2014–15 in English football

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Football in England
Season 2014–15
Community Shield Arsenal
2013–14 England 0000

The 2014–15 season will be the 135th season of competitive association football in England.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

League Promoted to league Relegated from league[1]
Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two

National teams[edit]

England national football team[edit]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
 Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
 England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Slovenia Switzerland Lithuania Estonia San Marino
1  England 4 4 0 0 11 1 +10 12 Advance to final tournament 3–1 8 Sep '15 27 Mar '15 9 Oct '15 5–0
2  Slovenia 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6 14 Jun '15 1–0 9 Oct '15 8 Sep '15 27 Mar '15
3  Switzerland 4 2 0 2 8 3 +5 6 Final tournament or play-offs 0–2 5 Sep '15 4–0 27 Mar '15 9 Oct '15
4  Lithuania 4 2 0 2 3 6 −3 6 12 Oct '15 0–2 14 Jun '15 1–0 8 Sep '15
5  Estonia 4 1 1 2 1 2 −1 4 0–1 1–0 12 Oct '15 5 Sep '15 14 Jun '15
6  San Marino 4 0 1 3 0 11 −11 1 5 Sep '15 12 Oct '15 0–4 0–2 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 November 2014. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

International Friendlies[edit]

England women's national football team[edit]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 10 0 0 52 1 +51 30 Women's World Cup
2  Ukraine 10 7 1 2 34 9 +25 22 Play-offs
3  Wales 10 6 1 3 18 9 +9 19
4  Turkey 10 4 0 6 12 31 −19 12
5  Belarus 10 2 0 8 12 31 −19 6
6  Montenegro 10 0 0 10 6 53 −47 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

League season[edit]

Premier League[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea 16 12 3 1 36 13 +23 39 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 17 12 3 2 36 14 +22 39
3 Manchester United 17 9 5 3 30 18 +12 32
4 West Ham United 17 9 4 4 29 19 +10 31 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
5 Southampton 17 9 2 6 28 13 +15 29 Qualification to UEFA Europa League group stage
6 Arsenal 17 7 6 4 30 21 +9 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 8 3 6 22 23 −1 27
8 Swansea City 17 7 4 6 22 19 +3 25
9 Newcastle United 17 6 5 6 18 23 −5 23
10 Liverpool 17 6 4 7 21 24 −3 22
11 Everton 17 5 6 6 27 27 0 21
12 Aston Villa 17 5 5 7 11 21 −10 20
13 Stoke City 16 5 4 7 18 21 −3 19
14 Sunderland 17 3 10 4 15 24 −9 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 17 4 5 8 17 23 −6 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 5 2 10 20 32 −12 17
17 Crystal Palace 17 3 6 8 19 27 −8 15
18 Burnley 17 3 6 8 12 26 −14 15 Relegation to Football League Championship
19 Hull City 17 2 7 8 15 24 −9 13
20 Leicester City 17 2 4 11 15 29 −14 10
Updated to match(es) played on 21 December 2014. Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Football League Championship[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bournemouth 22 12 6 4 50 25 +25 42 Promotion to Premier League
2 Ipswich Town 22 11 8 3 34 20 +14 41
3 Brentford 22 12 4 6 37 29 +8 40 Qualification to Championship play-offs[a]
4 Middlesbrough 22 11 6 5 35 17 +18 39
5 Derby County 22 11 6 5 40 23 +17 39
6 Watford 22 11 5 6 39 23 +16 38
7 Norwich City 22 9 7 6 37 26 +11 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 9 7 6 34 31 +3 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 7 10 5 32 27 +5 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 8 7 7 25 32 −7 31
11 Cardiff City 22 8 6 8 29 30 −1 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 6 12 4 23 24 −1 30
13 Fulham 22 8 4 10 35 39 −4 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 6 10 6 16 21 −5 28
15 Birmingham City 22 7 7 8 24 32 −8 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 7 5 10 23 28 −5 26
17 Reading 22 7 4 11 26 37 −11 25
18 Leeds United 22 6 6 10 25 32 −7 24
19 Rotherham United 22 5 9 8 18 27 −9 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 6 6 10 27 39 −12 24
21 Millwall 22 5 8 9 23 32 −9 23
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 3 10 9 22 30 −8 19 Relegation to Football League One
23 Wigan Athletic 22 3 8 11 22 30 −8 17
24 Blackpool 22 2 7 13 17 39 −22 13
Updated to match(es) played on 20 December 2014. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Premier League.

