2011 12 Manchester City

Premier League: Memorable Final Days

With the final day of the 2023/24 Premier League season almost upon us, here we take a look back at some memorable final days from over the years.

The final day of the 2023/24 Premier League season is rapidly approaching, and it will bring to an end a campaign that has not been short of drama, surprises, and of course goals. All 20 teams will be playing their final matches on Sunday 19th May 2024, with all of the games kicking off simultaneously at 16:00 that afternoon.

Going into the final day of the current campaign, the ultimate fates of a number of clubs are still up in the air as of the time of writing. Firstly, the title race is still to be concluded with Arsenal and Manchester City the only two horses left in this particular race.

As it stands, Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens currently sit at the summit with a two point lead on the Gunners following their 2 – 0 victory against Spurs on Tuesday, where Erling Haaland scored both of the goals (51’, 90+1’ – Penalty).

As for Arsenal, a crucial winning goal from Leandro Trossard early in the second half handed Mikel Arteta’s side a 1 – 0 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United. This gave them a temporary lead at the top, but they still have the chance to win the league on Sunday.

Manchester City will host David Moyes’ West Ham United, meanwhile, Arsenal will go toe to toe with Sean Dyche’s Everton in their final games of the season. A win for City wins them the title, but if the Cityzens draw or lose, the Gunners can win the league if they emerge victorious against their Merseyside counterparts.

Whilst the top four is not confirmed, Spurs, Chelsea, Newcastle United, and Manchester United are all fighting amongst themselves to land the final three European places in 5th, 6th and 7th.

Now, we are going to look back at some of the most memorable final days of Premier League seasons gone by. We are going to start with the plethora of drama that took place at the conclusion of the 2004/05 campaign.

2004/05: West Brom’s miraculous escape

Almost twenty years ago, West Brom pulled off one of the most miraculous escapes from seemingly certain relegation down to the Championship. At Christmas, the Baggies were marooned at the bottom of the table with no less than eight points separating them and safety.

On the final day of the 2004/05 campaign, Bryan Robson’s West Brom needed a win, which is what they got thanks to Geoff Horsfield and Kieran Richardson, who both scored to give their team a 2 – 0 win at The Hawthorns against Portsmouth.

Defeat for Southampton and a draw for Norwich saw the Saints and the Canaries both relegated alongside Crystal Palace.

1995/96: Manchester City Relegated

Relegation is most certainly an alien concept to anyone associated with Manchester City nowadays, with Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens arguably possessing the best squad in the world, and they are also challenging for the Premier League title in most seasons. They are currently on track to be the first English side in history to win four top flight titles in a row.

It was most certainly not like this for City fans back in the 1995/96 season. Back then, they were deep in relegation trouble and needed to better the results of either Southampton or Coventry.

They were drawing 2 – 2 with Liverpool, and they thought that this would be enough as they were under the impression that Norwich were losing. However, this was false information, and the need to win was communicated to the team. They were unable to score the winner and were relegation to the second tier of English Football.

2011/12: Sergio Aguero enters Manchester City and Premier League folklore

It can perhaps be argued that this is the most famous moment in the more than 30 year history of the Premier League. Manchester City, facing Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium, had to match the result earned by their cross-city rivals Manchester United at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils won their game thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal, but it was not so simple for City. They took the lead through Pablo Zabaleta in the first half, only for Djibril Cisse (48’) and Jamie Mackie to give visitors QPR the lead.

QPR were in danger of relegation, but results elsewhere meant that they were safe. This news came late on in the game, and Edin Dzeko gave hosts City some hope in the early stages of second half stoppage time (90+2’).

Then came the moment 44 years in the making – a great pass from Mario Balotelli found the feet of Sergio Aguero, who promptly fired the ball home for a late winner that sealed their first top flight title in more than forty years.

It was made sweeter for City fans given that they had won this league title at the expense of their arch rivals Manchester United.

1994/95: Blackburn Rovers crowned as Premier League Champions

The final iconic Premier League Final Day moment that we are going to cover here took place back in the 1994/95 season.

Heading into their final game, Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers were leading the way at the top of the table with a two point lead ahead of reigning Champions Manchester United. However, United did have a superior goal difference.

Blackburn were up against Liverpool at Anfield, where a last minute free-kick from Jamie Redknapp consigned Rovers to a 2 – 1 defeat. Thankfully for Dalglish’s team, this did not matter as Manchester United could only draw 1 – 1 away against West Ham United at Upton Park.

These results combined meant that Blackburn Rovers had won their first and only Premier League title to date. It was their first top flight trophy win since their triumph 81 years earlier in the 1913/14 season.

Excitement and anticipation are growing rapidly ahead of the final day of the 2023/24 Premier League season on Sunday 19th May 2024. All matches this weekend will be getting underway at 16:00 in the afternoon.

There is no better way to watch world-class football than with an Eventmasters VIP Hospitality Package. Book now to avoid disappointment!

VIP Football Hospitality Packages

Register for Football VIP Tickets & Hospitality Packages – Priority Alerts

Football Enquiry Form

One of our Football Hospitality specialists are ready to help you secure your football hospitality packages - Complete this contact form and we will be in touch shortly.

  • If you are enquiring on behalf of a company confirm the full company name
  • If you are enquiring on behalf of a company please confirm your title / position with the company
  • Let us know what your exact requirements are for your chosen football hospitality.
  • Please confirm which football team you support

  • Please note that any bookings placed with Eventmasters Limited are subject to our Terms & Conditions

    Your booking will be for your chosen fixture regardless of any future amendments to the original date and/or kick off time.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.