea beat Manchester United 1–0 to win the FA Cup.[9] at the first FA Cup Final at the new Wembley and stop Manchester United winning the double.
  • 20 May 2007 – Morecambe are promoted to the Football League after beating Exeter City 2–1 in the Conference National play-off final.[21]
  • 23 May 2007 – AC Milan beat Liverpool 2–1 in the European Cup final in Athens, two years after Liverpool had beaten the Italians on penalties after a 3–3 draw in the Istanbul final.[9]
  • 26 May 2007 – Bristol Rovers win the League Two play-off final.[9]
  • 27 May 2007 – Blackpool win the League One play off final.[10]
  • 28 May 2007 – Derby County defeat West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in the Championship play-off final.[10]
  • 20 June 2007 – Nottingham Forest announce plans to relocate from the City Ground to a new 50,000-seat stadium by 2014.[10] Scarborough, who were relegated from the Conference North this season but are best remembered for being Football League members from 1897 to 1999, go out of business with debts of £2.5million.[10]
  • 25 June 2007 – Five days after the demise of the 128-year-old Scarborough FC, a new club – Scarborough Athletic – is formed.[10]

Clubs Removed

Managerial changes

NameClubDate of departureReplacementDate of appointment
Glenn HoddleWolverhampton Wanderers1 July 2006[10]Mick McCarthy21 July 2006[10]
David O'LearyAston Villa19 July 2006[10]Martin O'Neill4 August 2006[10]
Niall QuinnSunderland28 August 2006[10]Roy Keane28 August 2006[2]
Dave PenneyDoncaster Rovers30 August 2006[2]Sean O'Driscoll8 September 2006[4]
Mark McGheeBrighton & Hove Albion8 September 2006[2]Dean Wilkins29 September 2006[2]
Sean O'DriscollBournemouth8 September 2006[4]Kevin Bond13 October 2006[2]
Bryan RobsonWest Bromwich Albion18 September 2006[2]Tony Mowbray13 October 2006[2]
Gary WaddockQueens Park Rangers20 September 2006[5]John Gregory20 September 2006[5]
Kevin BlackwellLeeds United20 September 2006[2]Dennis Wise24 October 2006[62]
Nigel SpackmanMillwall25 September 2006[2]Willie Donachie22 November 2006[2]
Nigel WorthingtonNorwich City1 October 2006[2]Peter Grant13 October 2006[2]
Brian HortonMacclesfield Town1 October 2006[2]Paul Ince23 October 2006[2]
David HodgsonDarlington4 October 2006[2]Dave Penney30 October 2006[2]
Paul SturrockSheffield Wednesday19 October 2006[2]Brian Laws6 November 2006[4]
Dennis WiseSwindon Town24 October 2006[62]Paul Sturrock7 November 2006[2]
Graham RodgerGrimsby Town6 November 2006[2]Alan Buckley9 November 2006[2]
Brian LawsScunthorpe United6 November 2006[4]Nigel Adkins7 December 2006[2]
Iain DowieCharlton Athletic13 November 2006[2]Les Reed14 November 2006[2]
Leroy RoseniorBrentford18 November 2006[2]Scott Fitzgerald21 December 2006[2]
Andy RitchieBarnsley21 November 2006[2]Simon Davey31 December 2006[2]
Ian AtkinsTorquay United27 November 2006[2]Luboš Kubík27 November 2006[2]
Phil ParkinsonHull City4 December 2006[2]Phil Brown4 January 2007[2]
Alan PardewWest Ham United11 December 2006[2]Alan Curbishley13 December 2006[2]
Steve ParkinRochdale17 December 2006[2]Keith Hill3 January 2007[2]
Peter ShirtliffMansfield Town19 December 2006[2]Billy Dearden28 December 2006[2]
John GormanNorthampton Town20 December 2006[2]Stuart Gray2 January 2007[2]
Les ReedCharlton Athletic24 December 2006[8]Alan Pardew24 December 2006[8]
Denis SmithWrexham11 January 2007[2]Brian Carey12 January 2007[2]
Keith AlexanderPeterborough United15 January 2007[2]Darren Ferguson20 January 2007[2]
Micky AdamsCoventry City17 January 2007[2]Iain Dowie19 January 2007[2]
Luboš KubíkTorquay United5 February 2007[2]Keith Curle8 February 2007[2]
Colin ToddBradford City12 February 2007[2]Stuart McCall22 May 2007[2]
Kenny JackettSwansea City15 February 2007[2]Roberto Martínez24 February 2007[2]
Alan KnillRotherham United1 March 2007[2]Mark Robins6 April 2007[2]
Peter JacksonHuddersfield Town6 March 2007[2]Andy Ritchie11 April 2007[2]
Roy McFarlandChesterfield12 March 2007[2]Lee Richardson26 April 2007[2]
Mike NewellLuton Town15 March 2007[2]Kevin Blackwell27 March 2007[2]
Scott FitzgeraldBrentford10 April 2007[2]Terry Butcher24 April 2007[2]
Chris ColemanFulham10 April 2007[2]Lawrie Sanchez11 May 2007[2]
Rob KellyLeicester City11 April 2007[167]Martin Allen25 May 2007[2]
Sam AllardyceBolton Wanderers29 April 2007[29]Sammy Lee30 April 2007[8]
Mark WrightChester City30 April 2007[2]Bobby Williamson11 May 2007[2]
Glenn RoederNewcastle United6 May 2007[2]Sam Allardyce15 May 2007[2]
Paul JewellWigan Athletic14 May 2007[2]Chris Hutchings14 May 2007[2]
Stuart PearceManchester City14 May 2007[2]Sven-Göran Eriksson6 July 2007[2]
Neil WarnockSheffield United16 May 2007[2]Bryan Robson22 May 2007[2]
Martin AllenMilton Keynes Dons25 May 2007[2]Paul Ince25 June 2007[12]
Paul InceMacclesfield Town24 June 2007[12]Ian Brightwell29 June 2007[9]

