2014–15 in English football

The 2014–15 season was the 135th season of competitive association football in England.

Football in England
Men's football
Premier LeagueChelsea
ChampionshipAFC Bournemouth
League OneBristol City
League TwoBurton Albion
Conference PremierBarnet
FA CupArsenal
League CupChelsea
Community ShieldArsenal
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Promotion and relegation edit

Pre-season edit

LeaguePromoted to leagueRelegated from league[1]
Premier League
League One
League Two

National teams edit

England national football team edit

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying edit

1  England101000313+2830Qualify for final tournament2–03–12–04–05–0
2   Switzerland10703248+16210–23–23–04–07–0
3  Slovenia105141811+716Advance to play-offs2–31–01–01–16–0
4  Estonia1031649−510[a]0–10–11–01–02–0
5  Lithuania10316718−1110[a]0–31–20–21–02–1
6  San Marino10019136−3510–60–40–20–00–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head results. Overall goal difference was used as the tiebreaker.
v  England[2]
8 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E   Switzerland 0–2  England[2] Basel
19:45 BSTReportWelbeck 58', 90+4'Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Attendance: 35,500
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey)
v  San Marino
9 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E  England 5–0  San Marino Wembley, London
19:45 BSTJagielka 25'
Milner  38'
Rooney 43' (pen.)
Welbeck 49'
Townsend 72'
Della Valle 78' (o.g.)
SummarySelva  43'
Rinaldi  90'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 55,990
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
v  England[2]
12 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E  Estonia 0–1  England[2] Tallinn
17:00 BSTKlavan  29'   48'SummaryBaines  45+1'
Henderson  53'
Rooney 73'
Wilshere  87'
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Attendance: 10,195
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)
v  Slovenia
15 November 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E  England 3–1  Slovenia Wembley, London
17:00 GMTGibbs  52'
Rooney 59' (pen.)
Welbeck 66', 72'
Clyne  79'
Sterling  82'
Jagielka  88'
SummaryHenderson 58' (o.g.)
Cesar  58'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 82,305
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)
v  Lithuania[2]
27 March 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group E  England 4–0  Lithuania[2] Wembley, London
19:45 GMTRooney 7'
Welbeck 45'
Sterling 58'  80'
Kane 73'
ReportŽaliūkas  41'
Kazlauskas  90+1'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 83,671
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)

International Friendlies edit

v  Norway
3 September 2014 Friendly  England 1–0  Norway Wembley, London
20:00 BSTRooney 68' (pen.)ReportStadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 40,181
Referee: Jorge Sousa
v  England
18 November 2014 Friendly  Scotland 1–3  England Glasgow, Scotland
20:00 BSTRobertson 83'ReportOxlade-Chamberlain 32'
Rooney 47', 85'
Stadium: Celtic Park
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Jonas Eriksson
v  England
31 March 2015 Friendly  Italy 1–1  England Turin, Italy
19:45 BSTPellè 29'ReportTownsend 79'Stadium: Juventus Stadium
Attendance: 31,138
Referee: Felix Brych

England women's national football team edit

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

1  England101000521+5130Women's World Cup4–02–08–06–09–0
2  Ukraine10712349+2522Play-offs1–21–08–08–07–0
3  Wales10613189+9190–41–11–01–04–0
4  Turkey104061231−19120–40–11–53–03–1
5  Belarus102081231−1960–31–30–31–23–1
6  Montenegro100010653−4700–101–40–32–31–7
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
v  England[3]
14 June 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification  Belarus 0–3  England[3] Minsk, Belarus
15:00 BSTAvkhimovich  88'ReportAluko 31'
Houghton 36'
Dowie  66'
Bronze 90+5'
Stadium: Traktar Stadium
Attendance: 350
Referee: Jana Adamkova
v  England
19 June 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification  Ukraine 1–2  England Lviv, Ukraine
19:00 BSTVasylyuk  59'
Olha Ovdiychuk 63'
ReportStoney 11'
Aluko 14'
Bronze  53'
Bassett  62'
Stadium: Arena Lviv
Attendance: 3,757
Referee: Cristina Dorcioman
v  England[3]
21 August 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification  Wales 0–4  England[3] Cardiff
19 BSTSummaryCarney 16'
Aluko 39'
Bassett 44'
Sanderson 45'
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi
v  England[3]
17 September 2014 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification  Montenegro 0–10  England[3] Petrovac, Budva
19:00 BSTArmisa Kuć  80'
Irena Bjelica  84'  86'
SummaryAluko 8', 31', 64'
Carney 22', 51'
Bronze 37'
Scott  52'
Duggan 56', 90+4'
Williams  79'
Greenwood 90'
Potter 90+3'
Stadium: Stadion Pod Malim Brdom
Attendance: 300
Referee: Petra Chuda

