2007–08 in English football
The 2007–08 season was the 128th season of competitive football in England.
Club football 
European competitions 
In October 2007 Arsenal equalled the UEFA Champions League record victory with a 7–0 win over Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadium. The record was broken the following month when Liverpool defeated Beşiktaş 8–0 at Anfield. All four English clubs competing in the Champions League reached the quarter-finals, resulting in three all-English ties during the competition's latter stages. Liverpool eliminated Arsenal in the quarter-finals, but lost the semi-final to Chelsea, who went on to meet Manchester United in the final in Moscow. United completed the European Double, winning the Premier League two points ahead of Chelsea and winning the UEFA Champions League, again against Chelsea 6–5 on penalties (1–1 after extra time) to lift the European Cup for the third time. This was a unique occurrence – the first time two English clubs had met in the final of the European Cup/Champions League. It was also a repeat of the opening game of the season, the FA Community Shield, which also finished 1–1 and saw a United win on penalties, 3–0.
In the UEFA Cup, none of the English teams taking part reached the quarter-final stage. Blackburn Rovers, who had qualified for the competition via the Intertoto Cup, were beaten in the first round by Larissa F.C.. The three other English clubs progressed through the group stages, with Bolton Wanderers losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal, while Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were both eliminated on penalty shootouts in the round of 16, by PSV Eindhoven and Fiorentina respectively. The 2008 UEFA Cup Final was held at the City of Manchester Stadium, the first time that the UEFA Cup Final had been held in England since being reduced to a single match. The event was marred by riots in Manchester city centre prior to the game. In the match itself, Zenit Saint Petersburg beat Rangers 2–0 to lift the trophy.
Premier League 
Manchester United retained the Premier League title, winning the competition for the tenth time and becoming champions of England for the seventeenth time in all. The title was decided on the final day of the season as United's 2–0 win at Wigan Athletic saw them crowned champions and consigned Chelsea to the runners-up spot regardless of their result at home to Bolton Wanderers. Arsenal and Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 third qualifying round by finishing third and fourth respectively, while Everton's fifth position gave them a place in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup first round. Reading, Birmingham City and Derby County were relegated. Derby became the first team in Premier League history to be relegated before the end of March. They eventually finished on the lowest points tally ever, amassing only 11 points, including just one victory all season.
The Premier League underwent a major rebranding; changing its sponsored name from the Barclays Premiership to the Barclays Premier League, introducing a revamped logo and new typeface for players' jerseys.
Football League 
After the disappointment of a play-off final defeat the previous year, West Bromwich Albion won the Football League Championship title and returned to the Premier League. Stoke City secured the other automatic promotion spot, after a 23-year absence from the top flight. Hull City followed them by winning the play-off final, beating Bristol City 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the final to reach the top division of English football for the first time in their 104-year history. It was the first time that Hull had played at either the original or rebuilt Wembley Stadium. Despite impressing on their Championship debut in 2006–07, Colchester United finished bottom this season and were relegated back to League One. Scunthorpe United's first journey into the Championship since the 1960s proved short-lived, and they also went back down. The biggest story however was Leicester City's relegation, as a lack of stability at the club (with no fewer than eight men, including caretakers, occupying the manager's seat over the season) proved their undoing and sent them down to League One for the first time in their history.
League One 
In a season mired by controversy and points deductions at both ends of the table, Swansea City were the clear champions in League One. In terms of results, Leeds United were actually the best team behind Swansea, but had started the season on –15 points following their failure to reach an agreement with HM Revenue & Customs on their Creditors Voluntary Arrangement. This was the first time in the league's history that such a penalty had been imposed. Nottingham Forest therefore took the second automatic promotion spot on the final day of the season after a late surge of form, culminating in Forest defeating Yeovil 3–2 (Who ironically defeated them in the Play-off semi final the previous season), whilst Doncaster lost to Cheltenham 2–1, which saved them from relegation. Doncaster Rovers won promotion to the Championship by beating Leeds United 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the League One play-off final, thus returning to the top two tiers for the first time since 1958. At the opposite end of the table, Port Vale were in fact the worst team going by results, but Luton Town went into administration and lost 10 points causing them to finish bottom, though they would have been relegated even without this penalty. Bournemouth also received a 10 point deduction for going into administration, and in their case it did prove fatal, sending the club down by to League Two. If the points deduction did not occur then Crewe would have gone down. Gillingham were the other team to suffer relegation. Leeds United played in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history, six years after competing in the Champions League.
