2006–07 in English football

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The new Wembley Stadium was completed in time for the 2006–07 season's FA Cup Final.

The 2006–07 season was the 127th season of competitive association football in England.

Overview[edit]

  • Manchester United regain the league title for the first time in four years, overcoming a stiff challenge from defending champions Chelsea to be crowned Premier League victors for the 9th time in 16 seasons
  • The number of divisions at Level 8 of the English football league system increased from four to five. Level 9 decreased from fifteen divisions to fourteen.
  • Wembley Stadium was completed to host the FA Cup Final,[1] however it was not ready for the national team's first three 2008 UEFA European Football Championship home qualifiers. The three matches were played at Old Trafford in Manchester.
  • Arsenal moved into their new home, the 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium.[2] Emirates became the club's shirt sponsor.[3]
  • Following promotion from the Championship, Reading played in the Premiership and the "top flight" of English football for the first time in their 135-year history and won their first game, coming back from 0–2 down to beat Middlesbrough 3–2.[4] They went on to finish 8th.
  • Accrington Stanley (the third, present version) played in the Football League for the first time.[5] The previous club of the same name dissolved with massive debts and in 1962 became the first club to leave the Football League mid-season.[5]
  • Oxford United played in the Conference National after being relegated from the Football League.[6] They are the first former winners of a major trophy to play at this level, having won the League Cup in 1986.[7]

Diary of the season[edit]

