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2010–11 Premier League

Premier League
Season 2010–11
Champions Manchester United
12th Premier League title
19th English title
Relegated West Ham United
Birmingham City
Champions League Manchester United
Manchester City
Europa League Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City
Stoke City
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1063 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov
Carlos Tevez
(20 goals)
Biggest home win Chelsea 6–0 West Bromwich Albion
(14 August 2010)
Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool
(21 August 2010)
Newcastle United 6–0 Aston Villa
(22 August 2010)
Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers
(27 November 2010)[1]
Biggest away win Wigan Athletic 0–6 Chelsea
(21 August 2010)[1]
Highest scoring Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers
(27 November 2010)[1]
Everton 5–3 Blackpool
(5 February 2011)
Newcastle United 4–4 Arsenal
(5 February 2011)
Longest winning run 5 games[1]
Longest unbeaten run 24 games[1]
Manchester United
Longest winless run 10 games[1]
Blackburn Rovers
Longest losing run 5 games[1]
Bolton Wanderers
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Highest attendance 75,486[1]
Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers
Lowest attendance 14,042[1]
Wigan Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Total attendance 13,372,318[1]
Average attendance 35,190

The 2010–11 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 19th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The 2010–11 fixtures were released on 17 June 2010 at 09:00 BST.[2] The season began on 14 August 2010,[3] and ended on 22 May 2011. Chelsea were the defending champions.[4]

Manchester United secured the title with a 1–1 draw away to Blackburn Rovers on 14 May 2011.[5][6] This was their nineteenth English league title, breaking a tie with Liverpool which had stood since Manchester United won their eighteenth title in 2009.[7] Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all secured a berth for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, while Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League via league position. At the bottom, West Ham United, Blackpool, and Birmingham City were relegated to the Championship.[8][9][10]

Rule changes

The Premier League introduced a cap on the number of players in a squad. From this season onwards, clubs had to declare a squad of no more than 25 players when the summer transfer window shuts, and then again at the end of the January transfer window. Players aged 21 and under could be selected without being registered in the 25.

Also being introduced this season was the "home grown players" rule, which aims to encourage the development of young footballers at Premier League clubs. The new rule required clubs to name at least eight players in their squad of 25 players that have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons prior to their 21st birthday.[11]

All of the Premier League teams submitted their 25-man squads on 1 September 2010 deadline.[12]


A total of twenty teams contested the league, including seventeen sides from the 2009–10 season and three promoted teams from the 2009–10 Football League Championship.

Hull City, Burnley and Portsmouth were relegated from 2009–10 Premier League after finishing the season in the bottom three places of the league table. From the three teams relegated, Portsmouth had the longest tenure as a Premier League member as the club completed a seven-year stay at the highest level of English football. In comparison, Hull City and Burnley had to return to the Championship after two and one years respectively.

2009–10 Football League Championship champions Newcastle United and runners-up West Bromwich Albion secured direct promotion to the Premier League. Both teams made their immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season. Blackpool beat Cardiff City 3–2 in the Championship play-off Final to join them after 39 years of absence from the top flight.[13]

It was the first time since 1983–84 that all four major West Midlands clubs—Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers—had been in the top division at the same time.[14] It was also the first time that the Black Country derby was contested in the Premier League. With Portsmouth and Hull relegated and no teams from their respective regions replacing them, only four of the nine regions of England were represented in the 2010–11 Premier League – the fewest number of regions represented in a national football division in modern times. Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands, East, South East and South West are all unrepresented.

Stadia and locations

{ class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: left;" ! Team ! Stadium ! Stadium capacity1|- | Arsenal | Emirates Stadium | |- | Aston Villa | Villa Park | |- | Birmingham City | St Andrew's | |- | Blackburn Rovers | Ewood Park | |- | Blackpool | Bloomfield Road | |- | Bolton Wanderers | Reebok Stadium | |- | Chelsea | Stamford Bridge | |- | Everton | Goodison Park | |- | Fulham | Craven Cottage | |- | Liverpool | Anfield | [15] |- | Manchester City | Eastlands | |- | Manchester United | Old Trafford | |- | Newcastle United | St James' Park | |- | Stoke City | Britannia Stadium | |- | Sunderland | Stadium of Light | |- | Tottenham Hotspur | White Hart Lane | |- | West Bromwich Albion | The Hawthorns | |- | West Ham United | Boleyn Ground | |- | Wigan Athletic | DW Stadium | |- | Wolverhampton Wanderers | Molineux | |- |}

