This season marks the 20th since the Premier League’s inception. In that time some of the finest players to ever play the game have graced English football’s top flight. Year in year out drama has unfolded before our eyes, with goals evoking ecstasy and heartbreak in equal measure.
Today we take a look at the top ten most significant Premier League goals since 1992, those goals that matter that little bit more than most. From title winning goals to those that save a team from relegation, even goals with huge financial implications, the Premier League has seen its fair share of important goals.
10 – Frank Lampard – Bolton Vs Chelsea, 2005
Frank Lampard’s second goal against Bolton in 2005 saw him run the length of the pitch before rounding Jussi Jaskelainen. It marked an end to Chelsea’s 50 year wait for the league title in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager.
9 – Carlos Tevez – Manchester United 0-1 West Ham, 2007
Going in to the last day of the 2006/07 season West Ham travelled to Manchester United knowing they would need at least a point to secure safety. Carlos Tevez would become the hero, with an impeccable finish for the Hammers. Carlos Tevez’s move to West Ham was under investigation and the club would later be fined but the mercurial Argentinean will never be forgotten for his goal at Old Trafford.
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8 – John O’Shea – Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United, 2007
At number 8 we have an unlikely hero. Manchester United’s John O’Shea scored a winner at Anfield deep into added time, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after Pepe Reina had spilt the ball. The result sent United 9 points clear and despite a late push from Chelsea, United held on to regain the Premiership crown.
7 – Stan Collymore – Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle, 1996
Collymore’s late winner in 1996 is a goal that has proved significant for two reasons. The first of which is it contributed to Newcastle letting a 12 point lead slip at the top of the table as Manchester United went into overdrive at the end of the season. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, the goal epitomised the Premier League. It came at the end of a match recently voted the greatest Premier League match of the last 20 years and Martin Tyler’s commentary for SkySports has been immortalised. ‘Collymore closing in. Liverpool lead in stoppage time!’ In terms of advertisement of brand, Collymore’s goal is at the very top.
6 – Sylvain Wiltord – Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal, 2002
Having finished as runners up in the previous three seasons, Arsenal were determined to win the title back from Manchester United in their own back yard. Sylvan Wiltord would be the man to write himself into the history books, as Arsenal claimed the title with a 1-0 victory.
5 – Peter Crouch – Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham, 2010
In what was billed as the battle for 4th place Peter Crouch scored the winner that gave Tottenham Hotspur Champions League football. The club impressed in the competition and can look back on the goal as a stepping stone to the quality of player they now have at the club.
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4 – Geoff Horsfield – West Brom 2-0 Portsmouth, 2005
In what was dubbed ‘The Great Escape’, West Brom became the first club in the Premier League to be bottom at Christmas and escape relegation. In fact, West Brom were even bottom going into the last day. Geoff Horsfield scored the first in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth, with results elsewhere going their way sparking delirium amongst the Baggies supporters.
3 – Jesper Gronkjaer – Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool, 2003
Another game with huge importance, on the last day of the 2002-2003 season the winning side would secure qualification for the Champions League. Jesper Gronkjaer scored the winner in the first half and as they say, the rest is history. Roman Abramovich invested in the club less than two months later marking a period of unprecedented success for the West London club.
2 – Steve Bruce – Manchester United 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday, 1993
In the very first Premier League season an unlikely source in Steve Bruce scored twice deep into stoppage time against Sheffield Wednesday. The two goals sent United a point clear at the top, a month later they would be crowned Premier League champions, beginning a period of dominance in English football for Manchester United.
1 – Brian Deane – Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United, 1992
For one reason alone, Brian Deane’s goal will always be a significant one in the Premier League’s history, being the first to be scored in the competition. It marked the beginning of a new era for English football and the game has never looked back, indeed, who could of predicted the Premier League would be such a resounding success when Deane scored that very first goal.
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