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Premier League Rewind: 22nd-24th August 1998

Results: Charlton Athletic 5-0 Southampton, Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle United, Derby County 0-0 Wimbledon, Leicester City 2-0 Everton, Liverpool FC 0-0 Arsenal, Nottingham Forest 1-0 Coventry City, Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United, Aston Villa 3-1 Middlesbrough, Leeds United 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

There seemed to a post-attacking hangover after the 1998 World Cup finals in France and defences were most definitely on-top in the first month of the 1998-1999 season. On the second weekend of the campaign, there were three more goalless draws to add to the three on the opening day and just 18 goals across the 10 fixtures.

The main story was Charlton Athletic’s first game in the Premier League at The Valley and it turned out to be a memorable afternoon the Addicks supporters would never forget. Southampton were ripped apart in the Saturday afternoon sunshine in the capital. John Robinson had the honour of scoring Charlton’s first goal in the top-flight since promotion and play-off hero Clive Mendonca helped himself to a second half hat-trick. The Saints caved in and finished with midfielder David Howells in-goal after regular goalkeeper Paul Jones was sent off for a professional foul. Charlton won 5-0 and ended the weekend top of the Premier League table.

Two days after his big money transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester United, Dwight Yorke made his Red Devils debut at Upton Park as Alex Ferguson’s side continued their unspectacular start to the season with a turgid performance in a goalless draw with the Hammers. David Beckham made his first trip to a visiting ground since his World Cup nightmare and he was viciously booed throughout the afternoon by the West Ham faithful who hadn’t forgiven him for his antics in St-Etienne back in June.

Aston Villa boss John Gregory was furious Yorke had left his club and when his striker demanded to leave, he famously said “if he’d had a gun at the time, I think I would have shot him!” The Villans didn’t seem to miss him at home to newly-promoted Middlesbrough. Julian Joachim scored the pick of the goals in the home side’s impressive 3-1 victory infront of the Super Sunday cameras.

The standard and competitiveness of the Premier League was drawn out by the fact that there were no 100% records left after just two rounds of fixtures. Only two teams were pointless so far; Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs’ alarming 3-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday with goals from Peter Atherton, Paolo Di Canio and Andy Hinchcliffe would turn out to be Christian Gross’ last home fixture as manager of the club. He was sacked in early September. The win for the Owls was the first in-charge for Danny Wilson after he left relegated Barnsley in the summer to take charge of a club he represented in his playing days.

The first manager to leave his post in the season was Kenny Dalglish. Although Newcastle recorded an excellent 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against a new-look Chelsea, Dalglish resigned a few days later and would be replaced by ex-Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit.

The weekend ended with Leeds United edging out Blackburn Rovers 1-0 on Monday Night Football. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored the only goal of the game after 18 minutes. It was the first of his 18 Premier League goals in the season, as he shared the Golden Boot with Yorke and Liverpool FC’s Michael Owen. 

What else happened in August 1998?

  • Just four months after The Good Friday agreement, trouble returns to Northern Ireland when a car bomb explodes at Omagh, planted by a splinter group who opposed the agreement. 29 people are killed and 220 are injured in the worst terrorist atrocity in Northern Ireland.
  • The United States embassy buildings are bombed in Tanzania and Kenya, killing 224 people and injuring over 4500. They are immediately linked to al-Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden.
  • American President Bill Clinton admits in a televised address to the country that he “misled people” about his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky.
  • The world’s first bionic arm, the Edinburgh Modular Arm System is fitted.
  • Richard Dunn, the former CEO of Thames Television dies aged 55. He was in-charge of Thames when they controversially lost the London license to serve ITV in the 1991 Franchise Awards.
  • Damon Hill wins the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa – the first-ever victory for the Jordan Formula One team, ran by Irish team owner Eddie Jordan. It is Hill’s 22nd and final victory in the sport.
  • The Netherlands is selected as the venue for the trial of the two Libyan men charged with the Lockerbie bombing of December 1988.




Memorable Matches: Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Liverpool FC (October 1994)

Goalscorers: Robbie Fowler 27, Mark Atkins 52, Chris Sutton 57, 72, John Barnes 59


Blackburn Rovers: Tim Flowers, Henning Berg, Tony Gale, Colin Hendry, Graeme Le Saux, Paul Warhurst, Mark Atkins, Stuart Ripley, Jason Wilcox, Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton

Liverpool FC: David James, Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjornebye (Jamie Redknapp 80), Rob Jones, John Scales, Neil Ruddock, Jan Molby, John Barnes, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush

Referee: Brian Hill, Attendance: 30,263

The name Kenny Dalglish will always be linked with these two clubs. Dalglish had achieved immortality with Liverpool FC, winning a clutch of league championships as a player and a manager. Now, he was aiming to win the title for the highly-ambitious Blackburn Rovers side. Both teams were in great form going into this match at Ewood Park in October 1994.

