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Premier League

The FA Premier League (which, for sponsorship reasons, is often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in the UK and the Barclays English Premier League internationally) comprises the top 20 football clubs in the league system of English football. It was created in 1992, when the top division football clubs broke away from the Football League after securing a greatly improved TV rights deal with the then fledgling satellite television company Sky Television. The new name was merely a branding exercise as there was no innovation in competitive terms; an identical first tier league had existed the previous season.

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The competition

A Norwegian take on FA Premier League team names

There are 20 clubs in the Premier League. During the course of a season each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 38 games. At the end of each season the three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Football League Championship and the top two teams from the Championship, together with the winner of a play-off involving the 3rd to 6th placed clubs, are promoted in their place.

The top four teams in the Premiership qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the top two teams directly entering the group phase. The third and fourth placed teams enter the competition at the third qualifying round and must win a two-legged knockout tie in order to enter the group phase.


Since 1993, the FA Premier League has been sponsored. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. So far, all the sponsors have referred to the competition as the 'Premiership'. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

Premier League clubs, 2004–05

(* Played in every
Premier League season)
Finishing position
for 2004–2005
First season in
top division
First season of
current spell in
top division
Aston Villa*101888–891988–89
Birmingham City121894–952002–03
Blackburn Rovers151888–892001–02
Bolton Wanderers61888–892001–02
Charlton Athletic111936–372000–01
Crystal Palace181969–702004–05
Manchester City81899–19002002–03
Manchester United*31892–931975–76
Newcastle United141898–991993–94
Norwich City191971–722004–05
Tottenham Hotspur*91909–101978–79
West Bromwich Albion171888–892004–05

Former Premier League Members

Years in most
recent spell in top
First season in
most recent spell in
top division of
English football
Final season of
most recent spell in
top division of
English football
Bradford City21999–20002000–01
Coventry City91992–932000–01
Derby County61996–972001–02
Ipswich Town22000–012001–02
Leeds United121992–932003–04
Leicester City12003–042003–04
Nottingham Forest11998–991998–99
Oldham Athletic21992–931993–94
Queens Park Rangers41992–931995–96
Sheffield United21992–931993–94
Sheffield Wednesday81992–931999–2000
Swindon Town11993–941993–94
West Ham United101993–942002–03
Wolverhampton Wanderers12003–042003–04


Past Premier League winners

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Past winners of the Premier League
Season Winner Total wins* Remarks Runner-up
1992–93 Manchester United 1 (8) First Premier League winners Aston Villa
1993–94 Manchester United 2 (9) Also won the FA Cup Blackburn Rovers
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers 1 (3) First league championship since 1914 Manchester United
1995–96 Manchester United 3 (10) Also won the FA Cup Newcastle United
1996–97 Manchester United 4 (11)   Newcastle United
1997–98 Arsenal 1 (11) Also won the FA Cup Manchester United
1998–99 Manchester United 5 (12) Also won the FA Cup,
UEFA Champions League
1999–2000 Manchester United 6 (13)   Arsenal
2000–01 Manchester United 7 (14)   Arsenal
2001–02 Arsenal 2 (12) Also won the FA Cup Liverpool
2002–03 Manchester United 8 (15)   Arsenal
2003–04 Arsenal 3 (13) Undefeated in League Chelsea
2004–05 Chelsea 1 (2) Also won the League Cup Arsenal

* Premier League championships (total English football championships)
Up to 1992, the winners of the First Division of The Football League were the English football champions.
Liverpool hold the overall record with 18 championships.

Top scorers

By season

Season Top scorer, club Goals
1992–93* Teddy Sheringham, Tottenham Hotspur 22
1993–94* Andy Cole, Newcastle United 34
1994–95* Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers 34
1995–96 Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers 31
1996–97 Alan Shearer, Newcastle United 25
1997–98 Chris Sutton, Blackburn Rovers
Dion Dublin, Coventry City
Michael Owen, Liverpool
1998–99 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Leeds United
Michael Owen, Liverpool
Dwight Yorke, Manchester United
1999–2000 Kevin Phillips, Sunderland 30
2000–01 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Chelsea 23
2001–02 Thierry Henry, Arsenal 24
2002–03 Ruud van Nistelrooy, Manchester United 25
2003–04 Thierry Henry, Arsenal 30
2004–05 Thierry Henry, Arsenal 25
* For the first 3 seasons of the Premier League (1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95)
there were 22 clubs and therefore 42 games played by each club. For all
seasons since there have been 20 clubs and therefore 38 games played.


As of April 2005

1 Alan Shearer250
2 Andy Cole172
3 Robbie Fowler152
4 Les Ferdinand150
5 Teddy Sheringham139
6 Thierry Henry134
7 Dwight Yorke121
8 Michael Owen118
9 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink114
10 Ian Wright113

Worldwide reach

The Premier League is one of the most cosmopolitan and widely watched national sporting leagues in the world. Over 260 foreign players compete in the league, and 101 stars from England's domestic leagues competed in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. It is widely watched overseas, with matches being shown in over 150 countries and reaching over 450 million people worldwide. Premier League teams such as Manchester United and star players such as Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard or Ruud van Nistelrooy have become worldwide sporting icons. The Premier League is particularly popular in Scandinavia, with ferry operators offering "football ferries" to Norwegian football fans wishing to see their favourite teams in action. The Premier League and its clubs also enjoy popularity in Canada; games are aired every Saturday in most parts of the country.

The "Curse of Christmas"

Over the history of the Premier League, the so called "Curse of Christmas" became apparent – from the first season onwards, the team who was bottom of the league on Christmas Day was always relegated. This curse was only broken in season 2004–05, when West Bromwich Albion finished 17th on the final day.

SeasonTeam bottom at ChristmasFinal Position
92/93Nottingham Forest22nd
93/94Swindon Town22nd
94/95Ipswich Town22nd
From 1995–96, the Premier League
was reduced to 20 teams
95/96Bolton Wanderers20th
96/97Nottingham Forest20th
98/99Nottingham Forest20th
99/00Sheffield Wednesday19th
00/01Bradford City20th
01/02Leicester City20th
02/03West Ham United18th
03/04Wolverhampton Wanderers20th
04/05West Bromwich Albion17th (safe)

External links

FA Premier League 2004/05

Arsenal | Aston Villa | Birmingham City | Blackburn Rovers | Bolton Wanderers | Charlton Athletic | Chelsea | Crystal Palace** | Everton | Fulham | Liverpool | Manchester City | Manchester United | Middlesbrough | Newcastle United | Norwich City** | Portsmouth | Southampton** | Tottenham Hotspur | West Bromwich Albion |
** – relegated to the Championship for 2005/06

FA Premier League seasons

1992–93 | 1993–94 | 1994–95 | 1995–96 | 1996–97 | 1997–98 | 1998–99
1999–00 | 2000–01 | 2001–02 | 2002–03 | 2003–04 | 2004–05 edit

Football in England

League competitions

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Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) List of
Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) Records FA Vase
English football league system FA NLS Cup


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