Move aside Man City.
Someone call a taxi.
West Brom are actually the Premier League champions (unofficially). We know, it’s a lot to take in.
Allow us to explain.
The unofficial Premier League champion works like the lineal boxing world title.
In order to be the champion you have to beat the previous champion which, in this case, was 2016/17 Premier League title holders Chelsea.
Got the rules? Perfect.
Chelsea beaten by Burnley (reign lasted one game)
Chelsea’s reign as the unofficial Premier League champions lasted all of 90 minutes.
Sean Dyche’s Burnley mob turned up at Stamford Bridge and rolled Chelsea over 3-2 thanks in part to Gary Cahill’s red card 14 minutes into the game.
Fair play Gary, booking another holiday off the back of a long summer break is textbook.
Burnley beaten by West Brom (reign lasted one game)
Easy come, easy go.
West Brom, still on the first of their 79 managers of the season, nicked a winner after 71 minutes through
Hal Robson-Kanu Mr Cruyff Turn.
Somebody order the open-top bus parade but just please, for the love of god, don’t let Gareth Barry drive.
West Brom beaten by Brighton (reign lasted two games)
Having held Stoke to a draw to keep their title, West Brom clearly got a bit carried away.
A trip to Brighton was enough to put an end to that.
In the battle of the clubs with birds on their badges the seagull triumphed. We’ve gone all Attenborough.
Brighton beaten by Bournemouth (reign lasted one game)
This is the title that no one wants.
After working so hard to get it Brighton handed the championship over to Bournemouth in a 2-1 loss.
Jermain Defoe scored a typically Jermain Defoe winner. Go on, close your eyes and picture it. Yep, spot on.
Bournemouth beaten by Everton (reign lasted one game)
Remember when Oumar Niasse didn’t have a locker at Everton?
Remember when Ronald Koeman welcomed him back into the fold to spark a 2-1 win against Bournemouth?
No? Neither do we to be fair.
Everton beaten by Burnley (reign lasted one game)
WHY CAN NO ONE HOLD ON TO THIS TITLE FOR MORE THAN ONE GAME?!
Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal of a very forgettable encounter.
Let’s just end it there and move on.
Burnley beaten by Man City (reign lasted two games)
A 1-1 draw with West Ham saw Burnley actually hold onto the title for a week.
The open-top bus rolled through Burnley to rapturous applause until a flat tyre brought an end to proceedings.
Then Man City turned up and won 3-0 to go five points clear at the top of the table. Wonder how that turned out?
Man City beaten by Liverpool (reign lasted 13 games)
Finally, a bit of respect for the Unofficial Premier League title.
Pep Guardiola’s side went all the way through to mid-January without being beaten.
But Liverpool, fresh from Philippe Coutinho’s exit to Barcelona, found that life without the Brazilian was actually quite fun when you’ve got Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool beaten by Swansea (reign lasted one game)
Back to the merry-go-round.
Carlos Carvalhal’s tactic of saying weird shit in press conferences proved a masterstroke as his Swansea side put ‘Formula 1 car’ Liverpool in traffic.
His words, not ours.
Swansea beaten by Brighton (reign lasted four games)
Would you look at that, Swansea put together the second-longest run of the season as Unofficial Premier League champions.
They were given a rude awakening when Glenn Murray, on a one-man mission to make England’s World Cup squad, scored twice in a 4-1 victory.
Get him on the plane, Gareth.
Brighton beaten by Everton (reign lasted two games)
Brighton could beat Arsenal but couldn’t topple Everton. Go figure.
Even a Wayne Rooney missed penalty couldn’t stop Everton from winning 2-0.
What a time to be alive.
Everton beaten by Man City (reign lasted two games)
City are just plain greedy.
Is the Premier League title not enough? You now have to come for the Unofficial title as well?
Fernandinho made nearly as many first-half passes as the entire Everton side, which tells you all you need to know about the 3-1 win.
Man City beaten by Man United (reign lasted one game)
Good old Jose Mourinho. You can always rely on him to spoil the party.
Two goals from Paul Pogba ensured a surprise turnaround and made sure City weren’t crowned champions on United’s patch.
More importantly it made United Unofficial Premier League champions, and you know how much Jose loves a bit of silverware.
Man United beaten by West Brom (reign lasted ?)
After beating United Darren Moore masterminded a 1-0 win against Newcastle.
Is anyone calling him Mooreinho yet? We’ll trademark that one for later use.
So West Brom are the current Unofficial Premier League champions.
Who cares if you’re five points from safety when you’ve got that title hanging around your neck?
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