The fastest Premier League goal (December 2000)

Over the years, there have been many contenders for the fastest Premier League goal in history. You might think that one of the top forwards holds the record like Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Thierry Henry or Wayne Rooney?

Well you’d be wrong. It is a defender who holds the record and the honour goes to Tottenham stalwart Ledley King. He achieved the feat in December 2000 when Tottenham Hotspur visited Valley Parade to play bottom-placed Bradford City.

From kick-off, Tottenham played a long ball forward which the Bantams’ defence struggled to clear. 20-year-old King, playing in a defensive midfield role on the day, decided to try his luck and it was his day. His shot deflected in from 20-yards out to beat Matt Clarke and give Tottenham a very early lead. The goal was timed at just 10 seconds, a shade quicker than Shearer’s effort for Newcastle against Manchester City in January 2003.


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