IT'S UP FOR GRABS NOW: Where were you when Arsenal achieved league glory in 1989?

It was 20 years ago today when Arsenal won the league in what proved to be the most exciting climax to a campaign in history - with Michael Thomas notching the league winning goal at Anfield in injury time on the last day of the season.

I don't know what recollections you lot have of that famous match on May 26th, 1989, but I remember it vividly, not least because some of my closest friends fell out with me big style that night.

1989 was the year of the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy. On April 15,
a crush at the Sheffield football ground during an FA Cup semi final clash with Nottingham Forest resulted in 96 Liverpool supporters losing their lives and hundreds more were being injured.

Quite rightly, as a mark of respect, Liverpool Football Club went into a period of mourning which meant that the league decider against Arsenal was postponed and became the final game of the season - staged on a Friday night and beamed live to the nation - a relative rarity for a league match in those days.

I don't want to sweep aside what happened at Hillsborough, as it changed the face of football forever and I was heartened to see that something fitting was done to mark the 20th anniversary of that dark day earlier this year. Lord knows what effect it had on the Anfield players 20 years ago, but when Arsenal travelled to Merseyside for the championship decider, sentiment up and down the country was understandably with the Scousers.

So I found myself, like millions of others that Friday evening, in a pub watching the game. I lived in Scotland at the time, so the likelihood of finding another Arsenal Addict was slim at best, and given the extraordinary circumstances, I wasn't surprised to find that I was the only card carrying Gooner in the hostelry.

In case, for some reason, you don't know the details, Arsenal had to win by two clear goals to win the league. Nobody had beaten Liverpool on their home turf by that margin since 1066, or something, so the odds were stacked against the London team.

So when Alan Smith opened the scoring and a lone voice in the Royal Arms went berserk, the looks from his fellow drinkers were far from encouraging.  I kicked every ball and grew more and more vocal as the game drew on, much to the chagrin to the cohorts of Liverpool "fans" around me.

Had I not been an Arsenal fan, I too would have probably wanted Kenny Dalglish's team to win. But after leading the season for most of the way that year, I wasn't about to concede the trophy that easily.

Mind you, I have to admit that when I saw Steve McMahon signalling to his team mates that there was only one minute to go, I can remember taking a swig from my glass and thinking, 'Oh well, we came close.'

Cue hysteria and Thomas's 92nd minute winner. A lone Scottish Gooner goes crazy and the usually sedate regulars of a small coastal town pub start to turn ugly. To this day, my Scottish friends remind me how close I came to being lynched, but thankfully the pub landlord was a good mate and managed to shepherd me to the relative safety of behind the bar and called for a taxi to take me out of harm's way.

It's a strange memory from the night, but one I still look back on and smile about, funnily enough.

Anyway, with the 20th anniversary of St Michael's Day now upon us, what are your recollections of the historic win? Were you there? Did you have to go to extraordinary lengths to watch the game? Share your stories of May 26th 1989 here.