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2005–06 FA Premier League

2005–06 FA Premier League

The 2005–06 FA Premier League (known as the FA Barclays Premiership for sponsorship reasons) began on 13 August 2005, and concluded on 7 May 2006. The season saw Chelsea retain their title after defeating Manchester United 3–0 at Stamford Bridge towards the end of April. On the same day, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City were relegated, joining Sunderland in the Championship for the following season.

FA Premier League
Dates13 August 2005–07 May 2006
2nd Premier League title
3rd English title
RelegatedBirmingham City
West Bromwich Albion
Champions LeagueChelsea
Manchester United
UEFA CupTottenham Hotspur
Blackburn Rovers
West Ham United
Intertoto CupNewcastle United
Matches played380
Goals scored944 (2.48 per match)
Top goalscorerThierry Henry (27 goals)
Biggest home winArsenal 7–0 Middlesbrough
(14 January 2006)
Biggest away winEverton 0–4 Bolton Wanderers(17 December 2005)
Middlesbrough 0–4 Aston Villa(4 February 2006)
Fulham 0–4 Arsenal
(4 March 2006)
Highest scoringCharlton Athletic 2–5 Manchester City
(4 December 2005)
Wigan Athletic 4–3 Manchester City
(26 December 2005)
Arsenal 7–0 Middlesbrough
(14 January 2006)
Blackburn Rovers 4–3 Manchester United
(1 February 2006)
Fulham 6–1 West Bromwich Albion
(11 February 2006)
Middlesbrough 4–3 Bolton Wanderers
(26 March 2006)
Longest winning run10 games[4]
Longest unbeaten run13 games[4]
Longest winless run14 games[4]
Longest losing run9 games[4]
Highest attendance73,006
Manchester United v Charlton Athletic(7 May 2006)
Lowest attendance16,550
Fulham v Birmingham City
(13 August 2005)
Average attendance33,875

Season summary

Several clubs reported disappointing attendances and/or trouble selling out their grounds for the opening weeks' matches. Many have argued that this was due mainly to the comparatively early season start, and the Ashes Test cricket series which caught the nation's imagination and which England went on to win. Other possible reasons are continued escalation of ticket prices and the increasing number of games shown on television (which has had the knock on effect of greater variation in kick-off times). The overall decline in attendances for the season was only around 2%, but that figure is reduced by the fact that bigger clubs were promoted into the Premiership than were relegated and several clubs have suffered larger falls.

For the second time in two seasons, José Mourinho's Chelsea triumphed in the Premier League, with a home win over closest rivals Manchester United confirming them as champions after a record setting albeit tense season.

Chelsea's early season form with 15 wins out of 16 gave the champions an unequivocal head start. With Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool falling way short of their expectations before Christmas, Chelsea had effectively became champions-elect by early 2006. However, a sudden collapse in form by mid-March caused their seemingly unassailable lead of 18 points to be cut to just 7 in two weeks due to the impressive late run of form of Manchester United, who went on a ten-match winning streak scoring over 30 goals. However, a shock home draw with bottom of the table Sunderland at Old Trafford killed United's title hopes. The momentum was back with Chelsea who didn't need a second bite at the apple with wins over Bolton, Everton and finally Manchester United giving the west Londoners their second successive championship under Mourinho.

The top two clubs at the end of the season earned the right to participate in the UEFA Champions League group stages, while the third- and fourth-placed clubs get places in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round (where they progress to the Champions League group stages if they win or the UEFA Cup if they lose). However, if an English team wins the Champions League, but finishes outside the top four, then they get the final Champions League spot instead of the fourth-placed club, who have to settle for a place in the UEFA Cup. This could have been the case with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but Arsenal pipped Spurs to fourth place in the final matchday of the season before losing 2–1 to FC Barcelona in the final of the UEFA Champions League.

The fifth-placed club always earns a spot in the UEFA Cup. The winners of the FA Cup also earn a place in the UEFA Cup. If they have already qualified for European competition by their league position or winning the League Cup, then the FA Cup runners-up get their place. If the runners-up, too, have already qualified, then the highest league finisher who have not already qualified for Europe (normally sixth place) are given the place. This season, the FA Cup final featured Liverpool and West Ham. Since Liverpool finished third they were assured of a spot in the Champions League qualifying round, which in turn meant that West Ham received the cup winner's UEFA Cup place.

