In October 2007 Arsenal equalled the UEFA Champions League record victory with a 7–0 win over Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadium. The record was broken the following month when Liverpool defeated Beşiktaş 8–0 at Anfield. All four English clubs competing in the Champions League reached the quarter-finals, resulting in three all-English ties during the competition's latter stages. Liverpool eliminated Arsenal in the quarter-finals, but lost the semi-final to Chelsea, who went on to meet Manchester United in the final in Moscow. United completed the European Double, winning the Premier League two points ahead of Chelsea and winning the UEFA Champions League, again against Chelsea 6–5 on penalties (1–1 after extra time) to lift the European Cup for the third time. This was a unique occurrence – the first time two English clubs had met in the final of the European Cup/Champions League. It was also a repeat of the opening game of the season, the FA Community Shield, which also finished 1–1 and saw a United win on penalties, 3–0.
In the UEFA Cup, none of the English teams taking part reached the quarter-final stage. Blackburn Rovers, who had qualified for the competition via the Intertoto Cup, were beaten in the first round by Larissa F.C.. The three other English clubs progressed through the group stages, with Bolton Wanderers losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal, while Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were both eliminated on penalty shootouts in the round of 16, by PSV Eindhoven and Fiorentina respectively. The 2008 UEFA Cup Final was held at the City of Manchester Stadium, the first time that the UEFA Cup Final had been held in England since being reduced to a single match. The event was marred by riots in Manchester city centre prior to the game. In the match itself, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg beat Rangers 2–0 to lift the trophy.
Manchester United retained the Premier League title, winning the competition for the tenth time and becoming champions of England for the seventeenth time in all. The title was decided on the final day of the season as United's 2–0 win at Wigan Athletic saw them crowned champions and consigned Chelsea to the runners-up spot regardless of their result at home to Bolton Wanderers. Arsenal and Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 third qualifying round by finishing third and fourth respectively, while Everton's fifth position gave them a place in the UEFA Cup 2008–09 first round. Reading, Birmingham City and Derby County were relegated. Derby became the first team in Premier League history to be relegated before the end of March. They eventually finished on the lowest points tally ever, amassing only 11 points.
The Premier League underwent a major rebranding, changing its sponsored name from the Barclays Premiership to the Barclays Premier League.
After the disappointment of a play-off final defeat the previous year, West Bromwich Albion won the Football League Championship title and returned to the Premier League. Stoke City secured the other automatic promotion spot, after a twenty-three year absence from the top flight. Hull City followed them by winning the play-off final, beating Bristol City 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the final to reach the top division of English football for the first time in their 104-year history. It was the first time that Hull had played at either the original or rebuilt Wembley Stadium. Despite impressing on their Championship debut in 2006–07, Colchester United finished bottom this season and were relegated back to League One. Scunthorpe United's first journey into the Championship since the 1960s proved short-lived, and they also went back down. The biggest story however was Leicester City's relegation, as a lack of stability at the club (with no fewer than eight men, including caretakers, occupying the manager's seat over the season) proved their undoing and sent them down to League One for the first time in their history.
In a season mired by controversy and points deductions at both ends of the table, Swansea City were the clear champions in League One. In terms of results, Leeds United were actually the best team behind Swansea, but had started the season on –15 points following their failure to reach an agreement with HM Revenue & Customs on their Creditors Voluntary Arrangement. This was the first time in the league's history that such a penalty had been imposed. Nottingham Forest therefore took the second automatic promotion spot. Doncaster Rovers won promotion to the Championship by beating Leeds United 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the League One play-off final, thus returning to the top two tiers for the first time since 1958. At the opposite end of the table, Port Vale were in fact the worst team going by results, but Luton Town went into administration and lost 10 points causing them to finish bottom, though they would have been relegated even without this penalty. Bournemouth also received a 10 point deduction for going into administration, and in their case it did prove fatal, sending the club down by to League Two. Gillingham were the other team to suffer relegation. Leeds United played in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history, six years after competing in the Champions League.
