Going into the final day of the season, it was possible for both Chelsea and Manchester United to win the title, but only Chelsea had the advantage of knowing a win would be enough to claim a third Barclays Premier League crown.
An early goal from Nicolas Anelka helped calm Chelsea’s nerves but with Manchester United also in the lead against Stoke at Old Trafford, they could not relax.
Once Wigan went down to ten men, and Chelsea scored the resulting penalty to make it 2-0, there was only one likely outcome. Meanwhile at Old Trafford, Manchester United did everything they could by beating Stoke 4-0, but it was not enough.
In beating Wigan so emphatically, Chelsea reached a record tally of 103 goals, demonstrating why the Barclays Premier League is the most exciting in the world.
As well as the title, there was a personal battle between the respective title challengers’ strikers for the Barclays Golden Boot award. At kick-off Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney were level on goals but a hat-trick from the Chelsea striker ensured his position as the official top goal scorer in the league, with a fantastic individual total of 29.
Once it became clear that Chelsea were going to beat Wigan, the Barclays team on standby at Old Trafford could relax in the knowledge that the presentation of the trophy would not be taking place in Manchester. As the final whistle sounded in Chelsea’s game, the team at Stamford Bridge put weeks of careful planning into action in the creation of the season-finale trophy presentation in the eye of the players, fans and the world's media.
Bob Diamond, President of Barclays PLC and CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth Management, presented the Chelsea players with their winners medals along with the ultimate prize, watched by a global audience of millions.
Many Barclays Premier League players are taking part in the World Cup in South Africa next month, so there will be more great football on display until the Barclays Premier League kicks-off again on Saturday, 14 August.