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Seasonal Stories: Portsmouth (2003-2004)

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In 2003-2004, Portsmouth made their Premier League debut after storming to the First Division title in the previous season. Former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp was the man behind the revival at Fratton Park, ably supported by ex-Derby County boss Jim Smith.

Portsmouth made an incredible start, staying unbeaten in their first five matches and topping the table briefly in mid-August. A catalogue of injuries in mid-season threatened to derail the campaign but a South Coast Derby victory over Southampton in March was the catalyst for a brilliant run towards the end of the season. Pompey finished in a creditable 13th and ahead of some bigger established sides too.

Squad: Shaka Hislop, Pavel Srnicek (Left in February 2004), Harald Wapenaar, Linvoy Primus, Boris Zivkovic (Left in January 2004), Dejan Stefanovic, Hayden Foxe, Arjan de Zeeuw, Sebastien Schemmel, Richard Duffy, John Curtis, Petri Pasanen, Kevin Harper, Tim Sherwood, Nigel Quashie, Amdy Faye, Matt Taylor, Carl Robinson, Steve Stone, Richard Hughes, Gary O’Neil, Alexey Smertin, Patrik Berger, Eyal Berkovic, Vincent Pericard, Svetoslav Todorov, Deon Burton, Ivica Mornar, Lomana Lualua, Teddy Sheringham, Yakubu, Jason Roberts (Left in January 2004)

Early experience pays off

In pre-season, Portsmouth ensured that they would have some useful experience amongst their ranks. First to arrive was former Czech international Patrik Berger, whose contract had expired at Liverpool FC. Berger was also joined by Teddy Sheringham who was in a similar predicament after his second stint at Tottenham Hotspur had come to an end. Neither cost any money and Redknapp wasted no time in getting both added by the end of June.

Further experience arrived from abroad. Boris Zivkovic was another free capture transfer from the Bundesliga. He’d helped Bayer 04 Leverkusen reach the UEFA Champions League final in 2002. Also arriving before the big kick-off was Amdy Faye for an estimated £1.5 million from Auxerre and ex-Sheffield Wednesday defender Dejan Stefanovic from Vitesse Arnhem for £1.85 million. Portsmouth had done some smart business in the summer transfer window.

However, one of their talismanic figures from the previous season wouldn’t be sticking around. Despite captaining the side to their First Division title success, Paul Merson left in July, returning to the second-tier with Walsall. The main reason was to move closer to his family who were based in the Midlands. When paying tribute to his departing captain, Redknapp admitted: “He doesn’t feel he can play in the Premier now and I think he knows himself better than anybody. He said he played in the Premier League two years ago and found it difficult, so he certainly didn’t think it was going to be easier now.”

Portsmouth made a brilliant start to their maiden Premier League campaign and only their second top-flight experience in the last 45 years. They kicked off the campaign with a Saturday lunchtime kick-off at home to Aston Villa. Sheringham opened the scoring before half-time and Berger finished off a flowing team move to double the lead just after the hour mark. Gareth Barry did score a late consolation from the penalty spot but was sent off before full-time and Pompey had their first win on opening day.

The form continued in their next home match, where Sheringham truly rolled back the years. The veteran forward scored a second half hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers and the first treble of the 2003-2004 season. The 4-0 victory took Portsmouth briefly to the top of the table for 24 hours. Three away draws made it an excellent opening and one of those points gained was at Highbury. Sheringham again scoring to keep his rich vein of form going and Arsenal’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw was through a disputed penalty where Robert Pires went down under the challenge of Arjan de Zeeuw even though it looked like the Frenchman had tripped himself up. Thierry Henry converted the spot-kick and Redknapp was not amused. Nevertheless, it was a very encouraging start.

TABLE ON 15th September 2003

1 Arsenal 5 4 1 0 11 3 +8 13
2 Manchester United 5 4 0 1 9 2 +7 12
3 Manchester City 5 3 1 1 12 6 +6 10
4 Chelsea 4 3 1 0 10 6 +4 10
5 PORTSMOUTH 5 2 3 0 8 3 +5 9
6 Southampton 5 2 3 0 5 2 +3 9

Slipping down the table

Portsmouth’s first defeat in their Premier League history came a week later when they were beaten 2-1 by Blackburn Rovers on home soil. At Fratton Park, they were formidable and not many sides enjoyed great success on the south coast throughout the season. In fact, they lost only five home matches all season and out of the teams that struggled all campaign, only Leicester City and Everton left with all three points.

Home form saw a couple of major scalps along the way. Liverpool FC visited Fratton Park in mid-October and left with a 1-0 defeat against their name. Against his former club, Berger scored the only goal of the game after four minutes. Three weeks later, Leeds United were destroyed 6-1 in a result that saw Peter Reid lose his job as Leeds boss. The win still remains Portsmouth’s biggest margin of victory in their Premier League history. Gary O’Neil scored twice on the day and he was one of the most consistent performers in the squad all season.

It was a different story away from home with a familiar tale of no points and no goals to show for their efforts. Redknapp and his team endured pointless and goalless trips to Birmingham City, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Chelsea.

When Southampton cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first South Coast Derby match of the season just before Christmas, Portsmouth had dropped into the bottom three after a run of one win in eight games. The early season optimism had somewhat got sour. With a growing injury list, fresh faces were added to the ranks in the January transfer window.

Still no away joy

Boxing Day did bring some light relief. A second half double from Berger helped Pompey to a 2-0 home victory against an out-of-form Tottenham Hotspur side. The opening of the January window gave the experienced Portsmouth manager the opportunity to refresh and reenergise his side.

Creative midfielder Eyal Berkovic was the first addition, coming in after he’d fallen out of favour with Kevin Keegan at Manchester City. Berkovic was one of six additions in a busy window. Also arriving were Lomana Lualua on-loan from Newcastle United, defender John Curtis on a free transfer from Leicester City and Croatian international forward Ivica Mornar for £400,000 from Anderlecht.

