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2006–07 FA Premier League

2006–07 FA Premier League

The 2006–07 FA Premier League (known as the FA Barclays Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the 15th season of the FA Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 19 August 2006 and concluded on 13 May 2007. On 12 February 2007, the FA Premier League renamed itself simply the Premier League, complete with new logo, sleeve patches and typeface. The sponsored name remains the Barclays Premier League.

Manchester United ended the season as Premiership champions for the ninth time in fifteen years, after Chelsea failed to win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 6 May 2007. This left them seven points behind United, with two games to go, confirming the Manchester club as champions once more.

The three relegation spots were occupied by Watford and Sheffield United who each lasted one season in the league, along with Charlton Athletic who went down after seven seasons.

[[LINK|lang_en|Premier_League|FA Premier League]]
Dates19 August 2006–13 May 2007
ChampionsManchester United
9th Premier League title
16th English title
RelegatedSheffield United
Charlton Athletic
Champions LeagueManchester United
UEFA CupTottenham Hotspur
Bolton Wanderers
Intertoto CupBlackburn Rovers
Matches played380
Goals scored931 (2.45 per match)
Top goalscorerDidier Drogba (20 goals)
Biggest home winReading 6–0 West Ham United
(1 January 2007)
Biggest away winMiddlesbrough 0–4 Portsmouth
(28 August 2006)
Reading 0–4 Arsenal
(22 October 2006)
Bolton Wanderers 0–4 Manchester United
(28 October 2006)
Wigan Athletic 0–4 Liverpool
(2 December 2006)
Tottenham Hotspur 0–4 Manchester United
(4 February 2007)
Highest scoringArsenal 6–2 Blackburn Rovers
(23 December 2006)
Longest winning run9 games[6]
Longest unbeaten run14 games[6]
Longest winless run11 games[6]
Aston Villa
West Ham United
Longest losing run8 games[6]
Wigan Athletic
Highest attendance76,098
Manchester United vs. Blackburn Rovers
(31 March 2007)
Lowest attendance13,760
Watford vs. Blackburn Rovers(23 January 2007)
Average attendance34,402
2007–08 →


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 Reading (playing in the top flight for the first time ever), Sheffield United (playing top flight football for the first time in twelve years) and Watford (returning after a six-year absence). They replaced Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland, ending their top flight spells of four, two and one year respectively.

Stadiums and locations

ArsenalLondon(Holloway)Emirates Stadium[1]60,600
Aston VillaBirminghamVilla Park42,553
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 Trafford76,212[2]
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughRiverside Stadium35,049
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle upon TyneSt James' Park52,387
PortsmouthPortsmouthFratton Park20,220
ReadingReadingMadejski Stadium[3]24,250
Sheffield UnitedSheffieldBramall Lane32,609
Tottenham HotspurLondon(Tottenham)White Hart Lane36,240
WatfordWatfordVicarage Road19,920
West Ham UnitedLondon(Upton Park)Boleyn Ground35,146
Wigan AthleticWiganJJB Stadium25,138

Personnel and kits

(as of 13 May 2007)