  • 22 June 2006 – Fixtures for the Premier League and the Football League are released.[8]
  • 30 June 2006 – Rupert Lowe resigns from Southampton. Michael Wilde's consortium takes control of the club.[9]
  • 27 July 2006 – A consortium led by Niall Quinn takes full control of Sunderland after previously buying out the former chairman Bob Murray.[10]
  • 1 August 2006 – Steve McClaren begins his job as England manager.[11]
  • 2 August 2006 – Leeds United chairman Ken Bates reports his former club Chelsea to The Football Association, Premier League and FIFA over the alleged 'tapping-up' of three Leeds youth team players.[12]
  • 5 August 2006 – The Football League season begins, with Luton Town beating Leicester City 2–0 in the first game.[13]
  • 8 August 2006 – The 500,000th goal in the history of English league football (FA Premier League and Football League) was scored by Huddersfield Town's Gary Taylor-Fletcher in their 3–0 victory over Rotherham United.[14]
  • 10 August 2006 – John Terry is appointed as the new captain of England.[15]
  • 12 August 2006 – The Football Conference begins, along with most other non-league campaigns.[16]
  • 13 August 2006 – Liverpool take the first silverware of the season, as they beat Chelsea 2–1 in the FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.[17]
  • 19 August 2006 – The Premier League season begins with Sheffield United and Liverpool drawing 1–1.[18]
  • 23 August 2006 – Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher elbows Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes in the face at the City of Manchester Stadium, after the two challenged for the same ball. This left Mendes unconscious and needing hospital treatment.[19] Thatcher was shown a yellow card for the incident, but he was later banned by his club and charged with violent misconduct by The FA.[20] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scores his first competitive goal in more than three years in Manchester United's 3–0 away league win over Charlton Athletic.[21]
  • 31 August 2006 – Chelsea are fined £40,000 by The F.A. for breaching doping regulations.[22]
  • 31 August 2006: August ends with last season's runners-up Manchester United top of the Premiership with three wins out of three. Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Everton, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool complete the top seven. Watford, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers prop up the table with one point each from their opening three matches, with Arsenal only above the relegation zone on goal difference. Cardiff City lead the Championship, with Norwich City, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers all three points behind the Welsh club and Burnley completing the top six, ahead of Plymouth Argyle and West Bromwich Albion on goal difference. Sunderland, despite playing in a lower division, have failed to turn around their poor form from the previous season and stand in the Championship drop zone, sandwiched by Colchester United and Hull City.
  • 4 September 2006 – Andy Webster's controversial move to Wigan Athletic is ratified by FIFA.[23]
  • 8 September 2006 – Liverpool get permission from Liverpool city council to build a new 60,000 all-seater stadium in nearby Stanley Park.[24]
  • 18 September 2006 – Bryan Robson is sacked after less than two years as manager of West Bromwich Albion.[25]
  • 19 September 2006 – After becoming majority shareholder at the club, Randy Lerner officially becomes chairman of Aston Villa, replacing 82-year-old Doug Ellis.[26] A BBC Panorama programme is aired, alleging widespread corruption in the English game.[27]
  • 30 September 2006 – September ends with reigning champions Chelsea top of the Premiership. Bolton Wanderers are keeping up their push for a European place, being only two points behind in second place. Manchester United, Portsmouth, Everton, Aston Villa and Arsenal complete the top seven, with Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Charlton Athletic in the relegation zone. Cardiff have extended their lead in the Championship to five points, ahead of Birmingham. Preston North End, Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Brom stand in the play-off places and Southend United, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday in the relegation zone.
  • 1 October 2006 – Norwich City, 17th in the Championship, sack manager Nigel Worthington after nearly six years in charge.[28]
  • 14 October 2006 – Chelsea goalkeepers, Petr Čech and Carlo Cudicini, both received head injuries during their match against Reading.[29] Čech underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture and is expected to be out for six months,[30] while Cudicini was treated and released.[30]
  • 16 October 2006 – Norwich City appoint West Ham United assistant manager Peter Grant as their new manager.[31]
  • 18 October 2006 – Hibernian's Tony Mowbray is appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion.[32]
  • 28 October 2006 – Aston Villa, the last unbeaten team in any professional English division, lose 3–1 to Liverpool at Anfield.[33]
  • 30 October 2006 – Manchester United have moved to the top of the Premiership on goal difference; both United and Chelsea have 25 points apiece. Bolton, Portsmouth, Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa complete the top seven, while Watford, Sheffield United and Charlton Athletic finish the month in the relegation zone. Cardiff remain top of the Championship and Preston have claimed second place, with Burnley, Birmingham, West Brom and Plymouth not far behind. Hull, Barnsley and Southend stand in the bottom three.
  • 21 November 2006 – West Ham United accept Eggert Magnússon's £85m takeover bid for the club.[34]
  • 29 November 2006 – England National Game XI, the English semi-professional team, win the inaugural European Challenge Trophy after a 4–1 win over the Netherlands.[35]
  • 30 November 2006 – Manchester United remain top of the Premiership, three points ahead of Chelsea. Portsmouth, having narrowly avoided relegation the previous season, are maintaining their European push although they are 11 points adrift of Chelsea in third. Bolton, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Liverpool complete the top seven, while Sheffield United, Watford and Charlton Athletic remain in the relegation zone. Preston have leaped to the top of the Championship, a point ahead of Cardiff, Birmingham and Derby County. Burnley and Stoke City are also challenging for a play-off spot, while Leeds United, Hull and Southend are battling relegation.
  • 5 December 2006 – Macclesfield Town, the last team without a win in the Football League, beat Rochdale 1–0 at Moss Rose.[36]
  • 20 December 2006 – Bury are thrown out of this season's FA Cup after they fielded an ineligible player, Stephen Turnbull, on-loan from Hartlepool United in their 3–1 second round replay win at Chester City on 12 December. Chester will replace Bury in the third round.[37] Lord Stevens releases the results of his inquiry in the allegation of corruption in the English game, pin-pointing seventeen transfers that he will investigate further.[38]
  • 23 December 2006 – Doncaster Rovers play their final game at Belle Vue against Nottingham Forest. They move into the 15,000 seat Keepmoat Stadium.[39]
  • 30 December 2006 – Moritz Volz of Fulham scored the 15,000th goal in the history of the F.A. Premier League, opening the scoring in his side's 2–2 draw away at Chelsea.[40]
  • 30 December 2006 – Manchester United have increased the gap between them and Chelsea, still in second place, to six points. Bolton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Everton complete the top seven. Watford see in the New Year being bottom of the Premiership and ten points adrift of safety, with West Ham United and Charlton Athletic also several points behind fellow strugglers Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough. Birmingham now lead the Championship, six points ahead of Preston and Derby. Colchester have overcome a slow start to stand in sixth, behind Southampton and West Brom. Hull, Leeds and Southend remain in the Championship drop zone.
  • 11 January 2007 – Former Barrow defender James Cotterill is sentenced to four months in prison for causing grievous bodily harm to Bristol Rovers player Sean Rigg during an FA Cup first round match in November 2006. Rigg suffered a double fracture of the jaw after being punched by Cotterill.[41]
  • 25 January 2007 – Peter Taylor leaves his job as England under-21 manager, stating that he wants to focus on managing his other team, Crystal Palace.[42]
