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Premiership Season 2005/2006

On August 13th/14th, the 2005/06 Premiership Season kicked off with 8 games on the Saturday and 2 games on the Sunday. Over 10 months, 20 teams contested the Barclays Premiership Trophy.

The 20 Teams for the 2005/2006 Barclays Premiership Season were as follows:

Aston Villa
Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
Charlton Athletic
Chelsea (Premiership Champions 05/06)
Liverpool (FA Cup Winners 05/06)
Manchester City
Manchester United (Carling Cup Winners 05/06)
Newcastle United
Sunderland AFC
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic


The FA Premier League - Barclays Premiership - Season 2006/07 is due to kick off on the weekend of 19/20 August 2006. Check out our Premiership 2006/07 page for this season's details.


KEY DATES - 2005/2006 FA Premier League/Barclays Premiership:

August 7, 2005 (Sunday, 15:00 BST)- FA Community Shield, Chelsea v Arsenal, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

August 13/14 2005 (Saturday/Sunday) - 2005/06 FA Premier League Season kicks off

August 22, 2004 (w/c) - 2005/06 Carling Cup 1st Round games for Northern and Southern sections

September 10, 2005 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying

September 24, 2005 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying

October 8, 2005 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 3rd Round Qualifying

October 22, 2005 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying

November 5, 2005 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 1st Round Proper

December 3, 2005 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 2nd Round Proper

January 7, 2006 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 3rd Round Proper

January 28, 2006 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 4th Round Proper

February 18, 2006 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup 5th Round Proper

March 20, 21, 22 or 23, 2006 - 2005/06 FA Cup 6th Round Proper (the Quarter-Finals)

April 22, 2006 (Saturday) - 2005/06 FA Cup Semi-Finals

May 7, 2006 (Sunday) - Final Day of the 2005/2006 FA Premier League Season

May 13, 2006 (Saturday - Kickoff: 15:00 BST) - 2005/2006 FA Cup Final: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales (The 'NEW' Wembley Stadium, London, England will not be ready in time to host the FA Cup Final.)

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Get ready for a season of ups and downs and long and short odds. Whether you like to have a bet on the Premiership or not, it's going to be an exciting Premier League season. Most of the bookmakers make Chelsea favourites to win the League for a second season in a row, but Arsenal and Manchester United are hot on their heels!

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The 20 Clubs: Nicknames and Home Grounds

  • Arsenal -- 'Gunners' -- Highbury
  • Aston Villa --'The Villans' -- Villa Park
  • Birmingham City -- 'Blues' -- St Andrews
  • Blackburn Rovers -- 'Rovers' -- Ewood Park
  • Bolton Wanderers -- 'The Trotters' -- Reebok Stadium
  • Charlton Athletics -- 'Addicks' -- The Valley
  • Chelsea -- 'The Blues' -- Stamford Bridge
  • Everton -- 'The Toffees' -- Goodison Park
  • Fulham -- 'Cottagers' -- Craven Cottage
  • Liverpool -- 'Reds' or 'Pool' -- Anfield
  • Manchester City -- 'Blues' -- City of Manchester Stadium (Eastfields)
  • Manchester United -- 'Red Devils' -- Old Trafford
  • Middlesbrough -- 'Boro' -- Riverside Stadium
  • Newcastle United -- 'Magpies' -- St James' Park
  • Portsmouth -- 'Pompey' -- Fratton Park
  • Sunderland -- 'Black Cats' -- Stadium of Light
  • Tottenham Hotspur -- 'Spurs' -- White Hart Lane
  • West Bromwich Albion -- 'Baggies' or 'Albion' -- The Hawthorns
  • West Ham United -- 'The Hammers' -- Upton Park
  • Wigan Athletic -- 'Latics' -- JJB Stadium

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For Barclays Premiership and other football news and information, check out these sites:
Premier League
Official site for the FA Premier League otherwise known as the Barclays Premiership.
Comprehensive coverage of the FA Premier League and other major competitions.
Football news and views. Also includes lots of transfer gossip.
BBC Football
The BBC's Football coverage. 
Sky Sports Football
Sky's Football coverage.
Soccer news and information brought to you by ESPN.
Carling Cup
Carling Cup Official Site.
Football Association (FA)
Official site of England's Football Association. Includes FA Cup news and information.
Wembley Stadium
Official site of the 'new' Wembley Stadium. A photo diary is available detailing the construction of the venue for this season's FA Cup Final.
Live Score
Need to know the score? This great site gives you all the scores and scorers for the Premiership and beyond.
Stadium Guide
For all your stadium info. Includes pictures and links.
Coca-Cola Football League
Official Site of England's Football League. Now called the Coca-Cola Championship.

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Barclaycard Premiership Season 2004/2005

Chelsea Run Away with the Premier League Title!

Congratulations to The Blues as Chelsea are crowned new Premier League Champions in 2004/2005.

Roman Abramovich's massive investment saw a significant return, as the west London club, under Portuguese maestro Jose Mourinho, ran away with their first league title in 50 years.

The established 'big two' of Arsenal and Manchester United were powerless to stop The Blues. Man United never recovered from a slow start, and showed an uncharacteristic shyness in front of goal. Meanwhile, Arsenal suffered a crisis of confidence after their bitter rivals, the Red Devils, stopped their record unbeaten run at 49 games.

The surprise package of the season was surely Everton. Tipped by many as relegation candidates, especially after losing the services of Wayne Rooney (to Man U) and Thomas Gravesen (to Real Madrid), they slogged their way to a Champions League place.

The Premiership climax concerned the teams at the bottom, not the top. On the final day, each of the teams in relegation battles was safe at some stage, but it was Bryan Robson's West Brom who survived the much-feared drop. After their last gasp win over Portsmouth, it was difficult to see whose fans were happier, as this result consigned hated rivals, Southampton under ex-manager Harry Redknapp, to relegation.

Next year's Premiership new boys will be North-East giants Sunderland, West Ham and for the first time, Wigan Athletic. It's unlikely that any of these three will be in contention for the title, as Man Utd and Arsenal redouble their efforts to peg back big-spending Chelsea.

Liverpool, on the back of their Champions League triumph in Istanbul, should play a more prominent role in the 2005/2006 Premier League season, which kicks off in August 2005.

For details of the 2004/2005 Barclays Premiership Season, check out the 04/05 Premier League page.

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