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Premier League Years: 2023


The golden age of Sky Sports’ Premier League Years was the pinnacle of broadcasting.

No other show could or will be able to replicate that level of detail, that seamless weaving of historical context and results, that need to imagine every scenario in the style of Georgie Thompson’s narration.

But we’re going to give it a bloody good go anyway.

Here’s 90min’s review of 2023.

Bukayo Saka, Dan Burn

Newcastle held Arsenal to a draw / Julian Finney/GettyImages

The world’s largest toad – nicknamed ‘Toadzilla’ – was discovered in Australia, while the world’s largest left-back – nicknamed ‘Big Dan Burn’ – managed to stifle Bukayo Saka enough to earn Newcastle United a 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

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Man Utd sprung a surprise against their rivals / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

China loosened travel restrictions and opened their borders back up for the first time in three years. Manchester City’s defence followed suit in a late 2-1 loss at rivals Manchester United.

Danny Welbeck

Liverpool lost 3-0 at Brighton / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Prince Harry published a revealing memoir entitled ‘Spare’, but Liverpool’s frailties were displayed against their will in a humbling loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Martin Odegaard

Arsenal won the north London derby / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Michael Smith hit a nine-dart finish on way to first PDC world darts title at Alexandra Palace, while down the road at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Arsenal ran out winners in the north London derby.

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What is the crime? A relegation? A succulent first ever relegation for Everton? / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Jacinda Ardern stepped down from her role as prime minister of New Zealand, but Frank Lampard had to be forcibly removed from his post as Everton manager following a 2-0 loss at West Ham United.

Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah had the last laugh / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Novak Djokovic won his record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, and Arsenal fans must have thought they were on their way to their own title after their side left it late to beat Man Utd 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

Sean Dyche

Dyche began life at Everton with an important win / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Pharrell Williams was suitably appointed as menswear designer for Louis Vuitton to much acclaim, while Sean Dyche’s fitting arrival at Everton saw his relegation-threatened side beat league-leaders Arsenal in his first match.

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Kane was etched into Tottenham history / Visionhaus/GettyImages

LeBron James became the NBA’s all-time leading point scorer two days after Harry Kane broke Jimmy Greaves’ record as Tottenham’s all-time leading goal getter.

Jack Grealish

The first title showdown went Man City’s way / Julian Finney/GettyImages

A Chinese surveillance balloon was shot down by US fighter jets, and Man City threatened to completely shoot down Arsenal’s title hopes with a pivotal 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Nathan Jones

Farewell, sweet prince / Robin Jones/GettyImages

NFL legend Tom Brady announced his retirement from the sport, and the Premier League also bid farewell to a great of the game – Southampton manager Nathan Jones, who was sacked after a series of poor results and strange outbursts.

Anthony Taylor, Nick Pope

Off you pop(e) / Stu Forster/GettyImages

US president Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine, while Loris Karius was in line for a surprise Newcastle appearance after Nick Pope’s daft red card in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

Harry Maguire

Man Utd got their hands on silverware / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Lizzo’s ‘About Damn Time’ won the Grammy for Best Record, and Man Utd at long last won a trophy after a six-year wait with victory against Karius and Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final.

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Tottenham finally got one over Chelsea / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

A six-year drought also came to an end for Tottenham (no, obviously not the trophy thing). Spurs chalked up their first win at home to Chelsea in N17 since January 2017 when head coach Antonio Conte was in the opposite dugout.

Reiss Nelson

Arsenal completed a dramatic comeback against Bournemouth / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Xi Jinping was appointed to a historic third term as president of China, while Arsenal’s third goal in their stunning 3-2 comeback at home to Bournemouth would have proven historic had they gone on to win the Premier League.

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Absolute scenes / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker was controversially suspended by the BBC for his comments against the government’s immigration policies, leading to a boycott from several pundits. Man Utd’s defenders were presumably also on strike in their 7-0 hammering at Liverpool.