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
ArsenalFranceArsène WengerFranceThierry HenryNikeFly Emirates
Aston VillaMartin O'NeillEnglandGareth BarryHummel32red.com
Blackburn RoversWalesMark HughesNew ZealandRyan NelsenLonsdalebet24.com
Bolton WanderersEnglandSammy LeeEnglandKevin NolanReebokReebok
Charlton AthleticEnglandAlan PardewEnglandLuke YoungJomaLlanera
ChelseaPortugalJosé MourinhoEnglandJohn TerryAdidasSamsung Mobile
EvertonScotlandDavid MoyesEnglandPhil NevilleUmbroChang
FulhamLawrie SanchezUnited StatesBrian McBrideAirnessPipex
LiverpoolSpainRafael BenítezEnglandSteven GerrardAdidasCarlsberg
Manchester CityEnglandStuart PearceRepublic of IrelandRichard DunneReebokThomas Cook
Manchester UnitedScotlandSir Alex FergusonEnglandGary NevilleNikeAIG
MiddlesbroughEnglandGareth SouthgateGhanaGeorge BoatengErreà888.com
Newcastle UnitedEnglandNigel Pearson (caretaker)EnglandScott ParkerAdidasNorthern Rock
PortsmouthEnglandHarry RedknappSerbiaDejan StefanovićJakoOki
ReadingEnglandSteve CoppellScotlandGraeme MurtyPumaKyocera
Sheffield UnitedEnglandNeil WarnockEnglandChris MorganLe Coq SportifCapital One
Tottenham HotspurNetherlandsMartin JolEnglandLedley KingPumaMansion.com
WatfordEnglandAidy BoothroydEnglandGavin MahonDiadoraloans.co.uk
West Ham UnitedEnglandAlan CurbishleyEnglandNigel Reo-CokerReebokJobserve
Wigan AthleticEnglandPaul JewellNetherlandsArjan De ZeeuwJJBJJB

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Charlton AthleticEnglandAlan CurbishleyEnd of contract24 April 2006[7]Pre-seasonIain Dowie27 May 2006
MiddlesbroughEnglandSteve McClarenSigned by England4 May 2006[8]EnglandGareth Southgate7 June 2006[9]
Aston VillaRepublic of IrelandDavid O'LearySacked19 July 2006Martin O'Neill4 August 2006[10]
Charlton AthleticIain Dowie13 November 2006[11]20thEnglandLes Reed13 November 2006
West Ham UnitedEnglandAlan Pardew11 December 2006[12]18thEnglandAlan Curbishley13 December 2006[13]
Charlton AthleticEnglandLes Reed20 December 200619thEnglandAlan Pardew24 December 2006[14]
FulhamWalesChris Coleman10 April 2007[15]15thLawrie Sanchez10 April 2007
Bolton WanderersEnglandSam AllardyceResigned29 April 2007[16]5thEnglandSammy Lee30 April 2007[17]
Newcastle UnitedEnglandGlenn Roeder6 May 2007[18]13thEnglandNigel Pearson (caretaker)6 May 2007

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Manchester United(C)3828558327+5689Qualification for the Champions League group stage
3Liverpool38208105727+3068Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
5Tottenham Hotspur38179125754+360Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[4]
7Bolton Wanderers38168144752−556
10Blackburn Rovers38157165254−252Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round[5]
11Aston Villa381117104341+250
13Newcastle United381110173847−943
14Manchester City38119182944−1542
15West Ham United38125213559−2441
17Wigan Athletic38108203759−2238
18Sheffield United(R)38108203255−2338Relegation to the Football League Championship
19Charlton Athletic(R)38810203460−2634


Aston Villa0–12–00–12–00–01–11–10–01–30–31–12–00–02–13–01–12–01–01–1
Blackburn Rovers0–21–20–14–10–21–12–01–04–20–12–11–33–03–32–11–13–11–22–1
Bolton Wanderers3–12–21–21–10–11–12–12–00–00–40–02–13–21–31–02–01–04–00–1
Charlton Athletic1–22–11–02–00–11–12–20–31–00–31–32–00–10–01–10–20–04–01–0
Manchester City1–00–20–30–20–00–12–13–10–00–11–00–00–00–20–01–20–02–00–1
Manchester United0–13–14–14–12–01–13–05–12–03–11–12–03–03–22–01–04–00–13–1
Newcastle United0–03–10–21–20–00–01–11–22–10–12–20–01–03–20–13–12–12–22–1
Sheffield United1–02–20–02–22–10–21–12–01–10–11–22–11–21–11–22–11–03–01–2
Tottenham Hotspur2–22–11–14–15–12–10–20–00–12–10–42–12–32–11–02–03–11–03–1
West Ham United1–01–12–13–13–11–41–03–31–20–11–02–00–21–20–11–03–40–10–2
Wigan Athletic0–10–00–31–33–22–30–20–00–44–01–30–11–01–01–00–13–31–10–3

