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2010–11 Premier League

2010–11 Premier League

The 2010–11 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 19th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The 2010–11 fixtures were released on 17 June 2010 at 09:00 BST.[5] The season began on 14 August 2010,[6] and ended on 22 May 2011. Chelsea were the defending champions.[7]

Manchester United secured the title with a 1–1 draw away to Blackburn Rovers on 14 May 2011.[8][9] This was their nineteenth English league title, breaking a tie with Liverpool which had stood since Manchester United won their eighteenth title in 2009.[10] Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all secured a berth for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, while Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League via league position. At the bottom, West Ham United, Blackpool, and Birmingham City were relegated to the Championship.[11][12][13]

[[LINK|lang_en|Premier_League|Premier League]]
Dates14 August 2010–22 May 2011
ChampionsManchester United
12th Premier League title
19th English title
RelegatedBirmingham City
West Ham United
Champions LeagueManchester United
Manchester City
Europa LeagueTottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City
Stoke City
Matches played380
Goals scored1,063 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorerDimitar Berbatov
Carlos Tevez
(20 goals)
Biggest home winChelsea 6–0 West Bromwich Albion
(14 August 2010)
Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool
(21 August 2010)
Newcastle United 6–0 Aston Villa
(22 August 2010)
Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers
(27 November 2010)[4]
Biggest away winWigan Athletic 0–6 Chelsea
(21 August 2010)[4]
Highest scoringManchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers
(27 November 2010)[4]
Everton 5–3 Blackpool
(5 February 2011)
Newcastle United 4–4 Arsenal
(5 February 2011)
Longest winning run5 games[4]
Longest unbeaten run24 games[4]
Manchester United
Longest winless run10 games[4]
Blackburn Rovers
Longest losing run5 games[4]
Bolton Wanderers
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Highest attendance75,486[4]
Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers
(19 March 2011)
Lowest attendance14,042[4]
Wigan Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers
(2 October 2010)
Total attendance13,372,318[4]
Average attendance35,190
← 2009–10

Rule changes

The Premier League introduced a cap on the number of players in a squad. From this season onwards, clubs had to declare a squad of no more than 25 players when the summer transfer window shuts, and then again at the end of the January transfer window. Players aged 21 and under could be selected without being registered in the 25.

Also being introduced this season was the "home grown players" rule, which aims to encourage the development of young footballers at Premier League clubs. The new rule required clubs to name at least eight players in their squad of 25 players that have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons prior to their 21st birthday.[14]

All of the Premier League teams submitted their 25-man squads on 1 September 2010 deadline.[15]


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 Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion (both teams returning after a season's absence) and Blackpool (returning after a thirty-nine year absence). This was also Blackpool's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Burnley, Hull City and Portsmouth, ending their top flight spells of one, two and seven years respectively.

Stadiums and Locations

TeamLocationStadiumStadium capacity1
ArsenalLondon(Holloway)Emirates Stadium60,361
Aston VillaBirmingham(Aston)Villa Park42,789
Birmingham CityBirmingham(Bordesley)St Andrew's30,079
Blackburn RoversBlackburnEwood Park31,367
BlackpoolBlackpoolBloomfield Road16,220
Bolton WanderersBoltonReebok Stadium28,723
ChelseaLondon(Fulham)Stamford Bridge42,449
EvertonLiverpool(Walton)Goodison Park40,157
FulhamLondon(Fulham)Craven Cottage25,700
Manchester CityManchesterCity of Manchester Stadium47,405
Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOld Trafford75,797
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle upon TyneSt James' Park52,409
Stoke CityStoke-on-TrentBritannia Stadium27,740
SunderlandSunderlandStadium of Light49,000
Tottenham HotspurLondon(Tottenham)White Hart Lane36,230
West Bromwich AlbionWest BromwichThe Hawthorns26,484
West Ham UnitedLondon(Upton Park)Boleyn Ground35,303
Wigan AthleticWiganDW Stadium25,133
Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhamptonMolineux Stadium29,195
  • 1 Correct as of start of 2010–11 Premier League season[16]

