2014-15 in English football

2014-15 in English football

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Promotion and relegation

Pre-season

League Promoted to league Relegated from league[1]
Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two

National teams

England national football team

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
4  England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 10 0 0 31 3 +28 30 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–0
2   Switzerland 10 7 0 3 24 8 +16 21 0–2 3–2 3–0 4–0 7–0
3  Slovenia 10 5 1 4 18 11 +7 16 Advance to play-offs 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 6–0
4  Estonia 10 3 1 6 4 9 −5 10 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
5  Lithuania 10 3 1 6 7 18 −11 10 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1
6  San Marino 10 0 1 9 1 36 −35 1 0–6 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

International Friendlies[edit]

England women's national football team

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 10 0 0 52 1 +51 30 Women's World Cup
2  Ukraine 10 7 1 2 34 9 +25 22 Play-offs
3  Wales 10 6 1 3 18 9 +9 19
4  Turkey 10 4 0 6 12 31 −19 12
5  Belarus 10 2 0 8 12 31 −19 6
6  Montenegro 10 0 0 10 6 53 −47 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

League season

Premier League

Despite criticism about their style of play, Chelsea regained the Premier League title after five years and handed manager José Mourinho his first title in his second spell back at the club. In addition, similar to the club's first season under Mourinho in 2004, the Blues also won the League Cup. Manchester City came second; whilst the highest scorers in the league, they never looked like defending their title. A large winless spell in January, not helped by powerhouse midfielder Yaya Touré heading to the Africa Cup of Nations saw their title defense effectively end in mid-March. Arsenal finished third, but missed out on the chance to take the runners-up spot, which was largely owed to a failure to score at home three times in their last six games. In spite of this, they retained the FA Cup title. Manchester United took the final spot for the Champions League, securing a return to the elite competition in Louis van Gaal's first season as manager, despite several defeats that included a shock 5–3 defeat to Leicester City and a 4–0 thrashing at Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur's first season under Mauricio Pochettino saw the impressive emergence of young striker Harry Kane, but was also blighted by the issues of the previous season as their defensive woes continued; because of this, their Champions League hopes evaporated by early March. Liverpool endured a turbulent season as they struggled to adjust to life without controversial striker Luis Suárez, whilst also being without Daniel Sturridge for large portions of the campaign due to injury. Having stood 12th in late November with just 14 points, the team rallied after New Year's Day as they mounted a late Champions League attempt, with a focus more on defense than goals and impressively made the semi-finals of both club competitions, but ultimately fell short overall. In spite of these issues, however, both Spurs and Liverpool secured Europa League spots.

Southampton were tipped by many for relegation following the loss of Pochettino and many key players over the summer, but they exceeded all expectations by challenging for the Champions League, their challenge continuing into April until a poor run of form against relegation battlers saw them slip out of the race. In spite of this, manager Ronald Koeman received universal praise for his work at the club in his first season and because of Arsenal's FA Cup win, they qualified for the Europa League. Swansea secured their best points total in Garry Monk's first full season, becoming another club to exceed expectations and even complete league doubles over Manchester United and Arsenal, whilst Stoke finished ninth, securing their best points total in the top flight.

Rounding out the top ten were Crystal Palace, who were tipped to struggle following the departure of Tony Pulis just two days before the start of the season; former boss Neil Warnock returned for a second spell, but only lasted four months before being sacked with the club facing another relegation battle. The surprise managerial appointment of former player Alan Pardew saw the Eagles rocket up into mid-table and ultimately survive, securing their highest ever Premier League finish. Another surprise saw pre-season relegation favourites Leicester City achieve survival against all the odds. Despite a reasonable start that included a famous 5–3 victory over Manchester United, their form dropped and they fell to the bottom of the table in November. With relegation looking likely at the beginning of April, the Foxes suddenly came to life and secured 22 points from their last nine games to become the only promoted team to avoid the drop.

Queens Park Rangers' return to the Premier League ended in immediate relegation; the club's failure to earn an away point until mid-February proving to be a key factor despite the impressive 18 goals of Charlie Austin. Burnley finished second-bottom, being the lowest goal-scorers in the league and even a shock 1–0 win over Manchester City failing to save them. Hull City filled the last relegation spot, struggling for the majority of the season amidst controversial plans by chairman Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers. Newcastle United, whose form sharply plummeted following the departure of Alan Pardew, survived on the last day.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 26 9 3 73 32 +41 87 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 38 24 7 7 83 38 +45 79
3 Arsenal 38 22 9 7 71 36 +35 75
4 Manchester United 38 20 10 8 62 37 +25 70 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 7 12 58 53 +5 64 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
6 Liverpool 38 18 8 12 52 48 +4 62
7 Southampton 38 18 6 14 54 33 +21 60 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[a]
8 Swansea City 38 16 8 14 46 49 −3 56
9 Stoke City 38 15 9 14 48 45 +3 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 13 9 16 47 51 −4 48
11 Everton 38 12 11 15 48 50 −2 47
12 West Ham United 38 12 11 15 44 47 −3 47 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 11 11 16 38 51 −13 44
14 Leicester City 38 11 8 19 46 55 −9 41
15 Newcastle United 38 10 9 19 40 63 −23 39
16 Sunderland 38 7 17 14 31 53 −22 38
17 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 31 57 −26 38
18 Hull City (R) 38 8 11 19 33 51 −18 35 Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Burnley (R) 38 7 12 19 28 53 −25 33
20 Queens Park Rangers (R) 38 8 6 24 42 73 −31 30
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Since winners of the 2014–15 FA Cup, Arsenal, and winners of the 2014–15 Football League Cup, Chelsea, qualified for the Champions League based on league position, the spot awarded to the FA Cup winner (Europa League group stage) is passed to the sixth-placed team, Liverpool, and the spot awarded to the League Cup winner (Europa League third qualifying round) is passed to the seventh-placed team, Southampton, since those teams were the first teams in the table not already qualified for any European competition.
  2. ^ England was given an extra qualification berth for the Europa League first qualifying round as one of the top three associations in UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking.[4] The spot was given to West Ham United after finishing on top of the Premier League Fair Play table.[5][6]

