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1954-55 in English football

2007–08 in English football

The 2007–08 season was the 128th season of competitive football in England.

Overview

  • Deloitte reports on 4 September 2007 that transfer spending by all Premier League and Football League clubs exceeds £500 million, compared to £300 million spent the season before. Deloitte attributes the rise in spending to the huge increase in broadcasting revenue and new owners buying into Premier League clubs.

European competitions

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 occurance – 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.

Premier League

Manchester United won the Premier League for the tenth time, securing the title on the final day of the season. Chelsea were runners-up. Reading F.C., Birmingham City and Derby County were relegated.

  • The Premier League underwent a major rebranding, changing sponsored name from the Barclays Premiership to the Barclays Premier League (BPL).
  • The Premier League changed the font printed on the back of players' shirts.
  • Birmingham City and Sunderland played in the Premier League, returning at the first time of asking since being relegated in 2005–06. They were joined by Derby County. 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.

Football 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-offs, beating Bristol City 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the final to reach the top-flight of English football for the first time in their history. 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 lost 15 points pre-season for financial irregularities, and so Nottingham Forest were able to take 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.

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.

Cup competitions and Community Shield

Portsmouth won the FA Cup with a 1–0 victory over Cardiff City. Tottenham Hotspur won the Carling 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 Johnstone's Paint 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.

Non-League football

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 signals 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.

Managerial changes

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

Notes

  • 1 Downing was previously caretaker manager after Ward's departure.
  • 2 Scott was previously caretaker manager after Butcher's departure.
  • 3 Harford was named caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.
  • 4 Blackwell was named caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.
  • 5 Davies' caretaker role was extended until the end of the season.
  • 6 Holland's caretaker role was extended until the end of the season.
  • 7 Mullen was previously caretaker manager after Money's departure.

Promotion and relegation

Playoff winners in bold.

Premier League

  • Champions: Manchester United
  • Champions League 2008/09 Qualifiers : Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool
  • UEFA Cup 2008/09 Qualifiers : Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Manchester City and Portsmouth
  • Relegated to The Championship : Derby County, Birmingham City and Reading

Championship

  • Champions: West Bromwich Albion
  • Promoted: Stoke City
  • Playoffs : Hull City, Bristol City, Watford and Crystal Palace
  • Relegated: Leicester City, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United

League One

  • Champions: Swansea City
  • Promoted: Nottingham Forest
  • Playoffs : Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United ,Southend United and Carlisle United
  • Relegated: AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham, Port Vale and Luton Town

League Two

  • Champions: Milton Keynes Dons
  • Promoted: Peterborough United, Hereford United
  • Playoffs : Stockport County, Rochdale, Darlington and Wycombe Wanderers
  • Relegated: Mansfield Town and Wrexham

Blue Square Premier

  • Champions: Aldershot
  • Play-offs: Cambridge United, Torquay United, Exeter City and Burton Albion
  • Relegated: Altrincham*, Farsley Celtic, Stafford Rangers and Droylsden
  • Promoted to: Kettering Town, Lewes, Eastbourne Borough and Barrow

*Altrincham avoided relegation after Halifax Town went into liquidation

National team

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.

Results

The home team is listed on the left; the visiting one on the right.









Honours

Competition Winner Details Match report
Premier League Manchester United Premier 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.
Report
Football League Trophy Milton Keynes Dons Football League Trophy 2007–08
Beat Grimsby Town 2–0
Report
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.)
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 Community Shield Manchester United 2007 FA Community Shield
Beat Chelsea 3–0 on penalties (1–1 a.e.t.)
Report
UEFA Champions League Manchester United UEFA Champions League 2007-08
Beat Chelsea 6–5 on penalties (1–1 a.e.t.)
Report

League Tables

Premier League

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Manchester United 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87
  2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
  3 Arsenal 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83
  4 Liverpool 38 21 13 4 67 28 +39 76
  5 Everton 38 19 8 11 55 33 +22 65
  6 Aston Villa 38 16 12 10 71 51 +20 60
  7 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 13 10 50 48 +2 58
  8 Portsmouth 38 16 9 13 48 40 +8 57
  9 Manchester City 38 15 10 13 45 53 -8 55
  10 West Ham United 38 13 10 15 42 50 -8 49
  11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 13 14 66 61 +5 46
  12 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 45 65 -20 43
  13 Middlesbrough 38 10 12 16 43 53 -10 42
  14 Wigan Athletic 38 10 10 18 34 51 -17 40
  15 Sunderland 38 11 6 21 36 59 -23 39
  16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 10 19 36 54 -18 37
  17 Fulham 38 8 12 18 38 60 -22 36
R 18 Reading 38 10 6 22 41 66 -25 36
R 19 Birmingham City 38 8 11 19 46 62 -16 35
R 20 Derby County 38 1 8 29 20 89 -69 11

