rss twitter facebook mobile

Who’s Trying To Buy The Title? United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Blackburn, City?

1992-93: Blackburn £8.11m (4th); ­champions Manchester United £2.3m.

1993-94: Blackburn £8.65m (2nd); champions Manchester United £3.75m.

1994-95: Everton £10.9m (15th); champions ­Blackburn £6.8m.

1995-96: Newcastle £14.78m (2nd); champions Manchester United £750,000.

1996-97: Newcastle £16.5m (2nd); champions Manchester United £7.5m.

1997-98: Newcastle £21m (13th); champions Arsenal £16.55m.

1998-99: Manchester United biggest spenders with £27.75m and also ­champions.

1999-2000: Liverpool £36.3m (4th); ­champions Manchester United £10m.

2000-01: Leeds £38.45m (4th); ­champions Manchester United £7.8m.

2001-02: Manchester United £57m (3rd); champions Arsenal £23.25m.

2002-03: Manchester United biggest spenders with £33m and also champions.

2003-04: Chelsea £121m (2nd); champions Arsenal £13.25m.

2004-05: Chelsea biggest spenders with £89m and also champions.

2005-06: Chelsea biggest spenders with £63.4m and also champions.

2006-07: Chelsea £64m; champions Manchester United £18.6m.

2007-08: Manchester United biggest spenders with £52.125m and also ­champions.

2008-09: Manchester City £113m (10th); ­champions Manchester United £46.75m.

2009-10: Manchester City £124m (5th); ­champions Chelsea £23.5m.

2010-2011: Manchester City £155m (3rd); champions Manchester United £27m

2011-2012: Manchester City £84m; champions….?

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

View all posts by Scott »



  1. CedarsDevil says:

    Petey Red Red

    lol………….Nice one

  2. smartalex says:

    I wonder what odds you’d get on ladyboy Torres for the Golden boot, as he maintains his stunning strike rate for Chelsea of half a goal per manager.

  3. parryheid says:

    Two pretty clear reasons,correction Three

  4. Costas says:

    We could definitely get some good teams from all 3 pots. But at this stage, I’d rather have a boring group that will allow us to focus on the league.

    And one thing’s for sure. If we get Villareal, that’s two more 0-0 borefests. ;)


    The problem I have with the top class comment, is that if Ferguson was top class for Everton, what does that make Joe Royle (119 goals in 275 games) or Dixie Dean (383 in 433)? Anyway, Emile Heskey is definitely another legendary waste of money, lol. His return for Liverpool is almost identical to that of Ferguson’s for Everton: 60 goals in 223. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think these two are twins. :lol:

  5. smartalex says:

    ‘As a warmup act, UEFA will announce the inaugural winner of its Best Player in Europe award. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez, and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo figure on a three-player shortlist elected by a panel of 53 journalists. The panel, representing each of UEFA’s member nations, also votes for the winner. UEFA created the honor after ”France Football” magazine combined its traditional European award with FIFA’s world player prize.’

  6. Macedonia_United says:

    ………Manchester United £50m

  7. Fred says:

    @parryheid – Ohhh, that clears it up. Thank you. :)

  8. Costas says:


    Is that so mate? Well they couldn’t upset their dear Barselona could they? I was actually surprised that we have more points than them given that they’ve won it twice in the last 5 years.

    It will be fun to see where Liverpool will end up when (or if) they return to the Ch.League. Probably pot e. :)

  9. Petey Red Red says:

    @cedars u will probably hear that in the sun tomorrow the amount of shit that they print. On another subject drogba may have a stalker in romelu lukaku- the boy is obsessed!

  10. Fred says:

    I wonder if the BBC’s Howard Nurse is on the 53 man panel of European football aficionados.

    “Juan Mata on his way to sign for #Chelsea – is he any good?”

  11. Fred says:

    #MUFC interested in Wesley Sneijder – anyone heard of him?

  12. CedarsDevil says:

    Petey Red Red

    Chelsea fans claim that Lukaku never went to bed without his Chelsea scarf! Wonder why

  13. Fred says:

    Some bloke called #Messi is trending – anyone heard of him?

  14. Petey Red Red says:

    Haha- nasri confirmed 4 year deal with shitty worth £24mil . What. A. Cunt

  15. Fred says:

    Writing an article about #Pele for the BBC tomorrow – anyone got any info on him?

  16. Fred says:

    Howard Nurse – #MCFC sign Nasri – how will he adapt to the #EPL?

  17. Fred says:

    #Arsenal playing some Italian team tonight. Think it’s Juventus. Anyone know if they’re much cop?