Football League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bristol City 21 12 6 3 37 20 +17 42 Promotion to Football League Championship
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 12 5 3 47 19 +28 41
3 Swindon Town 21 12 5 4 39 21 +18 41 Qualification to League One play-offs[a]
4 Preston North End 21 12 5 4 34 20 +14 41
5 Sheffield United 21 9 6 6 27 24 +3 33
6 Rochdale 21 9 4 8 38 27 +11 31
7 Notts County 20 8 7 5 27 22 +5 31
8 Bradford City 21 8 6 7 28 26 +2 30
9 Peterborough United 21 9 3 9 28 26 +2 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 7 9 5 28 31 −3 30
11 Chesterfield 21 7 7 7 29 29 0 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 7 6 8 21 20 +1 27
13 Walsall 21 6 9 6 19 18 +1 27
14 Barnsley 21 7 5 9 32 34 −2 26
15 Port Vale 21 7 5 9 27 30 −3 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 7 5 8 21 27 −6 26
17 Coventry City 21 6 7 8 24 29 −5 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 6 5 9 26 35 −9 23
19 Gillingham 21 5 7 9 24 31 −7 22
20 Crawley Town 21 5 7 9 20 32 −12 22
21 Colchester United 21 5 5 11 26 38 −12 20 Relegation to Football League Two
22 Yeovil Town 21 5 5 11 18 31 −13 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 4 7 10 25 33 −8 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 5 4 12 17 39 −22 19
Updated to match(es) played on 20 December 2014. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.

Football League Two[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 12 6 3 36 19 +17 42 Promotion to Football League One
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 12 4 5 31 15 +16 40
3 Luton Town 21 12 4 5 26 15 +11 40
4 Burton Albion 22 12 4 6 30 23 +7 40 Qualification to League Two play-offs[a]
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 11 4 6 28 13 +15 37
6 Southend United 21 10 5 6 22 19 +3 35
7 Newport County 21 9 7 5 30 24 +6 34
8 Exeter City 22 9 7 6 30 27 +3 34
9 Bury 21 9 4 8 30 27 +3 31
10 Morecambe 21 9 3 9 23 22 +1 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 9 3 9 32 35 −3 30
12 Cambridge United 21 8 5 8 32 25 +7 29
13 Stevenage 21 8 4 9 28 29 −1 28
14 Portsmouth 21 7 6 8 25 26 −1 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 7 6 8 27 30 −3 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 7 5 9 17 25 −8 26
17 Oxford United 21 6 7 8 23 26 −3 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 6 7 8 20 30 −10 25
19 Northampton Town 21 7 3 11 30 32 −2 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 6 3 12 25 34 −9 21
21 Carlisle United 21 6 3 12 27 40 −13 21
22 York City 21 3 11 7 22 28 −6 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 4 7 10 21 27 −6 19 Relegation to Conference Premier
24 Hartlepool United 21 3 4 14 15 39 −24 13
Updated to match(es) played on 20 December 2014. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

Conference Premier[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Barnet 26 17 4 5 58 23 +35 55 Promotion to Football League Two
2 Macclesfield Town 26 13 9 4 36 21 +15 48 Qualification to Conference Premier play-offs[a]
3 Bristol Rovers 26 12 10 4 31 22 +9 46
4 Grimsby Town 25 12 8 5 41 20 +21 44
5 Woking 26 12 6 8 42 29 +13 42
6 Halifax Town 25 12 5 8 38 26 +12 41
7 Kidderminster Harriers 25 11 7 7 34 26 +8 40
8 Torquay United 26 11 6 9 45 36 +9 39
9 Eastleigh 23 11 6 6 41 33 +8 39
10 Gateshead 25 10 9 6 41 35 +6 39
11 Forest Green Rovers[b] 26 10 11 5 35 28 +7 38
12 Wrexham 25 9 7 9 30 30 0 34
13 Lincoln City 24 9 6 9 39 39 0 33
14 Dover Athletic 25 9 6 10 35 36 −1 33
15 Chester 25 10 3 12 32 43 −11 33
16 Welling United 26 8 8 10 32 34 −2 32
17 Braintree Town 25 9 3 13 26 26 0 30
18 Aldershot Town 25 8 6 11 27 31 −4 30
19 Altrincham 26 8 6 12 29 46 −17 30
20 Southport 24 7 6 11 27 39 −12 27
21 Dartford 25 5 8 12 26 39 −13 23 Relegation to Conference North/South
22 Alfreton Town 26 7 2 17 25 52 −27 23
23 Nuneaton Town 26 5 3 18 21 51 −30 18
24 Telford United 25 3 5 17 31 57 −26 14
Updated to match(es) played on 20 December 2014. Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Two.
  2. ^ Forest Green were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Southport on 9 August 2014.[4]

