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Premier League Rewind: 7th-8th February 2009

Results: Manchester City 1-0 Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Aston Villa, Chelsea 0-0 Hull City, Everton 3-0 Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland 2-0 Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic 0-0 Fulham, Portsmouth 2-3 Liverpool FC, Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Arsenal, West Ham United 0-1 Manchester United

Going into this February weekend in the 2008-2009 season, only five points covered the top four teams. Manchester United held a two-point lead over Liverpool FC and crucially had a game in hand too. Despite having lost two of their last four matches, Chelsea were still in contention and Aston Villa’s best run for several seasons meant they couldn’t be fully discounted from the title picture.

The weekend’s matches began at The Etihad Stadium and there was more misery for Gareth Southgate and his Middlesbrough side. They were beaten 1-0 by mid-table Manchester City with Craig Bellamy scoring his second goal for his new club since joining from West Ham United. Middlesbrough had only scored one goal now in their last six matches and their Premier League status looked in severe jeopardy.

In the 3pm kick-offs, most attention was focused on Chelsea who looked to close the gap on the top two. However, they suffered a damaging blow to their title hopes after an unconvincing display at home to Hull City which saw the teams play out a goalless draw. At the full-time whistle, boos from the home crowd were notable and banners were hurled out by frustrated fans, calling for manager Luiz Felipe Scolari to be sacked. Two days later, the supporters got their wish as Roman Abramovich parted company with the Brazilian former World Cup winning manager. Chelsea were now looking for their third manager since Jose Mourinho’s abrupt departure 17 months earlier.

Their slip-up allowed Aston Villa to capitalise. They won 2-0 away at Blackburn Rovers, courtesy of goals from James Milner and Gabriel Agbonlahor. This meant they had achieved a club record of seven away victories on the trot and moved Martin O’Neill’s side into third place. They were now genuine contenders for a UEFA Champions League spot at the end of the season.

Blackburn remained in the drop zone, where they were joined by Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion. Albion lost 3-2 at home to Newcastle United but Newcastle’s victory was without their manager. Joe Kinnear had been taken to hospital before kick-off and health problems meant he would have to vacate his position. Assistant manager Chris Hughton would take caretaker charge. Peter Lovenkrands scored his first goal for the club in this five-goal contest.

With Manchester United not playing until the Sunday, Liverpool FC had the chance to go top of the table for a few hours at least. They did it the hard way away to Portsmouth but got the job done. Fernando Torres came off the bench to score a last-minute winner as Rafa Benitez’s side won 3-2, despite trailing twice in the game at Fratton Park. The result left Pompey just four points clear of trouble and they decided to wield the axe on Tony Adams as manager, only a few hours before Scolari’s departure from Chelsea was confirmed.

So, could Manchester United respond? A question was asked and once again, it was responded in style. Ryan Giggs scored his first goal of the season and it was a fine individual effort too to breakdown West Ham United’s resolve at Upton Park. United won 1-0, as they continued their winning run. They hadn’t dropped a single point since returning from FIFA World Club Championship duty in mid-December.

Elsewhere, the North London derby ended in a goalless draw. For Arsenal, it started a worrying run of four successive 0-0 draws which almost cost them a top-four finish.

What else happened in February 2009?

  • ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ wins 15 awards combined at the BAFTAs and Oscars, including Best Director for Danny Boyle and Best Film.
  • Duffy is the big winner at the BRIT Awards, scooping three gongs, including the MasterCard Album of the Year for ‘Rockferry.’
  • UK unemployment reaches 1.97 million.
  • Many parts of the UK experienced heavy snowfall at the start of the month, causing plenty of travel disruption and the closure of many schools for the best part of a week.
  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown suspends PMQs at the end of February for the first time since 1994, following the tragic death of David Cameron’s six-year old son, Ivan.
  • Boxing champion Joe Calzaghe retired after 46 fights. He remained undefeated throughout a 15-year career.
  • ITV was forced to apologise after millions of TV viewers missed Dan Gosling’s extra-time winner in the FA Cup fourth-round replay between Everton and Liverpool FC. The gaffe saw an advert for Tic-Tac mints shown instead!

Great Goals: Ryan Giggs – Tottenham Hotspur vs. MANCHESTER UNITED (September 1992)

In the very first season of the Premier League, Ryan Giggs was one of the biggest stars. Still only a teenager, the Welshman’s lightning pace and box of tricks made him a nightmare to play against. He scored one of his best Premier League goals in September 1992 when Manchester United made the trip to White Hart Lane.

Still goalless with half-time in sight, Giggs took possession and beat two Tottenham defenders before rounding the goalkeeper and then with the angle tightening, produced a fine finish into the back of the net. This goal demonstrated all of Ryan’s strong attributes as a youngster.

