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England
2009–10
Season information
Premier League Chelsea
Championship Newcastle United
League One Norwich City
League Two Notts County
Conference Stevenage Borough
FA Cup Chelsea
League Cup Manchester United
Community Shield Chelsea
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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 finished 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 2009–10 Premier League

Teams relegated from 2008–09 Premier League

Teams promoted to 2009–10 Football League Championship

Teams relegated from 2008–09 Football League Championship

Teams promoted to 2009–10 Football League One

Teams relegated from 2008–09 Football League One

Teams promoted to 2009–10 Football League Two

Teams relegated from 2008–09 Football League Two

National team

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

Friendly matches

12 August 2009
Netherlands Netherlands.png 2–2 England.png England Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Kuyt Soccerball 10'
van der Vaart Soccerball 38'
(Report) Defoe Soccerball 49'77'

5 September 2009
England England.png 2–1 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,232
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Lampard Soccerball 31' (pen.)
Defoe Soccerball 63'
(Report) Ljubijankič Soccerball 85'

14 November 2009
England England.png 0–1 Brazil.png Brazil Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Abdou Abdulrahman (Qatar)
(Report) Nilmar Soccerball 48'

3 March 2010
England England.png 3–1 Flag of Egypt.png Egypt Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,602
Crouch Soccerball 56'80'
Wright-Phillips Soccerball 75'
(Report) Zidan Soccerball 23'

24 May 2010
England England.png 3–1 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,638
King Soccerball 17'
Crouch Soccerball 35'
Johnson Soccerball 47'
(Report) Franco Soccerball 45'

30 May 2010
Japan Flag of Japan.png 1–2 England.png England UPC-Arena, Graz
Attendance: 15,326
Referee: Rene Eisner (Austria)
Tulio Soccerball 7' (Report) Tulio Soccerball 72' (o.g.)
Nakazawa Soccerball 83' (o.g.)

World Cup qualifiers

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


9 September 2009
England England.png 5–1 Croatia.png Croatia Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,319
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Lampard Soccerball 7' (pen.)59'
Gerrard Soccerball 18'66'
Rooney Soccerball 77'
(Report) Eduardo Soccerball 72'

10 October 2009
Ukraine Flag of Ukraine.png 1–0 England.png England Dnipro Stadium, Dnipropetrovsk
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Nazarenko Soccerball 27' (Report)

14 October 2009
England England.png 3–0 Belarus Flag.svg Belarus Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 76,897
Referee: Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (Portugal)
Crouch Soccerball 4'76'
Wright-Phillips Soccerball 59'
(Report)


Final league standings

Premier League

Main article: Premier League 2009-10

In one of the most closely fought title races in recent history, Chelsea were crowned Premier League Champions for the third time in six years. Despite disappointment in the Champions League, the club managed to retain the FA Cup, recording their first domestic double under Carlo Ancelotti. The £80m departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer meant that Manchester United narrowly missed out on the title, though they managed to retain the League Cup. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the Champions League, while Manchester City, Aston Villa and Liverpool all qualified for the Europa League – the latter recording their lowest league finish since 1999.

Fulham built on last season's finish of 7th place as they came close to Europa League glory in Hamburg, losing 2–1 in extra time to Atlético Madrid with ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlán scoring the winning goal. Newly promoted Birmingham finished 9th, their highest Premier League finish in decades.

Portsmouth endured a season of financial worries, a 9-point deduction and four different owners that effectively ended their 7-year stay in the top flight. Hull City failed to emulate their previous season's success and were also relegated. After the departure of inspirational manager Owen Coyle at the turn of the year, Burnley's league form under Brian Laws declined rapidly and they were relegated to the Championship after just one season. West Ham United and Wigan Athletic both achieved a narrow survival.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Chelsea 38 27 5 6 103 32+71 86
2010-11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 27 4 7 86 28+58 85
3 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 83 41+42 75
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 7 10 67 41+26 70
5 Manchester City 38 18 13 7 73 45+28 67
2010-11 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 13 8 52 39+13 64
7 Liverpool 38 18 9 11 61 35+26 63
8 Everton 38 16 13 9 60 49+11 61
9 Birmingham City 38 13 11 14 38 47−9 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 13 11 14 41 55−14 50
11 Stoke City 38 11 14 13 34 48−14 47
12 Fulham 38 12 10 16 39 46−7 46
13 Sunderland 38 11 11 16 48 56−8 44
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 9 19 42 67−25 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 9 11 18 32 56−24 38
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 9 20 37 79−42 36
17 West Ham United 38 8 11 19 47 66−19 35
18 Burnley 38 8 6 24 42 82−40 30 Relegation to 2010–11 Football League Championship
19 Hull City 38 6 12 20 34 75−41 30
20 Portsmouth 38 7 7 24 34 66−32 28
Updated to games played on 2 May 2010
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Football League Championship

