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2004/05 Premier League Table: Chelsea Win Title In 50 Years

2004/05 Premier League Champions: Chelsea

Runners-up: Arsenal

Champions League places: Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool.

UEFA Cup places: Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough (League Cup)

Promoted (from 2003/04): Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace

Relegated: Southampton, Norwich City Football Club, Crystal Palace

Leading Scorer: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 25 goals

Premier League Table 2004 – 2005

3Manchester United38221155826+3277
6Bolton Wanderers381610124944+558
8Manchester City381313124739+852
9 Tottenham Hotspur381410144741+652
10Aston Villa381211154552-747
11Charlton Athletic381210164258-1646
12Birmingham City381112154046-645
14Newcastle United 381014144757-1044
15Blackburn Rovers38915143243-1142
16Portsmouth 38109194359-1639
17West Bromwich Albion38616163661-2534
18Crystal Palace38712194162-2133
19Norwich City38712194277-3533

2004/05 Season Review

Barclays began their sponsorship of the English Premier League. In his first season in charge, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho splashed the cash, with the Blues finally ending Manchester United and Arsenal’s stranglehold on the trophy when they finished on top of the 2004/05 Premier League table.

And the most expensive team ever created in England (costing over £250 million) did it in style, taking the title with a Premier League record of 95 points. Other records they broke in their centenary year were: most clean sheets, fewest goals conceded and most victories.


Jose Mourinho

Even before the season had started, Jose Mourinho announced his arrival in England by claiming, “We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager.”

Arjen Robben’s first Premier League goal sent the Blues top after beating Everton 1-0 on 6th November, and they were to remain there for the rest of the season. However, the title had seemed destined to stay at Highbury as Arsenal continued their astonishing unbeaten run.

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But the Gunners’ charge halted at Old Trafford as Manchester United beat them 2-0. And their season came further unstuck as they won only two of their next seven matches. That result kick-started Manchester United’s season as they were to lose only one match until April. The run included a 4-2 defeat of Arsenal at Highbury.

Chelsea swept all before them as they stormed to the title. Manchester City was the only club to beat them, thanks to a Nicolas Anelka penalty. The Blues were confirmed as Champions on 30th April after a 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers.


The Relegation Dogfight

The relegation dogfight was one of the closest in years. On the final match day, not a single club had been relegated. West Bromwich Albion beat Portsmouth 2-0 to become the first club to be bottom at Christmas and stay up. Norwich City had staged a mini-revival after their shock 2-0 victory over Manchester United, losing only one of their previous six matches.

But a 6-0 capitulation to Fulham sent them down. Southampton joined them after losing 2-1 to Manchester United. And Charlton’s late equalizer against Crystal Palace saw the Eagles occupy the final spot on the 2004/05 Premier League table.

After only narrowly avoiding relegation the previous year, Everton was the season’s surprise team. Despite the unpopular sale of Wayne Rooney to Manchester United, they had only lost three matches by Christmas. And a 1-0 victory over Merseyside rivals Liverpool sent them into second place.

They ended the season a highly credible fourth, ensuring Champions League qualification. Their 7-0 loss to Arsenal in the penultimate match saw them finish the season with a negative goal difference – remarkable for a fourth-placed club.


Liverpool’s Dramatic Comeback

Liverpool finished fifth but dramatically won the Champions League. 3-0 down at half-time, they leveled the scores and took the match to extra time – eventually winning on penalties. They were allowed to defend their crown, which meant that the Barclays Premiership had five representatives in the following season’s competition.

Elsewhere, Jonathon Woodgate and Michael Owen became some of the select few English footballers to ply their trade abroad, joining David Beckham at Real Madrid before the beginning of the season. In addition, American businessman Malcolm Glazer completed his takeover of Manchester United, despite loud and widespread protest.

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2004/05 Cup Results

2004/05 FA Cup Winners: Arsenal [Final – Arsenal 0 v 0 Manchester United (aet) Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties]

2004/05 League Cup Winners: Chelsea [Final – Chelsea 3 v 2 Liverpool (aet)]

2004/05 Champions League Winners: Liverpool [Final – Liverpool 3 v 3 AC Milan (aet) Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties]

2004/05 UEFA Cup Winners: CSKA Moscow [Final – CSKA Moscow 3 v 1 Sporting Lisbon (aet)]

martin jol appointed by tottenham hotspur as manager

2004/05 Managerial Changes

Blackburn Rovers: Graeme Souness out, Mark Hughes in

Chelsea: Claudio Ranieri out, Jose Mourinho in

Leeds United: Eddie Gray out, Kevin Blackwell in

Liverpool: Gerard Houllier out, Rafa Benitez in

Manchester City: Kevin Keegan out, Stuart Pearce in

Newcastle United: Bobby Robson out, Graeme Souness in

Portsmouth: Harry Redknapp out, Velimir Zajec in, Velimir Zajec out, Alain Perrin in

Southampton: Paul Sturrock out, Steve Wigley in, Steve Wigley out, Harry Redknapp in

Tottenham Hotspur: David Pleat out, Jacques Santini in, Jacques Santini out, Martin Jol in

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