The final Premier League day as it happened

Sir Alex says goodbye. Photo: PA

1605: Darren Bent, handed a rare start in place of the suspended Christian Benteke, puts Aston Villa 1-0 up at Wigan for the first goal of the day.

1608: David Moyes' final day as Everton boss starts badly as Chelsea take a stranglehold on third place with Juan Mata's early strike.

1610: Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,500th and final game in charge of Manchester United follows the Scot's dream script as his side go 2-0 up at West Brom, Shinji Kagawa and a Jonas Olsson own-goal giving them the cushion.

1614: Steven Naismith pegs back Chelsea after David Luiz's error.

1620: Tottenham are denied an apparent penalty when Gareth Bale goes down under pressure from Seb Larsson. The Welshman is then harshly booked for simulation.

1624: England's newest goalkeeping recruit Alex McCarthy blots his copy book with a shocking mistake to gift West Ham a 1-0 lead.

1625: Goals are flying in all over country but Norwich's opener against managerless Manchester City, courtesy of Anthony Pilkington, is one of the most surprising yet.

1629: Jack Rodwell scores his first goal for Manchester City to make it 1-1, too late for Roberto Mancini - the man who signed him from Everton in the summer.

1630: Ferguson's retirement party receives another shot in the arm as left-back Alex Buttner makes it 3-0.

1645: Nathan Baker's own-goal in the closing seconds of the first half puts Wigan 2-1 ahead and gives them the chance to bow out from the top flight on a winning note.

1702: Peter Crouch grabs the first goal of the second half to break the deadlock for Stoke at Southampton.

1705: Steve Harper, bowing out after 20 years at Newcastle, mis-kicks a clearance but saves his blushes with a smart save to deny Theo Walcott.

1708: Andre Villas-Boas reacts furiously as referee Andre Marriner denies Spurs a penalty for the second time, Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Cuellar involved this time.

1710: Arsenal take the initiative in the Champions League race, Laurent Koscielny hooking home from close range following Lukas Podolski's header to put them 1-0 up at Newcastle.

1714: Robin van Persie hits the target on Ferguson's big day, but not before Romelu Lukaku does the same for West Brom. United 4-2 up.

1715: Rodwell claims his second of the day for Manchester City but Jonny Howson's superb goal puts Norwich 3-2 up.

1719: Jamie Carragher, who has not scored since 2006, hits the woodwork on his final Liverpool appearance before retirement.

1722: Tottenham see Scott Parker's shot cleared off the line and Aaron Lennon's follow-up deflected against the post.

1725: Javier Hernandez makes it a five-star performance on Ferguson's swansong. 5-2 to the Red Devils.

1727: Michael Dawson's header is cleared off the line as Spurs continue to push for an all-important goal.

1730: Michael Owen and Paul Scholes, two huge stars of the Premier League era, are called from the benches of Stoke and Manchester United respectively for the final time before retirement.

1733: Sunderland's David Vaughan is sent off at White Hart Lane, opening the door for Spurs.

1735: Fernando Torres scores his first league goal of 2013 to put Chelsea 2-1 up against Everton.

1742: Carragher leaves the Anfield turf for the last time to a huge ovation.

1744: Scholes, fittingly, picks up one last booking.

1745: Kevin Nolan signs off for the season with a hat-trick to put West Ham 4-2 up against Reading.

1747: A scarcely believable 10th goal at the Hawthorns as Lukaku's hat-trick goal makes it 5-5 to put a minor dampener on Ferguson's leaving party.

1747: Bale lashes home a dramatic winner from 25 yards to give Tottenham hope.

1750: Theo Walcott misses a gilt-edged chance to make it safe for Arsenal but they hang on to victory to clinch fourth place.