2009–10 Premier League

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Premier League
Season 2009–10
Champions Chelsea
3rd Premier League title
4th English title
Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers
Birmingham City
Burnley
Relegated Portsmouth
Burnley
Hull City
Champions League Chelsea (group stage)
Manchester United (group stage)
Arsenal (group stage)
Tottenham Hotspur (play-off round)
Europa League Manchester City (play-off round)
Aston Villa (play-off round)
Liverpool (third qualifying round)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1053 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorer Didier Drogba (29)
Biggest home win Tottenham Hotspur 9–1 Wigan Athletic
(22 November 2009)[1]
Chelsea 8–0 Wigan Athletic
(9 May 2010)
Biggest away win Everton 1–6 Arsenal
(15 August 2009)
Wigan Athletic 0–5 Manchester United
(22 August 2009)
Portsmouth 0–5 Chelsea
(24 March 2010)
Burnley 1–6 Manchester City (3 April 2010)
Highest scoring Tottenham Hotspur 9–1 Wigan Athletic
(22 November 2009)
(10 goals)[1]
Longest winning run Chelsea (6 games) ended 26 September 2009[2]
Arsenal (6 games) ended 27 March 2010[3]
Longest unbeaten run Birmingham City (12 games) ended 27 January 2010[4]
Longest losing run Portsmouth (7 games) ended 3 October 2009[5]
Highest attendance Manchester United 4–0 Stoke City (75,316) (9 May 2010)[6]
Lowest attendance Wigan Athletic 0–0 Portsmouth (14,323)
(14 April 2010)[6]
Average attendance 34,150[6]

The 2009–10 Premier League was the 18th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. A total of 20 teams competed in the league, with Chelsea unseating the three-time defending champions Manchester United, scoring a Premier League record 103 goals in the process.[7][8] The season began on 15 August 2009 and concluded on 9 May 2010.[9] Prior to each opening week match, a minute's applause was held in memory of Sir Bobby Robson. Nike provided a new match ball – the T90 Ascente – for this season. The league was sponsored by Barclays.

The race for the title went to the final day of the season with Chelsea one point ahead of Manchester United; Chelsea's 8–0 win over Wigan Athletic was enough to secure their first title since 2006, despite Manchester United's 4–0 defeat of Stoke City.[10] The title win came in Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti's first season at the club and he followed this up a week later by securing Chelsea's first FA Cup and League double with a win over Portsmouth at Wembley. Chelsea striker Didier Drogba won the Golden Boot award as the league's top goalscorer for the second time[11] The victorious Chelsea side were noted for their attacking style of football: the team averaged 2.71 goals per game, scoring a Premier League record 103 goals for the season, compared to the average of 1.89 when they won the title in the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons.[12]

In February 2010, Portsmouth became the first club to go into administration whilst a member of the Premier League.[13] They were deducted nine points, and two months later they were the first team of the season to be relegated. Hull City and Premier League debutants Burnley were relegated alongside them.

Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season was overshadowed by the death of Sir Bobby Robson on 31 July. On the opening games of the season players stood around the centre circle for a minute's applause for the former Newcastle United, Fulham, Ipswich Town, Barcelona, Porto, PSV Eindhoven and England manager who died at the age of 76.

Final results[edit]

Chelsea won the league by a point over second placed Manchester United on 9 May 2010, with an 8–0 win at home to Wigan Athletic.[14] They won despite Manchester United's 4–0 win against Stoke.[10] The title win came in Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti's first season with the club. Portsmouth were the first team to be relegated on 10 April 2010, followed by Hull City and Burnley.[15][16][17] Fulham's manager Roy Hodgson was voted manager of the year by the League Managers Association.[18] The season saw Liverpool, runners-up the previous season and considered one of the established 'Big Four', finish outside the top four for the first time since 2004–05 leaving them unable to compete in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2003–04 season.

Teams[edit]

Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion were relegated to the 2009–10 Football League Championship after finishing the 2008–09 season in the bottom three places. Newcastle suffered their first relegation from the Premier League since their promotion to it in 1993. Middlesbrough returned to the Championship after an eleven-year tenure in England's top flight, while West Bromwich's latest stint in the Premier League lasted only one season.

