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Monday 16 April 2012

Premier League 20 Seasons Awards: Best Season

Take a look at the nominees for the Best Season in Premier League history

The Premier League has provided unbelievable intrigue, stories and excitement during the past two decades.

A panel of leading football figures, journalists and commentators will vote for the Best Season in the history of the Premier League.

These are the six campaigns that made it on to the shortlist:

1994/95

Blackburn Rovers were crowned champions on the final day of the season as they pipped Manchester United by a single point. Newly-promoted Nottingham Forest finished third to achieve their highest Premier League finish - and equal Newcastle United's record for a team coming into the top-flight in the Premier League era. The season yielded the biggest ever Premier League win, Manchester United's 9-0 thrashing of Ipswich Town, who were relegated along with Leicester City, Norwich City and Crystal Palace.

Champions: Blackburn Rovers
Points (Champions): 89
Points gap (1st and 2nd): 1
Average points for top four: 82
Points for bottom club (Ipswich Town): 27
Average points for the bottom four: 36
Points range (top to bottom): 62
Goals: 1,195
Average goals per match: 2.59
Goalless draws: 51
Highest scoring match: Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town (March 4th 1995)
(NB – this was the final season in which 22 teams competed – each playing 42 matches)

Golden Boot: Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers), 34 goals
FWA Footballer of the Year: Jurgen Klinsmann (Tottenham Hotspur)
PFA Player of the Year: Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)
PFA Team of the Year: Tim Flowers; Rob Jones; Gary Pallister; Colin Hendry; Graeme Le Saux; Tim Sherwood; Matt Le Tissier; Paul Ince; Jurgen Klinsmann; Chris Sutton, Alan Shearer

1995/96

Manchester United and Newcastle United fought a titanic battle for the Premier League title, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side emerging on top after clawing back a 10-point lead which Kevin Keegan's men held at Christmas. It was an excellent year for English strikers, with Alan Shearer's 31 goals just edging him ahead of Liverpool's Robbie Fowler (28) and Newcastle's Les Ferdinand (25). Bolton Wanderers were relegated, along with Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City - with Coventry City and Southampton both surviving on goal difference alone.

Champions: Manchester United
Points (Champions): 82
Points gap (1st and 2nd): 4
Average points for top four: 74
Points for bottom club (Bolton Wanderers): 29
Average points for the bottom four: 35
Points range (top to bottom): 53
Goals: 988
Average goals per match: 2.60
Goalless draws: 27
Highest scoring match: Sheffield Wednesday 6-2 Leeds United (December 16th 1995)

Golden Boot: Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) 31 goals
FWA Footballer of the Year: Eric Cantona (Manchester United)
PFA Player of the Year: Les Ferdinand (Newcastle United)
PFA Team of the Year: David James; Gary Neville; Tony Adams; Ugo Ehiogu; Alan Wright; Steve Stone; Rob Lee; Ruud Gullit; David Ginola; Les Ferdinand; Alan Shearer

1997/98

Arsenal claimed their first title in the Premier League with a stunning finish as they beat Manchester United to top spot. The Gunners won 14 out of 16 League matches from the turn of the year until they clinched the title with a 4-0 win over Everton at Highbury on May 3rd. To cap their brilliant campaign, Arsenal also won the FA Cup. At the other end of the table, Everton dramatically retained their top-flight status only on goal difference from Bolton Wanderers.

Champions: Arsenal
Points (Champions): 78
Points gap (1st and 2nd): 1
Average points for top four: 71
Points for bottom club (Crystal Palace): 33
Average points for the bottom four: 37
Points range (top to bottom): 45
Goals: 1,019
Average goals per match: 2.68
Goalless draws: 33
Highest scoring match: Blackburn Rovers 7-2 Sheffield Wednesday (August 25th 1997)

Golden Boot: Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers), Michael Owen (Liverpool), Dion Dublin (Coventry City) 18 goals
FWA Footballer of the Year: Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
PFA Player of the Year: Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
PFA Team of the Year: Nigel Martyn; Gary Neville; Gary Pallister; Colin Hendry; Graeme Le Saux; David Beckham; Nicky Butt; David Batty; Ryan Giggs; Michael Owen; Dennis Bergkamp

