Last on MOTD: Nine points

THE title race went to the final day, but we knew deep down that it would take a mathematical miracle to deny the morning’s leaders. And now the celebrations can begin. Portsmouth are the 2010 Gubbometer champions.

And Pompey secured the title all by themselves, without the need for outside help, by being last on MOTD for the ninth time this season – which took their Gubbometer tally for the season to nine points. Ah yes, nine points.

Tonight’s final match: Everton 1 Portsmouth 0
Commentator: Alistair Mann

Now, there is an argument that Pompey gained an unfair advantage in the Last on MOTD title race when they went into administration. By having nine points deducted, it increased the likelihood that they would be relegated, and that relegation would be confirmed sooner.

As a result, it increased the possibility of having more league games towards the end of the season with nothing riding on them. And so, the argument goes, they had more chance of being last on MOTD as a result.

There may be something in that. Derby, after all, won the inaugural Gubbometer two years ago with a record 13 points (disturbingly, two points more than they managed in the Premier League that season).

And for a while, I did toy with the idea of following the Premier League’s example and deducting nine points from Pompey in the Gubbometer standings – leaving them on zero. But I’ve spent so much time this season looking at the careworn faces of first Paul Hart, then Avram Grant, as Pompey stumbled from misfortune to setback, that I just couldn’t do it.

Avram, your sad face won me over. The Premier League’s chief bods obviously have harder hearts than me.

There he was again, looking all gloomy, after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov won the game for Everton with virtually the last kick – after Anthony Vanden Borre had seen a goal wrongly ruled out for offside.

Appropriate, perhaps, that Everton should score the final goal of this season’s MOTD – as they would have been the Gubbometer champions if I had imposed a points deduction on Pompey.

Regular followers of the Gubbometer will know that, with the exception of the final day of the season, Sunday matches don’t count in the standings (as this is all about who is last on MOTD, not MOTD2).

So it’s remarkable that Everton have managed to get eight points in a season when Europa League and TV demands saw 14 of their league matches switched to a Sunday before today. If the Gubbometer was worked out on a pro rata basis, Everton would be the champions by a mile. But they aren’t.

Pompey now have the chance to become the first team to win the Gubbometer and FA Cup double. Which, quite frankly, would walk all over anything Chelsea might achieve.

Gubbometer – final standings

1. Portsmouth: 9 (GD: 1. 2L: 1.)
2. Everton: 8 (GD: 1. 2L: 2.)
3. Blackburn: 7 (GD: 1. 2L: 4.)
4. West Ham: 7 (GD: 1. 2L: 2.)
5. Stoke: 7 (GD: 0. 2L: 4.)
6. Bolton: 6 (GD: 0. 2L: 8.)
7. Wigan: 5 (GD: 0. 2L: 3.)
8. Hull: 4 (GD: 0. 2L: 9.)
9. Wolves: 4 (GD: 0. 2L: 8.)
10. Fulham: 4 (GD: 0. 2L: 5.)
11. Aston Villa: 4 (GD: 0. 2L: 0.)
12. Birmingham: 3 (GD: 0. 2L: 9.)
13. Burnley: 3 (GD: 0. 2L: 7.)
14. Gubba: 2 (GD: 2. 2L: 3.)
15. Tottenham: 2 (GD: 0. 2L: 3.)
16. Sunderland: 1 (GD: 0. 2L: 7.)
17. Arsenal: 1 (GD: 0. 2L: 1.)
18. Liverpool: 1 (GD: 0. 2L: 0.)
19. Manchester United: 0 (GD: 0. 2L: 2.)
20. Chelsea: 0 (GD: 0. 2L: 1.)
21. Manchester City: 0 (GD: 0. 2L: 0.)

GD = Gubba difference
2L = On second last (Tonight’s penultimate match was: Bolton 2 Birmingham 1.)

(NB. Teams will receive one point for every time they appear last on MOTD. Appearances on MOTD2 are not included. Teams level on points will be separated by Gubba difference – the number of times a team is on last with Tony Gubba commentating. Teams still level will then be separated by the number of times they appear second last on MOTD.)


Last on MOTD 2009/10: The complete list

May 9: Everton 1 Portsmouth 0 (Commentator: Alistair Mann)
May 1: Birmingham 2 Burnley 1 (Steve Wilson)
Apr 24: Bolton 2 Portsmouth 2 (Paul Mitchell)
Apr 17: Fulham 0 Wolves 0 (Simon Brotherton)
Apr 10: West Ham 1 Sunderland 0 (John Motson)
Apr 3: Portsmouth 0 Blackburn 0 (Steve Wilson)
Mar 27: Wolves 0 Everton 0 (Alistair Mann)
Mar 20: Everton 2 Bolton 0 (John Roder)
Mar 13: Stoke 0 Aston Villa 0 (Simon Brotherton)
Mar 6: West Ham 1 Bolton 2 (Steve Bower)
Feb 27: Birmingham 1 Wigan 0 (Steve Bower)
Feb 20: Portsmouth 1 Stoke 2 (Roger Johnson)
Feb 10: Wigan 1 Stoke 1 (Damian Johnson)
Feb 6: Bolton 0 Fulham 0 (Ian Gwyn Hughes)
Jan 30: West Ham 0 Blackburn 0 (John Motson)
Jan 27: Portsmouth 1 West Ham 1 (Ivan Gaskell)
Jan 16: Tottenham 0 Hull 0 (John Motson)
Jan 9: Arsenal 2 Everton 2 (Jonathan Pearce)
Dec 28: Everton 2 Burnley 0 (Steve Bower)
Dec 26: Fulham 0 Tottenham 0 (Jonathan Pearce)
Dec 19: Aston Villa 1 Stoke 0 (Dan O’Hagan)
Dec 16: Bolton 3 West Ham 1 (Ivan Gaskell)
Dec 12: Hull 0 Blackburn 0 (Steve Bower)
Dec 5: Blackburn 0 Liverpool 0 (Guy Mowbray)
Nov 28: Blackburn 0 Stoke 0 (Dan O’Hagan)
Nov 21: Burnley 1 Aston Villa 1 (Steve Wilson)
Nov 7: Blackburn 3 Portsmouth 1 (Alistair Mann)
Oct 31: Everton 1 Aston Villa 1 (Alistair Mann)
Oct 24: Hull 0 Portsmouth 0 (John Roder)
Oct 17: Everton 1 Wolves 1 (Steve Bower)
Oct 3: Hull 2 Wigan 1 (Dan O’Hagan)
Sep 26: Portsmouth 0 Everton 1 (Tony Gubba)
Sep 19: Bolton 1 Stoke 1 (Ian Gwyn Hughes)
Sep 12: Wigan 1 West Ham 0 (Conor McNamara)
Aug 29: Blackburn 0 West Ham 0 (Tony Gubba)
Aug 22: Birmingham 0 Stoke 0 (Jonathan Pearce)
Aug 19: Wigan 0 Wolves 1 (Ivan Gaskell)
Aug 15: Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1 (Martin Fisher)

For the complete 2008/09 list, click here.
For the complete 2007/08 list, click here.


2 Responses to Last on MOTD: Nine points

  1. donna says:

    I’m off to the bookies to see what odds they’ll give for the double…

  2. Peter says:

    I’ve been bleating on that Everton, despite being one of the top three form teams of 2010, have been the last match on MOTD far too often. Its even been the case for for the likes of Everton v Aston Villa (top four challenge) and Arsenal v Everton (Arsenal push for title). It might be time to write to DG BBC and ask for a refund on my licence.

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