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The 2009–10 season is the 130th season of competitive football in England.

The season began on 8 August 2009 for the Championship, League One and League Two and 15 August 2009 for the Premier League. The season will finish on 2 May 2010 for the Football League Championship, and 9 May 2010 for the other three Divisions.[1][2]

Contents

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)

Teams promoted to Premier League 2009–10

Teams relegated from Premier League 2008–09

Teams promoted to Football League Championship 2009–10

Teams relegated from Football League Championship 2008–09

Teams promoted to Football League One 2009–10

Teams relegated from Football League One 2008–09

Teams promoted to Football League Two 2009–10

Teams relegated from Football League Two 2008–09

Managerial changes

Name Club Date of departure Replacement Date of appointment
Bryan Gunn Norwich City 14 August 2009[3] Paul Lambert 18 August 2009[4]
Paul Lambert Colchester United 18 August 2009[4] Aidy Boothroyd 2 September 2009[5]
Simon Davey Barnsley 29 August 2009[6] Mark Robins 9 September 2009[7]
Peter Jackson Lincoln City 2 September 2009[8] Chris Sutton 28 September 2009[9]
Stuart Gray Northampton Town 8 September 2009[10] Ian Sampson1 5 October 2009[11]
Mark Robins Rotherham United 9 September 2009[12] Ronnie Moore 24 September 2009[13]
Colin Todd Darlington 26 September 2009[14] Steve Staunton 5 October 2009[15]
Gudjon Thordarson Crewe Alexandra 2 October 2009[16] Dario Gradi 2 October 2009[17]
John Barnes Tranmere Rovers 9 October 2009[18] Les Parry 16 December 2009[19]
Peter Taylor Wycombe Wanderers 9 October 2009[20] Gary Waddock 13 October 2009[21]
Ian McParland Notts County 12 October 2009[22] Hans Backe 27 October 2009[23]
Gary Waddock Aldershot Town 13 October 2009[21] Kevin Dillon 9 November 2009[24]
Mike Newell Grimsby Town 18 October 2009[25] Neil Woods 23 November 2009[26]
Gareth Southgate Middlesbrough 21 October 2009[27] Gordon Strachan 26 October 2009[28]
Russell Slade Brighton & Hove Albion 1 November 2009[29] Gustavo Poyet 10 November 2009[30]
Darren Ferguson Peterborough United 9 November 2009[31] Mark Cooper 14 November 2009[32][33]
Paul Hart Portsmouth 24 November 2009[34] Avram Grant 26 November 2009[35]
Paul Sturrock Plymouth Argyle 10 December 2009[36] Paul Mariner 10 December 2009[36]
Martin Allen Cheltenham Town 11 December 2009[37] Mark Yates 22 December 2009[38]
Brian Laws Sheffield Wednesday 13 December 2009[39] Alan Irvine 8 January 2010[40]
Hans Backe Notts County 15 December 2009[41] Steve Cotterill 23 February 2010[42]
Jim Magilton Queens Park Rangers 16 December 2009[43] Paul Hart 17 December 2009[44]
Brendan Rodgers Reading 17 December 2009[45] Brian McDermott2 27 January 2010[46]
Mark Hughes Manchester City 19 December 2009[47] Roberto Mancini 21 December 2009[48]
Alan Irvine Preston North End 29 December 2009[49] Darren Ferguson 6 January 2010[50]
Gary Megson Bolton Wanderers 30 December 2009[51] Owen Coyle 8 January 2010[52]
Owen Coyle Burnley 8 January 2010[52] Brian Laws 13 January 2010[53]
Paul Hart Queens Park Rangers 15 January 2010[54] Neil Warnock 1 March 2010[55]
Mark Cooper Peterborough United 1 February 2010[56] Jim Gannon 2 February 2010 [57]
Stuart McCall Bradford City 8 February 2010[58] Peter Taylor 17 February 2010[59]
Neil Warnock Crystal Palace 1 March 2010[55] Paul Hart 2 March 2010[60]
Keith Alexander Macclesfield Town 3 March 2010[61]
John Trewick Hereford United 8 March 2010 Graham Turner 8 March 2010[62]
Phil Brown Hull City 15 March 2010[63] Iain Dowie 17 March 2010

Notes

  • 1 Sampson was named caretaker-manager following Gray's departure on 8 September, and appointed full-time on 5 October.
  • 2 McDermott was named caretaker-manager following Rogers departure on 17 December, and was appointed full-time on 27 January.

