Top 10 Opening Day Premier League Moments


10. Blackpool announce their Premier League arrival

With most pundits expecting Blackpool to produce a Derby County-esque performance in the Premier League, it was a huge shock to see them lying second after their opening day demolition of Wigan. 

9. Arsenal humiliate Everton with 6-1 opening day win at Goodison

The Gunners produced a stunning opening day to display to have their fans dreaming of the Invincibles again. Here is Eduardo slotting home the sixth against perennial slow-starters Everton.

8. Gustavo Poyet’s scissor strike

When players with the talent of Gianfranco Zola and Gus Poyet combine, special things happen. This goes down as one of the all-time great opening weekend goals.

7. Reading come from behind to beat Boro

After Reading fell 2-0 behind in their first ever Premier League game, fans must have feared the worst for the season. But Steve Coppell’s men bounced back with goals from Dave Kitson, Steve Sidwell and Leroy Lita, and went on to secure their top flight status - for one year at least.

6. Mario Stanic’s wonder strike for Chelsea

His Premier League career won't live long in the memory, but at least Mario Stanic left us this gem to remember him by!

5. Alan Shearer bags a brace on his Blackburn debut

All eyes were on Alan Shearer following his £3.3 million move from Southampton and the legendary marksman duly delivered, netting a brace in an exciting 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.

4. Jurgen Klinsmann's self-deprecating celebration

 After taking a lot of stick for his tendency to dive, Klinsmann showed a sense of humour with this celebration after scoring on his Premier League debut.

 

3. Brian Deane scores the first Premier League goal

Brian Deane wrote himself into a million pub quiz questions when he grabbed the first Premier League for Sheffield United. 

2. Ravanelli’s introduction to the Premier League

In one of the most memorable first impressions in English football history, Fabrizio Ravanelli produced a stunning hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

1. David Beckham’s goal from halfway against Wimbledon

David Beckham spots Wimbledon keeper Neil Sullivan off his line and lets fly from his own half. The rest is history!