Football League Championship

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 West Bromwich Albion 46 23 12 11 88 55 +33 81
P 2 Stoke City 46 21 16 9 69 55 +14 79
P 3 Hull City 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75
  4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 +1 74
  5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
  6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 +6 70
  7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 16 12 53 48 +5 70
  8 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 65 56 +9 69
  9 Sheffield United 46 17 15 14 56 51 +5 66
  10 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 13 16 61 49 +12 64
  11 Charlton Athletic 46 17 13 16 63 58 +5 64
  12 Cardiff City 46 16 16 14 59 55 +4 64
  13 Burnley 46 16 14 16 60 67 -7 62
  14 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 16 16 60 66 -6 58
  15 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 50 55 -5 56
  16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 13 19 54 55 -1 55
  17 Norwich City 46 15 10 21 49 59 -10 55
  18 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 52 65 -13 55
  19 Blackpool 46 12 18 16 59 64 -5 54
  20 Southampton 46 13 15 18 56 72 -16 54
  21 Coventry City 46 14 11 21 52 64 -12 53
R 22 Leicester City 46 12 16 18 42 45 -3 52
R 23 Scunthorpe United 46 11 13 22 45 69 -24 46
R 24 Colchester United 46 7 17 22 62 86 -24 38

Football League One

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Swansea City 46 27 11 8 82 42 +40 92
P 2 Nottingham Forest 46 22 16 8 64 32 +32 82
P 3 Doncaster Rovers 46 23 11 12 65 41 +24 80
  4 Carlisle United 46 23 11 12 64 46 +18 80
  5 Leeds United 46 27 10 9 72 38 +34 76*
  6 Southend United 46 22 10 14 70 55 +15 76
  7 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 19 12 15 58 50 +6 69
  8 Oldham Athletic 46 18 13 15 58 45 +13 67
  9 Northampton Town 46 17 15 14 60 55 +5 66
  10 Huddersfield Town 46 20 6 20 50 62 -12 66
  11 Tranmere Rovers 46 18 11 17 52 47 +5 65
  12 Walsall 46 16 16 14 52 46 +6 64
  13 Swindon Town 46 16 13 17 63 56 +7 61
  14 Leyton Orient 46 16 12 18 49 63 -14 60
  15 Hartlepool United 46 15 9 22 62 65 -3 54
  16 Bristol Rovers 46 12 17 17 45 53 -8 53
  17 Millwall 46 14 10 22 45 61 -16 52
  18 Yeovil Town 46 14 10 22 38 59 -21 52
  19 Cheltenham Town 46 13 12 21 42 64 -22 51
  20 Crewe Alexandra 46 12 14 20 47 65 -18 50
R 21 Bournemouth 46 17 7 22 62 72 -10 48*
R 22 Gillingham 46 11 13 22 44 73 -29 46
R 23 Port Vale 46 9 11 26 47 81 -34 38
R 24 Luton Town 46 11 10 25 43 63 -20 33*
* Leeds deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency, Luton and Bournemouth deducted 10 points each for entering administration.

Football League Two

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Milton Keynes Dons 46 29 10 7 82 37 +45 97
P 2 Peterborough United 46 28 8 10 84 43 +41 92
P 3 Hereford United 46 26 10 10 72 41 +31 88
P 4 Stockport County 46 24 10 12 72 54 +18 82
  5 Rochdale 46 23 11 12 77 55 +22 80
  6 Darlington 46 22 12 12 67 40 +27 78
  7 Wycombe Wanderers 46 22 12 12 56 42 +14 78
  8 Chesterfield 46 19 12 15 76 56 +20 69
  9 Rotherham United 46 21 11 14 60 58 +2 64*
  10 Bradford City 46 17 11 18 63 61 +2 62
  11 Morecambe 46 16 12 18 59 63 -4 60
  12 Barnet 46 16 12 18 56 63 -7 60
  13 Bury 46 16 11 19 58 61 -3 59
  14 Brentford 46 17 8 21 52 70 -18 59
  15 Lincoln City 46 18 4 24 61 77 -16 58
  16 Grimsby Town 46 15 10 21 55 66 -11 55
  17 Accrington Stanley 46 16 3 27 49 83 -34 51
  18 Shrewsbury Town 46 12 14 20 56 65 -9 50
  19 Macclesfield Town 46 11 17 18 47 64 -17 50
  20 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 13 10 23 49 70 -21 49
  21 Notts County 46 10 18 18 37 53 -16 48
  22 Chester City 46 12 11 23 51 68 -17 47
R 23 Mansfield Town 46 11 9 26 48 68 -20 42
R 24 Wrexham 46 10 10 26 38 70 -32 40
* Deducted 10 points for entering administration

Transfer deals

Retirements

Deaths

See also

2007–08 season

References

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