  • 1 Correct as of start of 2010–11 Premier League season[16]

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Team Manager1 date=March 2012}} Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal FRA}} Cesc|Fàbregas| |Fàbregas, Cesc}} Nike Emirates
Aston Villa FRA}} Stiliyan|Petrov}} Nike FxPro
Birmingham City SCO}} Stephen|Carr}} Xtep F&C Investments
Blackburn Rovers SCO}} Ryan|Nelsen}} Umbro Crown Paints
Blackpool ENG}} Charlie|Adam}} Carbrini
Bolton Wanderers IRL}} Kevin|Davies}} Reebok 188BET
Chelsea ITA}} John|Terry}} Adidas Samsung
Everton SCO}} Phil|Neville}} Le Coq Sportif Chang Beer
Fulham WAL}} Danny|Murphy|Danny Murphy (footballer born 1977)}} Kappa FxPro
Liverpool SCO}} Steven|Gerrard}} Adidas Standard Chartered
Manchester City ITA}} Carlos|Tevez}} Umbro Etihad Airways
Manchester United SCO}} Gary|Neville}} Nike Aon
Newcastle United ENG}} Kevin|Nolan}} Puma Northern Rock
Stoke City WAL}} Ryan|Shawcross}} Adidas Britannia
Sunderland ENG}} Lee|Cattermole}} Umbro Tombola
Tottenham Hotspur ENG}} Michael|Dawson|Michael Dawson (footballer)}} Puma Autonomy
West Bromwich Albion ENG}} Chris|Brunt}} Umbro Homeserve
West Ham United ENG}} (caretaker) Matthew|Upson}} Macron SBOBET
Wigan Athletic ESP}} Gary|Caldwell}} MiFit 188BET
Wolverhampton Wanderers IRL}} Karl|Henry}} BURRDA Sportingbet

Nike produced a new match ball, the Nike Total 90 Tracer, which was electric blue, black and white during the autumn and spring. A high-visibility version in yellow was released for the winter.[17] Additionally, Umbro provided officials with new kits in black, lime green, yellow, red and cyan blue for the season. Tune Ventures, parent company of Air Asia, took over as sponsor of the referee kits for the next three seasons.[18]

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment
West Ham United ITA}} Gianfranco Zola Contract terminated 11 May 2010[19] Pre-season ISR}} Avram Grant 3 June 2010[20]
Liverpool ESP}} Rafael Benítez Mutual agreement 3 June 2010[21] ENG}} Roy Hodgson 1 July 2010[22]
Fulham ENG}} Roy Hodgson Signed by Liverpool 1 July 2010[22] WAL}} Mark Hughes 29 July 2010[23]
Aston Villa NIR}} Martin O'Neill Resigned 9 August 2010[24] FRA}} Gérard Houllier 8 September 2010[25]
Newcastle United IRL}} Chris Hughton Sacked 6 December 2010[26] 11th ENG}} Alan Pardew 9 December 2010[27]
Blackburn Rovers ENG}} Sam Allardyce Sacked 13 December 2010[28] 13th SCO}} Steve Kean 22 December 2010[29]
Liverpool ENG}} Roy Hodgson Sacked 8 January 2011[30] 12th SCO}} Kenny Dalglish 8 January 2011[30]
West Bromwich Albion ITA}} Roberto Di Matteo Sacked 6 February 2011[31] 16th ENG}} Roy Hodgson 11 February 2011[32]
West Ham United ISR}} Avram Grant Sacked 15 May 2011[33] 20th (relegated) ENG}} Sam Allardyce 1 June 2011[34]

Ownership changes

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Liverpool New England Sports Ventures George N. Gillett, Jr. 2010|10|15|format=dmy}}[35]
Blackburn Rovers Venky's (India) Limited Jack Walker Trust 2010|11|19|format=dmy}}[36]

League table

|-bgcolor="FFCCCC" |rowspan="2"|18 |rowspan="2" align="left"|Birmingham City (R) |rowspan="2"|38 |rowspan="2"|8 |rowspan="2"|15 |rowspan="2"|15 |rowspan="2"|37 |rowspan="2"|58 |rowspan="2"|–21 |rowspan="2"|39 |rowspan="1" style="text-align:center;font-size:92.5%;" bgcolor=97DEFF|2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 3 |- |rowspan="1" style="text-align:center;font-size:92.5%;" bgcolor=FFCCCC|Relegation to the 2011–12 Football League Championship


