2004–05 FA Premier League

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Premier League
Season 2004–05
Champions Chelsea
1st Premier League title
2nd English title
Relegated Norwich City
Crystal Palace
Southampton
Champions League Chelsea (group stage)
Arsenal (group stage)
Manchester United (third qualifying round)
Everton (third qualifying round)
Liverpool (first qualifying round)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 975 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Thierry Henry (25 goals)
Biggest home win Arsenal 7–0 Everton (11 May 2005)
Biggest away win West Bromwich Albion 0–5 Liverpool
Highest scoring Tottenham Hotspur 4–5 Arsenal (13 November 2004) (9 goals)

The 2004–05 season of the FA Premier League (branded Barclays English Premier League from 2004 to 2007) began on 14 August 2004 and ended on 15 May 2005. Arsenal were the defending champions after going unbeaten the previous season. Chelsea won the title with a record 95 points, securing the title with a 0–2 win at The Reebok Stadium against Bolton Wanderers.

In the domestic cup competitions, Arsenal won the FA Cup after beating holders Manchester United on penalties in the final. Chelsea won the Football League Cup, beating Liverpool (who had defeated holders Middlesbrough in the 4th round) 3–2 after extra time.

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Arsène Wenger Patrick Vieira Nike O2
Aston Villa David O'Leary Olof Mellberg Hummel DWS Investments
Birmingham City Steve Bruce Kenny Cunningham Diadora Flybe.com
Blackburn Rovers Mark Hughes Garry Flitcroft Lonsdale HSA
Bolton Wanderers Sam Allardyce Jay-Jay Okocha Reebok Reebok
Charlton Athletic Alan Curbishley Matt Holland Joma All:Sports
Chelsea José Mourinho John Terry Umbro Fly Emirates
Crystal Palace Iain Dowie Michael Hughes Diadora Churchill
Everton David Moyes David Weir Umbro Chang
Fulham Chris Coleman Lee Clark Puma dabs.com
Liverpool Rafael Benítez Steven Gerrard Reebok Carlsberg
Manchester City Stuart Pearce Sylvain Distin Reebok Thomas Cook
Manchester United Alex Ferguson Roy Keane Nike Vodafone
Middlesbrough Steve McClaren Gareth Southgate Erreà 888.com
Newcastle United Graeme Souness Alan Shearer Adidas Northern Rock
Norwich City Nigel Worthington Craig Fleming Xara Proton
Portsmouth Alain Perrin Arjan De Zeeuw Pompey Sport TY
Southampton Harry Redknapp Nigel Quashie Saints Friends Provident
Tottenham Hotspur Martin Jol Ledley King Kappa Thomson Holidays
West Bromwich Albion Bryan Robson Kevin Campbell Diadora T-Mobile

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 29 8 1 72 15 +57 95 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Arsenal 38 25 8 5 87 36 +51 83
3 Manchester United 38 22 11 5 58 26 +32 77 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Everton 38 18 7 13 45 46 −1 61
5 Liverpool 38 17 7 14 52 41 +11 58 2005–06 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round 1
6 Bolton Wanderers 38 16 10 12 49 44 +5 58 2005–06 UEFA Cup First round 2
7 Middlesbrough 38 14 13 11 53 46 +7 55
8 Manchester City 38 13 13 12 47 39 +8 52
9 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 10 14 47 41 +6 52
10 Aston Villa 38 12 11 15 45 52 −7 47
11 Charlton Athletic 38 12 10 16 42 58 −16 46
12 Birmingham City 38 11 12 15 40 46 −6 45
13 Fulham 38 12 8 18 52 60 −8 44
14 Newcastle United 38 10 14 14 47 57 −10 44 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 9 15 14 32 43 −11 42
16 Portsmouth 38 10 9 19 43 59 −16 39
17 West Bromwich Albion 38 6 16 16 36 61 −25 34
18 Crystal Palace (R) 38 7 12 19 41 62 −21 33 Relegation to the 2005–06 Football League Championship
19 Norwich City (R) 38 7 12 19 42 77 −35 33
20 Southampton (R) 38 6 14 18 45 66 −21 32