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
ArsenalFranceArsène WengerSpainCesc FàbregasNikeEmirates
Aston VillaFranceGérard HoullierBulgariaStiliyan PetrovNikeFxPro
Birmingham CityScotlandAlex McLeishRepublic of IrelandStephen CarrXtepF&C Investments
Blackburn RoversScotlandSteve KeanNew ZealandRyan NelsenUmbroCrown Paints
BlackpoolEnglandIan HollowayScotlandCharlie AdamCarbriniWonga.com
Bolton WanderersRepublic of IrelandOwen CoyleEnglandKevin DaviesReebok188BET
ChelseaItalyCarlo AncelottiEnglandJohn TerryAdidasSamsung
EvertonScotlandDavid MoyesEnglandPhil NevilleLe Coq SportifChang Beer
FulhamWalesMark HughesEnglandDanny MurphyKappaFxPro
LiverpoolScotlandKenny DalglishEnglandSteven GerrardAdidasStandard Chartered
Manchester CityItalyRoberto ManciniArgentinaCarlos TevezUmbroEtihad Airways
Manchester UnitedScotlandSir Alex FergusonEnglandGary NevilleNikeAon
Newcastle UnitedEnglandAlan PardewEnglandKevin NolanPumaNorthern Rock
Stoke CityWalesTony PulisEnglandRyan ShawcrossAdidasBritannia
SunderlandEnglandSteve BruceEnglandLee CattermoleUmbroTombola
Tottenham HotspurEnglandHarry RedknappEnglandMichael DawsonPumaAutonomy
West Bromwich AlbionEnglandRoy HodgsonChris BruntUmbroHomeserve
West Ham UnitedEnglandKevin Keen(caretaker)EnglandMatthew UpsonMacronSBOBET
Wigan AthleticSpainRoberto MartínezScotlandGary CaldwellMiFit188BET
Wolverhampton WanderersRepublic of IrelandMick McCarthyEnglandKarl HenryBURRDASportingbet

Nike produced a new match ball, the Nike Total 90 Tracer, which was electric blue, black and white during the autumn and spring. A high-visibility version in yellow was released for the winter.[17] Additionally, Umbro provided officials with new kits in black, lime green, yellow, red and cyan blue for the season. Tune Ventures, parent company of Air Asia, took over as sponsor of the referee kits for the next three seasons.[18]

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyTableIncoming managerDate of appointment
West Ham UnitedItalyGianfranco ZolaSacked11 May 2010[19]Pre-seasonIsraelAvram Grant3 June 2010[20]
LiverpoolSpainRafael BenítezMutual agreement3 June 2010[21]EnglandRoy Hodgson1 July 2010[22]
FulhamEnglandRoy HodgsonSigned by Liverpool1 July 2010[22]WalesMark Hughes29 July 2010[23]
Aston VillaMartin O'NeillResigned9 August 2010[24]FranceGérard Houllier8 September 2010[25]
Newcastle UnitedRepublic of IrelandChris HughtonSacked6 December 2010[26]11thEnglandAlan Pardew9 December 2010[27]
Blackburn RoversEnglandSam Allardyce13 December 2010[28]13thEnglandSteve Kean22 December 2010[29]
LiverpoolEnglandRoy HodgsonMutual consent8 January 2011[30]12thScotlandKenny Dalglish8 January 2011[30]
West Bromwich AlbionItalyRoberto Di MatteoSacked6 February 2011[31]16thEnglandRoy Hodgson11 February 2011[32]
West Ham UnitedIsraelAvram Grant15 May 2011[33]20th (relegated)EnglandKevin Keen(caretaker)15 May 2011

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Manchester United(C)38231147837+41802011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
3Manchester City3821896033+2771
4Arsenal38191187243+29682011–12 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5Tottenham Hotspur38161485546+9622011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
8Fulham381116114943+6492011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round[2]
9Aston Villa381212144859−1148
11West Bromwich Albion381211155671−1547
12Newcastle United381113145657−146
13Stoke City38137184648−2462011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round[3]
14Bolton Wanderers381210165256−446
15Blackburn Rovers381110174659−1343
16Wigan Athletic38915144061−2142
17Wolverhampton Wanderers38117204666−2040
18Birmingham City(R)38815153758−2139
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[1]
Relegation to the 2011–12 Football League Championship
19Blackpool(R)38109195578−2339Relegation to the 2011–12 Football League Championship
20West Ham United(R)38712194370−2733


