Live Blog: Premier League Final Day

It’s finally here. This is what we’ve all been waiting for. The final day of the Premier League season. Cue the TV footage of football supporters biting their nails, heads in hands, young children crying and fans frozen in their seats even after the final whistle.

And, of course, we cannot forget the jubilant supporters singing, dancing and crying tears of joy as their team stays up.

Today, to celebrate the battle at the top and bottom of the Premier League, Paul Bestall will be hosting a live blog to bring you all of the highs and lows of the action. Feel free to post your comments before, during and after the matches to share your insight, observations, fears and stories of joy.

The live blog starts here at 10:45am ET/3:45pm BST.

Afternoon everyone, so we’re counting down for the final kick off of the Premiership season, and the team news is filtering through now. So a deep breath and we’ll begin:

United’s team is probably bad news for Newscastle fans: Kuszczak, Rafael Da Silva, Neville, Brown, De Laet, Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Welbeck, Martin, Macheda.

Owen and Smith make the bench for the Geordies but Beye doesn’t make it all unfortunately, Chelsea have no Frank Lampard in the side and no doubt Sunderland won’t be too sad to see that.

Omens wise, Manchester United have never won a league game at Hull City, oddly the last time Mongolia went to the elections on a weekend, Newcastle beat Villa 3-0 and Sunderland have never won their last match of a Premiership season. Meanwhile Boro were the last team to beat West Ham on the closing day of the season!

15:58. The teams are coming out up and down the country, and were on the threshold of the kick offs up and down England. It’s a beautiful day over here too, so even the sun’s come out to see what happens.

16:00. Shearer has taken his seat, applauding the fans as he goes! We’ve kicked off at Villa Park and Sunderland but Hull are a minute behind!!!

16:01. Early run from Agbonlahor and Villa are cutting through Newcastle at will far too early for Geordie fans

16:05. Hmm, Villa fans are singing very rude songs toward Alan Shearer, meanwhile Hull are having a lot of early pressure against United!

16:07. Coloccini is having a mare! Newcastle fans will be hoping it’s just early nerves!!

16:09. No goals so far in any Premiership games, so it’s as you stood at kick off so far. Ooo, Drogba had a good chance at Sunderland, but missed. Phew!

16:11. Hull are making all the early running but Duff has a great chance for Newcastle, great save from Friedel! Villa have a lucky escape, clearing off the line. Great spell of pressure from Newcastle Manchester City have just taken the lead thru Caicedo.

16:15. Wow, Martins has a great chance, but just snatches at it. He’s linking up well with Viduka. Arsenal take the lead at the Emirates. Beattie own goal!

16:18. No news in the chase for Europa League football so far, all the games are 0-0. I doubt that the score will stay like that at Villa Park though, someone has to take one of the chances at either end soon enough.

16:20. Are Stoke on the beach already? Arsenal are now 2-0 up and Gardner almost gives Villa the lead!

16:22. Villa are now pushing Newcastle back, and Steve Harper has just had to make two excellent saves

16:24. Arsenal are rampant at the moment, 3-0 now after Van Persie made it 2-0, Diaby getting the goal

16:26. Ballacks coming on for Chelsea and Manchester United have scored. 1-0 Gibson!!!

16:27. Well it was a great goal from Gibson and at the moment, Hull are going down! A 30 yard screamer and the Hull fans look shocked!

16:29. Wigan take the lead against Pompey, Hugo Rodellaga makes it 1-0. Ballack has replaced Beletti

16:35. Welbeck has just shot wide and Torres has just given Liverpool the lead! :(

16:36. Geovanni wastes a free kick and Steven Taylor just picked up a silly booking for the Newcastle. Marcheda misses and opportunity for United, when Martin was probably in a better position. Blimey, Andy Dawson stings the hands of Krusjcak. Fuller has pulled a goal back for Stoke and West Ham have taken the lead against Boro. Villa have just taken the lead, a deflected Barry shot, so Newcastle have dropped back into the bottom 3!

16:38: Carlton Cole has scored for the Hammers, and the odd scene of Manchester United fans celebrating the Villa equaliser!

16:42. Another great chance for Agbonlahor goes just wide, Newcastle are rocking here. Arsenal have just hit a fourth at the Emirates, Van Persie gets another and Everton have taken the lead at Craven Cottage!

16:49. Martins misses another chance for the Geordies just before the half time whistle. It’s half time at Hull and Sunderland and the bottom 5 are exactly where they were at 4pm. The goal at Villa Park is now credited to a Damien Duff own goal.

16:52. Phew! Half time then and still too close to chose. It’s still tight at every game, with the exception of Arsenal who seem to have put there final game of the season to bed. An early goal in the second half at Villa Park or Hull, could change everything. What a massive 45 minutes we face!!

16:56. Apparently Newcastle were out of the bottom 3 for 13 minutes. Talk about omens!