Tottenham did score in the second half to ensure the game finished all-square at 1-1 but this match is only remembered for a wonderful individual effort by Giggs.

Premier League Rewind: 13th-14th April 2001

Results: Liverpool FC 1-2 Leeds United, Bradford City 2-0 Charlton Athletic, Manchester United 4-2 Coventry City, Arsenal 0-3 Middlesbrough, Aston Villa 2-1 Everton, Chelsea 1-0 Southampton, Ipswich Town 1-0 Newcastle United, Leicester City 1-2 Manchester City, Sunderland 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United 3-1 Derby County

The Easter weekend in April 2001 would ultimately turn out to be the decisive weekend where the destiny of the Premier League title race would be settled. In reality, there wasn’t much of a title race. Manchester United had made sure of that. Six weeks earlier, they’d battered closest rivals Arsenal 6-1 at Old Trafford. It wasn’t if, but when they wrapped up a seventh title in nine seasons.

On Easter Saturday, they received their first opportunity to wrap up the championship by kicking off at lunchtime at home to Coventry City. The Sky Blues’ were five points adrift of safety and desperate to start picking up points if they wanted to maintain their excellent top-flight record. They pushed their more illustrious opponents all the way and the score was 2-2 at half-time. Dwight Yorke and John Hartson had exchanged goals. The match was only decided in the last nine minutes. A looping Ryan Giggs header and Paul Scholes curler sealed United’s 4-2 victory. It meant that Arsenal had to win later that afternoon against Middlesbrough to keep the mathematical solutions going.

Arsenal hadn’t conceded in their last four matches and Middlesbrough were still not entirely safe of relegation yet. Many would have had home banker on their betting slips that afternoon but it wouldn’t play to the formbook. Brazilian pair Edu and Silvinho scored two own goals for Middlesbrough in four crazy first half minutes. Hamilton Ricard’s 58th minute strike sealed an unbelievable 3-0 victory at Highbury for Boro. Incredibly, they managed just one shot on target all afternoon. Arsenal’s hopes were mathematically over and Manchester United were champions yet again, ending the weekend 16 points clear with five games left to play.

The race to finish in third position had actually begun 24 hours earlier when Liverpool FC and Leeds United locked horns on Good Friday at Anfield. It was a Good Friday for Leeds who claimed a priceless win to make it four consecutive victories. Rio Ferdinand scored his first goal for the club and Lee Bowyer cashed in on some static defending to double the visitors’ lead before half-time. Liverpool rallied in the second half and Steven Gerrard reduced the deficit before being harshly sent off for two bookable offences. Defeat left Gerard Houllier’s side in sixth spot and six points off third place. They had games in hand but no more errors could be afforded now.

Incredibly, it was newly-promoted Ipswich Town that were holding down third spot and they continued to defy their critics who kept maintaining that they would fade away. Another three points were racked up on their tally against Newcastle United. It was Sir Bobby Robson’s first return to Portman Road as a manager since his memorable stint with the East Anglian side in the early 1980s. However, it ended unhappily for Robson as Nolberto Solano was sent off and Marcus Stewart’s penalty settled a fairly timid match.

Sunderland had been in the shake-up for much of the season but for the second campaign running, their form was starting to elude them just when European football beckoned on Wearside. They made an electric start against Tottenham Hotspur. Goals by Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn had the home side 2-0 ahead inside of 12 minutes. However, Tottenham had other ideas, particularly central defender Gary Doherty. Playing as an emergency forward, Doherty scored twice in the last 15 minutes as Tottenham stormed back to win 3-2. That meant new manager Glenn Hoddle had chalked up two victories in three matches since succeeding George Graham in the post.

By contrast, whilst Tottenham were finding a bit of consistency, Leicester City were beginning to consistently lose matches. They were fifth after beating Liverpool FC 2-0 in early March but since then lost five straight games and dropped out of the top half. The latest damaging reverse came to relegation candidates Manchester City. Paulo Wanchope scored the pick of the goals in the visitors’ 2-1 win at Filbert Street.

Elsewhere, Gus Poyet took Chelsea into the top five with the winner at home to Southampton and Bradford City just about kept their mathematical prospects of beating the drop alive by defeating Charlton Athletic 2-0. The goals came from Robbie Blake and Benito Carbone. The win was only the fourth achieved all season by the Bantams’ but relegation confirmation would follow just a fortnight later.

What else happened in April 2001?

  • The Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
  • Former Yugoslavia president Slobodan Milosevic is to be tried on charges of war crimes after surrendering to special police forces.
  • The ‘Who Shot Phil?’ storyline reaches its conclusion in EastEnders. Lisa Shaw is revealed as the character that shot Phil in an episode watched by 20 million viewers.
  • Red Marauder wins the 2001 Martell Grand National at Aintree. Only two horses from the 40 starters complete the course.
  • Tiger Woods wins the US Masters at Augusta.
  • Channel 4 teatime quiz show Countdown celebrates its 3000th episode.
  • Mariah Carey signs a blockbuster contract with Virgin Records, worth $80 million for four albums.

