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Monday, May 20, 2013

2012-13 Barclays Premier League – It’s Been Real!

A total 36 goals were scored in the last 10 matches as the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League graced its final day across football grounds in England.

And as the dust settles in yet another season that had all the drama; brilliant strikes and ridiculous own goals, dubious red cards and those not given, missed penalties and broken legs, last minute winners and drab draws, joyful tears and ones that expressed depression, the average premier league fanatic must be one of the gloomiest lads out there, at least until August.

The final day of any season is always one to remember and this was no different both for clubs, fans, players and managers. And while some like Jamie Carragher bowed out with a win, others like Sir Alex Ferguson witnessed something he never had in his 27 years at Manchester United as the champions drew 5-5 with West Brom in what was his and Paul Scholes’ final game with the Old Trafford club.

Everton came into terms with the fact that they will be without their manager for 12 years, David Moyes, who joins Manchester United with immediate effect. The Toffees lost Moyes’ last game in charge 2-1 to Chelsea, a result that saw the London club fend off Arsenal’s challenge as they finished 3rd and automatically qualified to Champions League group stages next season. The other person who will be out of the Everton lineup is Phil Neville.

The biggest battle of the day, however, was for who will finish in the top four. With Chelsea winning, Arsenal needed to beat Newcastle and avert the challenge of Tottenham who were just a point behind. The Gunners held their nerves and won 1-0 at St. James’ Park even as Gareth Bale scored yet another goal-of-the-season contender at White Hart Lane to give Spurs a 1-0 win against Sunderland.

The Gunners would not be denied though and Spurs were left cursing yet another season when they failed to finish above their bitter London rivals who they led by 7 points just three months ago.

In Merseyside, Jamie Carragher played his final match in Liverpool colours as he captained the club in their 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield. The legendary defender could have even grabbed an unlikely goal but his 30yard strike rattled the post. Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal feeding off a Jordan Ibe assist.

Aston Villa played to a 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic, Darren Bent and Gabriel Agnolahor scoring for the Villans whose captain Stiliyan Petrov also exited the football stage following his struggle with acute leukemia. Emmerson Boyce scored for the relegated Latics with the second goal coming courtesy of a Nathan Baker own goal.

The other Premier League player to bow out on the day was Michel Owen who stepped in for Jonathan Walters in the 74th minute as Stoke City drew 1-1 with Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton at St. Mary’s in Hampshire.

And so after 380 games were played and 1062 goals scored, curtains came down on yet another exciting 2012-13 Barclays Premier League campaign where money failed to save some teams from dropping down (read QPR), where the stocks of one player shoot the skies (read Gareth Bale), where yet more controversy dogged the campaign of a football gem (read Luis Suarez), where a man departed the dry cabinet at the Emirates and got a Premier League medal at first attempt (read Robin Van Persie), leaving his teammates to celebrate a top four ‘trophy’ (read Arsenal), where a legendary manager and players of almost equal status (read Alex Ferguson, Carragher, Scholes, Owen), exited the stage, and where perhaps, perhaps, the stage was set for one of the most competitive seasons yet in Premier League history, next season.

It’s been real!!

And That's thesteifmastertake!!