Hull’s 1-0 victory over Bristol City yesterday settled the final line-up for the 2008-09 season, putting a full stoop on a memorable nine months of Premier League and UEFA Champions League Football.
Dean Windass’s sweet volley ensured that the Yorkshire city, the biggest metropolis in Europe without a top-flight football club, would host Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United next season.
The undisputed team of the season was the Ronaldo-powered Man Utd, who, on Wednesday, completed the Champions League and Premier League double with a stirring victory over Chelsea.
The Red Devils dominated the first-half in Moscow, with a powerful header from Ronlado giving them a 1-0 lead but the game swung in Chelsea’s favour in the 44th minute when a fortunate Frank Lampard levelled just before the break.
Chelsea were undoubtedly the best side in the second half but despite hitting the woodwork went down on penalties after John Terry and Nicolas Anelka missed form 12-yards.
And United could have had their hands on the treble if it wasn’t for an Portsmouth impressive rear guard display at Old Trafford in the quarter final of the FA Cup gave them a shock 0-1 reverse.
Steeled by the victory, Pompey went on to lift the trophy defeating Cardiff at Wembley by a single goal becoming the first side outside of the big four to lift the trophy since Everton in 1995.
The last day of the Premier League season was equally dramatic with Man Utd sealing a hard-fought and controversial 2-0 victory over Wigan to seal the title.
Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw Bolton forcing them to settle for second place, finishing two points behind the Red Devils.
And at the bottom, Brimingham City and Reading joined Derby County in the Championship after a miraculous Fulham comeback, inspired by Roy Hodgson, saw the Cottagers secure the Premier League status on the final day of the season.
Champions: Manchester United
Relegated: Reading, Birmingham City and Derby County
Promoted: West Brom, Stoke City and Hull