  18. willierednut says:

    Costas – Don’t take my word it. Ask the Everton fans. They loved the guy. When he was sold to Newcastle, they were gutted. Everton had some top players. Dixie Dean lol. Google is fucking class! Still holds the scoring record, to this day. 60 goals in one season. Wow! Old Joe played for them and managed Everton. Good friend to the boss.

  19. Petey Red Red says:

    Pele- correct me if I’m wrong but I do believe he founded the art of whittling in the thirteenth century, hope this helps Fred.

  20. Fred says:

    Thank you Petey, I’ll pass this info on to Howard Nurse.

  21. Costas says:


    Actually it was wikipedia, lol. Can’t live without it. :lol: Didn’t even know who Dixie Dean was.

    I get your point though. Ferguson isn’t the only player to be considered a legend only amongst one club’s fans. He even made their Hall of Fame. :shock:

  22. parryheid says:

    Doesn’t you know ‘one is the window is still open so still the chance to fill the gap in the middle the other two you can lay the tagies in if we don’t struggle.

  23. willierednut says:

    Costas – You didn’t Google my ass, you wikipedia me? Lol.

  24. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ Costas. You have to remember our amazing away record in Europe and in both 2009 and 2011 we lost just as many games as Ca-tippy-tappy-lan FC. Also scored quite a few more I think against better oposition. Milan 4-0, Roma 7-1. Certainly helped points total. There isn’t much in it to be honest though.

  25. JayDizzle says:

    Pre92 weren’t we typically big spenders? :)

  26. Fred says:

    The minute you walked in the joint…

  27. Petey Red Red says:

    Arsenal will be ruined is they lose, I hope they don’t, I would much prefer them to be chasing for the titles than city if you know what I mean? (although neither would come close)

  28. fergie is the boss says:

    Doghouse – there is a huge difference strengthening the side from a position of strength, and just buying your way into the elite. United have worked their asses off to get where they are, what do shitty do, some arab guy comes in and all of a sudden shitty are title contenders. United build sides, shitty the virus and chelsea buy them. Shitty’s small time success is no different than a big rich father putting his son in the fatcats executive job. They have not worked up the ladder, they just got a golden ticket

  29. captaink9 says:

    Football has a ridiculous amount of money.

  30. RedHarry4Life says:

    Does anyone know how much chelsea have spent since january?

    I know there has been Ladyboy – £50 Sideshow bob – £27, Lakakloo – £20 Prata £25 but i thinkl there are a few others in there as well

  31. King Eric says:

    The fucking gual of sky and in particular that ponce Nasri. Making out he knocked us back in order to win trophies. Yeah we will see you goofy bottling mincing cunt.

  32. Fletcherinho says:

    Interstng to read this batch of comments, as has been mentioned it puts to a bed a lot of myths. However, what this does also tell you is the importance of spending wisely. City and Chelsea have completely distorted the transfer market by buying anyone and everyone, and City in particular having te tactical nouse of ‘we will score more than you’. Being able to bring on players like Aguero et al is seeminly their Plan B.

    Spending wisely, creating a team morale, having a team who will play for one another and supporters that will relate to the players to an extent and support is far more important. A blend of youth, experience and new buys. Having players from your own club is vital, more so than buying lots of foreigners for obscene amounts of money, like it not, when the going gets tough, it is these kinds of players that often drag you through and instil team morale.

  33. super united from old trafford says:

    its only chelski and shitty that are buying the title. But the title will stay at old trafford

  34. Ruudboy says:

    It is one thing to spend money on players, but its another thing entirely to get value for the money spent. Man United actually spend big too{not in comparison to citeh & chelski} but we have always got good values from our players with big transfer fee, in that they stayed wit us @ least for d initial period of their contract and even beyond. A typical exception however seems to be veron and hargreaves{due to injury}.
    It sucks to a citeh fan, but d annoying thing over here in Nigeria is that most arsenal fans have moved on loan to citeh, cos they are jealous of us and wished we were in their position too.

  35. Hari says:

    the key point is that city were a midtable club flirting with relegation when they were bought out by sheikh mansour……the abu dhabi group decided to make a massive investment in the club and they wnt be selling out in the forseeable future(20 yrs or so) the thing is that the investment they are making will improve infrastructure and raise the general profile of the club…….city needed to pay over the top wage and transfer fees to bring players of a certain calibre to the club….while this was perhaps regrettable…it has gone a long way in raising the clubs worldwide image and general status…….thus the club even after and if these owners leave will permenantly have a place among england,s elite…..esp because its not going to be like blackburns one season wonder…..this is a long term project with the stated objective of raisin city upto the level of europe’s elite……..thats why a huge amount has been spent in the academy as well….in time such high investment will no longer be required and youth can step in slowly….


You must be logged in to post a comment.