The three relegated teams were replaced by 2008–09 Football League Championship champions Wolverhampton Wanderers, runners-up Birmingham City and promotion play-off winners Burnley. Wolverhampton play their first season at the top level since the 2003–04 season, and Burnley made their return to England's highest football division after 33 years. Fellow promoted club Birmingham City, on the other hand, had changed divisions between the Premier League and the Championship for the fourth season in a row.

Manchester United came into the season as defending champions and aiming to win a fourth successive Premier League title, following championship-winning campaigns in 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09. They were also looking to overtake Liverpool's record of 18 league titles.

The league comprised five teams from London (Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United); four clubs from the Midlands (Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers); eight teams from the north-west (Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Wigan Athletic); and one each from the north-east (Sunderland), Yorkshire and the Humber (Hull City), and the south (Portsmouth).

Team summaries[edit]

Stadia[edit]

Team Location Stadium Stadium capacity
Arsenal London Emirates Stadium 60,355
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,788
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 30,009
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Chelsea London Stamford Bridge 42,055
Everton Liverpool Goodison Park 40,157
Fulham London Craven Cottage 25,700
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KC Stadium 25,404
Liverpool Liverpool Anfield 45,276[19]
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 47,726
Manchester United Manchester Old Trafford 76,212
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,688
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Britannia Stadium 28,383
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Tottenham Hotspur London White Hart Lane 36,240
West Ham United London Boleyn Ground 35,309
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,138
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux 29,303

Personnel and kits[edit]

(as of 9 May 2010)

Team Manager Captain Kit Makers Sponsor
Arsenal Wenger, ArseneArsène Wenger Fabregas, CescCesc Fàbregas Nike Emirates
Aston Villa Oneill, MartinMartin O'Neill Petrov, StiliyanStiliyan Petrov Nike Acorns Children's Hospice
Birmingham City Macleish, AlexAlex McLeish Carr, StephenStephen Carr Umbro F&C Investments
Blackburn Rovers Allardyce, SamSam Allardyce Nelsen, RyanRyan Nelsen Umbro Crown Paints
Bolton Wanderers Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle Davies, KevinKevin Davies Reebok 188BET
Burnley Laws, BrianBrian Laws Caldwell, StevenSteven Caldwell Erreà Cooke Fuels
Chelsea Ancelotti, CarloCarlo Ancelotti Terry, JohnJohn Terry Adidas Samsung
Everton Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes Neville, PhilPhil Neville Le Coq Sportif Chang Beer
Fulham Hodgson, RoyRoy Hodgson Murphy, DannyDanny Murphy Nike LG Electronics
Hull City Dowie, IainIain Dowie* Ashbee, IanIan Ashbee Umbro Totesport.com
Liverpool Benitez, RafaelRafael Benítez Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City Mancini, RobertoRoberto Mancini Toure, KoloKolo Touré Umbro Etihad Airways
Manchester United Ferguson, AlexSir Alex Ferguson Neville, GaryGary Neville Nike AIG
Portsmouth Grant, AvramAvram Grant James, DavidDavid James Canterbury Jobsite
Stoke City Pulis, TonyTony Pulis Faye, AbdoulayeAbdoulaye Faye Le Coq Sportif Britannia
Sunderland Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce Cana, LorikLorik Cana Umbro Boylesports
Tottenham Hotspur Redknapp, HarryHarry Redknapp King, LedleyLedley King Puma Mansion
West Ham United Zola, GianfrancoGianfranco Zola Upson, MatthewMatthew Upson Umbro SBOBET
Wigan Athletic Martinez, RobertoRoberto Martínez Melchiot, MarioMario Melchiot Vandanel 188BET
Wolverhampton Wanderers McCarthy, MickMick McCarthy Henry, KarlKarl Henry BURRDA Sportingbet

* – Football Management Consultant

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Sunderland Ricky Sbragia Resigned 24 May 2009 Pre-season Steve Bruce 2 June 2009 Pre-season
Chelsea Guus Hiddink End of interim contract 31 May 2009 Carlo Ancelotti 1 June 2009
Wigan Athletic Steve Bruce Sunderland paid compensation of £3 million 2 June 2009 Roberto Martínez 15 June 2009[1]
Portsmouth Paul Hart Sacked 24 November 2009[20] 20th Avram Grant 26 November 2009[21] 20th
Manchester City Mark Hughes Sacked 19 December 2009[22] 6th Roberto Mancini 19 December 2009[22] 6th
Bolton Wanderers Gary Megson Sacked 30 December 2009[23] 18th Owen Coyle 8 January 2010[24] 18th
Burnley Owen Coyle Signed by Bolton Wanderers 8 January 2010[24] 14th Brian Laws 13 January 2010[25] 14th
Hull City Phil Brown Removed from position 15 March 2010[26] 19th Iain Dowie 17 March 2010[27] 19th