UEFA competitions edit

2014–15 UEFA Champions League edit

Play-off Round edit

Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Beşiktaş 0–1 Arsenal0–00–1

Group stage edit

Group B edit

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification RM BSL LIV LUD
1 Real Madrid6600162+1418Advance to knockout phase5–11–04–0
2 Basel621378−170–11–04–0
3 Liverpool612359−45Transfer to Europa League0–31–12–1
4 Ludogorets Razgrad6114514−941–21–02–2
Source: UEFA
Group D edit

1 Borussia Dortmund6411144+1013Advance to knockout phase2–01–14–1
2 Arsenal6411158+7132–03–34–1
3 Anderlecht6132810−26Transfer to Europa League0–31–22–0
4 Galatasaray6015419−1510–41–41–1
Source: UEFA
Group E edit

1 Bayern Munich6501164+1215Advance to knockout phase1–02–03–0
2 Manchester City622298+183–21–11–2
3 Roma6123814−65Transfer to Europa League1–70–25–1
4 CSKA Moscow6123613−750–12–21–1
Source: UEFA
Group G edit

1 Chelsea6420173+1414Advance to knockout phase1–13–16–0
2 Schalke 046222914−580–54–31–1
3 Sporting CP6213121207Transfer to Europa League0–14–23–1
4 Maribor6033413−931–10–11–1
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase edit

Round of 16 edit
Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Paris Saint-Germain 3–3 (a) Chelsea1–12–2 (a.e.t.)
Manchester City 1–3 Barcelona1–20–1
Bayer Leverkusen 1–1 (2–3 p) Atlético Madrid1–00–1 (a.e.t.)
Juventus 5–1 Borussia Dortmund2–13–0
Schalke 04 4–5 Real Madrid0–24–3
Shakhtar Donetsk 0–7 Bayern Munich0–00–7
Arsenal 3–3 (a) Monaco1–32–0
Basel 1–5 Porto1–10–4
Quarter-finals edit
Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Paris Saint-Germain 1–5 Barcelona1–30–2
Atlético Madrid 0–1 Real Madrid0–00–1
Porto 4–7 Bayern Munich3–11–6
Juventus 1–0 Monaco1–00–0
Semi-finals edit
Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Barcelona 5–3 Bayern Munich3–02–3
Juventus 3–2 Real Madrid2–11–1

2014–15 UEFA Europa League edit

Qualifying rounds edit

Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Braga 1–6 Shakhtar Donetsk1–20–4
Villarreal 6–3 Sparta Prague2–14–2
Athletic Bilbao 3–3 (4–5 p) Sevilla1–22–1 (a.e.t.)
Borussia Dortmund 4–5 Liverpool1–13–4

League season edit

Premier League edit

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 fourteen 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 9th, 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.

West Ham went through some ups and downs; despite sitting in the top four at Christmas, they won just three more games after that, finishing in 12th, which meant Sam Allardyce lost his job after four years, although they did qualify for the Europa League via the Fair Play rankings, ensuring that their last season at the Boleyn Ground will feature European football. Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation for the second year in a row, even though they only spent two match days in the bottom three, a run of eleven points from their last six matches under new manager Dick Advocaat confirming their survival, but 17 draws in the season preventing a top 10 finish. Aston Villa finished 17th, their worst finish in the 20-team Premier League era, though they did manage to reach the FA Cup final.

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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Chelsea (C)3826937332+4187Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2Manchester City3824778338+4579
4Manchester United38201086237+2570Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5Tottenham Hotspur38197125853+564Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
7Southampton38186145433+2160Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[a]
8Swansea City38168144649−356
9Stoke City38159144845+354
10Crystal Palace38139164751−448
12West Ham United381211154447−347Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
13West Bromwich Albion381111163851−1344
14Leicester City38118194655−941
15Newcastle United38109194063−2339
17Aston Villa38108203157−2638
18Hull City (R)38811193351−1835Relegation to the Football League Championship
19Burnley (R)38712192853−2533
20Queens Park Rangers (R)3886244273−3130
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[7]
(C) Champions; (R) Relegated
  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 winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team, Liverpool, and the spot awarded to the League Cup winners (Europa League third qualifying round) was 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 edit