Blackburn had come within moments of ending Newcastle’s unbeaten start to the season a week earlier whilst a new-look Liverpool had lost just once in the Premier League and that was to reigning champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The home side started with great purpose and were doing all the pressing in the first 30 minutes. Rob Jones had to clear a Tony Gale header off his own goal-line. Alan Shearer was denied another goal by the legs of David James and Jason Wilcox blazed a shot over when put through by Chris Sutton. So it was totally against the run-of-play when Roy Evans’ side took the lead.

Red-hot Robbie Fowler was found in space by Steve McManaman. His shot took a deflection off the unfortunate Gale and the ball looped over Tim Flowers and into the net. The goal was very fortunate but it stemmed the tide and towards the end of the first half, it was Liverpool who were looking more dangerous.

Dalglish needed to rally his troops in the dressing rooms. It wasn’t the first time in recent weeks where deflections had gone against Blackburn. They’d lost a fortnight earlier to Norwich City because of a similar kind of goal. So, the response to going 1-0 down at the interval was magnificent. Six minutes into the second half, Shearer found some space in the penalty area and pulled the ball back for Mark Atkins to score from close-range.

Shearer might not have scored but he played such a crucial part in dragging Blackburn ahead. Five minutes after the leveller, he once again produced a wicked delivery into the box. Strike partner Sutton sneaked infront of Phil Babb and although James parried his first effort, Sutton managed to bundle the ball over the line to have the hosts into the lead.

Just before the hour mark and Liverpool were back on level terms. Stig Inge Bjornebye’s cross was perfect for John Barnes to remind everyone of his class. Barnes’ spectacular overhead kick into the bottom corner drew the game level at 2-2. That goal itself deserved something from the game but ultimately, it got nothing. Sutton got the better of Neil Ruddock on 72 minutes and as James advanced off his line, the forward drilled home his 12th goal of the season to put Blackburn ahead. It was a lead they would maintain until the final whistle.

Liverpool got their revenge six weeks later, knocking Blackburn out of the League Cup in the fourth round and the two sides played another important match later on in the season…but more on that later.

The Managers: Graeme Souness

Premier League Clubs Managed: Liverpool FC (1992-1994), Southampton (1996-1997), Blackburn Rovers (2001-2004), Newcastle United (2004-2006)

Graeme Souness is now considered as one of the most respected pundits on television. His work, analysis and views are often spot-on for Sky Sports. However, before becoming a football pundit, he had plenty of success as a player and took charge of some of England’s biggest clubs as a manager.

The Scot was a fiery character in his playing days. He was an intimidating competitor who never liked losing and relished a good scrap at the heart of the midfield. He was also a leader and enjoyed plenty of wonderful days skippering Liverpool FC during their golden period of British football in the 1980s.

Trophies and success

Souness’ career began as an apprentice at Tottenham Hotspur but he never got into the first-team for the north Londoners. He featured just once in a UEFA Cup tie as a late substitute. Frustrated with his lack of opportunities, he had a brief spell in North America before moving to Middlesbrough in 1972.

Under the guidance of former England World Cup winner Jack Charlton, Souness started to show the dominant style he would possess throughout his playing career. He scored a hat-trick on the final day of the 1973-1974 season as Middlesbrough beat Sheffield Wednesday 8-0. They went up as Second Division champions.

Four years later, the biggest club at the time was Liverpool FC and they identified Graeme as a natural replacement for Ian Callaghan. He moved to Anfield in January 1978 and would spend the next seven seasons on Merseyside. This led to plenty of trophies and success. He won five league titles, four League Cups and the European Cup in 1978, 1981 and 1984.

In 1978, it was his pass for fellow Scot Kenny Dalglish that set Liverpool up for victory in the European Cup final at Wembley Stadium over Club Brugge of Belgium. At the start of the 1981-1982 season, Liverpool manager Bob Paisley decided to take the captain’s armband away from Phil Thompson and hand the role to Souness, starting an acrimonious relationship between the new skipper and the former captain.