  • 31 January 2007 – Manchester United remain top of the Premiership and look safe to reclaim the title they last won in 2003. Chelsea remain six points behind, with Liverpool, Arsenal, Bolton, Portsmouth and Reading (the latter expected by many to struggle in their first ever top-flight campaign) completing the top seven. The relegation zone remains unchanged from the end of December, but the strugglers are cranking up the pressure on Wigan Athletic. Derby end the month as the leader of the Championship, six points clear of Birmingham (who have two games in hand) and Preston, with West Brom, Southampton and a resurgent Cardiff not far behind. Leeds has swapped places with Southend at the foot of the Championship while Hull have escaped the bottom three at the expense of QPR.
  • 1 February. 2007 – Stuart Pearce is appointed as Peter Taylor's replacement.[43]
  • 6 February 2007 – George Gillett and Tom Hicks complete their takeover of Liverpool.[44]
  • 7 February 2007 – Milan Mandarić completes his takeover of Leicester City.[45]
  • 25 February 2007 – Chelsea defeat Arsenal 2–1 in the Carling Cup final at the Millennium Stadium. The match was marred by a mass brawl between the two sides during the final few minutes of the game, in which three players were sent off.[46]
  • 28 March 2007 – Manchester United now lead Chelsea by nine points, but have played one match more. Liverpool, Arsenal and Bolton are still in the mix for a Champions League place, with sixth-placed Reading and seventh-place Everton's challenge for UEFA Cup qualification is being threatened by Portsmouth and Tottenham. Wigan remains six points ahead of eighteenth-placed Charlton, joined in the relegation zone by West Ham and Watford. Birmingham are back on top of the Championship, a point ahead of West Brom and Derby. An improving Sunderland have moved into the top six, ahead of Southampton and Cardiff. The relegation zone is unchanged from the end of January.
  • 3 March 2007 – Stockport County set a Football League record of nine consecutive wins without conceding a goal by beating Swindon Town 3–0 at Edgeley Park.[47] Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey keeps the club record nine consecutive clean sheets and is named Player of the Month for February 2007.[48]
  • 17 March 2007 – The new Wembley Stadium opens for a special community event.[49]
  • 31 March 2007 – Chelsea have moved to within six points of leaders Manchester United but, with only seven matches left to play, there is little hope of the Londoners retaining the title for a third successive season. Liverpool and Arsenal have put distance between Bolton in the chase for the Champions League, who complete the top seven with Everton and Tottenham. Charlton, West Ham and Watford remain in the relegation zone but have caught up with strugglers Wigan and Sheffield United, now only three points and one point above the relegation zone respectively. Sunderland have finally moved into the automatic promotion spots in the Championship, sandwiched by leaders Derby and Birmingham. Preston, West Brom and Wolves are in the play-off places. Luton Town have slipped to the bottom of the table, behind Southend and Leeds.
  • 1 April 2007 – Doncaster Rovers win the competition for lower-division football league clubs, as they beat Bristol Rovers 3–2 after extra time in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.[50]
  • 7 April 2007 – Dagenham & Redbridge win the Conference National and promotion to the Football League.[51]
  • 9 April 2007 – St Albans City are relegated from the Conference National.[52] Brentford are relegated to League Two.[53]
  • 10 April 2007 – Manchester United beat AS Roma 7–1 in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford, completing an 8–3 aggregate victory and booking their first semi-final appearance in the competition for five years.[54]
  • 14 April 2007 – Torquay United are relegated to the Conference.[55] Scunthorpe United are promoted to the Championship.[56] Hartlepool United and Walsall are both promoted to League One.[57][58] Rotherham United are relegated to League Two.[59]
  • 20 April 2007 – Luton Town are relegated to League One.[60]
  • 21 April 2007 – Watford are relegated from the Premiership.[61] Droylsden are promoted to the Conference.[62]
  • 22 April 2007 – Cristiano Ronaldo is named PFA Player of the Year as well as PFA Young Player of the Year. Eight out of the eleven players who are named in the PFA Premiership Team of the Year are Manchester United players, including Cristiano Ronaldo.[63]
  • 24 April 2007 – Tamworth and Southport are relegated from the Conference.[64] Manchester United beat AC Milan 3–2 in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Old Trafford.[65]
  • 28 April 2007 – Southend United are relegated from the Championship.[66] Chesterfield and Bradford City are both relegated from League One.[67]
  • 29 April 2007 – Derby County lose to Crystal Palace meaning that Birmingham City and Sunderland are promoted to the Premiership.[68] Sam Allardyce resigns after seven and a half years as manager of Bolton Wanderers.[69]
  • 30 April 2007 – Sammy Lee is promoted from the coaching staff to the manager's seat at Bolton Wanderers.[70]
  • 30 April 2007 – Manchester United remain five points ahead of Chelsea with both left with three games to play, but both have secured automatic Champions League qualification, meaning Liverpool and Arsenal will both have to face a two-legged tie to secure qualification to the group stage. Two points separate Bolton, Everton, Reading, Portsmouth and Tottenham in the race to qualify for the UEFA Cup. At the bottom of the table Watford have already been relegated, with Charlton and a resurgent West Ham completing the relegation zone but still with a slim chance of survival at the possible expense of Wigan, Fulham, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.
  • 1 May 2007 – Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League semi-final at Anfield after both sides won their home leg 1–0.[71]
  • 2 May 2007 – Manchester United's hopes of an all-English European Cup final with Liverpool are ended when they lose 3–0 to AC Milan in the semi-final second leg at the San Siro.[72]
  • 4 May 2007 – Leeds United are relegated to League One for the first time in their history after they go into administration.[73]
  • 5 May 2007 – Manchester United come out on top in the Manchester derby beating Manchester City 1–0. In doing so United extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to 8 points. City's failure to score means that they set a new record for the fewest goals scored at home in a season by a club in the top flight, with only 10 scored in the season.[74] Bristol City are promoted to the Championship.[75] Boston United are relegated to the Conference.[75] Swindon Town are promoted to League One and Walsall are League Two champions.[76] MK Dons moved out of the National Hockey Stadium and into stadium:mk[77]
  • 6 May 2007 – Manchester United win the Premiership after Chelsea only draw 1–1 at Arsenal.[78] Sunderland win the Championship with a 5–0 win at Luton Town, whilst Birmingham City lose 1–0 at Preston North End.[79]
  • 7 May 2007 – Arsenal Ladies completed an unprecedented Quadruple of trophies, defeating Charlton Athletic 4–1 in the FA Women's Cup final, to add to their FA Women's Premier League, Women's League Cup and UEFA Women's Cup victories.[80] Charlton Athletic are relegated from the Premiership after they lose to Tottenham Hotspur.[81]
  • 13 May 2007 – Sheffield United are relegated from the Premiership after losing 2–1 at home to Wigan Athletic and West Ham United beat Manchester United 1–0 at Old Trafford.[82] The season ends with Manchester United champions, Chelsea runners-up and Liverpool and Arsenal completing the top four. Tottenham, Everton and Bolton all qualify for the UEFA Cup.
  • 16 May 2007 – Neil Warnock resigns after seven and a half years in charge of Sheffield United.[83]
  • 18 May 2007 – The Football League confirms that Boston United were deducted 10 points for entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement in the final seconds of their League Two defeat at Wrexham, a game which saw The Pilgrims relegated.[84]
  • 19 May 2007 – Chelsea beat Manchester United 1–0 to win the FA Cup.[85]
  • 20 May 2007 – Morecambe are promoted to the Football League after beating Exeter City 2–1 in the Conference National play-off final.[86]
  • 23 May 2007 – AC Milan beat Liverpool 2–1 in the European Cup final in Athens, two years after Liverpool had beaten the Italians on penalties after a 3–3 draw in the Istanbul final.[87]
  • 26 May 2007 – Bristol Rovers win the League Two play-off final.[88]
  • 27 May 2007 – Blackpool win the League One play off final.[89]
  • 28 May 2007 – Derby County defeat West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in the Championship play-off final.[90]
  • 20 June 2007 – Nottingham Forest announce plans to relocate from the City Ground to a new 50,000-seat stadium by 2014.[91] Scarborough, who were relegated from the Conference North this season but are best remembered for being Football League members from 1897 to 1999, go out of business with debts of £2.5million.[92]
  • 25 June 2007 – Five days after the demise of the 128-year-old Scarborough FC, a new club – Scarborough Athletic – is formed.[93]

