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Premier League
Season 2005-06
Champions Chelsea F.C.
2nd Premier League title
3rd English title
Matches played 380
Goals scored 944 (2.48 per match)
Top goalscorer France Thierry Henry (27 goals)
Biggest home win Arsenal 7–0 Middlesbrough (14 January 2006)
Highest scoring Arsenal 7–0 Middlesbrough (14 January 2006)
Wigan 4–3 Man City
Blackburn 4–3 Man United (1 February 2006)
Middlesbrough 4–3 Bolton ()
Fulham 6-1 West Brom
Charlton 2-5 Man City

The 2005-06 season of the FA Premier League began on 13 August 2005, and concluded on 7 May 2006. The season saw Chelsea F.C retain their title after defeating Manchester United 3–0 at Stamford Bridge towards the end of April. On the same day, West Bromwich and Birmingham City were relegated, joining Sunderland in The Championship for the following season.

Contents

Final league table

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Comments
1 Chelsea 38 29 4 5 72 22 +50 91 2006-07 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 25 8 5 72 34 +38 83
3 Liverpool 38 25 7 6 57 25 +32 82 2006-07 UEFA Champions League
Third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 20 7 11 68 31 +37 67
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 18 11 9 53 38 +15 65 UEFA Cup 2006–07 First round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 19 6 13 51 42 +9 63
7 Newcastle United 38 17 7 14 47 42 +5 58 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
8 Bolton Wanderers 38 15 11 12 49 41 +8 56
9 West Ham United 38 16 7 15 52 55 -3 55 UEFA Cup 2006–07 First round1
10 Wigan Athletic 38 15 6 17 45 52 -7 51
11 Everton 38 14 8 16 34 49 -15 50
12 Fulham 38 14 6 18 48 58 -10 48
13 Charlton Athletic 38 13 8 17 41 55 -14 47
14 Middlesbrough 38 12 9 17 48 58 -10 45
15 Manchester City 38 13 4 21 43 48 -5 43
16 Aston Villa 38 10 12 16 42 55 -13 42
17 Portsmouth 38 10 8 20 37 62 -25 38
18 Birmingham City 38 8 10 20 28 50 -22 34 Relegated to
Football League Championship 2006-07
19 West Bromwich Albion 38 7 9 22 31 58 -27 30
20 Sunderland 38 3 6 29 26 69 -43 15

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1.West Ham qualified for the UEFA Cup as FA Cup finalists

Results

Home \ Away1 ARS AST BIR BLA BOL CHA CHE EVE FUL LIV MNC MNU MID NEW POR SUN TOT WBA WHU WIG
Arsenal 5–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 7–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 4–2
Aston Villa 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–3 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–2
Birmingham City 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–3 0–0 5–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 4–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 4–3 3–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 4–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–1
Charlton Athletic 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–5 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–3 0–0 2–0 1–0
Chelsea 1–0 2–1 2–0 4–2 5–1 1–1 3–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 4–1 1–0
Everton 1–0 4–1 0–0 3–0 0–4 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 0–1
Fulham 0–4 3–3 0–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–0 6–1 1–2 1–0
Liverpool 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–4 3–1 5–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–0
Manchester City 1–3 3–1 4–1 0–0 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 0–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–1
Manchester United 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 4–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 4–0
Middlesbrough 2–1 0–4 1–0 0–2 4–3 0–3 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 0–0 4–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–2 2–0 2–3
Newcastle United 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 3–1
Portsmouth 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–2
Sunderland 0–3 1–3 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 1–3 0–3 1–4 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–1 1–2 2–3 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 4–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–3 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–2
West Ham United 0–0 4–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–4 2–4 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–2
Wigan Athletic 2–3 3–2 1–1 0–3 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 4–3 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–2

Source: Barclays Premier League
1The 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.

Season Statistics

Total Goals: 944
Average Goals per game: 2.48
Biggest Win: Arsenal 7 Middlesbrough 0

Season summary

For the second time in two seasons José Mourinho's Chelsea triumphed in the Premier League, with a home win over closest rivals Manchester United confirming them as champions after a record setting albeit tense season. Chelsea's early season form with 15 wins out of 16 gave the champions an unequivocal head start. With Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool falling way short of their expectations before Christmas, Chelsea had effectively became 'Champions-Elect' by early 2006. However a sudden collapse in form by mid-March caused their seemingly unassailable lead of 18 points to be cut down to just 7 in two weeks due to the impressive late run of form of Manchester United who went on a ten-match winning streak scoring over 30 goals. However a shock home draw with bottom of the table Sunderland (who were evidently relegated as a result) at Old Trafford killed United's title hopes. The momentum was back with Chelsea who didn't need a second bite at the cherry with wins over Bolton, Everton and finally Manchester United giving the west Londoners their second successive championship under Mourinho.