In his final Anfield season, he scored the winning goal in the League Cup final replay against Merseyside rivals Everton and also converted his penalty in the European Cup shootout victory over AS Roma. He departed in the summer of 1984 with a host of medals and plenty of memories during the 358 times he represented the Reds.

First steps in Scotland

His next career move was to Serie A, joining Sampdoria. In his first season, he won the Coppa Italia which was the first time Sampdoria had won this prize. However, his career ended in Italy in 1986 when Scottish side Glasgow Rangers offered him the chance to become the club’s new player-manager. Not only was this to extend Graeme’s playing career, it was the chance to make his first steps into management.

He continued playing until 1991, retiring at the age of 38. In management, he began to take advantage of the ban English clubs had on playing in European competition following the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985. The likes of Terry Butcher, Trevor Francis, Ray Wilkins and Chris Woods all moved to Ibrox and the Gers began to dominate Scottish football again. He won 64% of his fixtures, guided the club to four League Cups and three league championships. Despite this success, his abrasive approach angered rival supporters and didn’t make him a popular figure with the Scottish authorities. There were a number of confrontations which led to touchline bans and hefty fines. This is something he has accepted since his management days ended.

In April 1991, Souness made the move back to Anfield, succeeding his former teammate Dalglish as the club’s manager. Dalglish had sensationally quit two months earlier, less than 24 hours after a thrilling 4-4 draw in the FA Cup with local rivals Everton. The stress in the aftermath of his response to the Hillsborough disaster had eventually taken its toll. Souness arrived and knew the squad was ageing. He needed to change things but would it work?

Too many changes at Anfield

The reshaping began with the arrival of players like Dean Saunders, Mark Walters and Mark Wright. His first full season in the Anfield dugout was a sign of things to come. Liverpool finished a distant sixth in the table and were knocked out by Genoa in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in their first season back in European competition after Heysel. However, football became a secondary nature to Graeme in April 1992.

He needed major heart surgery which was successful and returned to the dugout to witness ultimately his only honour as Liverpool manager, when they beat Sunderland 2-0 in the 1992 FA Cup final. In reality, a gradual change was probably needed in terms of the playing squad rather than a radical overhaul.

The 1992-1993 Premier League campaign was nothing short of disastrous. Liverpool went into March languishing in 15th position and only a strong end to the season saw the club rise upto sixth in the final table. His signing of Paul Stewart was a hideous piece of judgement. He spent £2.3 million on him and the forward would only score once under his management, spending plenty of time either underperforming or on the treatment table. Meanwhile, Saunders was sold to Aston Villa and he played a major part in the Villans’ near-miss with the Premier League title.

After being mysteriously absent from the club’s final match of the league season; a 6-2 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur on a ‘scouting mission,’ there were rumours he was going to be sacked. However, the board elected to keep faith in Graeme. Ultimately, he was already doomed.

1993-1994 was not much better. Liverpool were only 14th in the table on New Years’ Eve, players were squabbling on the pitch and a home defeat in the FA Cup third round to lowly Bristol City proved to be the final straw. Two days after the defeat, he quit. Roy Evans would succeed him.

From Turkey to Portugal, via Southampton

Souness’ next management spell came in 1995 when he took over at Turkish club Galatasaray. His most iconic moment of his season in Turkey was racing onto the pitch and planting a large Galatasaray flag into the centre circle of the pitch of the club’s arch enemies, Fenerbahce. This nearly sparked a riot after the 1996 Turkish Cup final, which Galatasaray won.

He returned to the Premier League in the summer of 1996, succeeding Dave Merrington at Southampton. There was a fantastic 6-3 victory over Manchester United but Southampton finished a lowly 16th and their Premier League safety was only confirmed on the final day of the campaign. Again, his spell at this club will be remembered for one moment. In November 1996, Southampton signed a player called Ali Dia. The Senegalese was signed up on the ‘recommendation’ of current World Player of the Year, George Weah. He didn’t check any of the information and this turned out to be a hoax with the initial phone call having not come from Weah, but for Dia’s agent. He came off the bench against Leeds United, played dreadfully and was substituted himself shortly afterwards. It was a humiliating episode in his career.

Differences with Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe led to his departure in the summer of 1997 and he then had stints with Torino and Benfica. He signed plenty of British footballers at Benfica, including Saunders, Scott Minto and Gary Charles. Neither spell was successful and led to acrimonious departures.

Blackburn and Newcastle

He took over as Blackburn Rovers manager in 2000 when the club were languishing in the First Division. He won promotion for the club back to the Premier League and experienced League Cup success in 2002 when Blackburn defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the final.

