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The 2009–10 season is the 130th season of competitive football in Englandmarker.

The season began on 8 August 2009 for the Championship, League One and League Two and 15 August 2009 for the Premier League. The season will finish on 2 May 2010 for the Football League Championship, and 9 May 2010 for the other three Divisions.

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)

Teams promoted to Premier League 2009–10

Teams relegated from Premier League 2008–09

Teams promoted to Football League Championship 2009–10

Teams relegated from Football League Championship 2008–09

Teams promoted to Football League One 2009–10

Teams relegated from Football League One 2008–09

Teams promoted to Football League Two 2009–10

Teams relegated from Football League Two 2008–09

Managerial changes

Name Club Date of departure Replacement Date of appointment
Bryan Gunn Norwich City 14 August 2009 Paul Lambert 18 August 2009
Paul Lambert Colchester United 18 August 2009 Aidy Boothroyd 2 September 2009
Simon Davey Barnsley 29 August 2009 Mark Robins 9 September 2009
Peter Jackson Lincoln City 2 September 2009 Chris Sutton 28 September 2009
Stuart Gray Northampton Town 8 September 2009 Ian Sampson1 5 October 2009
Mark Robins Rotherham United 9 September 2009 Ronnie Moore 24 September 2009
Colin Todd Darlington 26 September 2009 Steve Staunton 5 October 2009
Gudjon Thordarson Crewe Alexandramarker 2 October 2009
John Barnes Tranmere Rovers 9 October 2009
Peter Taylor Wycombe Wanderers 9 October 2009 Gary Waddock 13 October 2009
Ian McParland Notts County 12 October 2009 Hans Backe 27 October 2009
Gary Waddock Aldershot Town 13 October 2009 Kevin Dillon 9 November 2009
Mike Newell Grimsby Town 18 October 2009
Gareth Southgate Middlesbrough 21 October 2009 Gordon Strachan 26 October 2009
Russell Slade Brighton & Hove Albion 1 November 2009 Gus Poyet 10 November 2009
Darren Ferguson Peterborough United 9 November 2009 Mark Cooper 14 November 2009

  • 1 Sampson was named caretaker-manager following Gray's departure on 8 September, and appointed full-time on 5 October.

Diary of the season

  • 26 July 2009: An England XI defeats a Germany XI 3-2 at St James's Parkmarker, Newcastlemarker, in a charity match which raises money for the cancer charity of former England manager Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby, who has fought the illness since 1992 and gone into remission four times, attends the match in a wheelchair.

  • 31 July 2009: Sir Bobby Robson dies aged 76.

  • 19 August 2009: Newly promoted Burnley achieve a shock 1-0 home win over Manchester United, with the only goal of the game coming from veteran striker Robbie Blake.

  • 22 August 2009: The highlight of the second weekend of the Premier League season comes when Burnley achieve another shock 1-0 win, this time over Everton after Louis Saha missed a penalty.

  • 25 August 2009: Some of the worst scenes of football hooliganism in years are witnessed in West Ham United's 3-1 home win over Millwall in the Football League Cup second round. Fans invaded the pitch twice and there was widespread violence in the stands and also on the streets surrounding Upton Parkmarker, including one incident in which a man suffered stab wounds.

  • 27 August 2009: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, suggests that West Ham United and Millwall should never be allowed to play each other in a cup competition again.

  • 29 October 2009: Wigan Athletic striker Marlon King is sacked by the club after receiving an 18-month prison sentence for assaulting a woman in a nightclub. It is the second time that King has been in prison, [789650] having also received an 18-month prison sentence in 2002, when convicted of driving a stolen car. [789651]

National team

The home team is on the left column; the away team is on the right column.

Friendly matches

World Cup qualifiers

England is currently in Group 6 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification process.


  • 31 July 2009 – Sir Bobby Robson, 76, former inside-forward and manager. As a player, he played for Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, and won 20 caps for England. As manager, he reached even greater heights, being appointed to Ipswich Town in 1969 and over the next 13 years taking them to FA Cup and UEFA Cup glory (also finishing second in the league in his final 2 seasons as manager), before leaving in 1982 to manage England for eight years during which they reached the quarter-final of the World Cup in 1986 and to the semi-final in 1990, only losing on penalties. He later managed PSV Eindhoven of Hollandmarker, FC Porto of Portugalmarker and FC Barcelona of Spainmarker, before returning home to manage his boyhood favourites Newcastle United from 1999 to 2004, during which time they qualified for Europe on three occasions. He was knighted for his services to football in 2002. His death came after a 17-year battle against cancer which had gone into remission four times.

  • 7 November 2009 – Billy Ingham, 57, former Burnley midfielder who spent eleven years with the Clarets, playing more than 250 games for the club before finishing his career with a spell at Bradford City.

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