Main article: 2009–10 Football League Championship

Newcastle United put last season's relegation behind them as they returned to the Premier League at the first attempt, staying top for the majority of the season and losing just four games under the management of Chris Hughton. Roberto Di Matteo's first season in charge of West Bromwich Albion ended in automatic promotion for the Baggies for the 3rd time in eight years. They were joined by Blackpool, who were tipped by many as relegation favourites at the beginning of the season, but Ian Holloway's first season in charge of the Lancashire club saw them beat Cardiff City 3-2 in the play-off final, returning to the top flight for the first time since 1971.

Peterborough United went straight back down to League One, employing four different managers and propping up the table for the majority of the season. They were soon joined by Plymouth Argyle, who ended a six-year spell in the second tier. Crystal Palace, who had been on the brink of the play-offs before being penalised 10 points for entering administration, faced Sheffield Wednesday in the final match of the season as they both fought for survival. The game finished 2–2, which meant Palace survived and Wednesday were relegated to League One.

PWDLFAGDPts
C1Newcastle United46301249035+55102
P2West Bromwich Albion46261378948+4191
 3Nottingham Forest462213116540+2579
 4Cardiff City462210147354+1976
 5Leicester City462113126145+1676
P6Blackpool461913147458+1670
 7Swansea City461718114037+369
 8Sheffield United461714156154+765
 9Reading461712176863+563
 10Bristol City461518135665−963
 11Middlesbrough461614165850+862
 12Doncaster Rovers461515165958+160
 13Queens Park Rangers461415175865−757
 14Derby County461511205363−1056
 15Ipswich Town461220145061−1156
 16Watford461412206168−754
 17Preston North End461315185873−1554
 18Barnsley461412205369−1654
 19Coventry City461315184764−1754
 20Scunthorpe United461410226284−2252
 21Crystal Palace461417155053−349 A
R22Sheffield Wednesday461114214969−2047
R23Plymouth Argyle46118274368−2541
R24Peterborough United46810284680−3434

A – Crystal Palace deducted 10 points for entering administration

Leading goalscorers: Nicky Maynard (Bristol City) - 20, and Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) - 20

Football League One

Main article: 2009–10 Football League One

After recovering from an embarrassing 7–1 defeat to Colchester on the first day of the season, a turnaround under new manager Paul Lambert and the 24 goals from free-scoring striker Grant Holt saw Norwich City make an immediate return to the Championship. Leeds United secured automatic promotion in the runners-up spot; their season almost fell apart disastrously after they lead the table by eight points at the turn of the year and they also knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup, but they rebounded in the final weeks of the season and a last day 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers saw the Yorkshire side end their three-year spell in League One.

Millwall – who narrowly missed out on automatic promotion by just 1 point – beat Swindon in the play-off final, returning to the Championship after a 4-year absence.

Despite being deducted 10 points and missing out on the play-offs, Southampton managed to win the Football League Trophy and prolific striker Rickie Lambert was the league's top marksman with 31 goals.

Stockport spent the entire season in administration and were subsequently relegated. Southend were faced with financial problems, and were also relegated. Wycombe's first season at this level for six years proved a disappointment, and they were immediately relegated back to League Two. Gillingham also suffered an immediate relegation after their play-off victory the previous year, their inability to win an away fixture all season proved to be their downfall.

PWDLFAGDPts
C1Norwich City4629898947+4295
P2Leeds United462511107744+3386
P3Millwall46241397644+3285
 4Charlton Athletic46231587148+2384
 5Swindon Town46221687357+1682
 6Huddersfield Town462311128256+2680
 7Southampton46231498547+3873 A
 8Colchester United462012146452+1272
 9Brentford461420125552+362
 10Walsall461614166063−362
 11Bristol Rovers46195225970−1162
 12Milton Keynes Dons46179206068−860
 13Brighton & Hove Albion461514175660−459
 14Carlisle United461513186366−358
 15Yeovil Town461314195559−453
 16Oldham Athletic461313203957−1852
 17Leyton Orient461312215363−1051
 18Exeter City461118174860−1251
 19Tranmere Rovers46149234572−2751
 20Hartlepool United461411215967−850*
R21Gillingham461214204864−1650
R22Wycombe Wanderers461015215676−2045
R23Southend United461013235172−2143
R24Stockport County46510313595−6025

A – Southampton deducted 10 points for administration entrance.