Milton Keynes Dons won their first honours as a club, winning the League Two title and the Football League Trophy. The other clubs automatically promoted were runners-up Peterborough United, who had pushed the Dons close for most of the season, and Hereford United, who returned to the third level of English football for the first time in 30 years. Stockport County won promotion to League One by beating Rochdale 3–2 at Wembley Stadium in the League Two play-off final. There was to be no repeat of Wrexham's last day heroics of the 2006–07 season, and this time they finished bottom and went out of the League. Despite a good run late in the season, Mansfield Town joined them. Both Dagenham & Redbridge and Morecambe played in The Football League for the first time, after securing promotion to League Two from the Conference National.
Portsmouth won the FA Cup with a 1–0 victory over Cardiff City. Tottenham Hotspur won the League Cup, beating the holders Chelsea 2–1 after extra time. It was the first League Cup final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium. MK Dons won the Football League Trophy after beating Grimsby Town 2–0 in the final. Manchester United took the first silverware of the season when they beat Chelsea 3–0 on penalties in the FA Community Shield.
The Conference National became known as the Blue Square Premier upon the announcement of a three year sponsorship deal. The two regional feeder leagues became known as the Blue Square North and South respectively. The deal signalled the end of a nine year association between the Conference and the Nationwide Building Society. Aldershot Town won the Conference National to gain automatic promotion to the Football League, while Exeter City beat Cambridge United 1–0 in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium to secure the other promotion place. Aldershot also won the Conference League Cup, beating Rushden & Diamonds in a penalty shootout after a 3–3 draw. The FA Trophy was won by Ebbsfleet United, who beat Torquay United 1–0 at Wembley.
Deloitte reported in September 2007 that transfer spending by all Premier League and Football League clubs had exceeded £500 million, compared to £300 million spent the season before. Deloitte attributed the rise in spending to the huge increase in broadcasting revenue and new owners buying into Premier League clubs.
Two league clubs moved to new grounds for 2007–08. Shrewsbury Town moved to the New Meadow for the start of this season, after leaving their old stadium, Gay Meadow. Milton Keynes Dons moved to their new 22,000 all seater stadium at Denbigh, Milton Keynes, known as Stadium:mk. The stadium was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
5 July 2007: Aston Villa sign West Ham United midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker for £8.5million.
10 July 2007: West Ham United pay a club record £7.5million for Liverpool midfielder Craig Bellamy, while Wigan Athletic break their own record fee with a £5.3million deal for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jason Koumas.
23 July 2007: Fredrik Ljungberg, Arsenal's longest-serving player, leaves after nearly nine years in a £3million move to West Ham United.
24 July 2007: Robbie Fowler leaves Liverpool for a second time to join Cardiff City on a free transfer.
3 August 2007: Manchester United sell striker Alan Smith to Newcastle United for £6million.
29 August 2007: Martin Allen, who was appointed manager of Leicester City only three months ago, is dismissed from his job. Everton pay a club record £11.25million to Middlesbrough for striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
31 August 2007: The first month of the Premier League season ends with Chelsea top of the league with 10 points from their opening four games, while Manchester City occupy second place and four teams are level with one point less - Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal. The bottom three places are occupied by Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Derby County. 
11 September 2007: Ian Porterfield, who scored the winning goal for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final, dies of cancer aged 61. Porterfield was managing Armenia at the time of his death, and earlier in his management career he had been in charge of teams including Sheffield United and Chelsea.
20 September 2007: Jose Mourinho, who in the last three years has guided Chelsea to two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup triumph, resigns as manager after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich. Director of Football Avram Grant takes over control of the first team, becoming the first Israeli manager in English football.
30 September 2007: September draws to a close with Arsenal leading the Premier League, ahead of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Portsmouth, who complete the top five. Derby County, Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur occupy the bottom three places. 
19 October 2007: Steve Bruce resigns after six years as manager of Birmingham City. Speculations mounts that he is about to take over from Chris Hutchings as manager of Wigan Athletic, where he had a brief spell in 2001.
25 October 2007: Gary Megson defects from Leicester City after six weeks as manager to take over at Bolton Wanderers, while Martin Jol is sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur (battling relegation from the Premier League after two successive fifth-place finishes) after three years.