He managed to sign the likes of Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Henning Berg and got the best out of players already at the club such as Damien Duff, David Dunn and Matt Jansen.

Blackburn finished 10th in their first season back in the top-flight and then improved to sixth in 2002-2003. However, a disappointing final full term saw the club drop to 15th in 2003-2004 and relations between players and manager soured. Both Cole and Yorke fell out with Souness, Duff and Dunn left for Chelsea and Birmingham City respectively and Jansen was never the same player after a motorbike accident in the summer of 2002.

Four games into the 2004-2005 campaign, he resigned as Blackburn Rovers manager to fill the vacancy at Newcastle United, created by Sir Bobby Robson’s departure. Once again, his no-nonsense approach left some players annoyed and ultimately wanting to leave the club. Craig Bellamy left for Celtic on-loan after refusing to play out-of-position for a trip to Arsenal, whilst Jermaine Jenas and Laurent Robert left in the summer of 2005 after spats behind the scenes with Souness.

Despite reaching a European quarter-final and the 2005 FA Cup semi-finals, Newcastle finished a very disappointing 14th in the Premier League. Although he managed to convince Toon Army legend Alan Shearer to stay on for another season and helped play a role in Michael Owen’s decision to come to Newcastle, his Liverpool FC management struggles were occurring again on Tyneside.

With Newcastle sitting 15th in the table in February 2006 and growing fan pressure, owner Freddy Shepherd had little option but to sack Souness after a 3-0 defeat away to Manchester City. He had spent £50 million in the transfer market and the club were going backwards. Glenn Roeder would take the job after his departure.

Despite links with various posts since including vacancies at Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough, Souness stated in 2009 that he had no interest in returning to management. He has been a regular pundit with Sky Sports for the past nine seasons and seems happy in this role. Sky’s loss of Champions League rights in 2015 means he also does some work on European games for BEIN Sports in Qatar.

Graeme Souness always worked incredibly hard in his management days and is one of the game’s most well-respected figures. A legend as a player, his management style meant his final results especially in the Premier League were a mixed bag.

Premier League Rewind: 15th-17th October 1994

Results: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea, Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Liverpool FC, Crystal Palace 0-1 Newcastle United, Everton 0-2 Coventry City, Leeds United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City 4-3 Southampton, Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Manchester City, Ipswich Town 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest 3-1 Wimbledon

Whilst Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United were the two teams who would go on to dictate the destiny of the Premier League title in season 1994-1995, it wasn’t so clear who would be the team to beat in mid-October 1994. Kenny Dalglish and Alex Ferguson’s sides were in the chasing pack, but behind a couple of hot pacesetters.

Going into the weekend’s matches, Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest still held unbeaten records and these were maintained through contrasting fashions. Kevin Keegan’s Magpies’ had dropped just four points all season but their trip to Selhurst Park for a match with Crystal Palace wasn’t all about style and swagger. This time, it was about grit and determination to get all three points. They managed to achieve this with a minute to go. Palace defended brilliantly all day but Peter Beardsley produced a special effort to beat Nigel Martyn and ensure the visiting fans went home happy and still on top of the table.

Nottingham Forest had to wait until the Monday evening to respond. Frank Clark’s side were in live action on Sky Sports and played a Wimbledon side that had made a sluggish start to the season. Stan Collymore scored one of the goals of the season at the City Ground. Collecting possession from just inside the Wimbledon half, the striker went on a mazy run and as the space opened up, went for goal. The shot flew past Hans Segers as Forest went on to record a 3-1 victory and maintain their impressive start on their Premier League return.

The two sides that Dalglish cared about the most in English football clashed at Ewood Park and Blackburn Rovers prevailed in a five-goal thriller with Liverpool FC. John Barnes might have scored the goal of the weekend with a stunning acrobatic kick that rolled back the years to his prime days. It wasn’t enough though for the visitors’ to grab a share of the spoils. Two goals from Chris Sutton ensured Dalglish’s current side beat his old employers 3-2.

Liverpool FC stayed in the top four but the nightmare continued across Merseyside for Everton. Still without a win and the pressure continued to mount on the beleaguered Mike Walker. New signings Duncan Ferguson and Ian Durrant played at home to Coventry City but made little impact on the contest. Dion Dublin was among the scorers in an easy 2-0 win for Coventry. Walker insisted he wasn’t under pressure from the board afterwards but his time was almost up in the Goodison Park hotseat.

