2013–14 in English football

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Football in England
Season 2013–14
Premier League Manchester City
Championship Leicester City
League One Wolverhampton Wanderers
League Two Chesterfield
Conference Premier Luton Town
FA Cup Arsenal
League Cup Manchester City
Community Shield Manchester United
2012–13 England 2014–15

The 2013–14 season is the 134th season of competitive football in England.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

League Promoted to league Relegated from league
Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two

England national football team[edit]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

International Friendlies[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Manchester City won their second Premier League title in Manuel Pellegrini's first season in charge. Despite being overwhelming favourites at the start of the season, they left it relatively late to take top spot. They also won the League Cup, marking their first domestic double. Liverpool took second place, and were in a good position to end their long wait for a league title, but defeat to Chelsea with 3 games remaining fatally wounded their title challenge; the season was nonetheless a major improvement, as they qualified for the Champions League for the first time in five years and striker Luis Suárez was the league's top marksman with 31 goals despite being banned for the first 5 games of the season. Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea ended in disappointment, despite the Blues managing a serious title challenge for the first time since 2010. A third-place finish ultimately failed to improve on the previous season's finish. Arsenal took the final Champions League spot, having led the league for a large part of the season before injuries to key players and a terrible run of form in the spring consigned them to another fourth-place finish, though they at least ended their nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup.

Roberto Martinez's first season in charge of Everton saw the blue half of Merseyside take fifth place, making a serious challenge for the final Champions League spot, but ultimately falling short. Tottenham Hotspur, despite a somewhat turbulent season that saw the departure of Gareth Bale, and the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas early in the campaign and replacement manager Tim Sherwood days after the season ended, took sixth place and the final Europa League spot.

Arguably, the biggest shock of the season was defending champions Manchester United's woeful relinquishment of their Premier League trophy. The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, an aging squad and poor home form meant they surrendered their crown as early as December. A seventh-place finish, the lowest in the club's history since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, saw David Moyes sacked as manager after less than a year, and a late improvement under the caretaker management of United veteran Ryan Giggs ultimately wasn't enough to take sixth place. This meant that United had failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since English clubs were re-admitted to Europe in 1990.

In a surprising turn of events, Crystal Palace fared the best of the three promoted clubs, finishing 11th. Few had given them any hope of surviving after they lost 9 of their first 10 games, but a huge improvement after Tony Pulis took over as manager meant that the Eagles would be playing a second consecutive season in the Premier League for the first time ever. Hull City also performed reasonably well, never being seriously threatened with relegation and managing a highest-ever finish of 16th place, along with reaching the FA Cup Final.

Sunderland became only the second club to beat the "Curse of Christmas," as they were bottom on Christmas Day (and in fact for much of the campaign), but a late rally of 13 points from their final 6 games saw them earn survival. There was some controversy over their season, as they fielded an ineligible player in four early games, yet were not deducted points as would happen in the Football League and Conference; ultimately though, Sunderland would have lost just one point from such a deduction, not enough to result in their relegation.

Cardiff City's first Premier League season resulted in a bottom-place finish and immediate relegation. Their season had begun reasonably well, but quickly imploded after promotion-winning manager Malky Mackay was controversially sacked after a fall-out with club owner Vincent Tan. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was drafted in, but unable to save the Welsh side from the drop. Fulham's 13-year stay in the Premier League came to an end after a season in which they employed three different managers (Martin Jol, Rene Meulensteen, and Felix Magath) and conceded 85 goals, the most out of the bottom 3. Norwich City occupied the third relegation spot, as an inability to score, terrible away form and a disastrous end to the season following the sacking of Chris Hughton and appointment of youth team coach Neil Adams all cost them dearly, and resulted in them returning to the Championship after three years.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester City (C) 38 27 5 6 102 37 +65 86 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Liverpool 38 26 6 6 101 50 +51 84
3 Chelsea 38 25 7 6 71 27 +44 82
4 Arsenal 38 24 7 7 68 41 +27 79 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 21 9 8 61 39 +22 72 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage 1
6 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 6 11 55 51 +4 69 2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round 1
7 Manchester United 38 19 7 12 64 43 +21 64
8 Southampton 38 15 11 12 54 46 +8 56
9 Stoke City 38 13 11 14 45 52 −7 50
10 Newcastle United 38 15 4 19 43 59 −16 49
11 Crystal Palace 38 13 6 19 33 48 −15 45
12 Swansea City 38 11 9 18 54 54 0 42
13 West Ham United 38 11 7 20 40 51 −11 40
14 Sunderland 38 10 8 20 41 60 −19 38
15 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 39 61 −22 38
16 Hull City 38 10 7 21 38 53 −15 37 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
17 West Bromwich Albion 38 7 15 16 43 59 −16 36
18 Norwich City (R) 38 8 9 21 28 62 −34 33 Relegation to 2014–15 Football League Championship
19 Fulham (R) 38 9 5 24 40 85 −45 32
20 Cardiff City (R) 38 7 9 22 32 74 −42 30