* – Hartlepool deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player.

Leading goalscorer: Rickie Lambert (Southampton) - 31

Football League Two

Main article: 2009–10 Football League Two

Notts County's season mostly made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as they were involved in an abortive high-spending takeover by a consortium who bought in Sven-Göran Eriksson as Director of Football, and got through four managers during the course of the season. However, they managed to shake off their off-field problems and won the title. Bournemouth continued their revival under Eddie Howe and won promotion in the runners-up spot. The last automatic promotion spot was won by Rochdale, who were promoted for the first time since 1969

Dagenham and Redbridge won the play-offs, reaching the 2nd tier of the Football League for the first time in their 18-year history.

Darlington were unable to recover from losing many of their players during their spell in administration at the end of the previous season, and were relegated in bottom place, becoming only the third club (after Halifax Town and Chester City) to be relegated to the Football Conference on two separate occasions. Grimsby suffered the relegation that they only avoided the previous year due to Luton Town's points deduction; their form improved significantly in the final weeks of the season, but they were ultimately undone by an earlier run of nearly five months without a win, and were relegated to the Blue Square Premier after losing on the final day.

PWDLFAGDPts
C1Notts County46271279631+6593
P2Bournemouth46258136144+1783
P3Rochdale46257148248+3482
 4Morecambe462013137364+973
 5Rotherham United462110155552+373
 6Aldershot Town462012146956+1372
P7Dagenham & Redbridge462012146958+1172
 8Chesterfield46217186162−170
 9Bury461912155459−569
 10Port Vale461717126150+1168
 11Northampton Town461813156253+967
 12Shrewsbury Town461712175554+163
 13Burton Albion461711187170+162
 14Bradford City461614165962−362
 15Accrington Stanley46187216274−1261
 16Hereford United46178215465−1159
 17Torquay United461415176455+957
 18Crewe Alexandra461510216873−555
 19Macclesfield Town461218164958−954
 20Lincoln City461311224265−2350
 21Barnet461212224763−1648
 22Cheltenham Town461018185471−1748
R23Grimsby Town46917204572−2744
R24Darlington4686323387−5430

Leading goalscorer: Lee Hughes (Notts County) - 30

Cup finals

FA Cup

Main article: FA Cup 2009-10
15 May 2010
15:00
Chelsea Chelsea FC 1 – 0 Portsmouth FC Portsmouth Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,335
Referee: Chris Foy
[Report] Drogba Soccerball 59'

Football League Cup

Main article: Football League Cup 2009-10
28 February 2010
15:00
Aston Villa Aston Villa FC 1 – 2 Manchester United FC Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,596
Referee: Phil Dowd
Milner Soccerball 74' (pen) [Report] Owen Soccerball 12'
Rooney Soccerball 74'

FA Community Shield

Main article: FA Community Shield 2009
9 August 2009
15:00
Chelsea Chelsea FC 2 – 2 Manchester United FC Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,596
Referee: Chris Foy
Carvalho Soccerball 52'
Lampard Soccerball 70'
[Report] Nani Soccerball 10'
Rooney Soccerball 90+2'
    Penalties  
Lampard Soccerball shad check
Ballack Soccerball shad check
Drogba Soccerball shad check
Kalou Soccerball shad check
4 – 1 -Soccerball shade cross Giggs
Soccerball shad check Carrick
-Soccerball shade cross Evra
 

Football League Trophy

Main article: Football League Trophy 2009-10
28 March 2010
15:00
Carlisle United Carlisle United FC 1 – 4 Southampton FC Southampton Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,476
Referee: Scott Mathieson
Madine Soccerball 84' [Report] Lambert Soccerball 15' (pen.)
Lallana Soccerball 44'
Waigo Soccerball 50'
Antonio Soccerball 60'

FA Trophy

Main article: FA Trophy 2009-10
8 May 2010
15:00
Barrow Barrow AFC 2 – 1
(a.e.t.)
Stevenage FC Stevenage Borough Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 21,223
Referee: Lee Probert
McEvilly Soccerball 79'
Walker Soccerball 107'
[Report] Drury Soccerball 10'

FA Vase

Main article: FA Vase 2009-10
8 May 2010
15:00
Whitley Bay Whitley Bay FC 6 – 1 Wroxham FC Wroxham Wembley Stadium, London
[Report]

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