National team

England began their qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 in September, beating Andorra 5–0.[2] Steve McClaren began his reign as head coach against Greece.[2]

DateVenueOpponentsScoreCompetitionEngland scorersMatch report
16 August 2006Old Trafford (H) Greece4–0FJohn Terry
Frank Lampard
Peter Crouch (2)
2 September 2006Old Trafford (H) Andorra5–0ECQPeter Crouch (2)
Steven Gerrard
Jermain Defoe (2)
6 September 2006Skopje City Stadium (A) Macedonia1–0ECQPeter Crouch
7 October 2006Old Trafford (H) Macedonia0–0ECQ
11 October 2006Maksimir Stadium,
Zagreb (A)
15 November 2006Amsterdam ArenA (A) Netherlands1–1FWayne Rooney
7 February 2007Old Trafford (H) Spain0–1F 
24 March 2007Ramat Gan Stadium,
Ramat Gan (A)[2][2]
28 March 2007Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys,
Barcelona, Spain (A)[2]
 Andorra3–0ECQSteven Gerrard (2)
David Nugent
1 June 2007Wembley Stadium (H) Brazil1–1FJohn Terry
6 June 2007A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (A) Estonia3–0ECQJoe Cole
Peter Crouch
Michael Owen
  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • F = Friendly
  • ECQ = European Championship qualifier


League football

CompetitionWinnerDetailsMatch report
Premier LeagueManchester UnitedPremier League 2006-07
FA CupChelseaFA Cup 2006-07
beat Manchester United 1–0 in final
Carling CupChelseaCarling Cup 2006–07
beat Arsenal 2–1 in final
Football League ChampionshipSunderlandThe Football League 2006-07
Football League OneScunthorpe UnitedThe Football League 2006-07
Football League TwoWalsallThe Football League 2006-07
Johnstone's Paint TrophyDoncaster Roversbeat Bristol Rovers 3–2 in final
FA Community ShieldManchester United2007 FA Community Shield
beat Chelsea 1–1 (3-0 on penalties)