Aston Villa2–40–04–13–21–10–01–02–21–01–02–21–01–10–11–22–13–01–10–1
Birmingham City0–31–12–12–02–11–00–20–20–02–21–10–21–02–01–11–32–20–01–1
Blackburn Rovers1–22–01–12–21–01–21–01–13–10–11–10–00–20–00–12–01–12–13–0
Bolton Wanderers2–13–22–22–12–20–42–00–00–10–22–25–12–11–24–22–03–01–11–0
Manchester City0–34–00–01–11–01–01–01–21–13–00–02–13–05–01–03–02–11–04–3
Manchester United1–03–15–07–14–21–02–11–02–03–22–13–02–12–02–02–23–02–02–1
Newcastle United4–46–02–11–20–21–11–11–20–03–11–30–01–25–11–13–35–02–24–1
Stoke City3–12–13–21–00–12–01–12–00–22–01–11–24–03–21–21–11–10–13–0
Tottenham Hotspur3–32–12–14–21–12–11–11–11–02–10–00–02–03–21–12–20–00–13–1
West Bromwich Albion2–22–13–11–33–21–11–31–02–12–10–21–23–10–31–01–13–32–21–1
West Ham United0–31–20–11–10–01–31–31–11–13–11–32–41–23–00–31–02–23–12–0
Wigan Athletic2–21–22–14–30–41–10–61–11–11–10–20–40–12–21–10–01–03–22–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers0–21–21–02–34–02–31–00–31–10–32–12–11–12–13–23–33–11–11–2

Season statistics


  • First goal of the season: Stewart Downing for Aston Villa against West Ham United (14 August 2010)[35]

  • Fastest goal of the season: 30 seconds – Maxi Rodríguez for Liverpool against Fulham (9 May 2011)[36]

  • Widest winning margin: 6 goals[4] Chelsea 6–0 West Bromwich Albion (14 August 2010) Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool (21 August 2010) Wigan Athletic 0–6 Chelsea (21 August 2010) Newcastle United 6–0 Aston Villa (22 August 2010) Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)

  • Highest scoring game: 8 goals[4] Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010) Everton 5–3 Blackpool (5 February 2011) Newcastle United 4–4 Arsenal (5 February 2011)

  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 7 goals – Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)[4]

  • Fewest games failed to score in: 5 – Manchester United[4]

  • Most games failed to score in: 13[4] Stoke City West Ham United Wigan Athletic

Top scorers

1BulgariaDimitar BerbatovManchester United20
ArgentinaCarlos TevezManchester City20
3NetherlandsRobin van PersieArsenal18
4EnglandDarren BentSunderland/Aston Villa17
5NigeriaPeter OdemwingieWest Bromwich Albion15
6EnglandDJ CampbellBlackpool13
EnglandAndy CarrollNewcastle/Liverpool13
MexicoJavier HernándezManchester United13
NetherlandsDirk KuytLiverpool13
FranceFlorent MaloudaChelsea13
NetherlandsRafael van der VaartTottenham Hotspur13