Exiting the club was Zivkovic. The Croatian had featured 18 times in the Premier League but a public spat with Redknapp led to the defender being released. A return ticket to the Bundesliga awaited him, as he joined VfB Stuttgart who were still competing in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

However, there was still no away joy. Portsmouth put in one of their best away displays of the campaign at White Hart Lane in early February against Tottenham. They equalised three times on the afternoon with new signings Berkovic, Lualua and Mornar all finding the back of the net. However, Gus Poyet’s 89th minute strike gave Spurs a fortunate 4-3 victory. By 20th March, Portsmouth were in desperate trouble. Just one win in 2004 in the Premier League left them in the bottom three with 10 games to play and two points adrift of safety. Victory was paramount in their next fixture against bitter rivals Southampton.

South Coast Derby revenge

On an afternoon in mixed conditions with sunshine and hailstorms, Portsmouth simply had to win the second South Coast Derby of the season. It was only Paul Sturrock’s second match as Southampton manager and he ended up on the losing side. Steve Stone’s cross found Yakubu and the Nigerian settled a scrappy contest in the 68th minute in Pompey’s favour. The 1-0 win was the lift-off needed for a fantastic end to the season.

A week later, the away hoodoo was finally broken. Yakubu, who would finish as the club’s top scorer in the league with 16 goals, struck the decisive goal in the 82nd minute for a 2-1 win on the road at Blackburn Rovers. It was a massive victory for the travelling faithful and took Portsmouth out of the bottom three for the first time since mid-January. They wouldn’t fall into it again for the remainder of the season.

In fact, Portsmouth lost only one of their last 10 fixtures and that was on the penultimate weekend away at already relegated Leicester City. Survival had already been clinched a week earlier by a 1-1 home draw with Fulham, whilst other results condemned the Foxes and Wolverhampton Wanderers. One of the season’s main highlights was a home victory over outgoing champions Manchester United. Stone scored his only goal of the season in the 1-0 win. Out of the division’s final top 10 – only Chelsea and Charlton Athletic claimed all three points on their visits to Fratton Park.

Portsmouth and in particular, Yakubu finished the season in the grand manner at home to Middlesbrough. The forward scored four goals and Sheringham concluded his one-season stay with an 80th minute goal in the 5-1 win over Boro. Portsmouth finished in 13th and ahead of four clubs on much bigger budgets in Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Everton.

It had been a very successful debut season in the Premier League for Portsmouth and a reminder of how good a manager Harry Redknapp was.

FINAL 2003-2004 TABLE – 11th to 16th  

11 Middlesbrough 38 13 9 16 44 52 -8 48
12 Southampton 38 12 11 15 44 45 -1 47
13 PORTSMOUTH 38 12 9 17 47 54 -7 45
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 6 19 47 57 -10 45
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 8 18 51 59 -8 44
16 Manchester City 38 9 14 15 55 54 +1 41

Iconic Moments: Klinsmann dives on his debut (August 1994)

In the summer of 1994, Tottenham Hotspur owner Alan Sugar and manager Ossie Ardiles managed to convince Jurgen Klinsmann to come and play in the Premier League for the north Londoners. Klinsmann was one of the leading strikers in world football, having played for the likes of VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan and AS Monaco in his club career. He’d also helped West Germany win the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Coming from the principality of Monaco, Klinsmann arrived with a bad reputation among the media and neutral supporters. He had developed a reputation as a ‘diver.’ In his press conference unveiling, he joked: “I just want to ask if there are any diving schools in London!”

On his debut at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday, Klinsmann was man-marked all day by Des Walker. However, he eventually broke free to head the winning goal in an exciting 4-3 victory for Tottenham. Encouraged pre-match by strike partner Teddy Sheringham, Klinsmann then famously did a ‘dive’ goal celebration, joined in by his new club teammates.

Klinsmann won over the fans and the media. He finished as Tottenham’s top scorer as they finished seventh and won the Football Writers’ Award before controversially returning to the Bundesliga to play for Bayern Munich in the summer of 1995. Klinsmann would finish his club career with Tottenham in a second spell three years later.

This remains one of the league’s most iconic goal celebrations.

The Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur

All statistics correct upto 23rd February 2019

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
1027 443 255 329 1535 1294 +240 1584 27


Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Darren Anderton 297
Jermain Defoe 276
Ledley King 268
Aaron Lennon 266
Sol Campbell 255
Ian Walker 240
Robbie Keane 238
Michael Dawson 236
Teddy Sheringham 236
Hugo Lloris 229


Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Harry Kane 123
Teddy Sheringham 98
Jermain Defoe 91
Robbie Keane 91
Chris Armstrong 48
Christian Eriksen 46
Gareth Bale 43
Dele Alli 42
Heung-Min Son 41
Emmanuel Adebayor 35


Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic 22nd November 2009 2009-2010
Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur 21st May 2017 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Southampton 11th March 2000 1999-2000
Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur 18th May 2017 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Oldham Athletic 18th September 1993 1993-1994
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley 26th September 2009 2009-2010
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Newcastle United 11th February 2012 2011-2012
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Swansea City 3rd December 2016 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 AFC Bournemouth 26th December 2018 2018-2019
Wimbledon 2-6 Tottenham Hotspur 2nd May 1998 1997-1998


Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Newcastle United 7-1 Tottenham Hotspur 28th December 1996 1996-1997
Sheffield United 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur 2nd March 1993 1992-1993
Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur 24th November 2013 2013-2014
Tottenham Hotspur 1-6 Chelsea 6th December 1997 1997-1998
Leeds United 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur 25th August 1992 1992-1993
Tottenham Hotspur 0-5 Liverpool FC 15th December 2013 2013-2014
Liverpool FC 6-2 Tottenham Hotspur 8th May 1993 1992-1993
Middlesbrough 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur 3rd May 2003 2002-2003
Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City 28th August 2011 2011-2012
Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City 29th January 2014 2013-2014



Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Ray Clemence & Doug Livermore 1 19th June 1993
Ossie Ardiles 2 1st November 1994
Gerry Francis 4 19th November 1997
Christian Gross 2 5th September 1998
George Graham 3 16th March 2001
Glenn Hoddle 4 20th September 2003
David Pleat 1 3rd June 2004
Jacques Santini 1 6th November 2004
Martin Jol 4 25th October 2007
Juande Ramos 2 27th October 2008
Harry Redknapp 4 14th June 2012
Andre Villas-Boas 2 16th December 2013
Tim Sherwood 1 13th May 2014
Mauricio Pochettino 5  


Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal 10th February 2018 83,222 2018-2019
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United 31st January 2018 81,978 2018-2019
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool FC 22nd October 2017 80,827 2016-2017
Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City 14th April 2018 80,811 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool FC 15th September 2018 80,188 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United 13th January 2019 80,062 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City 13th May 2018 77,841 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Everton 13th January 2018 76,251 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea 20th August 2017 73,587 2017-2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 AFC Bournemouth 14th October 2017 73,502 2017-2018



Tottenham Hotspur have grown from a side that often frustrated their own supporters, let alone the neutrals to one of the most exciting teams in the English game. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have come a long way since his appointment in 2014, with Spurs now becoming a regular challenger for the title in recent campaigns. Whilst the main Premier League prize has eluded them so far, the excitement of playing in a new state-of-the-art stadium and the talents of the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen has supporters looking ahead to a future of serious promise.



Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence were appointed as joint managers for the first Premier League campaign and Tottenham finished in eighth position, only missing out on a top six finish because of a negative goal difference. Teddy Sheringham finished the season as top scorer in the league, scoring 21 times in his first season as a Spurs player after his August arrival from Nottingham Forest.



Club legend Ossie Ardiles was appointed in the summer as the club’s new manager and excitement was palpable around the supporters with his caviller all-out attack style set to bring plenty of excitement to White Hart Lane. It was for the wrong reasons though. Tottenham lost seven successive games in mid-season and finished a dreary 15th in the table. They weren’t helped by an Achilles injury to top scorer Sheringham in October, which meant he only managed 19 appearances during the season.



Tottenham began the season with a 12-point deduction hanging over their head after being found guilty of financial irregularities during the 1980s by the FA. Ardiles continued to stick to his principles and the signing of Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer attracted plenty of headlines and anticipation among both fans and media. Klinsmann scored on his debut and then produced his infamous ‘dive’ celebration. The German was a rousing success, winning the Football Writers’ Award and scoring 21 Premier League goals but he moved back to Germany at the end of the campaign.

Ardiles didn’t see the season out. A shock 3-0 League Cup loss to Notts County in October brought his unsuccessful reign to an end. Gerry Francis was appointed as his successor after he’d resigned from his position as Queens Park Rangers boss. Francis installed more defensive stability into the side, whilst still allowing the goalscoring and creative talents of Klinsmann, Sheringham, Darren Anderton and Nick Barmby to shine. They finished in seventh position in the final table.

In December 1994, chairman Alan Sugar won his appeal against Tottenham’s points deduction and also won them back entry into the FA Cup, having been initially banned from participating in this competition. Tottenham reached the semi-finals before losing to a Daniel Amokachi-inspired Everton at Elland Road.



Gerry Francis’ first full season as Tottenham manager started badly with just two points from the club’s first four matches but they quickly found their form, with Sheringham forming an excellent partnership with £4 million summer arrival Chris Armstrong following Klinsmann’s departure. The high of the campaign was a fantastic 4-1 victory over Manchester United on New Years’ Day which had Spurs hit the heights of fourth position in the table. They ended up finishing eighth, just one point below Arsenal in fifth who took the final UEFA Cup qualifying position.



It was a step backwards for Tottenham Hotspur in 1996-1997 with disappointing early exits from both domestic cup competitions and an uninspiring 10th place finish in the Premier League, finishing with 15 fewer points compared to the previous season. A 7-1 thrashing away at Newcastle United in December remains the club’s biggest-ever Premier League loss.



Gerry Francis aimed to ease concerns from the supporters by signing the Newcastle pair Les Ferdinand and David Ginola in pre-season but saw skipper Teddy Sheringham depart for Manchester United. Tottenham started the season poorly and 11 days after a 4-0 reverse at Anfield to Liverpool FC, Francis elected to resign from his position as manager. He was replaced by the relatively unknown Christian Gross, who became a scapegoat from the British press from the moment he arrived kissing a tube ticket at his unveiling!

Jurgen Klinsmann did arrive for a second spell from Sampdoria at the end of December and his four goals away at Wimbledon in a 6-2 victory at the start of May guaranteed Tottenham’s top-flight safety. However, finishing 14th was not good enough for the frustrated supporters and owner Alan Sugar. Gross already looked on borrowed time.



Three games into the new season and Christian Gross was fired by Alan Sugar after a year where his confidence and morale had been destroyed. Sugar then pursued the Leeds boss George Graham and compensation was eventually agreed between the clubs for Graham to take over at the start of October. For the fans, ex-Arsenal boss Graham was not a popular choice and it further soured the relationship between the chairman and the supporters.

Tottenham finished 11th in the Premier League but did achieve silverware with a late victory over Leicester City in the League Cup final thanks to Allan Nielsen’s strike. Tottenham did beat Liverpool FC and Manchester United on their way to the final.



Tottenham did top the Premier League table after four games but ultimately hovered around the mid-table positions again, ending an unremarkable 10th in the final standings. They did enjoy home victories over Arsenal and Manchester United though and also recorded a spectacular 7-2 win against Southampton in March where joint-top scorer Steffen Iversen scored a hat-trick.



A club-record fee was paid in the summer to acquire the services of Ukrainian forward Sergei Rebrov and Rebrov responded with nine Premier League goals but Tottenham failed to shift themselves out of the mid-table reaches, finishing 12th. In March, George Graham was sacked for breach of contract by the club’s new owners and he was replaced by the fans preferred choice, Glenn Hoddle who walked out on Southampton to take the vacancy at a club he served notably as a player in the 1980s.

One piece of history was achieved in December. During a 3-3 draw away at Bradford City, Ledley King scored what remains the fastest-ever goal in Premier League history.



Glenn Hoddle bought in international experience in the summer of 2001 with the arrivals of Christian Ziege, Gus Poyet and Teddy Sheringham, who returned for a second spell after four trophy-laden years at Manchester United. Tottenham’s highlight of the season was reaching the League Cup final, winning 5-1 in the semi-finals, second leg against London rivals Chelsea but they lost the final 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers. That ended European hopes for the season as league form again flattered to deceive. Tottenham wound up in ninth position.