Source: Barclays Premier League Official League Table
Rules for classification:
1 Since the winners of 2013–14 FA Cup and 2013–14 Football League Cup (Arsenal and Manchester City) qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 5th and 6th placed teams qualified for the group stage and the play-off round of 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.
2 Hull City qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round as runners-up of the 2013–14 FA Cup since winners Arsenal qualified for 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Championship[edit]

After last season's play-off heartbreak, Leicester City ended their decade-long exile from the Premier League by gaining promotion as champions, topping the division on Boxing Day and never surrendering their lead. Joining them as runners-up were Burnley, who many had tipped for relegation. Sean Dyche's first full season in charge of the Lancashire club, coupled with the 41-goal strike partnership of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, returned them to the top-flight after four years. Queens Park Rangers had to settle for the play-offs after topping the table for much of the first half of the season, but ultimately won immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

Yeovil Town finished bottom, struggling all season long and failing to make a serious impression in their first-ever campaign at this level. Barnsley failed to repeat the escape from relegation they managed the previous year and went down in second-bottom place, with not even the return of the club's most successful manager, Danny Wilson saving them. Doncaster Rovers were relegated on the final day, going back down into League One after just a year.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Leicester City (C) (P) 46 31 9 6 83 43 +40 102 Promotion to the 2014–15 Premier League
2 Burnley (P) 46 26 15 5 72 37 +35 93
3 Derby County 46 25 10 11 84 52 +32 85 Qualification to the Championship Play-offs
4 Queens Park Rangers (O) (P) 46 23 11 12 60 44 +16 80
5 Wigan Athletic 46 21 10 15 61 48 +13 73
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 19 15 12 55 40 +15 72
7 Reading 46 19 14 13 70 56 +14 71
8 Blackburn Rovers 46 18 16 12 70 62 +8 70
9 Ipswich Town 46 18 14 14 60 54 +6 68
10 Bournemouth 46 18 12 16 67 66 +1 66
11 Nottingham Forest 46 16 17 13 67 64 +3 65
12 Middlesbrough 46 16 16 14 62 50 +12 64
13 Watford 46 15 15 16 74 64 +10 60
14 Bolton Wanderers 46 14 17 15 59 60 −1 59
15 Leeds United 46 16 9 21 59 67 −8 57
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 14 19 63 65 −2 53
17 Huddersfield Town 46 14 11 21 58 65 −7 53
18 Charlton Athletic 46 13 12 21 41 61 −20 51
19 Millwall 46 11 15 20 46 74 −28 48
20 Blackpool 46 11 13 22 38 66 −28 46
21 Birmingham City 46 11 11 24 58 74 −16 44
22 Doncaster Rovers (R) 46 11 11 24 39 70 −31 44 Relegation to the 2014–15 Football League One
23 Barnsley (R) 46 9 12 25 44 77 −33 39
24 Yeovil Town (R) 46 8 13 25 44 75 −31 37

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification:
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

League One[edit]

After two successive relegations, Wolverhampton Wanderers turned their fortunes around and made an immediate return to the Championship, while also setting a new record points total for the third tier. Brentford took the runners-up spot as Mark Warburton enjoyed a highly successful first season as manager, taking the Bees to the second tier for the first time in 21 years. Rotherham United were victorious in the play-offs, repeating their early 2000s feat of earning consecutive promotions from the fourth and third tiers.

Stevenage, whose fortunes had rapidly declined since their play-off appearance two years prior, were relegated in bottom place. Shrewsbury finished second-bottom, only staying ahead of Stevenage on goal difference. Carlisle United finished in third-bottom place, staying clear of the relegation zone for much of the season, but ultimately going down after a terrible end to the season saw them win just 1 of their last 15 matches. Tranmere Rovers, whose season rapidly fell apart after manager Ronnie Moore was suspended (and later sacked) for betting-related offences in February, occupied the final relegation spot and fell into the fourth tier for the first time since 1989.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (C) (P) 46 31 10 5 89 31 +58 103 Promotion to the 2014–15 Football League Championship
2 Brentford (P) 46 28 10 8 72 43 +29 94
3 Leyton Orient 46 25 11 10 85 45 +40 86 Qualification to the League One play-offs
4 Rotherham United (P) 46 24 14 8 86 58 +28 86
5 Preston North End 46 23 16 7 72 46 +26 85
6 Peterborough United 46 23 5 18 72 58 +14 74
7 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 48 46 +2 67
8 Swindon Town 46 19 9 18 63 59 +4 66
9 Port Vale 46 18 7 21 59 73 −14 61
10 Milton Keynes Dons 46 17 9 20 63 65 −2 60
11 Bradford City 46 14 17 15 57 54 +3 59
12 Bristol City 46 13 19 14 70 67 +3 58
13 Walsall 46 14 16 16 49 49 0 58
14 Crawley Town 46 14 15 17 48 54 −6 57
15 Oldham Athletic 46 14 14 18 50 59 −9 56
16 Colchester United 46 13 14 19 53 61 −8 53
17 Gillingham 46 15 8 23 60 79 −19 53
18 Coventry City 46 16 13 17 74 77 −3 051
19 Crewe Alexandra 46 13 12 21 54 80 −26 51
20 Notts County 46 15 5 26 64 77 −13 50
21 Tranmere Rovers (R) 46 12 11 23 52 79 −27 47 Relegation to the 2014–15 Football League Two
22 Carlisle United (R) 46 11 12 23 43 76 −33 45
23 Shrewsbury Town (R) 46 9 15 22 44 65 −21 42
24 Stevenage (R) 46 11 9 26 46 72 −26 42

