2000–01 FA Premier League
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The 2000–01 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the third season running which ended with Manchester United as champions and Arsenal as runners-up. Sir Alex Ferguson became the first manager to win three successive English league titles with the same club. Liverpool, meanwhile, managed a unique cup treble – winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. They also finished third in the Premier League and qualified for the Champions League; they had not played in the European Cup since the 1985 final at Heysel in which their fans were found responsible for the deaths of 39 spectators, and were given a six-year ban from European competition. Nike replaced Mitre as manufacturer of the official Premier League match ball until the end of 2024-25 season.
|Dates||19 August 2000–19 May 2001|
7th Premier League title
14th English title
|Champions League||Manchester United|
|UEFA Cup||Leeds United|
|Intertoto Cup||Aston Villa|
|Goals scored||992 (2.61 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (23)|
|Biggest home win||Manchester United 6–0 Bradford City|
(5 September 2000)
|Biggest away win||Charlton Athletic 0–4 Liverpool|
(19 May 2001)
Manchester City 0–4 Arsenal
(11 April 2001)
Derby County 0–4 Chelsea
(7 April 2001)
Manchester City 0–4 Leeds United
(13 January 2001)
Derby County 0–4 Liverpool
(15 October 2000)
|Highest scoring||Arsenal 5–3 Charlton Athletic|
(26 August 2000)
|Longest winning run||8 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||13 games|
|Longest winless run||13 games|
|Longest losing run||8 games|
Manchester United v Coventry City
(14 April 2001)
Bradford City v Coventry City
(2 December 2000)
UEFA Cup places went to Leeds United, Chelsea, Ipswich Town, and Aston Villa, who qualified via the Intertoto Cup. None of the top six clubs in the Premier League had an English manager. The most successful English manager in the 2000–01 Premier League campaign was Peter Reid, whose Sunderland side finished seventh, having spent most of the season challenging for a place in Europe, and briefly occupied second place in the Premier League table.
Despite the success achieved by Sir Alex Ferguson and Gérard Houllier, the Manager of the Year Award went to George Burley. The Ipswich Town manager was in charge of a newly promoted side who began the season as relegation favourites and on a limited budget, guided his team to fifth place in the Premier League final table and a place in the UEFA Cup for the first time in almost 20 years. 2000–01 was perhaps the best season yet for newly promoted teams in the Premier League. Charlton Athletic finished ninth, their highest finish since the 1950s. The only newly promoted team to suffer relegation was Manchester City, who in the space of six seasons had now been relegated three times and promoted twice. Relegated in bottom place were Bradford City, whose return to the top division after almost 80 years was over after just two seasons. The next relegation place went to Coventry City, who were finally relegated after 34 successive seasons of top division football, which had brought numerous relegation battles and league finishes no higher than sixth place.
Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Charlton Athletic, Manchester City and Ipswich Town, returning after a top flight absence of one, four and five years respectively. They replaced Wimbledon, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford. Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday were relegated after spending fourteen and nine years in the top flight respectively while Watford were immediately relegated to the First Division after spending just one season in the top flight.
Stadiums and LocationsEdit
|Arsenal||London (Highbury)||Arsenal Stadium||38,419|
|Aston Villa||Birmingham||Villa Park||42,573|
|Bradford City||Bradford||Valley Parade||25,136|
|Charlton Athletic||London (Charlton)||The Valley||27,111|
|Chelsea||London (Fulham)||Stamford Bridge||42,055|
|Coventry City||Coventry||Highfield Road||23,489|
|Derby County||Derby||Pride Park Stadium||33,597|
|Everton||Liverpool (Walton)||Goodison Park||40,569|
|Ipswich Town||Ipswich||Portman Road||30,300|
|Leeds United||Leeds||Elland Road||40,242|
|Leicester City||Leicester||Filbert Street||22,000|
|Manchester City||Manchester||Maine Road||35,150|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||Old Trafford||68,174|
|Newcastle United||Newcastle upon Tyne||St James' Park||52,387|
|Sunderland||Sunderland||Stadium of Light||49,000|
|Tottenham Hotspur||London (Tottenham)||White Hart Lane||36,240|
|West Ham United||London (Upton Park)||Boleyn Ground||35,647|
- This was Southampton's last season at The Dell as they were scheduled to relocate to St Mary's Stadium from the following season onward.
