Category Archives: Great Goals

Great Goals: Steve Froggatt – COVENTRY CITY vs. Everton (November 1998)

Not usually a regular goalscorer, Steve Froggatt produced a memorable strike at home to Everton in November 1998. The ex-Aston Villa player was impressing with his consistently strong displays for Coventry City in the early weeks of the 1998-1999 campaign. His form was so good; Glenn Hoddle was considering calling him up for the next England squad before his own sacking in February 1999.

Midway through the first half, he collected possession and went on an advancing forward run. The Everton players back off, tempting him to have a shot from distance. They paid the ultimate penalty. Froggatt launched a spectacular drive that flew into the top corner of the net. It was his first goal for Coventry and quite probably the greatest goal of his career. Coventry would record an impressive 3-0 victory.

The strike was voted the Premier League Goal of the Season for 1998-1999 by Sky Sports viewers.

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Great Goals: Bobby Zamora – West Bromwich Albion vs. QUEENS PARK RANGERS (April 2015)

The 2014-2015 season was a tough campaign for fans of Queens Park Rangers. One of their better days came away at The Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion.

They were already 2-0 ahead in the game when Bobby Zamora produced this remarkable moment. Played through by Matt Phillips three minutes before half-time, he beat Joleon Lescott in a sprint before producing the most delicate of lobs from the edge of the penalty area with the outside of his foot. The ball spun past a helpless Ben Foster and into the net.

Zamora would later say this was his best-ever goal in his career. Queens Park Rangers won the game 4-1 and completed a league double over West Brom for the season. However, they would end the season with the club being relegated to the Championship.

Great Goals: Ruud van Nistelrooy – MANCHESTER UNITED vs. Fulham (March 2003)

Ruud van Nistelrooy was one of Europe’s great goalscorers. His habit was being in the right place at the right time to score from close-range or play off high offside traps and exposing weaknesses in defensive strategies.

This goal was all about skill, class and pace as well – the latter never being one of Van Nistelrooy’s true qualities. He collected possession from just inside his own half and spun away from Sylvain Legwinski who claimed he had been fouled by this movement. After this though, the rest is all about genuine class.

Van Nistelrooy beats no fewer than five Fulham players who either back off or put in feeble challenges. When in the penalty area, you always would back him and this was no exception, scooping the final effort beyond the Cottagers back-up goalkeeper, Maik Taylor.

This was the second goal of a Van Nistelrooy hat-trick in United’s 3-0 victory which set them up for an eighth Premier League title in 11 seasons. Van Nistelrooy won the Golden Boot that season too and there weren’t many better efforts in his Manchester United spell that this special solo strike.

Great Goals: Eden Hazard – CHELSEA vs. Arsenal (February 2017)

Chelsea met Arsenal in February 2017 in a game that had been billed as Arsenal’s last chance to stop their fellow Londoners heading towards a fifth Premier League title. It was a match that required a bit of brilliance and Eden Hazard certainly provided it with one of my personal favourite goals from the 2016-2017 campaign.

The hosts were already 1-0 ahead when this moment occurred. Receiving possession from a Diego Costa header, Hazard evaded an early Laurent Koscielny challenge before holding off Francis Coquelin. Coquelin did his best to foul the Belgian but failed in his efforts to bring him down as Hazard showed his strength to brush the defensive midfielder to the ground. He then took on Koscielny again, turned him inside out and then produced a deft finish past former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. It was a stunning solo effort and Hazard at his world-class best.

Chelsea won the game 3-1 and would go onto win the title whilst Arsenal’s away slump following this result would cost them a shot at finishing in the top four at the end of the campaign.

Great Goals: Shaun Bartlett – CHARLTON ATHLETIC vs. Leicester City (April 2001)

Charlton Athletic were enjoying a comfortable campaign in 2000-2001 and were destined to finish in the top half of the table. On April Fools’ Day 2001, there was no fooling around this shot from Shaun Bartlett which was the rightful winner of the Goal of the Season award.

The Addicks were already 1-0 ahead in this match with Leicester City when this magical goal occurred. Graham Stuart played an inch-perfect pass over the top of the Leicester defence. Bartlett watched the ball all the way on its journey in the air. As it dropped down towards ground level, he hit the strike first-time on the volley which headed straight into the net.

Charlton won the game 2-0 and Bartlett had launched himself onto the Premier League stage in the grand manner.

Great Goals: Robin van Persie – Charlton Athletic vs. ARSENAL (September 2006)

Robin van Persie has scored some special goals in his career and many of them were in the Premier League. This was probably his best strike in the colours of Arsenal.

Arsenal had made the trip across London to face Charlton Athletic and the score was 1-1. It looked like it was going to take something special to settle the stalemate between the two sides and Van Persie most definitely produced it.

It was a nice build-up from the Gunners, involving Justin Hoyte, Gilberto and Emmanuel Eboue. Eboue produced the cross but there was still plenty for Van Persie to do. His volley was magnificent and it was fitting to win the match for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Great Goals: Wayne Rooney – MANCHESTER UNITED vs. Newcastle United (April 2005)

In January 2017, Wayne Rooney overtook Sir Bobby Charlton to become Manchester United’s record goalscorer. It was an amazing feat for one of the greatest English players of his generation.