The top two clubs at the end of the season earned the right to participate in the UEFA Champions League group stages, while the third- and fourth-placed clubs get places in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round (where they progress to the Champions League group stages if they win or the UEFA Cup if they lose). However, if an English team wins the Champions League, but finishes outside the top four, then they get the final Champions League spot instead of the fourth-placed club, who have to settle for a place in the UEFA Cup. This could have been the case with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but Arsenal pipped Spurs to fourth place in the final matchday of the season before losing 2-1 to F.C Barcelona in the final of the UEFA Champions League.

The fifth-placed club always earns a spot in the UEFA Cup. The winners of the FA Cup also earn a place in the UEFA Cup. If they have already qualified for European competition by their league position or winning the League Cup, then the FA Cup runners-up get their place. If the runners-up, too, have already qualified, then the highest league finisher who have not already qualified for Europe (normally sixth place) are given the place. This season, the FA Cup final featured Liverpool and West Ham. Since Liverpool finished third they were assured of a spot in the Champions League qualifying round, which in turn meant that West Ham received the cup winner's UEFA Cup place......

The League Cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Cup. If they have already qualified for European competition through other means then their place is, unlike the FA Cup, not awarded to the runner-up, but instead the highest league finisher who has not qualified for Europe. League Cup winners Man United finished second, placing them directly into the Champions League group stage. This meant that the sixth-placed club, Blackburn Rovers, qualified for the UEFA Cup. The team directly after the UEFA Cup places, goes into the UEFA Intertoto Cup which means in turn, if the team - which was Newcastle United this season - wins a 2-legged match means they earn a place in the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.

Top goal scorers

Scorer Goals Team
France Thierry Henry 27 Arsenal
Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 21 Manchester United
England Darren Bent 18 Charlton
Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane 16 Tottenham Hotspur
England Frank Lampard 16 Chelsea
England Wayne Rooney 16 Manchester United
England Marlon Harewood 14 West Ham United
Wales Craig Bellamy 13 Blackburn Rovers
Nigeria Yakubu Aiyegbeni 13 Middlesbrough
Senegal Henri Camara 12 Wigan Athletic

Promoted teams

These three teams were promoted from The Championship at the start of the season:

Relegated teams

These three teams were relegated to The Championship at the end of the season:

Notable events

  • This was Arsenal's last ever season at their long-time home of Highbury. Their last ever match there was a 4-2 victory over Wigan Athletic, where Thierry Henry scored a hat-trick - the last in the Barclays Premiership this season. After scoring his hat-trick goal from the penalty spot, Henry kissed the grass at Highbury. The Gunners opened the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2006.
  • With 27 goals, league leader Thierry Henry outscored the entire Sunderland squad who managed to score just 26 goals. This is the second time a Premier League squad has been outscored by individual players. The first instance also involved Sunderland when they were outscored by three players, including Henry, in the 2002-03 season. In the 2007-08 season, Derby County would be outscored by three players.
  • In the season's first match, Everton hosted Manchester United, losing 0-2 to United. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the season's first goal.
  • Marlon Harewood scored the first Barclays Premiership hat-trick of the season in West Ham United's 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.
  • Chelsea, having been originally founded in 1905, celebrated their centennial year with a series of events, and a second consecutive Premiership title.
  • Liverpool recorded the highest points total (82) for a third-placed club. This record would later be broken by Chelsea F.C. who recorded a total of 83 points during the 2008-2009 season.
  • Several clubs reported disappointing attendances and/or trouble selling out their grounds for the opening weeks' matches. Many have argued that this was due mainly to the comparatively early season start, and the Ashes Test cricket series which caught the nation's imagination and which England went on to win. Other possible reasons are continued escalation of ticket prices and the increasing number of games shown on television (which has had the knock on effect of greater variation in kick-off times). The overall decline in attendances for the season was only around 2%, but that figure is reduced by the fact that bigger clubs were promoted into the Premiership than were relegated and several clubs have suffered larger falls.
  • Alan Shearer and Dennis Bergkamp both retired this season after long and successful Premiership careers. Shearer was injured and in essence, has had his career ended early.
  • The largest win during this season was recorded when Arsenal defeated Middlesbrough 7-0.
  • Sunderland had the worst ever season in the history of the FA Premier League after picking up only 15 points and three wins all season. They broke their previous record of 19 points in 2002-03, along with the previously mentioned fact that the entire team was outscored, goal wise, by Thierry Henry of Arsenal. That record would be broken by Derby County in 2007-08, with a total of 11 points and one victory (through games of 4 May 2008).
  • Fulham FC were almost the third Premier League club in history to go a whole season without an away win, however a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on the penultimate week spared them that record.
  • After witnessing West Bromwich Albion's miraculous 'Great Escape' the previous season Portsmouth FC completed their own version of this recovering from being 8 points adrift of safety with less than 10 games left to relegate West Brom and Birmingham City by the second to last game of the season with a 2-1 win over Wigan.
  • With Tottenham Hotspur already guaranteed a European place, all they needed to do was equal Arsenal's result when playing away at West Ham. However the night before, the team came down with sickness. West Ham, Spurs and the Premier League could not agree a new date/time for the game. The match went ahead at the originally planned time, Spurs lost 2-1 and Arsenal got the final UEFA Champions League place.

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