The Real Footie Analyst

Famous top flight title dreams that turned into nightmares

kevin-keeganThe following is taken from the Telegraph, which I just had to share now that we’re approaching the end of a long EPL season.

Newcastle United: 1995-1996
Lead: 12 pts.
Final position: 2nd.

The most spectacular collapse of all, as a 12-point gap in January was whittled away by Manchester United – cue Kevin Keegan’s famous “I’d love it if we could beat them” rant after some Alex Ferguson mind games.

Manchester United: 1991-1992
Lead: 6pts.
Final position: 2nd.

Having enjoyed a comfortable lead, United entered the title run-in a point behind Leeds with two games in hand, but they were undone by a cruel schedule of four matches in six days, from which they emerged with just one win.

Manchester City: 1971-1972
Lead: 5 pts.
Final position: 4th.

Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee propelled City into pole position in the old First Division but the £200,000 signing of Rodney Marsh from QPR heralded a collapse and City were overtaken by Derby County, Leeds and Liverpool.

Arsenal: 2002-2003
Lead: 8 points.
Final position: 2nd.

Arsenal led the table by eight points but surrendered the title to Manchester United with three games of remaining. The turning point came at Bolton in April when Arsenal surrendered a two-goal lead in the final 14 minutes for a 2-2 draw.

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