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Premier League
Season 2010–11
Champions Manchester United
12th Premier League title
19th English title
Relegated West Ham United
Blackpool
Birmingham City
Champions League Manchester United
Chelsea
Manchester City
Arsenal
Europa League Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City
Stoke City
Fulham
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1063 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov
Carlos Tevez
(20 goals)
Biggest home win Chelsea 6–0 West Bromwich Albion
(14 August 2010)
Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool
(21 August 2010)
Newcastle United 6–0 Aston Villa
(22 August 2010)
Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers
(27 November 2010)[1]
Biggest away win Wigan Athletic 0–6 Chelsea
(21 August 2010)[1]
Highest scoring Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers
(27 November 2010)[1]
Everton 5–3 Blackpool
(5 February 2011)
Newcastle United 4–4 Arsenal
(5 February 2011)
Longest winning run 5 games[1]
Chelsea
Longest unbeaten run 24 games[1]
Manchester United
Longest winless run 10 games[1]
Blackburn Rovers
Longest losing run 5 games[1]
Blackpool
Bolton Wanderers
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Highest attendance 75,486[1]
Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers
Lowest attendance 14,042[1]
Wigan Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Total attendance 13,372,318[1]
Average attendance 35,190

The 2010–11 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 19th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The 2010–11 fixtures were released on 17 June 2010 at 09:00 BST.[2] The season began on 14 August 2010,[3] and ended on 22 May 2011. Chelsea were the defending champions.[4]

Manchester United secured the title with a 1–1 draw away to Blackburn Rovers on 14 May 2011.[5][6] This was their nineteenth English league title, breaking a tie with Liverpool which had stood since Manchester United won their eighteenth title in 2009.[7] Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all secured a berth for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, while Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League via league position. At the bottom, West Ham United, Blackpool, and Birmingham City were relegated to the Championship.[8][9][10]

Rule changes[edit]

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

Also being introduced this season was the "home grown players" rule, which aims to encourage the development of young footballers at Premier League clubs. The new rule required clubs to name at least eight players in their squad of 25 players that have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons prior to their 21st birthday.[11]

All of the Premier League teams submitted their 25-man squads on 1 September 2010 deadline.[12]

Teams[edit]

A total of twenty teams contested the league, including seventeen sides from the 2009–10 season and three promoted teams from the 2009–10 Football League Championship.

Hull City, Burnley and Portsmouth were relegated from 2009–10 Premier League after finishing the season in the bottom three places of the league table. From the three teams relegated, Portsmouth had the longest tenure as a Premier League member as the club completed a seven-year stay at the highest level of English football. In comparison, Hull City and Burnley had to return to the Championship after two and one years respectively.

2009–10 Football League Championship champions Newcastle United and runners-up West Bromwich Albion secured direct promotion to the Premier League. Both teams made their immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season. Blackpool beat Cardiff City 3–2 in the Championship play-off Final to join them after 39 years of absence from the top flight.[13]

It was the first time since 1983–84 that all four major West Midlands clubs—Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers—had been in the top division at the same time.[14] It was also the first time that the Black Country derby was contested in the Premier League. With Portsmouth and Hull relegated and no teams from their respective regions replacing them, only four of the nine regions of England were represented in the 2010–11 Premier League – the fewest number of regions represented in a national football division in modern times.[citation needed] Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands, East, South East and South West are all unrepresented.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Stadium capacity1
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,361
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,789
Birmingham City St Andrew's 30,079
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 31,367
Blackpool Bloomfield Road 16,220
Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium 28,723
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 42,449
Everton Goodison Park 40,157
Fulham Craven Cottage 25,700
Liverpool Anfield 45,276[15]
Manchester City Eastlands 47,405
Manchester United Old Trafford 75,797
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,409
Stoke City Britannia Stadium 27,740
Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 36,230
West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns 26,484
West Ham United Boleyn Ground 35,303
Wigan Athletic DW Stadium 25,133
Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux 29,195
  • 1 Correct as of start of 2010–11 Premier League season[16]

