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The 2008–09 Premier League season (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the seventeenth since its establishment in 1992. Manchester United became champions for the eleventh time on the penultimate weekend of the season, defending their crown after winning their tenth Premier League title on the final day of the previous season. The campaign – the fixtures for which were announced on 16 June 2008 – began on Saturday 16 August 2008, and ended on 24 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, consisting of 17 who competed the previous season and three promoted from the Football League Championship.

Starting with this season, clubs were now allowed to name seven substitutes on the bench instead of five. This season was also different in that there was no New Year's Day game, as is usually traditional. This was because the FA Cup Third Round is traditionally played on the first Saturday in January, which in 2009 fell in the usual spot for New Year's league games.

The first goal of the season was scored by Arsenal's Samir Nasri against newly promoted West Bromwich Albion in the fourth minute of the early kick-off game on the opening day of the season on 16 August. Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa scored the first hat-trick of the season against Manchester City, scoring three goals in the space of seven minutes.

Manchester United clinched the 2009 Premier League title with a 0–0 draw against Arsenal on 16 May 2009, their 11th Premier League title, and 18th League title overall, drawing level with Liverpool. It is the second time they clinched the title for three consecutive years, the first being last 2001. West Bromwich Albion were the first team to be relegated to the Championship after losing 2–0 at home to Liverpool on 17 May 2009. They were joined in the Championship by Middlesbrough and Newcastle United on the last day of the season after Middlesbrough's defeat at West Ham United and Newcastle's 1–0 defeat at Aston Villa. It meant that Hull City and Sunderland stayed up despite home defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. It was the first time since the 2005–06 season that more than one promoted club maintained their Premier League status. Aston Villa, Everton and Fulham all secured European football for the 2009–10 season through their league position.

Promotion and relegation

Teams promoted from Football League Championship 2007–08

Teams relegated to Football League Championship 2008–09

League table

Results

Season statistics

Scoring





Discipline





Miscellaneous



Overall



Home



Away



Clean sheets



Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Nicolas Anelka Chelsea 19
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 18
3 Steven Gerrard Liverpool 16
4 Robinho Manchester City 14
Fernando Torres Liverpool 14
6 Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 12
Darren Bent Tottenham Hotspur 12
Kevin Davies Bolton Wanderers 12
Dirk Kuyt Liverpool 12
Frank Lampard Chelsea 12
Wayne Rooney Manchester United 12


Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August Gareth Southgate Middlesbrough Deco Chelsea
September Phil Brown Hull City Ashley Young Aston Villa
October Rafael Benítez Liverpool Frank Lampard Chelsea
November Gary Megson Bolton Wanderers Nicolas Anelka Chelsea
December Martin O'Neill Aston Villa Ashley Young Aston Villa
January Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Nemanja Vidić Manchester United
February David Moyes Everton Phil Jagielka Everton
March Rafael Benítez Liverpool Steven Gerrard Liverpool
April Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Andrei Arshavin Arsenal


Annual awards

League Managers' Association Manager of the Year

The LMA Manager of the Year award was won by David Moyes after leading Everton to back-to-back fifth place finishes and the FA Cup Final.

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2009 was won by Ryan Giggs of Manchester United.

The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award was as follows:

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was won by Ashley Young of Aston Villa.

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

PFA Team of the Year

PFA Team of the Year




Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)

Defence: Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (all Manchester United)

Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs (both Manchester United), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Attack: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

Steven Gerrard was named the PFA Fans' Player of the Year.

PFA Merit Award

Former Grimsby Town full-back John McDermott received the PFA Merit Award.

FWA Footballer of the Year

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award for 2009 was won by Steven Gerrard for the first time. The Liverpool captain saw off the challenges of Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs and forward Wayne Rooney, who finished second and third respectively.

Barclays Premier League Merit Award

  • Aston Villa and former Blackburn Roversmarker goalkeeper Brad Friedel was honoured with the Barclays Premier League Merit Award after reaching 167 consecutive Premier League appearances on 5 December 2008.


  • Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar collected the Barclays Premier League Merit Award after breaking the Premier League record for minutes played without conceding a goal, spanning 11 consecutive clean sheets from Stoke City on 15 November 2008 to West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2009.


  • Portsmouth goalkeeper David James was honoured with the Barclays Premier League Merit Award after he broke the Premier League's appearance record with 536 appearances on 14 February 2009 in Portsmouth's 2–0 victory over Manchester City.


Barclays Spirit Award

The Barclays Spirit Award is given to "the player or manager whose actions best encapsulate the spirit of the game". In recognition for leading his club to the top of the Fair Play league, the Barclays Spirit Award for 2008–09 was given to Fulham manager Roy Hodgson.

Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award

The Fair Play Award is merit given to the team who has been the most sporting and best behaved team. Fulham won this, ahead of London neighbours Chelsea and Arsenal.