Antonio Conte

Conte left Tottenham / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Protests and riots broke out in France after the government increased the age of retirement from 62 to 64, while Antonio Conte effectively protested and rioted his way out of the Tottenham job with an explosive press conference following a 3-3 draw at Southampton.

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson returned to Palace / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Retirement was not on the agenda for Roy Hodgson, who returned to Crystal Palace after Patrick Vieira’s departure.

Frank Lampard

Lampard returned to Chelsea on a caretaker basis / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

James Corden made his final appearance hosting ‘The Late Late Show’, but he managed to get his old pal Frank Lampard his job back in charge of Chelsea following Graham Potter’s sacking.

Eberechi Eze, Odsonne Edouard, Joel Ward, Michael Olise

Palace turned on the style / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

‘Pele’ was added to the dictionary as an honour to the Brazilian legend, who would have been proud to have put in the performances of either Ebere Eze or Michael Olise in Crystal Palace’s 5-1 win at Leeds United.

Martin Odegaard

Arsenal’s title hopes were fading fast / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

A total solar eclipse was witnessed in Western Australia, and the light on Arsenal’s season was similarly threatening to go out after three damaging draws to Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton.

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A testing day for Tottenham / LINDSEY PARNABY/GettyImages

NASA announced a four-person team to orbit the moon over the next year, while Tottenham’s four-person leadership group issued an apology to fans after their 6-1 thumping by Newcastle.

Erling Haaland

Man City took back control of the title race / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

India surpassed China as the world’s most populous country, while Man City effectively surpassed Arsenal in the title race with a 4-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium, putting them two points behind the Gunners but with two games in hand.

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Lucas cost Tottenham / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

New York City appointed a first ever director of rat migration, and Richarlison must have felt like handing teammate and compatriot Lucas Moura over to those authorities when he gifted Liverpool the winner just seconds after he had helped Tottenham come from 3-0 down to draw level at 3-3.

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce returned to the Premier League / Gareth Copley/GettyImages

Ed Sheeran was found not guilty of copying Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’, while Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp must have considered filed similar lawsuits against newly appointed Leeds boss Sam Allardyce after he claimed none of those managers knew more about football than him.

Erling Haaland

History maker / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

‘Here Comes The Sun’ became The Beatles’ first song to reach one billion streams on Spotify, but a Blue Moon was rising in Manchester as Erling Haaland smashed the record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season.

Martin Odegaard

Arsenal’s dream was over / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

WHO declared Covid-19 as a global emergency was over, and Arsenal’s title bid also came to an end after dismal defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest.

Roberto De Zerbi

De Zerbi guided Brighton into the top six / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Beyonce kicked off her Renaissance world tour, and Brighton started preparing for a voyage of their own after securing a spot in Europe for the first time in the club’s history.

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Liverpool couldn’t break back into the top four / PETER POWELL/GettyImages

Eurovision was held in Liverpool, but the only euro-vision the Reds had was to the Europa League after a disappointing fifth-place finish.

Dan Burn, Sven Botman

Newcastle were heading back to the Champions League / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Harrison Ford made his return as Indiana Jones, while Arsenal, Man Utd and Newcastle all sealed long-awaited spots back in the Champions League.

Ilkay Guendogan

Champions again / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

King Charles III was coronated at Westminster Abbey, and Man City were finally crowned the champions of England for a third successive season.

Harvey Barnes, Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison

Leicester suffered a shock relegation / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Esteemed TV show ‘Succession’ came to an end, as did Leicester City, Leeds and Southampton’s time in the Premier League, with all three relegated to the Championship.

Pep Guardiola

Man City won the FA Cup / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It was a silver month for Rory McIlroy, who finished second to outsider Wyndham Clark at the US Open and his beloved Man Utd were beaten 2-1 by Man City in the FA Cup final.

Declan Rice

Champions of Europe, kinda / Andrew Redington/GettyImages

Boris Johnson was found to have misled parliament over ‘Partygate’, while West Ham threw a not-so-secret party of their own after winning the Europa Conference League.

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Champions of Europe, for real / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

The Denver Nuggets were crowned NBA champions for the first time in their history shortly after Man City’s long quest to win their first ever Champions League was completed.

