You may well be aware the Premiership started on 15 August 1992, but who scored the first goal ?
Well this photograph reveals all. Sort of…
For the record it came in the fifth minute of Sheffield United’s 2-1 win over Manchester United and it was scored by Brian Deane, but the Reds would go on to be crowned champions in the first ever PL season.
Deane recalls “Whatever happens, that will be the one moment fans all over the world will remember me for”.
“It was a fantastic feeling and even to this day people remind me of it – and it’s now a classic quiz question too.” It started when Blades goalkeeper Simon Tracey cleared a back-pass – then only recently outlawed by FIFA – deep into Manchester United territory, with United defender Gary Pallister heading the ball out for a throw-in.
“We had a throw-in at the Kop End (at Bramall Lane), Carl Bradshaw took a long throw aiming for Alan Cork at the near post,” recalls Deane, who also played for Leeds, Middlesbrough and Leicester City during his 12 seasons in the League notching 71 goals.
“He flicked a header on and I managed to get myself between Steve Bruce and Pallister to nod the ball past Peter Schmeichel.”
“They were no mugs those three, all great players. That made it extra special because that goal was against one of the top teams in the country and in Europe.”
That season Deane scored 15 goals. The Premier League top scorer that campaign was Teddy Sheringham with 22 goals. Sheringham scored the only goal in the first Live TV match on Sky in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest against Liverpool but then moved on to Tottenham a week later in £2.1 million deal. Click on the below link to see Teddy’s excellent finish and for a classic bit of Cloughie.
Robin van Persie won the golden boot last season with 26 goals. No surprise that RVP is favourite again, but Fernando Torres at 20-1 looks good value as it stands and Sergio Aguero is keenly priced and at 8-1 Christian Benteke is worth a tickle.
8/1 Sergio Aguero
16/1 Daniel Sturridge; Gareth Bale; Luis Suarez; Wayne Rooney;
18/1 Christian Benteke
20/1 Fernando Torres.