Clubs Removed[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Name Club Date of departure Replacement Date of appointment
Glenn Hoddle Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 July 2006[94] Mick McCarthy 21 July 2006[95]
David O'Leary Aston Villa 19 July 2006[96] Martin O'Neill 4 August 2006[97]
Niall Quinn Sunderland 28 August 2006[98] Roy Keane 28 August 2006[99]
Dave Penney Doncaster Rovers 30 August 2006[100] Sean O'Driscoll 8 September 2006[101]
Mark McGhee Brighton & Hove Albion 8 September 2006[102] Dean Wilkins 29 September 2006[103]
Sean O'Driscoll Bournemouth 8 September 2006[101] Kevin Bond 13 October 2006[104]
Bryan Robson West Bromwich Albion 18 September 2006[105] Tony Mowbray 13 October 2006[106]
Gary Waddock Queens Park Rangers 20 September 2006[107] John Gregory 20 September 2006[107]
Kevin Blackwell Leeds United 20 September 2006[108] Dennis Wise 24 October 2006[109]
Nigel Spackman Millwall 25 September 2006[110] Willie Donachie 22 November 2006[111]
Nigel Worthington Norwich City 1 October 2006[112] Peter Grant 13 October 2006[113]
Brian Horton Macclesfield Town 1 October 2006[114] Paul Ince 23 October 2006[115]
David Hodgson Darlington 4 October 2006[116] Dave Penney 30 October 2006[117]
Paul Sturrock Sheffield Wednesday 19 October 2006[118] Brian Laws 6 November 2006[119]
Dennis Wise Swindon Town 24 October 2006[109] Paul Sturrock 7 November 2006[120]
Graham Rodger Grimsby Town 6 November 2006[121] Alan Buckley 9 November 2006[122]
Brian Laws Scunthorpe United 6 November 2006[119] Nigel Adkins 7 December 2006[123]
Iain Dowie Charlton Athletic 13 November 2006[124] Les Reed 14 November 2006[125]
Leroy Rosenior Brentford 18 November 2006[126] Scott Fitzgerald 21 December 2006[127]
Andy Ritchie Barnsley 21 November 2006[128] Simon Davey 31 December 2006[129]
Ian Atkins Torquay United 27 November 2006[130] Luboš Kubík 27 November 2006[131]
Phil Parkinson Hull City 4 December 2006[132] Phil Brown 4 January 2007[133]
Alan Pardew West Ham United 11 December 2006[134] Alan Curbishley 13 December 2006[135]
Steve Parkin Rochdale 17 December 2006[136] Keith Hill 3 January 2007[137]
Peter Shirtliff Mansfield Town 19 December 2006[138] Billy Dearden 28 December 2006[139]
John Gorman Northampton Town 20 December 2006[140] Stuart Gray 2 January 2007[141]
Les Reed Charlton Athletic 24 December 2006[142] Alan Pardew 24 December 2006[142]
Denis Smith Wrexham 11 January 2007[143] Brian Carey 12 January 2007[144]
Keith Alexander Peterborough United 15 January 2007[145] Darren Ferguson 20 January 2007[146]
Micky Adams Coventry City 17 January 2007[147] Iain Dowie 19 January 2007[148]
Luboš Kubík Torquay United 5 February 2007[149] Keith Curle 8 February 2007[150]
Colin Todd Bradford City 12 February 2007[151] Stuart McCall 22 May 2007[152]
Kenny Jackett Swansea City 15 February 2007[153] Roberto Martínez 24 February 2007[154]
Alan Knill Rotherham United 1 March 2007[155] Mark Robins 6 April 2007[156]
Peter Jackson Huddersfield Town 6 March 2007[157] Andy Ritchie 11 April 2007[158]
Roy McFarland Chesterfield 12 March 2007[159] Lee Richardson 26 April 2007[160]
Mike Newell Luton Town 15 March 2007[161] Kevin Blackwell 27 March 2007[162]
Scott Fitzgerald Brentford 10 April 2007[163] Terry Butcher 24 April 2007[164]
Chris Coleman Fulham 10 April 2007[165] Lawrie Sanchez 11 May 2007[166]
Rob Kelly Leicester City 11 April 2007[167] Martin Allen 25 May 2007[168]
Sam Allardyce Bolton Wanderers 29 April 2007[169] Sammy Lee 30 April 2007[170]
Mark Wright Chester City 30 April 2007[171] Bobby Williamson 11 May 2007[172]
Glenn Roeder Newcastle United 6 May 2007[173] Sam Allardyce 15 May 2007[174]
Paul Jewell Wigan Athletic 14 May 2007[175] Chris Hutchings 14 May 2007[176]
Stuart Pearce Manchester City 14 May 2007[177] Sven-Göran Eriksson 6 July 2007[178]
Neil Warnock Sheffield United 16 May 2007[179] Bryan Robson 22 May 2007[180]
Martin Allen Milton Keynes Dons 25 May 2007[168] Paul Ince 25 June 2007[181]
Paul Ince Macclesfield Town 24 June 2007[181] Ian Brightwell 29 June 2007[182]

