2004–05 FA Premier League
1st Premier League title
2nd English title
West Bromwich Albion
|Champions League||Chelsea (group stage)
Arsenal (group stage)
Manchester United (third qualifying round)
Everton (third qualifying round)
Liverpool (first qualifying round)
|Goals scored||974 (2.56 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 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 
League table 
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Chelsea (C)||38||29||8||1||72||15||+57||95||2005–06 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Manchester United||38||22||11||5||58||26||+32||77||2005–06 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|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|
|14||Newcastle United||38||10||14||14||47||57||−10||44||2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round|
|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|
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; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BIR||BLB||BOL||CHA||CHE||CPA||EVE||FUL||LIV||MNC||MNU||MID||NEW||NOR||POR||SOT||TOT||WBA|
|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
1 ^ 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 
|Average Goals per game:||2.56|
Season preview 
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 
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 leading 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 dropped 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 steamrolled 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 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 
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 on the bottom, Southampton and Crystal Palace one point off the bottom and Norwich City in the last safe spot, two points off the bottom.
West Bromwich Albion, who had been bottom of the table and eight points from safety at Christmas, 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, were leading 2–1 after 71 minutes, but with eight minutes to go, Charlton's Jonathan Fortune equalised to relegate Crystal Palace. Thus, West Bromwich Albion stayed up, becoming the first club in Premiership history to avoid relegation after being bottom of the table on Christmas Day.
At the end of the 90 minutes in all four matches, cameras focused on West Bromwich Albion'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 
- Blackburn Rovers appointed Wales boss Mark Hughes as manager in September, following the departure of Graeme Souness to Newcastle United.
- Chelsea sacked Claudio Ranieri and replaced him with UEFA Champions League winning coach José Mourinho.
- Liverpool appointed Valencia's UEFA Cup winning coach Rafael Benítez as successor to Gérard Houllier, who was sacked.
- Manchester City parted company with manager Kevin Keegan in late March and replaced him with first team coach Stuart Pearce.
- Newcastle United sacked manager Sir Bobby Robson at the end of August and replaced him with Blackburn's Graeme Souness.
- Portsmouth parted company with Harry Redknapp in November and replaced him with executive director Velimir Zajec. He was also replaced by Alain Perrin in March.
- Southampton parted company with Paul Sturrock early in the season; he had lasted less than six months in the job. He was replaced by Steve Wigley, but he was sacked in November and replaced by Harry Redknapp.
- Tottenham Hotspur appointed former French national coach Jacques Santini as the new manager during pre-season. Santini left in November, citing personal problems, and was replaced by his assistant Martin Jol.
- West Bromwich Albion sacked Gary Megson in October after Megson notified the club he would not be extending his contract beyond the end of the season. He was replaced him with former England captain and Manchester United legend Bryan Robson.
Season statistics 
Top scorers 
Top assists 
Monthly awards 
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|August||Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)||José Antonio Reyes (Arsenal)|
|September||David Moyes (Everton)||Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur)|
|October||Harry Redknapp (Portsmouth)||Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)|
|November||José Mourinho (Chelsea)||Arjen Robben (Chelsea)|
|December||Martin Jol (Tottenham Hotspur)||Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)|
|January||José Mourinho (Chelsea)||John Terry (Chelsea)|
|February||Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)||Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)|
|March||Harry Redknapp (Southampton)||Joe Cole (Chelsea)|
|April||Stuart Pearce (Manchester City)||Frank Lampard (Chelsea)|
Annual awards 
PFA Player's Player of the Year 
The PFA Player's Player of the year award was won by Chelsea captain John Terry.
PFA Young Player of the Year 
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was the recipient for this award.
PFA Fan's Player of the Year 
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won this award for the first time.
PFA Team of the year 
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 
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won this award.
Barclays Player of the Season 
Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard won the award.
Barclays Golden Boot 
Arsenal and French striker Thierry Henry won the award for the third time in his career with an impressive 25 goals.
Barclays Golden Glove 
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech won the Golden Glove for the first time as he set a remarkable record of 10 consecutive clean sheets, as Chelsea won the title.
Barclays Manager of the Season 
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 
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. The least sporting side for 2004–05 was Blackburn Rovers, who achieved a significantly lower fair play score than any other side.
See also 
- "Barclays Premier League Top Scorers". premierleague.com. FA Premier League. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
- "Fair Play to Arsenal". The Sun (London). Retrieved 19 May 2005.