17:00. Let’s see if we can manage to get all the games kicking off on time, Hull were a minute behind in the first half, so hopefully we’ll all kick off on time for the second half.

17:01. Arsenal have had 8 excellent chances by all accounts and the naughty Spurs fans won’t sit down no matter how loud the announcer at Anfield requests them to do so!!

17:05. It’s how the teams handle there nerves now, Is it time to chuck Owen on straight away? Looks like Middlesbrough only have 45 minutes left in Premiership and Hull can’t rely on the score not changing.

17:07: We’ve kicked off everywhere again.

17:08. Anelka scores for Chelsea, taking the lead in the race for the Premiership top scorer, with 19 now. What a wonderful goal, .smashing it home from 25 yards. Super goal

17:10. Newcastle still look like there in the dressing room, not good for Geordie nerves. Gary O’Neill has equalised for Middlesbrough, so 1-1 at Upton Park.

17:12. Richardson equalises at the Stadium of Light, so 1-1 now for Sunderland too.

17:14. Newcastle look so shaky at the moment, they seem to be bereft of any confidence. Villa are attacking in waves now. Folan has come on for Hull to try and get something for the Tigers.

17:15. Shearer looks like to make a change but he’s bring on Jose Enrique? Martins looks finished out there too. Enrique is coming on for the invisible Lovenkrands at Villa Park. Oh dear, it’s a bit of a shocker for Boro goalie Brad Jones too.

17:22. If Villa get a second, it could be all over for Newcastle. They escape a good handball shout too.

17:25. Newcastle seem to have woken up a bit, but Villa are pressing them back again after a bried flurry of activity in Villa’s penalty box.

17:26. Liverpool 2-0 up now, Dirk Kyut gets a goal off Alan Hutton. Owen’s on for Kevin Nolan, could he do it?

17:30. coming into the final 20 minutes now. Hull are pressing for an equaliser at the moment. Oh my goodness, Gareth Barry misses a great chance to make it 2-0.

17:32. Elvis is urging Hull City on at the KC Stadium, well, someone dressed as Elvis anyway. Red card for Jason Roberts for Blackburn

17:33. Kalou makes it 2-1 for Chelsea against Sunderland.Another great goal for Chelsea.

17:35. Viduka is off, for Ameobi and Heskey has come on for Villa.

17:37. Last 15 minutes now, it’s do or die time for Newcastle if they want to be in the Premiership next season, but they look so flat.

17:39. Oo, Robbie Keane gets a goal at Anfield and Carew misses a sitter! Good lord.

17:41: Phil Brown is certianly going for it, Daniel Cousin is coming on for Hull and they are coming closer to a chance.

17:43. Liverpool get a third and close the door on the Europa League for Spurs, Benayoun.

17:45. Hull are having a lot of pressure, but Chelsea hit a third, from Ashley Cole!!!

17:46. Newcastle fans are trying to sing the lads home, but the players are struggling to impose themselves. Ameobi has their first shot of the second half, but it’s high and wide.

17:49 Everton go 2-0 at Fulham, Osman with his second.

17:51. Sunderland pull a goal back, Jones with the goal

17:52. It’s injury time at Villa Park now, and Newcastle head a chance over the bar. It’s desperate stuff from the Geordies.

17:55. time is running away from Newcastle here and Edgar has been sent off. It’s all gone wrong for Newcastle today.


17:57. Lots of fans crying in the away end at Villa Park, sad day for those fans. MIDDLESBROUGH ARE RELEGATED.


17:59. Shearer looks devestated as you’d expect. The fans at Hull and Sunderland are going mad. They’re safe for next season.

18:00. It’s all over then, Newcastle just couldn’t find the goal they needed to save themselves. I’m sure the next few days will see some hand wringing, but that’s it. Thank you for your company and hope you’ve tried to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s going to be a very interesting Summer in Newcastle.

38 thoughts on “Live Blog: Premier League Final Day”

  1. I’ll be watching Newcastle live. I can’t believe how close they are to going down. But does anyone know why the Liverpool/Tottenham game will not be shown at all, even on delay?

  2. Steve Banyard and David Pleat commentating the international feed for the Villa v Newcastle game. Coloccini is going to have a tough time today trying to keep Villa at bay.

    The Gaffer

  3. Coloccini cost 9.1 million pounds – if he does anything to help keep Newcastle up he will have been, well, maybe not worth it, but at least it won’t have been the whole 9.1 million thrown away.

  4. Why does Fox Soccer Channel have the Hull Man Utd game on an almost 5 minute delay??

    This is ridiculous!

    Perfect example of this is, while watching both the Villa v Toon and Hull v Man Utd matches simultaneously, I found out that Man Utd had scored thanks to the commentators in the Villa game. I then had to wait 5 minutes to see the goal on Fox.