Non-league football

Conference National winnersDagenham & Redbridge[2]
Conference National playoff winnersMorecambe[21]
Conference North winnersDroylsden[63]
Conference North playoff winnersFarsley Celtic
Conference South winnersHiston[2]
Conference South playoff winnersSalisbury City
FA TrophyStevenage Borough[2]beat Kidderminster 3–2 in final
FA VaseTruro City[2]beat A.F.C. Totton 3–1 in final

European qualification

CompetitionQualifiersReason for Qualification
UEFA Champions LeagueManchester United1st in FA Premier League
Chelsea2nd in FA Premier League
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying RoundLiverpool3rd in FA Premier League
Arsenal4th in FA Premier League
UEFA CupTottenham Hotspur5th in FA Premier League
EvertonIn 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 WanderersIn 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 roundBlackburn RoversHighest Premier League finishers (10th) to have entered and not qualified for any other European competition

League tables

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, while Tottenham and Everton all 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 a point 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.

Qualification or relegation
1Manchester United (C)3828558327+56892007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage
3Liverpool38208105727+30682007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
5Tottenham Hotspur38179125754+3602007–08 UEFA Cup First round 1
7Bolton Wanderers38168144752−556
10Blackburn Rovers38157165254−2522007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 2
11Aston Villa381117104341+250
13Newcastle United381110173847−943
14Manchester City38119182944−1542
15West Ham United38125213559−2441
17Wigan Athletic38108203759−2238
18Sheffield United (R)38108203255−2338Relegation to League Championship
19Charlton Athletic (R)38810203460−2634
20Watford (R)38513202959−3028

Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points 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. 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, but they were allowed to remain for the following season, albeit with a 15-point deduction.

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. Southend lasted only a single season in the Championship after their two successive promotions. 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.

1Sunderland (C) (P)46277127647+2988
2Birmingham City (P)46268126742+2586
3Derby County (P)46259126246+1684
4West Bromwich Albion462210148155+2676
5Wolverhampton Wanderers462210145956+376
7Preston North End46228166453+1174
8Stoke City461916116241+2173
9Sheffield Wednesday462011157066+471
10Colchester United46209177056+1469
11Plymouth Argyle461716136362+167
12Crystal Palace461811175951+865
13Cardiff City461713165753+464
14Ipswich Town46188206459+562
16Norwich City46169215671−1557
17Coventry City46168224762−1556
18Queens Park Rangers461411215468−1453
19Leicester City461314194964−1553
21Hull City461310235167−1649
22Southend United (R)461012244780−3342
23Luton Town (R)461010265381−2840
24Leeds United (R)46137264672−2636 A

A Deducted 10 points for administration entrance.

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.

1Scunthorpe United (C) (P)46261377335+3891
2Bristol City (P)462510116339+2485
3Blackpool (P)462411117649+2783
4Nottingham Forest462313106541+2482
5Yeovil Town462310135539+1679
6Oldham Athletic462112136947+2275
7Swansea City462012146953+1672
8Carlisle United461911165455−168
9Tranmere Rovers461813155853+567
11Doncaster Rovers461615155247+563
12Port Vale46186226465−160
13Crewe Alexandra46179206672−660
14Northampton Town461514174851−359
15Huddersfield Town461417156069−959
17Cheltenham Town46159224961−1254
18Brighton and Hove Albion461411214958−953
20Leyton Orient461215196177−1651
21Chesterfield (R)461211234553−847
22Bradford City (R)461114214765−1847
23Rotherham United (R)46139245875−1738 A
24Brentford (R)46813254079−3937

A Deducted 10 points for administration entrance.

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.

