Top 10 Final Day Premier League Moments

1. The most famous moment in Premier League history - 2012

David Beckham's goal against Wimbledon. Wayne Rooney's overhead kick against Manchester City. Stan Collymore against Newcastle United.

Every single one of these moments has been beaten by Sergio Aguero's goal that wasn't just a match-winner, but a title-winner. And, not just was it a title, it was City's first-ever and one which was then snatched away from their rivals Manchester United as a result.

Quite literally, United were going to be champions upon the 93rd minute of the game between City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad. At 93:20, however, City were champions.

It's probably football's most insane moment.

2. Blackburn become the first Premier League team to dethrone Fergie - 1995

The 1994/95 season saw Blackburn Rovers enter the final day travelling to Anfield, with the league title completely in their hands but against a team who could well have prevented them from lifting it. Their rivals United would travel to West Ham United and would need a win to have any chance of defending their league title.

Alan Shearer gave Rovers an important lead after 20 minutes, after he slotted home Stuart Ripley’s cutback. At Upton Park, United were also losing, which was all Blackburn needed. However shortly after half time, Blackburn conceded and United equalised, putting the title back on the line.

In the 90th minute, Jamie Redknapp curled home a free-kick to put Liverpool 2-1 up against Blackburn, meaning that if Manchester United scored, they would win the league. Minutes later, news came through to Blackburn fans that Sir Alex Ferguson's men had failed to score, meaning that for the first time in history, the Premier League had a different winner that wasn't United.

3. Everton come from 2-0 down - 1994

The final day of the 1993/94 season lives long in the memory of Everton fans, who completed a remarkable comeback to secure safety and preserve their record of never being relegated from the top flight. A comeback from 2-0 down against Wimbledon to win 3-2 meant that the Toffees stayed up, while Sheffield United were relegated.

A penalty from Dean Holdsworth gave Wimbledon the lead in the afternoon, which was followed up by a Gary Ablett own goal on 20 minutes. However, Everton turned it around through a Graham Stuart penalty, a strike from Barry Horne and finally another Stuart goal just nine minutes from time.

It's one of Everton's most famous games in history and one which still shapes them today.

4. Tevez causes absolute bedlam in stunning fashion - 2007

The controversy around Argentine Carlos Tevez’s transfer to West Ham had been spoken about entering the final weeks of the 2006/07 season, yet more controversy was to come, along with a bitter rivalry about to develop.

West Ham travelled Old Trafford to take on the champions United on the final day, but they would need a win to stay up. Tevez scored the all-important goal for the Hammers, which sent Sheffield United down.

The Blades were not happy. They felt as if they had been cheated out of relegation, so sought to reclaim the money they felt they’d lost. After an ongoing dispute for two years, West Ham were eventually forced to pay the Blades £20m, as the transfer for Tevez and Javier Mascherano were deemed illegal.

By this point, Tevez, ironically, was with United and Mascherano was at Liverpool, so it meant for little other than a payment to Sheffield United.

5. Phase 1/3 completed on route to the Treble - 1999

The 1998/99 season is one of, if not the most successful season in the history of an English team. In fact, let's be real - it's perhaps the most famous season in football history.

United needed a win to confirm the Premier League title on the final day of the season with rivals Arsenal just a single point behind them and on course to potentially cause a huge upset in Manchester as the Red Devils went 1-0 down, however, goals from David Beckham and Andy Cole completed a typical United comeback to win the Premier League title.

This marked phase one of the treble completion, as United came from behind against Spurs on the final day of the season, Liverpool in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

6. Bradford City beat Liverpool to stay up - 2000

In Bradford City’s first-ever season in the Premier League, they took it down to the final day to secure their safety at the end of the 1999/2000 campaign. They were taking on Champions League-chasing Liverpool at Valley Parade, with many expecting a Bradford defeat and them going back into the second tier.

However, David Wetherall netted a header home for the Bantams, scoring the only goal in a famous 1-0 victory against Liverpool. The results also sent Wimbledon down to the second division, after spending an impressive 14 seasons in the top flight.


7. Fulham pull off the Greatest Escape - 2008

Fulham’s 2007/08 season was in large parts spent struggling to survive in the relegation zone. Coming into April, they looked almost down and out, were in disastrous form, and had not won an away league game all season.

However, fortunes began to turn for the Cottagers. They recorded their first away win of the season against Reading in early April, which was followed by a loss to Liverpool. Then Fulham pulled off a memorable 3-2 away victory against Manchester City, after falling two goals behind, but even this wasn't even to give complete hope to the west London outfit.

On the final day, the Cottagers recorded yet another away win, beating Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park to secure safety by goal difference and as a result, one of the greatest of great escapes was complete.

8. the battle of north London in Europe - 2013

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both entered the final game of the 2012/13 season with a chance to secure fourth place, therefore getting a spot in the Champions League.

Arsenal knew they had to win away at Newcastle to confirm their spot in the elite European competition and defender Laurent Koscielny scored an important goal to give Arsenal the all-important win, but tensions were high in the last minutes at St. James’ Park after Gareth Bale netted a late winner for Spurs against Sunderland, but this wasn't enough as the Gunners finished fourth.

9. Chelsea destroy helpless Wigan - 2009

The final day of the 2009/10 season saw Chelsea and United taking it to the last game to find out who would secure the league title. The Blues were a point ahead, so knew that a victory as long as they matched United's result, they would win the title for the first time since 2005 and a win against Wigan would see them win the league comfortably.

Chelsea were in no mood to mess around, however and thumped 10-man Wigan 8-0 to make no mistake in winning the title. A hat-trick from Didier Drogba helped secure the victory in for Carlo Ancelotti's side as the Blues recorded the biggest final-day season win in English football history and at that time, the biggest win margin in one game in Premier League history until Southampton lost 9-0 to United and Leicester City.

10. Utter Calamity for City - 1996

Manchester City came into the final game of the 1995/96 season knowing they would need to better one of Southampton or Coventry’s results in order to keep them in the Premier League.

City manager Alan Ball was under the impression that rivals Coventry were losing, and with his side drawing 2-2 and believed that City would be doing enough if they could hold on to the draw.

The Manchester side proceeded to hold the ball in the corner flag and waste time, however, Coventry weren’t actually losing. It was too late to turn around because by the time City had realised, it was full-time, and they were relegated from the Premier League.

It wasn't always sunshine and rainbows in east Manchester.

By Fred Dobberson


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