The 2004/05 season saw the arrival of Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, changing the landscape of English football forever.
Here are the best facts, figures and stats to impress your friends.
🦁 Best facts from the Premier League 2004/05 season
- Chelsea won their first-ever Premier League title, and first in the top-flight since 1954-55. The Blues conceded just 15 goals in 2004-05, the fewest of any side in a single Premier League campaign.
- José Mourinho became the first manager to win the Premier League title in his first season in charge in English football; Chelsea’s haul of 95 points in 2004-05 was a record until 2017-18.
- West Bromwich Albion became the first club to avoid relegation from the Premier League despite being bottom on Christmas Day.
- With 25 goals, Thierry Henry became the first non-English player to win the Premier League Golden Boot in consecutive seasons.
- Frank Lampard led the assists chart with 18 – it’s the highest number of assists ever provided by an English player in a single Premier League campaign.
- Frank Lampard finished the season as Chelsea’s top scorer with 13 goals; the lowest-scoring top-scorer for a title-winning side in Premier League history.
- In his debut season in the Premier League, Petr Cech kept 24 clean sheets, a record for a goalkeeper in a single campaign in the competition.
- Arsenal’s English top-flight record of 49 games unbeaten finally came to an end in a 0-2 defeat at Old Trafford in October 2004.
- Arsenal’s 5-4 victory against Spurs at White Hart Lane saw nine different goalscorers – a record in a single Premier League match (excluding own goals).
- Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his 500th Premier League match in 2004-05, with his Man Utd side losing 0-2 against eventually relegated Norwich in April.
- Crystal Palace’s Andrew Johnson scored 21 Premier League goals in 2004-05, the most for a relegated side in the competition’s history. 11 of these goals came from the penalty spot, also a competition high within a single season.
- James Vaughan became – and remains – the Premier League’s youngest goalscorer, aged 16 years and 270 days when he scored for Everton against Crystal Palace.
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