League Two 
Milton Keynes Dons won their first honours as a club, winning the League Two title and the Football League Trophy. The other clubs automatically promoted were runners-up Peterborough United, who had pushed the Dons close for most of the season, and Hereford United, who returned to the third level of English football for the first time in 30 years. Stockport County won promotion to League One by beating Rochdale 3–2 at Wembley Stadium in the League Two play-off final. There was to be no repeat of Wrexham's last day heroics of the 2006–07 season, and this time they finished bottom and went out of the League. Despite a good run late in the season, Mansfield Town joined them. Both Dagenham & Redbridge and Morecambe played in The Football League for the first time, after securing promotion to League Two from the Conference National.
Cup competitions and Community Shield 
Portsmouth won the FA Cup with a 1–0 victory over Cardiff City. Tottenham Hotspur won the League Cup, beating the holders Chelsea 2–1 after extra time. It was the first League Cup final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium. MK Dons won the Football League Trophy after beating Grimsby Town 2–0 in the final. Manchester United took the first silverware of the season when they beat Chelsea 3–0 on penalties in the FA Community Shield.
Non-League football 
The Conference National became known as the Blue Square Premier upon the announcement of a three-year sponsorship deal. The two regional feeder leagues became known as the Blue Square North and South respectively. The deal signalled the end of a nine-year association between the Conference and the Nationwide Building Society. Aldershot Town won the Conference National to gain automatic promotion to the Football League, while Exeter City beat Cambridge United 1–0 in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium to secure the other promotion place. Aldershot also won the Conference League Cup, beating Rushden & Diamonds in a penalty shootout after a 3–3 draw. The FA Trophy was won by Ebbsfleet United, who beat Torquay United 1–0 at Wembley.
Events off the field 
Deloitte reported in September 2007 that transfer spending by all Premier League and Football League clubs had exceeded £500 million, compared to £300 million spent the season before. Deloitte attributed the rise in spending to the huge increase in broadcasting revenue and new owners buying into Premier League clubs.
Two league clubs moved to new grounds for 2007–08. Shrewsbury Town moved to the New Meadow for the start of this season, after leaving their old stadium, Gay Meadow. Milton Keynes Dons moved to their new 22,000 all seater stadium at Denbigh, Milton Keynes, known as Stadium:mk. The stadium was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by The Queen.
Diary of the season 
5 July 2007: Aston Villa sign West Ham United midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker for £8.5 million.
10 July 2007: West Ham United pay a club record £7.5 million for Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy, while Wigan Athletic break their own record fee with a £5.3 million deal for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jason Koumas.
23 July 2007: Fredrik Ljungberg, Arsenal's longest-serving player, leaves after nearly nine years in a £3 million move to West Ham United.
24 July 2007: Robbie Fowler leaves Liverpool for a second time to join Cardiff City on a free transfer.
3 August 2007: Manchester United sell striker Alan Smith to Newcastle United for £6 million.
15 August 2007: Long-serving Aston Villa defender Mark Delaney retires from playing at the age of 31 after failing to fully recover from a succession of injuries.
29 August 2007: Martin Allen, who was appointed manager of Leicester City only three months ago, is dismissed from his job. Everton pay a club record £11.25 million to Middlesbrough for striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
11 September 2007: Ian Porterfield, who scored the winning goal for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final, dies of cancer aged 61. Porterfield was managing Armenia at the time of his death, and earlier in his management career he had been in charge of teams including Sheffield United and Chelsea.
20 September 2007: José Mourinho, who in the last three years has guided Chelsea to two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup triumph, resigns as manager after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich. Director of Football Avram Grant takes over control of the first team, becoming the first Israeli manager in English football.
17 October 2007: Bolton Wanderers, bottom of the Premier League, sack manager Sammy Lee after six months in charge.
19 October 2007: Steve Bruce resigns after six years as manager of Birmingham City. Speculations mounts that he is about to take over from Chris Hutchings as manager of Wigan Athletic, where he had a brief spell in 2001.
