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A list of the top five final day dramas that have happened

Juninho – gutted he didn’t make the list

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This Sunday looks set to be a bloody exciting end to the Premier League season – Wigan, Wolves, Birmingham, Blackpool and Blackburn can all still be relegated and will be battling their little hearts out to stay in the Premier League.

So, in preparation for an afternoon that promises to be a lot of fun – unless you’re the guy at the BBC who has to work out what it means if so-and-so draws and so-and-so wins -  here’s a list of some of our favourite last day moments…

Everton stay up on the last day in 1994

Everton had to beat Wimbledon and hope that Chelsea could beat Sheffield United for the Toffees to avoid the drop. Everton went 2-0 down before coming back to win 3-2, while the Blades succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Glenn Hoddle’s Chelsea. The goalscorers that day reads like a who’s who of typical early Premier League players – Graham Stewart (2), Dean Holdsworth, Gary Ablett (og) and the above belter from Barry Horne.

West Ham stay up on the last day in 2007

This was the season when it all kicked-off about Carlos Tevez not being a West Ham player and stuff. West Ham had to get a point against champions Manchester United on the final day to stay up at the expense of Sheffield United. Sir Fergie rested a load of players for the following week’s FA Cup final which annoyed Blades boss Neil Warnock. Tevez ended up scoring the winner – that REALLY annoyed Warnock.The Spoiler’s favourite bit was the look on the West Ham supporters’ faces in our pub when Man Utd made a triple substitution and brought on Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo for the last 20 minutes.  Pure horror.

Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga on the last day in 2001

This makes for painful viewing. Bayern Munich were three points clear of Schalke heading into the final games, but Schalke had a loads better goal difference. Schalke had just won their final game against Unterhaching when news filtered through that Bayern had conceded a 90th minute goal against Hamburg to go 1-0- down. Everyone in Schalke went mental before watching Patrik Andersson scoring a 94th minute equaliser on the big screens. Meister Der Herzen means Champion of Hearts BTW.

Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 on the last day in 1989

Arsenal needed to beat Liverpool 2-0 to draw level with the Reds on points and goal difference but overtake them on goals scored. The match had been rearranged because of the Hillsborough disaster and was played after the FA Cup final the previous week which Liverpool had won. Everything else is breathlessly explained on the video above…

West Brom stay up on the last day in 2005

West Brom were comfortably beating Portsmouth 2-0 on the final day but had to rely on Crystal Palace losing or drawing against Charlton to stay up. The Addicks equalised against Palace to send the Eagles down and make West Brom the first team to be bottom at Christmas and avoid relegation. Skip to XX on the video to watch that great ‘news filtering through’ moment.

We’re bound to have missed some completely excellent ones. Shout us down with a comment and – if you’re feeling particularly helpful – a YouTube link below…

JIMMY GLASS! Bloody Hell, completely forgot about this one. Sorry…

And again… We’re bound to have missed some completely excellent ones. Shout us down with a comment and – if you’re feeling particularly helpful – a YouTube link below…


3 responses so far
  • David Allison // May 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    An honourable mention, perhaps, to 2011 Eredivisie Champions Ajax for their final-day, winner-takes all match against FC Twente last weekend, which also could have seen PSV take the title on Goal Difference…?

  • David Allison // May 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Actually, scratch that PSV part – bad maths on my part… ;0P

  • No Hooligans // May 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    My advice for anyone looking for a football team to support: Choose a middle of the road side like Villa or Everton. That way you’ll never have to experience the heartbreak of fluffing the the league title or releagtion on the last day of the season.

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