1998/99

Manchester United's wonderful treble-winning exploits live in the memory, but there was enormous drama in the climax to the Premier League season. United trailed to Tottenham Hotspur in their final match of the season knowing that if they failed to win, Arsenal would be champions by beating Aston Villa - but Sir Alex Ferguson's side hit back, rendering the Gunners' own victory meaningless. United beat Nottingham Forest 8-1 away in what remains the largest win on the road in Premier League history, and Forest ended up bottom, relegated with Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic.

Champions: Manchester United
Points (Champions): 79
Points gap (1st and 2nd): 1
Average points for top four: 75
Points for bottom club (Nottingham Forest): 30
Average points for the bottom four: 36
Points range (top to bottom): 49
Goals: 959
Average goals per match: 2.52
Goalless draws: 49
Highest scoring match: Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United (February 6th 1999)

Golden Boot: Dwight Yorke (Manchester United), Michael Owen (Liverpool), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United) 18 goals
FWA Footballer of the Year: David Ginola (Tottenham Hotspur)
PFA Player of the Year: David Ginola (Tottenham Hotspur)
PFA Team of the Year: Nigel Martyn; Gary Neville; Sol Campbell; Jaap Stam; Denis Irwin; David Beckham; Emmanuel Petit; Patrick Vieira; David Ginola; Dwight Yorke; Nicolas Anelka

2004/05

Chelsea swept all before them as they stormed to the title, setting a new points record of 95 in the process, and winning more matches (29) and conceding fewer goals (15) than any other team in Premier League history. At the other end, it was a very different story, with no side definitely relegated ahead of the final round of matches. In the end, after a day of hugely contrasting emotions, West Bromwich Albion survived – the first team to do so after having been bottom at Christmas – with Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Southampton going down.

Champions: Chelsea
Points (Champions): 95
Points gap (1st and 2nd): 12
Average points for top four: 79
Points for bottom club (Southampton): 32
Average points for the bottom four: 33
Points range (top to bottom): 63
Goals: 975
Average goals per match: 2.57
Goalless draws: 30
Highest scoring match: Tottenham Hotspur 4-5 Arsenal (November 13th 2004)

Golden Boot: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 25 goals
FWA Footballer of the Year: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
PFA Player of the Year: John Terry (Chelsea)
PFA Team of the Year: Petr Cech; Gary Neville; John Terry, Rio Ferdinand; Ashley Cole; Shaun Wright-Phillips; Steven Gerrard; Frank Lampard; Arjen Robben; Andrew Johnson; Thierry Henry

2007/08

The Premier League drama went all the way to the end of the season with both the title and relegation issues settled on the final day. Manchester United ended up triumphant, winning on the final day of the campaign when they knew that Chelsea would pip them if the Blues bettered their result. At the bottom, Fulham survived by virtue of a better goal difference than Reading, who went down, along with Birmingham and Derby County. And there were some eye-catching results during the season, not least Portsmouth’s 7-4 win over Reading – the highest scoring match in Premier League history.

Champions: Manchester United
Points (Champions): 87
Points gap (1st and 2nd): 2
Average points for top four: 83
Points for bottom club (Derby County): 11
Average points for the bottom four: 30
Points range (top to bottom): 76
Goals: 1,002
Average goals per match: 2.64
Goalless draws: 26
Highest scoring match: Portsmouth 7-4 Reading (September 29th 2007)

Golden Boot: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 31 goals
FWA Footballer of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
PFA Player of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
PFA Team of the Year: David James; Bacary Sagna; Rio Ferdinand; Nemanja Vidic; Gael Clichy; Cristiano Ronaldo; Steven Gerrard; Cesc Fabregas; Ashley Young; Emmanuel Adebayor; Fernando Torres

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Key Points

  • Premier League is celebrating 20 Seasons
  • Awards for the greatest stars and best moments in Premier League history
  • An expert panel will decide on the Best Season award
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