Another side that had been struggling were Leicester City but the newly-promoted Foxes’ achieved a second victory of the term in an entertaining 4-3 triumph at home to Southampton. Franz Carr scored the goal of the match as Brian Little’s side held off a late fightback from their opponents to claim all three points. It would be the last victory Little achieved with Leicester. He would walk out on the club five weeks later to take over at Midlands’ rivals Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-1 in a London derby, Manchester United sneaked past West Ham United through an Eric Cantona goal and David Hirst scored an 89th minute winner as Sheffield Wednesday beat Ipswich Town 2-1 on Super Sunday despite a late red card for Des Walker.

What else happened in October 1994?

  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso is elected president of Brazil.
  • Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in keeping peace in the Middle East.
  • The USA defeats Europe 13-7 in the Solheim Cup.
  • BSkyB launch two new channels; Sky Soap and Sky Travel.
  • The conclusion of the Sharongate storyline in EastEnders as Grant finds out Sharon has been having an affair with his brother, Phil. An estimated 25.3 million watch the drama unfold.
  • Former Academy Award winner Martha Raye dies in Los Angeles aged 78.
  • Two trains crash head-on in heavy fog in Kent after a driver passes a red signal. Five are killed and 13 injured.

The Managers: Kenny Dalglish

Premier League Clubs Managed: Blackburn Rovers (1992-1995), Newcastle United (1997-1998), Liverpool FC (2011-2012)

As a player, Kenny Dalglish’s achievements are second-to-none. As a manager, his achievements are almost unprecedented. He was a born winner and experienced the ultimate highs and tragic lows as a manager.

In a playing career that spanned over 20 years, he won numerous honours with both Celtic and Liverpool FC, scored a hatful of goals and produced moments of sheer brilliance that the fans on the terraces at Parkhead and Anfield never forget.

Kenny won the European Cup three times as a player and scored the winning goal in the 1978 final against Club Brugge. In terms of league honours, he won 10 league titles, along with 10 domestic cups and the UEFA Super Cup in 1977. His career is a glittering one and he is often considered the greatest player to have ever played for both Celtic and Liverpool FC.

His management breakthrough came as a surprise and in tumultuous circumstances.

Picking up after Heysel

In 1985, the Heysel Stadium disaster before the European Cup final had sent shockwaves around the world. English clubs were immediately banned from participating in European competition for the rest of the decade. Joe Fagan decided to step down as Liverpool FC’s first-team manager. Dalglish took the reins as player-manager.

In his first season in the dugout, Liverpool FC won the double. It was Dalglish who scored the winning goal on the final day of the season at Stamford Bridge to win the 1986 First Division title for the Reds.’ A week later, they beat Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup final. This was during the height of dominance on Merseyside in the British game. He had come straight in and achieved a unique feat as a rookie. More was to come.

He signed the likes of Peter Beardsley, John Barnes and John Aldridge as Liverpool continued their supreme grip on the English game. Further titles followed in 1988 and 1990, with runners-up spots in 87 and 89. The Double would elude them twice. In 1988, underdogs Wimbledon beat Dalglish’s Reds’ in the FA Cup final. In 1989, it was a last-gasp strike from Michael Thomas that snatched the league title for Arsenal at Anfield with moments remaining of the campaign. Liverpool won the FA Cup that season on a highly-charged afternoon.


Saturday, 15 April 1989 will remain the blackest day in English football history. It was a sunny afternoon as Liverpool FC fans flocked to Sheffield to see their team play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final. 96 supporters would not come home; crushed on the terraces of Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.

In the aftermath, Dalglish attended many funerals of the victims and his presence on the club, the grieving families and the city has been described as immense. The tragedy affected him deeply and Liverpool’s victory in the cup final that season against Everton was a victory that was much more than just a football match.

In February 1991, the two Merseyside teams played out a belting FA Cup fifth round tie which finished 4-4 at Goodison Park. Two days later, Dalglish shocked everyone by resigning as manager. This was despite Liverpool still being three points clear at the top of the First Division table. All the trauma and strain had caught up with him but he would be back – both in management and later on in his career with the club who he has always seen as home.

Changing the face of Blackburn

After seven months out of the game, Kenny Dalglish returned to management with Blackburn Rovers in October 1991. He led Rovers back to the top-flight of English football for the first time since 1966 with victory over Leicester City in the Second Division playoffs. It meant Blackburn would play in the inaugural FA Premier League season.

Backed by beloved Blackburn fan and steel magnet Jack Walker, Dalglish wasted little time in making the club one of the best in the early Premier League Years. He broke the British transfer record to sign Alan Shearer in 1992 from Southampton and repeated the feat two years later to snare Chris Sutton away from Norwich City.