Season statistics


  • Biggest win: 6 goals – Reading 6–0 West Ham United (1 January 2007)

  • Highest scoring match: 8 goals – Arsenal 6–2 Blackburn Rovers

  • First goal: Rob Hulse for Sheffield United against Liverpool (19 August 2006)

  • Last goal: Harry Kewell (pen.) for Liverpool against Charlton Athletic (13 May 2007)


  • Most wins: 28 – Manchester United

  • Fewest wins: 5 – Watford

  • Most losses: 21 – West Ham United

  • Fewest losses: 3 – Chelsea

  • Most goals scored: 83 – Manchester United

  • Fewest goals scored: 29 – Manchester City and Watford

  • Most goals conceded: 60 – Fulham and Charlton Athletic

  • Fewest goals conceded: 24 – Chelsea


  • Most wins: 15 – Manchester United

  • Fewest wins: 3 – Watford

  • Most losses: 10 – Wigan Athletic

  • Fewest losses: 0 – Chelsea

  • Most goals scored: 46 – Manchester United

  • Fewest goals scored: 10 – Manchester City

  • Most goals conceded: 30 – Wigan Athletic

  • Fewest goals conceded: 7 – Liverpool


  • Most wins: 13 – Manchester United

  • Fewest wins: 1 – Fulham and Charlton Athletic

  • Most losses: 14 – Sheffield United

  • Fewest losses: 3 – Manchester United and Chelsea

  • Most goals scored: 37 – Manchester United

  • Fewest goals scored: 8 – Sheffield United

  • Most goals conceded: 42 – Fulham

  • Fewest goals conceded: 13 – Chelsea



1Ivory CoastDidier DrogbaChelsea20
2South AfricaBenni McCarthyBlackburn Rovers18
3PortugalCristiano RonaldoManchester United17
4EnglandWayne RooneyManchester United14
AustraliaMark VidukaMiddlesbrough14
6EnglandDarren BentCharlton Athletic13
Republic of IrelandKevin DoyleReading13
8BulgariaDimitar BerbatovTottenham Hotspur12
NetherlandsDirk KuytLiverpool12

Historic goals

15,000th goal

The Premier League expected to have the league's 15,000th goal scored at some point in the period between Christmas and New Year. The target was reached on 30 December when Moritz Volz scored for Fulham against Chelsea. Barclays, the Premiership's sponsor, donated £15,000 to the Fulham Community Sports Trust in Volz' name. Additionally, a fan who correctly predicted that Volz would score the historic goal in a contest presented the player with a special award prior to Fulham's game against Watford at Craven Cottage on 1 January.[20] The honour of scoring the 15,000th goal led to Volz being nicknamed "15,000 Volz".

Goalkeeper scores

On 17 March 2007, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson scored against Watford from an 83-yard free kick, which bounced over his England teammate Ben Foster, who was in goal for the Hornets, leading Spurs to a 3–1 win at White Hart Lane.[21] This was the third goal scored by a goalkeeper in Premiership history. The other two were scored by Peter Schmeichel, for Aston Villa against Everton on 21 October 2001,[22] and Brad Friedel, for Blackburn Rovers against Charlton Athletic on 21 February 2004.[23] In those two cases, the teams they played for lost. Robinson became the first keeper to score for the winning team in a Premiership match.