Football League Championship

In a Championship season marked with constant changes among the top six, AFC Bournemouth completed a turnaround from being within five minutes of liquidation in 2008, to reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history. They remained top for around half the season and snatched the title on the last day to win promotion as champions. This meant that Eddie Howe had achieved the rare feat of taking a club from the fourth tier to the top flight for the first time, an achievement for which he was named the Football League Manager of the Decade.

Despite a spell in which they changed managers four times in 35 days between August and October, Watford found stability under Serbian Slaviša Jokanović and took advantage of slip-ups by other teams to win automatic promotion to the Premier League after an eight-year absence. Securing an immediate return to the Premier League through the play-offs were Norwich City, who beat Middlesbrough in the final; they had topped the standings early on in the season, only to fall to mid-table after a poor run of form within the winter period. Manager Neil Adams ultimately resigned in January, before the appointment of Hamilton boss Alex Neil in January re-invigorated the Canaries' campaign..

Reading endured a season of ups and downs, having first sacked Nigel Adkins in mid-December. This led to former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke taking over the reins and despite there being an outside chance of relegation going into the last few games, the Royals beat the drop and also reached the FA Cup semi-finals, losing to Arsenal in extra-time. Rotherham United came perilously close to being dropped into the relegation zone in the final weeks after they were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player, though they ultimately stayed up after the teams below them failed to capitalize on the situation.

Blackpool finished in bottom place (having stayed in that place since September until the end of the season), posting the joint-worst points total for a club in a 24-team second tier, failing to win away once and conceding 91 goals overall. Relegation was not helped by fan protests against owner Owen Oyston's running of the club (eventually culminating in an on-pitch protest that forced their final game of the season to be abandoned), as well as the fact that they had only eight players two weeks before the season started. Wigan Athletic were also relegated, just two years after they had won the FA Cup and played in the Premier League. During the season, they went through three managers and failed to win a home game between September and April as the extra games from the previous season appeared to take its toll on the Latics. Millwall filled the final relegation spot, having sacked Ian Holloway in March and appointed Neil Harris as his replacement, but he couldn't save them from the drop to the third tier.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bournemouth (C, P) 46 26 12 8 98 45 +53 90 Promotion to the Premier League
2 Watford (P) 46 27 8 11 91 50 +41 89
3 Norwich City (O, P) 46 25 11 10 88 48 +40 86 Qualification for Championship play-offs[a]
4 Middlesbrough 46 25 10 11 68 37 +31 85
5 Brentford 46 23 9 14 78 59 +19 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 22 12 12 72 54 +18 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 12 12 70 56 +14 78
8 Derby County 46 21 14 11 85 56 +29 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 17 16 13 66 59 +7 67
10 Birmingham City 46 16 15 15 54 64 −10 63
11 Cardiff City 46 16 14 16 57 61 −4 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 14 18 14 54 60 −6 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 18 14 43 49 −6 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 15 14 17 71 69 +2 59
15 Leeds United 46 15 11 20 50 61 −11 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 13 16 17 58 75 −17 55
17 Fulham 46 14 10 22 62 83 −21 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 13 12 21 54 67 −13 51
19 Reading 46 13 11 22 48 69 −21 50
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 17 19 44 54 −10 47
21 Rotherham United 46 11 16 19 46 67 −21 46[b]
22 Millwall (R) 46 9 14 23 42 76 −34 41 Relegation to Football League One
23 Wigan Athletic (R) 46 9 12 25 39 64 −25 39
24 Blackpool (R) 46 4 14 28 36 91 −55 26
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: Sky Sports
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.
  2. ^ Rotherham United were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.[7]

Football League One

Bristol City ended their two-year absence from the Championship, topping the division for virtually the entire season and becoming the first club in the country to win promotion. Milton Keynes Dons, the top scorers in any of the four divisions, snatched automatic promotion from under the noses of Preston North End on the final day, winning promotion to the Championship for the first time as the current incarnation of the club; they also enjoyed a famous Football League Cup upset over Manchester United in their first ever meeting. Preston made amends for their last-day slip-up by thrashing Swindon Town in the play-off final to end a five-year absence from the second tier, and in the process finally winning a play-off tournament after nine unsuccessful tries.