Ownership changes[edit]

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Sunderland Short, EllisEllis Short Drumaville Consortium 27 May 2009[28]
West Ham United CB Holding Gudmundsson, BjorgolfurBjörgólfur Guðmundsson 8 June 2009[29]
Portsmouth Alfahim, SulaimanSulaiman Al-Fahim Gaydamak, AlexandreAlexandre Gaydamak 26 August 2009[30]
Birmingham City Grandtop International Sullivan, DavidDavid Sullivan and Gold, DavidDavid Gold 6 October 2009[31]
Portsmouth Alfaraj, AliAli al-Faraj Alfahim, SulaimanSulaiman Al-Fahim 6 October 2009[32]
West Ham United Sullivan, DavidDavid Sullivan and Gold, DavidDavid Gold CB Holding 19 January 2010[33]
Portsmouth Chainrai, BalramBalram Chainrai Alfaraj, AliAli al-Faraj 4 February 2010[34]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 27 5 6 103 32 +71 86 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 27 4 7 86 28 +58 85
3 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 83 41 +42 75
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 7 10 67 41 +26 70 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Manchester City 38 18 13 7 73 45 +28 67 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 13 8 52 39 +13 64
7 Liverpool 38 18 9 11 61 35 +26 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
8 Everton 38 16 13 9 60 49 +11 61
9 Birmingham City 38 13 11 14 38 47 −9 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 13 11 14 41 55 −14 50
11 Stoke City 38 11 14 13 34 48 −14 47
12 Fulham 38 12 10 16 39 46 −7 46
13 Sunderland 38 11 11 16 48 56 −8 44
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 9 19 42 67 −25 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 9 11 18 32 56 −24 38
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 9 20 37 79 −42 36
17 West Ham United 38 8 11 19 47 66 −19 35
18 Burnley (R) 38 8 6 24 42 82 −40 30 Relegation to 2010–11 Football League Championship
19 Hull City (R) 38 6 12 20 34 75 −41 30
20 Portsmouth (R) 38 7 7 24 34 66 −32 0191

Source: Barclays Premier League


Rules for classification:

1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Portsmouth were deducted nine points for entering administration.[35]
2 Originally Portsmouth should qualify for the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League as 2009–10 FA Cup runners-up to Champions League-qualified Chelsea however they failed to apply for a UEFA license therefore Liverpool took their place.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
More about European qualification:
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Competition.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BLB BOL BUR CHE EVE FUL HUL LIV MNC MNU POR STO SUN TOT WHU WIG WOL
Arsenal 3–0 3–1 6–2 4–2 3–1 0–3 2–2 4–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–3 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 4–0 1–0
Aston Villa 0–0 1–0 0–1 5–1 5–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–2
Birmingham City 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–1 3–1
Bolton Wanderers 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–4 3–2 0–0 2–2 2–3 3–3 0–4 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–0
Burnley 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–4 1–6 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 1–3 1–2
Chelsea 2–0 7–1 3–0 5–0 1–0 3–0 3–3 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–4 1–0 2–1 7–0 7–2 3–0 4–1 8–0 4–0
Everton 1–6 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 5–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–1
Fulham 0–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–0
Hull City 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–4 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–5 3–3 2–1 2–2
Liverpool 1–2 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–0 4–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 6–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 4–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0
Manchester City 4–2 3–1 5–1 4–1 2–0 3–3 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 4–3 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–0
Manchester United 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 4–3 5–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 3–0 5–0 3–0
Portsmouth 1–4 1–2 1–2 0–0 2–3 2–0 0–5 0–1 0–1 3–2 2–0 0–1 1–4 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 3–1
Stoke City 1–3 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–2
Sunderland 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 5–2
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 5–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 9–1 0–1
West Ham United 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 5–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–0 2–3 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–3
Wigan Athletic 3–2 1–2 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–5 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–0 0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–2

