Ever since a far-sighted Sky Sports executive took the decision to invent football back in 1992, we've seen some exciting English football seasons. We've witnessed some thrilling crescendos and dramatic last minute conclusions. We've also seen some remarkably boring ones, seasons where the winner was known almost at Christmas, and the relegation battles were devoid of any wrenching tension.
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Comfortably the most boring championship of the Premier League era. Most bookmakers had stopped taking bets on the title race by Christmas, as Manchester United wrapped up their third successive title well before the end of the season. They collected the trophy after losing 1 - 0 at home to Derby County.
The relegation 'battle' was utterly lacking in tension as eight points separated 17th placed Derby and 18th placed Manchester City at the close. All three relegated sides (Man City, Coventry and a dismal Bradford City) were gone before the final day.
Ipswich Town were the season's greatest over-performers, finishing in a heady 6th spot in their first (and penultimate) year back in the top flight. George Burley won manager of the season.
A damp squib of a title race as Manchester United's superb form before Christmas left them in an unassailable position. As in 2001, United eventually sealed the title on auto-pilot, with a series of uninspiring 1-0 and 2-0 home wins, pockmarked with a couple of losses, including one to closest rivals (although not that close) Manchester City. They only roused themselves for the 3-0 demolition of Aston Villa, which sealed the title mathematically. The only excitement came after the title was settled with Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement.
QPR and Reading were relegated from a long way out. Wigan officially went down on the penultimate day after being spanked 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal pipped Spurs for the final Champions League spot but if that's the only excitement on the final day then its a poor show.
The title race was barely above 2013 levels of excitement with Chelsea essentially winning the championship in the first half of the season. After a brief wobble in the new year, they settled themselves and trundled towards the Premier League, delighting no one with their style of play.
At the bottom, there was at least something to play for on the final day with Hull and Newcastle scrapping to avoid the final relegation spot.
Newcastle led Hull by two points and came good in the end, beating West Ham 2-0. It didn't matter as Hull failed to beat Manchester United at home.
United win the League by a mile. None of the challengers are near good enough. David O'Leary's callow team (he even called them 'babies', you'll recall) look good early in the season but they flopped early in the new year.
Bradford City beat Liverpool 1-0 on the final day as Alf Inge Haaland's former sidekick David Weatherall scores the winner. A 2-0 defeat at the Dell sees Egil Olsen's Wimbledon drop out the Premiership for the first time in over decade, never to return.
The biggest novelty of the 2003/04 was Arsenal's outstanding achievement in going an entire season unbeaten. They won the League with 11 points to spare over newly minted Chelsea, now lying serenely on a comfy bed of Russian oil money. Manchester United looked good up until Christmas, but had an appalling start to 2014, and fell out of the title race, falling back on the consolation of the FA Cup. Rio Ferdinand missing his drug test because he was out shopping in Manchester was possibly the funniest story of the season.
Leeds United were the most high profile team to go down, but their fate was sealed before the final day, along with there two counterparts, Wolves and Leicester, no strangers to relegation either of them.
Mourinho's Chelsea win the title (their second in a row) handily enough, but United's form in the second half of the season is strong. They briefly threatened a stunning comeback but a slack draw at home to an unbelievably useless Sunderland team cost them. Chelsea steam-rolled United 3-0 on the penultimate weekend to win the League.
Sunderland accumulate a whopping total of 15 points, the gold standard of badness until Derby 2007/08 model came along. West Brom and Birmingham also go down before the final Sunday. However, Portsmouth's incredible finish to the season, inspired by Harry Redknapp's return to the club, gives the relegation battle a bit of flavour.
Arsenal finish the season in brilliant form, famously winning the title with a 1-0 over United at Old Trafford. Manchester United's horrible form in late 2001, left them with a lot to do and they were unable to clamber back to the top of the table, despite Ruud Van Nistelrooy's sensational form.
All three promoted sides stayed up, but there was little excitement. Derby and Leicester were well down before the end, while Ipswich, who took the league by storm the previous season, needed to win at Anfield to survive and even then Sunderland had to lose at home to relegated Derby. Ipswich got spanked 5-0.
A fairly drab title race which was only enlivened by the obvious bitterness between Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez. Liverpool tossed away the title after a poor start to the new year. United's stern defence made the difference as they won the League by four points. A 4-4 draw between Liverpool and Arsenal was one of the highlights.
Alan Shearer can't rescue Newcastle United as they fall out of the Premier League for the first time in 16 years with a final day loss to Villa. Hull managed to survive despite only winning once in the last 22 games. West Brom were bottom all season and that's where they finished. Middlesbrough also went down.
The title race went to the final day but there was little drama as Chelsea hammered Wigan 8-0 in an entirely expected turkey shoot at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea scored about a million goals that season as Ancelotti's men took the League. Manchester United's 4-0 win over Stoke was to no avail. Spurs beat Manchester City in the race for fourth place.
Portsmouth were docked nine points and finished a distant last. There was no craic at all on the final day. Five points separated 17th placed West Ham, managed by Zola, and 18th placed Burnley. Hull went one step better than the previous year and went down.
Arsenal win their first title in seven years in superb style. United had a healthy lead but a chronic run of injuries cost them and Wenger's heavily Dutch/French looking Arsenal reeled them in. They had the title won with two games left, and proceeded to phone in their final two performances, losing both and giving the table a deceptively close look at the end.
There was some drama at the bottom as Everton draw 1-1 with Coventry to stave off relegation and send Bolton down on goal difference. Both Barnsley and Crystal Palace were doomed well before the finale.
A dreary title race was settled well before the end, despite the fact that United mustered the lowest points total ever amassed by the eventual champions. Liverpool were their nearest challengers, but their 2-1 loss at Selhurst Park meant the League was done before we got to May.
A different story at the other end as Coventry escaped the drop after unexpectedly beating Spurs on the final day. This meant Middlesbrough, who had spent big and had shown touching faith in Bryan Robson, went down after losing 1-0 at Elland Road. They had also been deducted three points at Christmas for failing to fulfil a fixture, a penalty which ultimately cost them. Sunderland looked to be safe on the final day, but their 1-0 loss to Wimbledon combined with Coventry's win sent them back to Division 1.
A reverse of the 1997/98 season, as Manchester United overhaul an Arsenal side who looked to be cantering towards the title and lead by 8 points at the start of March. United's win was almost on a par with their more heralded comeback in 1995/96. The League was wrapped up before the final day after Arsenal lost 3-2 at home to relegation dodgers Leeds.
West Brom and Sunderland were both gone well before the end of spring and the excitement was all centred on 'too good to go down' West Ham's race to avoid the drop. Without wanting to sound heartless they were given a lifeline by Glenn Roeder's health problems, as their incompetent manager had to be replaced by caretaker Trevor Brooking. This may be hard to believe for anyone watched Match of the Day during the 90s, but Brooking clearly had some inspirational impact on the Hammers and they won two of their final three games. However a 2-2 draw at Birmingham, combined with Bolton's home victory over Middlesbrough sent them down.