Premier League, 2013 (2012-13)

Premier League - Season Review 2012-13

The 2013-14 Barclays Premier League was the 21st season in the competition's history.

In Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge, Manchester United won their 13th Premier League title. They finished 11 points ahead of reigning champions Manchester City in second-place as the title was secured in the month of April for the first time since 2006.

The other two UEFA Champions League places went to Chelsea and Arsenal by finishing in the top four.
Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Europa League via their league position while Swansea City qualified by winning the Capital One Cup.

Wigan Athletic created a unique double by becoming the first club to win the FA Cup and be relegated from the top division in the same season. It meant the Latics would also play in a European competition (Europa League) for the first time in their history. Reading and Queens Park Rangers were also relegated.

Sir Alex Ferguson's illustrious career came to a close with his 11th Premier League Manager of the Year award.
On the verge of a reported world record transfer fee move to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale became the first Tottenham Hotspur player to win the Premier League Player of the Season award while he was the PFA Players Player of the Year for a second time and the first Spurs player to be honoured with the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year award since David Ginola in 1999.

Manchester United's Robin Van Persie was the Golden Boot winner for the second year in a row with 26 goals.
The PFA Premier League Team of the Year was:

  • David De Gea (Manchester United)
  • Pablo Zabeleta (Manchester City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Leighton Baines (Everton)
  • Juan Mata (Chelsea), Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)</li>
  • Robin Van Persie (Manchester United), Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

The average attendance was 35,931.

The highest attendance was 75,605 for Reading's visit to Manchester United on 16 March 2013 while the lowest attendance was the 15,436 who saw the game between Wigan Athletic and Reading on 24 November 2012.