Despite being hotly tipped to make an immediate return to the Championship, Yeovil Town spent most of the season rooted to the bottom of the table (and in fact, they were glued to the bottom from February) and they suffered their second successive relegation, finding themselves back in League Two for the first time in a decade after only recording 10 wins in the whole season. Similarly, Leyton Orient were also among the promotion favourites after their play-off final appearance the previous year, but struggled all season, after going through four managers and they ultimately finished second-bottom. Crawley Town were relegated back to League Two after three years at this level; they had appeared to be well out of the reach of relegation but following manager John Gregory stepping down for heart surgery, their form collapsed under Dean Saunders. Notts County filled the final relegation spot, ultimately being cost dear by a disastrous second half of the season after some promising early form.

Crewe Alexandra survived a second relegation battle in a row despite more heavy thrashings in the season, whilst Colchester United's final day win to deny Preston automatic promotion confirmed their survival having been cut adrift for most of the season.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bristol City (C, P) 46 29 12 5 96 38 +58 99 Promotion to Football League Championship
2 Milton Keynes Dons (P) 46 27 10 9 101 44 +57 91
3 Preston North End (O, P) 46 25 14 7 79 40 +39 89 Qualification for League One play-offs[a]
4 Swindon Town 46 23 10 13 76 57 +19 79
5 Sheffield United 46 19 14 13 66 53 +13 71
6 Chesterfield 46 19 12 15 68 55 +13 69
7 Bradford City 46 17 14 15 55 55 0 65
8 Rochdale 46 19 6 21 72 66 +6 63
9 Peterborough United 46 18 9 19 53 56 −3 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 17 12 17 49 52 −3 63
11 Barnsley 46 17 11 18 62 61 +1 62
12 Gillingham 46 16 14 16 65 66 −1 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 16 13 17 58 62 −4 61
14 Walsall 46 14 17 15 50 54 −4 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 14 15 17 54 67 −13 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 14 14 18 62 75 −13 56
17 Coventry City 46 13 16 17 49 60 −11 55
18 Port Vale 46 15 9 22 55 65 −10 54
19 Colchester United 46 14 10 22 58 77 −19 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 14 10 22 43 75 −32 52
21 Notts County (R) 46 12 14 20 45 63 −18 50 Relegation to Football League Two
22 Crawley Town (R) 46 13 11 22 53 79 −26 50
23 Leyton Orient (R) 46 12 13 21 59 69 −10 49
24 Yeovil Town (R) 46 10 10 26 36 75 −39 40
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.

Football League Two

Just six years after their first ever promotion to the Football League and just missing out on promotion a year earlier, Burton Albion were promoted as champions. While manager Gary Rowett departed for Birmingham City early in the season, his replacement in top-flight legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink guided the club into the top six and then finally promotion. Shrewsbury Town went up in second, securing an instant return to League One; they had actually led the table for much of the season but were made to pay for slip-ups that Burton took advantage of. Taking the third automatic slot in dramatic fashion were Bury, who almost slipped out of the race, but a last-day win over Tranmere Rovers saw the club also promoted. Southend United were forced all the way to extra time and penalties by Wycombe Wanderers, but ultimately scraped past their opponents to take the last promotion spot and secure their place in League One.

Luton Town, on their return to the Football League after five years, just missed out on a playoff place by virtue of Plymouth Argyle's victory over Shrewsbury whilst Portsmouth suffered an even lower league finish than the previous year, finishing in 16th with the club failing to make anything similar to a promotion challenge, but some good run of forms prevented them from being in another relegation battle.

Falling out of the Football League were Tranmere Rovers, who suffered a second relegation in a row and dropped into the Football Conference after 94 years. Cheltenham Town filled the second relegation spot, falling out of the Football League after 16 years; they had started the season reasonably well with 23 points from 14 games, but imploded disastrously after long-serving manager Mark Yates was sacked in favour of Paul Buckle, with not even the late-season arrival of veteran manager Gary Johnson saving them. Hartlepool United had been in the relegation zone for good chunks of the season, but an impressive March saw the club fight their way to safety.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Burton Albion (C, P) 46 28 10 8 69 39 +30 94 Promotion to Football League One
2 Shrewsbury Town (P) 46 27 8 11 67 31 +36 89
3 Bury (P) 46 26 7 13 60 40 +20 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 23 15 8 67 45 +22 84 Qualification for League Two play-offs[a]
5 Southend United (O, P) 46 24 12 10 54 38 +16 84
6 Stevenage 46 20 12 14 62 54 +8 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 20 11 15 55 37 +18 71
8 Luton Town 46 19 11 16 54 44 +10 68
9 Newport County 46 18 11 17 51 54 −3 65
10 Exeter City 46 17 13 16 61 65 −4 64
11 Morecambe 46 17 12 17 53 52 +1 63
12 Northampton Town 46 18 7 21 67 62 +5 61
13 Oxford United 46 15 16 15 50 49 +1 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 17 8 21 58 59 −1 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 54 60 −6 58
16 Portsmouth 46 14 15 17 52 54 −2 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 15 11 20 58 77 −19 56
18 York City 46 11 19 16 46 51 −5 52
19 Cambridge United 46 13 12 21 61 66 −5 51
20 Carlisle United 46 14 8 24 56 74 −18 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 13 9 24 38 62 −24 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 12 9 25 39 70 −31 45
23 Cheltenham Town (R) 46 9 14 23 40 67 −27 41 Relegation to the National League
24 Tranmere Rovers (R) 46 9 12 25 45 67 −22 39
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

Conference Premier

A close title race saw Barnet return to the Football League after a two-year absence, which also made them the first club to win promotion to the Football League three times. Pushing them all the way and then winning in the playoffs were Bristol Rovers who secured an immediate return to the Football League, despite being pushed themselves all the way to penalties by Grimsby.

