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2004–05 FA Premier League

2004–05 FA Premier League

The 2004–05 FA Premier League (known as the FA Barclays Premiership for sponsorship reasons) began on 14 August 2004 and ended on 15 May 2005. Arsenal were the defending champions after going unbeaten the previous season. Chelsea won the title with a then record 95 points, which was surpassed by Manchester City in the 2017–18 season, securing the title with a 2–0 win at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton Wanderers. Chelsea also broke a number of other records during their campaign, most notably breaking the record of most games won in a single Premier League campaign, securing 29 wins in the league in home and away matches.

In the domestic cup competitions, Arsenal won the FA Cup after beating holders Manchester United on penalties in the final. Chelsea won the Football League Cup, beating Liverpool (who had defeated holders Middlesbrough in the 4th round) 3–2 after extra time.

FA Premier League
Dates14 August 2004–15 May 2005
1st Premier League title
2nd English title
RelegatedNorwich City
Crystal Palace
Champions LeagueChelsea
Manchester United
UEFA CupBolton Wanderers
Intertoto CupNewcastle United
Matches played380
Goals scored975 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorerThierry Henry (25 goals)
Biggest home winArsenal 7–0 Everton
(11 May 2005)
Biggest away winWest Bromwich Albion 0–5 Liverpool
(26 December 2004)
Highest scoringTottenham Hotspur 4–5 Arsenal
(13 November 2004)
Longest winning run8 games[4]
Longest unbeaten run29 games[4]
Longest winless run15 games[4]
West Bromwich Albion
Longest losing run6 games[4]
Bolton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur
Highest attendance67,989
Manchester United v Portsmouth(26 February 2005)
Lowest attendance16,180
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion(16 January 2005)
Average attendance33,893

Season summary

Arsenal were the favourites to defend their title after finishing the previous season unbeaten, but they also faced competition in the form of regular challengers Manchester United and Chelsea, the latter under the new management of Portuguese José Mourinho, who had just won the UEFA Champions League with Porto. Liverpool also had a new manager in Spaniard Rafael Benítez, who had just won La Liga and the UEFA Cup with Valencia and were expected to challenge for the title too. Another managerial change at a club aiming for the top was at Tottenham Hotspur, who appointed Jacques Santini, who had just led France to the quarter-finals of the 2004 European Championship.

At the other end of the table, amongst those tipped for relegation were Norwich City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion, having all just been promoted from the First Division (which was rebranded this season as the Championship). Everton, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth were also tipped to struggle, the first three finishing just outside the relegation places the previous season and Portsmouth being in their second season.

For the first time since the advent of the Premier League in 1992, no team was mathematically relegated before the final day of the season. In each of the last three weekends of the season, the team that was bottom of the table at the start of the weekend finished it outside the drop zone. The final round of the season started on 15 May with West Bromwich Albion at the bottom, Southampton and Crystal Palace one point ahead and Norwich City a further point ahead, in the last safe spot.

West Brom, who had been bottom of the table and eight points from safety on Christmas Day, did their part by defeating Portsmouth at home 2–0. Norwich, the only side to have their fate completely in their own hands, lost 6–0 at Fulham and went down. Southampton lost 2–1 at home to Manchester United and were relegated after 27 years in the top flight. Palace, away to Charlton Athletic, were leading 2–1 after 71 minutes, but with eight minutes to go, Charlton's Jonathan Fortune equalised to relegate Palace. Thus, West Brom stayed up, becoming the first club in Premier League history to avoid relegation after being bottom of the table at Christmas.

At the end of the 90 minutes in all four matches, cameras focused on West Brom's home ground, The Hawthorns, as confirmation of other results began to filter through. Once the realisation dawned on the players and fans that survival had been achieved, a mass pitch invasion was sparked, with huge celebrations. The Portsmouth fans joined in the celebrations as, through losing, they had "helped" relegate arch-rivals Southampton. The defeat itself mattered little to Portsmouth, as they would be unable to improve on their final position of 16th due to 15th-placed Blackburn Rovers' greater points tally.


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 Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, returning to the top flight after an absence of nine, one and six years respectively. They replaced Leicester City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had been relegated to the Championship. Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers were relegated after a season's presence while Leeds United ended their top flight spell of fourteen years.