One of his early goals came in a Premier League match at home to Newcastle United. The Red Devils were 1-0 down 10 minutes into the second half and looked short of attacking input. Rooney was experiencing a frustrating afternoon of his own. He had picked up a knock in the first half and looked like he might be substituted. He answered those doubts in stunning style.

Rooney was having an argument with the referee Neale Barry over not getting an earlier free-kick. He paused from this conversation and latched onto a defensive clearance, producing a confident and cracking volley into the top corner of the net. It was one of the best strikes of the 2004-2005 season and another sign of money well spent by Sir Alex Ferguson.

It was a pure hit and a goal that kick-started Manchester United’s afternoon. Wes Brown’s header in the last 15 minutes ensured the home side won the day 2-1.

Great Goals: Gus Poyet – CHELSEA vs. Sunderland (August 1999)

Gus Poyet would become a Premier League manager with Sunderland from October 2013 to March 2015. He scored one of his finest goals against the Black Cats from his Chelsea days.

The Uruguayan was something of a cult hero during his four seasons at Stamford Bridge and came up with a glut of crucial goals, including the one to defeat the mighty Real Madrid in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final.

On the opening weekend of the 1999-2000 campaign, the Blues welcomed Sunderland to their lair and dismissed their opponents 4-0. Poyet scored the goal of the match. Gianfranco Zola received possession from a long ball and as the Italian took it under control and assessed his options, Poyet made a run from midfield into the box.

He got between the two Sunderland defenders and met Zola’s pass with brilliant timing. His volley left Thomas Sorensen without a hope of saving it. Poyet scored 49 goals in his Chelsea career. This was quite probably his best.

Great Goals: Michael Essien – CHELSEA vs. Arsenal (December 2006)

All-action Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien would score 25 goals for Chelsea in all competitions. This was one of his finest to drag Chelsea level in this London derby in December 2006.

Jose Mourinho had never lost to Arsene Wenger in his management career at this point but with seven minutes left, this looked like a distinct possibility. Mathieu Flamini had given Arsenal the lead.

Step forward Essien to rescue a point for the reigning champions. Arjen Robben and Frank Lampard are involved in the build-up to this goal but the strike is all about Essien’s power in the shot. The ball actually starts slightly outside the post on its journey, before swerving inside and giving Jens Lehmann not a hope of saving. It was a shot of cracking quality from a player who was an important figure in the Chelsea squads that won two Premier League titles in 2006 and 2010.

Great Goals: Alex Rae – Bolton Wanderers vs. WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (September 2003)

Wolverhampton Wanderers were enduring a tough baptism to life in the Premier League. They’d only collected one point from their opening five matches and had shipped five goals in heavy defeats to both Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea.

One of their highlights of the 2003-2004 campaign came in this trip to Bolton Wanderers in late September. Bolton cleared a corner but only to Alex Rae. The midfielder made an instant connection with the ball as it arrived at his feet and the shot flew into the top corner of Jussi Jaaskelainen’s net.

Bolton recovered from this setback to draw the game 1-1 but Rae’s moment was a rightful winner of the September 2003 Goal of the Month as voted for by viewers of ITV.

Great Goals: Rod Wallace – LEEDS UNITED vs. Tottenham Hotspur (April 1994)

On his day, Rod Wallace could produce the absolute spectacular and this was undoubtedly his greatest goal in his Leeds United career.

Against a Tottenham side in April 1994, Wallace took on all the opposition defenders and beat the lot of them. Receiving possession from around 60 yards from his goal, Wallace went towards the touchline and then jinked past two Tottenham defenders who couldn’t prevent him from going into touch.

His weaving run took him to the edge of the penalty area. By then, he had support in the box but Wallace’s eyes were focused on the goal and nothing else. He then produced a finesse curling shot to defeat the Spurs goalkeeper and take the acclaim of the Elland Road crowd.

This was voted the Goal of the Season by BBC viewers in 1994 and has also come out on-top in a FourFourTwo website vote too. This is a goal that has stood the test of time.

Great Goals: Eidur Gudjohnsen – CHELSEA vs. Leeds United (January 2003)

Eidur Gudjohnsen scored 78 goals in his six-year Chelsea career which included two Premier League titles.

This was one of his finest against Leeds United in January 2003. Leeds were leading the match 1-0 but were pegged back in amazing fashion by this piece of glory from Gudjohnsen. The move began when Frank Lampard made a surging run down the right-hand side. His cross was a fraction behind Gudjohnsen for a header.

So the Icelandic international used a piece of instinctive quick-thinking. He produced a terrific bicycle kick which defeated Paul Robinson in the Leeds goal. Chelsea would end up winning this entertaining contest 3-2. Had it not been for this moment of magic from Gudjohnsen, they might have not found a way back into the contest.