Updated to games played on 3 May 2014.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification:
Coventry City deducted 10 points for exiting administration without a CVA
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

League Two[edit]

Chesterfield won the League Two title for the second time in three years. Scunthorpe earned an immediate promotion as runners-up; after an uninspiring start under previous manager Brian Laws, the appointment of long-serving coach Russ Wilcox as manager saw them only lose one more match (by which time they had already been promoted) for the rest of the season. Rochdale took the final automatic promotion spot, as Keith Hill quickly brought success in his second spell as manager, earning his second promotion with the club, and only the club's third-ever promotion overall. Fleetwood Town lost out in the race for automatic promotion, but made up for this by winning the play-offs, entering League One for the first time ever.

Portsmouth's 13th placed finish in the fourth tier was the lowest in their history, but it could've been a lot worse as they spent most of the season fighting relegation. An end-of-season run of five wins out of seven boosted them up the table, following the resignation of Richie Barker and appointment of Andy Awford.

Torquay United suffered their second relegation from the Football League, with not even a late revival in form sparing them from another bottom-place finish. Bristol Rovers, who had been continuous members of the Football League since 1920 (and ironically, the last side to finish second-bottom of the League without being relegated) went down on the last day; they had looked the safest of the three sides in danger, but wins for rivals Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers condemned Rovers to the Football Conference for the first time ever.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Chesterfield (C) (P) 46 23 15 8 71 40 +31 84 Promotion to the 2014–15 Football League One
2 Scunthorpe United (P) 46 20 21 5 68 44 +24 81
3 Rochdale (P) 46 24 9 13 69 48 +21 81
4 Fleetwood Town (P) 46 22 10 14 66 52 +14 76 Qualification to the League Two play-offs
5 Southend United 46 19 15 12 56 39 +17 72
6 Burton Albion 46 19 15 12 47 42 +5 72
7 York City 46 18 17 11 52 41 +11 71
8 Oxford United 46 16 14 16 53 50 +3 62
9 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 15 15 16 53 59 −6 60
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 16 12 18 51 58 −7 60
11 Mansfield Town 46 15 15 16 49 58 −9 60
12 Bury 46 13 20 13 59 51 +8 59
13 Portsmouth 46 14 17 15 56 66 −10 59
14 Newport County 46 14 16 16 56 59 −3 58
15 Accrington Stanley 46 14 15 17 54 56 −2 57
16 Exeter City 46 14 13 19 54 57 −3 55
17 Cheltenham Town 46 13 16 17 53 63 −10 55
18 Morecambe 46 13 15 18 52 64 −12 54
19 Hartlepool United 46 14 11 21 50 56 −6 53
20 AFC Wimbledon 46 14 14 18 49 57 −8 053
21 Northampton Town 46 13 14 19 42 57 −15 53
22 Wycombe Wanderers 46 12 14 20 46 54 −8 50
23 Bristol Rovers (R) 46 12 14 20 43 54 −11 50 Relegation to the 2014–15 Conference Premier
24 Torquay United (R) 46 12 9 25 42 66 −24 45

Updated to games played on 3 May 2014.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification:
AFC Wimbledon deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

League Cup[edit]

F.A. Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013–14 FA Cup

Football Conference[edit]

Luton Town comfortably won the Conference National's automatic promotion spot, ending their five-year exile from the Football League. Cambridge United fell short after battling with Luton for the title during the majority of the season, but ultimately won promotion through the play-offs, returning to the League after nine years in the Conference.

At the bottom of the table, Hyde were relegated after a truly awful season in which they won just one game and recorded the Conference National's lowest-ever points total. Tamworth were relegated back to the Conference South after five years. Initially, Dartford and Chester were relegated after two seasons and one season respectively in the Conference Premier. However, both clubs were reprieved from relegation as a result of Hereford United being expelled from the Football Conference and Salisbury City being relegated one division, in both cases due to financial problems.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Luton Town (C) (P) 46 30 11 5 102 35 +67 101 Promotion to the 2014–15 League Two
2 Cambridge United (P) 46 23 13 10 72 35 +37 82 Qualification to the Conference Premier Playoffs
3 Gateshead 46 22 13 11 72 50 +22 79
4 Grimsby Town 46 22 12 12 65 46 +19 78
5 F.C. Halifax Town 46 22 11 13 85 58 +27 77
6 Braintree Town 46 21 11 14 57 39 +18 74
7 Kidderminster Harriers 46 20 12 14 66 59 +7 72
8 Barnet 46 19 13 14 58 53 +5 70
9 Woking 46 20 8 18 66 69 −3 68
10 Forest Green Rovers 46 19 10 17 80 66 +14 67
11 Alfreton Town 46 21 7 18 69 74 −5 067
12 Salisbury City (R) 46 19 10 17 58 63 −5 67 Relegation to the 2014–15 Conference South
13 Nuneaton Town 46 18 12 16 54 60 −6 66
14 Lincoln City 46 17 14 15 60 59 +1 65
15 Macclesfield Town 46 18 7 21 62 63 −1 61
16 Welling United 46 16 12 18 59 61 −2 60
17 Wrexham 46 16 11 19 61 61 0 59
18 Southport 46 14 11 21 53 71 −18 53
19 Aldershot Town 46 16 13 17 69 62 +7 051
20 Hereford United (R) 46 13 12 21 44 63 −19 51 Relegation to the 2014–15 Southern League
21 Chester 46 12 15 19 49 70 −21 51
22 Dartford 46 12 8 26 49 74 −25 44
23 Tamworth (R) 46 10 9 27 43 81 −38 39 Relegation to the 2014–15 Conference North/South
24 Hyde (R) 46 1 7 38 38 119 −81 10

