2004–05 FA Premier League

Premier League
Season 2004–05
Champions Chelsea
1st Premier League title
2nd English title
Relegated Norwich City
Crystal Palace
Southampton
Champions League Chelsea
Arsenal
Manchester United
Everton
Liverpool
UEFA Cup Bolton Wanderers
Middlesbrough
Intertoto Cup Newcastle United
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
(26 December 2004)
Highest scoring Tottenham Hotspur 4–5 Arsenal
(13 November 2004)
Longest winning run 8 games[1]
Chelsea
Longest unbeaten run 29 games[1]
Chelsea
Longest winless run 15 games[1]
West Bromwich Albion
Longest losing run 6 games[1]
Bolton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur
Highest attendance 67,989
Manchester United v Portsmouth (26 February 2005)
Lowest attendance 16,180
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion (16 January 2005)
Average attendance 33,893

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.

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

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

League table

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[lower-alpha 1]
6 Bolton Wanderers 38 16 10 12 49 44 +5 58 2005–06 UEFA Cup First round[lower-alpha 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: 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 confirmed to qualify 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 with entry to the UEFA Cup.

Results

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIRBLBBOLCHACHECRYEVEFULLIVMCIMUNMIDNEWNWCPORSOUTOTWBA
Arsenal 31 30 30 22 40 22 51 70 20 31 11 24 53 10 41 30 22 10 11
Aston Villa 13 12 10 11 00 00 11 13 20 11 12 01 20 42 30 30 20 10 11
Birmingham City 21 20 21 12 11 01 01 01 12 20 10 00 20 22 11 00 21 11 40
Blackburn Rovers 01 22 33 01 10 01 10 00 13 22 00 11 04 22 30 10 30 01 11
Bolton Wanderers 10 12 11 01 41 02 10 32 31 10 01 22 00 21 10 01 11 31 11
Charlton Athletic 13 30 31 10 12 04 22 20 21 12 22 04 12 11 40 21 00 20 14
Chelsea 00 10 11 40 22 10 41 10 31 10 00 10 20 40 40 30 21 00 10
Crystal Palace 11 20 20 00 01 01 02 13 20 10 12 00 01 02 33 01 22 30 30
Everton 14 11 11 01 32 01 01 40 10 10 21 10 10 20 10 21 10 01 21
Fulham 03 11 23 02 20 00 14 31 20 24 11 11 02 13 60 31 10 20 10
Liverpool 21 21 01 00 10 20 01 32 21 31 21 01 11 31 30 11 10 22 30
Manchester City 01 20 30 11 01 40 10 31 01 11 10 02 11 11 11 20 21 01 11
Manchester United 20 31 20 00 20 20 13 52 00 10 21 00 11 21 21 21 30 00 11
Middlesbrough 01 30 21 10 11 22 01 21 11 11 20 32 02 22 20 11 13 10 40
Newcastle United 01 03 21 30 21 11 11 00 11 14 10 43 13 00 22 11 21 01 31
Norwich City 14 00 10 11 32 10 13 11 23 01 12 23 20 44 21 22 21 02 32
Portsmouth 01 12 11 01 11 42 02 31 01 43 12 13 20 21 11 11 41 10 32
Southampton 11 23 00 32 12 00 13 22 22 33 20 00 12 22 12 43 21 10 22
Tottenham Hotspur 45 51 10 00 12 23 02 11 52 20 11 21 01 20 10 00 31 51 11
West Bromwich Albion 02 11 20 11 21 01 14 22 10 11 05 20 03 12 00 00 20 00 11

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.

Arsenal
Aston Villa
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
Everton
Fulham
Liverpool
Middlesbrough
Portsmouth
Southampton
Tottenham
Locations of the 2004–05 Premier League teams

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 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.

Relegation battle

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

Top scorers

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

Awards

Monthly awards

MonthManager of the MonthPlayer 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 awards

PFA Players' 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 Fans' 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(Poka)

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 24 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

José Mourinho was awarded the manager of the season award after he led Chelsea to their first Premier League title, second Top division title in their history.[2][3] 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).

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.[4][5] The least sporting side for 2004–05 was Blackburn Rovers, who achieved a significantly lower fair play score than any other side.[6]

See also

References

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