Following the departure of manager Kevin Wilkin late in the previous season, Nuneaton were relegated in bottom place. AFC Telford United were immediately relegated back to the Conference North after being in bottom place for most of the season. Dartford finished third-bottom and experienced the relegation that they only avoided the previous season thanks to the demise of Salisbury City. Alfreton Town filled the final relegation spot and went down on goal difference; they were ultimately cost dear by having the worst defensive record in the division, eventually culminating in a 7-0 thrashing by Bristol Rovers on the final day of the season, when a draw would have been sufficient to prevent relegation.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Barnet (C, P) 46 28 8 10 94 46 +48 92 Promotion to Football League Two
2 Bristol Rovers (O, P) 46 25 16 5 73 34 +39 91 Qualification to Conference Premier play-offs[a]
3 Grimsby Town 46 25 11 10 74 40 +34 86
4 Eastleigh 46 24 10 12 87 61 +26 82
5 Forest Green Rovers[b] 46 22 16 8 80 54 +26 79
6 Macclesfield Town 46 21 15 10 60 46 +14 78
7 Woking 46 21 13 12 77 52 +25 76
8 Dover Athletic 46 19 11 16 69 58 +11 68
9 Halifax Town 46 17 15 14 60 54 +6 66
10 Gateshead 46 17 15 14 66 62 +4 66
11 Wrexham 46 17 15 14 56 52 +4 66
12 Chester 46 19 6 21 64 76 −12 63
13 Torquay United 46 16 13 17 64 60 +4 61
14 Braintree Town 46 18 5 23 56 57 −1 59
15 Lincoln City 46 16 10 20 62 71 −9 58
16 Kidderminster Harriers 46 15 12 19 51 60 −9 57
17 Altrincham 46 16 8 22 54 73 −19 56
18 Aldershot Town 46 14 11 21 51 61 −10 53
19 Southport 46 13 12 21 47 72 −25 51
20 Welling United 46 11 12 23 52 73 −21 45
21 Alfreton Town (R) 46 12 9 25 49 90 −41 45 Relegation to National League North/National League South
22 Dartford (R) 46 8 15 23 44 74 −30 39
23 Telford United[c] (R) 46 10 9 27 58 84 −26 36
24 Nuneaton Town[d] (R) 46 10 9 27 38 76 −38 36
Updated to match(es) played on 17 May 2015. Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Two.
  2. ^ Forest Green were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Southport on 9 August 2014.[8]
  3. ^ Telford were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Lincoln City on 11 April 2015.[9]
  4. ^ Nuneaton were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Welling United on 28 February 2015.[10]

Cup competitions

FA Cup

Final[edit]

30 May 2015
17:30 GMT
Arsenal 4–0 Aston Villa
Walcott  40'
Sánchez  50'
Mertesacker  62'
Giroud  90'
Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 89,283
Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)[11]

League Cup

Final[edit]

1 March 2015
16:00 GMT
Chelsea 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur
Terry  45'
Costa  56'
Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 89,294
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)[12]

Community Shield

10 August 2014
15:00 BST
Arsenal 3–0 Manchester City
Cazorla  22'
Ramsey  43'
Giroud  62'
Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 71,523
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Football League Trophy

Final[edit]

22 March 2015
15:30 GMT
Walsall 0–2 Bristol City
Report Flint  15'
Little  51'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 72,315
Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire)

Women's Football

FA Women's Cup

Women's Super League

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Liverpool (C, Q) 14 7 5 2 19 10 +9 26 Qualification to Champions League
2 Chelsea (Q) 14 8 2 4 23 16 +7 26
3 Birmingham City 14 7 4 3 20 14 +6 25
4 Arsenal 14 6 3 5 24 21 +3 21
5 Manchester City 14 6 1 7 13 16 −3 19
6 Notts County 14 4 6 4 12 8 +4 18
7 Bristol Academy 14 5 1 8 18 24 −6 16
8 Everton (R) 14 0 4 10 10 30 −20 4 Relegation to FA WSL 2
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Women's Super League 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Sunderland (C, P) 18 15 2 1 47 15 +32 47 Promotion to FA WSL 1
2 Doncaster Rovers Belles 18 14 3 1 56 14 +42 45
3 Reading 18 13 2 3 60 21 +39 41
4 Aston Villa 18 9 3 6 25 26 −1 30
5 Yeovil Town 18 6 4 8 27 26 +1 22
6 Durham 18 5 3 10 19 32 −13 18
7 Watford 18 5 3 10 22 37 −15 18
8 Millwall Lionesses 18 4 3 11 20 36 −16 15
9 Oxford United 18 3 3 12 16 44 −28 12
10 London Bees 18 2 2 14 16 57 −41 8
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Managerial changes

This is a list of changes of managers within English league football:

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment Position in table
at time of appointment
Blackpool Ince, PaulPaul Ince Sacked 21 January 2014[13] 14th (2013–14 season) Riga, JoséJosé Riga 11 June 2014[14] Pre-season
Nottingham Forest Davies, BillyBilly Davies Sacked 24 March 2014[15] 5th (2013–14 season) Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce 1 July 2014[a][16]
Tranmere Rovers Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore Sacked 9 April 2014[b][17] 19th (2013–14 season) Edwards, RobertRobert Edwards 27 May 2014[18]
West Bromwich Albion Mel, PepePepe Mel Mutual consent[19] 12 May 2014[20] Pre-season Irvine, AlanAlan Irvine 14 June 2014[21]
Shrewsbury Town Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Appointed as assistant manager 12 May 2014[22] Mellon, MickyMicky Mellon 12 May 2014[22]
Brighton & Hove Albion Junyent, Óscar GarcíaÓscar García Junyent Resigned 12 May 2014[23] Hyypiä, SamiSami Hyypiä 6 June 2014[24]
Tottenham Hotspur Sherwood, TimTim Sherwood Sacked[25] 13 May 2014[20] Pochettino, MauricioMauricio Pochettino 27 May 2014[26]
Charlton Athletic Riga, JoséJosé Riga End of contract 27 May 2014[27] Peeters, BobBob Peeters 27 May 2014[28]
Southampton Pochettino, MauricioMauricio Pochettino Signed by Tottenham Hotspur 27 May 2014[26] Koeman, RonaldRonald Koeman 16 June 2014[29]
Leeds United McDermott, BrianBrian McDermott Mutual Consent 31 May 2014[30] Hockaday, DaveDave Hockaday 19 June 2014[31]
Oxford United Waddock, GaryGary Waddock Sacked 4 July 2014[32] Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton 4 July 2014[32]
Huddersfield Town Robins, MarkMark Robins Sacked 10 August 2014[33] 24th Powell, ChrisChris Powell 3 September 2014[34] 21st
Crystal Palace Pulis, TonyTony Pulis Mutual Consent 14 August 2014[35] Pre-season Warnock, NeilNeil Warnock 27 August 2014[36] 18th
Leeds United Hockaday, DaveDave Hockaday Sacked 28 August 2014[37] 21st Milanic, DarkoDarko Milanic 24 September 2014[38] 12th
Watford Sannino, GiuseppeGiuseppe Sannino Resigned 31 August 2014[39] 2nd Junyent, Óscar GarcíaÓscar García Junyent 2 September 2014[40] 2nd
Colchester United Dunne, JoeJoe Dunne Mutual Consent 1 September 2014[41] 23rd Humes, TonyTony Humes 1 September 2014 23rd
Carlisle United Kavanagh, GrahamGraham Kavanagh Sacked 1 September 2014[42] 22nd Curle, KeithKeith Curle 19 September 2014[43] 24th
Accrington Stanley Beattie, JamesJames Beattie Mutual consent 12 September 2014[44] 21st Coleman, JohnJohn Coleman 18 September 2014[45] 20th
Port Vale Adams, MickyMicky Adams Resigned 18 September 2014[46] 23rd Page, RobRob Page 18 September 2014[47][48] 23rd
Cardiff City Solskjær, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær Mutual consent 18 September 2014[49] 17th Slade, RussellRussell Slade 6 October 2014[50] 15th
Fulham Magath, FelixFelix Magath Sacked 18 September 2014[51] 24th Symons, KitKit Symons 29 October 2014
Leyton Orient Slade, RussellRussell Slade Resigned 24 September 2014[52] 17th Milanese, MauroMauro Milanese 26 October 2014
Watford Junyent, Óscar GarcíaÓscar García Junyent Resigned 29 September 2014[53] 4th McKinlay, BillyBilly McKinlay 29 September 2014 4th
Bolton Wanderers Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Mutual consent 3 October 2014[54] 23rd Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon 12 October 2014[55] 24th
Hartlepool United Cooper, ColinColin Cooper Resigned 4 October 2014[56] 24th
Watford McKinlay, BillyBilly McKinlay Sacked 6 October 2014[57] 3rd Jokanovic, SlavisaSlavisa Jokanovic 7 October 2014[58] 3rd
Scunthorpe United Wilcox, RussRuss Wilcox Sacked 8 October 2014[59] 23rd Robins, MarkMark Robins 13 October 2014[60] 23rd
York City Worthington, NigelNigel Worthington Resigned 13 October 2014[61] 22nd Wilcox, RussRuss Wilcox 15 October 2014[62] 22nd
Tranmere Rovers Edwards, RobertRobert Edwards Sacked 13 October 2014[63] 24th Adams, MickyMicky Adams 16 October 2014[64] 24th
Birmingham City Clark, LeeLee Clark Sacked 20 October 2014[65] 21st Rowett, GaryGary Rowett 27 October 2014 23rd
Burton Albion Rowett, GaryGary Rowett Signed by Birmingham City 27 October 2014 3rd Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank 13 November 2014 5th
Blackpool Riga, JoséJosé Riga Sacked 28 October 2014[66] 24th Clark, LeeLee Clark 30 October 2014 24th
Wigan Athletic Uwe Rösler Sacked 13 November 2014 22nd Malky Mackay 19 November 2014 22nd
Cheltenham Town Mark Yates Sacked 25 November 2014 18th Paul Buckle 26 November 2014 18th
Reading Nigel Adkins Sacked 15 December 2014 16th Steve Clarke 16 December 2014 16th
Brighton & Hove Albion Sami Hyypiä Resigned 22 December 2014 22nd Chris Hughton 31 December 2014 21st
Crystal Palace Neil Warnock Sacked 27 December 2014 18th Alan Pardew 2 January 2015 18th
Newcastle United Alan Pardew Signed by Crystal Palace 31 December 2014 10th John Carver 2 January 2015 10th
Gillingham Peter Taylor Sacked 31 December 2014 19th Justin Edinburgh 8 February 2015 17th
West Bromwich Albion Alan Irvine Sacked 29 December 2014 16th Tony Pulis 1 January 2015 16th
Norwich City Neil Adams Resigned 5 January 2015 7th Alex Neil 9 January 2015 7th
Charlton Athletic Bob Peeters Sacked 11 January 2015 14th Guy Luzon 14 January 2015 14th
Queens Park Rangers Harry Redknapp Resigned 3 February 2015 19th Chris Ramsey 4 February 2015 19th
Yeovil Town Gary Johnson Sacked 4 February 2015 24th
Newport County Justin Edinburgh Signed by Gillingham 7 February 2015 6th
Aston Villa Lambert, PaulPaul Lambert Sacked 11 February 2015[67] 18th Sherwood, TimTim Sherwood 14 February 2015[68] 18th