Updated to games played on 26 April 2014.
Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification:
Aldershot Town deducted ten points for entering administration
‡ Alfreton Town deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player
(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.

Women's football[edit]

Women's Super League[edit]

Main article: 2013 FA WSL
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Liverpool 14 12 0 2 46 19 +27 36 2014–15 UEFA Women's Champions League
2 Bristol Academy 14 10 1 3 30 20 +10 31
3 Arsenal 14 10 3 1 31 11 +20 030
4 Birmingham City 14 5 3 6 16 21 −5 18
5 Everton 14 4 3 7 23 30 −7 15
6 Lincoln Ladies 14 2 4 8 10 15 −5 10
7 Chelsea 14 3 1 10 20 27 −7 10
8 Doncaster Rovers Belles (R) 14 1 3 10 9 42 −33 06††

Updated to games played on 29 September 2013.
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification:
: Arsenal were deducted 3 points for fielding an unregistered player[1]
††: Doncaster Rovers Belles relegated to the Super League Second Division on financial grounds.
(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.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Doncaster Rovers Wales Flynn, BrianBrian Flynn End of contract 3 May 2013[2] Pre-season Scotland Dickov, PaulPaul Dickov 20 May 2013[3]
Millwall Wales Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett Resigned 7 May 2013[4] Northern Ireland Lomas, SteveSteve Lomas 6 June 2013[5]
Stoke City Wales Pulis, TonyTony Pulis Mutual Consent 21 May 2013[6] Wales Hughes, MarkMark Hughes 30 May 2013[7]
Chelsea Spain Benítez, RafaelRafael Benítez End of interim contract 27 May 2013[8] Portugal Mourinho, JoséJosé Mourinho 3 June 2013[9]
Wigan Athletic Spain Martínez, RobertoRoberto Martínez Resigned 28 May 2013[10] Scotland Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle 14 June 2013[11]
Sheffield United England Morgan, ChrisChris Morgan End of caretaker tenure 10 June 2013 Scotland Weir, DavidDavid Weir 10 June 2013[12]
Brighton & Hove Albion Uruguay Poyet, GusGus Poyet Sacked 23 June 2013[13] Spain García Junyent, ÓscarÓscar García Junyent 26 June 2013[14]
Everton Scotland Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes End of contract 1 July 2013[15] Spain Martínez, RobertoRoberto Martínez 5 June 2013[16]
Manchester United Scotland Ferguson, Sir AlexSir Alex Ferguson Retired 1 July 2013[17] Scotland Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes 1 July 2013[15]
Swindon Town Scotland MacDonald, KevinKevin MacDonald Mutual consent 13 July 2013[18] England Cooper, MarkMark Cooper 20 August 2013[19]
Gateshead England Smith, AnthAnth Smith Resigned 18 August 2013[20] 21st England Mills, GaryGary Mills 3 September 2013[21]
Carlisle United England Abbott, GregGreg Abbott Sacked 9 September 2013[22] 22nd Republic of Ireland Kavanagh, GrahamGraham Kavanagh 30 September 2013[23]
Sunderland Italy Di Canio, PaoloPaolo Di Canio Sacked 22 September 2013[24] 20th Uruguay Poyet, GusGus Poyet 8 October 2013[25]
Derby County England Clough, NigelNigel Clough Sacked 28 September 2013[26] 14th England McClaren, SteveSteve McClaren 30 September 2013[27]
Sheffield United Scotland Weir, DavidDavid Weir Sacked 11 October 2013[28] 22nd England Clough, NigelNigel Clough 23 October 2013[29]
Gillingham England Allen, MartinMartin Allen Sacked 13 October 2013[30] 17th England Taylor, PeterPeter Taylor 14 October 2013[31]
Bury England Blackwell, KevinKevin Blackwell Sacked 14 October 2013[32] 21st England Jepson, RonnieRonnie Jepson 25 October 2013[33]
Middlesbrough England Mowbray, TonyTony Mowbray Mutual consent 21 October 2013[34] 16th Spain Karanka, AitorAitor Karanka 13 November 2013[35]
Crystal Palace England Holloway, IanIan Holloway Mutual consent 23 October 2013[36] 19th Wales Pulis, TonyTony Pulis 23 November 2013[37]
Notts County England Kiwomya, ChrisChris Kiwomya Mutual consent 27 October 2013[38] 24th England Derry, ShaunShaun Derry 6 November 2013[39]
Portsmouth England Whittingham, GuyGuy Whittingham Sacked 25 November 2013[40] 17th England Richie Barker 9 December 2013[41]
