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The History of the Best League in the World! – Part V

The History of the Best League in the World! – Part V

What happened in English Premier League (EPL) seasons 2005/06 and 2006/07? Our look at the entire history of the EPL continues here!

Season 2005/06 was the 14th edition of the EPL. The season started with many clubs reporting lower than average attendances at their first few league games. The reasons that people gave for this were varied but included the fact that this was an earlier start to the season than usual, and in late summer 2005 football was competing with possibly the best Ashes cricket series ever.

For a second consecutive season, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team ran out as EPL champions. It looked for all the world that they had clinched the title by the end of the calendar year. However, Manchester United troubled them with a late run which cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the league to just 7 points. Chelsea were not to be denied though, and after United could only draw with bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, the Blues secured the trophy with several wins which culminated in a victory against the Red Devils!

At the other end of the table, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, and Sunderland were relegated to the Football League Championship.

The 2006/07 season of the EPL saw a change of name. Before this season, the league was called the ‘FA Premier League’. From 2006 onwards, it became known as simply the ‘Premier League’, and it came with a flashy new logo and new sleeve patches for the players.

When Chelsea lost against Arsenal in May 2007, Manchester United became EPL champions for the 9th time in 15 years! The result left them 7 points behind United, with 2 games to go. Therefore, the Manchester club were crowned the champions once again!

At the wrong end of the table, 2 of the relegation places were taken by Sheffield United and Watford who each lasted just one season in the league. Charlton also went down after 7 seasons in the top-flight.

Check back next week for more EPL history!

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