25 October 2007: Gary Megson defects from Leicester City after six weeks as manager to take over at Bolton Wanderers, while Martin Jol is sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur (battling relegation from the Premier League after two successive fifth-place finishes) after three years.
5 November 2007: Chris Hutchings is sacked as manager of Premier League strugglers Wigan Athletic after less than six months in charge.
14 December 2007: Fabio Capello, 61-year-old Italian who has achieved great success with several top European clubs, accepts an offer from the Football Association to take charge of the England team.
21 December 2007: Premier League strugglers Fulham sack manager Lawrie Sanchez after eight months in charge.
7 January 2008: Fabio Capello officially takes over as England manager.
11 January 2008: Chelsea pay Bolton Wanderers £15 million for French striker Nicolas Anelka.
16 January 2008: Kevin Keegan is appointed manager of Newcastle United for the second time, having previously been their manager from 1992 until 1997.
6 February 2008: England beat Switzerland 2–1 in a home friendly in Fabio Capello's first game in charge.
24 February 2008: Tottenham Hotspur end their nine-year trophy drought with a 2–1 win over Chelsea in the Football League Cup final.
1 March 2008: Colchester United's former England striker Teddy Sheringham, who turns 42 next month and is the oldest professional footballer in the country, announces that he will retire from playing at the end of the season, calling time on a 26-year playing career.
29 March 2008: Derby County's relegation is confirmed after they can only manage a 2–2 draw at home to fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham - the earliest relegation to be confirmed in all 16 seasons of the Premier League.
11 May 2008: Manchester United seal their 10th Premier League title and their 17th top division title overall, while Derby County finish the season in bottom place with a record top division low of one win and 11 points. Joining them in the Football League Championship for next season are Birmingham City and Reading.
21 May 2008: In the first all-English European Cup final, Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1–1 draw in Moscow. Edwin van der Saar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty kick to give the trophy to United, while earlier in the shoot-out John Terry missed the penalty that would have given Chelsea the trophy for the very first time.
24 May 2008: Hull City reach the top flight for the first time in their history with a 1–0 win over Bristol City in the Football League Championship play-off final, with 39-year-old striker Dean Windass scoring the winning goal. It is Hull's third promotion in five seasons - the second quickest rise from the league's fourth tier to the highest. On the same day, Avram Grant is sacked as manager of Chelsea (without a major trophy for the first time in four years) despite having taken them to the brink of Premier League and European Cup glory this season.
25 May 2008: Doncaster Rovers reach the second tier of the English league for the first time in 50 years with a 1–0 win over Leeds United in the League One playoff final. Just six years ago, Leeds were a top-five Premier League club playing European football, while Doncaster were still in the Conference.
2 June 2008: Sven-Göran Eriksson is sacked after one season as manager of Manchester City.
5 June 2008: Mark Hughes leaves Blackburn Rovers after four years to take over at Manchester City.
Clubs Removed 
- Halifax Town (Conference National)
Managerial changes 
- 1 Downing was previously caretaker manager after Ward's departure.
- 2 Scott was previously caretaker manager after Butcher's departure.
- 3 Harford was named caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.
- 4 Blackwell was named caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.
- 5 Davies' caretaker role was extended until the end of the season.
- 6 Holland's caretaker role was extended until the end of the season.
- 7 Mullen was previously caretaker manager after Money's departure.
Promotion and relegation 
Playoff winners in bold.