Crawley Town England Richie Barker Sacked 27 November 2013[42] 12th England John Gregory 3 December 2013[43]
Bristol City Republic of Ireland Sean O'Driscoll Sacked 28 November 2013[44] 22nd England Cotterill, SteveSteve Cotterill 3 December 2013[45]
Barnsley England Flitcroft, DavidDavid Flitcroft Sacked 30 November 2013[46] 24th Northern Ireland Wilson, DannyDanny Wilson 17 December 2013[47]
Sheffield Wednesday England Jones, DaveDave Jones Sacked 1 December 2013[48] 23rd England Gray, StuartStuart Gray 25 January 2014
Fulham Netherlands Jol, MartinMartin Jol Sacked 1 December 2013[49] 18th Netherlands Meulensteen, RenéRené Meulensteen 1 December 2013[49]
Wigan Athletic Republic of Ireland Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle Sacked 2 December 2013[50] 14th Germany Rösler, UweUwe Rösler 7 December 2013[51]
Brentford Germany Rösler, UweUwe Rösler Signed by Wigan Athletic 7 December 2013[51] 4th England Mark Warburton 10 December 2013[52]
Bury England Jepson, RonnieRonnie Jepson End of contract 9 December 2013[53] 20th England Flitcroft, DavidDavid Flitcroft 9 December 2013[54]
West Bromwich Albion Scotland Clarke, SteveSteve Clarke Sacked 14 December 2013[55] 16th Spain Mel, PepePepe Mel 9 January 2014[56]
Tottenham Hotspur Portugal Villas-Boas, AndréAndré Villas-Boas Sacked 16 December 2013[57] 7th England Sherwood, TimTim Sherwood 23 December 2013[58]
Watford Italy Zola, GianfrancoGianfranco Zola Resigned 16 December 2013[59] 13th Italy Sannino, GiuseppeGiuseppe Sannino 18 December 2013[60]
Northampton Town England Boothroyd, AidyAidy Boothroyd Sacked 21 December 2013[61] 24th England Wilder, ChrisChris Wilder 27 January 2014[62]
Millwall Northern Ireland Lomas, SteveSteve Lomas Sacked 26 December 2013[63] 20th England Holloway, IanIan Holloway[64] 9 January 2014
Cardiff City Scotland Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay Sacked 27 December 2013[65] 16th Norway Solskjær, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær[66] 2 January 2014
Torquay United Wales Knill, AlanAlan Knill Sacked 2 January 2014[67] 23rd England Hargreaves, ChrisChris Hargreaves 6 January 2014[68]
Blackpool England Ince, PaulPaul Ince Sacked 21 January 2014[69] 14th Belgium Riga, JoséJosé Riga 11 June 2014[70]
Shrewsbury Town England Turner, GrahamGraham Turner Resigned 21 January 2014[71] 21st England Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 22 January 2014
Oxford United England Wilder, ChrisChris Wilder Signed by Northampton Town 27 January 2014[62] 6th England Waddock, GaryGary Waddock 22 March 2014[72]
Swansea City Denmark Laudrup, MichaelMichael Laudrup Sacked 4 February 2014[73] 12th England Monk, GarryGarry Monk 7 May 2014[74]
Fulham Netherlands Meulensteen, RenéRené Meulensteen Sacked 14 February 2014[75] 20th Germany Magath, FelixFelix Magath 14 February 2014
Charlton Athletic England Powell, ChrisChris Powell Sacked 11 March 2014[76] 24th Belgium Riga, JoséJosé Riga 11 March 2014
Nottingham Forest Scotland Davies, BillyBilly Davies Sacked 24 March 2014[77] 7th England Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce[78] 1 July 2014
Portsmouth England Barker, RichieRichie Barker Sacked 27 March 2014[79] 22nd England Awford, AndyAndy Awford 1 May 2014[80]
Bristol Rovers England Ward, JohnJohn Ward Became Director of Football 28 March 2014[81] 20th England Clarke, DarrellDarrell Clarke 28 March 2014
Norwich City Republic of Ireland Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton Sacked 6 April 2014[82] 17th England Adams, NeilNeil Adams 6 April 2014
Tranmere Rovers England Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore Sacked 9 April 2014[83][84] 19th Wales Edwards, RobRob Edwards 27 May 2014[85]
Manchester United Scotland Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes Sacked 22 April 2014[86] 7th Netherlands Gaal, Louis vanLouis van Gaal 19 May 2014[87]

Transfers[edit]

List of English football transfers summer 2013

Diary of the season[edit]