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1. Though they failed to qualify for the Champions League as one of the top four English clubs at the end of the season, Liverpool were given a special dispensation to compete as they were defending champions of the European competition. They were, however, forced to enter in the first qualifying round. See Liverpool F.C. 2005–06 UEFA Champions League qualification
2. Since the finalists of the 2004–05 FA Cup, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Chelsea, who won the 2004–05 Football League Cup, were confirmed to qualify for the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and the fifth-placed team (Liverpool) were moved to the Champions League, the sixth and seventh-placed teams in the Premier League were rewarded with entry to the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.
(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 BOL CHA CHE CRY EVE FUL LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOR POR SOU TOT WBA
Arsenal 3–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 5–1 7–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–4 5–3 1–0 4–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–1
Aston Villa 1–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 4–2 3–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Birmingham City 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 4–0
Blackburn Rovers 0–1 2–2 3–3 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–4 2–2 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 4–1 0–2 1–0 3–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1
Charlton Athletic 1–3 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–4
Chelsea 0–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–0 4–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 3–0 2–1 0–0 1–0
Crystal Palace 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–3 0–1 2–2 3–0 3–0
Everton 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1
Fulham 0–3 1–1 2–3 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–4 3–1 2–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 6–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Liverpool 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–0
Manchester City 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 0–1 4–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1
Manchester United 2–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 5–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–1
Middlesbrough 0–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 4–0
Newcastle United 0–1 0–3 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 1–0 4–3 1–3 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–1
Norwich City 1–4 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 2–3 2–0 4–4 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 3–2
Portsmouth 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 3–1 0–1 4–3 1–2 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 3–2
Southampton 1–1 2–3 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–3 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 4–3 2–1 1–0 2–2
Tottenham Hotspur 4–5 5–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 5–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 5–1 1–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–4 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–5 2–0 0–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1

Source: Barclays Premier League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = 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]

2004–05 FA Premier League is located in England
Arsenal
Arsenal
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Chelsea
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
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Everton
Everton
Fulham
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Liverpool
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Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough
Portsmouth
Portsmouth
Southampton
Southampton
Tottenham
Tottenham
Locations of the 2004–05 Premier League teams
Total Goals: 974
Average Goals per game: 2.56

Season preview[edit]

Arsenal were the favourites to defend their title after finishing the previous season unbeaten, but they also faced competition in the form of regular challengers Manchester United and Chelsea, the latter under the new management of Portuguese José Mourinho, who had just won the Champions League with Porto. Liverpool also had a new manager in Spaniard Rafael Benítez, who had just won La Liga and the UEFA Cup with Valencia and were expected to challenge for the title too. Another managerial change at a club aiming for the top was at Tottenham Hotspur, who appointed Jacques Santini, who had just led France to the quarter-finals of the 2004 European Championship.

At the other end of the table, amongst those tipped for relegation were Norwich City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion, having all just been promoted from the First Division (which was rebranded this season as the Championship). Everton, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth were also tipped to struggle, the first three finishing just outside the relegation places the previous season and Portsmouth being in their second season.

Title contention[edit]

Although Chelsea led the Premiership virtually all season long, they faced stiff competition from eventual runners-up Arsenal and third-placed Manchester United, both of whom achieved Champions League qualification. The title seemed to be heading towards Highbury once again after Arsenal stretched their unbeaten run to 49 matches to lead Chelsea by five points and Manchester United by eleven as they travelled to Old Trafford on 24 October, only to controversially lose 2–0. Arsenal's form then plummeted dramatically as Chelsea continued in great form and Manchester United kickstarted their campaign, at one stage going into second position after defeating Arsenal 4–2 at Highbury on 1 February (Arsenal's first home defeat since being beaten 3–2 by Leeds United in 2003). However, as Chelsea steamrollered all those before them with their powerful style, United's form dipped after a goalless home draw to Blackburn and a 2–0 defeat to lowly Norwich allowed a resurgent Arsenal to pass United, taking second place.

The fourth Champions League place went to Everton, who had been among the relegation favourites after the early season sale of striker and PFA Young Player of the Year Wayne Rooney to Manchester United; this result was even more amazing considering Everton had finished in 17th place the previous season.

Fifth-placed Liverpool would normally have qualified for the UEFA Cup, but eventually were allowed by UEFA to defend their Champions League title despite finishing outside the top four, forfeiting the UEFA Cup slot given to the fifth placed team. Liverpool had to enter in the first qualifying round, where they defeated Welsh champions TNS.