Premier League 
- Champions: Manchester United
- Champions League 2008–09 Qualifiers : Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool
- UEFA Cup 2008–09 Qualifiers : Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Manchester City and Portsmouth
- Relegated to The Championship : Derby County, Birmingham City and Reading
- Champions: West Bromwich Albion
- Promoted: Stoke City
- Playoffs : Hull City, Bristol City, Watford and Crystal Palace
- Relegated: Leicester City, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United
League One 
- Champions: Swansea City
- Promoted: Nottingham Forest
- Playoffs : Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United, Southend United and Carlisle United
- Relegated: AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham, Port Vale and Luton Town
League Two 
- Champions: Milton Keynes Dons
- Promoted: Peterborough United, Hereford United
- Playoffs : Stockport County, Rochdale, Darlington and Wycombe Wanderers
- Relegated: Mansfield Town and Wrexham
Conference National 
- Champions: Aldershot Town
- Play-offs: Cambridge United, Torquay United, Exeter City and Burton Albion
- Relegated: Altrincham*, Farsley Celtic, Stafford Rangers and Droylsden
- Promoted to: Kettering Town, Lewes, Eastbourne Borough and Barrow
*Altrincham avoided relegation after Halifax Town went into liquidation
National team 
The England played their first international match on a synthetic pitch against Russia. England lost the game 2–1 leaving qualification for Euro 2008 out of their hands. England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 after losing 3–2 to Croatia on 21 November 2007. As a result, England manager Steve McClaren was sacked the following day. Fabio Capello was confirmed as the new England manager on 14 December 2007. Capello was unveiled by The FA on 17 December 2007, and took up his new role on 7 January 2008.
Friendly matches 
The home team is listed on the left; the visiting one on the right.
|22 August 2007
||England||1 – 2||Germany||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Massimo Busacca
|16 November 2007
||Austria||0 – 1||England||Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Referee: Nicolai Vollquartz
|6 February 2008
||England||2 – 1||Switzerland||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Felix Brych
|26 March 2008
||France||1 – 0||England||Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Florian Meyer
|Ribéry 32' (pen.)||(Report)|
|28 May 2008
||England||2 – 0||United States||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Kyros Vassaras
|1 June 2008
||Trinidad and Tobago||0 – 3||England||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde
Defoe 16', 49'
Euro 2008 qualifiers 
|8 September 2007
||England||3 – 0||Israel||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Pieter Vink
|12 September 2007
||England||3 – 0||Russia||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Martin Hansson
|Owen 7', 31'
|13 October 2007
||England||3 – 0||Estonia||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Nicolai Vollquartz
Rähn 33' (o.g.)
|17 October 2007
||Russia||2 – 1||England||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo
Pavlyuchenko 69' (pen.), 73' 74'
|21 November 2007
||England||2 – 3||Croatia||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Peter Frojdfeldt
|Lampard 56' (pen.)
League Tables 
Premier League 
Manchester United were crowned league champions for the second year in succession, the 10th time in the history of the Premier League and the 17th time overall. They also won the European Cup for the third time. Their league title glory was sealed on the final day of the season ahead of a Chelsea side who finished two points behind them on the league and were also their opponents in the European Cup final in Moscow, which United won on penalties. Arsenal finished third to secure Champions League qualification for the 11th season in succession, while Liverpool's fourth place finish ensured that they would be in the competition for a fifth successive season.
Everton and Aston Villa occupied the two qualification places for the UEFA Cup, where they were joined by FA Cup winners Portsmouth (who had collected their first silverware for 58 years) and League Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur.
Newly promoted Derby County were relegated straight back to the Championship after just one season in the Premier League, winning just one game and collecting a mere 11 points (a new Premier League low and the worst top division record for over 100 years) all season. Fellow newly promoted side Birmingham City also went down, but at least had the satisfaction of staying alive until the very last game - going down with a Reading side who had just missed out on Europe a year earlier and had appeared safe until the final weeks of this season.
|10||West Ham United||38||13||10||15||42||50||-8||49|
Leading goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - 31
Football League Championship 
West Bromwich Albion won the Championship title and sealed promotion to the Premier League after a two-year absence. Stoke City joined them, clinching promotion on the last day of the season and returning to the top flight of English football after an absence of 23 years. Hull City reached the top flight for the first time in their history after beating Bristol City 1–0 in the playoff final. It is their third promotion in five seasons.
Colchester United couldn't build on last seasons 10th place finish and were relegated back to League One in bottom place after 2 years. Scunthorpe United's return to the 2nd tier was short lived as they made an immediate return to League One. The final relegated team were Leicester City, who would be playing in the 3rd tier of English football for the first time in their history.
|C||1||West Bromwich Albion||46||23||12||11||88||55||+33||81|
|14||Queens Park Rangers||46||14||16||16||60||66||-6||58|
|15||Preston North End||46||15||11||20||50||55||-5||56|
Leading goalscorer: Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - 23
Football League One 
Swansea City won the League One title after amassing 92 points - the highest by a Welsh club in the Football League. Nottingham Forest moved back up to the Championship after a 3 season absence. Doncaster made amends for missing out on automatic promotion by winning the playoffs to enter the Championship after a half century absence.
