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More Drama Than a Hollywood Movie! We Select the Top Six Greatest Premier League Seasons Ever

The Premier League has seen some unbelievable seasons since it's inception in 1992, and it's hard to narrow it down to which ones might be the best...


But no one said life would be easy and we all have to make tough decisions sometimes; with that in mind, here are the top six Premier League seasons ever!  

6. 2004/05 - Chelsea Win 1st Title in 50 Years as Relegation Battle Goes to the Wire

In the summer of 2004, Jose Mourinho, just days after winning the Champions League with Porto, left to become the manager of Chelsea and his impact was immediate; setting about to destroy all the teams before him, the Blues went top after a 1-0 win over Everton in early November and never looked back. 


They went to Bolton on the last day of April looking for the win that would crown them champions for the first time in 50 years and two goals from the Football Writer's Player of the Year Frank Lampard gave them that win. They would finish up 12 points clear of Arsenal, with a record points total of 95 and also a record 29 clean sheets with only 15 goals conceded.  


At the bottom, the battle to stay up went right to the final day of the season with the identity of the three sides to be relegated still to be decided - ultimately, it would be Southampton, Norwich and Crystal Palace who would fall and West Brom - who were bottom at Christmas - surviving after a 2-0 win over Portsmouth at the Hawthorns. 

5. 1994/95 - Blackburn Beat Manchester United to Title on Last Day of Season

A two-horse race for much of the season and it went all the way to the final game of the campaign with Blackburn Rovers going to Liverpool in an emotional return to Anfield for their manager Kenny Dalglish and Manchester United, who had won the title in the previous two seasons, away at Upton Park to face West Ham. 


Early on, it seemed as if Rovers had a clear run to the title as striker Alan Shearer scored the opener at Anfield and Michael Hughes had put the Hammers in front against United. But Brian McClair levelled it up at The Boleyn and John Barnes had equalized for Liverpool. 


One goal for United and they would be champions for the third time in a row but the Hammers goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko kept out United with a string of fine, world-class saves. 


Jamie Redknapp scored in the 94th minute to win the game for Liverpool at Anfield, which left the Blackburn fans distraught as they thought that they had lost it but then a roar came up from both sides of the crowd to say that United had not won and Blackburn were champions. 

4. 2003/04 - Arsenal Sweep All Before Them as They Go Unbeaten All Season

Arsenal came into the 2003-04 season as third favourites for the title as Manchester United had regained the title the season before and their London rivals Chelsea had spent big after being bankrolled by Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich. 


But from August to May, they went the entire season unbeaten with 26 wins, 12 draws and no defeats. The biggest disappointment was that they didn't win the treble, as in the space of six days in April, they were knocked out of the FA Cup semi-final by Manchester United and the Champions League quarter final by Chelsea at Highbury. 


The crucial moment in their unbeaten run came on Good Friday 2004, where they were 2-1 down at half-time against Liverpool but star man Thierry Henry inspired the Gunners to a 4-2 win with a hat-trick and then, they sealed the title with a draw at their North London rivals Tottenham's home, White Hart Lane.  

3. 1998/99 - Manchester United Claim a Unique Treble

In season 1998-99, Manchester United were determined to regain their title off Arsenal after having had a 12-point lead wiped away from them and the Gunners winning the title with two games to spare the previous season. 


United headed into April with the title hanging in the balance between them, Arsenal and Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea. An FA Cup semi-final replay at Villa Park between the Gunners and Red Devils was billed by some pundits as not just a decider for who would win the cup, but also argued it would give a psychological edge for the race for the title. 


As football fans now know, an incredible night ended with an even more incredible goal from Ryan Giggs to give United a place in the final.


The title race went to the last day again but this time United ended up victorious with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford to become the last champions of the decade. They then went to Wembley the next Saturday and beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup Final before the ultimate triumph came in the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich: 


At 1-0 down going into injury time, it looked over but goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunner Solskjaer gave United a unique treble, the first team in England to ever achieve such a feat. 

2. 2011/12 - That Aguero Moment as the Title Race Goes to the Final Seconds of the Season

The two Manchester clubs had the title race all to themselves in season 2011-12 and it went all the way to the last game. 


Both sides level on points but, with City having the better goal difference, all they needed was a win over QPR and there would be nothing that United could do about it at Sunderland. Wayne Rooney put United in front on the day and on top of the league, but Pablo Zabaleta scored a scrappy opener for City and it looked like the 44 year wait for a league title was over but they underestimated QPR, who themselves needed something to avoid relegation - a mistake by Joleon Lescott let Djibril Cisse in for an equaliser and United were back on top. 


Joey Barton was sent off for the R's for an off the ball incident with Carlos Tevez but Jamie Mackie scored to make it 2-1 to QPR and it looked all over for City - all of a sudden, the red half of Manchester were going to be celebrating yet another title. 


But in the 91st minute, Edin Dzeko scored a header from a corner to make it 2-2, yet that still wouldn't be enough; City fans were showing their frustration on the terraces but then in the third minute of injury time, the ball broke to striker Sergio Aguero who struck the ball past Paddy Kenny - the bench, the players, the fans all went wild.


After 44 years of hurt, the city of Manchester was blue once more.  

1. 2015/16 - The Greatest Story Ever Told Has Its Happy Ending

If a Hollywood movie comes out about this, it will not beat it's real life equivalent because this was just incredible, the greatest football story ever told and it all started in July 2015. 


Claudio Ranieri, a man who lost to the Faroe Islands with Grecce and got sacked, was appointed by Leicester City as the man to replace Nigel Person as manager. The Foxes were written off before a ball was even kicked, with many pundits tipping them to go down but on the opening day of the season, they beat Sunderland 4-2 at the King Power Stadium - still, the bookmakers odds on them to win the title was 5000/1. 


Throughout the next few months, they kept pace with the front-runners Arsenal and Manchester City, with striker Jamie Vardy going a record run of scoring in 11 consecutive league games. 


They went top on the 5th of December with a 3-0 win over Swansea, with all three goals being scored by Riyad Mahrez - they were top on Christmas Day. A run of three games without a win in the new year looked as though the bubble had burst but again, they kept coming back and in late January went top again with a 3-0 win over Stoke City. 


A big moment came against nearest rivals Manchester City at the Etihad, when they dismantled the City defence to win 3-1 but the next week, they went down 2-1 at Arsenal after a last-minute goal from Danny Welbeck. 


Again, the Foxes were written off but a succession of 1-0 wins, ranging from an away at Watford at the start of March to a home win against Southampton at the start of April meant that they stood on the brink of winning the league title for the first time ever. 


They had to hold off a really strong challenge from Tottenham, who played scintillating football throughout the season but on the 2nd of May, after Spurs had drawn 2-2 away at Chelsea, the Foxes were confirmed as champions of England for the first time and they lifted the title following the last home game against Everton.


Legendary stuff. 

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