The transfer deadline day arrival of Robbie Keane for £7 million from Leeds United was seen as a potential uplift in Hoddle’s fortunes at Tottenham, particularly after they ended August top of the table with 10 points from their first four matches. Keane finished as top scorer with 13, including a tremendous hat-trick in a 4-3 win over Everton in mid-January. However, it was another disappointing season for Spurs, who lost 16 Premier League matches and finished 10th.



After achieving just one victory in the first six league matches of the seasons, Glenn Hoddle’s time as manager was brought to an end in September. His last game was a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton – the club Hoddle had left behind to take the Tottenham job. David Pleat moved downstairs to guide Tottenham through the rest of the season and they ended 14th. There was little to shout about for the fans, although both Freddie Kanoute and Jermain Defoe did impress in their debut seasons at the club after arriving from West Ham United.



New Sporting Director Frank Arnesen and Head Coach Jacques Santini were appointed in the summer as big parts of a new management restructure but in early November, Santini resigned because of personal reasons after managing just 12 first-team matches. His assistant manager Martin Jol replaced him and led the club to their best Premier League run at the time of five successive victories. Spurs finished in ninth position as Jol laid down the foundations for a more consistent regular tilt at European qualification via the league.



2005-2006 was a case of so near, yet so far for Tottenham. They enjoyed a great campaign and for the majority of the season, looked set for a top four finish and therefore, a place in the UEFA Champions League. Robbie Keane was top scorer with 16 goals, whilst Edgar Davids impressed greatly in this first season in English football.

On the eve of the final match of the campaign at Upton Park, a number of Tottenham players were taken ill with suspected food poisoning after eating lasagne. The club called in the police and even appealed for a later kick-off time which was denied by the Premier League. Needing a win to secure that fourth spot, Tottenham had a sickening day, losing 2-1 to West Ham and this allowed bitter rivals Arsenal in to snatch fourth place as the Gunners beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 on Highbury’s last day.



Tottenham strengthened their attacking options with the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov for £10.6 million from Bayer 04 Leverkusen but injuries and erratic form in the first half of the campaign left the club in mid-table and nowhere near challenging the top four positions as they had in the previous season. Jol’s team improved greatly after a 4-0 home loss to Manchester United in early February, winning eight of their last 12 matches to finish fifth for the second successive season. They also reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup before losing to eventual winners Sevilla, whilst Paul Robinson became only the third-ever goalkeeper to score in the Premier League with his 80-yard lob against Watford in March.



In the summer of 2007, chairman Daniel Levy was understood to have approached Sevilla boss Juande Ramos about taking over as first-team manager. This ruined Martin Jol’s creditability as an authoritative figure in the dressing room and after a poor start with just one victory recorded over hapless Derby County in their first 10 Premier League games, Jol was sacked shortly after a UEFA Cup loss to Getafe. Ramos eventually took over and guided Tottenham to League Cup glory with victory over Chelsea. January arrival Jonathan Woodgate won the match and it softened the blow of a lacklustre league campaign which saw them down in 11th position at the season’s end.

Tottenham were involved in some high-scoring matches, drawing 4-4 with both Aston Villa and Chelsea and beating Reading 6-4.



For the second successive season, Spurs sacked their manager in October. After just amassing two points from their first eight matches, Juande Ramos was dismissed after a damaging 2-1 loss to Stoke City which saw Vedran Corluka end in hospital and both Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson sent off. He was replaced by Harry Redknapp and he immediately led a revival, with an amazing 4-4 draw away at Arsenal, followed by a 2-1 victory at home to Liverpool FC.

Tottenham remained in relegation danger until February but the returns of Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane in the transfer window from Portsmouth and Liverpool FC respectively helped Tottenham recover from their awful start to finish a creditable eighth in the table.



2009-2010 was a real breakthrough season for Tottenham Hotspur. They accumulated 70 points which was their highest total at the time in a Premier League season and returned to the pinnacle level of European club football for the first time since 1962. By finishing fourth, Harry Redknapp led the club to UEFA Champions League qualification for the first time in their history. Qualification was sealed by a 1-0 away victory at closest challengers Manchester City.

With 18 goals, Jermain Defoe finished as top scorer and five of those strikes came against Wigan Athletic in a 9-1 victory in November – Tottenham’s biggest-ever Premier League victory.



Tottenham reached the quarter-finals of their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign before bowing out to Real Madrid. In the Premier League, they finished in fifth place and eight points adrift of their points tally from the previous season. The high in the league season came at The Emirates in November, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Arsenal and record a first away win at Arsenal in 18 years. This was also Gareth Bale’s breakthrough season. Bale put in some special performances throughout the campaign that ended with him winning PFA Players’ Player of the Year.



After two heavy defeats to the Manchester clubs to start the season, Tottenham enjoyed an 11-match unbeaten run, winning 10 of those games to climb into third place in the Premier League table. In February, manager Harry Redknapp was touted as heavy favourite for the England job after Fabio Capello’s resignation. He was also cleared of tax evasion charges at the same time. Tottenham supporters pleaded for Redknapp to stay but ultimately, the FA decided to appoint West Bromwich Albion manager, Roy Hodgson.

Tottenham’s form fell apart after a collapse in the North London Derby at The Emirates where they threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 5-2. Damaging defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City saw them finish in fourth place and below Arsenal in the table. Chelsea’s victory in the UEFA Champions League final denied Tottenham another shot at the Champions League for the next campaign and in June, Redknapp parted ways with the club by mutual consent.



Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was appointed as Redknapp’s successor and he guided Tottenham to their best-ever points tally in a Premier League season of 72 points. He also got the best out of Bale, who scored 26 goals in all competitions and was crowned PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the second time in three years, edging out current holder Robin van Persie to the main prize. However, Tottenham missed out again on Champions League football on the final day. Arsenal’s victory at Newcastle meant Spurs finished fifth and Bale looked set to leave after his stunning individual campaign.