National team[edit]

England began their qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 in September, beating Andorra 5–0.[183] Steve McClaren began his reign as head coach against Greece.[184]

Date Venue Opponents Score[185] Competition England scorers Match report
16 August 2006 Old Trafford (H)  Greece 4–0 F John Terry
Frank Lampard
Peter Crouch (2)
BBC
2 September 2006 Old Trafford (H)  Andorra 5–0 ECQ Peter Crouch (2)
Steven Gerrard
Jermain Defoe (2)
BBC
6 September 2006 Skopje City Stadium (A)  Macedonia 1–0 ECQ Peter Crouch BBC
7 October 2006 Old Trafford (H)  Macedonia 0–0 ECQ BBC
11 October 2006 Maksimir Stadium,
Zagreb (A)
 Croatia 0–2 ECQ BBC
15 November 2006 Amsterdam ArenA (A)  Netherlands 1–1 F Wayne Rooney BBC
7 February 2007 Old Trafford (H)  Spain 0–1 F   BBC
24 March 2007 Ramat Gan Stadium,
Ramat Gan (A)[186][187]
 Israel 0–0 ECQ BBC
28 March 2007 Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys,
Barcelona, Spain (A)[188]
 Andorra 3–0 ECQ Steven Gerrard (2)
David Nugent
BBC
1 June 2007 Wembley Stadium (H)  Brazil 1–1 F John Terry BBC
6 June 2007 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (A)  Estonia 3–0 ECQ Joe Cole
Peter Crouch
Michael Owen
BBC
Key
  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • F = Friendly
  • ECQ = European Championship qualifier

Honours[edit]

League football[edit]

Competition Winner Details Match report
Premier League Manchester United Premier League 2006-07 BBC
FA Cup Chelsea FA Cup 2006-07
beat Manchester United 1–0 in final
BBC
Carling Cup Chelsea Carling Cup 2006–07
beat Arsenal 2–1 in final
BBC
Football League Championship Sunderland The Football League 2006-07 BBC
Football League One Scunthorpe United The Football League 2006-07 BBC
Football League Two Walsall The Football League 2006-07 BBC
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Doncaster Rovers beat Bristol Rovers 3–2 in final BBC
FA Community Shield Liverpool 2006 FA Community Shield
beat Chelsea 2–1
BBC

Non-league football[edit]

Competition Winners Details
Conference National winners Dagenham & Redbridge[189]
Conference National playoff winners Morecambe[86]
Conference North winners Droylsden[62]
Conference North playoff winners Farsley Celtic
Conference South winners Histon[190]
Conference South playoff winners Salisbury City
FA Trophy Stevenage Borough[191] beat Kidderminster 3–2 in final
FA Vase Truro City[192] beat A.F.C. Totton 3–1 in final

European qualification[edit]

Competition Qualifiers Reason for Qualification
UEFA Champions League Manchester United 1st in FA Premier League
Chelsea 2nd in FA Premier League
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round Liverpool 3rd in FA Premier League
Arsenal 4th in FA Premier League
UEFA Cup Tottenham Hotspur 5th in FA Premier League
Everton In lieu of League Cup winners
(qualification awarded as next-highest (6th) Premier League finishers to have not qualified for Europe because League Cup winners Chelsea had already qualified for the Champions League)
Bolton Wanderers In lieu of FA Cup winners
(qualification awarded as next-highest (7th) Premier League finishers to have not qualified for Europe because FA Cup winners Chelsea and Runners Up Manchester United had already qualified for the Champions League)
UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round Blackburn Rovers Highest Premier League finishers (10th) to have entered and not qualified for any other European competition