Luton Town suffered their second consecutive relegation as they finished bottom and sat in administration for the entire season - resulting in a 10 point deduction. Port Vale, who were statistically the worst team in the division, joined them. Gillingham were relegated om the last day of the season as were Bournemouth as they also entered administration and a 10 point deduction proved costly. Crewe escaped relegation due to Bournemouth's point deduction.
|5||Leeds United||46||27||10||9||72||38||+34||76 F|
|7||Brighton and Hove Albion||46||19||12||15||58||50||+6||69|
|R||24||Luton Town||46||11||10||25||43||63||-20||33 A|
F Leeds deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency.
A Luton and Bournemouth both deducted 10 points a piece for administration entrance.
Leading goalscorer: Jason Scotland (Swansea City) - 24
Football League Two 
MK Dons won the League Two title, returning to the 3rd tier after a two season absence and earning their first major achievement in their 4 year history. New boss Darren Ferguson led Peterborough United to promotion. Hereford United climbed out of the bottom division meaning they would be playing 3rd tier football for first time in thirty years next season. The final promotion place went to Stockport County, who won the playoffs.
At the bottom, Wrexham's new manager, Brian Little, could not steer away his side from relegation and they lost their 87 year old league status. Mansfield had a good FA Cup run, but could not cope in the league and were also relegated out of the league after 77 years.
Entering the Football League for next season were Aldershot Town, the successor of the original Aldershot who folded during the 1991–92 season and Exeter City.
|C||1||Milton Keynes Dons||46||29||10||7||82||37||+45||97|
|9||Rotherham United||46||21||11||14||62||58||+4||64 A|
|20||Dagenham & Redbridge||46||13||10||23||49||70||-21||49|
A Rotherham deducted 10 points for administration entrance.
Leading goalscorer: Aaron McLean (Peterborough United) - 29
Transfer deals 
- 5 July 2007 – Chris Sutton (Aston Villa) 
- 26 July 2007 – Matt Piper (ex Sunderland) 
- 3 August 2007 – Charlie Oatway (Brighton & Hove Albion) 
- 15 August 2007 – Mark Delaney (Aston Villa) 
- 28 August 2007 – Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Manchester United) 
- 28 August 2007 – David Woozley (Crawley Town) 
- 30 August 2007 – Neal Ardley (Millwall) 
- 11 September 2007 – James Quinn (Northampton Town) 
- 7 December 2007 – Phil Gilchrist (Oxford United) 
- 2 January 2008 – Mark Goodlad (Port Vale) 
- 16 January 2008 – Juan Ugarte (Wrexham) 
- 7 February 2008 – John Hartson (West Bromwich Albion) 
- 12 March 2008 – Tore André Flo (Leeds United) 
- 25 March 2008 – Claus Lundekvam (Southampton) 
- End of season – Dion Dublin (Norwich City) 
- End of season – Teddy Sheringham (Colchester United) 
- End of season – David Wetherall (Bradford City) 
- End of season – Neil Young (Bournemouth) 
- End of season – Alan Thompson (Leeds United) 
- 3 July 2007 – Dave Simmons, 58, former striker who played for Aston Villa, Colchester United, Brentford and Cambridge United. Perhaps best known for scoring the decisive goal in Colchester's upset win against Leeds United in the 1971 FA Cup.
- 20 July 2007 – David Preece, 44, former midfielder, most notably at Luton Town, where he played 11 seasons and won the League Cup in 1988. Began his career at Walsall, and also played for Derby County, Cambridge United and Torquay United.
- 24 July 2007 – Eric Davis, 75, former Plymouth Argyle, Scunthorpe United and Chester City striker.
- 25 July 2007 – Danny Bergara, 65, Uruguayan who was one of the first Football League managers born outside the British Isles, and the first to lead out an English side at Wembley. Managed several clubs in the lower leagues, and most notably won promotion to the old Third Division with Stockport County in 1991.