Source: Barclays Premier League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: 27 minutes and 12 secondsStephen Hunt for Hull City against Chelsea (15 August 2009)[36]
  • Fastest goal in a match: 36 secondsDarren Bent for Sunderland against Tottenham Hotspur (3 April 2010)[37]
  • Goal scored at the latest point in a match: 90+5 minutes and 48 secondsWade Elliott for Burnley against Hull City (10 April 2010)[38]
  • First own goal of the season: Stephen Jordan (Burnley) for Stoke City, 32 minutes and 28 seconds (15 August 2009)[39]
  • First hat-trick of the season: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) against Hull City (19 August 2009)[40]
  • Quickest hat-trick: 6 minutesJermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) against Wigan Athletic (22 November 2009)
  • Widest winning margin: 8 goals
    • Tottenham Hotspur 9–1 Wigan Athletic (22 November 2009)
    • Chelsea 8–0 Wigan Athletic (9 May 2010)
  • Most goals in one half: 9 goals – Tottenham Hotspur 9–1 Wigan Athletic (1–0 at half time) (22 November 2009)[1]
  • Most goals in one half by a single team: 8 goals – Tottenham Hotspur 9–1 Wigan Athletic (22 November 2009)[1]
  • Most goals scored by losing team: 3 goals
  • Most goals scored in a match by one player: 5 goalsJermain Defoe for Tottenham Hotspur against Wigan Athletic (22 November 2009)[1]
  • Shortest time between goals: 50 secondsRobin van Persie (41'52") and Cesc Fàbregas (42'42") for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur (31 October 2009)[44]
  • Most own goals scored in a match by same team: 3 – Portsmouth (Anthony Vanden Borre, Richard Hughes and Marc Wilson) against Manchester United (6 February 2010)[45] However, on 26 May 2010, the Dubious Goal Committee declared the second own goal by Richard Hughes as Michael Carrick's goal.
  • Last goal of the season: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Everton) against Portsmouth 93 minutes and 10 seconds (9 May 2010)[46]
  • Least times failed to score: 1 game – Chelsea against Birmingham[47]
  • Most times failed to score: 17 games – Wolverhampton Wanderers [47]
  • Highest scoring draw: 6 goals:
    • Bolton 3–3 Manchester City
    • Chelsea 3–3 Everton
    • Hull City 3–3 West Ham
    • Manchester City 3–3 Burnley

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[48]
1 Didier Drogba Chelsea 29
2 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 26
3 Darren Bent Sunderland 24
4 Carlos Tévez Manchester City 23
5 Frank Lampard Chelsea 22
6 Fernando Torres Liverpool 18
Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur 18
8 Cesc Fàbregas Arsenal 15
9 Emmanuel Adebayor Manchester City 14
10 Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 13
Louis Saha Everton 13

Table-related statistics[edit]

Overall[edit]

  • Most wins – Chelsea and Manchester United (27)
  • Fewest wins – Hull City (6)
  • Most losses – Burnley and Portsmouth (24)
  • Fewest losses – Chelsea (6)
  • Most goals scored – Chelsea (103)
  • Fewest goals scored – Wolverhampton Wanderers (32)
  • Most goals conceded – Burnley (82)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (28)
  • Best goal difference – Chelsea (+71)
  • Worst goal difference – Wigan Athletic (−42)

Home[edit]

  • Most wins – Chelsea (17)
  • Fewest wins – Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers (5)
  • Most losses – Portsmouth (11)
  • Fewest losses – Chelsea (1)
  • Most goals scored – Chelsea (68)
  • Fewest goals scored – Wolverhampton Wanderers (13)
  • Most goals conceded – Portsmouth (32)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur (12)

Away[edit]

  • Most wins – Manchester United (11)
  • Fewest wins – Hull City (0)
  • Most losses – Burnley (17)
  • Fewest losses – Manchester City (4)
  • Most goals scored – Arsenal and Chelsea (35)
  • Fewest goals scored – Portsmouth and Stoke City (10)
  • Most goals conceded – Wigan Athletic (55)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (16)

Clean sheets[edit]

  • Most clean sheets – Manchester United (19)
  • Fewest clean sheets – Burnley (3)

Discipline[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Longest first half injury time: 8 minutes, 26 seconds – Stoke City against Chelsea (12 September 2009)[55]
  • Longest second half injury time: 10 minutes, 25 seconds – Hull City against Aston Villa (21 April 2010)[56]
  • Worst start to a Premier League season: 0 points from 7 games – Portsmouth (26 September 2009). Losing streak ended on 3 October 2009, with 1–0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers[5]
  • Most own goals in a season for a single team: 10 – Manchester United

