Manchester United secured their 3rd Premiership title in succession and their 7th title in just nine seasons. Liverpool became only the second English side to win the League Cup and FA Cup in the same season and added the UEFA Cup to make it a unique 'treble'.
Fulham reached the Premiership as Division One champions to secure their five-season rise from Division Three. They also became the first club to have played in all four divisions of the English league since the creation of the Premiership.
Arguably two of the most famous clubs outside the Premiership fell into Division Three. They were Luton Town - who had been League Cup winners 13 years earlier and top division members until 9 years ago - and Oxford United - who had been League Cup winners 15 years earlier and top division members until 13 years ago.
Mid-table Division Two side Wycombe Wanderers beat all odds by reaching the FA Cup Semi-Final versus Liverpool, having beaten Division One sides Millwall, Wolves, Wimbledon and a very strong Premiership Leicester City en route. Wycombe were beaten 2-1 at Villa Park, Keith Ryan scoring the Chairboys' goal. Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. were Division Three champions.
George Burley guided newly promoted Ipswich Town to fifth place in the Premiership and achieved qualification for the UEFA Cup.
Gerard Houllier won a treble of trophies with Liverpool after they triumphed in the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson became the first manager in English football to win three successive league titles after Manchester United (only the fourth team in history to win three straight titles) topped the Premiership's final table for the third year in a row.
Alan Curbishley consolidated newly-promoted Charlton Athletic in the Premiership with a ninth-place finish - their highest standing for nearly 50 years.
Jean Tigana won the Division One title with Fulham to gain promotion to the Premiership and end their 33-year exile from the top flight of English football.
Mark McGhee enjoyed success in his first season as Millwall manager by guiding them to the Division Two title.
Ronnie Moore surprised all the observers by winning a second successive promotion with Rotherham United, who were this time elevated into Division One.
Ray Graydon won his second promotion in three years with Walsall, who triumphed in the Division Two playoffs.
Micky Adams gave Brighton their most successful season for years as they ended the campaign as Division Three champions.
Brian Talbot took Rushden & Diamonds (founded just 9 years ago) into the Football League as Conference champions.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Chelsea's record signing at £15million, topped the Premiership goalscoring charts with 23 goals.
Marcus Stewart was the Premiership's second-highest goalscorer with 19 goals for newly promoted Ipswich Town, who qualified for the UEFA Cup.
Teddy Sheringham, 35, was voted Player of the Year by both the PFA and FWA after helping Manchester United win their third successive Premiership title.
Michael Owen helped Liverpool end their six-year trophy drought after his prolific goalscoring helped them win a treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.
Steven Gerrard was voted PFA Young Player of the Year as well as winning three major trophies in a single season with Liverpool.
Young French striker Louis Saha was arguably the hottest prospect outside the Premiership after his goals helped Fulham win the Division One title to end their 33-year exile from the top flight.
Veteran striker Mark Hughes, 37, helped Blackburn Rovers return to the Premiership two years after they went down.
Jamie Cureton was Division Two's top goalscorer with 27 strikes for Reading.
Bobby Zamora established himself as one of the Football League's top marksmen after helping Brighton & Hove Albion win the Division Three title.
Jermain Defoe, aged 19 and on loan to Bournemouth from West Ham United, scored in 10 successive Division Two games while on loan at the Dean Court side.
With pressure building up on him following England's dismal Euro 2000 campaign, Kevin Keegan resigned as manager of England's national team minutes after a 1-0 defeat to Germany in the opening World Cup qualifying game. The match, played October 7, 2000, was also the last played at Wembley Stadium. Howard Wilkinson and Peter Taylor each had one-match stints as caretaker manager before Sven-Göran Eriksson accepted the F.A's offer to become the new national coach. Former Lazio coach Eriksson, 52, was the first foreigner to be appointed coach of the England national team. His first match in charge was a 3-0 win over Spain on February 28. England would go on to win their first five matches with Eriksson in charge and all the critics who were opposed to Eriksson being appointed looked to have made a major misjudgement.
