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Premier League

Short history

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Barclays Premier League winners 2012

The most exciting football league in the World, the Barclays Premier League continues to break new ground. Here is a short history:

1992/93 - The competition is formed as the Premier League, 22 teams compete in the first season and Sheffield United's Brian Deane scores the first goal on 15th August in a campaign that Manchester United go on to win. Premier League grounds are 69.6% full.

1993/94 - Manchester United become only the fourth team in the 20th century to do the League and FA Cup double. Andy Cole scores a record 34 goals for Newcastle United.

1994/95 - Blackburn Rovers win the League on the final day of the season. Alan Shearer equals Andy Cole's record.

1995/96 - The League is reduced to its current number of 20 clubs. Alan Shearer scores a record 31 goals for a 38 game season. Manchester United again complete a League and Cup double.

1996/97 - On the opening day of the season Manchester United's David Beckham scores from the half-way line; he goes on to win PFA Young Player of the Year as United win their fourth crown. Arsenal appoint Arsene Wenger as manager.

1997/98 - Arsenal win the Premier League by a point over Manchester United.

1998/99 - The Premier League Academy system is set up. Manchester United win a unique 'treble' of League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. England gets three UEFA Champions League places. Premier League turnover is £842m for three years.

1999/2000 - Manchester United win the Premier League by a record 18 points and score a record 97 goals.

2000/01 - Manchester United beat Arsenal into second for the third season in a row. Ledley King scores the fastest goal in Premier League history - 10 seconds. England gets four UEFA Champions League places.

2001/02 - Arsenal complete a League and FA Cup double and score in every Premier League game. Premier League turnover is £1.7bn for three years. All three promoted clubs avoid relegation.

2002/03 - Manchester overhaul Arsenal's eight-point lead to win the title.

2003/04 - Arsenal win the League going through the entire season undefeated. Roman Abramovich takes over as owner of Chelsea.

2004/05 - Premier League turnover is £1.8bn for three years. Jose Mourinho becomes manager of Chelsea and wins their first top flight title in 50 years with the most wins (29) in a season.

2005/06 - Chelsea retain the Premier League title. Alan Shearer retires having scored a record 260 goals. Arsenal leave Highbury for the Emirates Stadium.

2006/07 - Manchester United become the third to win the League in four seasons. Fulham's Moritz Volz scores the 15,000 Premier League goal.

2007/08 - Premier League attendances reach an all-time high. The first all-English UEFA Champions League Final takes place as Manchester United defeat Chelsea. Premier League grounds are 92.8% full. Premier League turnover is £2.85bn for three years.

2008/09 - Manchester United win their 11th Premier League title and equal Liverpool's record of 18 top-flight titles. Premier League turnover is £1.005bn for one season, with £136m being given away in external good cause payments.

2009/10 - Chelsea reclaim the Premier league title from Manchester United for the first time since 2006. The success capped an excellent first season for Chelsea manager Carlos Ancelotti, with his side scoring 103 goals – a new Premier league record.  

2010/11 – Manchester United won their 12th Premier League title and 19th overall, surpassing Liverpool’s previous record of 18. New record of 1,063 goals scored was set in a 38-fixture season. This beats the previous record of 1,060 goals in the 1999/2000 campaign.

2011/12 – Manchester City won the English league title for the first time in 44 years to deny rivals Manchester United a 20th domestic championship in arguably the most nail-biting conclusion to the Premier League season in its 20 years. All three promoted clubs avoid relegation. Chelsea became the first London club to win the UEFA Champions League.


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