The League Cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Cup. If they have already qualified for European competition through other means then their place is, unlike the FA Cup, not awarded to the runner-up, but instead the highest league finisher who has not qualified for Europe. League Cup winners Manchester United finished second, placing them directly into the Champions League group stage. This meant that the sixth-placed club, Blackburn Rovers, qualified for the UEFA Cup. The team directly after the UEFA Cup places, goes into the UEFA Intertoto Cup which means in turn, if the team – Newcastle United this season – wins a 2-legged match means they earn a place in the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.


Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams were Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and West Ham United. Sunderland and West Ham United returned to the top flight after an absence of two years while Wigan Athletic played in the top flight for the first time in history. They replaced Crystal Palace, Norwich City (both teams relegated after a season's presence) and Southampton (ending their top flight spell of twenty-eight years).

Stadiums and Locations

Locations of the 2005–06 Premier League teams

Locations of the 2005–06 Premier League teams

Greater London Premier League football clubs

Greater London Premier League football clubs

Greater Manchester Premier League football clubs

Greater Manchester Premier League football clubs

West Midlands Premier League football clubs

West Midlands Premier League football clubs

ArsenalLondon(Highbury)Arsenal Stadium[1]38,419
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
EvertonLiverpool(Walton)Goodison Park40,569
FulhamLondon(Fulham)Craven Cottage24,600
Manchester CityManchesterCity of Manchester Stadium48,000
Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOld Trafford68,217
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughRiverside Stadium35,049
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle upon TyneSt James' Park52,387
PortsmouthPortsmouthFratton Park20,220
SunderlandSunderlandStadium of Light49,000
Tottenham HotspurLondon(Tottenham)White Hart Lane36,240
West Bromwich AlbionWest BromwichThe Hawthorns26,484
West Ham UnitedLondon(Upton Park)Boleyn Ground35,146
Wigan AthleticWiganJJB Stadium25,138

Personnel and kits

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
ArsenalFranceArsène WengerFranceThierry HenryNikeO2
Aston VillaRepublic of IrelandDavid O'LearySwedenOlof MellbergHummelDWS Investments
Birmingham CityEnglandSteve BruceRepublic of IrelandKenny CunninghamLonsdaleFlybe.com
Blackburn RoversWalesMark HughesNew ZealandRyan NelsenLonsdaleLonsdale
Bolton WanderersEnglandSam AllardyceEnglandKevin NolanReebokReebok
Charlton AthleticEnglandAlan CurbishleyRepublic of IrelandMatt HollandJomaAll:Sports[6]
ChelseaPortugalJosé MourinhoEnglandJohn TerryUmbroSamsung Mobile
EvertonScotlandDavid MoyesScotlandDavid WeirUmbroChang
FulhamWalesChris ColemanPortugalLuís Boa MortePumaPipex
LiverpoolSpainRafael BenítezEnglandSteven GerrardReebokCarlsberg
Manchester CityEnglandStuart PearceFranceSylvain DistinReebokThomas Cook
Manchester UnitedScotlandSir Alex FergusonEnglandGary NevilleNikeVodafone
MiddlesbroughEnglandSteve McClarenEnglandGareth SouthgateErreà888.com
Newcastle UnitedEnglandGlenn RoederEnglandAlan ShearerAdidasNorthern Rock
PortsmouthEnglandHarry RedknappSerbia and MontenegroDejan StefanovićJakoOKI Printing Solution
SunderlandEnglandKevin Ball (caretaker)Republic of IrelandGary BreenLonsdaleReg Vardy
Tottenham HotspurNetherlandsMartin JolEnglandLedley KingKappaThomson Holidays
West Bromwich AlbionEnglandBryan RobsonEnglandKevin CampbellDiadoraT-Mobile
West Ham UnitedEnglandAlan PardewEnglandNigel Reo-CokerReebokJobServe
Wigan AthleticEnglandPaul JewellNetherlandsArjan de ZeeuwJJBJJB

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
PortsmouthFranceAlain PerrinSacked24 November 2005[7]17thEnglandHarry Redknapp2 December 2005
Newcastle UnitedScotlandGraeme Souness2 February 2006[8]15thEnglandGlenn Roeder2 February 2006
SunderlandRepublic of IrelandMick McCarthy6 March 2006[9]20thEnglandKevin Ball (caretaker)7 March 2006

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Chelsea(C)3829457222+5091Qualification for the Champions League group stage[2]
2Manchester United3825857234+3883
3Liverpool3825765725+3282Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
5Tottenham Hotspur38181195338+1565Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
6Blackburn Rovers38196135142+963
7Newcastle United38177144742+558Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
8Bolton Wanderers381511124941+856
9West Ham United38167155255−355Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[3]
10Wigan Athletic38156174552−751
13Charlton Athletic38138174155−1447
15Manchester City38134214348−543
16Aston Villa381012164255−1342
18Birmingham City(R)38810202850−2234Relegation to the Football League Championship
19West Bromwich Albion(R)3879223158−2730


