The upcoming edition of the Barclays Premier League will be the last under the sponsorship of Barclays. The contract will be over at the end of the 2015/16 season and will not be renewed.
It has been a very memorable journey since Barclays became the official sponsor back in 2004. Let’s go down memory lane and experience one more time some of those shocking, surprising, thrilling, enthralling, exhilarating moments that took place in the most unpredictable and entertaining league in the world.
The Barclays era saw the Big Four domination in its prime. From 2004/05 to 2014/15, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United finished in the top 4 positions on 4 occasions. 3 of these 4 teams finished in the top 4 positions on 6 occasions.
Arsenal never finished outside the top 4 during these 11 seasons. Surprisingly, they never finished as winners in any of these 11 seasons either.
Manchester United were the most dominant team during this period with 5 Premier League titles to their name.
Now that the facts and stats are done, let’s go down memory lane and experience some of those extraordinary and unforeseen moments during the Barclays Era.
The infamous North London Derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday, November 13, 2004. Arsenal managed to edge this one out as the 9 goal thriller at The Lane ended 5-4. Goals from Thierry Henry, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Fredrik Ljungberg, and Robert Pires sealed a crucial win for the Gunners.
His name is Oumar Aga, he is neither the fastest man alive nor was he stuck on a hellish island for five years only to return and save his city. He is merely a student of Pharmacy, residing in Pune, Maharashtra. He is involved in various social and extracurricular activities – Content writing being one of them. He is a part of the admins panel of Manchester United Fan Club Pune and an organiser for regular football meets and tournaments.