In light of the launch of the new football gaming phenomenon that is ‘Goaldash’ I decided to look at the six fastest goals ever to be scored in the Premier League. I am not sure it will influence any of your choices ahead of the big kick-off, but it may serve as a source of inspiration.
The six fastest premier league goals have come in such phenomenally quick times it seems barely possible to concede that fast. As one particularly despondent Coventry fan said after Dwight Yorke’s 13th second strike. “I like to have at least 5 minutes before I accept defeat.” With this list you get barely a minute to soak in all six.
1. Ledley King – 10 seconds
We start with Ledley King’s 10th second strike against Bradford in the 00/01 season. This goal remains the fastest in Premier league history (with Sky Sports going to great lengths to prove it’s quicker than Alan Shearer’s effort in 2003). Why Ledley King is taking centre and then strolling nonchanantly forward I do not know, but with the Bradford defence backing off his not outstanding shot finds the net. After 15 seconds of this video you can see the goal in terrible quality accompanied by an M People soundtrack. Unmissable huh?
2. Alan Shearer – 10.4 seconds
Second is Alan Shearer’s strike for Newcastle against Manchester City in 2003. This was just a case of terrible football from Manchester City who passed it back to the keeper from kick-off, he then miscontrolled it and kicked it into Shearer. The premiership’s record all-time goalscorer didn’t need any help but he got plenty here. This humiliation took 10.4 seconds apparently.
3. Mark Viduka – 11.1 seconds
The third fastest goal in Premier League history comes from a surprisingly slow player, Mark Viduka. The man had mastered the turn on a sixpence however. Unfortunately, his goal against Charlton for Leeds United in 2001 after 11.1 seconds is not deemed impressive enough to find anywhere so here’s a description from the BBC. ‘Straight from the kick-off, David Batty laid the ball off to Ian Harte who hoisted a long speculative ball forward that seemed to pose little danger to Charlton’s backline. But Alan Smith rose to flick the ball into the path of Mark Viduka, who took one touch before steering a precise shot past Sasa Ilic to give Leeds the lead.’ I’m sure there was some shocking Charlton defending involved.
4. Dwight Yorke – 13 seconds
Fourth is Dwight Yorke’s 13 second strike against Coventry in 1995. Just as the commentator is explaining how large the gulf is between the two sides, Dwight puts it in the back of the net. For a further treat a Savo Milosevic brace follows.
5. Chris Sutton – 13 seconds
At fifth and tied with Yorke on 13 seconds is Chris Sutton scoring for Blackburn Vs Everton again in 1995. Unfortunately this goal also appears lost in time and so I will have to assume it involves some diabolical defending, perhaps a cheeky elbow from Sutton in the build up and a long ball otherwise it would take too long.
6. Kevin Nolan – 14 seconds
The final goal is from Kevin Nolan. Complete with long ball and questionable defending it all takes place within 14 seconds to a background of an unsuspecting Bolton fan commentating on fanzone. This was scored in 2004 against Blackburn.
You might struggle to pick six numbers if you go by the timings of this lot, but at least you’ll get it done fast.
The game Goaldash is the new weekly national prize game that combines the best of the Pools and the Lottery in one simple and fun format. Goaldash offers a £1m jackpot that can be won each and every week of the football season by having a flutter on the nation’s favourite game.
On any given Saturday at least 24 football matches (48 teams) kick-off at approximately 3pm. These matches are spread across a variety of leagues that include the Barclays Premier League; as well as the Football League and the Scottish divisions.
The 3pm kick-off gives the game a unilateral start time and by definition a ‘finish time’.
So how does Goaldash work?
To begin each player will begin to guess, workout and strategise as to which 6 teams will score the 6 fastest goals and therefore produce the 6 winning numbers for that week.
Each attempt or ticket costs £1
The chosen teams for that week will each have a corresponding number listed in alphabetical order against each team thus creating the numbers 1-48.
Following the National Lottery ‘6 from 49’ format, Goaldash will use those 24 matches (48 teams) to produce the 6 winning numbers