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The 2004–05 FA Premier League (known as the FA Barclays Premiership for sponsorship reasons) 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 then record 95 points, which was surpassed by Manchester City in the 2017–18 season, securing the title with a 2–0 win at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton Wanderers. Chelsea also broke a number of other records during their campaign, most notably breaking the record of most games won in a single Premier League campaign, securing 29 wins in the league in home and away matches.

FA Premier League
Season2004–05
Dates14 August 2004–15 May 2005
ChampionsChelsea
1st Premier League title
2nd English title
RelegatedNorwich City
Crystal Palace
Southampton
Champions LeagueChelsea
Arsenal
Manchester United
Everton
Liverpool
UEFA CupBolton Wanderers
Middlesbrough
Intertoto CupNewcastle United
Matches played380
Goals scored975 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorerThierry Henry (25 goals)
Biggest home winArsenal 7–0 Everton
(11 May 2005)
Biggest away winWest Bromwich Albion 0–5 Liverpool
(26 December 2004)
Highest scoringTottenham Hotspur 4–5 Arsenal
(13 November 2004)
Longest winning run8 games[1]
Chelsea
Longest unbeaten run29 games[1]
Chelsea
Longest winless run15 games[1]
West Bromwich Albion
Longest losing run6 games[1]
Bolton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur
Highest attendance67,989
Manchester United v Portsmouth (26 February 2005)
Lowest attendance16,180
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion (16 January 2005)
Average attendance33,893

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.

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Season summaryEdit

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 UEFA 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.

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.

TeamsEdit

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 Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, returning to the top flight after an absence of nine, one and six years respectively. They replaced Leicester City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had been relegated to the Championship. Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers were relegated after a season's presence while Leeds United ended their top flight spell of fourteen years.

Stadiums and LocationsEdit

Greater London Premier League football clubs
West Midlands Premier League football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arsenal London (Highbury) Arsenal Stadium 38,419
Aston Villa Birmingham (Aston) Villa Park 42,553
Birmingham City Birmingham (Bordesley) St Andrew's 30,079
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Charlton Athletic London (Charlton) The Valley 27,111
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,360
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 25,073
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,569
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage[a] 24,600
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,276
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 48,000
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 68,217
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,049
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,010
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,220
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,505
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,240
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,484
  1. ^ Fulham returned to the Craven Cottage this season after a two year refurbishment took place at their home ground.

Personnel and kitsEdit

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 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

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Liverpool   Gérard Houllier Mutual consent 24 May 2004[2] Pre-season   Rafael Benítez 16 June 2004[3]
Chelsea   Claudio Ranieri Sacked 31 May 2004   José Mourinho 2 June 2004[4]
Tottenham Hotspur   David Pleat (caretaker) End of caretaker spell 1 June 2004   Jacques Santini 3 June 2004[5]
Southampton   Paul Sturrock Mutual consent 23 August 2004[6] 10th   Steve Wigley 23 August 2004
Newcastle United   Sir Bobby Robson Sacked 30 August 2004[7] 17th   Graeme Souness 6 September 2004[8]
Blackburn Rovers   Graeme Souness Signed by Newcastle United 6 September 2004[8] 19th   Mark Hughes 16 September 2004[9]
West Bromwich Albion   Gary Megson Sacked 26 October 2004[10] 16th   Bryan Robson 9 November 2004[11]
Tottenham Hotspur   Jacques Santini Resigned 5 November 2004 11th   Martin Jol 8 November 2004[12]
Portsmouth   Harry Redknapp 24 November 2004[13] 12th   Velimir Zajec 21 December 2004[14]
Southampton   Steve Wigley Sacked 8 December 2004 18th   Harry Redknapp 21 December 2004[15]
Manchester City   Kevin Keegan Resigned 11 March 2005[16] 12th   Stuart Pearce 12 May 2005[17]
Portsmouth   Velimir Zajec Returned to director of football position 7 April 2005 16th   Alain Perrin 7 April 2005[18]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 29 8 1 72 15 +57 95 Qualification for the 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 Qualification for the 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 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round[a]
6 Bolton Wanderers 38 16 10 12 49 44 +5 58 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]
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 Qualification for the 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 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: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Although they failed to qualify for the Champions League as one of the top four English clubs, Liverpool were given a special dispensation to compete as the defending champions. They were, however, forced to enter in the first qualifying round. See Liverpool F.C. 2005–06 UEFA Champions League qualification for details.
  2. ^ Since the finalists of the FA Cup, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Chelsea, who won the 2004–05 Football League Cup, were qualified for the 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 entry to the UEFA Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARS AST BIR BLB BOL CHA CHE CRY EVE FUL LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NWC 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
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

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

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

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)   Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
March   Harry Redknapp (Southampton)   Joe Cole (Chelsea)
April   Stuart Pearce (Manchester City)   Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Annual awardsEdit

PFA Players' Player of the YearEdit

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

PFA Young Player of the YearEdit

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

PFA Fans' Player of the YearEdit

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

PFA Team of the yearEdit

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 YearEdit

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won this award.

Premier League Player of the SeasonEdit

Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard won the Premier League Player of the Season award.

Premier League Golden BootEdit

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

Premier League Golden GloveEdit

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech won the Premier League Golden Glove, for 25 clean sheets, in his debut season as he set a remarkable record of 10 consecutive clean sheets, as Chelsea won the title.

Premier League Manager of the SeasonEdit

José Mourinho was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Season award after he led Chelsea to their first Premier League title, second Top division title in their history.[19][20] During his first season at the club, Chelsea won the Premier League title (their first league title in 50 years) and the League Cup. The season was also notable for the number of records set during the season: Fewest goals against in a Premier League season (15), most clean sheets kept in a season (25), most wins in a season (29), most consecutive away wins (9) and the most points in a season (95).

Premier League Fair Play AwardEdit

The Premier League 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.[21][22] The least sporting side for 2004–05 was Blackburn Rovers, who achieved a significantly lower fair play score than any other side.[23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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