Records[edit]

  • Chelsea broke the record for most goals scored in a season with 103 goals, becoming the first Premier League club to cross the century mark. The previous record of 97 goals was set by Manchester United in the 1999–2000 season. The Blues also broke the record for the highest goal difference in a season with +71 goals. The previous record of +58 goals was set by Manchester United in the 2007–08 campaign. United equalled their own previous record during the 2009–10 campaign.
  • Wigan Athletic were the first team to lose two matches by eight goals in a Premier League season, away to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
  • Chelsea scored seven or more goals in four league matches, a record for both the club and the Premier League, and in consecutive home fixtures achieved an aggregate score of 15–0, in their last two home matches of the season against Stoke City and Wigan Athletic, having already scored seven in home matches against Sunderland and Aston Villa.

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August[57] Harry Redknapp Tottenham Hotspur Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur
September[58] Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Fernando Torres Liverpool
October[59][60] Roy Hodgson Fulham Robin van Persie Arsenal
November[61][62] Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea Jimmy Bullard Hull City
December[63][64] Alex McLeish Birmingham City Carlos Tévez Manchester City
January[65][66] David Moyes Everton Wayne Rooney Manchester United
February[67] Roy Hodgson Fulham Mark Schwarzer Fulham
March[68][69] David Moyes Everton Florent Malouda Chelsea
April[70][71] Martin O'Neill Aston Villa Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur

Annual awards[edit]

PFA Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Player of the Year was awarded to Wayne Rooney.

PFA Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Young Player of the Year was awarded to James Milner for the first time.

PFA Team of the Year[edit]

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Birmingham City)
Defence: Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Branislav Ivanović (Chelsea), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa)
Midfield: James Milner (Aston Villa), Antonio Valencia, Darren Fletcher (both Manchester United), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)
Attack: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

Barclays Player of the season[edit]

The Barclays Player of the Season award was won by Wayne Rooney of Manchester United.

FA Premier League Manager of the Year Award[edit]

Harry Redknapp, 63, received the FA Premier League Manager of the Year Award for the first time in his career, as a result of leading Tottenham Hotspur to Champions League qualification. Redknapp winning Manager of the Season marked the first time a non-title winning manager received the award since George Burley in the 2000–01 Premier League season.[72][73]

Barclays Golden Boot[edit]

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba won the Golden Boot, scoring 29 goals in 32 appearances; this was the second time he won the award.

Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award[edit]

The Fair Play Award was given to Arsenal, the team deemed to have been the most sporting and best behaved. Sunderland occupied last place as the least sporting side[74]

Behaviour of The Public Fair Play League[edit]

The Public Fair Play League was again given to Chelsea for the third consecutive year.[75]

Barclays Premier League Merit Award[edit]

Chelsea collected the Barclays Premier League Merit Award for being the first team to score 100 goals in a Barclays Premier League season.

Broadcasting[edit]

This season was the last of a three-year domestic television rights deal agreed in 2006. Television rights continue to provide a large portion of Premier League clubs' revenue. However, on 19 June 2009, the Premier League annulled its contract with Ireland-based broadcaster Setanta Sports after the company failed to pay an instalment to the league with speculation mounting that the company would enter administration. As a result, Setanta Sports' share was bought by United States-based broadcasters ESPN, while Sky Sports continue to hold four of the six 23-live match packages.[76] In the United States, the Disney-owned network is making use of sibling-network ESPN2 to televise early Saturday matches and Monday matches. This was possible due to Setanta Sports' financial troubles, which required their USA-based North America division to sell its rights to those games back to Fox Sports International, who in turn sublicensed them to ESPN. Setanta continues to broadcast a reduced number of matches in Ireland. In Australia, most games are available live on Fox Sports. Sentanta Sports USA operations ceased on 28 February, and Fox Soccer Plus replaced Sentanta as a pay service the following day.

On 31 January 2010, Sky Sports broadcast the match between Arsenal and Manchester United in 3D. The 3D broadcast was shown at nine pubs in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin, making the match the first sports event to be televised in 3D to a public audience anywhere in the world.[77][78]

List of 2009–10 transfers[edit]

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