CHARLES GRAHAM - One of the great moments of sport

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THERE are rare occasions in sport when a perfect alignment of events makes for the most wondrous spectacle to the point of its almost being too dramatic to be true.

But the law of averages dictates that this must occasionally happen. And when it does - especially a last-minute win against the odds - it gains immortality. Think England’s astonishing Ashes victory at Edgbaston in 2005, or underdog Dennis Taylor’s clinching the 1985 world snooker final with the last ball of the tournament.

And with the possible exception of Man United fans, few football-watchers will deny that Sunday’s Premier League finale joined that elite group of unforgettables.

The sheer amount of money spent on Manchester City and the lack of local talent may have marred the achievement slightly for some. But the days when fans could cheer on their kith and kin has long departed the upper echelons of the game.

And with this latest thriller we had the world’s best football league battled out in fine fashion for nine months for it only to be decided in the dying seconds of the final match. It was difficult not to get caught up in the extreme emotional drama of the occasion and nice to see the top of the table go down to the wire for the first time in a while too. What a great advert for the game.