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History of the Premier League

Read about the history of the Premier League with an overview of every season since 1992/93

Manchester City were crowned the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League champions

The Barclays Premier League has now been contested for 22 seasons. Every year over the past two decades the players, managers, Clubs and the League have created some  great moments and matches that tell the story of a season.


The competition is formed as the Premier League, 22 teams compete in the first season. 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 and the season’s aggregate attendance is 9.75m. Premier League turnover is £46m.

Carling become the first Title Sponsors and the competition is known as the Carling Premiership. 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.

Blackburn Rovers, managed by Kenny Dalglish, win the Championship on the final day of the season. Rovers striker Alan Shearer equals Andy Cole's scoring record with 34. It is the final season with 22 teams – four are relegated and only two come up from the Football League.

Manchester United again complete a League and Cup double - and Eric Cantona is named Footballer of the Year. United also record the biggest ever Premier League victory, beating Ipswich Town 9-0. Then at Blackburn Rovers, Alan Shearer scores a record 31 goals for a 38-match season.


On the opening day of the season Manchester United's David Beckham scores from the half-way line; he goes on to win the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year as United lift their fourth Premier League trophy. Arsenal appoint the little known Arsene Wenger as manager.


Arsenal win the Premier League by a point from Manchester United, overhauling an 11-point lead in the process. Arsene Wenger becomes the first overseas manager to win the title in England. Arsenal become the fifth team 20th century team to do the League and FA Cup double.

The Premier League Academy system is set up. Manchester United secure a unique 'treble' of League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. England gets three UEFA Champions League places. Premier League turnover rises to £281m.

Manchester United win the Premier League by a record 18 points, setting a new high of 97 goals scored in the process. A new record for total goals scored in a season is also created (1,060). Sunderland’s Kevin Phillips becomes only the third player to score 30 goals or more in one season.

Manchester United beat Arsenal into second for the third season in a row and Sir Alex Ferguson becomes the first manager to win three successive English titles. Ledley King scores the fastest goal in Premier League history (10 seconds). England gets four UEFA Champions League places.

Barclaycard becomes the new league Title Sponsor. Arsenal complete a League and FA Cup double and score in every Premier League game. Premier League turnover now stands at £570m. All three promoted Clubs avoid relegation - Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

Manchester United go on an 18-match unbeaten run from Boxing Day, overhauling Arsenal's eight-point lead in the process to win their eighth Premier League title.


The first biennial pre-season Asia Trophy takes place in Malaysia. Arsenal win the League, going through the entire season undefeated and earn the nickname ‘The Invincibles’. Thierry Henry becomes the fourth player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season and Roman Abramovich takes over as owner of Chelsea.

Barclays become the new Title Sponsor for the League. Jose Mourinho takes over as manager of Chelsea, who go on to win their first top flight title in 50 years with the most wins (29) and fewest goals conceded (15) in a season. Goalkeeper Petr Cech keeps a record 24 clean sheets.


Chelsea retain the Premier League title and equal their own most wins in a season record (29). Alan Shearer retires, having scored a record 260 goals. Arsenal leave Highbury for the Emirates Stadium and their striker Thierry Henry wins the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for a record third time.

Manchester United become the third different Club to win the League in four seasons. Fulham's Moritz Volz scores the 15,000th Premier League goal. The Premier League attendance record is set when 76,098 watch Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on 31 March 2007.


Premiership is dropped from the competition title and the Barclays Premier League is the new name for the English top-flight. The first all-English UEFA Champions League final takes place as Manchester United defeat Chelsea and the Premier League tops the UEFA Club Co-efficient for the first time. Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is top scorer with 31 goals - in just 31 Premier League starts – tying Alan Shearer’s record for a 38-match season.


Manchester United win their 11th Premier League and equal Liverpool's record of 18 top-flight titles. Premier League turnover is £1.005bn, with £136m going to external good causes and solidarity payments.

Chelsea reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester United for the first time since 2006. The success caps an excellent first season for Chelsea manager Carlos Ancelotti, with his side scoring 103 goals – a new Premier League record – and winning The FA Cup.


Manchester United win their 12th Premier League title and 19th overall. A new record of 1,063 goals scored is set in a 38-fixture season. On Saturday 5th February 2011 a record 41 goals are scored in one day, in only eight matches. Premier League grounds are 92.2% full and the season’s attendance is 13.4m. Premier League turnover stands at £1.202bn, with more than £165m distributed outside of the League in solidarity, good causes and grassroots funding.

With one of the final strikes of the season, Sergio Aguero secured Manchester City’s first ever Premier League title in a dramatic 3-2 victory over QPR as Manchester United finished second on goal difference. Chelsea also lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy for the first time, ensuring that England was top of the UEFA League coefficient for the fifth season in a row. Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton scored the 20,000th Premier League goal against Arsenal in December. The 2011/12 season was voted the best one yet in the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards, with the league title, Champions League qualification places and relegation all decided on the final day.

Manchester United won their 13th Premier League trophy in the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious 26 years in charge at Old Trafford. Long-serving top flight stars Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher also called time on their playing careers. The Red Devils won the title with four matches to spare thanks to a hat-trick from the league’s top scorer Robin van Persie, who netted 26 times in his first campaign with Man Utd, against Aston Villa. Chelsea, who won the UEFA Europa League to become the first British club to lift all three major European trophies, finished in the top four along with Manchester City and Arsenal, who narrowly pipped Tottenham Hotspur to fourth spot. Collective Premier League attendances eclipsed 250 million in the 2012/13 season. Swansea City and Wigan Athletic won major silverware for the first time, lifting the League Cup and FA Cup respectively.

Manchester City were crowned Barclays Premier League champions for the second time in three seasons after coming out on top in a thrilling title race that went down to the final weekend. Liverpool, who, like Man City, scored over 100 goals in the league campaign, finished two points adrift of Manuel Pellegrini's side, who also won the League Cup. Arsenal ended a nine-year wait for silverware with FA Cup success and secured a top four place, while Everton and Tottenham Hotspur achieved UEFA Europa League spots with top six finishes. At the bottom, Cardiff City's debut Premier League campaign ended in relegation, and they were joined by Fulham and Norwich City. Barclays Manager of the Season Tony Pulis masterminded Crystal Palace's safety for the first time in Premier League history, while Liverpool striker Luis Suarez claimed the Barclays Player of the Season and Golden Boot after scoring 31 times in a remarkable season for the Uruguayan. 

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Key Points

  • Sheff Utd's Brian Deane scored first Premier League goal
  • Man Utd won the first League title in 1992/93
  • Ledley King scored the fastest Premier League goal (10 secs)


  • 1992/93: Manchester United
  • 1993/94: Manchester United
  • 1994/95: Blackburn Rovers
  • 1995/96: Manchester United
  • 1996/97: Manchester United
  • 1997/98: Arsenal
  • 1998/99: Manchester United
  • 1999/00: Manchester United
  • 2000/01: Manchester United
  • 2001/02: Arsenal
  • 2002/03: Manchester United
  • 2003/04: Arsenal
  • 2004/05: Chelsea
  • 2005/06: Chelsea
  • 2006/07: Manchester United
  • 2007/08: Manchester United
  • 2008/09: Manchester United
  • 2009/10: Chelsea
  • 2010/11: Manchester United
  • 2011/12: Manchester City
  • 2012/13: Manchester United
  • 2013/14: Manchester City