Diary of the season

  • 8 August: Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City play out a 1–1 draw in the opening game of the season, with Kenwyne Jones getting the season's first goal.[69]
  • 16 August: The Premier League's first fixture sees Swansea defeat Manchester United 2–1. Swansea end the day joint-top with Arsenal, who won their own game against Crystal Palace by the same margin.[70]
  • 21 August: Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody is forced to resign from his position after a team investigating accusations of fraud made by his previous club Cardiff City discover numerous e-mails containing apparently racist, homophobic and anti-semitic insults, sent to and from former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay. The discovery also causes Crystal Palace to confirm that they will not appoint Mackay as their new manager, the position having been vacant since the resignation of Tony Pulis a week prior.[71] Coventry City confirm that they will return to their former Ricoh Arena ground starting with their home game against Gillingham on 5 September, ending a spell of a little over a year playing at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium due to a rent dispute.[72]
  • 26 August: In the League Cup second round, Manchester United lose 4–0 to League One side Milton Keynes Dons. Three other Premier League sides fall to lower-league opposition, as Burnley are knocked out by Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City by Shrewsbury Town, and West Ham by Sheffield United.[73]
  • 28 August: Wayne Rooney is confirmed as the new England captain, following Steven Gerrard's decision to retire from international football.[74]
  • 31 August: The first month of the Premier League ends with Chelsea leading the table and Swansea and Aston Villa in second and third respectively. Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur complete the top six. Newly promoted Burnley, stand at the bottom of the table with one point, behind Crystal Palace due to goals scored and one point behind West Bromwich Albion. Nottingham Forest lead the Championship, a point ahead of Watford and newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers. The other three play-off spots are occupied by Norwich City, Millwall and Charlton Athletic. The relegation zone is occupied by Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Blackpool.
  • 8 September: England's European Championship qualifying campaign begins with a 2–0 away win over Switzerland, with new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck scoring both goals.
  • 20 September: Arsenal score three goals inside four minutes to defeat Aston Villa, with new £16 million striker Danny Welbeck getting his first goal for the club. Newcastle Utd, whose manager Alan Pardew faced a barrage of protests from fans wanting him out of the club, recover from 2–0 down to claim a point against Hull, with Papiss Cissé coming of the bench to score twice in the final 15 minutes. In the evening game, West Ham score twice in the opening seven minutes on their way to defeating Liverpool 3–1. In the Championship, Nottingham Forest remain unbeaten at the top after a 0–0 draw with Millwall. Leeds United, who have now claimed 10 points out of a possible 12 under caretaker manager Neil Redfearn, beat local rivals Huddersfield Town 3–0 at Elland Road. Newly promoted Wolves are now just a point behind Forest after another home win, their third in a row, this time 1–0 over Bolton.
  • 21 September: West Bromwich Albion secure their first win under Alan Irvine, defeating Tottenham 1–0 at White Hart Lane. Leicester, trailing 3–1 with 20 minutes remaining, defeat Manchester United 5–3 in front of a full house at the King Power stadium. Crystal Palace defeat Everton at Goodison Park 3–2, after falling behind 1–0 inside the opening 15 minutes. Frank Lampard, now on loan at Manchester City, scores an 84th-minute equaliser against his former club, to give ten-men City a point against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
  • 30 September: The month ends with Chelsea continuing to lead the Premier League, three points ahead of Southampton. Defending champions Manchester City are a further two points behind Southampton, and a point ahead of a clutch of sides including Arsenal, Swansea and Aston Villa. Burnley and Newcastle United, both of whom are without a single win this season, sit bottom of the table, with Newcastle ahead on goals scored alone. Queens Park Rangers make up the bottom three. In the Championship, Norwich have taken over the top of the table, though Nottingham Forest are unbeaten and behind on goal difference. Wolves, Watford, Ipswich and Derby occupy the play-off spots. The bottom three remains unchanged from the previous month, with Blackpool bottom and still winless, and Fulham and Bolton Wanderers ahead of them by only one and two points respectively.
  • 31 October: October ends with Chelsea still leading the Premier League, four points ahead of Southampton. Manchester City remain in third, while West Ham United stand in fourth. Arsenal, Swansea and Liverpool are behind in the European chase. Newcastle United have moved above QPR and out of the relegation zone, at the expense of their northern rivals Sunderland. Winless Burnley remain at the bottom of the table. Derby County have moved to the top of the Championship, though only goal difference is separating them Watford, Norwich and Wolves. AFC Bournemouth and Middlesbrough are two points behind in fifth and sixth. Blackpool remain bottom of the Championship. Birmingham City have moved below Bolton, while Fulham has escaped the relegation zone under new manager Kit Symons.
