The best moments from Premier League opening days

The best moments from Premier League opening days

As the Premier League returns we choose our favourite moments from past opening days.

Klinsmann's dive

When Tom Daley was a mere baby, Jurgen Klinsmann was out there, diving like a bastard. Much to the annoyance of the footballing world - mainly the Argentinians whose Pedro Monzon was sent off during the 1990 World Cup final as a result of Klinsmann's dark arts. 

Anyways, it's summer in Sheffield and Klinsmann has just signed for Tottenham fresh from burying five goals at the 1994 World Cup. 

Scoring a header to help Spurs towards victory, Klinsmann wins over fans with a self-deprecating dive to celebrate the goal. 

Reds enter a new dawn

It's the opening day of the 1994/95 season and Liverpool are entering a new dawn following the departure of Graeme Souness. Helmed by local boy done good Roy Evans, Liverpool record one of their biggest ever away wins, stunning Crystal Palace 6-1 thanks to goals from young guns Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler. 

Whilst no slouch as a manager - Evans had a better win rate than mangers such as Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers - one thing people often talk about in relation to the Evans era is his dubious discipline. Whilst Robbie Fowler recalled Evans being "fucking ruthless." Stan Collymore's recollection is worth noting, purely for it's hilarious Brent like evocation. “One morning we were all wandering out to training when Roy made some quip to Robbie Fowler and they started joking about,” Collymore wrote in 2004. “Robbie got the gaffer’s head in an armlock, frizzing up his hair. I caught myself imagining what would have happened if Gary Neville ever tried that with Alex Ferguson. Somehow, I couldn’t see it.”

‘You can’t win anything with kids’

Caked in makeup and dressed like a Last Shadow Puppet, Alan Hansen made a prediction on the opening day of the 1995 season up there with that Decca Records Executive who cast aside The Beatles.

Asked for his expert opinion after Manchester United are beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa, Hansen derides the young Beckham, Scholes and Giggs an co. stating famously ‘You can’t win anything with kids’. Fast forward nine months and United have won the double, becoming champions of Europe in 1999.

Bang it like Beckham

The opening day of the 1996-1997 saw a strike that would propel a 21-year old Londoner to worldwide fame. 

With a visiting United side cruising 2-0 against Wimbledon thanks to strikes from Eric Cantona and Dennis Irwin, Beckham picks up the ball on the halfway line. Spotting Neil Sullivan marginally off his line, Beckham glances up and executes a chip Tiger Woods would be proud of. 

Tangerine Dreams 

At the end of last season, Blackpool's owners the Oystons emerged from their side's 5-1 defeat to Peterborough flanked by minders amid a backdrop of “Love Blackpool, hate Oyston” banners. 

The Tangerines' capitulation had prompted a third relegation in six seasons – slipping into League Two. Just six years earlier, Blackpool were in footballing heaven. It was the opening day of the 2010 - 2011 Premier League season and they were 3-0 up at half-time, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher side-footing them ahead. Marlon Harewood added two more, before Alex Baptiste's completed the rout. 

Deane's Double

Who scored the very first Premier League goal? Cole, Shearer, Fowler? You might be suprised to find out it was actually Brian Deane, then of Sheffield United. 

With Manchester United the opposition on the opening day of the brand-new Premier League, Deane flicked past a helpless Peter Schmeichel after just five minutes.




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