  • 2 August: Coventry City are deducted ten points for exiting administration without a Company Voluntary Agreement.[88] Later that day, Sheffield United beat Notts County 2-1 in the first match of the season.[89]
  • 5 August: The first League Cup match of the season sees League One side Preston North End defeat Championship opponents (and local rivals) Blackpool 1-0. However there was a pitch invasion during which a steward was severely injured after accidentally being trampled by a police horse.[90]
  • 9 August: Hull City A.F.C. chairman Assem Allam announced plans to change the club name to Hull City Tigers for domestic football and Hull Tigers internationally.[91]
  • 11 August: The 2013 FA Community Shield features both competing teams, Manchester United and Wigan Athletic, having new managers (David Moyes and Owen Coyle respectively) taking charge of their teams for the first time in a competitive fixture. Manchester United are ultimately victorious thanks to two goals from Robin van Persie.[92]
  • 17 August: The first Premier League fixture of the season sees Liverpool defeat Stoke City 1-0. Later that day Aston Villa defeat Arsenal 3-1, before Manchester United top the table after beating Swansea City 4-1 in the day's final fixture, and David Moyes's first Premier League game as United manager.[93]
  • 18 August: José Mourinho makes a winning return as Chelsea manager as his side defeat Hull City 2-0 in what, coincidentally, is a repeat of the sides' first fixture in Hull's last Premier League campaign in 2009-10.[94]
  • 31 August: August ends with Chelsea looking to repeat their success during Mourinho's first spell in charge, as they lead the Premiership table. Manchester City are second on goal difference, but have played one game more than Liverpool and Tottenham, both of whom play their matches for this matchweek on 1 September. Stoke City, Manchester United (with a game in hand) and West Ham United complete the top seven, while pointless Swansea City are joined in the relegation zone by Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.[95] In the Championship, Blackpool and QPR hold the top two spots at the end of August, while Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Bournemouth stand in the play-off places. Bolton Wanderers prop up the table, along with Millwall and Yeovil Town.[96]
  • 1 September: Tottenham and Wales winger Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid for a reported world record fee of £85 million.[97]
  • 30 September: September ends with an Arsenal side leading the table, while Liverpool are leading Tottenham in second by virtue of goals scored. Everton, Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City complete the top seven, while reigning champions Manchester United stand twelfth with only seven points from six games, their worst start in 23 years. Sunderland are bottom of the Premiership with only one point out of a possible 21 obtained, followed by Crystal Palace and Fulham. In the Championship, QPR continue to lead the division; Burnley, who sold Charlie Austin to QPR over the summer, are second. Leicester, Watford, Nottingham Forest and Reading complete the top six. At the opposite end of the table, Barnsley are now bottom but are only below Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference.
  • 11 October: England defeat Montenegro 4-1 at Wembley in their penultimate 2014 World Cup qualifying match, with Tottenham winger Andros Townsend scoring on his international debut. The result means that England are now top of their qualifying group and guaranteed to at least make the play-offs (and eliminates Montenegro, barring a certain set of results in the final set of matches), but Ukraine's win the same day means that should England fail to defeat Poland in four days time, they will would enter the play-offs if Ukraine defeat San Marino.[98]
  • 15 October: England secure automatic qualification for the World Cup, beating Poland 2-0 at Wembley.[99]
  • 31 October: Arsenal remain top of the Premiership as October closes with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham in second, third and fourth respectively. Everton and Southampton are in fifth and sixth respectively, while the two Manchester clubs, City and United, stand in seventh and eighth respectively. Sunderland have moved off the bottom of the Premiership table at the expense of managerless Crystal Palace but remain in the relegation zone, joined by Norwich City. Burnley lead the Championship, followed by Leicester City. QPR, Blackpool, Reading and Nottingham Forest stand in the play-off places. Sheffield Wednesday, the only team in the Football League without a league win this season, are bottom of the Championship and are joined in the relegation zone by Yeovil (22nd) and Barnsley (23rd).
  • 1 November: Tranmere Rovers midfielder Joe Thompson is diagnosed with nodular sclerosing Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer.[100]
  • 2 November: Manchester City record their biggest ever Premier League victory after beating Norwich 7-0 with the goals scored by seven different scorers.[101]
  • 5 November: Manchester City qualify for the knock-out rounds of the Champions League for the first time, after a 5-2 victory over CSKA Moscow.[102]
  • 28 November: The arrests of six men involved in an alleged football betting syndicate is revealed in the 2013 English match fixing scandal.[103]
  • 30 November: At the end of November, Premier League leaders Arsenal have opened up a seven-point gap between them and joint-second Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton, thanks in part to Liverpool and Chelsea's next fixtures falling on the first of December. Newcastle United stand in fifth, ahead of Manchester City and Southampton. Crystal Palace and Sunderland remain the bottom two clubs and are joined in the drop zone by Fulham.[104] In the Championship, Leicester hold a three-point lead over Burnley, while the play-off and relegation spots remain unchanged from the end of November, although Barnsley have now dropped below Sheffield Wednesday to the foot of the table on goal difference.[105]
