A.F.L. Season 169

Season Summary

A.F.L. Season 169
Champions Chelsea
Relegated West Ham United
Sunderland
Newcastle United
League I Swansea City
Also Promoted Middlesbrogh
Cardiff City
Relegated Preston North End
Burnley
Brighton & Hove Albion
League II Yeovil Town
Also Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ipswich Town
Relegated Bury
Stevenage
Notts County
League III Plymouth Argyle
Also Promoted Coventry City
Rotherham United
Relegated Hereford United
Southend United
A.F.L. Cup Tottenham Hotspur
Premier Cup Arsenal
Season 168 Season 170

Chelsea won their sixth A.F.L. title after a close battle with Arsenal, just pipping them at the post in the final match with a better goal difference. The early pace setters were Arsenal, with surprise challengers Aston Villa and Norwich City keeping close to them for most of the season. Chelsea were in the hunt from about the halfway stage and whilst Villa and Norwich's challenges petered out towards the end, they finished well to clnch places in Europe next season. Manchester City, who were nowhere for most of the season, managed to finish third. At the bottom, West Ham were unfortunate to go back down to League I, and are becoming somewhat of a yoyo team, so they will be looking to come back up again and consolidate their position in the Premier next time round. Mildly surprising was the relegation with them of the two north-east teams, Newcastle and Sunderland, especially the former, who were only dragged into the relegation battle quite late on.

In League I, Swansea and Middlesbrough bounced straight back into the Premier again, but Cardiff won the play-offs to gain promotion for the second season in a row, having won the League II play-offs last season. In the cups Arsenal gave an indication of their good form to come with a win in the pre-season Premier Cup, whilst North London rivals Tottenham won the A.F.L. Cup beating Leicester in the final.

In Europe, it was a reasonably good season for English clubs once more. Newcastle United belied their poor league form by reaching the semi-final of the Europa Cup, where they were eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester United went out in the previous round to eventual winners CSKA Moscow. In the Euro-League, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all contested the group stages, and all qualified for the play-off rounds. Tottenham and Chelsea were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Atlético Madrid and Sporting Braga respectively, both on away goals. Liverpool reached the next round but were comprehensively beaten by Bayern Munich by an aggregate score of 7–0. Arsenal once again reached the final but suffered heartbreak again as they lost 2–0 to Atlético Madrid, both goals coming in extra time.


Premier League

Premier League
Season 169
Champions Chelsea
Relegated West Ham United
Sunderland
Newcastle United
Euro-League Chelsea
Arsenal
Manchester City
Aston Villa
Europa Cup Liverpool
Norwich City
Matches played 380
Goals 1,147 (3.02 per match)
Biggest home win Man City 7–2 Liverpool
Chelsea 5–0 Reading
Tottenham 5–0 Q.P.R.
Biggest away win Wigan 0–4 Tottenham
Highest scoring 9 goals
Man City 7–2 Liverpool
Home goals 792
Away goals 355
Home wins 254
Away wins 63
Draws 63

Final League Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Chelsea3822798447 +3773
2Arsenal38234117952 +2773
3Manchester City38217108062 +1870
4Aston Villa 38 21 6 11 53 45 +8 69
5 Liverpool 38 18 6 14 69 50 +19 60
6 Norwich City 38 19 3 16 55 55 0 60
7Fulham38178136751 +1659
8Manchester United38178136650 +1659
9 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 7 14 70 53 +17 58
10Southampton381410145660-452
11Reading38164185469-1552
12Everton38156174245-351
13Leicester City38138175267-1547
14West Bromwich Albion38136194756-945
15Queen's Park Rangers38135205470-1644
16Blackpool38126204355-1242
17Wigan Athletic38118194964-1541
18West Ham United38125214460-1641
19Sunderland38125214366-2341
20Newcastle United38117204070-3040

Qualified for Euro-League Group Stage
Qualified for Euro-League Qualifying Round
Qualified for Europa Cup Round of 32
Qualified for Europa Cup Qualifying Rounds
Relegated to League I

Results

Home-AwayARSASVBLPCHEEVEFULLEILIVMNCMNUNECNRWQPRREASOASUNTOTWBRWHAWIG
Arsenal-----20323030204021403320103130414210304111
Aston V10-----002210202010112120311020441010032020
Blackpool0112-----2311003012013031102130013121121221
Chelsea303462-----10322010402140302050013111302040
Everton34201011-----410120202100022131222021303010
Fulham3101302300-----1143443330300040513120203020
Leicester035320421120-----32222100114201423112114020
Liverpool40204111203030-----302201302041213020313320
Man City4241101121422172-----3131413130104010402140
Man Utd010220221010302012-----40104020301132202151
Newcastle04202003101320221322-----102220222034121020
Norwich1002103130415200313232-----4121221021122120
Q.P.R.212412221001222142103131-----42114032121030
Reading41022032311011435131412121-----102011311132
Southampton4200112120243002103111201020-----1040132002
Sunderland231020121003202122123010032031-----31320022
Tottenham20314421301152001100101250203241-----402032
West Brom3000000101122012401201122022002121-----4022
West Ham222001433020014031024112311011022310-----10
Wigan22410101120010102222314040315211042110-----