Declan Rice

Rice signed for Arsenal / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

Meta launched Threads as a rival to X (or Twitter, to normal people), and Arsenal ramped up their rival title bid to Man City by beating them to the signing of Declan Rice.

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Postecoglou was Tottenham’s new head coach / TREVOR COLLENS/GettyImages

The world’s first robot press conference took place in Switzerland, but there was nothing robotic about Ange Postecoglou at his first Tottenham press conference, with his genuine-authentic-normal-bloke reading off the scales.

Vincent Kompany, Pep Guardiola

Master against student / Copa/GettyImages

Magnus Carlsen defeated teenager Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa to become the Chess Grandmaster, and apprentice Vincent Kompany was beaten by former superior Pep Guardiola on Burnley’s return to the Premier League, with the Clarets losing 3-0 to Man City at Turf Moor.

Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino was back in the Premier League / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Russia made a return to space to the moon’s south pole, while Mauricio Pochettino came back to the Premier League with Chelsea, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool in his first match.

Moisés Caicedo

Caicedo left Brighton for Chelsea in a £115m deal / Visionhaus/GettyImages

‘Barbie’ became Warner Bros’ highest-grossing global release, while Moises Caicedo became the most expensive player in British history when he made the £115m move from Brighton to Chelsea.

James Maddison, Ange Postecoglou, Erik ten Hag

Postecoglou’s Tottenham had liftoff / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Robbie Williams continued his world tour, but also became a cult icon at Tottenham after his song ‘Angels’ became a chant for new boss Ange Postecoglou.

Darwin Nunez

Nunez made the difference at Newcastle / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

A computer model suggested humanity came close to extinction 900,000 years ago – a scenario which would have robbed the world of some Darwin ‘Darwizzy’ Nunez madness in ten-man Liverpool’s 2-1 comeback win at Newcastle.

Declan Rice

Rice became an instant Arsenal hero / Michael Steele/GettyImages

The Writer’s Guild of America ended their strike after 148 days, but not in time to write a better script for Man Utd in their incredibly late 3-1 loss at Arsenal in which Alejandro Garnacho had an 89th-minute winner ruled out for a marginal offside before the Gunners scored twice in added time.

Brennan Johnson, Pedro Porro, Pape Matar Sarr, Micky van de Ven, Yves Bissouma

Tottenham left it as late as could be / Stephen Pond/GettyImages

A stolen Vincent van Gogh painting was delivered to an art detective in an IKEA bag, while Sheffield United’s three points at Tottenham were stolen by the latest comeback in Premier League history.

Pervis Estupinan

Villa ran riot / James Gill/GettyImages

Donald Trump was found guilty of fraud by New York attorney general, and similar accusations were out for Roberto De Zerbi when Brighton lost 6-1 at Aston Villa.

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I’m sure Liverpool fans will get over it / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

NASA’s probe into UFO sightings proved inconclusive. Some say the VAR from Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool must have been reviewing the footage after the Reds were denied an obvious goal.

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Man Utd beat Brentford at the last / Visionhaus/GettyImages

The world’s heaviest pumpkin was recorded in Minnesota, weighing 2,749 pounds, while Brentford suffered a rather large halloween scare at Man Utd, losing 2-1 after leading heading into stoppage time.

Gabriel Martinelli

Martinelli’s strike saw off Man City / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

South Africa won a record fourth Rugby Union World Cup, while Arsenal ended their abysmal record of 12 straight Premier League losses to Man City, beating the champions 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

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Chelsea squandered a two-goal lead / MB Media/GettyImages

Europe dominated the USA in the Ryder Cup to seal a memorable win, and Chelsea were heading to a similar victory against Arsenal until succumbing to a late collapse to draw 2-2.

Neal Maupay, Robert Sanchez

Brentford beat Chelsea once again / Alex Broadway/GettyImages

Max Verstappen celebrated his third straight F1 title, and Brentford were able to celebrate a third straight win away at west London rivals Chelsea.

