The Greatest Conclusions in the Premier League Era

April 3, 2019 11:27 pm

This Premier League season has already been a dramatic one filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, and tantrums and sackings.  As it draws to the close one thing is certain and that is the drama is far from over with a nail-biting conclusion almost inevitable.

At the top of the Premier League, you have Manchester City and Liverpool battling it out for supremacy. Liverpool with just one loss all season could still find themselves narrowly losing out to quadruple chasing City.

In the battle for the top four, you have four teams with no more than a few points separating them. Newly rejuvenated Man Utd under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking like one of the favourites to secure one of the final two places with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all failing to find any sort level of consistency in recent months.

The relegation battle always delivers drama.  This year it looks like Fulham and Huddersfield are almost certainly gone already, but there are still five or six teams at risk of taking up a place in the Championship next season.

The drama has yet to be written in the story of this season, with the final day sure to be another case of fans eagerly checking the live score of other games on their mobile phones to see who the winners and loser are, we decided to take a look back at some of the most dramatic conclusions of the Premier League era.  

Everton Come Back from the Brink 1993/1994

Often seen as one of the greatest afternoons in the Merseyside club’s prestigious history is the final day of the 1993/94 season.  The club went into the game under the threat of relegation and soon found themselves 2-0 behind to Wimbledon. 

The blues looked beaten, and on the verge of an exit from top-flight football, only for the fans to roar them onto a remarkable comeback. Graham Stuart started the fightback with a nicely slotted penalty, followed by a finish from Barry Horne and with less than ten minutes remaining Stuart grabbed his second to seal a victory and secure Everton’s top-flight status.

West Bromwich Albion’s Great Escape 2004/2005

On Christmas Day 2004, the football world had written off West Bromwich Albion’s chances of survival that season.  Being bottom at Christmas is said to be fatal for a clubs’ chances of avoiding relegation, yet the club had only appointed new Manager Bryan Robson just a month before.

Little to anyone’s expectations West Bromwich Albion were all set to blow them down by Christmas thanks to another astonishing end to a Premier League campaign.  Going into the final day Southampton, Crystal Palace and Norwich, alongside WBA, were all facing the possibility of relegation going into the final day of the season, already a remarkable effort from the Midlands club.

Throughout the afternoon, each one of the four clubs had been in and out of relegation zone in an ever-changing picture.  However, the Baggies were at home at the Hawthorns to Portsmouth and managed to secure a 2-0 victory.  This alone was not enough to save the club from relegation, however, with Southampton losing to Man Utd, Fulham beating Norwich 6-0 and Crystal Palace only drawing with Charlton, the Baggies had done enough to survive a complete remarkable escape.

Blackburn Lose to Liverpool but Win the League. 1994/1995

At the end of the 1994/95 season, Blackburn Rovers stood on the brink of history heading into their final game of the season away to Liverpool.  They knew that a win, although far from a formality, would seal them a remarkable title over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

Many Liverpool fans were desperate to see their idol, and then manager of Blackburn Rovers, Kenny Dalglish win the title over fierce rivals United.  What Liverpool would turn up was the question going into the game?

An early opener at Anfield from top scorer Alan Shearer was met with cheering from both sets of fans, and it looked like it might just be a comfortable day for the Rovers’ faithful. That hope was short lived when John Barnes levelled for the reds, followed closely by a wonderful free-kick from Jamie Redknapp, which looked sure to seal Man Utd the title, and made Redknapp unpopular with both sets of fans on the day.  However, the supporters were able to celebrate a few minutes later when news came through that incredibly Manchester United had been held to a draw by West Ham United, a team with nothing to play for.

Sergio Aguero’s Stoppage Time Winner to give City their First Premier League title in 44 Years. 2011/2012

Manchester City might be using this game as inspiration heading into the final few weeks of this season.  Heading into the final game in 2011/12 City knew all they had to do was win against lowly Queens Park Rangers and the title would be secured thanks to a much better goal difference than their city rivals United.

The task seemed an achievable, if not easy one, but nothing is easy when trying to secure a first title in 44 years they were to find out. Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta settled City fans nerves in the first half, but that was short lived.  Queens Park Rangers came roaring back with goal Jamie Mackie to level things up.  Hothead and former City midfielder Joey Barton was then sent off, but despite this Djibril Cisse put the ten-man relegation-threatened QPR ahead. 

At this point, the title looked like it was slipping away from Manchester City, Man Utd were doing enough, winning 1-0 at Sunderland, and both games had entered stoppage time.  Up popped two City heroes.  First Edin Dzeko levelled giving them a glimmer of hope, but astonishingly just moments later, and on the brink of the full-time whistle being blown, Sergio Aguero grabbed the most astonishing goal to give City the 3-2 victory and hand them the title. 

There we have it, some of the greatest conclusions in the Premier League era. 

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