* Home team score shown first


Premier Cup

Round One   Round Two   Semi-finals   Final
1 Liverpool 5  
16 Wigan 0     1 Liverpool 2  
8 Reading 1   9 Norwich 1  
9 Norwich 2       1 Liverpool 1  
4 Tottenham 4       4 Tottenham 2  
13 Q.P.R. 0     4 Tottenham (7) 1
5 Man Utd 2   5 Man Utd (6) 1  
12 West Brom 0       4 Tottenham 1
2 Chelsea 1       3 Arsenal 2
15 Leicester 2     15 Leicester (8) 2  
7 Everton (6) 2   7 Everton (7) 2  
10 Man City (5) 2       15 Leicester 1
3 Arsenal 4       3 Arsenal 2  
14 Fulham 0     3 Arsenal 1
6 Newcastle 1   6 Newcastle 0  
11 Sunderland 0  

Scores in penalty shoot-outs shown in parentheses.


A.F.L. Cup

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
Rochdale 4 2
Tottenham 4 5
Tottenham 2
Stoke 1
Stoke 1
Blackburn 0
Tottenham 3
Wigan 2
Bournemouth 0
Wigan 3
Wigan 2
Stevenage 0
Stevenage 3
Tranmere 2
Tottenham 3
Q.P.R. 0
Q.P.R. 2
Aston V 1
Q.P.R. 4
Sheff Utd 1
Sheff Utd 3
Watford 2
Q.P.R. 2
Chelsea 0
Hull 2
Hartlepool 0
Hull 1
Chelsea 3
Chelsea 1
Millwall 0
Tottenham 2
Man City 0
Oldham 3
Crawley 2
Oldham 2 0
Bristol C 2 2
Bristol C 2
Derby 1
Bristol C 1 2
Charlton 1 1
Charlton 4
Ipswich 2
Charlton 3
Arsenal 2
Burnley 2
Arsenal 4
Bristol C 2
Man City 4
Huddersfield 3
Oxford 1
Huddersfield 1
Man City 2
Port Vale 2 2
Man City 2 4
Man City 7
Bury 3
Chesterfield 1
Bristol R 2
Bristol R 2
Bury 3
Notts Co 2 0
Bury 2 1
Tottenham 3
Leicester 1
Wolves 0
Crystal P 1
Crystal P 1
West Ham 3
Doncaster 2
West Ham 3
West Ham 2
Barnsley 0
West Brom (1) 2 2
Barnsley (3) 2 2
Barnsley 1
Accrington 0
Burton 1 1
Accrington 1 2
West Ham 3
Liverpool 0
Man Utd 1
Liverpool 2
Liverpool 3
Newcastle 0
Brighton 0 2
Newcastle 0 3
Liverpool 3
Sunderland 0
Leeds 1
Sunderland 2
Sunderland 3
Sheff Wed 2
Sheff Wed 1
Fleetwood 0
West Ham 0
Leicester 2
Fulham 1 0
Southampton 1 1
Southampton 1
Nottm F 2
Nottm F 1
Blackpool 0
Nottm F 2
Norwich 0
Middlesbrough 2
Preston 1
Middlesbrough 1
Norwich 2
Norwich 5
MK Dons 0
Nottm F 0
Leicester 1
Cardiff 2
Yeovil 0
Cardiff 0 0
Leicester 0 2
Leicester 4
Swansea 0
Leicester 1
Reading 0
Bolton 1
Reading 2
Reading 3
Everton 1
Everton 3
Birmingham 1