  • 29 December: As 2013 closes second-placed Manchester City have whittled Arsenal's lead at the top of the Premier League to one point; Chelsea are themselves one point behind City. Everton are in fourth, ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool. Manchester United are in sixth, ahead of a Tottenham Hotspur side with new manager Tim Sherwood. Sunderland remain bottom, while Crystal Palace have climbed clear of the relegation zone at the expense of West Ham, who are sandwiched by Fulham.[106] Leicester City remain top of the Championship, four points ahead of Derby County and Burnley. At the other end of the table, Millwall and Doncaster Rovers are ahead of Sheffield Wednesday, who have climbed to 22nd with a game in hand and a superior goal difference over their nearest rivals. Yeovil and Barnsley are below them.[107]
  • 31 January: January ends with Manchester City at the top of the league, leading Arsenal by a point. Chelsea remain in third, while Liverpool have climbed back into the top four, followed by Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Sunderland have moved out of the relegation zone and are replaced at the foot of the table by Cardiff City.[108] Leicester remain leaders of the Championship, eight points clear of QPR and eleven of Burnley, although both have a game in hand. Derby County sit in the play-off zone, with Nottingham Forest and Reading in 5th and 6th. Charlton Athletic, Barnsley and Yeovil Town make up the relegation zone.[109]
  • 31 January: The protracted takeover of Leeds United is announced as completed by current owners GFH Capital. Prospective new owner Massimo Cellino promptly sacks club manager Brian McDermott. However before the day is out, reports surface that not only is Cellino not officially the owner, but also that he has no right to sack McDermott, who is then reinstated as manager.[110] The following day Leeds United, without a win in 5 games, and without manager Brian McDermott at the ground, after he was advised by the LMA not to attend, destroy local rivals Huddersfield Town 5-1, amidst mass protests from the fans over the handling of the takeover.[111]
  • 28 February: Chelsea stand top of the Premier League at the end of February, a point ahead of second-placed Arsenal. Manchester City are third with a game in hand and Liverpool are fourth and looking to return to the Champions League after an absence of four seasons as they stand six points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United and Everton are even further behind and their seasons appear to be a challenge to qualify for the Europa League. Sunderland have moved back into the relegation zone, but with a game in hand over West Brom. Cardiff have climbed off the bottom at the expense of Fulham.[112] Leicester have maintained their eight-point lead in the Championship, only now it is ahead of Burnley; QPR have endured a poor run of form and have fallen five points behind fourth-placed Derby. The rest of the top six and the entire bottom three is unchanged from the end of January.[113]
  • 2 March: Manchester City defeat Sunderland 3-1 in the League Cup final, winning the first major trophy of the season, and the club's first trophy since Manuel Pellegrini took over as manager.[citation needed]
  • 22 March: Arsene Wenger's 1000th match in charge of Arsenal is marred not only by a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of league leaders Chelsea, but by a bizarre incident in which Kieran Gibbs is mistakenly sent off for a handball committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.[citation needed]
  • 31 March: Liverpool have retaken the lead at the top of the Premier League, following slip-ups by their rivals. Chelsea are two points behind in second place. Manchester City are four points behind Liverpool, with two games in hand, but are yet to play Liverpool at Anfield in what many pundits are already predicting will be the title decider. Arsenal have slipped down to fourth place after a terrible month, and are now in danger of being overtaken by fifth-place Everton, who are four points behind with a game in hand. Tottenham Hotspur occupy sixth place, which is now guaranteed to be the final European spot available through the league, with Manchester United two points behind them. Fulham remain bottom, and Cardiff have overtaken Sunderland; the Mackems have two games in hand over the Welsh side, but are four points adrift of West Bromwich Albion with only one game in hand.[114] In the Championship, Leicester City and Burnley have broken clear of the chasing pack, with Leicester being six points ahead of Burnley, who in turn are nine points clear of QPR. Derby and Reading continue to occupy the play-off spots, and are now joined by Wigan Athletic, who have overtaken Nottingham Forest. At the other end, Yeovil Town and Barnsley are still stuck in the relegation places, now joined by Millwall, while fourth-bottom Charlton have several games in hand on the bottom three, who could potentially be cut adrift.[115]
  • 5 April: Leicester City become the first club in the Football League to earn promotion this season, as a result of their victory the previous day combined with defeats for promotion rivals QPR and Derby County. The Foxes return to the Premier League after a 10-year absence, during which time they also spent a season in the third tier. England's hopes in the World Cup are dealt a blow when Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez is stretchered off with a ruptured cruciate ligament during his side's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.[citation needed]
  • 6 April: Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League with a hard fought 2-1 victory over West Ham, whilst Everton, whose manager Roberto Martinez promised to deliver Champions League football to Goodison Park, sees his side destroy Arsenal 3-0 with a ruthless display of attacking football. Arsenal still occupy the last Champions League spot, but the gap is now down to a single point, and Everton still have a game in hand.[citation needed]
  • 7 April: Amidst stories he is to be replaced as manager at the end if the season, Tim Sherwood leads Spurs to a 5-1 victory over Sunderland, leaving the visitors adrift at the bottom of the table, but restoring Spurs to 6th place above Manchester United, in the race for a Europa League place.[116]