- 16 August 2007 – Jeroen Boere, 39, Dutch striker who played for West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Southend United in the late 1990s.
- 25 August 2007 – Ray Jones, 18, Queens Park Rangers striker, killed in a car accident.
- 31 August 2007 – Willie Cunningham, 77, former Leicester City defender who played for Northern Ireland in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.
- 6 September 2007 – Byron Stevenson, 50, former Leeds United, Birmingham City and Bristol Rovers defender who also won 15 caps for Wales.
- 7 September 2007 – Norman Deeley, 73, former Wolverhampton Wanderers winger who scored twice in the 1960 FA Cup Final, and won two caps for England. Also played for Leyton Orient.
- 11 September 2007 – Ian Porterfield, 61, former Sunderland midfielder who scored the winning goal in the 1973 FA Cup Final. Later became a successful manager, managing Chelsea, Reading, Sheffield United and various other clubs and national teams. Was managing Armenia at the time of his death.
- 14 September 2007 – Malcolm Musgrove, 74, former West Ham United and Leyton Orient winger. Played more than 300 games for the Hammers, and later manager Torquay United and several teams in the United States. Died from Alzheimer's disease.
- 20 September 2007 – Johnny Gavin, 79, former striker who is Norwich City's all-time top goalscorer. Also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Crystal Palace, and won seven caps for the Republic of Ireland.
- 27 September 2007 – Bill Perry, 77, former Blackpool winger who scored the winning goal in the 1953 FA Cup Final, and played three times for England despite being born in South Africa.
- 15 October 2007 – Jackie Little, 95, former Ipswich Town winger who spent 15 years at Portman Road and played in the club's first-ever league match in 1938.
- 19 October 2007 – Michael Maidens, 20, Hartlepool United midfielder, killed in a car accident.
- 13 November 2007 – John Doherty, 72, former Busby Babe who played as an inside-forward for Manchester United and later Leicester City in the 1950s.
- 18 November 2007 – Joe Shaw, 79, former Sheffield United defender; the club's all-time record appearance holder with 629 league matches for the Blades.
- 19 November 2007 – Ken Leek, 72, former Welsh international striker, who won the 1963 League Cup with Birmingham City; also played for Northampton Town, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Bradford City.
- 19 November 2007 – Graham Paddon, 57, former Norwich City and West Ham United midfielder; 1975 FA Cup winner.
- 2 December 2007 – Les Shannon, 81, played as a winger for Liverpool and Burnley in the 1950s; later managed Bury, Blackpool and several clubs in Greece, most notably Olympiakos.
- 7 December 2007 – John Hollowbread, 73, former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton goalkeeper.
- 9 December 2007 – Jim Langley, 78, full-back who spent the bulk of his career at Fulham (1957–1965), where he won three England caps. Also played for Leeds United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Queens Park Rangers.
- 11 December 2007 – Ray Goddard, 58, goalkeeper who played for Leyton Orient, Millwall and Wimbledon between 1967 and 1981. Was a member of three promotion-winning sides during his career.
- 13 December 2007 – Harry Kirtley, 77, former Sunderland, Cardiff City and Gateshead forward.
- 15 December 2007 – Jimmy O'Neill, 76, former Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper who played club football for Everton, Stoke, Darlington and Port Vale.
- 25 December 2007 – Tommy Harmer, 79, inside-forward for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1950s. Later played for Watford and Chelsea before moving into coaching.
- 27 December 2007 – Brian Lambert, 71, former Mansfield Town full-back.
- 29 December 2007 – Phil O'Donnell, 35, Motherwell midfielder who spent four seasons at Sheffield Wednesday in the early 2000s (decade). Won one cap for Scotland during his first spell at Motherwell in the early 1990s, and had scored for Motherwell in the 1991 Scottish Cup final. Collapsed on the pitch during a Scottish league match, and died later that evening.
- 9 January 2008 – Paul Aimson, 64, former striker who spent the majority of his career at York City, scoring more than 100 goals.
- 14 January 2008 – Johnny Steele, 91, former inside-forward who spent more than half a century at Barnsley as player, coach, manager, secretary and director. He is Barnsley's longest-serving manager.
