Premier League, 2007 (2006-07)

Premier League – Season Review 2006-07

The 2006-07 FA Barclays Premiership was the 15th season in the competition’s history. Manchester United ended the season as Premiership champions for the ninth time. Chelsea failed in their attempt to win the title for a third season in a row despite losing fewer games (three) than United (five).

Blues revenge came in the FA Cup in the first Final to be played at the new Wembley. They clinched a cup double in the last Final to be played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium as they overcame Arsenal in the Carling Cup. The Gunners completed the top four and UEFA Champions League qualification along with Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Bolton Wanderers qualified for the UEFA Cup through their league position. Blackburn Rovers entered the UEFA Intertoto Cup as Portsmouth and Reading failed to apply.

Watford and Sheffield United suffered an immediate return to the Football league along with Charlton Athletic, who ended a seven season run in the top flight. The competition’s 15,000th goal was scored on 30 December when Moritz Volz netted for Fulham against Chelsea.

Sir Alex Ferguson was named Premier League Manager of the Year. Cristiano Ronaldo swept the board by winning the Premier Player of the Season, PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year awards. Chelsea’s Didier Drogba won the Golden Boot with 20 goals.

The PFA Premier League Team of the Year was:

  • Edwin Van Der Sar (Manchester United)
  • Gary Neville (Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
  • Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)

The average attendance was 34,402. The highest attendance was 76,098 for Blackburn Rovers’ visit to Manchester United on 3 May 2007 which was a new Premier League record and also the highest for a United game at Old Trafford. Rovers also featured at the other end of the scale as their trip to Watford on 15 August 2006 attracted the season’s lowest attendance of 13,760.