  • 12 April: Championship side Wigan Athletic take Arsenal all the way to penalties at Wembley in the first FA Cup semi final. Wigan had taken the lead early in the second half only to see Arsenal grab a late equaliser. After a goalless extra time, Wigan missed their first two penalties, and Arsenal went through.[citation needed]
  • 13 April: League One side Sheffield United push Premier League Hull City all the way, leading twice in the second FA Cup semi, before finally succumbing 5-3. Hull will play Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.[citation needed]
  • 16 April: Sunderland get a valuable point away from home in a 2-2 draw against title chasing Manchester City, a result which could both help them stay up, and prevent their opponents winning the league. On the same day, Crystal Palace secure their Premier League status with a shock 3-2 win away against Champions League chasing Everton, guaranteeing their highest league finish since 1992. The result leaves Everton in 5th, just a point behind Arsenal.[citation needed]
  • 18 April: Young West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides loses his fight against testicular cancer. The club, as a mark of respect, retire his no. 29 shirt. Brentford become the second Football League club to confirm a promotion after a win over divisional rivals Preston, coupled with defeats for Leyton Orient and Rotherham sees them promoted to the Championship.[117]
  • 19 April: On a busy Easter weekend of fixtures, Sunderland, just 3 days after drawing against Manchester City, pull off one of the biggest shocks of the season, condemning Jose Mourinho to his first ever Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge as they beat Chelsea 2-1. The result sees Liverpool maintain their lead at the top of the table, with a game in hand as well. To make matters worse for Chelsea, the winning goal is scored by Liverpool's on-loan striker Fabio Borini.[citation needed]
  • 20 April: Liverpool extend their lead over Chelsea at the top of the Premier league to five points, after winning 3-2 at Carrow Road against a relegation threatened Norwich City, in a game which sees Luis Suarez score his 30th Premier League goal of the season - the first player to do this in 14 years. This moves Liverpool closer to their first league title since 1990. In a preview of the FA Cup final, Arsenal win 3-0 at Hull, in a game which sees them maintain their grip on 4th place and a Champions League qualification spot. David Moyes has an unhappy return to Goodison Park, as Everton complete a league double over Manchester United for the first time in 44 years with a 2-0 victory. The result sees Everton keep up the pressure on 4th placed Arsenal in the race for a Champions League spot, with the gap just a single point. Manchester United's hopes of European football take a blow, as defeat leaves them 6 points off Spurs, who occupy the last European place.[citation needed]
  • 22 April: David Moyes is sacked as Manchester United manager, two days after a 2-0 defeat to his previous club, Everton. United are now seventh in the league and have no chance of a Champions League place after qualifying for 18 years in succession, and are also in danger of missing out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years. United veteran Ryan Giggs is appointed caretaker manager for the final four games, with the aim of at least beating Spurs to the final Europa League spot.[118]
  • 27 April: Luis Suárez is named the 2014 PFA Players' Player of the Year.[119]
  • 3 May: Sunderland's victory over Manchester United relegates Fulham and Cardiff - who both experienced three-goal defeats by Stoke and Newcastle respectively - and also leaves Norwich City in serious danger of relegation, as they are three points behind Sunderland with a vastly inferior goal difference. United's defeat also means that unless they take maximum points from their remaining two fixtures and Spurs lose their final match, they will not even qualify for the Europa League this year.[120] In the Football League's final day of action, most of the promotion and play-off spots have already been decided, but the last play-off spot in the Championship and the last relegation spot in all three divisions remain to be decided. Ultimately, Brighton take the Championship's final play-off spot, while Doncaster are relegated following a late equalizer for Birmingham in their match, Tranmere are relegated from League One after losing to Bradford City (along with Carlisle United, who were technically not relegated until today, but would have needed an infeasibly large win against league leaders Wolves to stay up), while Bristol Rovers, who had never been in the relegation zone at any point in the season prior to this day, are relegated to the Football Conference after a loss to Mansfield combined with wins for relegation rivals Northampton and Wycombe.[121]
  • 11 May: Manchester City seal the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over West Ham. They managed to score 102 goals over the season, second only to Chelsea's 103 in 2009-2010. They won it deservedly, without the drama of 2012, but with the same satisfaction and euphoria. Liverpool's title challenge finally succumbed, although they defeated Newcastle, coming from behind to finish second. Tottenham take the consolation Europa League place, which means that Manchester United begin next season without European football, for the first time in the Premier League era. Norwich's relegation is confirmed with a 2-0 loss against Arsenal.[citation needed]
  • 17 May: Arsenal win the FA Cup for the 11th time, matching Manchester United's record, with a 3-2 win over first time finalists Hull City in extra time after the Humberside club took a 2-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes of its first ever major final. It is Arsenal's first major trophy for nine years and their eighth in 18 years under the management of Arsene Wenger.[122]
  • 19 May: Louis van Gaal is confirmed as manager of Manchester United on a three-year contract, making him the first foreign manager of the club. Former interim manager Ryan Giggs is named as his assistant, and confirms his retirement as a player at the age of 40 after nearly a quarter of a century during which he played 963 games and won an English record of 22 major trophies.[87][123]

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