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 capitalise 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-field 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 could not save them from the drop to the third tier.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1Bournemouth (C, P)46261289845+5390Promotion to the Premier League
2Watford (P)46278119150+4189
3Norwich City (O, P)462511108848+4086Qualification for Championship play-offs[a]
6Ipswich Town462212127254+1878
7Wolverhampton Wanderers462212127056+1478
8Derby County462114118556+2977
9Blackburn Rovers461716136659+767
10Birmingham City461615155464−1063
11Cardiff City461614165761−462
12Charlton Athletic461418145460−660
13Sheffield Wednesday461418144349−660
14Nottingham Forest461514177169+259
15Leeds United461511205061−1156
16Huddersfield Town461316175875−1755
18Bolton Wanderers461312215467−1351
20Brighton & Hove Albion461017194454−1047
21Rotherham United461116194667−2146[b]
22Millwall (R)46914234276−3441Relegation to Football League One
23Wigan Athletic (R)46912253964−2539
24Blackpool (R)46414283691−5526
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) Champions; (O) Play-off winners; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
  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.[8]

Football League One edit

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 ten 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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1Bristol City (C, P)46291259638+5899Promotion to Football League Championship
2Milton Keynes Dons (P)462710910144+5791
3Preston North End (O, P)46251477940+3989Qualification for League One play-offs[a]
4Swindon Town462310137657+1979
5Sheffield United461914136653+1371
7Bradford City461714155555065
9Peterborough United46189195356−363
10Fleetwood Town461712174952−363
13Doncaster Rovers461613175862−461
15Oldham Athletic461415175467−1357
16Scunthorpe United461414186275−1356
17Coventry City461316174960−1155
18Port Vale46159225565−1054
19Colchester United461410225877−1952
20Crewe Alexandra461410224375−3252
21Notts County (R)461214204563−1850Relegation to Football League Two
22Crawley Town (R)461311225379−2650
23Leyton Orient (R)461213215969−1049
24Yeovil Town (R)461010263675−3940
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) Champions; (O) Play-off winners; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.

Football League Two edit

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 sixteen 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 favor 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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1Burton Albion (C, P)46281086939+3094Promotion to Football League One
2Shrewsbury Town (P)46278116731+3689
3Bury (P)46267136040+2085
4Wycombe Wanderers46231586745+2284Qualification for League Two play-offs[a]
5Southend United (O, P)462412105438+1684
7Plymouth Argyle462011155537+1871
8Luton Town461911165444+1068
9Newport County461811175154−365
10Exeter City461713166165−464
12Northampton Town46187216762+561
13Oxford United461516155049+161
14Dagenham & Redbridge46178215859−159
15AFC Wimbledon461416165460−658
17Accrington Stanley461511205877−1956
18York City461119164651−552
19Cambridge United461312216166−551
20Carlisle United46148245674−1850
21Mansfield Town46139243862−2448
22Hartlepool United46129253970−3145
23Cheltenham Town (R)46914234067−2741Relegation to the National League
24Tranmere Rovers (R)46912254567−2239
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) Champions; (O) Play-off winners; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

Conference Premier edit

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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1Barnet (C, P)46288109446+4892Promotion to League Two
2Bristol Rovers (O, P)46251657334+3991Qualification for Conference Premier play-offs[a]
3Grimsby Town462511107440+3486
5Forest Green Rovers[b]46221688054+2679
6Macclesfield Town462115106046+1478
8Dover Athletic461911166958+1168
9FC Halifax Town461715146054+666
13Torquay United461613176460+461
14Braintree Town46185235657−159
15Lincoln City461610206271−958
16Kidderminster Harriers461512195160−957
18Aldershot Town461411215161−1053
20Welling United461112235273−2145
21Alfreton Town (R)46129254990−4145Relegation to National League North
22Dartford (R)46815234474−3039Relegation to National League South
23AFC Telford United[c] (R)46109275884−2636Relegation to National League North
24Nuneaton Town[d] (R)46109273876−3836
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) Champions; (O) Play-off winners; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to League Two.
  2. ^ Forest Green were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Southport on 9 August 2014.[9]
  3. ^ Telford were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Lincoln City on 11 April 2015.[10]
  4. ^ Nuneaton were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Welling United on 28 February 2015.[11]

Cup competitions edit

FA Cup edit

Final edit

Arsenal4–0Aston Villa
Walcott 40'
Sánchez 50'
Mertesacker 62'
Giroud 90'
Attendance: 89,283

League Cup edit

Final edit

Chelsea2–0Tottenham Hotspur
Terry 45'
Costa 56'
Attendance: 89,294

Community Shield edit

Arsenal3–0Manchester City
Cazorla 22'
Ramsey 43'
Giroud 62'