As had been widely predicted, Gareth Bale was sold in August for a world-record transfer fee of £85.3 million to Real Madrid. Tottenham spent the money of several new additions including the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue. However, apart from Christian Eriksen – none of the new arrivals made much of a positive impression.

Although Tottenham conceded just two goals in the first two months of the season, a 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United sparked off a worrying run of form which ultimately culminated in the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas in mid-December. Two damaging heavy defeats – 6-0 at Manchester City and 5-0 at home to Liverpool FC were the final performances that forced Daniel Levy into the decision to sack the Portuguese.

Tim Sherwood replaced him and despite some more capitulating performances at Stamford Bridge and Anfield, he did steady the team and Tottenham finished sixth in the table. However, Sherwood was dismissed shortly after the season concluded with Levy having already identified his successor.



After a fine 18 months as Southampton’s boss, Mauricio Pochettino was tempted away from the south coast to take the role on as Tottenham Hotspur manager. This was another season of transition which ultimately saw Spurs improve by one position on the 2013-2014 campaign, finishing fifth.

Highs included a memorable 5-3 victory over champions Chelsea and a thrilling North London Derby success at White Hart Lane against Arsenal in February. The season also saw the remarkable breakthrough of Harry Kane who scored 21 league goals in his first full season in the Tottenham first-team. Kane’s efforts saw him crowned PFA Young Player of the Year.



Tottenham started the season with a narrow defeat at Old Trafford to Manchester United and actually went winless in the first month of the campaign. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were about to enjoy a breathtaking season that saw them become genuine title contenders for the first time in the Premier League Years.

Spurs lost just six times all season, recorded a famous league double over Manchester City, whilst Kane held off Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero to claim his first Golden Boot with 25 goals. Dele Alli’s debut season saw him score 10 times and succeed Kane as winner of PFA Young Player of the Year as Tottenham pushed Leicester City virtually all the way in the race for the most surprising Premier League title winner.

Ultimately, they fell short on a bad-tempered evening at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea came from 2-0 down to earn the point that ensured Leicester became champions. Tottenham’s rage exploded with every single outfield player booked on the night and Mousa Dembele earning a lengthy FA suspension after eye-gouging Diego Costa. They didn’t recover from this stormy evening and a 5-1 final day collapse at already relegated Newcastle meant Arsenal pipped them to the runners-up position, confirming a 22nd consecutive campaign they’d finish above their rivals from across the capital.



The final season at White Hart Lane turned into an unbeaten campaign. Tottenham dropped just four points on their home patch all season and lost only four games in the whole season. They claimed second position in the Premier League table in mid-January and never relinquished it, recording their best tallies for goals, wins, points and finishing position in the process. They finished seven points shy of Chelsea’s final total.

Pochettino continued to win widespread praise for the development and emergence of his young squad with Kane once again winning the Golden Boot and becoming only the second player in Premier League history to score four hat-tricks in a season.

White Hart Lane was demolished after the 2-1 victory against Manchester United in mid-May, to be replaced by a state-of-the-art new stadium near to the same site.



Tottenham moved to Wembley Stadium for the 2017-2018 campaign and initially found the going tough at the ground, as they dropped home points to Burnley and Swansea City, whilst Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory thanks to two Marcos Alonso goals.

However, it was another impressive season from the Lilywhites who comfortably finished above Arsenal for the second successive league season and achieved a third consecutive finish in the top three. UEFA Champions League football was secured in the final week of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.

2017-2018 also saw the end of the barren wait for a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. Two goals from Dele Alli helped Spurs to a 3-1 win in west London in April – their first win at the ground since February 1990. Kane scored another 30 goals but was pipped this time to the Golden Boot by Liverpool FC’s Mohamed Salah.



Delays to the new stadium have meant Tottenham have remained at Wembley Stadium for the 2018-2019 season and incredibly, they haven’t drawn a match in the Premier League this season. It has been wins or losses this term and Spurs remain as a potential title challenger in mid-February, keeping Liverpool FC and Manchester City honest.

Among the highlights already this season were a 3-1 win over Chelsea in November, a 6-2 masterclass at Goodison Park against Everton and a late winner from Harry Winks in a London Derby away at Fulham. With progression to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League looking likely, Tottenham supporters still have plenty of excitement to witness in this campaign.

Premier League Rewind: 26th-27th August 1994

Results: Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers 4-0 Coventry City, Leeds United 2-3 Chelsea, Manchester City 4-0 Everton, Newcastle United 5-1 Southampton, Norwich City 1-0 West Ham United, Nottingham Forest 1-0 Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United, Wimbledon 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool FC 3-0 Arsenal

Going into the third set of fixtures in the 1994-1995 Premier League, 20 teams had played two games each and just two sides had 100% records. They were Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. The Magpies had already scored seven goals in their opening two victories over Leicester City and Coventry City. They were about to add five more to that tally in a 5-1 destruction of Southampton.

The rout against the Saints was set-up by three goals in a 10-minute period. Defender Steve Watson, who was playing in a wide midfield position, benefited from a more attacking approach by scoring the first two goals of the afternoon. Andy Cole added another brace to his growing collection as Kevin Keegan’s side consolidated top spot in the early season table.

Tottenham’s maximum start to the season disappeared as they were beaten 1-0 by champions Manchester United at White Hart Lane. United skipper Steve Bruce scored the only goal, heading home after Ian Walker came for a Ryan Giggs corner and got nowhere near it. Bruce then blotted his copybook by giving away a penalty for body checking Ilie Dumitrescu. However, Teddy Sheringham couldn’t convert the spot-kick. He was denied by Peter Schmeichel. It was a second failure from the penalty spot for Sheringham in four days.

With work still being done to the new Kop all-seater stand, Liverpool FC hadn’t played in the first midweek round of the season but the new era at the ground began on Super Sunday with Arsenal the visitors to Anfield. It would produce one of the most groundbreaking historical records that would stand for over two decades. Young forward Robbie Fowler was already making a name for himself. On this day, he scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history – a record that would last for 21 years. The 19-year-old found the net three times in just four minutes and 33 seconds. It was a record that would stand until Sadio Mane managed a quicker treble for Southampton against Aston Villa in May 2015. Liverpool won the game 3-0 and a star was well and truly born.

