2017/18 Football Season Review
Our unique personalised A3 football newspaper books have now been updated to include the highlights from the 2017/2018 football season. Our books cover 61 football teams from around the UK and contain the best moments of their history from newspaper articles, giving an authentic look at how their results were perceived at the time. So, what can you expect from the updated books? We take a quick look back at the season, and a few of the more memorable moments, all of which will appear in your team’s edition of the football book.
The 2017/18 season began with optimism for many teams in the Premier League. Defending champions Chelsea were eager to continue with the success of the previous season, Tottenham had established themselves as a serious top 4 side and were looking to push on to the next level, and Liverpool were also looking to launch an assault on the title, despite losing Brazilian star Coutinho to Barcelona at the start of the season.
Pep’s Record Breakers
In the end though, the race for the title fell between the blue and red sides of Manchester. José Mourinho’s Manchester United started the season strongly, winning all their league matches in August and scoring 10 goals in the process. They could not continue this fine form however, and soon found themselves trailing Manchester City in the table by several points. Pep Guardiola’s side were playing some scintillating football and scoring goals for fun, including a 5-0 demolition of Liverpool and a 7-2 victory over Stoke. During the season, City set a number of new records in English football, including themost consecutive league wins (18), and the most goals scored in a 38-game season (106). With the history books being re-written, it seemed to be only a matter of time before Guardiola’s men secured the Premier League title. As fate would have it, the title was theirs if they could beat arch-rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. It all seemed to be going to plan for City, as first-half goals from captain Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan put the hosts into a commanding lead. However, United came up with a stunning second half fightback to win 3-2 and ensure that City could not claim the ultimate bragging rights.
Champions of England
Despite the set-back of losing the derby, City were crowned champions just a week later, when United failed to beat West Brom. It was the fifth league title won by Manchester City, and they claimed it in style, amassing a mammoth 100 points during the season, another English record.
United Pay The Penalty
With the title out of reach. Manchester United turned their attentions to the FA Cup, the oldest and most celebrated cup competition in the world. They overcame Tottenham in the Semi-Final, setting up a date with Chelsea in the final.
In a close affair, it was Chelsea who came out on top, an Eden Hazard penalty the difference between the two sides. Bitter disappointment for United, but celebration for Chelsea who got to lift the famous old trophy for the eight time in their history.
At the Emirates Stadium, it was another inconsistent season for Arsenal as they finished in 6th place, their lowest position in over twenty years. The calls for manager Arsené Wenger to leave the club had intensified, and on the 20th April 2018, Wenger announced his decision to step down as manager, ending a 22-year spell at the club.
His final home game in charge ended with a 5-0 win over Burnley, and after the game Wenger was given a guard of honour by both sets of players, a fitting send-off for a manager who was so successful and brought Arsenal many trophies.
The Joy of Promotion
In the Championship, Wolverhampton Wanderers dominated to claim the title and a place in the Premier League for the first time since 2012 and were joined by surprise package Cardiff City, who were rejuvenated by promotion specialist Neil Warnock. The final promotion spot was taken by Fulham, who overcame Aston Villa in the play-off final at Wembley.
In League One, Wigan and Blackburn won automatic promotion, sealing their places back in the Championship at the first attempt. Rotherham joined them after a 2-1 play-off final win over Shrewsbury. In League Two, Accrington Stanley (who are they? exactly) finished the season as champions and were promoted to League One alongside Wycombe Wanderers and Luton Town, who would be playing in the third tier of English football for the first time since 2008. The fourth and final promotion place to League One was contested at Wembley between Coventry City and Exeter City in the League Two play-off final. The long-suffering Coventry City fans finally had something to celebrate as their team beat the Grecians 3-1.
A Magical European Night at Anfield
Liverpool Football Club are one of the great names in European football and have lifted the European Cup on five occasions.
The 2017/2018 season would provide Anfield with yet another spectacular European night to remember, as Liverpool booked their place in the Champions League final.
Liverpool may have lost Coutinho to Spanish giants Barcelona early on in the season, but they replaced him with Egyptian striker Mohammed Salah for a club record fee of over £36 million. Eyebrows were raised about the signature (Salah had already failed to impress in England during a stint at Chelsea), yet the money paid for his services would prove to be small change as the Egyptian set the Premier League on fire with 32 league goals, winning numerous personal accolades along the way. He was also an integral part of Liverpool’s Champions League run, and although they lost to Real Madrid in the final (Salah himself was injured early on), fans will best remember the epic 5-2 win over Roma in the semi’s, where Salah scored two first-half goals and assisted two more. At 5-0 down, Roma managed to add to the drama by scoring two late goals, keeping their slim hopes of a second leg revival alive.
A3 Football Newspaper Book – Purchase Today!
The 2017/2018 season was full of drama and excitement, highs and lows, ecstasy and agony. The above review is merely a snapshot of what went on for just a handful of teams, but if you want a more in-depth look at your team, then check out our list of football books HERE. On the flip-side, if this season didn’t go to plan for your side, fear not. The book is perfect for helping you look back at past glories (going all the way back to 1905 in most cases), helping you forget about that relegation or play-off final defeat. All books are available in a brown leatherette cover, or in a red, blue or black leather cover. The recipient’s name can be embosed on the cover, and there is also space on the opening page for a personal message which is printed on an easy-peel label.