31 October 2007: October ends with Manchester United top of the Premier League, but with Arsenal a point behind with two games in hand. Chelsea, Liverpool and Portsmouth complete the top five. Bolton Wanderers, Derby County and Tottenham Hotspur remain in the bottom three places. 
5 November 2007: Chris Hutchings is sacked as manager of Premier League strugglers Wigan Athletic after less than six months in charge.
30 November 2007: At the end of November, Arsenal lead the Premier League with a three-point lead over second placed defending champions Manchester United, with a game in hand. Manchester City's recent good run of form has seen them emerge as surprise title contenders, as they occupy third place and are just a point behind their neighbours. Chelsea and Liverpool complete the top five. 
31 December 2007: 2007 draws to a close with Arsenal still Premier League leaders, but they no longer have games in hand over second placed Manchester United and the gap between the top two has now been cut to 2 points. Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City complete the top five. Derby County, Fulham and Wigan Athletic occupy the bottom three places. 
7 January 2008: Fabio Capello officially takes over as England manager.
16 January 2008: Kevin Keegan is appointed manager of Newcastle United for the second time, having previously been their manager from 1992 until 1997.
31 January 2008: January ends with Manchester United now top of the Premier League, leading on goal difference ahead of Arsenal. Chelsea are homing in on them in third place, followed by Everton, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool. Derby County, Fulham and Wigan Athletic occupy the bottom three places. 
6 February 2008: England beat Switzerland 2-1 in a home friendly in Fabio Capello's first game in charge.
24 February 2008: Tottenham Hotspur end their nine-year trophy drought with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the Football League Cup final.
29 February 2008: February draws to a close with Arsenal back on top of the Premier League with a 3-point lead over Manchester United. Chelsea remain in the title race in third place, but the gap between them and the rest of the elite has widened and the challenge from Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Manchester City is now very much a race for a European place rather than a title race. 
1 March 2008: Colchester United's former England striker Teddy Sheringham, who turns 42 next month and is the oldest professional footballer in the country, announces that he will retire from playing at the end of the season, calling time on a 26-year playing career.
29 March 2008: Derby County's relegation is confirmed after they can only manage a 2-2 draw at home to fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham - the earliest relegation to be confirmed in all 16 seasons of the Premier League.
31 March 2008: March ends with Manchester United 6 points ahead of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton completing the top five. Fulham and Bolton Wanderers complete the bottom three which is propped up by already relegated Derby County. 
30 April 2008: April ends with Manchester United and Chelsea level at the top of the Premier League, while Arsenal's challenge is effectively over after several weeks of dismal form. Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa occupy the remaining three European places, with Portsmouth and Manchester City still in contention. Derby County, Fulham and Birmingham City occupy the bottom three places, but the latter two still pose a threat to the safety of Reading and Bolton Wanderers, while Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic are now almost certainly safe. 
11 May 2008: Manchester United seal their 10th Premier League title and their 17th top division title overall, while Derby County finish the season in bottom place with a record top division low of one win and 11 points. Joining them in the Football League Championship for next season are Birmingham City and Reading.
21 May 2008: In the first all-English European Cup final, Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Moscow. Edwin van der Saar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty kick to give the trophy to United, while earlier in the shoot-out John Terry missed the penalty that would have given Chelsea the trophy for the very first time.
24 May 2008: Hull City reach the top flight for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win over Bristol City in the Football League Championship playoff final, with 39-year-old striker Dean Windass scoring the winning goal. It is Hull's third promotion in five seasons - the second quickest rise from the league's fourth tier to the highest. On the same day, Avram Grant is sacked as manager of Chelsea (without a major trophy for the first time in four years) despite having taken them to the brink of Premier League and European Cup glory this season.
