Fergie’s 10-goal salute, Lasagne-gate, ‘Agueroooo’

It is taken a bit of longer than normal, however the last day of the Premier League season is nearly upon us on the surprising date of Sunday, July 26.

Only for context, that’s two weeks after the Euro 2020 last was initially scheduled to have been performed, and simply 13 days earlier than the 2020-21 Champions League qualifiers start.

In fact, the title was wrapped up by Liverpool what looks like an eon in the past however there’s nonetheless rather a lot to play for, with European qualification and relegation spots nonetheless in flux heading into the final spherical of fixtures.

Drama on the ultimate day has been delivered as a rule through the years with championships seized, glory snatched from the jaws of defeat (and vice-versa) and chaotic outcomes aplenty.

Right here, in no specific order, are 10 of essentially the most memorable moments from the Premier League’s last day.

Bounce to: Fergie’s farewell | So lengthy, Stevie | Lasagna-gate | Farewell Highbury | United’s Treble begins | Boro 8-1 Metropolis | Drogba sinks Wigan | Tevez stars for West Ham | WBA’s nice escape

Manchester Metropolis’s vastly superior aim distinction meant that every one they needed to do was beat Queens Park Rangers on the ultimate day of the 2011-12 marketing campaign to finish the membership’s arduous 44-year watch for a league title.

Roberto Mancini’s facet had even gained their earlier 5 matches to make sure that the championship was of their arms however with simply 4 minutes of the whole season remaining, they have been trailing 2-1.

Simply to make issues worse, this additionally meant that rivals Manchester United (who gained at Sunderland) had risen to the summit of their stead.

What adopted was a bewildering energy shift, as seismic targets from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero (renamed “AGUEROOOOO” for the day) thrust Metropolis again to the highest on aim distinction because the final grains of sand fell by means of the egg timer of destiny.

After 1,500 video games on the helm, Sir Alex Ferguson relinquished the Manchester United reins on an emotional day on the very finish of the 2012-13 season.

With the title already gained, Fergie’s last outing — a visit to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion — appeared to be going swimmingly as United raced right into a 3-Zero lead.

Nevertheless, the sport quickly slipped away from its moorings and ultimately ended up a dizzying 10-goal barnstormer because the Baggies scored thrice contained in the final 5 minutes to earn themselves a draw.

Steven Gerrard is one other Premier League membership legend whose last recreation did not fairly go in keeping with plan.

With a transfer to LA Galaxy within the works, captain Gerrard introduced his lengthy and illustrious Liverpool profession to an finish with an absolute nightmare of a consequence in opposition to Stoke Metropolis.

He did handle to attain on his 710th look for the Reds — the issue was that the Potters did too, six occasions.

Again in 2005-06, Tottenham Hotspur had occupied fourth place for almost all of the second half of the season and thus regarded odds on to safe Champions League qualification heading into the ultimate day.

Sadly, Spurs hadn’t counted on a virus sweeping by means of the squad and laying their European goals to waste forward of their match in opposition to West Ham United. Whereas rumours that the mass illness was because of meals poisoning from a dodgy resort buffet have been finally disproved, the debacle will without end be referred to as “Lasagne-gate.”

With a number of of Martin Jol’s gamers undermined by their very own digestive programs, the Hammers went on to win 2-1, thus handing fourth place to Arsenal, who beat Wigan Athletic at Highbury to leapfrog above their beloved neighbours (extra on that in a second).

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With West Ham holding Spurs at 1-1 throughout city, it regarded like Arsenal have been about to blow their likelihood to steal a top-four spot as they discovered themselves 2-1 down in opposition to Wigan in what was purported to be a grand farewell to their ancestral residence of 93 years.

Fortunately for the Gunners, they have been in a position to depend upon Thierry Henry, whose well timed hat trick ensured that the membership could be sending 38,000 followers residence from the stadium for the final time on the again of a win.

The truth that the consequence additionally noticed Arsenal nick Champions League qualification from proper underneath the noses of their arch-rivals was in all probability a reasonably pleasing bonus for them too.

There have been simply 10 days between Manchester United wrapping up the 1998-99 Premier League title and the completion of their historic Treble with triumphs within the FA Cup and Champions League finals.

All of it started with a 2-1 win over Tottenham on the ultimate day of the league season to clinch the primary of their three trophies, having begun the afternoon only one level in entrance of Arsenal.

Little over per week later, that they had attained true footballing greatness by way of a pit cease at Wembley, the place they beat Newcastle 2-0, and that last-gasp win over Bayern Munich on a balmy evening in Barcelona.

Arguably the strangest last day scoreline got here on the conclusion of the 2007-08 season when Middlesbrough performed host to Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Metropolis.

Issues began badly for the guests when Richard Dunne was despatched off after simply 15 minutes after which proceeded to worsen (and worse, and worse, and worse, and worse, and worse, and worse, and worse).

Eriksson was swiftly relieved of his place within the aftermath, presumably as permitting Afonso Alves to attain a hat trick in opposition to you in any capability constitutes grounds for instant dismissal.

One other bonkers consequence from the ultimate day got here in 2009-10, when Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea laid declare to the title by rendering Wigan effectively and really asunder.

The Blues started the day only one solitary level above second-placed Manchester United within the pile, realizing {that a} win could be sufficient to propel themselves over the road. And win they most positively did.

Certainly, the soon-to-be-champions really lashed the Latics, with Didier Drogba serving to himself to a cruel hat trick as he and his colleagues additionally set a file for many targets scored in a Premier League season (103) within the course of.

Proving that a few of the absolute best last day drama happens down on the backside of the desk, it was Carlos Tevez who controversially took the headlines when West Ham slithered freed from relegation on the final knockings in 2006-07.

Poised on the precipice, the Hammers travelled to Outdated Trafford to face Man United, the newly topped champions, of their final recreation realizing that nothing however a win would do.

Having been the topic of controversy all season because of his third-party possession and questionable switch to West Ham the earlier summer time, Tevez duly scored the one aim of the sport to make sure his facet stayed up on aim distinction on the expense of Sheffield United.

To maintain an extended story brief, two years of extremely bitter authorized arbitration adopted after which the Hammers have been made to pay the Blades £20 million in compensation.

Just one staff have ever been backside of the Premier League on Christmas Day — and backside of the league at half-time on the final day of the season — and nonetheless averted the drop. Step ahead, West Brom’s class of 2004-05.

Southampton, Norwich, Crystal Palace and the Baggies have been all in peril of relegation with one spherical of matches remaining and Bryan Robson’s staff did their bit. After beating Portsmouth 2-0, although, there was a nervous wait on the Hawthorns as outcomes started to filter in from elsewhere.

Southampton misplaced to Man United and Norwich have been tanked 6-Zero by Fulham, nevertheless it was Charlton Athletic’s 82nd-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw in opposition to Crystal Palace that proved essential for West Brom.

Not solely was it a miracle, nevertheless it additionally made a little bit of a mockery of one of many oldest and deeply-held Premier League maxims. Backside at Christmas? There may be nonetheless hope, however solely if in case you have Geoff Horsfield to deliver off the bench in your hour of want.

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