Football League Trophy edit

Final edit

Walsall0–2Bristol City
ReportFlint 15'
Little 51'
Attendance: 72,315

Women's football edit

FA Women's Cup edit

Women's Super League edit

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Liverpool (C)147521910+926Qualification to Champions League
3Birmingham City147432014+625
5Manchester City146171316−319
6Notts County14464128+418
7Bristol Academy145181824−616
8Everton1404101030−204Relegation to FA WSL 2
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champions

Women's Super League 2 edit

1Sunderland (C)1815214715+3247Promotion to FA WSL 1
2Doncaster Rovers Belles1814315614+4245
4Aston Villa189362526−130
5Yeovil Town186482726+122
8Millwall Lionesses1843112036−1615
9Oxford United1833121644−2812
10London Bees1822141657−418
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champions

Managerial changes edit

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

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of departurePosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointmentPosition in table
at time of appointment
BlackpoolPaul InceSacked21 January 2014[14]14th (2013–14 season)José Riga11 June 2014[15]Pre-season
Nottingham ForestBilly DaviesSacked24 March 2014[16]5th (2013–14 season)Stuart Pearce1 July 2014[a][17]
Tranmere RoversRonnie MooreSacked9 April 2014[b][18]19th (2013–14 season)Robert Edwards27 May 2014[19]
West Bromwich AlbionPepe MelMutual consent[20]12 May 2014[21]Pre-seasonAlan Irvine14 June 2014[22]
Shrewsbury TownMichael JacksonAppointed as assistant manager12 May 2014[23]Micky Mellon12 May 2014[23]
Brighton & Hove AlbionÓscar García JunyentResigned12 May 2014[24]Sami Hyypiä6 June 2014[25]
Tottenham HotspurTim SherwoodSacked[26]13 May 2014[21]Mauricio Pochettino27 May 2014[27]
Charlton AthleticJosé RigaEnd of contract27 May 2014[28]Bob Peeters27 May 2014[29]
SouthamptonMauricio PochettinoSigned by Tottenham Hotspur27 May 2014[27]Ronald Koeman16 June 2014[30]
Leeds UnitedBrian McDermottMutual Consent31 May 2014[31]Dave Hockaday19 June 2014[32]
Oxford UnitedGary WaddockSacked4 July 2014[33]Michael Appleton4 July 2014[33]
Huddersfield TownMark RobinsSacked10 August 2014[34]24thChris Powell3 September 2014[35]21st
Crystal PalaceTony PulisMutual Consent14 August 2014[36]Pre-seasonNeil Warnock27 August 2014[37]18th
Leeds UnitedDave HockadaySacked28 August 2014[38]21stDarko Milanic24 September 2014[39]12th
WatfordGiuseppe SanninoResigned31 August 2014[40]2ndÓscar García Junyent2 September 2014[41]2nd
Colchester UnitedJoe DunneMutual Consent1 September 2014[42]23rdTony Humes1 September 201423rd
Carlisle UnitedGraham KavanaghSacked1 September 2014[43]22ndKeith Curle19 September 2014[44]24th
Accrington StanleyJames BeattieMutual consent12 September 2014[45]21stJohn Coleman18 September 2014[46]20th
Port ValeMicky AdamsResigned18 September 2014[47]23rdRob Page18 September 2014[48][49]23rd
Cardiff CityOle Gunnar SolskjærMutual consent18 September 2014[50]17thRussell Slade6 October 2014[51]15th
FulhamFelix MagathSacked18 September 2014[52]24thKit Symons29 October 201420th
Leyton OrientRussell SladeResigned24 September 2014[53]17thMauro Milanese26 October 201418th
WatfordÓscar García JunyentResigned29 September 2014[54]4thBilly McKinlay29 September 20144th
Bolton WanderersDougie FreedmanMutual consent3 October 2014[55]23rdNeil Lennon12 October 2014[56]24th
Hartlepool UnitedColin CooperResigned4 October 2014[57]24thPaul Murray23 October 2014[58]23rd
WatfordBilly McKinlaySacked6 October 2014[59]3rdSlavisa Jokanovic7 October 2014[60]3rd
Scunthorpe UnitedRuss WilcoxSacked8 October 2014[61]23rdMark Robins13 October 2014[62]23rd
York CityNigel WorthingtonResigned13 October 2014[63]22ndRuss Wilcox15 October 2014[64]22nd
Tranmere RoversRobert EdwardsSacked13 October 2014[65]24thMicky Adams16 October 2014[66]24th
Birmingham CityLee ClarkSacked20 October 2014[67]21stGary Rowett27 October [68]23rd
Leeds UnitedDarko MilanicSacked25 October 2014[69]18thNeil Redfearn1 November 2014 [70]18th
Burton AlbionGary RowettSigned by Birmingham City27 October 2014 [71]3rdJimmy Floyd Hasselbank13 November 2014 [72]5th
BlackpoolJosé RigaSacked28 October 2014[73]24thLee Clark30 October 2014 [74]24th