  • 12 November: The news that Ched Evans, who was convicted of rape in 2012 and given a five-year prison sentence, is being allowed to train with his former club Sheffield United results in TV presenter Charlie Webster resigning as a club ambassador,[75] and sponsors DBL Logistics threatening to terminate their deal with immediate effect should Evans be offered any form of contract by the club.[76]
  • 30 November: At the end of November, Chelsea continue to lead the Premier League, now six points ahead of second place, which is occupied by Manchester City. Southampton are a point behind in third, while Manchester United take fourth place, with West Ham, Arsenal and Spurs not far behind. Burnley have edged above Leicester to rise off the bottom of the table, and QPR remain in the relegation zone. With the exception of leaders Derby, the Championship's top six has changed since the end of October: Ipswich and Brentford have risen to joint second (Ipswich leading on goal difference), AFC Bournemouth and Middlesbrough have each risen a place, and Blackburn have moved into sixth place. Although Bolton and Birmingham have escaped the relegation zone, Blackpool have had no such luck and remain bottom, now joined by two teams that reached the play-offs last season, Wigan (23rd) and Brighton.
  • 10 December: Hereford United, currently playing in the Southern League Premier Division, are suspended "from all football activity" with immediate effect by The Football Association following failure to respond to questions from an Independent Regulatory Commission.[77]
  • 11 December: The suspension of Hereford United from all footballing activities is lifted.
  • 19 December: Hereford United go out of business and are forced to resign from the Southern League. The club had been in existence for 90 years, played in the Football League from 1972 to 1997 and again between 2006 and 2012.
  • 31 December: As the year closes, Manchester City have begun to whittle away at Chelsea's lead at the top of the table and are now three points behind. A losing streak has seen Southampton drop behind Manchester United into fourth. Arsenal have climbed above West Ham, but the top seven remains unchanged, as is the relegation zone, except for Crystal Palace replacing QPR in 18th. In the Championship, Derby have slipped behind leaders AFC Bournemouth and second-placed Ipswich, and Blackburn has been replaced in the top six by Watford, who have knocked Brentford down to sixth. Millwall have replaced Brighton in the relegation zone, but it otherwise remains unchanged from the end of November.
  • 23 January: Cambridge United, newly promoted back to the Football League for this season, manage to hold Manchester United to a 0–0 draw in the fourth round of the FA Cup, forcing a replay at Old Trafford.
  • 24 January: The FA Cup sees Chelsea eliminated by League One side Bradford City, Manchester City knocked out by Championship side Middlesbrough, Southampton eliminated by Premier League side Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur eliminated by the top-flight's basement side Leicester City, and Swansea knocked out by Championship team Blackburn Rovers. Liverpool and Sunderland are also held to goal-less draws by Championship sides Bolton Wanderers and Fulham respectively.
  • 31 January: By the end of January Chelsea have restored their five-point lead over Manchester City. The top four remains unchanged, while West Ham dropped out of the top seven, to be replaced by Liverpool. Burnley stand in 17th, ahead of Hull, QPR and Leicester. In the Championship, Derby have returned to second place, a point ahead of Middlesbrough and separated from AFC Bournemouth by goal difference. In the promotion race, Ipswich, Brentford and Watford are a few points behind. Millwall, Wigan and Blackpool remain in the bottom three.
  • 28 February: February ends with Chelsea five points ahead of Manchester City. Manchester United remain third, while Southampton have slipped behind Arsenal in fifth. Liverpool and Spurs also remain in the top seven. Leicester remain stuck to the foot of the table, but Hull and QPR have climbed clear at the expense of Burnley and Aston Villa. The Championship promotion race has eight points separating leaders Derby and eighth-placed Wolves. AFC Bournemouth have slumped in recent weeks to slip behind Middlesbrough and Watford, while both Ipswich and Norwich can overtake the South Coast side if they win their games in hand. Brentford have fallen to seventh. The bottom three remains unchanged from the end of January.
  • 1 March: Chelsea defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 at Wembley Stadium in the League Cup Final, winning the first major trophy of the season. It is their fifth League Cup trophy, and the first trophy won by the club since José Mourinho returned as manager in 2013.
  • 22 March: Bristol City defeat Walsall 2–0 at Wembley Stadium in the League Trophy Final, winning it for a record third time.
  • 31 March: Chelsea ended the month still top of the Premier League table, 6 points ahead of Manchester City with a game in hand. Manchester City's shock defeat to Burnley coupled with Arsenal's good run of form saw them trail City by only a single point and also a point ahead of Manchester United in fourth. Liverpool, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur occupy the top seven. Although Burnley defeated Manchester City earlier in the month, they stay in the bottom three with QPR and Leicester, who are still rock bottom. AFC Bournemouth reoccupy top spot in the Championship and followed closely by Watford in second. Middlesbrough, Norwich, Derby, and Ipswich complete the top six. Brentford and Wolves are still in the hunt for a playoff spot as only 8 points separate first to eighth. Wigan move above Millwall in the bottom three and Blackpool still rooted to the bottom, 17 points adrift with only 7 games left.