Managerial changes[edit]

This is a list of changes of managers within English league football:

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment Position in table
at time of appointment
Blackpool Ince, PaulPaul Ince Sacked 21 January 2014[5] 14th (2013–14 season) Riga, JoséJosé Riga 11 June 2014[6] Pre-season
Nottingham Forest Davies, BillyBilly Davies Sacked 24 March 2014[7] 5th (2013–14 season) Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce 1 July 2014[a][8]
Tranmere Rovers Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore Sacked 9 April 2014[b][9] 19th (2013–14 season) Edwards, RobertRobert Edwards 27 May 2014[10]
West Bromwich Albion Mel, PepePepe Mel Mutual consent[11] 12 May 2014[12] Pre-season Irvine, AlanAlan Irvine 14 June 2014[13]
Shrewsbury Town Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Appointed as assistant manager 12 May 2014[14] Mellon, MickyMicky Mellon 12 May 2014[14]
Brighton & Hove Albion Junyent, Óscar GarcíaÓscar García Junyent Resigned 12 May 2014[15] Hyypia, SamiSami Hyypia 6 June 2014[16]
Tottenham Hotspur Sherwood, TimTim Sherwood Sacked[17] 13 May 2014[12] Pochettino, MauricioMauricio Pochettino 27 May 2014[18]
Charlton Athletic Riga, JoséJosé Riga End of contract 27 May 2014[19] Peeters, BobBob Peeters 27 May 2014[20]
Southampton Pochettino, MauricioMauricio Pochettino Signed by Tottenham Hotspur 27 May 2014[18] Koeman, RonaldRonald Koeman 16 June 2014[21]
Leeds United McDermott, BrianBrian McDermott Mutual Consent 31 May 2014[22] Hockaday, DaveDave Hockaday 19 June 2014[23]
Oxford United Waddock, GaryGary Waddock Sacked 4 July 2014[24] Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton 4 July 2014[24]
Huddersfield Town Robins, MarkMark Robins Sacked 10 August 2014[25] 24th Powell, ChrisChris Powell 3 September 2014[26] 21st
Crystal Palace Pulis, TonyTony Pulis Mutual Consent 14 August 2014[27] Pre-season Warnock, NeilNeil Warnock 27 August 2014[28] 18th
Leeds United Hockaday, DaveDave Hockaday Sacked 28 August 2014[29] 21st Milanic, DarkoDarko Milanic 24 September 2014[30] 12th
Watford Sannino, GiuseppeGiuseppe Sannino Resigned 31 August 2014[31] 2nd Junyent, Óscar GarcíaÓscar García Junyent 2 September 2014[32] 2nd
Colchester United Dunne, JoeJoe Dunne Mutual Consent 1 September 2014[33] 23rd Humes, TonyTony Humes 1 September 2014 23rd
Carlisle United Kavanagh, GrahamGraham Kavanagh Sacked 1 September 2014[34] 22nd Curle, KeithKeith Curle 19 September 2014[35] 24th
Accrington Stanley Beattie, JamesJames Beattie Mutual consent 12 September 2014[36] 21st Coleman, JohnJohn Coleman 18 September 2014[37] 20th
Port Vale Adams, MickyMicky Adams Resigned 18 September 2014[38] 23rd Page, RobRob Page 18 September 2014[39][40] 23rd
Cardiff City Solskjær, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær Mutual consent 18 September 2014[41] 17th Slade, RussellRussell Slade 6 October 2014[42] 15th
Fulham Magath, FelixFelix Magath Sacked 18 September 2014[43] 24th Symons, KitKit Symons 29 October 2014
Leyton Orient Slade, RussellRussell Slade Resigned 24 September 2014[44] 17th Milanese, MauroMauro Milanese 26 October 2014
Watford Junyent, Óscar GarcíaÓscar García Junyent Resigned 29 September 2014[45] 4th McKinlay, BillyBilly McKinlay 29 September 2014 4th
Bolton Wanderers Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Mutual consent 3 October 2014[46] 23rd Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon 12 October 2014[47] 24th
Hartlepool United Cooper, ColinColin Cooper Resigned 4 October 2014[48] 24th
Watford McKinlay, BillyBilly McKinlay Sacked 6 October 2014[49] 3rd Jokanovic, SlavisaSlavisa Jokanovic 7 October 2014[50] 3rd
Scunthorpe United Wilcox, RussRuss Wilcox Sacked 8 October 2014[51] 23rd Robins, MarkMark Robins 13 October 2014[52] 23rd
York City Worthington, NigelNigel Worthington Resigned 13 October 2014[53] 22nd Wilcox, RussRuss Wilcox 15 October 2014[54] 22nd
Tranmere Rovers Edwards, RobertRobert Edwards Sacked 13 October 2014[55] 24th Adams, MickyMicky Adams 16 October 2014[56] 24th
Birmingham City Clark, LeeLee Clark Sacked 20 October 2014[57] 21st Rowett, GaryGary Rowett 27 October 2014 23rd
Burton Albion Rowett, GaryGary Rowett Signed by Birmingham City 27 October 2014 3rd Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank 13 November 2014 5th
Blackpool Riga, JoséJosé Riga Sacked 28 October 2014[58] 24th Clark, LeeLee Clark 30 October 2014 24th
Wigan Athletic Uwe Rösler Sacked 13 November 2014 22nd Malky Mackay 19 November 2014 22nd
Cheltenham Town Mark Yates Sacked 25 November 2014 18th Paul Buckle 26 November 2014