Diary of the season

  • 26 July 2009: An England XI defeats a Germany XI 3-2 at St James's Park, Newcastle, in a charity match which raises money for the cancer charity of former England manager Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby, who has fought the illness since 1992 and gone into remission four times, attends the match in a wheelchair.
  • 31 July 2009: Sir Bobby Robson dies aged 76.
  • 14 August 2009: Bryan Gunn becomes the first managerial casualty of the season when his contract is terminated by Norwich City in League One. [1]
  • 19 August 2009: Newly promoted Burnley achieve a shock 1-0 home win over Manchester United, with the only goal of the game coming from veteran striker Robbie Blake.
  • 23 August 2009: The highlight of the second weekend of the Premier League season comes when Burnley achieve another shock 1-0 win, this time over Everton after Louis Saha missed a penalty.
  • 25 August 2009: Some of the worst scenes of football hooliganism in years are witnessed in West Ham United's 3-1 home win over Millwall in the Football League Cup second round. Fans invaded the pitch twice and there was widespread violence in the stands and also on the streets surrounding Upton Park, including one incident in which a man suffered stab wounds.
  • 27 August 2009: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, suggests that West Ham United and Millwall should never be allowed to play each other in a cup competition again.
  • 30 September 2009: Manchester United and Chelsea are level on 18 points at the top of the Premier League, three points ahead of their nearest rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal and Manchester City complete the top six. Portsmouth are bottom of the table after starting the season with a record seven successive defeats, joined in the relegation zone by West Ham United and Hull City. [4]
  • 29 October 2009: Wigan Athletic striker Marlon King has his contract terminated by the club after receiving an 18-month prison sentence for assaulting a woman in a nightclub. It is the second time that King has been in convicted and sent to prison, [9] having also received an 18-month prison sentence in 2002, when convicted of driving a stolen car. [10]
  • 31 October 2009: October draws to a close with Chelsea now two points ahead of Manchester United, with the rest of the top four unchanged from the end of last month. Portsmouth remained bottom from the end of last month, but have now gained their first seven points of the season, while West Ham United and Hull City complete the bottom three once again. [11]
  • 30 November 2009: November ends with Chelsea two points ahead of Manchester United and with a game in hand, while the only change to the rest of the top six is that Aston Villa have displaced Liverpool who are now seventh. Portsmouth remain bottom, now joined in the relegation zone by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers. [12]
  • 15 December 2009: Brendan Rodgers is sacked after six months as manager of Reading, who are battling against relegation from the Championship just months after almost being promoted from it under his predecessor Steve Coppell. [14]
  • 3 January 2010: Manchester United suffer a shock exit at home to League One leaders Leeds United in the FA Cup third round, their 1-0 defeat being their first defeat at the entry stage of the competition in 26 years. [21]
  • 5 January 2010: The first managerial change of the decade takes place when Owen Coyle leaves Burnley to take over as manager of their local rivals Bolton Wanderers. [22]
  • 6 January 2010: Darren Ferguson is appointed manager of Preston North End and declares his ambition to take them into the Premier League and play against his father Sir Alex's Manchester United side. [23]
  • 8 January 2010: Alan Irvine is appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday. [24]
  • 9 January 2010: Seven of the Premier League fixtures this weekend are postponed due to heavy snow across Britain. [25] Four fixtures survive in the Championship and two will be played in League One, but the whole League Two programme is postponed. [26]