Stadiums and Locations

ArsenalLondon(Highbury)Arsenal Stadium38,419
Aston VillaBirmingham(Aston)Villa Park42,553
Birmingham CityBirmingham(Bordesley)St Andrew's30,079
Blackburn RoversBlackburnEwood Park31,367
Bolton WanderersBoltonReebok Stadium28,723
Charlton AthleticLondon(Charlton)The Valley27,111
ChelseaLondon(Fulham)Stamford Bridge42,360
Crystal PalaceLondon(Selhurst)Selhurst Park25,073
EvertonLiverpool(Walton)Goodison Park40,569
FulhamLondon(Fulham)Craven Cottage[1]24,600
Manchester CityManchesterCity of Manchester Stadium48,000
Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOld Trafford68,217
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughRiverside Stadium35,049
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle upon TyneSt James' Park52,387
Norwich CityNorwichCarrow Road27,010
PortsmouthPortsmouthFratton Park20,220
SouthamptonSouthamptonSt Mary's Stadium32,505
Tottenham HotspurLondon(Tottenham)White Hart Lane36,240
West Bromwich AlbionWest BromwichThe Hawthorns26,484

Personnel and kits

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
ArsenalFranceArsène WengerFrancePatrick VieiraNikeO2
Aston VillaRepublic of IrelandDavid O'LearySwedenOlof MellbergHummelDWS Investments
Birmingham CityEnglandSteve BruceRepublic of IrelandKenny CunninghamDiadoraFlybe.com
Blackburn RoversWalesMark HughesEnglandGarry FlitcroftLonsdaleHSA
Bolton WanderersEnglandSam AllardyceNigeriaJay-Jay OkochaReebokReebok
Charlton AthleticEnglandAlan CurbishleyRepublic of IrelandMatt HollandJomaAll:Sports
ChelseaPortugalJosé MourinhoEnglandJohn TerryUmbroEmirates
Crystal PalaceIain DowieMichael HughesDiadoraChurchill
EvertonScotlandDavid MoyesScotlandDavid WeirUmbroChang
FulhamWalesChris ColemanEnglandLee ClarkPumadabs.com
LiverpoolSpainRafael BenítezEnglandSteven GerrardReebokCarlsberg
Manchester CityEnglandStuart PearceFranceSylvain DistinReebokThomas Cook
Manchester UnitedScotlandAlex FergusonRepublic of IrelandRoy KeaneNikeVodafone
MiddlesbroughEnglandSteve McClarenEnglandGareth SouthgateErreà888.com
Newcastle UnitedScotlandGraeme SounessEnglandAlan ShearerAdidasNorthern Rock
Norwich CityNigel WorthingtonEnglandCraig FlemingXaraProton
PortsmouthFranceAlain PerrinNetherlandsArjan De ZeeuwPompey SportTY
SouthamptonEnglandHarry RedknappScotlandNigel QuashieSaintsFriends Provident
Tottenham HotspurNetherlandsMartin JolEnglandLedley KingKappaThomson Holidays
West Bromwich AlbionEnglandBryan RobsonEnglandKevin CampbellDiadoraT-Mobile

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
LiverpoolFranceGérard HoullierMutual consent24 May 2004[5]Pre-seasonSpainRafael Benítez16 June 2004[6]
ChelseaItalyClaudio RanieriSacked31 May 2004PortugalJosé Mourinho2 June 2004[7]
Tottenham HotspurEnglandDavid Pleat (caretaker)End of caretaker spell1 June 2004FranceJacques Santini3 June 2004[8]
SouthamptonScotlandPaul SturrockMutual consent23 August 2004[9]10thEnglandSteve Wigley23 August 2004
Newcastle UnitedEnglandSir Bobby RobsonSacked30 August 2004[10]17thScotlandGraeme Souness6 September 2004[11]
Blackburn RoversScotlandGraeme SounessSigned by Newcastle United6 September 2004[11]19thWalesMark Hughes16 September 2004[12]
West Bromwich AlbionEnglandGary MegsonSacked26 October 2004[13]16thEnglandBryan Robson9 November 2004[14]
Tottenham HotspurFranceJacques SantiniResigned5 November 200411thNetherlandsMartin Jol8 November 2004[15]
PortsmouthEnglandHarry Redknapp24 November 2004[16]12thCroatiaVelimir Zajec21 December 2004[17]
SouthamptonEnglandSteve WigleySacked8 December 200418thEnglandHarry Redknapp21 December 2004[18]
Manchester CityEnglandKevin KeeganResigned11 March 2005[19]12thEnglandStuart Pearce (caretaker)11 March 2005
PortsmouthCroatiaVelimir ZajecReturned to director of football position7 April 200516thFranceAlain Perrin7 April 2005[20]
Manchester CityEnglandStuart Pearce (caretaker)End of caretaker period12 May 2005[21]8thEnglandStuart Pearce12 May 2005