Other notable buys included winger Stuart Ripley, midfielder Paul Warhurst and goalkeeper Tim Flowers. Blackburn were looking to go all the way and become champions of England. After finishing fourth and second in the first two seasons, 1994-1995 was the year that Walker’s dreams would come true.

Blackburn topped the table from late November onwards and barely surrendered top spot but they were pushed all the way by reigning champions Manchester United. A late wobble saw an eight-point lead diminish to just two by the final day of the season. In an ironic twist, Blackburn were at Anfield to play Dalglish’s former side, Liverpool FC whilst Manchester United travelled to Upton Park to face West Ham United.

Alex Ferguson had been playing his usual mind games tactic, hinting that Liverpool would roll over and allow Blackburn to win to ensure Manchester United wouldn’t win the championship. It didn’t go like that. Liverpool won 2-1 with a late free-kick from Jamie Redknapp. Seconds later, the full-time whistle went in London. Manchester United had failed to beat West Ham and that meant the result on Merseyside was inconsequential. Blackburn Rovers were champions of England for the first time in 81 years. The title meant that Dalglish was only the fourth football manager in history to lead two different clubs to top-flight league championships, after Tom Watson, Herbert Chapman and Brian Clough.

Replacing King Kev on Tyneside

After that title success of 1995, Dalglish retired as Blackburn manager and moved into a Director of Football role where he would be replaced by his assistant Ray Harford. He left the club for good a year later.

In January 1997, he took over at Newcastle United, replacing Kevin Keegan who had abruptly resigned. Dalglish’s impact at Newcastle was limited. He did guide them to a runners-up spot in the 1996-1997 league campaign and spearheaded a famous victory over Barcelona in the following season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. However, he sold the likes of David Ginola, Les Ferdinand and Lee Clark, replacing them with veterans Stuart Pearce, Ian Rush and John Barnes.

Two games into the 1998-1999 season, he left the club. It is still unknown whether he resigned or was sacked. Either way, it is the only managerial period of his career which didn’t bring any silverware or much positive impact.

He went back to his first club Celtic and had a brief spell as manager there after Barnes was fired following a shambolic home League Cup defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Leaving in the summer of 2000, it would be another decade before Kenny was back in the dugout.

The second coming

In April 2009, Dalglish returned to Liverpool FC, taking a role within the club’s youth academy. He also became a club ambassador. When Rafa Benitez quit in June 2010 after relations with the American owners deteriorated, Dalglish expressed a desire to return to the management post. However, it was Fulham boss Roy Hodgson who got the job.

As soon as the fans got wind of the news that Dalglish had shown interest in the role, Hodgson was toast. Liverpool’s form was terrible and they looked like being involved in a relegation scrap as 2011 began. Hodgson left after a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn which was the club’s ninth defeat of the Premier League season. 24 hours after returning from a holiday in Dubai, Dalglish returned as caretaker manager until the end of the season. After losing his first match back; an FA Cup tie at Manchester United, he admitted it was “a big challenge.”

In the early weeks of his second coming, Fernando Torres was sold for a British transfer record to Chelsea but in came Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez. Performances started to improve and so did results. There were impressive wins over Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City and a 5-2 battering of Fulham at Craven Cottage. By the end of the season, Dalglish had signed a three-year deal to remain as manager and he guided the club to a respectable sixth in the final standings. A pretty good return considering he’d taken over with the club 13th and just four points clear of the drop zone.

In the summer of 2011, Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy and Jordan Henderson were among the new recruits. Despite some frustrating draws at Anfield, the Reds’ strong away form meant they sat fifth at the turn of the year. However, they faded badly in the second half of the campaign and ended a distant eighth in the table, even below Merseyside rivals Everton. It was their worst Premier League points’ return in a 38-game season. Dalglish’s strong defence of Suarez after he was involved in a racism incident with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra was criticised and apologises only made after the owners insisted. He did win the League Cup on penalties in 2012 but three days after the season ended, Dalglish was sacked and replaced by Brendan Rodgers.

He is still an Anfield club hero and is now on the board at Liverpool as a non-executive director. Kenny Dalglish achieved so much in the game of football. His honours’ list means he will go down as one of British football’s most successful players and managers.

Seasonal Records: 1994-1995

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from season three of the Premier League – 1994-1995.


Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Blackburn Rovers 42 27 8 7 80 39 +41 89
2 Manchester United 42 26 10 6 77 28 +49 88
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 11 9 72 43 +29 77
4 Liverpool FC 42 21 11 10 65 37 +28 74
5 Leeds United 42 20 13 9 59 38 +21 73
6 Newcastle United 42 20 12 10 67 47 +20 72
7 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 14 12 66 58 +8 62
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 9 16 61 59 +2 60
9 Wimbledon 42 15 11 16 48 65 -17 56
10 Southampton 42 12 18 12 61 63 -2 54
11 Chelsea 42 13 15 14 50 55 -5 54
12 Arsenal 42 13 12 17 52 49 +3 51
13 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 12 17 49 57 -8 51
14 West Ham United 42 13 11 18 44 48 -4 50
15 Everton 42 11 17 14 44 51 -7 50
16 Coventry City 42 12 14 16 44 62 -18 50
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 53 64 -11 49
18 Aston Villa 42 11 15 16 51 56 -5 48
19 Crystal Palace 42 11 12 19 34 49 -15 45
20 Norwich City 42 10 13 19 37 54 -17 43
21 Leicester City 42 6 11 25 45 80 -35 29
22 Ipswich Town 42 7 6 29 36 93 -57 27



Goals Scored 1,195
European qualifiers Blackburn Rovers (UEFA Champions League), Manchester United (UEFA Cup), Nottingham Forest (UEFA Cup), Liverpool FC (UEFA Cup), Leeds United (UEFA Cup), Everton (UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
Longest winning run 7 games (Blackburn Rovers)
Longest unbeaten run 13 games (Nottingham Forest)
Longest winless run 12 games (Everton & Southampton)
Longest losing run 8 games (Ipswich Town)
Highest attendance 43,868 (Manchester United vs. Sheffield Wednesday)
Lowest attendance 5,268 (Wimbledon vs. Manchester City)



PFA Players’ Player of the Year Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)
PFA Young Player of the Year Robbie Fowler (Liverpool FC)
Football Writers’ Award Jurgen Klinsmann (Tottenham Hotspur)
PFA Team of the Year Tim Flowers, Graeme Le Saux, Rob Jones, Colin Hendry, Gary Pallister, Paul Ince, Tim Sherwood, Matt Le Tissier, Chris Sutton, Alan Shearer, Jurgen Klinsmann
Manager of the Year Kenny Dalglish (Blackburn Rovers)
LMA Manager of the Year Frank Clark (Nottingham Forest)
Goal of the Season Matt Le Tissier (Blackburn Rovers vs. SOUTHAMPTON)



Player Teams Score Date
Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers vs. Coventry City 4-0 27th August 1994
Robbie Fowler Liverpool FC vs. Arsenal 3-0 28th August 1994
Andrei Kanchelskis Manchester United vs. Manchester City 5-0 10th November 1994
Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers vs. Queens Park Rangers 4-0 26th November 1994
Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United 4-2 2nd December 1994
Tony Cottee West Ham United vs. Manchester City 3-0 17th December 1994
Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers vs. West Ham United 4-2 2nd January 1995
Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers vs. Ipswich Town 4-1 28th January 1995
Tommy Johnson Aston Villa vs. Wimbledon 7-1 11th February 1995
Andy Cole (5 goals) Manchester United vs. Ipswich Town 9-0 4th March 1995
Peter Ndlovu Liverpool FC vs. Coventry City 2-3 14th March 1995
Tony Yeboah Leeds United vs. Ipswich Town 4-0 5th April 1995
Ian Wright Arsenal vs. Ipswich Town 4-1 15th April 1995



Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 34
2 Robbie Fowler Liverpool FC 25
3 Les Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers 24
4 Stan Collymore Nottingham Forest 22
5 Andy Cole Newcastle United & Manchester United 21
6= Jurgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur 20
6= Matt Le Tissier Southampton 20
8 Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur 18
8= Ian Wright Arsenal 18
10= Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers 15
10= Uwe Rosler Manchester City 15
10= Dean Saunders Aston Villa 15
13= Andrei Kanchelskis Manchester United 14
13= Paul Rideout Everton 14
15= Bryan Roy Nottingham Forest 13
15= Peter Beardsley Newcastle United 13
15= Tony Cottee West Ham United 13
15= Dion Dublin Coventry City 13
19= Eric Cantona Manchester United 12
19= Ian Rush Liverpool FC 12
19= Tony Yeboah Leeds United 12
19= Paul Walsh Manchester City 12
23= John Spencer Chelsea 11
23= Mark Bright Sheffield Wednesday 11
23= Guy Whittingham Aston Villa & Sheffield Wednesday 11


Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town 4th March 1995
Aston Villa 7-1 Wimbledon 11th February 1995
Sheffield Wednesday 1-7 Nottingham Forest 1st April 1995
Crystal Palace 1-6 Liverpool FC 20th August 1994
Manchester United 5-0 Manchester City 10th November 1994
Newcastle United 5-1 Southampton 27th August 1994
Arsenal 5-1 Norwich City 1st April 1995
Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Coventry City 28th December 1994
Blackburn Rovers 4-0 Coventry City 27th August 1994
Leicester City 0-4 Manchester United 15th April 1995



No of Goals Teams Date
9 Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town 4th March 1995
8 Sheffield Wednesday 1-7 Nottingham Forest 1st April 1995
8 Aston Villa 7-1 Wimbledon 11th February 1995
8 Aston Villa 4-4 Leicester City 22nd February 1995
7 Crystal Palace 1-6 Liverpool FC 20th August 1994
7 Manchester City 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur 22nd October 1994
7 Sheffield Wednesday 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur 20th August 1994
7 Wimbledon 4-3 Aston Villa 9th November 1994
7 Leicester City 3-4 Wimbledon 1st April 1995
7 Southampton 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur 2nd April 1995
7 Tottenham Hotspur 3-4 Aston Villa 19th November 1994
7 Leicester City 4-3 Southampton 15th October 1994
6 Newcastle United 5-1 Southampton 27th August 1994
6 Arsenal 5-1 Norwich City 1st April 1995
6 Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Coventry City 28th December 1994
6 Blackburn Rovers 4-2 West Ham United 2nd January 1995
6 Blackburn Rovers 2-4 Manchester United 23rd October 1994
6 Leicester City 2-4 Nottingham Forest 11th March 1995
6 Newcastle United 4-2 Chelsea 10th September 1994
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 Newcastle United 3rd December 1994



Player Teams Age at the time Date
Emile Heskey Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Leicester City 17 years, 1 month, 25 days 8th March 1995
Richard Wright Ipswich Town 2-0 Coventry City 17 years, 6 months, 1 day 6th May 1995
Matt Oakley Everton 0-0 Southampton 17 years, 8 months, 19 days 6th May 1995
Kevin Ellis Arsenal 4-1 Ipswich Town 17 years, 11 months, 4 days 15th April 1995
Phil Neville Manchester City 0-3 Manchester United 18 years, 21 days 11th February 1995
Stephen Hughes Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa 18 years, 3 months, 8 days 26th December 1994
Brian Launders Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea 18 years, 3 months, 16 days 24th September 1994
Keith O’Neill Southampton 1-1 Norwich City 18 years, 8 months, 17 days 2nd November 1994
Marcus Hall Coventry City 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur 18 years, 9 months, 7 days 31st December 1994
Jon Wright Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich City 18 years, 10 months, 21 days 15th October 1994



Player Teams Age at the time Date
John Burridge Manchester City 2-3 Queens Park Rangers 43 years, 5 months, 11 days 14th May 1995
Ray Wilkins Chelsea 1-0 Queens Park Rangers 38 years, 7 months, 15 days 29th April 1995
Gordon Strachan Coventry City 0-0 Everton 38 years, 3 months, 5 days 14th May 1995
John Wark Ipswich Town 2-0 Coventry City 37 years, 9 months, 2 days 6th May 1995
Steve Ogrizovic Nottingham Forest 2-0 Coventry City 37 years, 7 months, 5 days 17th April 1995
Graham Rix Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal 37 years, 6 months, 21 days 14th May 1995
Glenn Hoddle Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal 37 years, 6 months, 17 days 14th May 1995
Bruce Grobbelaar Liverpool FC 3-1 Southampton 37 years, 5 months, 20 days 5th April 1995
Nigel Spink Norwich City 1-1 Aston Villa 36 years, 9 months, 6 days 14th May 1995
Neville Southall Coventry City 0-0 Everton 36 years, 7 months, 28 days 14th May 1995



Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Peter Schmeichel Manchester United 21
2= Tim Flowers Blackburn Rovers 17
2= David James Liverpool FC 17
2= John Lukic Leeds United 17
5= Pavel Srnicek Newcastle United 14
5= Neville Southall Everton 14
5= Nigel Martyn Crystal Palace 14
8= Mark Crossley Nottingham Forest 13
8= Ludek Miklosko West Ham United 13
10= Ian Walker Tottenham Hotspur 11