Every supporter has one final day of the season that stands out above all others in their memory, so we asked our Premier League fan community to share theirs.
Charlene Smith, AFTV
Arsenal’s most memorable final day of the season was 15 May 2004 when our victory against Leicester City meant we went an entire season undefeated and confirmed our invincible season; 38 games played, 26 wins and 12 draws. The season was made more special as we lifted the Premier League trophy at White Hart Lane.
Richard Sutherland, The Villa Park Podcast
After looking all but consigned to relegation in 2020, Villa stepped onto the field to face West Ham knowing their destiny was in their own hands. Jack Grealish’s goal in the 84th minute all but sealed survival and despite a West Ham equaliser, Villa survived, cementing this day as one of the most memorable in their history.
Tom Jordan, Back of the Net
On 2 May 2015 we lifted the Championship title and found ourselves suddenly amongst English football’s elite. A brace from Matt Ritchie and a Harry Arter strike saw the Cherries secure a 3-0 win at Charlton, confirming us as Champions and getting the media talking in anticipation of our Premier League arrival.
Ian Westbrook, Beesotted
There is only one candidate for Brentford – Trottagate!
In League One in 2013, we were given a 94th-minute penalty against Doncaster with the match goalless, needing victory to go up automatically. Rovers required a draw.
Marcello Trotta snatched the ball from regular penalty-taker Kevin O’Connor, stepped up and hit the bar. To compound the misery, Rovers raced up the other end and scored themselves.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Stuart Matthews, Proud Seagulls
It wasn’t the final day, but Sunday’s final home game against Southampton stands out. We are sorry to see them drop out of the Premier League but that win on Sunday secured us in Europe for the first time ever. History in the making. If you had told me at the beginning of the season this would happen, I would not have believed you. It’s not Champions League but who cares? The Albion are in Europe!
Ross Mooring, Chelsea Fancast
Winning the league on the final day in your own stadium or securing Champions League football without spending any money on new transfers?The thrashing of Wigan 8-0 in 2010 to become Premier League champions and the first Premier League team to score 100 goals in a single season would not have happened without defeating Liverpool 2-1 in 2003 first, a result that ensured a Champions League spot and paved the way for Roman Abramovich’s takeover of the club just two months later.
Jay Crame, The Eagles Beak
It has to be May 2001 when survival went to the final day. Palace headed to Edgeley Park to take on Stockport County. Alan Smith had been sacked with two games left to play with caretaker Steve Kember handed the reins. Victory was needed and they got it thanks to a dramatic winner from Dougie Freedman with just three minutes left to play to ensure survival.
Briony Bragg, This Fan Girl
On 10 May 1998 not even a win would propel Everton from the relegation zone, they needed Bolton (who sat a point above) to lose to Chelsea. When Chelsea went 2-0 up, a draw saw Everton safe. At full time Goodison celebrated at its joyous best.
Dan Crawford, Hammy End
Fifteen years ago Danny Murphy secured Fulham’s Premier League survival with a legendary late header on the final day at Fratton Park. The great escape was scarcely believable. Roy Hodgson rescued the Whites from certain relegation with three consecutive wins and laid the platform for a remarkable Europa League run.
Jess Furness, Her Game Too
When we achieved promotion to the Championship in May 2010. What a day, Leeds took 11-year-old me on an emotional rollercoaster in that match against Bristol Rovers. Despite a red card and a one goal deficit, we turned things around eventually thanks to goals from Jonny Howson and Jermaine Beckford, both of whom are Leeds through and through.
Sam Holloway, LeicesterFanTV
The most memorable final day of the season has got to be the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in 2019. Yes, a draw sounds bleak but this was our greatest season ever, winning the Premier League. Everyone in Leicester had non-stop parties for weeks and we also had a stellar Champions League run to follow!
Josh Sexton, The Anfield Wrap
Liverpool’s most memorable final day of the season was their 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in 2017. It was the win that cemented a first campaign of Champions League football for Jurgen Klopp’s team, a feat which would be followed by two finals and their sixth European Cup win across the next two years.
Ger Deegan, formerly of Maine Road Ramble
13th May 2012 – City 3-2 QPR. Also known as the day City won their first Premier League trophy and fondly remembered to all of the blue persuasion simply as ’93:20′.
Almost a decade on from this day and I still struggle with my emotions any time I see it back.
To win your first Premier League, snatching it from the clutches of your closest rivals and biggest enemies, in that fashion, that just doesn’t happen to us. It will never be bettered.
Dale O’Donnell, Stretty News
The decisive day of the 1998-99 Premier League season kickstarted the most iconic two weeks in English football history. Arsenal were just a point worse off as United came from behind against Tottenham to capture the first leg of the treble.
Pete Davey, LoadedMag NUFC
There is only one for me, sitting in the East Stand watching Dwight Gayle hammer home number four against Barnsley and all of a sudden a huge roar from the Strawberry Corner as we learn Jack Grealish has scored elsewhere. Ecstasy in the stands – we’ve won the league.
Aston Villa doing us a favour, who would have thought it? Then Jamaal Lascelles lifts the trophy and Newcastle are back!
Ben Dore, Dore On Tour
Forest needed a win to secure our Championship status against Ipswich on the final day in 2017. Nerves were on edge and Ipswich had an early shot deflected, forcing Jordan Smith into a magnificent save. A first-half penalty saw the Reds lead 1-0 and the second half was all Forest, running out 3-0 winners.
Ray Hunt, In That Number
The final day of 2011-12 comes to the forefront of my mind. After facing two relegations in five years, Saints forced themselves back to the top-flight with back-to-back promotions following their final day heroics against Coventry City in front of a record attendance at St. Mary’s. The memorable moment was marked with a pitch invasion.
John Wenham, Lilywhite Rose
On the 14 May 2017, Spurs signed off from their White Hart Lane home in style beating Manchester United 2-1. This victory was a 14th consecutive home win in league competition – equalling a club record set in 1987 – and ensured Tottenham ended the season with a record of played 19, won 17, drew two. They were unbeaten at White Hart Lane for the first time in 52 years.
West Ham United
Mia Claydon, Green Street Hammers
Although recent, qualifying for the Europa League group stages is the best last day of the season in my memory. The roar of the crowd, the togetherness of the team – it’ll always be remembered. Getting to dream of travelling the continent with West Ham is a feeling many never thought they’d have.
Dazzling Dave, Always Wolves Fan TV
Blackburn Rovers in 2011 was a memorable final day for drama and a rollercoaster of emotions. At half-time Wolves were staring relegation to the Championship in the face. I remember Jamie O’Hara pulling a goal back followed by “we only need one goal” ringing out from the Molineux faithful. The players got the message and Stephen Hunt obliged in the 87th minute. Pandemonium ensued.