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2000–01 FA Premier League

2000–01 FA Premier League

The 2000–01 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the ninth FA Premier League season and the third season running which ended with Manchester United as champions and Arsenal as runners-up. Sir Alex Ferguson became the first manager to win three successive English league titles with the same club. Liverpool, meanwhile, managed a unique cup treble – winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. They also finished third in the Premier League and qualified for the Champions LeagueNike replaced Mitre as manufacturer of the official Premier League match ball, a contract that has since been extended multiple times, with the most recent renewal made in November 2018 to the end of the 2024-25 season. [4]

UEFA Cup places went to Leeds United, Chelsea, Ipswich Town, and Aston Villa, who qualified via the Intertoto Cup. None of the top six clubs in the Premier League had an English manager. The most successful English manager in the 2000–01 Premier League campaign was Peter Reid, whose Sunderland side finished seventh, having spent most of the season challenging for a place in Europe, and briefly occupied second place in the Premier League table.

Despite the success achieved by Sir Alex Ferguson and Gérard Houllier, the Manager of the Year Award went to George Burley. The Ipswich Town manager was in charge of a newly promoted side who began the season as relegation favourites and on a limited budget, guided his team to fifth place in the Premier League final table and a place in the UEFA Cup for the first time in almost 20 years. 2000–01 was perhaps the best season yet for newly promoted teams in the Premier League. Charlton Athletic finished ninth, their highest finish since the 1950s. The only newly promoted team to suffer relegation was Manchester City, who in the space of six seasons had now been relegated three times and promoted twice. Relegated in bottom place were Bradford City, whose return to the top division after almost 80 years was over after just two seasons. The next relegation place went to Coventry City, who were finally relegated after 34 successive seasons of top division football, which had brought numerous relegation battles and league finishes no higher than sixth place.

FA Premier League
Dates19 August 2000–19 May 2001
ChampionsManchester United
7th Premier League title
14th English title
RelegatedManchester City
Coventry City
Bradford City
Champions LeagueManchester United
UEFA CupLeeds United
Ipswich Town
Intertoto CupAston Villa
Newcastle United
Matches played380
Goals scored992 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorerJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (23)
Biggest home winManchester United 6–0 Bradford City
(5 September 2000)
Biggest away winCharlton Athletic 0–4 Liverpool
(19 May 2001)
Manchester City 0–4 Arsenal
(11 April 2001)
Derby County 0–4 Chelsea
(7 April 2001)
Manchester City 0–4 Leeds United
(13 January 2001)
Derby County 0–4 Liverpool
(15 October 2000)
Highest scoringArsenal 5–3 Charlton Athletic
(26 August 2000)
Longest winning run8 games[3]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run13 games[3]
Leeds United
Longest winless run13 games[3]
Bradford City
Derby County
Longest losing run8 games[3]
Leicester City
Highest attendance67,637
Manchester United v Coventry City
(14 April 2001)
Lowest attendance15,523
Bradford City v Coventry City
(2 December 2000)
Average attendance32,905
2001–02 →


Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Charlton Athletic, Manchester City and Ipswich Town, returning after a top flight absence of one, four and five years respectively. They replaced Wimbledon, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford. They were relegated after spending fourteen, nine and one year in the top flight respectively.

Stadiums and Locations

ArsenalLondon(Highbury)Arsenal Stadium38,419
Aston VillaBirminghamVilla Park42,573
Bradford CityBradfordValley Parade25,136
Charlton AthleticLondon(Charlton)The Valley27,111
ChelseaLondon(Fulham)Stamford Bridge42,055
Coventry CityCoventryHighfield Road23,489
Derby CountyDerbyPride Park Stadium33,597
EvertonLiverpool(Walton)Goodison Park40,569
Ipswich TownIpswichPortman Road30,300
Leeds UnitedLeedsElland Road40,242
Leicester CityLeicesterFilbert Street22,000
Manchester CityManchesterMaine Road35,150
Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOld Trafford68,174
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughRiverside Stadium35,049
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle upon TyneSt James' Park52,387
SouthamptonSouthamptonThe Dell[1]15,200
SunderlandSunderlandStadium of Light49,000
Tottenham HotspurLondon(Tottenham)White Hart Lane36,240
West Ham UnitedLondon(Upton Park)Boleyn Ground35,647