Liverpool captured the 2001 UEFA Cup on 16 May with a 5-4 win over Alavés. The game was won in the 116th minute by golden goal, and it completed a triplet of trophies for Liverpool which ended their six-year trophy drought as well as delivering their first trophies under Houllier's management. The League Cup had already been won with a penalty shoot-out triumph over Birmingham City in the first English final at the Millennium Stadium, and the FA Cup was secured after a dramatic 2-1 win over Arsenal in which Michael Owen scored two late goals after Freddie Ljungberg had put Arsenal ahead.
Sir Alex Ferguson became the first manager in English football to win three successive Premiership titles after Manchester United were crowned Premiership champions for the third season running. Their title was secured with 80 points and a 10-point gap between themselves and runners-up Arsenal. Most bookmakers had closed their books before the turn of the New Year and admitted that United were certain of their seventh Premiership title in nine seasons. A 6-1 demolition of Arsenal in late February crushed any lingering doubts over the title's destiny.
Fulham won the Division One title to end their 33-year absence from the top flight. The key men in this success were money-spinning chairman Mohamed al Fayed, enthusiastic manager Jean Tigana and free scoring striker Louis Saha.
Fulham's return to the top flight of English football came four years after they had won promotion from Division Three and been taken over by al Fayed in a £30million deal. With his target of Premiership football finally achieved, al Fayed was now determined to turn Fulham into the 'Manchester United of the South'.
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson won a third successive Premiership title with Manchester United and Gerard Houllier's success in cup competitions, Ipswich Town's George Burley received the Manager of the Year award.
Burley, 45, had been at Portman Road since December 1994, when he took over from John Lyall at an Ipswich side rooted to the foot of the Premiership. He was unable to save them from the drop but quickly put together a new team in hope of getting Ipswich back in the elite of English football. They endured three successive playoff failures before winning the Division One playoff final in 2000 and ending a five-year exile from the Premiership.
Most people had tipped Ipswich to go straight back down in 2000-01, but they spent most of the season in the top five and finished fifth to claim a UEFA Cup place - their first foray in Europe for 20 years.
After the end of the 2000-01 season, Sir Alex Ferguson began a summer of heavy spending. Before the season was over he had agreed an English record fee of £19million with PSV Eindhoven for Ruud van Nistelrooy, the 25-year-old Dutch striker who had agreed to sign for United a year earlier, but his original move was scrapped after he suffered a serious knee injury. Then, on 12 July, Sir Alex broke the English transfer fee record again. This time he brought in Argentine midfielder Juan Sebastián Verón, 26, from Lazio in a £28.1million deal.
At the bottom of The Football League, the battle for survival went to the very last day of the season, with the bottom two sides Torquay United and Barnet playing each other at Barnet's Underhill Ground. Both teams knew that if they lost they would be relegated to the Conference. Torquay were 3-0 up at half-time, but Barnet, playing 5 up front for periods of the second half scored twice to keep the tension levels high until the end of the game. It finished 3-2 to Torquay and Barnet lost their league place.
|FA Premier League||Manchester United|
|Football League Cup||Liverpool|
|Football League Trophy||Port Vale|
|Football League First Division||Fulham|
|Football League Second Division||Millwall|
|Football League Third Division||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|FA Community Shield||Liverpool|
|Petit 64'||Owen 86'|
WCQ (Group 9)
|England||0–1||Germany||Wembley Stadium, London
WCQ (Group 9)
|Finland||0–0||England||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
|Italy||1–0||England||Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin
|England||3–0||Spain||Villa Park, Birmingham
WCQ (Group 9)
|England||2–1||Finland||Anfield Road, Liverpool
WCQ (Group 9)
|Rraklli 90'||Owen 74'
WCQ (Group 9)
|Greece||0–2||England||Olympic Stadium, Athens
Manchester United became the fourth team in history to win the English league title three seasons in a row. The other team to hit the headlines were Liverpool, who finished third but won both domestic cup competitions as well as the UEFA Cup. But the biggest surprise of the season came with Ipswich Town, who were newly promoted to the Premiership and most people's favourites for the drop. Ipswich surprised all the observers by challenging for a place in the top-three and eventually winding up in fifth place, enough to merit UEFA Cup qualification.