- 18 January 2008 – Wally Fielding, 88, former Everton inside-forward who played more than 400 games for the Toffees. At the time of his death he was believed to be the oldest living former Everton player.
- 21 January 2008 – Billy Elliott, 82, former Sunderland winger who won five England caps. Also played for Bradford Park Avenue and Burnley, and later became manager of Darlington. He also managed Norwegian side Brann and the Libyan national team.
- c. 1 February 2008 – Johnny Edgar, 71, former Barnsley, Gillingham, York City, Hartlepool United and Exeter City striker; scorer of York's fastest-ever hat-trick (three goals in six minutes against Accrington Stanley in 1959).
- 7 February 2008 – Frank Wayman, 76, former winger who played briefly at the professional level with Chester City and Darlington. Died after being struck by a motorcycle.
- 14 February 2008 – Len Boyd, 84, former Plymouth Argyle, Birmingham City and England B wing half. Captained Birmingham to 1954–55 promotion and the 1956 FA Cup Final.
- 17 February 2008 – Brian Harris, 72, versatile former Everton, Cardiff City and Newport County player who played at every position on the pitch except goalkeeper during his career; also managed Newport.
- 26 February 2008 – Jimmy Dugdale, 76, former West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and England B defender. Won the FA Cup twice; with WBA in 1954 and with Villa in 1957.
- 2 March 2008 – Carl Hoddle, 40, former Barnet and Leyton Orient midfielder; brother of Glenn Hoddle.
- 5 March 2008 – Derek Dooley, 78, legendary Sheffield Wednesday striker who scored 62 goals in 61 games for the Owls before having his leg amputated in 1953 following a serious injury. He also played for Lincoln City, and later managed Sheffield Wednesday (1971–1973) before joining city rivals Sheffield United where he held a number of jobs, including commercial manager and chairman.
- 8 March 2008 – Les Smith, 80, former Wolverhampton and Aston Villa winger; member of Aston Villa's 1957 FA Cup winning side.
- 24 March 2008 – John Cushley, 65, Scottish defender who spent three seasons at West Ham United in the late 1960s, and also played for Celtic, Dunfermline and Dumbarton north of the border. Worked as a teacher outside football.
- 24 March 2008 – Ray Drinkwater, 76, former Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper.
- 29 April 2008 – Gordon Bradley, 74, former Carlisle United wing-half who later became an American citizen, where he played for a number of teams including the New York Cosmos, and won one cap for the U.S. national team. He also served as head coach of Cosmos and later the Washington Diplomats of the NASL.
- 1 May 2008 – Mark Kendall, 49, former goalkeeper who played for Tottenham Hotspur, Newport County, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swansea City. Capped by Wales at Under-21 level.
- 6 May 2008 – John Reames, 66, former Lincoln City chairman and manager.
- 15 May 2008 – Tommy Burns, 51, former Scottish international midfielder who served 18 months as Reading manager in the late 1990s. Spent his playing career north of the border, for Celtic and Kilmarnock.
- 19 May 2008 – Nigel Cassidy, 62, former striker who began his professional career at Norwich City, and later played for Scunthorpe, Oxford and Cambridge.
- 20 May 2008 – Lord Tom Burlison, 71, former Hartlepool United wing-half and honorary life president. Also played for Lincoln City and Darlington. After his football career, he became a trade union leader and Labour peer.
- 24 May 2008 – Reg Flewin, 87, former Portsmouth defender, who captained his hometown side to the 1948–49 and 1949–50 league titles, and also won one wartime cap for England.
- 28 May 2008 – John Hulme, 63, former Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Bury defender.
- 12 June 2008 – Derek Tapscott, 75, former Welsh international striker who played for Arsenal, Cardiff City, Newport County, and several non-league clubs.
- 19 June 2008 – Tim Carter, 40, former goalkeeper at Sunderland, Bristol Rovers, Hartlepool United, Millwall and several other clubs. Was Sunderland's goalkeeping coach at the time of his death.
- 22 June 2008 – Ron Stitfall, 82, former Cardiff City defender who played more than 400 games for the Bluebirds. He also won two caps for Wales.
- 23 June 2008 – Mick Hill, 60, former Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace forward who also played twice for Wales.
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