Personnel and kits

(as of 14 May 2001)

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
ArsenalFranceArsène WengerEnglandTony AdamsNikeDreamcast
Aston VillaEnglandJohn GregoryEnglandGareth SouthgateDiadoraNTL
Bradford CityScotlandJim JefferiesScotlandStuart McCallAsicsJCT600 Ltd
Charlton AthleticEnglandAlan CurbishleyRepublic of IrelandMark KinsellaLe Coq SportifRedbus
ChelseaItalyClaudio RanieriFranceMarcel DesaillyUmbroAutoglass
Coventry CityScotlandGordon StrachanMoroccoMustapha HadjiCCFC GarmentsSubaru
Derby CountyEnglandJim SmithJamaicaDarryl PowellPumaEDS
EvertonScotlandWalter SmithEnglandDave WatsonPumaOne2One
Ipswich TownScotlandGeorge BurleyRepublic of IrelandMatt HollandPunchGreene King
Leeds UnitedRepublic of IrelandDavid O'LearySouth AfricaLucas RadebeNikeStrongbow
Leicester CityEnglandPeter TaylorScotlandMatt ElliottLe Coq SportifWalkers Crisps
LiverpoolFranceGérard HoullierEnglandJamie RedknappReebokCarlsberg Group
Manchester CityEnglandJoe RoyleNorwayAlf-Inge HålandLe Coq SportifEidos
Manchester UnitedScotlandSir Alex FergusonRepublic of IrelandRoy KeaneUmbroVodafone
MiddlesbroughEnglandTerry Venables
EnglandBryan Robson
EnglandPaul InceErreàBT Cellnet
Newcastle UnitedEnglandBobby RobsonEnglandAlan ShearerAdidasNewcastle Brown Ale
SouthamptonEnglandStuart GrayEnglandMatt Le TissierSaintsFriends Provident
SunderlandEnglandPeter ReidEnglandMichael GrayNikeReg Vardy
Tottenham HotspurEnglandGlenn HoddleEnglandSol CampbellAdidasHolsten
West Ham UnitedEnglandGlenn RoederSteve LomasFilaDr. Martens

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Leicester CityMartin O'NeillEnd of contract1 June 2000Pre-seasonEnglandPeter Taylor12 June 2000
Bradford CityEnglandPaul JewellSigned by Sheffield Wednesday18 June 2000EnglandChris Hutchings18 June 2000[5]
ChelseaItalyGianluca VialliSacked12 September 200010thItalyClaudio Ranieri17 September 2000
Bradford CityEnglandChris Hutchings6 November 2000[6]19thScotlandStuart McCall (caretaker)6 November 2000
Bradford CityScotlandStuart McCall (caretaker)End of caretaker spell20 November 2000[7]20thScotlandJim Jefferies20 November 2000
Tottenham HotspurScotlandGeorge GrahamSacked16 March 2001[8]13thEnglandGlenn Hoddle30 March 2001[9]
SouthamptonEnglandGlenn HoddleSigned by Tottenham Hotspur30 March 2001[9]9thEnglandStuart Gray30 March 2001
West Ham UnitedEnglandHarry RedknappMutual consent9 May 200114thEnglandGlenn Roeder (caretaker)12 May 2001[10]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Manchester United(C)3824867931+4880Qualification for the Champions League first group stage
3Liverpool3820997139+3269Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round[2]
4Leeds United38208106443+2168Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[2]
5Ipswich Town38206125742+1566
8Aston Villa381315104643+354Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
9Charlton Athletic381410145057−752
11Newcastle United38149154450−651Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
12Tottenham Hotspur381310154754−749
13Leicester City38146183951−1248
15West Ham United381012164550−542
17Derby County381012163759−2242
18Manchester City(R)38810204165−2434Relegation to the Football League First Division
19Coventry City(R)38810203663−2734
20Bradford City(R)38511223070−4026