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Chelsea(C)3829817215+5795Qualification for the Champions League group stage
3Manchester United38221155826+3277Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
5Liverpool38177145241+1158Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round[2]
6Bolton Wanderers381610124944+558Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[3]
8Manchester City381313124739+852
9Tottenham Hotspur381410144741+652
10Aston Villa381211154552−747
11Charlton Athletic381210164258−1646
12Birmingham City381112154046−645
14Newcastle United381014144757−1044Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
15Blackburn Rovers38915143243−1142
17West Bromwich Albion38616163661−2534
18Crystal Palace(R)38712194162−2133Relegation to the Football League Championship
19Norwich City(R)38712194277−3533


Aston Villa1–31–21–01–10–00–01–11–32–01–11–20–12–04–23–03–02–01–01–1
Birmingham City2–12–02–11–21–10–10–10–11–22–01–00–02–02–21–10–02–11–14–0
Blackburn Rovers0–12–23–30–11–00–11–00–01–32–20–01–10–42–23–01–03–00–11–1
Bolton Wanderers1–01–21–10–14–10–21–03–23–11–00–12–20–02–11–00–11–13–11–1
Charlton Athletic1–33–03–11–01–20–42–22–02–11–22–20–41–21–14–02–10–02–01–4
Crystal Palace1–12–02–00–00–10–10–21–32–01–01–20–00–10–23–30–12–23–03–0
Manchester City0–12–03–01–10–14–01–03–10–11–11–00–21–11–11–12–02–10–11–1
Manchester United2–03–12–00–02–02–01–35–20–01–02–10–01–12–12–12–13–00–01–1
Newcastle United0–10–32–13–02–11–11–10–01–11–41–04–31–30–02–21–12–10–13–1
Norwich City1–40–01–01–13–21–01–31–12–30–11–22–32–04–42–12–22–10–23–2
Tottenham Hotspur4–55–11–00–01–22–30–21–15–22–01–12–10–12–01–00–03–15–11–1
West Bromwich Albion0–21–12–01–12–10–11–42–21–01–10–52–00–31–20–00–02–00–01–1

Top scorers

1FranceThierry HenryArsenal25
2EnglandAndy JohnsonCrystal Palace21
3FranceRobert PiresArsenal14
4EnglandJermain DefoeTottenham Hotspur13
NetherlandsJimmy Floyd HasselbainkMiddlesbrough13
EnglandFrank LampardChelsea13
8EnglandAndy ColeFulham12
EnglandPeter CrouchSouthampton12
IcelandEiður GuðjohnsenChelsea12


Monthly awards

MonthManager of the MonthPlayer of the Month
AugustFranceArsène Wenger (Arsenal)SpainJosé Antonio Reyes (Arsenal)
SeptemberScotlandDavid Moyes (Everton)EnglandLedley King (Tottenham Hotspur)
OctoberEnglandHarry Redknapp (Portsmouth)EnglandAndy Johnson (Crystal Palace)
NovemberPortugalJosé Mourinho (Chelsea)NetherlandsArjen Robben (Chelsea)
DecemberNetherlandsMartin Jol (Tottenham Hotspur)EnglandSteven Gerrard (Liverpool)
JanuaryPortugalJosé Mourinho (Chelsea)EnglandJohn Terry (Chelsea)
FebruaryScotlandSir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)EnglandWayne Rooney (Manchester United)
MarchEnglandHarry Redknapp (Southampton)EnglandJoe Cole (Chelsea)
AprilEnglandStuart Pearce (Manchester City)EnglandFrank Lampard (Chelsea)

Annual awards

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Player's Player of the year award was won by Chelsea captain John Terry.

PFA Young Player of the Year

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was the recipient for this award.

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won this award for the first time.

PFA Team of the year

Goalkeeper – Petr Čech Defenders – Gary Neville, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole Midfielders – Shaun Wright-Phillips, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Arjen Robben Strikers – Thierry Henry, Andy Johnson

FWA Footballer of the Year

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won this award.

Premier League Player of the Season

Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard won the Premier League Player of the Season award.

Premier League Golden Boot

Arsenal and French striker Thierry Henry won the Premier League Golden Boot award for the third time in his career with an impressive 25 goals.

Premier League Golden Glove

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech won the Premier League Golden Glove, for 25 clean sheets, in his debut season as he set a remarkable record of 10 consecutive clean sheets, as Chelsea won the title.

Premier League Manager of the Season

José Mourinho was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Season award after he led Chelsea to their first Premier League title, second Top division title in their history.[22][23] During his first season at the club, Chelsea won the Premier League title (their first league title in 50 years) and the League Cup. The season was also notable for the number of records set during the season: Fewest goals against in a Premier League season (15), most clean sheets kept in a season (25), most wins in a season (29), most consecutive away wins (9) and the most points in a season (95).

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. Arsenal won the award for the second year in a row, ahead of Tottenham.[24][25] The least sporting side for 2004–05 was Blackburn Rovers, who achieved a significantly lower fair play score than any other side.[26]


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