Other Leagues

League I

POS  CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1   Swansea City (P) 42 26 6 10 94 54 +40 84
2   Middlesbrough (P) 42 22 10 10 65 40 +25 76
3   Cardiff City (O) 42 22 9 11 87 52 +35 75
4   Stoke City 42 22 8 12 83 48 +35 74
5   Huddersfield Town 42 20 11 11 71 53 +18 71
6   Blackburn Rovers 42 21 7 14 72 54 +18 70
7   Nottingham Forest 42 17 12 13 66 59 +7 63
8   Birmingham City 42 20 3 19 73 70 +3 63
9   Bolton Wanderers 42 18 5 19 62 67 -5 59
10   Millwall 42 17 8 17 65 78 -13 59
11   Sheffield United 42 17 8 17 61 76 -15 59
12   Hull City 42 16 9 17 71 71 0 57
13   Leeds United 42 16 8 18 62 67 -5 56
14   Charlton Athletic 42 14 13 15 74 76 -2 55
15   Bristol City 42 13 12 17 55 63 -8 51
16   Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 6 21 54 72 -18 51
17   Derby County 42 12 13 17 56 65 -9 49
18   Barnsley 42 14 7 21 53 65 -12 49
19   Watford 42 13 9 20 52 65 -13 48
20   Preston North End (R) 42 13 8 21 46 73 -27 47
21   Burnley (R) 42 8 13 21 54 77 -23 37
22   Brighton & H A (R) 42 7 13 22 49 80 -31 34

Automatically promoted to Premier League
Qualified for promotion play-offs
Relegated to League II

Play-offs

                     
  Huddersfield Town 2 2  
Stoke City 0 2  
  Huddersfield Town 1
  Cardiff City 2
Blackburn Rovers 2 2
  Cardiff City 4 4  

 

League II

POS  CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1   Yeovil Town (P) 42 24 9 9 79 43 +36 81
2   Wolverhampton W (P) 42 22 12 8 68 44 +24 78
3   Ipswich Town (O) 42 21 9 12 80 53 +27 72
4   Peterborough United 42 19 13 10 68 43 +25 70
5   Colchester United 42 20 6 16 67 58 +9 66
6   Oldham Athletic 42 18 12 12 70 64 +6 66
7   Crystal Palace 42 18 11 13 68 52 +16 65
8   Crewe Alexandra 42 18 10 14 74 69 +5 64
9   AFC Bournemouth 42 17 10 15 69 56 +13 61
10   Tranmere Rovers 42 17 9 16 68 60 +8 60
11   Milton Keynes Dons 42 17 7 18 67 66 +1 58
12   Bradford City 42 15 11 16 60 67 -7 56
13   Doncaster Rovers 42 15 10 17 61 60 +1 55
14   Crawley Town 42 14 11 17 61 77 -16 53
15   Portsmouth 42 13 12 17 52 70 -18 51
16   Scunthorpe United 42 14 6 22 49 65 -16 48
17   Accrington 42 13 9 20 57 76 -19 48
18   Hartlepool United 42 13 9 20 53 78 -25 48
19   Swindon Town 42 11 14 17 62 76 -14 47
20   Bury (R) 42 13 7 22 49 68 -19 46
21   Stevenage (R) 42 13 6 23 58 76 -18 45
22   Notts County (R) 42 9 13 20 54 73 -19 40

Automatically promoted to League I
Qualified for promotion play-offs
Relegated to League III

Play-offs

                     
  Colchester United 3 3  
Peterborough United 2 5  
  Peterborough United 0
  Ipswich Town 3
Oldham Athletic 0 1
  Ipswich Town 3 1  

 

League III

POS  CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1   Plymouth Argyle (P) 42 25 8 9 74 36 +38 83
2   Coventry City (P) 42 23 13 6 71 45 +26 82
3   Rotherham United (O) 42 22 10 10 80 59 +21 76
4   Gillingham 42 22 8 12 59 42 +17 74
5   Wycombe Wanderers 42 21 9 12 63 56 +7 72
6   Brentford 42 22 4 16 80 64 +16 70
7   Leyton Orient 42 20 8 14 81 56 +25 68
8   Shrewsbury Town 42 19 11 12 66 52 +14 68
9   Cheltenham Town 42 19 9 14 61 60 +1 66
10   Carlisle United 42 19 7 16 64 45 +19 64
11   Port Vale 42 18 9 15 59 49 +10 63
12   Chesterfield 42 15 9 18 48 67 -19 54
13   Exeter City 42 16 4 22 62 64 -2 52
14   Oxford United 42 15 6 21 54 79 -25 51
15   Rochdale 42 13 11 18 59 72 -13 50
16   Burton Albion 42 13 9 20 56 61 -5 48
17   Walsall 42 12 10 20 60 77 -17 46
18   Bristol Rovers 42 13 6 23 62 83 -21 45
19   Fleetwood Town 42 11 11 20 64 75 -11 44
20   Torquay United 42 11 10 21 56 83 -27 43
21   Hereford United (R) 42 8 12 22 48 69 -21 36
22   Southend United (R) 42 9 8 25 45 78 -33 35

Automatically promoted to League II
Qualified for promotion play-offs
Relegated from A.F.L.

Play-offs

                     
  Wycombe Wanderers 0 2  
Gillingham 0 3  
  Gillingham 1
  Rotherham United 2
Brentford 0 1
  Rotherham United 1 1  

 

 

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