Premier League, 2001 (2000-01)

Premier League – Season Review 2000-01

The 2000-01 FA Carling Premiership was the ninth season in the competition’s history. For the third season in a row, Manchester United finished as champions followed by Arsenal as runners-up. United’s seventh Premier League title, with Sir Alex Ferguson becoming the first manager to win three consecutive English league titles with the same club, continued their domination throughout the early years of the competition. Most bookmakers had closed their books by Christmas and the trophy was secured by 14 April, with five games still to play.

Liverpool took the third Champions League place by their league position and also achieved a remarkable cup treble of FA Cup, Worthington Cup and UEFA Cup. The UEFA Cup qualifiers, by their league positions, were Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Chelsea. Aston Villa and Newcastle United also decided to enter the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Consecutive promotions caught up with Joe Royle’s Manchester City as they suffered an immediate return to the First Division while Coventry City’s 34 years in the top flight came to an end. Bradford City’s two season stint in the Premier League came to an abrupt and painful conclusion. They finished eight points adrift in bottom position.

Ipswich Town’s George Burley was named Carling Manager of the Season. Patrick Vieira of Arsenal won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award. Manchester United’s Teddy Sheringham won the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Chelsea claimed the Golden Boot with 23 goals.

The PFA Premier League Team of the Year was:

  • Fabien Barthez (Manchester United)
  • Stephen Carr (Tottenham Hotspur), Jaap Stam (Manchester United), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Sylvinho (Arsenal)
  • Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Roy Keane (Manchester United), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
  • Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Teddy Sheringham (Manchester United)

The average attendance was 32,905. The highest attendance was 67,637 for Coventry City’s visit to Manchester United on 14 April 2001. The lowest attendance of the season was the 15,523 who witnessed the game between Bradford City and Coventry City on 2 December 2000.