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2006/07 Premier League Table: The Closest Fought For Years

2006/07 Premier League Champions: Manchester United

Runners-up: Chelsea

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

UEFA Cup places: Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers (Intertoto Cup)

Promoted (from 2005/06): Reading, Sheffield United, Watford

Relegated: Watford, Charlton Athletic, Sheffield United

Leading Scorer: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) 21 goals

Premier League Table 2006 – 2007

1Manchester United3828558327+5689
5Tottenham Hotspur38179125754+360
7Bolton Wanderers38168144752-556
10Blackburn Rovers38157165254-252
11Aston Villa381117104341+250
13Newcastle United381110173847-943
14Manchester City 38119182944-1542
15West Ham United38125213559 -2441
17Wigan Athletic 38108203759-2238
18Sheffield United38108203255-2338
19Charlton Athletic 38810203460-2634

2006/07 Season Review

In one of the closest-fought seasons for years, Manchester United wrestled the title away from Chelsea – thwarting the Londoners’ attempts to be on top of the 2006/07 Premier League table for the third consecutive year.

The Blues’ hopes of retaining the title were dealt a significant blow when Petr Cech suffered a horrendous injury during their victory at Reading. The goalkeeper was out for three months after undergoing major surgery and wore protective headgear for the remainder of the season.

Neck-and-neck up to that point, Manchester United soon started to pull away. Chelsea’s first defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in 16 years, coupled with United’s 3-0 victory over Portsmouth, saw the Red Devils open up a three-point gap.


Cristiano Ronaldo

There was no stopping Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo dazzled Barclays Premiership defenders around the country. Last-gasp winners against Fulham and bitter rivals Liverpool kept United firmly in control. The title’s destination was mathematically decided when United came back from two goals down to beat Everton 4-2, and Bolton Wanderers held Chelsea. A week later, the Blues lost 1-0 to Arsenal, and the title was headed back to Old Trafford.

West Ham United pulled off a great escape at the other end of the table as manager Alan Curbishley dragged them to safety. In an act the great Houdini himself would have been proud of, the Hammers beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on the last day of the season to secure Barclays Premier League football for another year. In a season of turmoil and struggle, it should be noted that they won all of their games against the Champions and Arsenal.

The Hammers’ escape was primarily down to Carlos Tevez, who joined the club on 31st August along with fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano. Mascherano left for Liverpool in January, but Tevez stayed to fire the Hammers to safety.

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Watford First Team Relegated

Watford was the first club relegated and on the bottom of the 2006/07 Premier League table, recording only five victories in the campaign. The beginning of the season saw a new manager in Charlton Athletic’s dugout for the first time in 15 years. But Iain Dowie was sacked after only 12 games. So Alan Pardew exchanged one relegation-threatened club for another. Sacked from West Ham, he stepped into the hot seat at Charlton Athletic. However, despite the improved form and some good results, including a win over the Hammers, he couldn’t keep the Addicks up.

The last match of the season saw West Ham, Wigan Athletic, and Sheffield United all desperate to avoid the drop – with the latter two playing each other. Sheffield United were the unlucky losers as a 2-1 defeat sent them down. Wigan escaped on goal difference while West Ham’s win at Old Trafford saw them finish in the 15th spot.


15,000 Goals

In its 15th season, the Premier League saw its 15,000th goal. Fulham’s Moritz Volz scored this in their victory over Chelsea on 30th December. Ronaldo made a clean sweep of football awards, becoming only the second player to win both the Professional Football Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year titles in the same season.

He also won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year – making him the first to win all three PFA awards in one season – and the Football Writers’ Association Award. Ronaldo’s extraordinary form prompted team-mate Patrice Evra to claim, “nobody can stop him. Probably the only way to do it is to kill him.”


2006/07 Cup Results

2006/07 FA Cup Winners: Chelsea [Final – Chelsea 1 v 0 Manchester United (aet)]

2006/07 League Cup Winners: Chelsea [Final – Chelsea 2 v 1 Arsenal]

2006/07 Champions League Winners: AC Milan [Final – AC Milan 2 v 1 Liverpool]

2006/07: UEFA Cup Winners: Sevilla [Final – Sevilla 2 v 2 Espanyol (aet) Sevilla win 3-1 on penalties]


2006/07 Managerial Changes

Aston Villa: David O’Leary out, Martin O’Neill in

Charlton Athletic: Iain Dowie out, Les Reed in, Les Reed out, Alan Pardew in

West Ham United: Alan Pardew out, Alan Curbishley in

Fulham: Chris Coleman out, Lawrie Sanchez in

Bolton Wanderers: Sam Allardyce out, Sammy Lee in

Newcastle United: Glenn Roeder out, Sam Allardyce in

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