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager1 Captain[citation needed] Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Wenger, ArseneArsène Wenger Fàbregas, CescCesc Fàbregas Nike Emirates
Aston Villa Houllier, GerardGérard Houllier Petrov, StiliyanStiliyan Petrov Nike FxPro
Birmingham City Macleish, AlexAlex McLeish Carr, StephenStephen Carr Xtep F&C Investments
Blackburn Rovers Kean, SteveSteve Kean Nelsen, RyanRyan Nelsen Umbro Crown Paints
Blackpool Holloway, IanIan Holloway Adam, CharlieCharlie Adam Carbrini Wonga.com
Bolton Wanderers Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle Davies, KevinKevin Davies Reebok 188BET
Chelsea Ancelotti, CarloCarlo Ancelotti Terry, JohnJohn Terry Adidas Samsung
Everton Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes Neville, PhilPhil Neville Le Coq Sportif Chang Beer
Fulham Hughes, MarkMark Hughes Murphy, DannyDanny Murphy Kappa FxPro
Liverpool Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Adidas Standard Chartered
Manchester City Mancini, RobertoRoberto Mancini Tevez, CarlosCarlos Tevez Umbro Etihad Airways
Manchester United Ferguson, AlexSir Alex Ferguson Neville, GaryGary Neville Nike Aon
Newcastle United Pardew, AlanAlan Pardew Nolan, KevinKevin Nolan Puma Northern Rock
Stoke City Pulis, TonyTony Pulis Shawcross, RyanRyan Shawcross Adidas Britannia
Sunderland Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce Cattermole, LeeLee Cattermole Umbro Tombola
Tottenham Hotspur Redknapp, HarryHarry Redknapp Dawson, MichaelMichael Dawson Puma Autonomy
West Bromwich Albion Hodgson, RoyRoy Hodgson Brunt, ChrisChris Brunt Umbro Homeserve
West Ham United Keen, KevinKevin Keen (caretaker) Upson, MatthewMatthew Upson Macron SBOBET
Wigan Athletic Martinez, RobertoRoberto Martínez Caldwell, GaryGary Caldwell MiFit 188BET
Wolverhampton Wanderers Maccarthy, MickMick McCarthy Henry, KarlKarl Henry BURRDA Sportingbet

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

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment
West Ham United Gianfranco Zola Contract terminated 11 May 2010[19] Pre-season Avram Grant 3 June 2010[20]
Liverpool Rafael Benítez Mutual agreement 3 June 2010[21] Roy Hodgson 1 July 2010[22]
Fulham Roy Hodgson Signed by Liverpool 1 July 2010[22] Mark Hughes 29 July 2010[23]
Aston Villa Martin O'Neill Resigned 9 August 2010[24] Gérard Houllier 8 September 2010[25]
Newcastle United Chris Hughton Sacked 6 December 2010[26] 11th Alan Pardew 9 December 2010[27]
Blackburn Rovers Sam Allardyce Sacked 13 December 2010[28] 13th Steve Kean 22 December 2010[29]
Liverpool Roy Hodgson Sacked 8 January 2011[30] 12th Kenny Dalglish 8 January 2011[30]
West Bromwich Albion Roberto Di Matteo Sacked 6 February 2011[31] 16th Roy Hodgson 11 February 2011[32]
West Ham United Avram Grant Sacked 15 May 2011[33] 20th (relegated) Sam Allardyce 1 June 2011[34]

Ownership changes[edit]

