Premier League, 2010 (2009-10)

Premier League – Season Review 2009-10

The 2009-10 Barclays Premier League was the 18th season in the competition’s history. Chelsea won their third Premier League title with a record tally of 103 goals. Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues secured a league and FA Cup double although they did have to go to the final day of the season (and a 8-0 win against Wigan Athletic) to clinch their first crown since 2006.

Second-placed Manchester United, along with north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Manchester City, Aston Villa and Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Europa League through their league position.

In February 2010, Portsmouth became the first current Premier League club to enter administration. That led to Pompey’s relegation along with Burnley and Hull City. Having also been FA Cup Finalists, the south coast club would have qualified for the Europa League but failed to apply for the required UEFA licence.

Veteran boss Harry Redknapp was named the Premier League Manager of the Year for the first time. Wayne Rooney won the Premier League Player of the Season prize; the fourth season in a row that it had awarded to a Manchester United player. He completed the treble of also being named PFA Players’ Player of the Year while and the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year. Chelsea’s Didier Drogba was the winner of the Golden Boot with 29 goals each.

The PFA Premier League Team of the Year was:

  • Joe Hart (Birmingham City)
  • Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Thomas Vermalen (Arsenal), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
  • Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), James Milner (Aston Villa)
  • Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

The average attendance was 34,150. The highest attendance was 75,316 for Stoke City’s visit to Manchester United on 9 May 2010 while the lowest attendance was the 14,323 who saw the game between Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth on 14 April 2010.