  • 13 January 2010: Another shock in the FA Cup third round takes place at Anfield, where Liverpool lose 2-1 to Championship strugglers Reading in the replay, casting further doubt on the position of manager Rafael Benitez whose job has reportedly been on the line for weeks due to sub-standard form by his team. [27] Burnley appoint Brian Laws as their new manager. [28]
  • 18 January 2010: Championship leaders Newcastle United announce a new four-year sponsorship deal with Northern Rock, the bank which has been nationalised for two years after almost collapsing due to the credit crunch which brought on the current recession. [29]
  • 31 January 2010: January draws to a close with Chelsea a point ahead of nearest challengers Manchester United in the Premier League, with a game in hand. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City complete the top six. Burnley, Hull City and Portsmouth occupy the bottom three. [30]
  • 19 February 2010: Chester City, bottom of the Blue Square Premier League with minus 3 points due to a 25-point deduction imposed upon them for financial problems, are suspended from their league until further notice for breach of league rules. A takeover deal is still in the pipeline for the club, who last season were relegated from the Football League for the second time in a decade. [31]
  • 23 February 2010: Portsmouth, bottom of the Premier League, are reported to be within 72 hours of receivership (which would see them deducted 10 points and relegation to the Football League Championship become almost certain) unless a buyer is found for the club. [32]
  • 26 February 2010: Portsmouth go into administraton - the first Premier League club to do so. They are set to be deducted nine points and are already bottom of the table with 16 points. The points deduction would leave with just seven points and make relegation almost certain. [33] Chester City, bottom of the Conference National with -3 points after a 25-point deduction for similar financial problems, are expelled from the Conference a year after being relegated from the Football League and are expected to be wound-up completely within the next two weeks. Although they could yet be reinstated to the Conference on appeal within the next few days, their expulsion would make them the first team at this level to fold mid-season since Newport County in February 1989. [34]
  • 28 February 2010: Manchester United seal the first major silverware of the season by beating Aston Villa 2-1 in the Football League Cup final at Wembley, retaining the trophy. It is the fourth time they have won the trophy - all of the wins have been under the management of Alex Ferguson. Ryan Giggs, the only player to have featured in all of the first three wins, misses the game through injury. United had gone a goal down in the fifth minute when James Milner scored a penalty for the midlanders, but Michael Owen quickly responded with an equaliser and was later substituted in favour of Wayne Rooney, who put United ahead in the 74th minute and the score remained unchanged until the final whistle. [35] In the Premier League, United are still looking strong contenders for the title as they stand one point behind leaders Chelsea. Arsenal's good form has seen them occupy third place with just two points less than United and a nine-point gap outside their nearest contenders Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. [36]
  • 8 March 2010: Chester City's expulsion from the Blue Square Premier is confirmed and their record for this season is expunged, sparking a revised league table which sees Oxford United taking over from Stevenage Borough as leaders, while York City drop out of the playoff zone and Cambridge United move dangerously closer to the relegation zone. [38]
  • 15 March 2010: Newport County, the former Football League club who reformed in 1989 after going bankrupt and being excelled from the GM Vauxhall Conference, achieve an early promotion back to the highest division outside the Football League as Conference South champions. [40]
  • 17 March 2010: Portsmouth's nine-point deduction for going into administration is confirmed, making relegation from the Premier League almost certain as they remain bottom of the table but are now 17 points adrift of safety with nine games left to play. [41]

