By Graham Lister
We should have known. In a season of thrilling unpredictability that produced memorable moments almost from the off, we singled out four of the most captivating and asked Goal UK readers to pick their favourite – all the while suspecting that the final day might yet produce something special that would put everything else in the shade.
And so it proved, in glorious, breathtaking fashion.
Indeed, it seems the fat lady was only just clearing her throat and preparing to rise when nearly half of our readers voted Thierry Henry’s comeback goal for Arsenal against Leeds their moment of the season, ahead of Fabrice Muamba’s life-affirming recovery, the stunning 6-1 Mancunian derby and the naming of an Old Trafford stand in honour of Sir Alex Ferguson.
|"During the [pitch] invasion, loads of fans came over. They grabbed me and kissed me. But the only thing I understood was, 'I love you'. That made me so happy."
- Sergio Aguero
The familiar style of Henry’s sublime strike – and the fact that it vindicated Arsene Wenger’s gamble in bringing back, albeit temporarily, a Gunners legend – made it a wholly understandable choice. It was a moment that rolled back the years and brought a sentimental lump to many a throat.
Yet as Henry himself would no doubt agree, drama trumps nostalgia in football – especially the sort of title-winning drama that City conjured with their last attack of the season – halting in mid-air the engraver’s arm as it prepared to carve ‘U’ for United after Manchester on the prestigious Premier League trophy.
|THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE
|Ric Turner | Blue Moon
It was an incredible day. It is hard to put into words the range of emotions felt.
From utter dejection to sheer elation in the space of 30 seconds. Other than my children being born, it was the greatest day of my life. I still can't quite believe what happened.
Aguero’s intoxicating moment, an instinctive mix of technique and composure, inspiration and determination, re-drew the narrow line that separates glory from ignominy, winners from also-rans. When Mario Balotelli – volatile, enigmatic, and prone to moments of brilliance - slipped that incisive pass through to Kun on the right of the QPR penalty area, the excruciating tension was pregnant with possibilities. But Diego Maradona’s favourite son-in-law delivered.
In that moment, long-suffering City fans everywhere finally felt a boil of frustration and nagging inferiority well and truly lanced, prompting an outpouring of ecstasy and relief as their Blue Moon finally turned to gold.
It was a moment whose significance guarantees Aguero legendary status (just ask Michael Thomas). A climactic moment that was somehow both astounding and inevitable; one certainly worthy of the League’s remarkable 20th season.