That meant Liverpool had won two games from two and so too had Chelsea, who produced the comeback of the round. They went 2-0 down to Leeds United inside 18 minutes, courtesy of goals from South African Phil Masinga and Leeds’ own young talent in Noel Whelan. The fightback was inspired by Dennis Wise, who scored from the penalty spot before half-time. Then, his free-kick in the 61st minute was saved by John Lukic but only into the path of John Spencer to equalise. Spencer scored the winner with two minutes left with his shot from outside the area squirming underneath Lukic’s body to complete a great turnaround from the Londoners.

After three sets of games, eight clubs were still awaiting their first victory of the campaign. Among them were Aston Villa, who were pegged back at home in the closing stages for the second successive match. Newly-promoted Crystal Palace earned a 1-1 draw thanks to Gareth Southgate’s 87th minute equaliser. Coventry City were another side without a victory and they took a second consecutive 4-0 beating on their travels. This time, it was Blackburn Rovers dishing out a thrashing, with their new striker, Chris Sutton scoring a hat-trick. Coventry had Mick Quinn sent off.

There were worrying signs too for Mike Walker at Everton whose side caved in dramatically in the second half at Maine Road. Uwe Rosler and Paul Walsh both scored twice as Manchester City eased to a 4-0 victory and Walker would only win one match in the league before being dismissed in early November by the Toffees hierarchy.

What else happened in August 1994?

  • The IRA announces a “complete cessation of military operations.”
  • The 1994 Sunday Trading Act comes into force, permitting retailers to start trading in six-hour slots on Sundays.
  • Britpop band Oasis releases their debut album Definitely Maybe; and it becomes the fastest selling debut album in the United Kingdom.
  • Sky Sports launch their second television channel, as Sky Sports 2 is born.
  • Norwich Central Library is destroyed by a huge fire, with most of the city’s historical records lost in the blaze.
  • The last traces of Eastern Europe’s Soviet occupation disappear as the Russian army vacates Estonia and Latvia.

Premier League Rewind: 7th-8th May 1993

Results: Arsenal 3-0 Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City 3-3 Leeds United, Ipswich Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest, Liverpool FC 6-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City 2-5 Everton, Middlesbrough 3-3 Norwich City, Oldham Athletic 4-3 Southampton, Sheffield United 4-2 Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Aston Villa, Wimbledon 1-2 Manchester United

The final weekend of the very first FA Premier League season would be a record-breaking one with the highest total of goals scored ever during a top-flight weekend since the formation of the division. Incredibly, 53 goals found the back of the net in the 11 matches that took place. It was clear that some defences were already on holiday on this evidence!

With Manchester United already crowned as the maiden Premier League champions, the main attention was focused on the bottom of the table. Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough were already relegated, so just one spot was up for grabs and it was a straight shootout between Crystal Palace and Oldham Athletic.

The odds were in Palace’s favour. They only needed a point from their final match at Highbury against an Arsenal side who might have had one eye on an FA Cup final appearance in a week’s time. However, it all went wrong for Steve Coppell’s side. Ian Wright opened the scoring against his former employers after just nine minutes. Further late strikes from Paul Dickov and Kevin Campbell consigned Palace to a 3-0 defeat. They now required help from Southampton.

The Saints were at Boundary Park to play Oldham. Oldham had looked dead and buried a week earlier but shock wins over Aston Villa and Liverpool FC had given them genuine hope of beating the drop. Another win here and they would be playing Premier League football in 1993-1994. It looked very good after 64 minutes. Goals from Neil Pointon, Ian Olney, Andy Ritchie and Gunnar Halle had Oldham 4-1 ahead. Matt Le Tissier was not going to make it easy though. He almost single-handily dragged Southampton back into the match with a hat-trick. Oldham manager Joe Royle was racing upstairs and downstairs every couple of minutes as the tension increased during the afternoon.

Oldham held on though for a priceless three points which ensured they stayed up on goal difference. Crystal Palace were relegated and Coppell resigned soon afterwards.

Another manager under pressure was Liverpool FC’s Graeme Souness. He was a mysterious absentee from the club’s final home match of an underwhelming season against Tottenham Hotspur. The official reason given by the club was he was on a ‘scouting mission.’ Ronnie Moran took control on the day and the players responded well, thumping Tottenham 6-2. There were two goals apiece for John Barnes and Ian Rush. Teddy Sheringham’s consolation meant he would win the Golden Boot in the first Premier League season. Tottenham would change managers in the close season, with playing legend Ossie Ardiles appointed that summer, whilst Liverpool did stick with Souness until January 1994.

Manchester United closed their season out 24 hours after the majority of the other teams had played. They beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with skipper Bryan Robson scoring their final goal of the league season. They would finish 10 points clear of Aston Villa, who lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers to ensure they lost their final three games of the season. That win for QPR ensured they would finish in fifth spot and were London’s top club. This was a marvellous achievement for Gerry Francis.

One manager bowing out completely was Brian Clough. His final game in management was at Portman Road and he exited with a defeat. Despite a penalty from his son, Nigel Clough, Nottingham Forest lost 2-1 to Ipswich Town to ensure they finished bottom of the table. Elsewhere, Peter Beagrie scored twice as Everton finished a lacklustre season on a real high, winning 5-2 away at Manchester City and Tim Sherwood’s header beat Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park. Blackburn Rovers finished fourth in their first season after promotion from the Second Division.

What else happened in May 1993?

  • Kenneth Clarke is appointed as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer after Norman Lamont’s sacking following Black Wednesday.
  • Ireland wins the Eurovision Song Contest with “In Your Eyes,” performed by Niamh Kavanagh.
  • Eritrea gains independence from Ethiopia and becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Inflation in the UK reaches a 29-year low of 1.3%.
  • After 10 years, ITV drops the popular teatime gameshow ‘Blockbusters.’ It will be revived on four separate occasions by Sky One, BBC Two and Challenge before disappearing for good in 2012.
  • Matthew Kelly becomes the new host of the ITV programme, ‘Stars in Their Eyes.’ He will continue to front the show for the next 10 years.

