Of course by 6 May 2018 the title race was long since over and Manchester City had stormed into an unassailable lead. The title had been won but the Premier League had not yet presented the trophy.
There is always much debate amongst fans and no doubt much consternation between Club officials as we waited to be told when the trophy would be presented. The fans were already getting giddy at the prospect. At the previous home match against Swansea there had been some good natured pitch invasions.
However, despite the fact the title had been won already the Trophy presentation to Manchester City was delayed until the home fixture against Huddersfield on 6 May 2018. This set up a curiously strange game where the fans started by enjoying themselves in the sunshine but had to suffer the inconvenience of a somewhat meaningless game.
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This was a drab and dreary match where awards and trophies were on every player’s mind. The game was played at a lacklustre pace by Manchester City but it was clear the result was more important to a Huddersfield side keen on securing a point to stay for another season in the Premier League. The crowd had to amuse themselves as there was little to cheer on the pitch. Given this was a season of many great highs, it was a surprise the trophy would be lifted after such a bad game.
The Police and Club officials knew a pitch invasion would happen by the fans and had gone to great lengths to try to mitigate the effects. There were pleas issued throughout the game and plastered in every club sanctioned piece of merchandise. But there was no way that was ever going to happen.
Running on the pitch to celebrate at the final whistle was what every fan in the lowers sections of the Etihad Stadium had in mind, but the problem is once you are on the pitch there is not much you can really do. Take a picture and then amble off. As every fan on the pitch was simply delaying the team returning to the field and the ceremony from taking place.
Once the crowd had been removed from the pitch, the stage was built and fireworks and streamer cannons were trundled into position. Fans in the stadium were amused by giant inflatables to pass amongst themselves and then the moment came. We got to see Vincent Trophy lift the Premier League Trophy and join in amazing celebrations which went on long into the night. The real surprise is that this fantastic moment was a year ago!