Newly promoted Charlton Athletic finished an impressive ninth, while Leicester City started the season as unlikely title contenders but lost nine of their final 10 Premiership games to finish 13th.
Bradford City were the first team to go down, having won just 5 Premiership games all season. Joining them were newly-promoted Manchester City, and Coventry City - whose luck finally ran out after 34 years in the top flight.
|15.||West Ham United||38||10||12||16||45||50||-5||42|
|Qualified for the Champions League|
|Qualified for the UEFA Cup|
|Relegated to Division One|
Under the management of Jean Tigana, and with several big-money signings, Fulham won the division easily. Blackburn managed to edge close rivals Bolton to the automatic promotion spot; their rivalry would continue the following season though, as Bolton beat Preston (another set of close rivals) in the playoffs.
Tranmere's recent cup successes failed to translate into league form, and they finished bottom, just behind Queens Park Rangers, who fell into the third tier for the first time in nearly four decades. An unlikely series of results in the final few weeks sent Huddersfield down to Division Two, when they had looked safe at the start of April. Narrowly avoiding relegation were Crystal Palace, who's dramatic last gasp victory over Stockport ensured survival for the Eagles.
|4.||Preston North End||46||23||9||14||64||52||+12||78|
|6.||West Bromwich Albion||46||21||11||14||60||52||+8||74|
|23.||Queens Park Rangers||46||7||19||20||45||75||-30||40|
See also: Play-off results
|Promoted to the Premier League|
|Qualified for the promotion playoff|
|Relegated to Division Two|
Millwall, who had failed to impress since relegation from the First Division in 1996, finally secured promotion as divisional champions. Making perhaps bigger headlines were unfashionable Rotherham United, who instead of struggling as the pundits predicted, took the second automatic promotion spot, pushing Millwall perilously close for the title. Walsall recovered from the previous year's last-day relegation and won the playoffs.
Oxford finished bottom of the table by some distance, never looking as if they would survive and setting a number of unwanted records for the division. Swansea - who had beaten Rotherham to the Division Three title the previous season - proved almost as bad as Oxford, with their survival hopes being little better. Much was expected of Luton following massive pre-season overhauls both and off the pitch; unfortunately their season ended in crushing disappointment, and relegation. Bristol Rovers occupied the final relegation spot, entering the League's bottom tier for the first time in their history.
See also: Play-off results
|Promoted to Division One|
|Qualified for the promotion playoff|
|Relegated to Division Three|
After their financial nightmares and near-relegations of the previous years, Brighton finally started making serious progress, as they won the title. Chesterfield would have taken the runners-up spot; however, financial irregularities resulted in a 9 point deduction, handing their spot to Cardiff instead, though Chesterfield still took the final automatic promotion spot. Blackpool sneaked into the playoffs near the end of the season, then proceeded to win them, ensuring that their spell in Division Three was a short one.
A number of teams were threatened with relegation during the course of the season. In the end though, Barnet - who moved long-serving manager John Still upstairs to make way for the higher-profile appointment of Tony Cottee early in the season - suffered a stunning collapse after a bright start, leading to a "winner takes all" match with Torquay on the final day of the season. Torquay won the match and ensured League survival, while Barnet returned to the Conference after a decade.
|1.||Brighton & Hove Albion||46||28||8||10||73||35||+38||92|
* = Chesterfield deducted 9 points for financial irregularities.
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28 September 2000: Steve Bould, 37-year-old central defender, retires after just over a year at Sunderland, having joined them after 11 years at Arsenal where he formed part of one of the most successful defence line-ups of modern times. 
4 July 2001: Gary Pallister, 36-year-old central defender, retires after 17 years in professional football after three years back at Middlesbrough, who gave him his Football League break when he began his first spell with them in 1984. His biggest successes came at Manchester United between 1989 and 1998, where he won four league titles, three FA Cups, a Football League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. He was also capped 22 times by England between 1988 and 1996.