Behaviour of the Public League

Given to the best-behaved fans. Fulham won this for the third consecutive year in a row, rounding off a hat-trick of sporting awards.

Barclays Player of the Season

Nemanja Vidić, 27, won the Barclays Player of the Season accolade for the first time.

Barclays Manager of the Season

Sir Alex Ferguson, 67, picked up the Barclays Manager of the Season for the tenth time. During his hugely successful spell with Manchester United, which began in 1986, he has won eleven Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, three European titles, one Intercontinental Cup and one Club World Cup.

Barclays Golden Glove

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar collected the Barclays Golden Glove for the first time. He kept a total of 21 clean sheets in 33 appearances, including a record run of 11 consecutive clean sheets (1,311 minutes) from Stoke City on 15 November 2008 to West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2009.

Barclays Golden Boot

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka won the Barclays Golden Boot for the first time. He scored 19 goals in 35 appearances, which ensured he finished as the season's top scorer.

Kits

Club Manufacturer Sponsor Notes
Arsenal Nikemarker Fly Emirates New home kit, red with a thick white stripe on both sides of the shirt, rather than the traditional all-white sleeves. New away kit, yellow with navy. Last season's away kit became the third kit.
Aston Villa Nike Acorns Acorns Children's Hospice replaced 32Red as kit sponsor, as Aston Villa forwent sponsorship payments. New home kit, claret with blue. New away kit, blue with black. The previous season's away kit became the third kit only for 32Red was replaced by Acorns as the shirt sponsor.
Blackburn Roversmarker Umbro Crown Paints AkzoNobel's Crown Paints replaced Bet 24 as kit sponsor. New away kit, navy with blue and white stripes, and the previous season's away kit became the third kit.
Bolton Wanderers Reebok Reebok New home kit, white with navy, reverted to the traditional navy short. New away kit, gold with slate.
Chelsea adidas Samsung Samsung remained as the kit sponsor without the mobile division. New home kit, blue with white and yellow. New away kit, black with white. New third kit, yellow with blue. Goalkeeper home was bright orange with black and away GK was navy with blue/white.
Everton Umbro Chang New home kit, blue with white. New away kit, white with navy and silver. New third kit, fluorescent yellow with navy.
Fulham Nike LG New home kit, white with black. Away Shirt red and black halves. 3rd shirt all bright yellow with black trim.
Hull City Umbro Karoo (H) / Kingston Communications (A, 3rd) New home kit reverted to the traditional amber and black stripes. New away kit, flint with amber. The previous season's away kit became the 3rd kit.
Liverpool adidas Carlsberg New home kit, red with white. New away kit, grey with red. New third kit, green with white and black.
Manchester City Le Coq Sportif Thomas Cook New home kit, light blue with white and navy. New away kit, black and red stripes. New third kit, fluorescent orange with black and navy.
Manchester United Nike AIG New away kit, white with blue and red. New third kit, blue with white, commemorated the 40th anniversary of the club's first European Cup title.
Middlesbrough Erreà Garmin New home kit reverted to the traditional red with a white chestband. New away kit, blue and black stripes.
Newcastle United adidas Northern Rockmarker New away kit, purple with white. New third kit, silver with white.
Portsmouth Canterbury of New Zealand Oki New club crest. New home kit, blue with gold, commemorated the club's 110th anniversary.
Stoke City Le Coq Sportif Britannia New home kit, red and white stripes. New away kit, yellow with blue.
Sunderland Umbro Boylesports New home kit, red and white stripes, reverted to the traditional red sock. New away kit, black and blue stripes, and the previous season's away kit became the third kit.
Tottenham Hotspur Puma Mansion.com

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New home kit, white with navy, reverted to the traditional navy short. New away kit, light blue with navy. New third kit, black with gold.
West Bromwich Albion Umbro New home kit, navy and white stripes. New away kit, bright yellow with navy shorts.
West Ham United Umbro XL Holidays / SBOBET XL Holidays began the season as kit sponsor, but collapsed. From the point of XL's collapse the team strip featured a blue patch over the sponsor logo that displayed the player's number in white. SBOBET became kit sponsor on 3 December 2008. New home kit, claret with blue. New away kit, light blue with claret and white, and the previous season's away kit became the third kit.
Wigan Athletic Champion JJB Sports New club crest. Champion replaced Umbro as kit manufacturer. New away kit, fluorescent yellow with black.


Also, Nikemarker provided new match balls, white with red and yellow (autumn/spring) and yellow with purple and black (winter), based on their T90 Laser II Omni model.