    C’mon Fox. Don’t ruin our Premier League finale!

  5. Well the trapdoor is wide open for ‘boro. West ham lead through carlton cole. Incidentally i reckon shearer may be happier with man utds team selection young gibson has scored a peach! Oh and the magpies now trail.

  6. Its been a pretty feeble effort from Boro at Upton Park. Absolutely toothless going forward and a terrible goal conceded at the back. Tony McMahon is so bad it makes me hurt.

    At least Newcastle are losing.

  7. And now we see the Hull fans cheering at the news that Newcastle are losing — 5 minutes later than when it actually happened. Thanks Fox. Grrr!

    Right now, Boro and Newcastle are going down.

    Hull, to me, have shown enough promise today to deserve an equalizer. Quite a few decent chances.

    Newcastle, too, are worthy of an equalizer. They’re showing the fight today and are looking very dangerous in front of the Villa goal.

  8. The audio on the international feed es ever so slightly ahead of the pictures – at least for me here in Tokyo. Offputting!

  9. Well people thought i’d keep you company at half-time. I have to agree with Matthew R, Boro are garbage and summed up their season – Can’t defend basics and toothless up front. They are doomed. Hope we are all enjoying this fantastic final day as much as I am. It’s great to be a neutral, unlike me in May 2007 at Bramall Lane…

  10. FSC are a bunch of amateurs. I’m sorry but if the Serie A game runs over, then you cut your losses and show the Hull game on time since this is the one week of the season where all the games start at the same time, and EVERYONE wants to know whats going on in real time. They better fix this by only having a 10 minute half time.

  11. It is pretty lame that Fox is running 5 full minutes behind the feeed I am watching online.

    What a nutty 2nd half as fireworks are going off as Sunderland just drew even on Chelsea and Boro just drew even with West Ham.

    I am rocking the United/Hull game on the TV. I have a laptop streaming VIlla/Newcastle and Sunderland/Chelsea. The laptop I am typing on I have West Ham and Boro airing.

    Trying to follow 4 games at 1 time is hard enough though if I really tried I am sure I could find the Europa Cup games but I actually want to be able to type on this computer while I use it.

  12. Is anyone else waiting for Shearer to rip off his suit and insert himself into the game to try and save the day. If I was him I would have put my name on the team sheet even though he hasn’t played for a few years. I would have loved to have seen Shearer in his kit going down with the Magpie Ship on the pitch though I am going to giggle seeing him in his suit as a LOSER if his team can muster a goal to save themselves from the depths of the Championship.

    Hey Gaffer how about my boy Nigel Adkins leading Scunthorpe up to the Championship today? I am telling you he has an interesting story to tell going from Team Physio to Manager to promotion then to relegation and finally promoted once again.

  13. I’m stunned. Newcastle fails to get an equalizer and get relegated alongside Boro. Hull stay up.

    Today sees the end of the Newcastle legacy. Ray Hudson must be devastated.

    Thanks Paul for the live blog.

  14. The latest podcast spoke on how after the big 4 the Prem lacks quality. Today is a good example. How many teams “achieved” by losing. I love Fulham but losing 2-0 to Everton(a good squad) makes you fit for Europe? Hull celebrates a defeat because it stays up. Come on guys, if your Hull or Sunderland your not singing and rejoicing, your walking off with your head down and saying we have work to do. The futrue of the Prem calls for a change of attitude. Summer chat for all of us.

  15. What a disappointing last round. All 4 threatened teams played against top 10 sides which had absolutely nothing to play for. United even pulled a third string team.
    It seemed like the gap in quality is huge!…maybe the Premier League should relegate 4-5 teams. I don’t think Hull/Sunderland, even Pompey deserved to stay up this season…Newcastle may just skip down a division and go to League 1: they are that bad!!!
    Had high hopes, but it turned out to be an anticlimactic finish…Outside the top 4 (sorry Villa, the last 2 months you were disgustingly awful) the Premier League is no better than Holland, Russia, Germany, etc.
    The Spanish Primera seems to have a much more balanced competition. Even the Bundesliga looks appealing after the awful football we saw today from the bottom teams in the Premier League…

  16. The issue with the bottom the 5 clubs this season was that none of them had gone on a recent run that inspired confidence within themselves. Usually someone goes on a run to try and give themselves a chance, but no-one did this year.
    I wasn’t surprised that they all lost, too many nerves and not enough quality, which gave us the end that we got.
    Newcastle seemed resigned to their fate well before it happened, which must have been galling.

  17. paul bestall,
    i agree that all these teams preformed like chapionship teams on the last day of the season and all through the season and if there was 5 religation places in the premiership then they would have all gone down they all do deserve to go down with the way they have preformed in the devison this season and i dont blame ricky s for quitting sunderland . no offence to these teams but you are all at devison 2 level….

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