League tables[edit]

Premier League[edit]

After 3 seasons of missing out, Manchester United fought off the challenge of Chelsea and regained the Premier League title for the 9th time in 15 years. Despite finishing second, the Blues claimed a League Cup and FA Cup double, and Didier Drogba was the top flight's leading goalscorer with 20 in the league; despite the cup victories, things were looking shaky between manager Jose Mourinho and owner Roman Abramavich. The final two Champions League places went to Liverpool (who nearly won the competition for the 2nd time in 3 seasons only to lose out to A.C. Milan, the exact same opponents from the final that Liverpool won 2 years previous) and Arsenal, while Tottenham and Everton all qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Bolton despite the departure of long-serving manager Sam Allardyce shortly before the end of the season. Blackburn qualified for the InterToto cup thanks to the 18 goals of striker Benni McCarthy as well as the impressive efforts of manager Mark Hughes.

Newly promoted Reading, tipped by many critics for relegation, defied the odds by finishing 8th on their first ever season in the top flight. Portsmouth put last season's managerial debacle behind them to finish 9th, finishing just a point short of European qualification. Aston Villa's campaign, their first under former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, marked an improvement on the previous campaign which saw them go undefeated in their first nine and last nine matches, although a staggering 17 draws prevented a top-half finish.

Watford finished bottom, managing only 5 wins all season as they made a swift return to the Championship. The loss of Alan Curbishley and 3 managerial changes in Iain Dowie, Les Reed and then Alan Pardew ended Charlton's 7-year stay in the top flight. Ironically, Curbishley took charge at West Ham, another London club who looked certain for the drop after a poor season. However, a run of seven wins from their final nine matches was enough to secure their Premiership status, with a goal from Carlos Tevez giving the Hammers victory over champions Manchester United at Old Trafford, while sending Sheffield United down and beginning speculation from the Yorkshire club over whether Tevez was eligible to play. The matter was eventually settled out of court, with West Ham fined £5.5 million by the Premier League and ordered to pay the Blades compensation over five years. Wigan Athletic, in their second year in the top flight, very narrowly avoided relegation on a goal difference of just 1.

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 83 27 +56 89
CL 2 Chelsea 38 24 11 3 64 24 +40 83
CL 3 Liverpool 38 20 8 10 57 27 +30 68
CL 4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 63 35 +28 68
UC 5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 9 12 57 54 +3 60
UC 6 Everton 38 15 13 10 52 36 +16 58
UC 7 Bolton Wanderers 38 16 8 14 47 52 −5 56
  8 Reading 38 16 7 15 52 47 +5 55
  9 Portsmouth 38 14 12 12 45 42 +3 54
IC 10 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 7 16 52 54 −2 52
  11 Aston Villa 38 11 17 10 43 41 +2 50
  12 Middlesbrough 38 12 10 16 44 49 −5 46
  13 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
  14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
  15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
  16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39
  17 Wigan Athletic 38 10 8 20 37 59 −22 38
R 18 Sheffield United 38 10 8 20 32 55 −23 38
R 19 Charlton Athletic 38 8 10 20 34 60 −26 34
R 20 Watford 38 5 13 20 29 59 −30 28

Leading goalscorer: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 20

Football League Championship[edit]

Sunderland won the division under new manager Roy Keane. The club had lost their first four games, and looked ominous for a second relegation but Keane's surprise appointment by rookie chairman Niall Quinn paid off and they surged up the table, losing just one of their final 20 games.

Keane's former Manchester United colleague, Steve Bruce also took Birmingham back into the Premier League, ensuring that they only remained in the Championship for one season.

Derby County spent half the season in the top 2 but fell away in the final weeks to slip into the play-off places. Nonetheless, they won promotion by beating West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in the final at the recently opened new Wembley Stadium. This denied the Baggies an immediate return to the Premier League, which would have meant all 3 relegated clubs from the previous season were promoted.

Preston were perhaps the biggest chokers as they lost 5 of their final 7 games to slump out of the play-off places they had occupied through the bulk of the season, missing out on a third successive play-off finish. Cardiff City had been the early pace-setters, leading the table until almost the midway point but their form tailed off badly in the second half.

After a play-off final appearance the previous year, Leeds finished bottom amidst yet more financial worries and acrimony. Their placing at the foot of the table was due to a 10-point deduction they suffered after going into voluntary administration after their relegation was all but confirmed on the penultimate weekend. The club came close to being expelled from the Football League during the summer, but they were allowed to remain for the following season, albeit with a 15-point deduction.

Luton, who would have finished bottom but for Leeds's deduction, were relegated after being forced to sell many of their top players due to mounting financial problems. Southend lasted only a single season in the Championship after their two successive promotions. Colchester fared best of the newly promoted clubs, comfortably finishing in 10th, largely on the back of their strong home form at the division's smallest stadium, Layer Road.