Retirements

8 December 2009: Linvoy Primus, 36-year-old Portsmouth defender,after failing to overcome a serious knee injury but now work ambassadorial role for Portsmouth. He Previously played for Chartlon Athletic, Barnet and Reading.

11 December 2009: Dean Ashton, 26-year-old West Ham United striker, after failing to make a full recovery from an ankle injury suffered when training with the England team in August 2006. [42]

17 December 2009: Riccardo Scimeca, 34-year-old Cardiff City midfielder formerly of Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest. [43]

6 January 2010: Neil Clement, 31-year-old West Bromwich Albion defender and club's longest serving player after 10 years there, after failing to make a full recovery from a knee injury suffered in August 2008.[44]

6 January 2010: Patrik Berger, 36-year-old Czech midfielder who had spells in England with Liverpool, Portsmouth and Aston Villa before returning to Sparta Prague. [45]

National team

The home team is on the left column; the away team is on the right column.

Friendly matches[64]

12 August 2009
Netherlands  2 – 2  England Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Kuyt Goal 10'
van der Vaart Goal 38'
(Report) Defoe Goal 49'77'

5 September 2009
England  2 – 1  Slovenia Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,232
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Lampard Goal 31' (pen.)
Defoe Goal 63'
(Report) Ljubijankič Goal 85'

14 November 2009
England  0 – 1  Brazil Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Abdou Abdulrahman (Qatar)
(Report) Nilmar Goal 48'

3 March 2010
England  3 – 1  Egypt Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,602
Crouch Goal 56'80'
Wright-Phillips Goal 75'
(Report) Zidan Goal 23'

World Cup qualifiers

England is currently in Group 6 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification process.[65]


9 September 2009
England  5 – 1  Croatia Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,319
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Lampard Goal 7' (pen.)59'
Gerrard Goal 18'66'
Rooney Goal 77'
(Report) Eduardo Goal 72'

10 October 2009
Ukraine  1 – 0  England Dnipro Stadium, Dnipropetrovsk
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Nazarenko Goal 27' (Report)

14 October 2009
England  3 – 0  Belarus Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 76,897
Referee: Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (Portugal)
Crouch Goal 4'76'
Wright-Phillips Goal 59'
(Report)

Clubs that folded

Due to the ongoing effects of Credit Crunch and Recession, many football clubs, especially those in lower league, are facing closure due to rising debts. Several have folded with many more in administration or facing winding up orders.

Club League Date of Dissolution
Newcastle Blue Star Northern Premier League Premier Division June
King's Lynn Northern Premier League Premier Division 25th November
Chester City Conference National 10h March 2010[66]
Farsley Celtic Conference North 10th March[67]

Deaths

  • 31 July 2009 – Sir Bobby Robson, 76, former inside-forward and manager. As a player, he played for Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, and won 20 caps for England. As manager, he reached even greater heights, being appointed to Ipswich Town in 1969 and over the next 13 years taking them to FA Cup and UEFA Cup glory (also finishing second in the league in his final 2 seasons as manager), before leaving in 1982 to manage England for eight years during which they reached the quarter-final of the World Cup in 1986 and to the semi-final in 1990, only losing on penalties. He later managed PSV Eindhoven of Holland, FC Porto of Portugal and FC Barcelona of Spain, before returning home to manage his boyhood favourites Newcastle United from 1999 to 2004, during which time they qualified for Europe on three occasions. He was knighted for his services to football in 2002. His death came after a 17-year battle against cancer which had gone into remission four times.[70]
  • 7 November 2009 – Billy Ingham, 57, former Burnley midfielder who spent eleven years with the Clarets, playing more than 250 games for the club before finishing his career with a spell at Bradford City.[84]
  • 23 November 2009 – Tony Parry, 64, former central defender who spent the majority of his nine-year professional career with Hartlepool United, and also had a brief spell with Derby County before dropping down to non-league football.[87]
  • 20 December 2009 – Jack Brownsword, 86, former left-back who spent nearly his entire career with Scunthorpe United, playing a club-record 597 league appearances for the Iron between 1950 and 1964. Also had a brief spell with Hull City prior to joining Scunthorpe.[94]
  • 3 March 2010 – Keith Alexander, 53, manager and former striker who was manager of Macclesfield Town at the time of his death, and had also managed Lincoln City and Peterborough United earlier in his career. As player, he was a journeyman striker who spent most of his career in non-league football, but also had a few spells in the Football League, primarily with Grimsby Town and Lincoln City.[105]
  • 4 March 2010 - Tony Richards, 75, former striker who scored 185 goals in 334 league games for Walsall between 1954 and 1963. Also spent three seasons with Port Vale.[106]

See also

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