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FA Premier League

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The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership for sponsorship reasons) comprises the top 20 football clubs in the league system of English football. It was created in 1992 when the teams of the old First Division of The Football League withdrew to capitalise on their elite status and maximise their revenue. The Premier League comes under the jurisdiction of The Football Association.

Table of contents
1 The competition
2 Sponsorship
3 Premier League clubs, 2004-05
4 Past Premier League winners
5 Top scorers
6 Premier League by season
7 Executive officers
8 External links

The competition

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

Sponsorship

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


Premier League clubs, 2004-05

Club
(* Played in every
Premier League season)
First season in
top division of
English football
First season of
current spell in
top division of
English football
Arsenal*1904-051919-20
Aston Villa*1888-891988-89
Birmingham City1894-952002-03
Blackburn Rovers1888-892001-02
Bolton Wanderers1888-892001-02
Charlton Athletic1936-372000-01
Chelsea*1907-081989-90
Crystal Palace1969-702004-05
Everton*1888-891954-55
Fulham1949-502001-02
Liverpool*1894-951962-63
Manchester City1899-19002002-03
Manchester United*1892-931975-76
Middlesbrough1902-031998-99
Newcastle United1898-991993-94
Norwich City1971-722004-05
Portsmouth1927-282003-04
Southampton*1966-671978-79
Tottenham Hotspur*1909-101978-79
West Bromwich Albion1888-892004-05

Notes:

Past Premier League winners

Season Winner Total wins* Remarks Runner-up
1992-93 Manchester United 1 (8)   Aston Villa
1993-94 Manchester United 2 (9) Also won the FA Cup Blackburn Rovers
1994-95 Blackburn Rovers 1 (3)   Manchester United
1995-96 Manchester United 3 (10) Also won the FA Cup Newcastle United
1996-97 Manchester United 4 (11)   Newcastle United
1997-98 Arsenal 1 (11) Also won the FA Cup Manchester United
1998-99 Manchester United 5 (12) Also won the FA Cup,
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal
1999-2000 Manchester United 6 (13)   Arsenal
2000-01 Manchester United 7 (14)   Arsenal
2001-02 Arsenal 2 (12) Also won the FA Cup Liverpool
2002-03 Manchester United 8 (15)   Arsenal
2003-04 Arsenal 3 (13) Undefeated in League Chelsea
* Premier League championships (total English football championships)
Up to 1992, the winners of the First Division of The Football League were the English football champions.
Liverpool hold the overall record with 18 championships.

Top scorers

By season

Season Top scorer, club Goals
1992-93* Teddy Sheringham, Tottenham Hotspur 22
1993-94* Andy Cole, Newcastle United 34
1994-95* Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers 34
1995-96 Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers 31
1996-97 Alan Shearer, Newcastle United 25
1997-98 Chris Sutton, Blackburn Rovers
Dion Dublin, Coventry City
Michael Owen, Liverpool
18
1998-99 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Leeds United
Michael Owen, Liverpool
Dwight Yorke, Manchester United
18
1999-2000 Kevin Phillips, Sunderland 30
2000-01 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Chelsea 23
2001-02 Thierry Henry, Arsenal 24
2002-03 Ruud van Nistelrooy, Manchester United 25
2003-04 Thierry Henry, Arsenal 30
* For the first 3 seasons of the Premier League (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95)
there were 22 clubs and therefore 42 games played by each club. For all
seasons since there have been 20 clubs and therefore 38 games played.

All-time

Through the end of the 2003-04 season.

RankPlayerGoals
1Alan Shearer243
2Andy Cole163
3Les Ferdinand149
4Robbie Fowler143
5Teddy Sheringham139
6Dwight Yorke120
7Michael Owen118
8Ian Wright113
9Thierry Henry112
10Dion Dublin111

Premier League by season

Executive officers

External links