  • 6 April: Blackpool's relegation to League One is confirmed by Rotherham United's victory over Brighton & Hove Albion,[78] while Wigan Athletic sack manager Malky Mackay.[79][80]
  • 25 April: Watford confirm promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 2007 after a 2–0 away victory at Brighton, followed by Middlesbrough's 3–4 loss at Fulham and Norwich's failure to win at Rotherham.
  • 27 April: AFC Bournemouth confirm their first ever promotion to the Premier League with a 3–0 home win over Bolton. However, Middlesbrough can still draw level on points, but, as Charlton Athletic's Twitter feed pithily points out, AFC Bournemouth would need to lose 19–0 at Charlton in the final round for Middlesbrough to be able to overcome their superior goal difference.
  • 30 April: A poor run of form from Manchester City has not been enough for them to concede second place, but their hopes of retaining the title are over with Chelsea only needing one more win from their last four matches to avoid being caught by third-placed Arsenal, who are behind City only on goal difference and a whopping 13 points behind Chelsea despite their game in hand. Manchester United, despite inconsistent form, appear to have fourth place secured with their nearest rivals Liverpool and Tottenham seven points behind. Southampton's push for European football continues as they are only a point behind Liverpool and Spurs with a superior goal difference to either. At the bottom, Leicester have gone on a four-match winning streak to escape the relegation zone and looked poised to become only the third team in Premier League history to avoid relegation after being bottom on Christmas Day, despite 18th-placed Sunderland having a game in hand. Salvation for Sunderland and the other teams avoiding relegation may yet appear in the form of Newcastle, who are five points ahead of Sunderland but have lost their past six league matches. It appears to be too late for Burnley (now bottom) and QPR, however, and it is almost certain that both will be returning to the Championship next season. With one game left in the Championship, the automatic promotion spots have been all but decided and Middlesbrough and Norwich have confirmed their places in the play-offs. The only remaining question is whether Ipswich and Derby will slip up to let Brentford and Wolves into the last two play-off places. Despite Rotherham's point deduction, Millwall and Wigan have failed to capitalise and both will join Blackpool in the third tier next season.
  • 2 May: AFC Bournemouth win 3–0 at Charlton to pip Watford to the Championship title following the latter letting slip their lead in the last minute at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Derby's capitulation concludes with a 3-0 home defeat by Reading allowing Brentford and Ipswich to claim the final two play-off places ahead of the Rams, who finish eighth.
  • 9 May: Leicester, Sunderland, and Aston Villa won their games, while Newcastle ended their eight-match losing run after they drew against West Brom. All these results combined to relegate Burnley to the Championship despite their 1–0 win against Hull City.
  • 10 May: QPR's relegation to the Championship is confirmed after a 6–0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.
  • 16 May: Following Middlesbrough's victory over Brentford in their play-off semi-final the previous evening, Norwich are confirmed as Boro's opponents at Wembley after they beat local rivals Ipswich in the other semi-final.
  • 24 May: In the final day of this Premier League season, Hull City suffer relegation after they can only draw 0-0 against Manchester United. Ultimately though, even a win won't be enough for the Tigers because Newcastle's 2–0 win against West Ham was enough to confirm their Premier League status for another season. Meanwhile, Tottenham pushed their way to fifth place and Europa League group stage qualification with a 1–0 win away to Everton, combined with Stoke's 6–1 win over Liverpool, their worst defeat since 1963.
  • 23 May: In the League 2 play-off final Southend score an injury-time equalizer and then beat Wycombe on penalties to earn promotion to League 1 after 5 years in the basement tier.[81]
  • 24 May: Preston thrash Swindon 4–0 in the League 1 play-off final and return to the Championship after a four-year absence.[82]
  • 25 May: Norwich secure an instant return to the Premier League following a comfortable 2–0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final.[83]
  • 26 May: West Ham's final season at the Boleyn Ground will feature European football as the Londoners will play in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League after qualifying through the UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking initiative.[84]
  • 29 May: F.C. United of Manchester open their new Broadhurst Park ground with a match against Benfica. The Portuguese club run out 1–0 winners.[85]
  • 30 May: Arsenal put four without reply past Aston Villa in the 2015 FA Cup Final at Wembley. This result has significance in Hampshire, as Arsenal's victory, combined with the Gunners' league finish of third, sees Southampton qualify for Europe for the first time since 2003. The Saints will enter the 2015–16 Europa League at the third qualifying round.[86]

Clubs dissolved

Club League Date of Dissolution
Salisbury City None (last in 2013–14 Conference Premier) 4 December 2014
Hereford United Southern League Premier Division 19 December 2014

Deaths

Retirements

Notes

  1. ^ Although Pearce was announced on as new manager on 3 April, his official tenure began on 1 July
  2. ^ Moore was suspended from his duties for gambling-related offences on 17 February, before being formally dismissed on 9 April. John McMahon managed Tranmere from Moore's suspension until the end of the season.

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