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Premier League 2004/2005 Official Review (DVD)
Premier League 2004/2005 Official Review (DVD)

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July 2005
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Re-live the excitement that is the Barclays Premier League in this month-by-month rundown of all the highs and lows from the 2004/2005 season.

Even by Premier League standards, this was quite an incredible season, when:
Arsenal broke the League unbeaten record of 42 games, previously held by Nottingham Forest, and finished on 49 unbeaten, finally being halted at Old Trafford by arch rivals Manchester United.

Brian Clough, who had steered Forest to the previous record, sadly died, aged 69.

There was the usual managerial merry-go-round: At Southampton, Paul Sturrock was replaced by his assistant, Steve Wigley, who was in turn replaced by Harry Redknapp - who, himself, had walked out on rivals Portsmouth soon after winning Manager of the Month there! At Newcastle United, Sir Bobby Robson was replaced by Graeme Souness, whose vacant position at Blackburn was then filled by Wales manager Mark Hughes. At West Bromwich Albion, Gary Megson's relationship with Chairman Jeremy Peace completely broke down, and he was replaced (against the wishes of the majority of Baggies fans) by former Albion legend Bryan Robson. At Tottenham Hotspur Jacques Santini was replaced by his assistant, Martin Jol. And, Kevin Keegan left Manchester City with Stuart Pearce confirmed as his replacement.

Delia Smith staged a one-chef half time pitch invasion, with the now immortal lines of "Where are you? Let's be 'aving you! Come on!"

Alan Shearer reversed his decision to retire and then had to watch an on-pitch fight break out between team-mates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer.

American tycoon, Malcolm Glazer, took control of Manchester United.

Chelsea clinched the title in their centenary year, finishing on a record 95 points and an unprecedented 29 wins. Arsenal finished as runners-up, Manchester United third, and Everton attaining the final Champions' League place in 4th - an incredible achievement after only just avoiding relegation the previous season.

The UEFA Cup slots were filled by Liverpool (who may be palying Champions' League football next season), Bolton Wanderers, and Middlesbrough, who clinched 7th position on the final day of the season with a draw at fellow UEFA Cup hopefuls Manchester City

As expected, all three promoted teams - Norwich, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace - plus Southampton were the final contenders for relegation. Incredibly on the last day of the season - 'Survival Sunday' - no team had yet been relegated (that was a 'first' in Premier League history). Of course, Albion, having been bottom at Christmas as well as bottom at the start of the day had no chance of survival...but, thanks to a late Jonathan Fortune equaliser for Charlton against Crystal Palace, Albion had amazingly completed the 'Great Escape'; arguably the Greatest Escape!

There were memorable games too - Arsenal 5-4 Spurs and Norwich 4-4 Middlesbrough immediately stand out.

All this, plus goals galore, interviews and highlights, can be enjoyed on this official 2004/2005 season review.

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