Aston Villa0–02–02–11–13–24–12–12–11–22–10–32–20–11–11–10–00–02–02–2
Bradford City1–10–32–02–02–12–00–10–21–10–00–22–20–31–12–20–11–43–31–2
Charlton Athletic1–03–32–02–02–22–11–02–11–22–00–44–03–31–02–01–10–11–01–1
Coventry City0–11–10–02–20–02–01–30–10–01–00–21–11–21–30–21–11–02–10–3
Derby County1–21–02–02–20–41–01–01–11–12–00–41–10–33–32–02–21–02–10–0
Ipswich Town1–11–23–12–02–22–00–12–01–22–01–12–11–12–11–03–11–03–01–1
Leeds United1–01–26–13–12–01–00–02–01–23–14–31–21–11–11–32–02–04–30–1
Leicester City0–00–01–23–12–11–32–11–12–13–12–01–20–30–31–11–02–04–22–1
Manchester City0–41–32–01–41–21–20–05–02–30–40–11–10–11–10–10–14–20–11–0
Manchester United6–12–06–02–13–34–20–11–02–03–02–00–11–12–12–05–03–02–03–1
Newcastle United0–03–02–10–10–03–13–20–12–12–11–02–10–11–11–21–11–22–02–1
Tottenham Hotspur1–10–02–10–00–33–03–13–23–11–23–02–10–03–10–04–20–02–11–0
West Ham United1–21–11–15–00–21–13–10–20–10–20–11–14–12–21–01–03–00–20–0

Top scorers

1NetherlandsJimmy Floyd HasselbainkChelsea23
2EnglandMarcus StewartIpswich Town19
3FranceThierry HenryArsenal17
AustraliaMark VidukaLeeds United17
5EnglandMichael OwenLiverpool16
6EnglandTeddy SheringhamManchester United15
7EnglandEmile HeskeyLiverpool14
EnglandKevin PhillipsSunderland14
9CroatiaAlen BokšićMiddlesbrough12
10EnglandJames BeattieSouthampton11
FinlandJonatan JohanssonCharlton Athletic11
MaliFrédéric KanoutéWest Ham United11
UruguayGustavo PoyetChelsea11
EnglandAlan SmithLeeds United11


  • Most wins – Manchester United (24)

  • Fewest wins – Bradford City (5)

  • Most draws – Aston Villa and Middlesbrough (15)

  • Fewest draws – Ipswich Town and Leicester City (6)

  • Most losses – Bradford City (22)

  • Fewest losses – Manchester United (6)

  • Most goals scored – Manchester United (79)

  • Fewest goals scored – Bradford City (30)

  • Most goals conceded – Bradford City (70)

  • Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (31)


Monthly awards

MonthManager of the MonthPlayer of the Month
AugustBobby Robson (Newcastle United)Alan Smith (Leeds United)
SeptemberPeter Taylor (Leicester City)Tim Flowers (Leicester City)
OctoberArsène Wenger (Arsenal)Teddy Sheringham (Manchester United)
NovemberGeorge Burley (Ipswich Town)Paul Robinson (Leeds United)
DecemberPeter Reid (Sunderland)James Beattie (Southampton)
JanuaryTerry Venables (Middlesbrough)Robbie Keane (Leeds United)
FebruaryAlex Ferguson (Manchester United)Stuart Pearce (West Ham United)
MarchDavid O'Leary (Leeds United)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
AprilDavid O'Leary (Leeds United)Gary McAllister (Liverpool)


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