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Sunderland 46 27 7 12 76 47 +29 88
P 2 Birmingham City 46 26 8 12 67 42 +25 86
P 3 Derby County 46 25 9 12 62 46 +16 84
  4 West Bromwich Albion 46 22 10 14 81 55 +26 76
  5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 59 56 +3 76
  6 Southampton 46 21 12 13 77 53 +24 75
  7 Preston North End 46 22 8 16 64 53 +11 74
  8 Stoke City 46 19 16 11 62 41 +21 73
  9 Sheffield Wednesday 46 20 11 15 70 66 +4 71
  10 Colchester United 46 20 9 17 70 56 +14 69
  11 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 16 13 63 62 +1 67
  12 Crystal Palace 46 18 11 17 59 51 +8 65
  13 Cardiff City 46 17 13 16 57 53 +4 64
  14 Ipswich Town 46 18 8 20 64 59 +5 62
  15 Burnley 46 15 12 19 52 49 +3 57
  16 Norwich City 46 16 9 21 56 71 −15 57
  17 Coventry City 46 16 8 22 47 62 −15 56
  18 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 11 21 54 68 −14 53
  19 Leicester City 46 13 14 19 49 64 −15 53
  20 Barnsley 46 15 5 26 53 85 −32 50
  21 Hull City 46 13 10 23 51 67 −16 49
R 22 Southend United 46 10 12 24 47 80 −33 42
R 23 Luton Town 46 10 10 26 53 81 −28 40
R 24 Leeds United 46 13 7 26 46 72 −26 36 A

A Deducted 10 points for administration entrance.

Leading goalscorer: Jamie Cureton (Colchester United) – 23

Football League One[edit]

Scunthorpe returned to the Championship, having been in the bottom two divisions since the early 1960s. Bristol City got back into the Championship after nearly a decade of near-misses, and play-off winners Blackpool got out of the bottom two divisions after nearly three decades.

Brentford, who lost their manager Martin Allen just before the start of the season, finished bottom, having a dismal run of 21 games without a win. Rotherham won their first few games, wiping out their ten-point deduction early in the season; they ended up finishing thirteen points adrift however, and were relegated. Having started the decade in the Premier League, Bradford City fell into the bottom division for the first time in twenty-five years, with Chesterfield occupying the final relegation spot.

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Scunthorpe United 46 26 13 7 73 35 +38 91
P 2 Bristol City 46 25 10 11 63 39 +24 85
P 3 Blackpool 46 24 11 11 76 49 +27 83
  4 Nottingham Forest 46 23 13 10 65 41 +24 82
  5 Yeovil Town 46 23 10 13 55 39 +16 79
  6 Oldham Athletic 46 21 12 13 69 47 +22 75
  7 Swansea City 46 20 12 14 69 53 +16 72
  8 Carlisle United 46 19 11 16 54 55 −1 68
  9 Tranmere Rovers 46 18 13 15 58 53 +5 67
  10 Millwall 46 19 9 18 59 62 −3 66
  11 Doncaster Rovers 46 16 15 15 52 47 +5 63
  12 Port Vale 46 18 6 22 64 65 −1 60
  13 Crewe Alexandra 46 17 9 20 66 72 −6 60
  14 Northampton Town 46 15 14 17 48 51 −3 59
  15 Huddersfield Town 46 14 17 15 60 69 −9 59
  16 Gillingham 46 17 8 21 56 77 −21 59
  17 Cheltenham Town 46 15 9 22 49 61 −12 54
  18 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 14 11 21 49 58 −9 53
  19 Bournemouth 46 13 13 20 50 64 −14 52
  20 Leyton Orient 46 12 15 19 61 77 −16 51
R 21 Chesterfield 46 12 11 23 45 53 −8 47
R 22 Bradford City 46 11 14 21 47 65 −18 47
R 23 Rotherham United 46 13 9 24 58 75 −17 38 A
R 24 Brentford 46 8 13 25 40 79 −39 37

A Deducted 10 points for administration entrance.

Leading goalscorer: Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe United) – 30

Football League Two[edit]

The four teams relegated from League One in 2005–06 would occupy the top four this season, sending Walsall, Hartlepool United and Swindon Town back up. Bristol Rovers won the play-offs however, returning to League One after six years.

Torquay United had been both the last team to finish bottom under the old election system, and the last team to finish bottom of the League and survive due to the Conference champions not having a good enough ground. However, this season they finished bottom and dropped out of the League. They were joined by Boston United, who had voluntary arrangements in the 87th minute of the season's final game (but would still have been relegated even without the 10-point administration penalty).

