It’s the sort of schtick that’s wheeled out in the Barclays Premier League all too often, but even by the giddy standards of English football’s top flight, the last twelve months have been amongst some of the most memorable on record.
From final day, injury time title deciders to unsavoury controversy both on and off the pitch, if nothing else this year can hardly be accused of being boring. But beneath all of that there was some half-decent football being played too, if you hadn’t had noticed. And here are 15 men who went some way to making 2012 what it was.
So click through, enjoy and be sure to vent your rage below or on Twitter if you feel I’ve committed any cardinal sins by leaving your favourite player out. And before you ask, no, Ryan Shawcross has been kept well away from Football FanCast’s shiny final 15.