Erling Haaland

Man City blew away Man Utd / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Lionel Messi’s footballing dominance continued with his eighth Ballon d’Or triumph, while Man City’s dominance of their hometown was extended with a 3-0 win at Man Utd.

Anthony Gordon, Joelinton

Newcastle’s goal controversially stood / Stu Forster/GettyImages

‘AI’ was announced as the most notable word of the year, but Arsenal fans bemoaned that technology could not prove the ball had exited the field of play leading up to the deciding goal in their 1-0 loss at Newcastle.

Mauricio Pochettino, Ange Postecoglou

Pochettino inflicted a first Premier League defeat upon Postecoglou / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

David Cameron made shock return to government as Foreign Secretary, while Mauricio Pochettino’s return to Tottenham as Chelsea head coach ended with a shock 4-1 win.

Luis Diaz

Diaz was full of emotion / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Luis Diaz’s father was released by kidnappers days after he scored a last-gasp equaliser for Liverpool away at Luton Town.

Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson, Raheem Sterling, Thiago Silva

Palmer came back to haunt his former side / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

An escaped circus lion roamed the streets of a seaside town in Italy for five hours before being recaptured, but Man City could not stop academy graduate Cole Palmer from roaming the Stamford Bridge at will during an enthralling 4-4 draw at Chelsea.

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Everton fans protested against the decision / Visionhaus/GettyImages

The Beatles charted their first number one in British charts with ‘Now and Then’, a record 54 years after their last single reached number one. The news was not so great for fellow Merseysiders in Everton, whose 69-year stay in the top flight came under threat when they were handed a ten-point deduction by the Premier League for FFP breaches.

Paul Heckingbottom

Sheffield United sacked Heckingbottom / Visionhaus/GettyImages

KISS concluded their ‘End of the Road’ tour in New York City, while Paul Heckingbottom concluded his spell in charge of Sheffield United and became the first manager of the 2023/24 season to be sacked.

Anthony Gordon

Gordon’s goal saw off Man Utd / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Jesse Darling won the Turner Prize for his sculpting work, but Man Utd received no plaudits for their statuesque defending in their 1-0 loss to Newcastle.

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Man City were not happy / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

The European Court of Justice ruled it was unlawful of UEFA and FIFA to threaten sanctions against clubs and players wanting to join the European Super League, while Man City felt their was an injustice in their 3-3 draw to Tottenham after referee Simon Hooper denied Jack Grealish one last run in behind the Spurs backline.

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Bournemouth destroyed Man Utd / Stu Forster/GettyImages

A rise in popularity for roast duck saw cherry sauce sales rise, while the Cherries of the Premier League were fast becoming a hit too, with Andoni Iraola’s Bournemouth winning 3-0 away at Man Utd.

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A time of celebration for Fulham / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Claymation fans rejoiced when it was announced that Wallace & Gromit would be returning in 2024 with a new film, while Fulham ensured they would head into the new year in high spirits too with consecutive 5-0 wins in the Premier League and progression to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

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Champions of the world / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

Taylor Swift was on top of the world after being named TIME’s Person of the Year, while Man City enjoyed their own global domination with victory at the Club World Cup.

Emiliano Martinez, Cameron Archer

Villa were held to a 1-1 draw / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

There was little Christmas cheer at Villa Park when Aston Villa were denied the chance to go top of the Premier League table by Sheffield United.

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool fought back to claim a point / MB Media/GettyImages

But there was a Christmas cracker the following day at Anfield when title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw.

Jim Ratcliffe

Who could have seen this one coming? / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Alaska Airlines announced their surprise intention to purchase Hawaiian Airlines, but there was little surprise when Man Utd confirmed an agreement for INEOS to purchase a 25% stake in the club.

Rasmus Højlund

The miracle arrived / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Sean Millis’ ‘Waiting On A Miracle’ rises up charts worldwide after drawing comparisons to Rasmus Hojlund, who finally scored a Premier League goal in Man Utd’s 3-2 comeback win against Aston Villa.

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