THE LIST: The top 50 best things about the Premier League season 2008/09

19 May 2009 03:52
HAVE YOUR SAY.     What are your best bits of this Premier League season? This campaign has been a rollercoaster ride at both ends of the table, but which incidents stand out for you? Sportsmail's team of experts have had their say - do you agree with them? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK As this Barclays 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 topfour remain just that. And the famous footballing region that is theNorth-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. Read Nos 50-41 40 Spurs rooted to the foot of the table What a start. Eight Premier League games in and things could only get better. Except for Juande Ramos. The Spaniard (right) was put out of his misery less than a year into his Spurs reign and the domino effect reached the south coast (see No 39). Premier League giants Stoke and Hull had already beaten Spurs although they had enjoyed a Carling Cup win over the mighty Newcastle and a UEFA Cup triumph against no-time winners Wisla Krakow. What a start indeed. 39 Harry Redknapp quitting Portsmouth for SpursRedknapp resigned from his post on the Friday night and was in the dugout at White Hart Lane the following day to oversee Spurs' first Premier League victory of the season - a 2-0 success against Bolton. The whole episode reeked of high drama but Pompey took it on the chin and injected a bit of comedy by naming Tony Adams as Redknapp's replacement. 38 Aston Villa's slumpThe FA Cup defeat to Everton on February 15 signalled the beginning of the end for Villa. Martin O'Neill's side had won at Blackburn the week before but they had to wait until May 4 for their next victory - against free-falling Hull. Still, they did a fantastic job of keeping fourth place warm for Arsenal. 37 Rooney using Fulham corner flag as a punchbagRooney marred his 150th outing in a United shirt with two late bookings - one for a foul and the other for throwing the ball away - in a 2-0 defeat at Fulham. Home fans waved as Rooney headed for the tunnel but when the corner flag joined in Rooney lost the plot and decked it. Some observers blamed the wind but the flag has maintained a dignified silence ever since, so I guess we'll never know. 36 David Bentley's 50-yard goal against ArsenalMost Bentley owners take them out and show them off only on rare occassions and Tottenham are no different. The £15million signing from Blackburn has done next to nothing this season but his wonder strike against his former club Arsenal was the pick of the bunch in an amazing eight-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium last October. 35 Stoke beating Arsenal 2-1Arsenal players trudged back to London with their tails between their legs after Stoke took their dinner money off them and shoved their face in the playground puddles just for good measure. The Gunners couldn't cope with Stoke's physical approach or Rory Delap's long throws and their misery was compounded by injuries to Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott. Plenty there for Arsene Wenger to moan about and the Frenchman didn't let us down. 34 Ryan Giggs Anyone old enough to have scored in every Premier League season should be slowing down a bit but, at 35, Giggs is performing like a player half his age. United's record holder for the most appearances has just picked up the PFA Player of the Year award for the first time despite only starting a handful of Premier League games. The Welshman has been a squad regular in all competitions - the most dependable of weapons for Fergie. 33 Chelsea's last-gasp victory over StokeTwo goals in the last two minutes sickened Stoke at Stamford Bridge in January and Frank Lampard, who lashed home the winner, celebrated by insisting: 'We're all behind the boss.' Obviously quite a way behind as Luiz Felipe Scolari only lasted another three weeks as Chelsea boss. 32 Roy Hodgson's history-making season at FulhamFulham avoided relegation on the final day of last season but Hodgson has never looked back after his great escape. One of the best sides in the top flight in front of their own fans, the Cottagers are on the brink of a place in Europe with their highest-ever points total. 31 Manchester United beating Chelsea 3-0'Remember that corner.' It's not often you hear these words after a game but when Wayne Rooney rolled the ball into and then out of the quadrant, walked away and allowed Ryan Giggs to take it in before crossing for Cristiano Ronaldo to score, you had to admire the shear cheek of it.

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