Aston Villa0–03–11–02–21–01–14–00–00–20–10–22–31–21–02–11–10–01–20–2
Birmingham City0–20–12–11–00–10–00–11–02–21–22–20–30–05–01–00–21–11–22–0
Blackburn Rovers1–02–02–00–04–11–00–22–10–12–04–33–20–32–12–00–02–03–21–1
Bolton Wanderers2–01–11–00–04–10–20–12–12–22–01–21–12–01–02–01–02–04–11–1
Charlton Athletic0–10–02–00–20–10–20–01–12–02–51–32–13–12–12–02–30–02–01–0
Manchester City1–33–14–10–00–13–20–12–01–20–13–10–13–02–12–10–20–02–10–1
Manchester United2–01–03–01–24–14–01–01–14–21–01–10–02–03–00–01–13–01–04–0
Newcastle United1–01–11–00–13–10–01–02–01–11–31–00–22–22–03–23–13–00–03–1
Tottenham Hotspur1–10–02–03–21–03–10–22–01–00–02–11–22–02–03–13–22–11–12–2
West Bromwich Albion2–11–22–32–00–01–21–24–00–00–22–01–20–20–32–10–12–00–11–2
West Ham United0–04–03–03–11–20–01–32–22–11–21–01–22–12–42–42–02–11–00–2
Wigan Athletic2–33–21–10–32–13–00–11–11–00–14–31–21–11–01–21–01–20–11–2

Top scorers

1FranceThierry HenryArsenal27
2NetherlandsRuud van NistelrooyManchester United21
3EnglandDarren BentCharlton Athletic18
4Republic of IrelandRobbie KeaneTottenham Hotspur16
EnglandFrank LampardChelsea16
EnglandWayne RooneyManchester United16
7EnglandMarlon HarewoodWest Ham United14
8WalesCraig BellamyBlackburn Rovers13
10SenegalHenri CamaraWigan Athletic12
Ivory CoastDidier DrogbaChelsea12


Monthly awards

MonthManager of the MonthPlayer of the Month
AugustStuart Pearce (Manchester City)Darren Bent (Charlton Athletic)
SeptemberPaul Jewell (Wigan Athletic)Danny Murphy (Charlton Athletic)
OctoberPaul Jewell (Wigan Athletic)Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
NovemberRafael Benítez (Liverpool)Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
DecemberRafael Benítez (Liverpool)Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
JanuaryDavid Moyes (Everton)Anton Ferdinand (West Ham United)
FebruaryAlan Pardew (West Ham United)Kevin Nolan (Bolton Wanderers)
MarchSir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
AprilHarry Redknapp (Portsmouth)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Annual awards

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2006 was won by Steven Gerrard.[10]

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

  • Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

  • Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

  • Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

  • Joe Cole (Chelsea)

  • Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

  • John Terry (Chelsea)

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was won by Wayne Rooney.[11]

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

  • Darren Bent (Charlton Athletic)

  • Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)

  • Anton Ferdinand (West Ham United)

  • Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

  • Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

PFA Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: Shay Given (Newcastle United) Defence: Pascal Chimbonda (Wigan Athletic), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), John Terry, William Gallas (both Chelsea) Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Joe Cole (Chelsea)

Attack: Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

Wayne Rooney, was named the PFA Fans' Player of the Year for 2006.

FWA Footballer of the Year

The FWA Footballer of the Year award for 2006 was won by Thierry Henry for a record third time. No other player has won the accolade on as many occasions as the Arsenal player in the award's long history.[12]

Premier League Player of the Season

Arsenal's Thierry Henry[13][14] won the Premier League Player of the Season award for the second time.

Premier League Manager of the Season

José Mourinho was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Season award after he led Chelsea to their second premier league title in two years, their third league title in their history. This title was also his second time of winning the award in as many seasons.

Premier League Golden Boot

Thierry Henry was named the winner of the Premier League Golden Boot award. The Arsenal striker scored 27 goals in the league and was presented with the award at Arsenal's last ever game at Highbury.[15][16]

Premier League Golden Glove

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina won the Premier League Golden Glove award for the first time. He achieved clean sheets in 20 Premier League games.[17]

Premier League Fair Play League

The Premier League Fair Play League was won by Charlton Athletic, ahead of fellow London team Arsenal. The least sporting side was Blackburn Rovers.[18]

See also

  • 2005-06 in English football


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