Diary of the season[edit]

  • 8 August: Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City play out a 1–1 draw in the opening game of the season, with Kenwyne Jones getting the season's first goal.[59]
  • 16 August: The Premier League's first fixture sees Swansea City inflict a shock 2–1 defeat on Manchester United, in United's first opening day loss since 1972, dealing a blow to hopes that the appointment of Louis van Gaal would immediately turn their fortunes around. Swansea end the day joint-top with Arsenal, who won their own game against Crystal Palace by the same margin.[60]
  • 21 August: Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody is forced to resign from his position after a team investigating accusations of fraud made by his previous club Cardiff City discover numerous e-mails containing apparently racist, homophobic and anti-semetic insults, sent to and from former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay. The discovery also causes Crystal Palace to confirm that they will not appoint Mackay as their new manager, the position having been vacant since the resignation of Tony Pulis a week prior.[61] Later that day, Coventry City confirm that they will return to their former Ricoh Arena ground starting with their home game against Gillingham on 5 September, ending a spell of a little over a year playing at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium due to a rent dispute.[62]
  • 26 August: In a night of surprise results in the League Cup second round, by far the biggest headline is Manchester United's 4–0 thrashing at the hands of League One side Milton Keynes Dons. Three other Premier League sides fall to lower-league opposition, as Burnley are knocked out by Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City by Shrewsbury Town, and West Ham by Sheffield United.[63]
  • 28 August: Wayne Rooney is confirmed as the new England captain, following Steven Gerrard's decision to retire from international football.[64]
  • 31 August: The first month of the Premier League ends with Chelsea leading the table and Swansea and Aston Villa defying pre-season predictions to stand in second and third respectively. Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur complete the top six. Newly-promoted Burnley, having started with three difficult matches, stand at the bottom of the table with one point, behind Crystal Palace due to goals scored and one point behind West Bromwich Albion. Nottingham Forest lead the Championship, a point ahead of Watford and newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers. The other three play-off spots are occupied by Norwich City, Millwall and Charlton Athletic. The relegation zone is occupied by Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Blackpool.
  • 7 September: Scotland push Germany all the way, and come away with huge credit despite losing 2-1 in their European Championship qualifying opener. Ireland have to come from behind to defeat Georgia, and Northern Ireland grab a vital win against Hungary.
  • 8 September: England's European Championship qualifying campaign gets off to the best possible start with a 2-0 away win over the biggest opponents in their group, Switzerland, with new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck scoring both goals.
  • 19 September: Arsenal score three goals inside four minutes to defeat Aston Villa, with new £16m striker Danny Welbeck getting his first goal for the club. Newcastle Utd, whose manager Alan Pardew faced a barrage of protests from fans wanting him out of the club, recover from 2-0 down to claim a point against Hull, with Papiss Cissé coming of the bench to score twice in the final 15 minutes. In the evening game, West Ham score twice in the opening seven minutes on their way to defeating a distinctly below par Liverpool 3-1. In the Championship, Nottingham Forest remain unbeaten at the top after a 0-0 draw with Millwall. Leeds United, who have now claimed 10 points out of 12 under caretaker manager Neil Redfearn, beat local rivals Huddersfield Town 3-0 at Elland Road. Newly promoted Wolves are now just a point behind Forest after another home win, their 3rd in a row, this time, 1-0 over Bolton.