Personnel and kitsEdit
(as of 14 May 2001)
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Leicester City||Martin O'Neill||End of contract||1 June 2000||Pre-season||Peter Taylor||12 June 2000|
|Bradford City||Paul Jewell||Signed by Sheffield Wednesday||18 June 2000||Chris Hutchings||18 June 2000|
|Chelsea||Gianluca Vialli||Sacked||12 September 2000||10th||Claudio Ranieri||17 September 2000|
|Bradford City||Chris Hutchings||6 November 2000||19th||Jim Jefferies||20 November 2000|
|Tottenham Hotspur||George Graham||16 March 2001||13th||Glenn Hoddle||30 March 2001|
|Southampton||Glenn Hoddle||Signed by Tottenham Hotspur||30 March 2001||9th||Stuart Gray||30 March 2001|
|West Ham United||Harry Redknapp||Sacked||9 May 2001||14th||Glenn Roeder||14 June 2001|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Manchester United (C)||38||24||8||6||79||31||+48||80||Qualification for the Champions League first group stage|
|3||Liverpool||38||20||9||9||71||39||+32||69||Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round[a]|
|4||Leeds United||38||20||8||10||64||43||+21||68||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]|
|8||Aston Villa||38||13||15||10||46||43||+3||54||Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round|
|11||Newcastle United||38||14||9||15||44||50||−6||51||Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round|
|15||West Ham United||38||10||12||16||45||50||−5||42|
|18||Manchester City (R)||38||8||10||20||41||65||−24||34||Relegation to the Football League First Division|
|19||Coventry City (R)||38||8||10||20||36||63||−27||34|
|20||Bradford City (R)||38||5||11||22||30||70||−40||26|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Since Liverpool won the League Cup and qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place went to fifth-placed Ipswich Town. Since both FA Cup finalists, Liverpool and Arsenal, qualified for the Champions League, the berth in the UEFA Cup went to sixth-placed Chelsea. Both Ipswich and Chelsea were the highest-ranked team not already qualified for a European competition.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BRA||CHA||CHE||COV||DER||EVE||IPS||LEE||LEI||LIV||MCI||MUN||MID||NEW||SOU||SUN||TOT||WHU|
|West Ham United||1–2||1–1||1–1||5–0||0–2||1–1||3–1||0–2||0–1||0–2||0–1||1–1||4–1||2–2||1–0||1–0||3–0||0–2||0–0|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
|1||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Chelsea||23|
|2||Marcus Stewart||Ipswich Town||19|
|Mark Viduka||Leeds United||17|
|6||Teddy Sheringham||Manchester United||15|
|Jonatan Johansson||Charlton Athletic||11|
|Frédéric Kanouté||West Ham United||11|
|Alan Smith||Leeds United||11|
- Most wins – Manchester United (24)
- Fewest wins – Bradford City (5)
- Most draws – Aston Villa and Middlesbrough (15)
- Fewest draws – Ipswich Town and Leicester City (6)
- Most losses – Bradford City (22)
- Fewest losses – Manchester United (6)
- Most goals scored – Manchester United (79)
- Fewest goals scored – Bradford City (30)
- Most goals conceded – Bradford City (70)
- Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (31)
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|August||Bobby Robson (Newcastle United)||Alan Smith (Leeds United)|
|September||Peter Taylor (Leicester City)||Tim Flowers (Leicester City)|
|October||Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)||Teddy Sheringham (Manchester United)|
|November||George Burley (Ipswich Town)||Paul Robinson (Leeds United)|
|December||Peter Reid (Sunderland)||James Beattie (Southampton)|
|January||Terry Venables (Middlesbrough)||Robbie Keane (Leeds United)|
|February||Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)||Stuart Pearce (West Ham United)|
|March||David O'Leary (Leeds United)||Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)|
|April||David O'Leary (Leeds United)||Gary McAllister (Liverpool)|
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