Season statistics


  • First goal of the season: Stewart Downing for Aston Villa against West Ham United (14 August 2010)[38]
  • Fastest goal of the season: 30 secondsMaxi Rodríguez for Liverpool against Fulham (9 May 2011)[39]
  • Widest winning margin: 6 goals[1]
    • Chelsea 6–0 West Bromwich Albion (14 August 2010)
    • Arsenal 6–0 Blackpool (21 August 2010)
    • Wigan Athletic 0–6 Chelsea (21 August 2010)
    • Newcastle United 6–0 Aston Villa (22 August 2010)
    • Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)
  • Highest scoring game: 8 goals[1]
    • Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)
    • Everton 5–3 Blackpool (5 February 2011)
    • Newcastle United 4–4 Arsenal (5 February 2011)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 7 goals – Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2010)[1]
  • Fewest games failed to score in: 5 – Manchester United[1]
  • Most games failed to score in: 13[1]
    • Stoke City
    • West Ham United
    • Wigan Athletic

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals[40]
1 Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 20
Carlos Tevez Manchester City 20
3 Robin van Persie Arsenal 18
4 Darren Bent Sunderland/Aston Villa 17
5 Peter Odemwingie West Bromwich Albion 15
6 DJ Campbell Blackpool 13
Andy Carroll Newcastle/Liverpool 13
Javier Hernández Manchester United 13
Dirk Kuyt Liverpool 13
Florent Malouda Chelsea 13
Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur 13


Player For Against Result Date
CIV}} Chelsea West Bromwich Albion 6–0 format=dmy|2010|08|14}}
ENG}} Arsenal Blackpool 6–0 format=dmy|2010|08|21}}
ENG}} Newcastle United Aston Villa 6–0 format=dmy|2010|08|22}}
BUL}} Manchester United Liverpool 3–2 format=dmy|2010|09|19}}
ENG}} Newcastle United Sunderland 5–1 format=dmy|2010|10|31}}
BUL}} 5 Manchester United Blackburn Rovers 7–1 format=dmy|2010|11|27}}
ITA}} Manchester City Aston Villa 4–0 format=dmy|2010|12|28}}
IRE}} Newcastle United West Ham United 5–0 format=dmy|2011|1|5}}
BUL}} Manchester United Birmingham City 5–0 format=dmy|2011|1|22}}
NED}} Arsenal Wigan Athletic 3–0 format=dmy|2011|1|22}}
ARG}} Manchester City West Bromwich Albion 3–0 format=dmy|2011|2|5}}
FRA}} 4 Everton Blackpool 5–3 format=dmy|2011|2|5}}
NED}} Liverpool Manchester United 3–1 format=dmy|2011|3|6}}
ENG}} Manchester United West Ham United 4–2 format=dmy|2011|4|2}}
ARG}} Liverpool Birmingham City 5–0 format=dmy|2011|4|23}}
ARG}} Liverpool Fulham 5–2 format=dmy|2011|5|9}}
CMR}} West Bromwich Albion Newcastle United 3–3 format=dmy|2011|5|22}}
  • 4 Player scored four goals
  • 5 Player scored five goals



  • Worst overall disciplinary record (1 point per yellow card, 3 points per red card):
    • Manchester City – 89 points (74 yellow & 5 red cards)[41]
  • Best overall disciplinary record:
    • Blackpool – 53 points (47 yellow & 2 red cards)[41]
  • Most yellow cards: 75 – Newcastle United[41]
  • Most red cards: 7 – West Bromwich Albion[41]


Clean sheets

  • Most clean sheets: 18 – Manchester City[1]
  • Fewest clean sheets: 2 – West Bromwich Albion[1]


Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August ITA}} Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea ENG}} Paul Scholes Manchester United [42]
September ITA}} Roberto Di Matteo West Bromwich Albion NGR}} Peter Odemwingie West Bromwich Albion [43]
October SCO}} David Moyes Everton NED}} Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur [44]
November IRE}} Owen Coyle Bolton Wanderers SWE}} Johan Elmander Bolton Wanderers [45]
December ITA}} Roberto Mancini Manchester City FRA}} Samir Nasri Arsenal [46]
January SCO}} Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United BUL}} Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United [47]
February FRA}} Arsène Wenger Arsenal ENG}} Scott Parker West Ham United [48]
March ITA}} Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea BRA}} David Luiz Chelsea [49]
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