Seasonal Records: 2003-2004

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2003-2004 Premier League campaign, as Arsenal became the first side since Preston North End in 1888 to go through an entire top-flight campaign without losing.


Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Arsenal 38 26 12 0 73 26 +47 90
2 Chelsea 38 24 7 7 67 30 +37 79
3 Manchester United 38 23 6 9 64 35 +29 75
4 Liverpool FC 38 16 12 10 55 37 +18 60
5 Newcastle United 38 13 17 8 52 40 +12 56
6 Aston Villa 38 15 11 12 48 44 +4 56
7 Charlton Athletic 38 14 11 13 51 51 0 53
8 Bolton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 48 56 -8 53
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 52 46 +6 52
10 Birmingham City 38 12 14 12 43 48 -5 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 13 9 16 44 52 -8 48
12 Southampton 38 12 11 15 44 45 -1 47
13 Portsmouth 38 12 9 17 47 54 -7 45
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 6 19 47 57 -10 45
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 8 18 51 59 -8 44
16 Manchester City 38 9 14 15 55 54 +1 41
17 Everton 38 9 12 17 45 57 -12 39
18 Leicester City 38 6 15 17 48 65 -17 33
19 Leeds United 38 8 9 21 40 79 -39 33
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 7 12 19 38 77 -39 33



Goals Scored 1012
European qualifiers Arsenal (UEFA Champions League), Chelsea (UEFA Champions League), Manchester United (UEFA Champions League), Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League), Newcastle United (UEFA Cup), Middlesbrough (UEFA Cup)
Longest winning run 9 games (Arsenal)
Longest unbeaten run 38 games – THE ENTIRE SEASON (Arsenal)
Longest winless run 14 games (Manchester City)
Longest losing run 6 games (Leeds United)
Highest attendance 67,758 (Manchester United vs. Southampton)
Lowest attendance 13,981 (Fulham vs. Blackburn Rovers)



PFA Players’ Player of the Year Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
PFA Young Player of the Year Scott Parker (Charlton Athletic & Chelsea)
Football Writers’ Award Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
PFA Team of the Year Tim Howard, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Lauren, John Terry, Patrick Vieira, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy
Manager of the Year Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
Premier League Goal of the Season Dietmar Hamann (LIVERPOOL FC vs. Portsmouth)



Player Teams Score Date
Teddy Sheringham Portsmouth vs. Bolton Wanderers 4-0 26th August 2003
Nicolas Anelka Manchester City vs. Aston Villa 4-1 14th September 2003
Ruud van Nistelrooy Leicester City vs. Manchester United 1-4 27th September 2003
Kevin Lisbie Charlton Athletic vs. Liverpool FC 3-2 28th September 2003
Steve Watson Everton vs. Leeds United 4-0 28th September 2003
Robbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 6th December 2003
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 27th March 2004
Thierry Henry Arsenal vs. Liverpool FC 4-2 9th April 2004
Thierry Henry Arsenal vs. Leeds United 5-0 16th April 2004
Yakubu Portsmouth vs. Middlesbrough 5-1 15th May 2004



Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Thierry Henry Arsenal 30
2 Alan Shearer Newcastle United 22
3= Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United 20
3= Louis Saha Fulham & Manchester United 20
5= Mikael Forssell Birmingham City 17
5= Nicolas Anelka Manchester City 17
7= Michael Owen Liverpool FC 16
7= Juan Pablo Angel Aston Villa 16
7= Yakubu Portsmouth 16
10= Robert Pires Arsenal 14
10= James Beattie Southampton 14
10= Robbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur 14
13= Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea 13
13= Kevin Phillips Southampton 13
15 Les Ferdinand Leicester City 12
16= Andy Cole Blackburn Rovers 11
16= Paul Dickov Leicester City 11
16= Mark Viduka Leeds United 11
19= Frank Lampard Chelsea 10
19= Jason Euell Charlton Athletic 10
19= Hernan Crespo Chelsea 10
22= Paul Scholes Manchester United 9
22= Darius Vassell Aston Villa 9
22= Youri Djorkaeff Bolton Wanderers 9
22= Luis Boa Morte Fulham 9


Portsmouth 6-1 Leeds United 8th November 2003
Arsenal 5-0 Leeds United 16th April 2004
Chelsea 5-0 Newcastle United 9th November 2003
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-5 Chelsea 20th September 2003
Leicester City 0-5 Aston Villa 31st January 2004
Manchester City 6-2 Bolton Wanderers 18th October 2003
Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 15th May 2004
Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16th August 2003
Manchester City 5-1 Everton 15th May 2004
Middlesbrough 0-4 Arsenal 24th August 2003



No of Goals Teams Date
8 Manchester City 6-2 Bolton Wanderers 18th October 2003
8 Middlesbrough 5-3 Birmingham City 20th March 2004
8 Tottenham Hotspur 4-4 Leicester City 22nd February 2004
7 Portsmouth 6-1 Leeds United 8th November 2003
7 Chelsea 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27th March 2004
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6th December 2003
7 Everton 3-4 Manchester United 7th February 2004
7 Blackburn Rovers 3-4 Bolton Wanderers 10th January 2004
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Portsmouth 7th February 2004
7 Fulham 3-4 Blackburn Rovers 12th April 2004
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 Leicester City 25th October 2003
6 Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 15th May 2004
6 Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16th August 2003
6 Manchester City 5-1 Everton 15th May 2004
6 Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool FC 9th April 2004
6 Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 13th September 2003
6 Newcastle United 4-2 Everton 3rd April 2004
6 Charlton Athletic 4-2 Chelsea 26th December 2003
6 Charlton Athletic 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur 11th February 2004
6 Portsmouth 4-2 Manchester City 10th January 2004



Player Teams Age at the time Date
Aaron Lennon Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Leeds United 16 years, 4 months, 7 days 23rd August 2003
Ricardo Vaz Te Middlesbrough 2-0 Bolton Wanderers 17 years, 6 months, 23 days 3rd April 2004
Luke Moore Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa 17 years, 8 months, 19 days 1st November 2003
James Milner Leeds United 0-1 Manchester United 17 years, 9 months, 14 days 18th October 2003
Wayne Rooney Arsenal 2-1 Everton 17 years, 9 months, 23 days 16th August 2003
James Morrison Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 17 years, 11 months, 20 days 15th May 2004
Steven Taylor Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Newcastle United 18 years, 2 months, 5 days 28th March 2004
Gael Clichy Birmingham City 0-3 Arsenal 18 years, 3 months, 27 days 22nd November 2003
Scott Carson Leeds United 0-3 Middlesbrough 18 years, 4 months, 28 days 31st January 2004
Collins John Chelsea 2-1 Fulham 18 years, 5 months, 3 days 20th March 2004



