Teddy’s Sky moment (August 1992)

It was a “Whole New Ball Game” in 1992 when the Premier League was born in this country and it was the same for where to watch it. BSkyB had swooped to take the live rights for the new division with 60 live games per season for the first five years of the new era in English football. Games would be shown live on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. Super Sunday and Monday Night Football were therefore born.

The first match televised live was a battle between two former European champions who were experiencing tougher times of late in Nottingham Forest and Liverpool FC. The first goal live on Sky Sports was scored by Teddy Sheringham.

Just over 20 minutes had been played when Forest broke down the visitors’ barrier. Scot Gemmill played the ball out wide to Sheringham. He had options but elected to cut inside and go for goal himself. He smashed his strike past David James and into the net. It was a piece of television history for sport in this country.

Nottingham Forest won the game 1-0 but would finish bottom of the first Premier League table and the late, great Brian Clough retired at the end of the season as manager. Sheringham wouldn’t stay much longer in the Midlands. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur before the month was out and ended up as the winner of the 1992-1993 Golden Boot. What a start for one of the league’s most precise finishers!

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