Only six points separated the top nine teams and Bob Jackson's Portsmouth won their second title in a row on goal difference after they and Wolves both finished on 53 points. Portsmouth's goal difference was plus 36 nine better than that of Wolves.
Leeds needed only a draw from their final game against Wolves to win the title, but they lost 2-1, meaning manager Brian Clough had led Derby to their first league title win. The players learned the news while on holiday in Majorca, having gone away after finishing their fixture list.
Legend: Brian Clough led Derby to their first league title win in 1972
The top two teams met on the final day of the season, with Arsenal needing to beat Liverpool at Anfield by at least two goals to win the league. A last-minute goal from Michael Thomas gave the Gunners a 2-0 win and their ninth title.
Last-gasp: David Rocastle (right) and Michael Thomas with the First Division Championship trophy
Kenny Dalglish ended Blackburn Rovers' 81-year wait for the title, though Liverpool beat them 2-1 on the last day of the season. Manchester United would have won if they had beaten West Ham, but drew 1-1 at Upton Park.
Long time coming: Kenny Dalglish won the title with Blackburn Rovers
Manchester United and Chelsea both entered their final matches on 84 points, with United ahead on goal difference. Sir Alex Ferguson ensured United became champions for the 10th time in their history with a 2-0 win over Wigan, while Chelsea could only draw 1-1 at home to Bolton.
Party time: Manchester United celebrate pipping Chelsea to the Premier League title
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