Seasonal Records: 1992-1993

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the very first Premier League campaign – the 1992/1993 season.


Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester United 42 24 12 6 67 31 +36 84
2 Aston Villa 42 21 11 10 57 40 +17 74
3 Norwich City 42 21 9 12 61 65 -4 72
4 Blackburn Rovers 42 20 11 11 68 46 +22 71
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 12 13 63 55 +8 63
6 Liverpool FC 42 16 11 15 62 55 +7 59
7 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 14 13 55 51 +4 59
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 11 15 60 66 -6 59
9 Manchester City 42 15 12 15 56 51 +5 57
10 Arsenal 42 15 11 16 40 38 +2 56
11 Chelsea 42 14 14 14 51 54 -3 56
12 Wimbledon 42 14 12 16 56 55 +1 54
13 Everton 42 15 8 19 53 55 -2 53
14 Sheffield United 42 14 10 18 54 53 +1 52
15 Coventry City 42 13 13 16 52 57 -5 52
16 Ipswich Town 42 12 16 14 50 55 -5 52
17 Leeds United 42 12 15 15 57 62 -5 51
18 Southampton 42 13 11 18 54 61 -7 50
19 Oldham Athletic 42 13 10 19 63 74 -11 49
20 Crystal Palace 42 11 16 15 48 61 -13 49
21 Middlesbrough 42 11 11 20 54 75 -21 44
22 Nottingham Forest 42 10 10 22 41 62 -21 40



Goals Scored 1,222
Average goals per game 2.65
European qualifiers Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

Aston Villa (UEFA Cup)

Norwich City (UEFA Cup)

Arsenal (UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)

Longest winning run 7 games (Manchester United & Sheffield Wednesday)
Longest unbeaten run 11 games (Manchester United)
Longest winless run 13 games (Ipswich Town)
Longest losing run 6 games (Nottingham Forest)
Highest attendance 44,619 (Liverpool FC vs. Everton)
Lowest attendance 3,039 (Wimbledon vs. Everton)



PFA Players’ Player of the Year 1.     Paul McGrath (Aston Villa)

2.     Paul Ince (Manchester United)

3.     Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)

PFA Young Player of the Year 1.     Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

2.     Nick Barmby (Tottenham Hotspur)

3.     Roy Keane (Nottingham Forest)

Football Writers’ Award 1.     Chris Waddle (Sheffield Wednesday)

2.     Paul McGrath (Aston Villa)

3.     Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

PFA Team of the Year Peter Schmeichel, David Bardsley, Gary Pallister, Tony Dorigo, Paul McGrath, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Gary Speed, Ryan Giggs, Alan Shearer, Ian Wright
Manager of the Year Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
LMA Manager of the Year Dave Bassett (Sheffield United)
Goal of the Season Dalian Atkinson (Wimbledon vs. ASTON VILLA)



Player Teams Score Date
Eric Cantona Leeds United vs. Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 25th August 1992
Mark Robins Oldham Athletic vs. Norwich City 2-3 8th November 1992
John Hendrie Middlesbrough vs. Blackburn Rovers 3-2 5th December 1992
Andy Sinton Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton 4-2 28th December 1992
Brian Deane Sheffield United vs. Ipswich Town 3-0 16th January 1993
Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur vs. Ipswich Town 4-0 20th February 1993
Gordon Strachan Leeds United vs. Blackburn Rovers 5-2 10th April 1993
Les Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers vs. Nottingham Forest 4-3 10th April 1993
Chris Bart-Williams Sheffield Wednesday vs. Southampton 5-2 12th April 1993
Les Ferdinand Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers 3-5 12th April 1993
Chris Sutton Norwich City vs. Leeds United 4-2 14th April 1993
Mark Walters Liverpool FC vs. Coventry City 4-0 17th April 1993
Rod Wallace Coventry City vs. Leeds United 3-3 8th May 1993
Matt Le Tissier Oldham Athletic vs. Southampton 4-3 8th May 1993



Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Teddy Sheringham Nottingham Forest & Tottenham Hotspur 22
2 Les Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers 20
3 Dean Holdsworth Wimbledon 19
4 Micky Quinn Coventry City 17
5= Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 16
5= David White Manchester City 16
7= Chris Armstrong Crystal Palace 15
7= Mark Hughes Manchester United 15
7= Brian Deane Sheffield United 15
7= Eric Cantona Leeds United & Manchester United 15
7= Mark Robins Norwich City 15
7= Matt Le Tissier Southampton 15
7= Ian Wright Arsenal 15
7= Paul Wilkinson Middlesbrough 15
15= Dean Saunders Liverpool FC & Aston Villa 14
15= Ian Rush Liverpool FC 14
15= Lee Chapman Leeds United 14
18 Mike Newell Blackburn Rovers 13
19= Tony Cottee Everton 12
19= Ian Olney Oldham Athletic 12
19= Mark Bright Crystal Palace & Sheffield Wednesday 12
22= Mike Sheron Manchester City 11
22= Kevin Gallacher Coventry City & Blackburn Rovers 11
22= David Hirst Sheffield Wednesday 11
22= Iain Dowie Southampton 11


Blackburn Rovers 7-1 Norwich City 3rd October 1992
Sheffield United 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur 2nd March 1993
Manchester United 5-0 Coventry City 28th December 1992
Liverpool FC 5-0 Crystal Palace 28th November 1992
Leeds United 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur 25th August 1992
Liverpool FC 6-2 Tottenham Hotspur 8th May 1993
Oldham Athletic 6-2 Wimbledon 3rd April 1993
Aston Villa 5-1 Middlesbrough 17th January 1993
Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Norwich City 9th April 1993
Coventry City 5-1 Liverpool FC 19th December 1992



No of Goals Teams Date
8 Blackburn Rovers 7-1 Norwich City 3rd October 1992
8 Everton 3-5 Queens Park Rangers 12th April 1993
8 Liverpool FC 6-2 Tottenham Hotspur 8th May 1993
8 Oldham Athletic 5-3 Nottingham Forest 22nd August 1992
8 Oldham Athletic 6-2 Wimbledon 3rd April 1993
7 Wimbledon 5-2 Oldham Athletic 12th December 1992
7 Arsenal 4-3 Southampton 20th March 1993
7 Leeds United 5-2 Blackburn Rovers 10th April 1993
7 Sheffield Wednesday 5-2 Southampton 12th April 1993
7 Oldham Athletic 4-3 Southampton 8th May 1993
7 Southampton 4-3 Ipswich Town 13th March 1993
7 Queens Park Rangers 4-3 Nottingham Forest 10th April 1993
7 Manchester City 2-5 Everton 8th May 1993
7 Blackburn Rovers 2-5 Coventry City 26th January 1993



Player Teams Age at the time Date
Chris Price Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn Rovers 16 years, 9 months, 22 days 15th August 1992
Rob Bowman Wimbledon 1-0 Leeds United 17 years, 2 months, 13 days 6th February 1993
Gavin McGowan Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Arsenal 17 years, 3 months, 20 days 6th May 1993
Andy Turner Southampton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur 17 years, 4 months, 23 days 15th August 1992
Willie Boland Chelsea 2-1 Coventry City 17 years, 8 months, 25 days 1st May 1993
Nicky Butt Manchester United 3-0 Oldham Athletic 17 years, 8 months, 23 days 21st November 1992
George Ndah Liverpool FC 5-0 Crystal Palace 17 years, 8 months, 25 days 28th November 1992
Tony Sheridan Leeds United 2-2 Coventry City 17 years, 10 months 31st October 1992
Neal Bartlett Southampton 0-1 Manchester City 17 years, 11 months, 5 days 1st May 1993
Chris Bart-Williams Everton 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday 18 years, 10 days 15th August 1992



Player Teams Age at the time Date
Trevor Francis Ipswich Town 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday 38 years, 10 months, 19 days 10th March 1993
Mervyn Day Everton 2-0 Leeds United 37 years, 6 months, 21 days 16th January 1993
Kevin Moran Manchester United 3-1 Blackburn Rovers 37 years, 4 days 3rd May 1993
Peter Reid Manchester City 1-1 Wimbledon 36 years, 10 months, 1 day 21st April 1993
Viv Anderson Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday 36 years, 9 months, 12 days 11th May 1993
Gerry Peyton Chelsea 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday 36 years, 8 months, 10 days 30th January 1993
Ray Wilkins Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday 36 years, 7 months, 27 days 11th May 1993
Bryan Robson Wimbledon 1-2 Manchester United 36 years, 3 months, 27 days 8th May 1993
Gordon Strachan Liverpool FC 2-0 Leeds United 26 years, 2 months, 12 days 21st April 1993
John Wark Ipswich Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest 35 years, 9 months, 4 days 8th May 1993



Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Bobby Mimms Blackburn Rovers 19
2 Peter Schmeichel Manchester United 18
3 David Seaman Arsenal 15
4 Hans Segers Wimbledon 13
5 Neville Southall Everton 12
6= John Lukic Leeds United 11
6= Tony Coton Manchester City 11
6= Bryan Gunn Norwich City 11
6= Nigel Martyn Crystal Palace 11
10 Erik Thorstvedt Tottenham Hotspur 10