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Liverpool New England Sports Ventures Tom Hicks and George N. Gillett, Jr. 15 October 2010[35]
Blackburn Rovers Venky's (India) Limited Jack Walker Trust 19 November 2010[36]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 23 11 4 78 37 +41 80 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 21 8 9 69 33 +36 71
3 Manchester City 38 21 8 9 60 33 +27 71
4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 72 43 +29 68 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 14 8 55 46 +9 62 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Liverpool 38 17 7 14 59 44 +15 58
7 Everton 38 13 15 10 51 45 +6 54
8 Fulham 38 11 16 11 49 43 +6 49 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
9 Aston Villa 38 12 12 14 48 59 −11 48
10 Sunderland 38 12 11 15 45 56 −11 47
11 West Bromwich Albion 38 12 11 15 56 71 −15 47
12 Newcastle United 38 11 13 14 56 57 −1 46
13 Stoke City 38 13 7 18 46 48 −2 46 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 12 10 16 52 56 −4 46
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 11 10 17 46 59 −13 43
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 15 14 40 61 −21 42
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 11 7 20 46 66 −20 40
18 Birmingham City (R) 38 8 15 15 37 58 –21 39 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 3
Relegation to the 2011–12 Football League Championship
19 Blackpool (R) 38 10 9 19 55 78 −23 39 Relegation to Football League Championship
20 West Ham United (R) 38 7 12 19 43 70 −27 33

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Fulham, as the highest-ranked team from the Fair Play table not yet qualified for any European competition, entered the first qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.[37]
2 Stoke City qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League as 2010–11 FA Cup runners-up to Champions League-qualified Manchester City.
3 Birmingham City qualified for the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League after winning the 2010–11 Football League Cup, worth a third qualification round spot, and subsequently being moved up a round due to the outcome of the 2011 FA Cup Final.
(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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BLB BLP BOL CHE EVE FUL LIV MNC MNU NEW STO SUN TOT WBA WHU WIG WOL
Arsenal 1–2 2–1 0–0 6–0 4–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–3 2–3 1–0 3–0 2–0
Aston Villa 2–4 0–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–1
Birmingham City 0–3 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0
Blackpool 1–3 1–1 1–2 1–2 4–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–3 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 2–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–1 3–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 5–1 2–1 1–2 4–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0
Chelsea 2–0 3–3 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–3 2–1 6–0 3–0 1–0 2–0
Everton 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 5–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–3 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–4 2–2 0–0 1–1
Fulham 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–5 1–4 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–3 2–0 2–1
Liverpool 1–1 3–0 5–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–1
Manchester City 0–3 4–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 5–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 4–3
Manchester United 1–0 3–1 5–0 7–1 4–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–1
Newcastle United 4–4 6–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–3 0–0 1–2 5–1 1–1 3–3 5–0 2–2 4–1
Stoke City 3–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 4–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0
Sunderland 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 0–2 1–0 2–4 2–2 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–3 1–0 4–2 1–3
Tottenham Hotspur 3–3 2–1 2–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 3–1
West Bromwich Albion 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–2 1–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 3–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–1
West Ham United 0–3 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–4 1–2 3–0 0–3 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–0
Wigan Athletic 2–2 1–2 2–1 4–3 0–4 1–1 0–6 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–3 4–0 2–3 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 3–3 3–1 1–1 1–2

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: Stewart Downing for Aston Villa against West Ham United (14 August 2010)[38]
  • Fastest goal of the season: 30 secondsMaxi Rodríguez for Liverpool against Fulham (9 May 2011)[39]
  • Widest winning margin: 6 goals[1]
    • Chelsea 6–0 West Bromwich Albion (14 August 2010)
    • Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool (21 August 2010)
    • Wigan Athletic 0–6 Chelsea (21 August 2010)
    • Newcastle United 6–0 Aston Villa (22 August 2010)
    • Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)
  • Highest scoring game: 8 goals[1]
    • Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)
    • Everton 5–3 Blackpool (5 February 2011)
    • Newcastle United 4–4 Arsenal (5 February 2011)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 7 goals – Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)[1]
  • Fewest games failed to score in: 5 – Manchester United[1]
  • Most games failed to score in: 13[1]
    • Stoke City
    • West Ham United
    • Wigan Athletic

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[40]
1 Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 20
Carlos Tevez Manchester City 20
3 Robin van Persie Arsenal 18
4 Darren Bent Sunderland/Aston Villa 17
5 Peter Odemwingie West Bromwich Albion 15
6 DJ Campbell Blackpool 13
Andy Carroll Newcastle/Liverpool 13
Javier Hernández Manchester United 13
Dirk Kuyt Liverpool 13
Florent Malouda Chelsea 13
Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur 13