The teams in sixth place and seventh place, Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough, achieved UEFA Cup qualification as both the FA Cup runners-up (Manchester United) and League Cup winners (Chelsea) had qualified for the Champions League via their league position. Liverpool's entry into the Champions League did not affect either Bolton Wanderers' or Middlesbrough's UEFA Cup entry as they both achieved their best finishes in the Premiership to date.

The relegation dog fight[edit]

For the first time since the advent of the Premier League in 1992, no team was mathematically relegated before the final day of the season. In each of the last three weekends of the season, the team that was bottom of the table at the start of the weekend finished it outside the drop zone. The final round of the season started on 15 May with West Bromwich Albion at the bottom, Southampton and Crystal Palace one point ahead and Norwich City a further point ahead, in the last safe spot.

West Brom, who had been bottom of the table and eight points from safety on Christmas Day, did their part by defeating Portsmouth at home 2–0. Norwich, the only side to have their fate completely in their own hands, lost 6–0 at Fulham and went down. Southampton lost 2–1 at home to Manchester United and were relegated after 27 years in the top flight. Palace, away to Charlton Athletic, were leading 2–1 after 71 minutes, but with eight minutes to go, Charlton's Jonathan Fortune equalised to relegate Palace. Thus, West Brom stayed up, becoming the first club in Premier League history to avoid relegation after being bottom of the table at Christmas.

At the end of the 90 minutes in all four matches, cameras focused on West Brom's home ground, The Hawthorns, as confirmation of other results began to filter through. Once the realisation dawned on the players and fans that survival had been achieved, a mass pitch invasion was sparked, with huge celebrations. The Portsmouth fans joined in the celebrations as, through losing, they had "helped" relegate arch-rivals Southampton. The defeat itself mattered little to Portsmouth, as they would be unable to improve on their final position of 16th due to 15th-placed Blackburn Rovers' greater points tally.

Managerial changes[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 France Thierry Henry Arsenal 25
2 England Andy Johnson Crystal Palace 21
3 France Robert Pirès Arsenal 14
4 England Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur 13
Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Middlesbrough 13
England Frank Lampard Chelsea 13
Nigeria Yakubu Aiyegbeni Portsmouth 13
8 England Andrew Cole Fulham 12
England Peter Crouch Southampton 12
Iceland Eiður Guðjohnsen Chelsea 12

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
August France Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) Spain José Antonio Reyes (Arsenal)
September Scotland David Moyes (Everton) England Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur)
October England Harry Redknapp (Portsmouth) England Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)
November Portugal José Mourinho (Chelsea) Netherlands Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
December Netherlands Martin Jol (Tottenham Hotspur) England Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
January Portugal José Mourinho (Chelsea) England John Terry (Chelsea)
February Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)
March England Harry Redknapp (Southampton) England Joe Cole (Chelsea)
April England Stuart Pearce (Manchester City) England Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Annual awards[edit]

PFA Player's Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Player's Player of the year award was won by Chelsea captain John Terry.

PFA Young Player of the Year[edit]

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was the recipient for this award.

PFA Fan's Player of the Year[edit]

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won this award for the first time.

PFA Team of the year[edit]

Goalkeeper – Petr Čech
Defenders – Gary Neville, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole
Midfielders – Shaun Wright-Phillips, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Arjen Robben
Strikers – Thierry Henry, Andy Johnson

FWA Footballer of the Year[edit]

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won this award.

Barclays Player of the season[edit]

Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard won the award.

Barclays Golden Boot[edit]

Arsenal and French striker Thierry Henry won the award for the third time in his career with an impressive 25 goals.

Barclays Golden Glove[edit]

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech won the Golden Glove, for 21 clean sheets, in his debut season as he set a remarkable record of 10 consecutive clean sheets, as Chelsea won the title.

Barclays Manager of the season[edit]

Everton manager David Moyes won manager of the season after his amazing feat of finishing 4th, even after the sale of striker Wayne Rooney in the summer to Manchester United, and breaking the pattern of the so-called 'big four' in the Premier League.

Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award[edit]

The Fair Play Award is merit given to the team who has been the most sporting and best behaved team. Arsenal won the award for the second year in a row, ahead of Tottenham.[1][2] The least sporting side for 2004–05 was Blackburn Rovers, who achieved a significantly lower fair play score than any other side.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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