Stadia



Team Stadium Capacity
Manchester United Old Traffordmarker 76,212
Arsenal Emirates Stadiummarker 60,432
Newcastle United St James' Parkmarker 52,387
Sunderland Stadium of Lightmarker 49,000
Manchester City City of Manchester Stadiummarker 47,726
Liverpool Anfieldmarker 45,362
Aston Villa Villa Parkmarker 42,640
Chelsea Stamford Bridgemarker 42,055
Everton Goodison Parkmarker 40,157
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lanemarker 36,240
West Ham United Upton Parkmarker 35,303
Middlesbrough Riverside Stadiummarker 35,100
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Parkmarker 31,367
Stoke City Britannia Stadiummarker 28,000
Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadiummarker 27,879
Fulham Craven Cottagemarker 26,500
Hull City KC Stadiummarker 25,404
West Bromwich Albion The Hawthornsmarker 25,369
Wigan Athletic JJB Stadiummarker 25,138
Portsmouth Fratton Parkmarker 20,224


Managerial changes

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Chelsea Avram Grant Sacked 24 May 2008 2nd (07–08) Luiz Felipe Scolari 1 July 2008 Pre-season
West Ham United Alan Curbishley Resigned 3 September 2008 5th Gianfranco Zola 11 September 2008 5th
Newcastle United Kevin Keegan Resigned 4 September 2008 11th Joe Kinnear 1 26 September 2008 19th
Tottenham Hotspur Juande Ramos Sacked 25 October 2008 20th Harry Redknapp 26 October 2008 20th
Portsmouth Harry Redknapp Tottenham Hotspur purchased rights for £5m 26 October 2008 7th Tony Adams 28 October 2008 7th
Sunderland Roy Keane Resigned 4 December 2008 18th Ricky Sbragia 27 December 2008 14th
Blackburn Roversmarker Paul Ince Sacked 16 December 2008 19th Sam Allardyce 17 December 2008 19th
Portsmouth Tony Adams Sacked 9 February 2009 16th Paul Hart 2 9 February 2009 16th
Chelsea Luiz Felipe Scolari Sacked 9 February 2009 4th Guus Hiddink 3 11 February 2009 4th
Newcastle United Joe Kinnear Medical break clause 16 February 2009 13th Alan Shearer 4 31 March 2009 18th
Sunderland Ricky Sbragia Resigned 24 May 2009 16th Steve Bruce 2 June 2009 Post-season
Wigan Athletic Steve Bruce Sunderland paid compensation of £3 million 2 June 2009 11th Roberto Martínez 15 June 20095 Post-season


  • Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear was originally appointed as interim manager until the end of October on 26 September, signed a one month contract extension on 24 October, and was named manager until the end of the English football season on 28 November.
  • Portsmouth caretaker manager Paul Hart was appointed on 9 February. On 3 March chairman Alexandre Gaydamak confirmed the appointment would be until at least the end of the English football season.
  • Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink remained Russia manager until the end of the English football season, when he left Chelsea and returned to his Russia duties on a full-time basis.
  • Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear took leave from Newcastle United following heart bypass surgery on 16 February. His assistants, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, were appointed to serve as caretaker managers until his return, which was understood might not occur before the end of the English football season. On 31 March, Alan Shearer was appointed manager until the end of the season, as Joe Kinnear was not be able to return to his Newcastle United duties until the end of the English football season. The positions of both Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer were reviewed following the end of the English football season.
  • Roberto Martínez was announced to be manager on 9 June, however due to complications surrounding the appointment of backroom staff, the deal was not finalised and officially announced until 15 June.


See also



References

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  4. Crown is new sponsor of Blackburn Rovers mad.co.uk
  5. Third Kit Revealed evertonfc.com
  6. Fulham Home kit 08/09 football-shirts.co.uk
  7. New Tigers Home Kit Revealed hullcityafc.net
  8. City boys unveil new kit dailymail.co.uk
  9. Manchester City 08/09 Le Coq Sportif third kit footballshirtculture.com
  10. Reds unveil new kit manutd.com
  11. Manchester United 08/09 Nike 3rd shirt details footballshirtculture.com
  12. New Middlesbrough home kit 08/09 pitchslap.co.uk
  13. Portsmouth FC unveiled a new crest footballshirtculture.com
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  15. Stoke City 2008-2009 Away Le Coq Sportif kit leaked footballshirtculture.com
  16. New Sunderland 08/09 Umbro home kit revealed footballshirtculture.com
  17. Sunderland 08/09 away shirt football-shirts.co.uk
  18. West Ham end shirt sponsor deal bbc.co.uk
  19. West Ham United and SBOBET whufc.com
  20. New home kit revealed whufc.com
  21. New away shirt unveiled whufc.com
  22. Wigan Althetic crest launch update wiganlatics.co.uk
  23. Be the first to see the new home kit wiganlatics.co.uk
  24. Wigan Athletic 08/09 Away Champion football kit footballshirtculture.com


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