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba Chelsea West Bromwich Albion 6–0 14 August 2010
Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott Arsenal Blackpool 6–0 21 August 2010
Carroll, AndyAndy Carroll Newcastle United Aston Villa 6–0 22 August 2010
Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov Manchester United Liverpool 3–2 19 September 2010
Nolan, KevinKevin Nolan Newcastle United Sunderland 5–1 31 October 2010
Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov5 Manchester United Blackburn Rovers 7–1 27 November 2010
Balotelli, MarioMario Balotelli Manchester City Aston Villa 4–0 28 December 2010
Best, LeonLeon Best Newcastle United West Ham United 5–0 5 January 2011
Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov Manchester United Birmingham City 5–0 22 January 2011
Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie Arsenal Wigan Athletic 3–0 22 January 2011
Tevez, CarlosCarlos Tevez Manchester City West Bromwich Albion 3–0 5 February 2011
Saha, LouisLouis Saha4 Everton Blackpool 5–3 5 February 2011
Kuyt, DirkDirk Kuyt Liverpool Manchester United 3–1 6 March 2011
Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United West Ham United 4–2 2 April 2011
Rodriguez, MaxiMaxi Rodríguez Liverpool Birmingham City 5–0 23 April 2011
Rodriguez, MaxiMaxi Rodríguez Liverpool Fulham 5–2 9 May 2011
Tchoyi, SomenSomen Tchoyi West Bromwich Albion Newcastle United 3–3 22 May 2011
  • 4 Player scored four goals
  • 5 Player scored five goals

Discipline[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Worst overall disciplinary record (1 point per yellow card, 3 points per red card):
    • Manchester City – 89 points (74 yellow & 5 red cards)[41]
  • Best overall disciplinary record:
    • Blackpool – 53 points (47 yellow & 2 red cards)[41]
  • Most yellow cards: 75 – Newcastle United[41]
  • Most red cards: 7 – West Bromwich Albion[41]

Player[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

  • Most clean sheets: 18 – Manchester City[1]
  • Fewest clean sheets: 2 – West Bromwich Albion[1]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August[42] Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea Paul Scholes Manchester United
September[43] Roberto Di Matteo West Bromwich Albion Peter Odemwingie West Bromwich Albion
October[44] David Moyes Everton Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur
November[45] Owen Coyle Bolton Wanderers Johan Elmander Bolton Wanderers
December[46] Roberto Mancini Manchester City Samir Nasri Arsenal
January[47] Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United
February[48] Arsène Wenger Arsenal Scott Parker West Ham United
March[49] Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea David Luiz Chelsea
April[50][51] Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea Peter Odemwingie West Bromwich Albion

Annual awards[edit]

PFA Player of the Year[edit]

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

FWA Footballer of the Year[edit]

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

PFA Young Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Young Player of the Year was awarded to Jack Wilshere.[53]

PFA Fans' Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Fans' Player of the Year was awarded to Raul Meireles.[54]

PFA Team of the Year[edit]

Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
Defence: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Midfield: Nani (Manchester United), Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere (both Arsenal), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Attack: Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)

Barclays Player of the season[edit]

The Barclays Player of the Season award was won by Nemanja Vidić of Manchester United.[56]

FA Premier League Manager of the Year Award[edit]

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 69, received the FA Premier League Manager of the Year Award.[56]

Barclays Golden Glove[edit]

The Barclays Golden Glove award was won by Joe Hart of Manchester City.[57]

Barclays Golden Boot[edit]

Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City shared the Barclays Golden Boot this season, both finishing with 20 goals. Berbatov's 20 goals came in 32 appearances, with Tevez's 20 goals coming in 31 appearances. This was the first time either player had won the award, and the first time it had been shared since the 1998–99 season.[58]

Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award[edit]

The Fair Play Award was won by Chelsea, who finished on top of the Fair Play Table. Newcastle United were deemed to be the least sporting team, finishing bottom of the table.[59] Due to England being one of the three best teams in the UEFA Fair Play rankings, Fulham as the highest-ranked team not already qualified for a European competition were awarded a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.[60]

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