1Walsall (C) (P)46251476634+3289
2Hartlepool United (P)462610106540+2588
3Swindon Town (P)462510115838+2085
4Milton Keynes Dons46259127658+1884
5Lincoln City462111147059+1174
6Bristol Rovers (P)462012144942+772
7Shrewsbury Town461817116846+2271
8Stockport County46218176554+1171
10Peterborough United461811177061+965
12Wycombe Wanderers461614165247+562
13Notts County461614165553+262
15Grimsby Town46178215773−1659
16Hereford United461413194553−855
17Mansfield Town461412205863−554
18Chester City461314194048−853
20Accrington Stanley461311227081−1150
22Macclesfield Town461212225577−2248
23Boston United (R)461210245180−2936 AR
24Torquay United (R)46714253663−2735

AR Deducted 10 points for voluntary arrangements.

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

Monthly awards

MonthPremiershipChampionshipLeague OneLeague Two
AugustAlex Ferguson
Manchester United[43]
Ryan Giggs
Manchester United[43]
Dave Jones
Cardiff City[8]
Gareth Bale
Colin Calderwood
Nottingham Forest[8]
Leon Constantine
Port Vale[74]
Dennis Wise
Swindon Town[8]
Christian Roberts
Swindon Town[74]
SeptemberSteve Coppell
Andy Johnson
Geraint Williams
Colchester United[8]
Michael Chopra
Cardiff City[74]
Brian Laws
Scunthorpe United[8]
Nicky Maynard
Crewe Alexandra[74]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United[8]
Mark Stallard
Lincoln City[74]
OctoberAlex Ferguson
Manchester United[43]
Paul Scholes
Manchester United[43]
Steve Cotterill
Diomansy Kamara
West Bromwich Albion[74]
Alan Knill
Rotherham United[8]
Billy Sharp
Scunthorpe United[74]
John Schofield
Lincoln City[8]
Jamie Forrester
Lincoln City[74]
NovemberSteve Coppell
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United[2]
Billy Davies
Derby County[3]
Darel Russell
Stoke City[74]
John Sheridan
Oldham Athletic[3]
Kris Commons
Nottingham Forest[74]
Richard Money
Steve Phillips
Bristol Rovers[74]
DecemberSam Allardyce
Bolton Wanderers[43]
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United[43]
Steve Bruce
Birmingham City[3]
Jason Koumas
West Bromwich Albion[74]
Simon Grayson
Paul Heffernan
Doncaster Rovers[74]
Paul Ince
Macclesfield Town[3]
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
Hartlepool United[74]
JanuaryRafael Benítez
Cesc Fàbregas
Billy Davies
Derby County[8]
David Nugent
Preston North End[3]
Sean O'Driscoll
Doncaster Rovers[8]
Enoch Showunmi
Bristol City[3]
Paul Sturrock
Swindon Town[8]
Michael Nelson
Hartlepool United[3]
FebruaryAlex Ferguson
Manchester United[45]
Ryan Giggs
Manchester United[45]
Roy Keane
Stephen Ward
Wolverhampton Wanderers[3]
Nigel Adkins
Scunthorpe United[3]
Joe Murphy
Scunthorpe United[3]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United[3]
Wayne Hennessey
Stockport County[3]
MarchJosé Mourinho
Petr Čech
Roy Keane
Gary Johnson
Bristol City[3]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United[3]
AprilMartin O'Neill
Aston Villa[215]
Dimitar Berbatov & Robbie Keane
Tottenham Hotspur[117]
Tony Pulis
Stoke City[3]
Simon Grayson
Paul Trollope
Bristol Rovers[3]

Transfer deals

The summer transfer window saw many high-profile moves. These included Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack joining Chelsea,[3][3] and Ruud van Nistelrooy leaving Manchester United to join Real Madrid.[3] West Ham United secured the surprise double signing of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez from Corinthians,[3] and Dietmar Hamann's transfer to Bolton Wanderers became the shortest in English footballing history.[3]

The January transfer window was quieter than the summer, with Ashley Young's £9.65m move to Aston Villa[3] and Matthew Upson's £6m move to West Ham United[3] 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.[3]

Notable debutants

  • 25 February 2007 – Andy Carroll, 18-year-old striker, makes his debut for Newcastle United in a 1–0 away Premier League defeat by Wigan Athletic.[3]



See also