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Walsall 46 25 14 7 66 34 +32 89
P 2 Hartlepool United 46 26 10 10 65 40 +25 88
P 3 Swindon Town 46 25 10 11 58 38 +20 85
  4 Milton Keynes Dons 46 25 9 12 76 58 +18 84
  5 Lincoln City 46 21 11 14 70 59 +11 74
P 6 Bristol Rovers 46 20 12 14 49 42 +7 72
  7 Shrewsbury Town 46 18 17 11 68 46 +22 71
  8 Stockport County 46 21 8 17 65 54 +11 71
  9 Rochdale 46 18 12 16 70 50 +20 66
  10 Peterborough United 46 18 11 17 70 61 +9 65
  11 Darlington 46 17 14 15 52 56 −4 65
  12 Wycombe Wanderers 46 16 14 16 52 47 +5 62
  13 Notts County 46 16 14 16 55 53 +2 62
  14 Barnet 46 16 11 19 55 70 −15 59
  15 Grimsby Town 46 17 8 21 57 73 −16 59
  16 Hereford United 46 14 13 19 45 53 −8 55
  17 Mansfield Town 46 14 12 20 58 63 −5 54
  18 Chester City 46 13 14 19 40 48 −8 53
  19 Wrexham 46 13 12 21 43 65 −22 51
  20 Accrington Stanley 46 13 11 22 70 81 −11 50
  21 Bury 46 13 11 22 46 61 −15 50
  22 Macclesfield Town 46 12 12 22 55 77 −22 48
R 23 Boston United 46 12 10 24 51 80 −29 36 AR
R 24 Torquay United 46 7 14 25 36 63 −27 35

AR Deducted 10 points for voluntary arrangements.

Leading goalscorer: Izale McLeod (Milton Keynes Dons) – 21

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Premiership Championship League One League Two
Manager Player Manager Player Manager Player Manager Player
August Alex Ferguson
Manchester United[193]
Ryan Giggs
Manchester United[193]
Dave Jones
Cardiff City[194]
Gareth Bale
Southampton[195]
Colin Calderwood
Nottingham Forest[194]
Leon Constantine
Port Vale[195]
Dennis Wise
Swindon Town[194]
Christian Roberts
Swindon Town[195]
September Steve Coppell
Reading[196]
Andy Johnson
Everton[193]
Geraint Williams
Colchester United[194]
Michael Chopra
Cardiff City[195]
Brian Laws
Scunthorpe United[194]
Nicky Maynard
Crewe Alexandra[195]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United[194]
Mark Stallard
Lincoln City[195]
October Alex Ferguson
Manchester United[193]
Paul Scholes
Manchester United[193]
Steve Cotterill
Burnley[194]
Diomansy Kamara
West Bromwich Albion[195]
Alan Knill
Rotherham United[194]
Billy Sharp
Scunthorpe United[195]
John Schofield
Lincoln City[194]
Jamie Forrester
Lincoln City[195]
November Steve Coppell
Reading[197]
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United[198]
Billy Davies
Derby County[199]
Darel Russell
Stoke City[195]
John Sheridan
Oldham Athletic[200]
Kris Commons
Nottingham Forest[195]
Richard Money
Walsall[201]
Steve Phillips
Bristol Rovers[195]
December Sam Allardyce
Bolton Wanderers[193]
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United[193]
Steve Bruce
Birmingham City[202]
Jason Koumas
West Bromwich Albion[195]
Simon Grayson
Blackpool[203]
Paul Heffernan
Doncaster Rovers[195]
Paul Ince
Macclesfield Town[204]
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
Hartlepool United[195]
January Rafael Benítez
Liverpool[205]
Cesc Fàbregas
Arsenal[205]
Billy Davies
Derby County[194]
David Nugent
Preston North End[206]
Sean O'Driscoll
Doncaster Rovers[194]
Enoch Showunmi
Bristol City[207]
Paul Sturrock
Swindon Town[194]
Michael Nelson
Hartlepool United[208]
February Alex Ferguson
Manchester United[209]
Ryan Giggs
Manchester United[209]
Roy Keane
Sunderland[210]
Stephen Ward
Wolverhampton Wanderers[211]
Nigel Adkins
Scunthorpe United[212]
Joe Murphy
Scunthorpe United[213]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United[214]
Wayne Hennessey
Stockport County[215]
March José Mourinho
Chelsea[216]
Petr Čech
Chelsea[216]
Roy Keane
Sunderland[217]
Gary Johnson
Bristol City[218]
Danny Wilson
Hartlepool United[219]
April Martin O'Neill
Aston Villa[220]
Dimitar Berbatov & Robbie Keane
Tottenham Hotspur[221]
Tony Pulis
Stoke City[222]
Simon Grayson
Blackpool[223]
Paul Trollope
Bristol Rovers[224]

Transfer deals[edit]

The summer transfer window saw many high profile moves. These included Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack joining Chelsea,[225][226] and Ruud van Nistelrooy leaving Manchester United to join Real Madrid.[227] West Ham United secured the surprise double signing of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez from Corinthians,[228] and Dietmar Hamann's transfer to Bolton Wanderers became the shortest in English footballing history.[229]

The January transfer window was quieter than the summer, with Ashley Young's £9.65m move to Aston Villa[230] and Matthew Upson's £6m move to West Ham United[231] the window's most expensive.

In total, Premiership clubs spent the highest amount on transfers in the summer since the transfer window system was introduced.[232]

Notable debutants[edit]

  • 25 February 2007 – Andy Carroll, 18-year-old striker, makes his debut for Newcastle United in a 1–0 away Premier League defeat to Wigan Athletic.[233]

Retirements[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

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