Didier DrogbaChelseaWest Bromwich Albion6–0 [62]14 August 2010
Theo WalcottArsenalBlackpool6–0 [63]21 August 2010
Andy CarrollNewcastle UnitedAston Villa6–0 [64]22 August 2010
Dimitar BerbatovManchester UnitedLiverpool3–2 [65]19 September 2010
Kevin NolanNewcastle UnitedSunderland5–1 [66]31 October 2010
Dimitar Berbatov5Manchester UnitedBlackburn Rovers7–1 [67]27 November 2010
Mario BalotelliManchester CityAston Villa4–0 [68]28 December 2010
Leon BestNewcastle UnitedWest Ham United5–0 [69]5 January 2011
Dimitar BerbatovManchester UnitedBirmingham City5–0 [70]22 January 2011
Robin van PersieArsenalWigan Athletic3–0 [71]22 January 2011
Carlos TevezManchester CityWest Bromwich Albion3–0 [72]5 February 2011
Louis Saha4EvertonBlackpool5–3 [73]5 February 2011
Dirk KuytLiverpoolManchester United3–1 [74]6 March 2011
Wayne RooneyManchester UnitedWest Ham United4–2 [75]2 April 2011
Maxi RodríguezLiverpoolBirmingham City5–0 [76]23 April 2011
Maxi RodríguezLiverpoolFulham5–2 [77]9 May 2011
Somen TchoyiWest Bromwich AlbionNewcastle United3–3 [78]22 May 2011
  • 4 Player scored four goals

  • 5 Player scored five goals

Clean sheets

  • Most clean sheets: 18 – Manchester City[4]

  • Fewest clean sheets: 2 – West Bromwich Albion[4]



  • Worst overall disciplinary record (1 point per yellow card, 3 points per red card): Manchester City – 89 points (74 yellow & 5 red cards)[38]

  • Best overall disciplinary record: Blackpool – 53 points (47 yellow & 2 red cards)[38]

  • Most yellow cards: 75 – Newcastle United[38]

  • Most red cards: 7 – West Bromwich Albion[38]


  • Most yellow cards: 14 – Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United)[38]

  • Most red cards: 2[38] Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

  • Most fouls: 115 – Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers)[38]


Monthly awards

MonthManager of the MonthPlayer of the MonthReference
AugustItalyCarlo AncelottiChelseaEnglandPaul ScholesManchester United[39]
SeptemberItalyRoberto Di MatteoWest Bromwich AlbionNigeriaPeter OdemwingieWest Bromwich Albion[40]
OctoberScotlandDavid MoyesEvertonNetherlandsRafael van der VaartTottenham Hotspur[41]
NovemberScotlandOwen CoyleBolton WanderersSwedenJohan ElmanderBolton Wanderers[42]
DecemberItalyRoberto ManciniManchester CityFranceSamir NasriArsenal[43]
JanuaryScotlandSir Alex FergusonManchester UnitedBulgariaDimitar BerbatovManchester United[44]
FebruaryFranceArsène WengerArsenalEnglandScott ParkerWest Ham United[45]
MarchItalyCarlo AncelottiChelseaBrazilDavid LuizChelsea[46]
AprilItalyCarlo AncelottiChelseaNigeriaPeter OdemwingieWest Bromwich Albion[47][48]

Annual awards

Premier League Manager of the Season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 69, received the Premier League Manager of the Season.[49]

Premier League Player of the Season

The Premier League Player of the Season award was won by Nemanja Vidić of Manchester United.[49]

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year was awarded to Gareth Bale.

PFA Team of the Year

PFA Team of the Year[50]
GoalkeeperEdwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
DefendersBacary Sagna (Arsenal)Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United)Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
MidfieldersNani (Manchester United)Samir Nasri (Arsenal)Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
ForwardsCarlos Tevez (Manchester City)Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year was awarded to Jack Wilshere.[51]

FWA Footballer of the Year

The FWA Footballer of the Year was awarded to Scott Parker.[52]

Premier League Golden Boot

Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City shared the Premier League Golden Boot this season, both finishing with 20 goals. Berbatov's 20 goals came in 32 appearances, with Tevez's 20 goals coming in 31 appearances. This was the first time either player had won the award, and the first time it had been shared since the 1998–99 season.[53]

Premier League Golden Glove

The Premier League Golden Glove award was won by Joe Hart of Manchester City.[54]

Premier League Fair Play Award

The Premier League Fair Play Award was won by Chelsea, who finished on top of the Fair Play Table. Newcastle United were deemed to be the least sporting team, finishing bottom of the table.[55] Due to England being one of the three best teams in the UEFA Fair Play rankings, Fulham as the highest-ranked team not already qualified for a European competition were awarded a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.[56]

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

The PFA Fans' Player of the Year was awarded to Raul Meireles.[57]


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