25 May 2008: Doncaster Rovers reach the second tier of the English league for the first time in 50 years with a 1-0 win over Leeds United in the League One playoff final. Just six years ago, Leeds were a top-five Premier League club playing European football, while Doncaster were still in the Conference.
|Name||Club||Date of departure||Replacement||Date of appointment|
|Neil McDonald||Carlisle United||13 August 2007||John Ward||2 October 2007|
|Martin Allen||Leicester City||29 August 2007||Gary Megson||13 September 2007|
|Ronnie Jepson||Gillingham||9 September 2007||Mark Stimson||1 November 2007|
|José Mourinho||Chelsea||20 September 2007||Avram Grant||20 September 2007|
|Martin Foyle||Port Vale||26 September 2007||Lee Sinnott||5 November 2007|
|John Gregory||Queens Park Rangers||1 October 2007||Luigi De Canio||29 October 2007|
|John Ward||Cheltenham Town||2 October 2007||Keith Downing1||2 November 2007|
|Willie Donachie||Millwall||8 October 2007||Kenny Jackett||6 November 2007|
|Peter Taylor||Crystal Palace||8 October 2007||Neil Warnock||11 October 2007|
|Peter Grant||Norwich City||9 October 2007||Glenn Roeder||30 October 2007|
|John Schofield||Lincoln City||15 October 2007||Peter Jackson||30 October 2007|
|Steve Thompson||Notts County||16 October 2007||Ian McParland||18 October 2007|
|Sammy Lee||Bolton Wanderers||17 October 2007||Gary Megson||25 October 2007|
|Gary Megson||Leicester City||24 October 2007||Ian Holloway||22 November 2007|
|Martin Jol||Tottenham Hotspur||25 October 2007||Juande Ramos||27 October 2007|
|Chris Hutchings||Wigan Athletic||5 November 2007||Steve Bruce||26 November 2007|
|Steve Cotterill||Burnley||8 November 2007||Owen Coyle||22 November 2007|
|Paul Simpson||Preston North End||13 November 2007||Alan Irvine||20 November 2007|
|Brian Carey||Wrexham||15 November 2007||Brian Little||15 November 2007|
|Steve Bruce||Birmingham City||19 November 2007||Alex McLeish||28 November 2007|
|Ian Holloway||Plymouth Argyle||21 November 2007||Paul Sturrock||27 November 2007|
|Billy Davies||Derby County||26 November 2007||Paul Jewell||28 November 2007|
|Paul Sturrock||Swindon Town||27 November 2007||Maurice Malpas||15 January 2008|
|Terry Butcher||Brentford||11 December 2007||Andy Scott2||4 January 2008|
|Lawrie Sanchez||Fulham||21 December 2007||Roy Hodgson||30 December 2007|
|Sam Allardyce||Newcastle United||9 January 2008||Kevin Keegan||16 January 2008|
|Chris Casper||Bury||14 January 2008||Alan Knill||4 February 2008|
|Kevin Blackwell||Luton Town||16 January 2008||Mick Harford3||16 January 2008|
|George Burley||Southampton||24 January 2008||Nigel Pearson||18 February 2008|
|Dennis Wise||Leeds United||29 January 2008||Gary McAllister||29 January 2008|
|Iain Dowie||Coventry City||11 February 2008||Chris Coleman||19 February 2008|
|Bryan Robson||Sheffield United||14 February 2008||Kevin Blackwell4||14 February 2008|
|Ian Brightwell||Macclesfield Town||27 February 2008||Keith Alexander||27 February 2008|
|Bobby Williamson||Chester City||2 March 2008||Simon Davies5||11 March 2008|
|Gary Peters||Shrewsbury Town||3 March 2008||Paul Simpson||12 March 2008|
|Billy Dearden||Mansfield Town||8 March 2008||Paul Holland6||25 March 2008|
|Andy Ritchie||Huddersfield Town||1 April 2008||Stan Ternent||24 April 2008|
|Richard Money||Walsall||22 April 2008||Jimmy Mullen7||22 May 2008|
|Dean Wilkins||Brighton & Hove Albion||8 May 2008||Micky Adams||8 May 2008|
|Luigi De Canio||Queens Park Rangers||8 May 2008||Iain Dowie||14 May 2008|
|Paul Lambert||Wycombe Wanderers||20 May 2008||Peter Taylor||29 May 2008|
|Ian Holloway||Leicester City||23 May 2008||Nigel Pearson||20 June 2008|
|Avram Grant||Chelsea||24 May 2008||Luiz Felipe Scolari||1 July 2008|
|Nigel Pearson||Southampton||30 May 2008||Jan Poortvliet||30 May 2008|
|Sven-Göran Eriksson||Manchester City||2 June 2008||Mark Hughes||5 June 2008|
|Mark Hughes||Blackburn Rovers||5 June 2008||Paul Ince||22 June 2008|
|Paul Ince||Milton Keynes Dons||22 June 2008||Roberto Di Matteo||2 July 2008|
Playoff winners in bold.