Wigan AthleticUwe RöslerSacked13 November 2014 [75]22ndMalky Mackay19 November 2014 [76]22nd
Mansfield TownPaul CoxMutual consent21 November 2014[77]19thAdam Murray5 December 2014[78]
Cheltenham TownMark YatesSacked25 November 2014 [79]18thPaul Buckle26 November 2014 [80]18th
ReadingNigel AdkinsSacked15 December 2014 [81]16thSteve Clarke16 December 2014 [82]16th
Brighton & Hove AlbionSami HyypiäResigned22 December 2014 [83]22ndChris Hughton31 December 2014 [84]21st
Crystal PalaceNeil WarnockSacked27 December 2014 [85]18thAlan Pardew2 January 2015 [86]18th
West Bromwich Albion Alan IrvineSacked29 December 2014[87]16th Tony Pulis1 January 2015[88]
Newcastle United Alan PardewSigned by Crystal Palace2 January 2015[86]10th John Carver26 January 2015[89]
GillinghamPeter TaylorSacked31 December 2014 [90]19thJustin Edinburgh7 February 2015 [91]17th
Norwich CityNeil AdamsResigned5 January 2015 [92]7thAlex Neil9 January 2015 [93]7th
Charlton AthleticBob PeetersSacked11 January 2015 [94]14thGuy Luzon14 January 2015 [95]14th
Nottingham Forest Stuart PearceSacked1 February 2015[96]12th Dougie Freedman1 February 2015[97]12th
Queens Park RangersHarry RedknappResigned3 February 2015 [98]19thChris Ramsey4 February 2015 [99]19th
Yeovil TownGary JohnsonSacked4 February 2015 [100]24thPaul Sturrock9 April 2015 [101]24th
Newport CountyJustin EdinburghSigned by Gillingham7 February 2015 [102]6thTerry Butcher30 April 2015 [103]8th
Aston VillaPaul LambertSacked11 February 2015[104]18thTim Sherwood14 February 2015[105]18th
BarnsleyDanny WilsonSacked12 February 2015[106]17thLee Johnson25 February 2015[107]
Cheltenham TownPaul BuckleMutual consent13 February 2015[108]22ndGary Johnson30 March 2015[109]
Peterborough UnitedDarren FergusonSacked22 February 2015[110]15thDave Robertson22 May 2015[111]9th
Coventry CitySteven PressleySacked22 February 2015[112]21stTony Mowbray3 March 2015[113]
Oldham AthleticLee JohnsonSigned by Barnsley25 February 2015[107]9th
Millwall Ian HollowaySacked10 March 2015[114]23rd Neil Harris29 April 2015[115]
Sunderland Gus PoyetSacked16 March 2015[116]17th Dick Advocaat17 March 2015[117]
Notts CountyShaun DerrySacked23 March 201520thRicardo Moniz7 April 2015
Wigan Athletic Malky MackaySacked6 April 2015[118]23rd Gary Caldwell7 April 2015[119]
PortsmouthAndy AwfordMutual Consent13 April 2015[120]14thPaul Cook12 May 2015[121]
Tranmere RoversMicky AdamsMutual Consent19 April 2015[122]24thGary Brabin5 May 2015[123]

Diary of the season edit

  • 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.[124]
  • 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.[125]
  • 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.[126] 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.[127]
  • 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.[128]
  • 28 August: Wayne Rooney is confirmed as the new England captain, following Steven Gerrard's decision to retire from international football.[129]
  • 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,[130] and sponsors DBL Logistics threatening to terminate their deal with immediate effect should Evans be offered any form of contract by the club.[131]
  • 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.[132]
  • 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,[133] while Wigan Athletic sack manager Malky Mackay.[134][135]
  • 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 would not 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 equaliser and then beat Wycombe on penalties to earn promotion to League 1 after 5 years in the basement tier.[136]
  • 24 May: Preston thrash Swindon 4–0 in the League 1 play-off final and return to the Championship after a four-year absence.[137]
  • 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.[138]
  • 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.[139]
  • 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.[140]
  • 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.[141]

Clubs dissolved edit

ClubLeagueDate of Dissolution
Salisbury CityNone (last in 2013–14 Conference Premier)4 December 2014
Hereford UnitedSouthern League Premier Division19 December 2014

Deaths edit

Retirements edit

Notes edit

  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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