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The six best Premier League final day great escapes
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Dan Fitch
Everton survived on the final day back in 1994
Everton survived on the final day back in 1994

Relegation from the Premier League is a scary prospect and yet there are few better feelings in football than securing survival on the final day of the season. 

This season, two from Everton, Leicester and Leeds will join Southampton in being sent down to the Championship. One will stay up and join the ranks of last-gasp survivors.

Ahead of Sunday's fixtures, we look at the teams who stared down the drop before pulling off a great escape. 

Oldham (1992-93)

In the very first Premier League season, Joe Royle's Oldham needed to win their last three games to survive. 

Miraculously, the Latics won the first two games against second-placed Aston Villa and then Liverpool to set up a final day showdown against Southampton. 

Oldham beat the Saints 4-3, despite Matt Le Tissier scoring a hat-trick. With Crystal Palace losing against Arsenal, it was the South Londoners that went down. 

West Brom (2004-05)

No team had been bottom of the Premier League at Christmas and survived before West Brom pulled off that feat in 2004-05. 

Bryan Robson's side were one of four teams that could be relegated on a final day dubbed Survival Sunday. 

West Brom were the only one to win, confirming their safety with second-half goals from Geoff Horsfield and Kieran Richardson. 

Bryan Robson led West Brom to an unlikely final-day escape in 2004-05
Bryan Robson led West Brom to an unlikely final-day escape in 2004-05

Bradford (1999-00)

Paul Jewell's Bradford looked doomed in 1999-00. Six points adrift with five games remaining, they nevertheless won two and drew one of their first four of that sequence. 

This gave them a chance to stay up on the final day. The only problem is that they were hosting a Liverpool side looking to qualify for the Champions League. 

Bradford centre-back David Wetherall was the unlikely hero, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win as the jubilant Valley Parade crowd flooded on to the pitch at full-time. 

West Ham (2006-07)

Defeating Liverpool at home would have been a daunting prospect for the Bantams, but the stakes were even higher for West Ham in 2006-07.

Alan Curbishley's side headed to Old Trafford needing a victory having given themselves a chance with six wins from eight games. 

It was a future Manchester United player who scored the vital goal, with Carlos Tevez netting in an unlikely 1-0 victory. 

Carlos Tevez celebrates after keeping West Ham up against Manchester United
Carlos Tevez celebrates after keeping West Ham up against Manchester United

Fulham (2007-08)

Fulham were just 14 minutes away from being relegated on the final day of the 2007-08 season. 

The Cottagers were one of three teams chasing a solitary survival spot, with Birmingham and Reading also battling to stay up. 

With a 4-0 win over relegated Derby, it looked like the Royals would survive, only for Danny Murphy to head home a late goal at Portsmouth to keep Roy Hodgson's side safe by virtue of goal difference. 

Everton (1993-94)

We thought that we would end with this great escape, to give some hope to Evertonians before Sunday's showdown. 

Back in 1994, Mike Walker's Toffees went into the last day of the season in the drop zone, only a point behind Ipswich, Sheffield United and Southampton, but needing a win against Wimbledon. 

The omens did not look good when the Dons went 2-0 up after Anders Limpar had needlessly given away a spot-kick and Gary Ablett scored an own goal, but Graham Stuart restored hope with a penalty. 

Barry Horne levelled in the second half with a spectacular long-range effort. Survival was secured in the 81st minute when Stuart scored again with a bobbling shot that somehow crept in.


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