Relegation controversy

West Ham escaped relegation on the final day of the season with a 1–0 win over Manchester United, with Carlos Tevez scoring the winner.[24] Sheffield United were relegated, along with Charlton and Watford. Tevez was subsequently found to have been ineligible to play, as he was not owned by West Ham, but by a third party. Sheffield United sued to keep their Premier League status and, when that failed, went to an FA arbitration panel seeking up to £30m compensation. The arbitration panel found in favour of Sheffield.[25] The two clubs subsequently settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.[26]

Monthly awards

August 2006Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
September 2006Steve Coppell (Reading)Andrew Johnson (Everton)
October 2006Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
November 2006Steve Coppell (Reading)Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
December 2006Sam Allardyce (Bolton)Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
January 2007Rafael Benítez (Liverpool)Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)
February 2007Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
March 2007José Mourinho (Chelsea)Petr Čech (Chelsea)
April 2007Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa)Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur)1
  1. Keane and Berbatov became the first joint winners of the Player of the Month award since Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp and Edu in February 2004[27]

Annual awards

This season's awards were dominated by Manchester United, who, as a team, picked up a total of eight individual awards, five of which went to Cristiano Ronaldo. They also had eight players in the Team of the Year.

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2007 was won by Cristiano Ronaldo. He had won the PFA Young Player of the Year award earlier on in the awards ceremony, making him the first player to win both awards in the same year since Andy Gray managed the same feat in 1977. Didier Drogba came second, while Paul Scholes was third.

The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

  • Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

  • Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)

  • Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

  • Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

  • Paul Scholes (Manchester United)

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was also won by Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. Cesc Fàbregas came in second place, and Aaron Lennon was third. Wayne Rooney was going for a hat-trick of Young Player of the Year awards, having won this award for both of the two preceding seasons, but didn't even feature in the top three for the 2006–07 season.

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

PFA Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United) Defence: Gary Neville, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (all Manchester United) Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo (all Manchester United) Attack: Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur)

PFA Merit Award

The PFA Merit Award was awarded to Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, for his commitment to the club, the Premiership, and as recognition of the nineteen major trophies he has won in his time in England.

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

This award was voted for in an online poll run by the PFA on their website. With four days of voting left before the closing date of midnight on 15 April, the five players with the most votes in the poll were Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Dimitar Berbatov, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard, but it was Ronaldo who managed to fend off the challenges of the other four.

FWA Footballer of the Year

The FWA Footballer of the Year award for 2007 was also won by Cristiano Ronaldo. The award is presented by the Football Writers' Association and voted for by its members. This year, Didier Drogba came second and Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes came third and fourth respectively.

Premier League Manager of the Season

The Premier League Manager of the Season award was presented to Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson before the club's final game of the season against West Ham United.

Premier League Player of the Season

The Premier League Player of the Season award was also presented before Manchester United's game with West Ham United on the last day of the season, and was awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo, granting him the sextuple of PFA Players' Player, Young Player, Fans' Player of the Year, Barclays Premiership Player of the Season, Football Writers' Association Player of the Year and a place in the Team of the Year.

Premier League Merit Award

Ryan Giggs was presented with this special award at the same time as the Manager and Player of the Season Awards were given out, in recognition of his record of nine Premier League titles.

Premier League Golden Glove

The Premier League Golden Glove award was presented to Liverpool's Pepe Reina for the second successive season after keeping 19 clean sheets, ahead of Tim Howard of Everton (14) and Marcus Hahnemann of Reading (13).[28][29]

See also


Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgArsenal moved to the larger 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium after 93 years at Arsenal Stadium.
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgOld Trafford is now a fully completed 76,000-seater stadium, making it the largest club stadium in the UK.
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgThe highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded with a place in that competition. Blackburn Rovers occupied the Intertoto place, because Portsmouth and Reading did not apply. Spurs win may harm Rovers' Intertoto chances A further place in the UEFA Cup was up for grabs via the Premiership Fair Play League. The winner is placed into a draw with the winners of Fair Play leagues in other countries. The representatives from the two countries that come out of the hat first are given a place in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round. Since the winners of the Premiership Fair Play League, Tottenham Hotspur, had already qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of their league position, their place in the Fair Play draw was given to Aston Villa. However, the places in the UEFA Cup were awarded to the representatives from Finland and Norway.
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