  • 20 September: In a day of surprise results in the Premier League, West Bromwich Albion secure their first win under Alan Irvine, defeating Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane. Leicester, trailing 3-1 with 20 minutes remaining, pull off a miracle comeback to defeat Manchester United 5-3 in front of a full house at the King Power stadium. To round off the day of shocks, a resurgent Crystal Palace defeat Everton at Goodison Park 3-2, despite falling behind 1-0 inside the opening 15 minutes. Frank Lampard, now on loan at Manchester City, scores an 84th minute equaliser against his former club, to give the 10 men of City a point against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
  • 30 September: The month ends with Chelsea continuing to lead the way in the Premier League, three points ahead of early surprise package Southampton. Defending champions Manchester City are a further two points behind Southampton, and a point ahead of a clutch of sides including Arsenal, Swansea and Aston Villa. Burnley and Newcastle United, both of whom are without a single win this season, sit bottom of the table, with Newcastle ahead on goals scored alone. Queens Park Rangers make up the bottom three. In the Championship, Norwich have taken over the top of the table, though Nottingham Forest are unbeaten and behind only on goal difference. Wolves, Watford, Ipswich and Derby occupy the play-off spots. The bottom three remains unchanged from the previous month, with Blackpool bottom and still winless, and Fulham and Bolton Wanderers ahead of them by only one and two points respectively.
  • 31 October: October ends with Chelsea still leading the Premier League, four points ahead of Southampton. Manchester City remain in third, while West Ham United are continuing their shock challenge for Europe and stand in fourth. Arsenal, Swansea and Liverpool are only a few points behind in the European chase. Newcastle United have moved above QPR and out of the relegation zone, at the expense of their northern rivals Sunderland. Winless Burnley remain at the bottom of the table. Derby County have moved to the top of the Championship, though only goal difference is separating them Watford, Norwich and Wolves. Bournemouth and Middlesbrough are only two points behind in fifth and sixth. Although Blackpool have finally obtained a win, they remain bottom of the Championship. Birmingham City have moved below Bolton, while Fulham has escaped the relegation zone thanks to a resurgence under new manager Kit Symons.
  • 12 November: The news that Ched Evans, who was convicted of rape in 2012 and given a two-year prison sentence, is being allowed to train with his former club Sheffield United results in TV presenter Charlie Webster resigning as a club ambassador,[65] and sponsors DBL Logistics threatening to terminate their deal with immediate effect should Evans be offered any form of contract by the club.[66]
  • 10 December: Hereford United, currently playing in the Southern League First Division, is suspened "from all football activity" with immediate effect by the Football Association following failure to respond to questions from an Independent Regulatory Commission.[67] The suspension was lifted the following day, but the club was wound up in the High Court on 19 December.

Clubs dissolved[edit]

Club League Date of Dissolution
Hereford United Southern League Premier Division 19 December 2014

Deaths[edit]

Retirements[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Pearce was announced on as new manager on 3 April, his official tenure began on 1 July
  2. ^ Moore was suspended from his duties for gambling-related offences on 17 February, before being formally dismissed on 9 April. John McMahon managed Tranmere from Moore's suspension until the end of the season.

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