THE LIST: The top 50 best things about the Premier League season 2008/09
18 May 2009 02:54
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As this Premier League season skips towards its climax, Sportsmail's team of experts remembers the top 50 best things about England's top division this term.
Manchester United have been crowned champions once again (yawn, yawn). The top four remain just that. And the famous footballing region that is the North-East has descended into crisis.
It's not all doom and gloom, though. Great goals, terrific tackles and mad managers all make this seasonal review.
But have the team here at Sportsmail HQ got it right? Have we missed a trick?
Has your most memorable moment been overlooked? Be sure to join the debate and have your say.
50. Phil Brown's Janet Jackson-esque earpiece. Sportsmail appreciates that Hull's world-renowned telephonecompany Kingston Communications have the naming rights to the club'sstadium but, surely, someone at Hull City could nip down to Dixons andgrab him a less ridiculous looking means of communicating with hisback-room team.
Not cool, Phil, really not cool.
49. Amr Zaki's volley at AnfieldWigan's Egypt striker Amr Zaki was being hailed as the 'find of the season' after his bicycle-kicked second goal at Anfiedl in October.
It was a truly wonderful strike in a pulsating game, which finished 3-2, thanks to Dirk Kuyt.
Zaki has since fallen out with Latics boss Steve Bruce, mainly for his tardy return from international duty.
48. David Moyes being forced to sit with Stoke fans after being sent to the stands at Britannia StadiumEnlarge The box seat: David Moyes joins Stoke supporters in the stands
The pictures say it all. Everton manager David Moyes is sent to the stands during his side's 3-2 triumph at the Britannia in September.
The fearless Toffees' boss is forced to join some rather potty Potters' fans and the whole episode is carried out in welcome good humour.
Unlike the action on the pitch.
47. Stephen Ireland's emergence as one of the Barclays Premier League's best midfielders Manchester City spent £34million on a superstar last summer.
And while that particular Brazil forward failed to show up to the party,Stephen Ireland was found - metaphorically - in the kitchen keeping allthe guests entertained.
The 22-year-old spent last summer getting fighting fit with amarshal arts expert. City should have paid that man £34m, becauseIreland has been sensational this season.
He can see a pass, scores goals and runs and runs and runs. He's been fantastic. End of.
46. Harry Redknapp suggesting his 'missus' could've scored Darren Bent's missed chance against PortsmouthMan and wife: Harry Redknapp with wife Sandra Redknapp
Tottenham boss Redknapp famously claimed 'my missus could have scored it' when striker Darren Bentmissed a golden chance to grab a late winner against Portsmouth atWhite Hart Lane in January.
We're sure son Jamie would have stuck it away, Harry, but Mrs might just have had her work cut out.
Still, game old Harry later regretted it and the punters lapped it up. Brilliant stuff.
45. King and Windass come to blows outside a Scarborough casino. Yes, you read that correctly.
A casino. In ScarboroughThe first signs that the wheels were coming off Hull City's season appeared back in November when strikers Marlon King and Dean Windass were reportedly fighting like Tigers with each other outside a Scarborough casino.
The warring pair were reported to have fallenout during a night out, when King - now on loan at Boro - is alleged to have butted veteran Windassfollowing a drinking session.
No trendy Soho nightspot for these two duffers. Oh no, theYorkshire coast seafront in mid-autumn is where men are made and (HullCity's) season was broken.
44. Agbonlahor's quick-fire hat-trick against Man CityCrash, bang, whallop - Villa go 4-1 up against Manchester City afterGabby Agbonlahor rattles in three goals inside seven minutes in theAugust sunshine.
The game finished 4-2 after a late Vedran Corluka strike but the limelight and match ball were all Agbonlahor's.
43. Joe Kinnear referring to Newcastle defender Charles N'Zogbia as 'Charles Insomnia'No ordinary Joe: Interim Toon boss Kinnear
There's something wonderfully old school about Joe Kinnear.
Football - and especially lists like these - need characters like the off-sick interim Newcastle manager.
And in January, we were all reminded why.
In a television interview, Kinnear referred to the Frenchman as'insomnia', sparking a row between the Newcastle manager and hisplayer.
N'Zogbia has since transferred to WIgan and Kinnear is recovering from heart surgery. Get well soon, Joe.
42. Edwin van der Sar's clean sheets recordManchester United were well used to a Dutch Master tapping them infrom four yards on a regular basis - remember Ruud van Nistelrooy? Butthe Red Devils' most recent hero from Holland is Edwin van der Sar -stopper extraordinaire.
On 27 January 2009, Van der Sar helped set a new club and PremierLeague record for consecutive clean sheets - the club's 5-0 win overWest Bromwich Albion meant that they had gone 11 games and 1,032minutes without conceding a goal, beating the previous record of 10matches and 1,025 minutes set by Petr Čech in 2005.
Van der Sar, 38, went on extend his record to 1,302 minutes,breaking Jose Maria Buljubasich's single-season world record of 1,289minutes, set in the Chilean Clausura in 2005.
United's goalkepper's run ended on March 4 when Peter Lovenkrandsbeat him for Newcastle. In total, Van der Sar had gone 1,311 minuteswithout conceding a goal in the League.
41. Aston Villa's win at ArsenalWay back in November, Martin O'Neill's plucky band of (mostly)British young talent hinted at a shift in Premier League power with a2-0 win at Arsenal.
A Gael Clichy own goal on 70 minutes and a Gabby Agbonlahor strike 10 minutes later made the footballing world sit up and takenotice and the 'Top Four' threated to become the 'Famous Five'.
Sadly for neutrals Villa's new kids on the block slipped down the league table almost as quickly as. well, as the actual New Kids OnThe Block dropped down the Nineties' pop charts.