Premier League, 2011 (2010-11)

Premier League – Season Review 2010-11

The 2010-11 Barclays Premier League was the 19th season in the competition’s history. Manchester United clinched their fourth Premier League title in the space of five years and became the champions of English football for a record 19th time. United secured their 12th Premier League crown with a nine-point gap ahead of second-placed Chelsea who, along with Manchester City and Arsenal, qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Europa League through their league position. The other Europa League qualifiers were Stoke City (who were beaten in the FA Cup Final by Manchester City), Fulham (as the highest team in the Fair Play League) and Birmingham City (who won the Carling Cup).

It was a season of mixed fortunes for Birmingham as they were also relegated. Blackpool’s return to the top flight for the first time since 1971 would last for only one campaign. West Ham United also went back down to the League Championship.

Alex Ferguson was named the Premier League Manager of the Year for the tenth time. Nemanja Vidic won the Premier League Player of the Season prize; the fifth season in a row that it had awarded to a Manchester United player. Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year while, despite their relegation, West Ham’s Scott Parker was a popular winner of the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year award. Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City were the joint-winners of the Golden Boot with 20 goals each.

The PFA Premier League Team of the Year was:

  • Edwin Van Der Sar (Manchester United)
  • Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
  • Nani (Manchester United), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)

The average attendance was 35,190. The highest attendance was 75,486 for Bolton Wanderers’ visit to Manchester United on 19 March 2011 while the lowest attendance was the 14,042 who saw the game between Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 October 2011.