End Of Season Madness
On a dramatic finale to the most competitive English premiership season of recent memory. Man City rose triumphant in the race to be crowned champions. But not without its own drama, Bolton became the third and final team relegated from the Premiership after an 11 year stay in the top flight of English football.
But the main talking point of the day had to be Man City’s drama stoppage time victory over a 10 man QPR team that up until 90min, lead the Champions Elect but 2 goals to 1. What followed was the most amazing turn of events I have ever witnessed in my entire football life.
Manchester United, who had to win to have any chance of retaining their title duly beat Sunderland 1-0 thanks to Wayne Rooney’s 27th league goal of the season, but the game at the Etihad had been delayed quite a bit by Joey Barton’s red Card and the melee that ensued. City were given 5min extra time. Well they only needed three. First Edin Dzeko pop up to score the crucial equalizing goal, then not even a minute later Sergio Aguero had the Etihad in raptures blasting a winner and herewith City’s 1st title in 44 years. Amazing scenes followed with great joy and despair felt in Manchester, depending on the colour of your shirt.
The rest of the day sort of went to plan for the other two champions league bound teams, Arsenal winning at WBA 3-2 and Tottenham disposing of Fulham 2-0. Chelsea won at Blackburn 2-1 and Everton rightfully saw off Newcastle 3-1. Piping Fellow Merseysiders Liverpool to 7th position also relegating Newcastle to a Europa League spot and Forcing Chelsea to win the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich to have any hope in playing in that tournament next year.
With the bottom of the table mostly confirmed before this round of fixtures. The third and final team relegated had to be decided. With Bolton failing to win at Stoke City resulting in relegation from the Top Flight. And another amazing stat is that this was the first time in a decade that all three promoted teams have survived their first season in the premiership. Special mention has to go to Wigan who won 7 out of their final 9 games to escape quite comfortably in the end.
This drew to a close an epic season in the Barclays Premiership for 2011/2012 with an almighty tussle between the two Manchester teams ultimately being won by the blue half of the city on Goal Difference. A season that produced 1066 goals at an average of 2.81 goals per game, the most ever eclipsing last season’s 1065. Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie reining supreme in the goal scoring charts with 30 league goals and Liverpool having their worst ever finish since the Premiership begun.
What a league, no question the most competitive and entertaining league in the World!