*Altrincham avoided relegation after Halifax Town went into liquidation
The England played their first international match on a synthetic pitch against Russia. England lost the game 2–1 leaving qualification for Euro 2008 out of their hands. England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 after losing 3–2 to Croatia on 21 November 2007. As a result, England manager Steve McClaren was sacked the following day. Fabio Capello was confirmed as the new England manager on 14 December 2007. Capello was unveiled by The FA on 17 December 2007, and took up his new role on 7 January 2008.
The home team is listed on the left; the visiting one on the right.
|22 August 2007
||England||1 – 2||Germany||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Massimo Busacca
|16 November 2007
||Austria||0 – 1||England||Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Referee: Nicolai Vollquartz
|6 February 2008
||England||2 – 1||Switzerland||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Felix Brych
|26 March 2008
||France||1 – 0||England||Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Florian Meyer
|Ribery 32' (pen.)||(Report)|
|28 May 2008
||England||2 – 0||United States||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Kyros Vassaras
|1 June 2008
||Trinidad and Tobago||0 – 3||England||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde
Defoe 16' 49'
|8 September 2007
||England||3 – 0||Israel||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Pieter Vink
|12 September 2007
||England||3 – 0||Russia||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Martin Hansson
|Owen 7' 31'
|13 October 2007
||England||3 – 0||Estonia||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Nicolai Vollquartz
Rähn 33' (o.g.)
|17 October 2007
||Russia||2 – 1||England||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo
Pavlyuchenko 69' (pen.) 73' 74'
|(Report)||Rooney 29' 69'
|21 November 2007
||England||2 – 3||Croatia||Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Peter Frojdfeldt
|Lampard 56' (pen.)
|UEFA Champions League||Manchester United||UEFA Champions League 2007-08
Beat Chelsea 6–5 on penalties (1–1 a.e.t.)
|Premier League||Manchester United||Premier League 2007–08||Report|
|Football League Championship||West Bromwich Albion||The Football League 2007–08||Report|
|Football League One||Swansea City||The Football League 2007–08||Report|
|Football League Two||Milton Keynes Dons||The Football League 2007–08||Report|
|FA Cup||Portsmouth||FA Cup 2007–08||Report|
|League Cup||Tottenham Hotspur||Football League Cup 2007–08
Beat Chelsea 2–1 a.e.t.
|Football League Trophy||Milton Keynes Dons||Football League Trophy 2007–08
Beat Grimsby Town 2–0
|FA Trophy||Ebbsfleet United||FA Trophy 2007–08||Report|
|Conference League Cup||Aldershot Town||Conference League Cup 2007–08
Beat Rushden & Diamonds 4–3 on penalties (3–3 a.e.t.)
|FA Community Shield||Manchester United||2007 FA Community Shield
Beat Chelsea 3–0 on penalties (1–1 a.e.t.)
|10||West Ham United||38||13||10||15||42||50||-8||49|
|C||1||West Bromwich Albion||46||23||12||11||88||55||+33||81|
|14||Queens Park Rangers||46||14||16||16||60||66||-6||58|
|15||Preston North End||46||15||11||20||50||55||-5||56|
|5||Leeds United||46||27||10||9||72||38||+34||76 F|
|7||Brighton and Hove Albion||46||19||12||15||58||50||+6||69|
|R||24||Luton Town||46||11||10||25||43||63||-20||33 A|
F Leeds deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency
A Luton and Bournemouth both deducted 10 points a piece for being administrated
|C||1||Milton Keynes Dons||46||29||10||7||82||37||+45||97|
|9||Rotherham United||46||21||11||14||60||58||+2||64 A|
|20||Dagenham & Redbridge||46||13||10||23||49||70||-21||49|
A Deducted 10 points for being administrated