Player Teams Age at the time Date
David Seaman Portsmouth 4-2 Manchester City 40 years, 3 months, 22 days 10th January 2004
Denis Irwin Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 years, 6 months, 14 days 15th May 2004
Teddy Sheringham Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 38 years, 1 month, 13 days 15th May 2004
Martin Keown Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City 37 years, 9 months, 21 days 15th May 2004
Nigel Martyn Manchester City 5-1 Everton 37 years, 9 months, 4 days 15th May 2004
Les Ferdinand Leicester City 3-1 Portsmouth 37 years, 4 months, 20 days 8th May 2004
Colin Cooper Middlesbrough 3-1 Southampton 37 years, 1 month, 15 days 12th April 2004
Paul Jones Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 37 years, 27 days 15th May 2004
Paul Ince Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 36 years, 6 months, 24 days 15th May 2004
Gus Poyet Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 36 years, 6 months 15th May 2004



Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1= Jens Lehmann Arsenal 15
1= Edwin van der Sar Fulham 15
3= Carlo Cudicini Chelsea 14
3= Maik Taylor Birmingham City 14
5 Jerzy Dudek Liverpool FC 13
5= Mark Schwarzer Middlesbrough 13
7= Tim Howard Manchester United 12
7= Thomas Sorensen Aston Villa 12
9 Shay Given Newcastle United 11
10 Dean Kiely Charlton Athletic 10

Iconic Moments: 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!

Seasonal Records: 2000-2001

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2000-2001 Premier League campaign, as two sides from the North West shared the major league and cup prizes between themselves.


Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester United 38 24 8 6 79 31 +48 80
2 Arsenal 38 20 10 8 63 38 +25 70
3 Liverpool FC 38 20 9 9 71 39 +32 69
4 Leeds United 38 20 8 10 64 43 +21 68
5 Ipswich Town 38 20 6 12 57 42 +15 66
6 Chelsea 38 17 10 11 68 45 +23 61
7 Sunderland 38 15 12 11 46 41 +5 57
8 Aston Villa 38 13 15 10 46 43 +3 54
9 Charlton Athletic 38 14 10 14 50 57 -7 52
10 Southampton 38 14 10 14 40 48 -8 52
11 Newcastle United 38 14 9 15 44 50 -6 51
12 Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 10 15 47 54 -7 49
13 Leicester City 38 14 6 18 39 51 -12 48
14 Middlesbrough 38 9 15 14 44 44 0 42
15 West Ham United 38 10 12 16 45 50 -5 42
16 Everton 38 11 9 18 45 59 -14 42
17 Derby County 38 10 12 16 37 59 -22 42
18 Manchester City 38 8 10 20 41 65 -24 34
19 Coventry City 38 8 10 20 36 63 -27 34
20 Bradford City 38 5 11 22 30 70 -40 26



Goals Scored 992
European qualifiers Manchester United (UEFA Champions League), Arsenal (UEFA Champions League), Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League), Leeds United (UEFA Cup), Ipswich Town (UEFA Cup), Chelsea (UEFA Cup), Aston Villa (UEFA Intertoto Cup), Newcastle United (UEFA Intertoto Cup)
Longest winning run 8 games (Manchester United)
Longest unbeaten run 13 games (Leeds United)
Longest winless run 13 games (Bradford City & Derby County)
Longest losing run 8 games (Leicester City)
Highest attendance 67,637 (Manchester United vs. Coventry City)
Lowest attendance 15,523 (Bradford City vs. Coventry City)



PFA Players’ Player of the Year Teddy Sheringham (Manchester United)
PFA Young Player of the Year Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC)
Football Writers’ Award Teddy Sheringham (Manchester United)
PFA Team of the Year Fabien Barthez, Wes Brown, Stephen Carr, Jaap Stam, Sylvinho, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Teddy Sheringham
Manager of the Year George Burley (Ipswich Town)
Premier League Goal of the Season Shaun Bartlett (CHARLTON ATHLETIC vs. Leicester City)



Player Teams Score Date
Paulo Wanchope Manchester City vs. Sunderland 4-2 23rd August 2000
Michael Owen Liverpool FC vs. Aston Villa 3-1 6th September 2000
Emile Heskey Derby County vs. Liverpool FC 0-4 15th October 2000
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (4) Chelsea vs. Coventry City 6-1 21st October 2000
Teddy Sheringham Manchester United vs. Southampton 5-0 28th October 2000
Mark Viduka (4) Leeds United vs. Liverpool FC 4-3 4th November 2000
Les Ferdinand Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City 3-0 25th November 2000
Ray Parlour Arsenal vs. Newcastle United 5-0 10th December 2000
Thierry Henry Arsenal vs. Leicester City 6-1 26th December 2000
Kevin Phillips Bradford City vs. Sunderland 1-4 26th December 2000
Dwight Yorke Manchester United vs. Arsenal 6-1 25th February 2001
Sylvain Wiltord Arsenal vs. West Ham United 3-0 3rd March 2001
Marcus Stewart Southampton vs. Ipswich Town 0-3 7th April 2001
Michael Owen Liverpool FC vs. Newcastle United 3-0 5th May 2001



Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea 23
2 Marcus Stewart Ipswich Town 19
3 Thierry Henry Arsenal 17
4 Mark Viduka Leeds United 17
5 Michael Owen Liverpool FC 16
6 Teddy Sheringham Manchester United 15
7 Emile Heskey Liverpool FC 14
8= Kevin Phillips Sunderland 14
8= Alen Boksic Middlesbrough 12
10= Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 11
10= Alan Smith Leeds United 11
10= Jonatan Johansson Charlton Athletic 11
13= James Beattie Southampton 11
13= Freddie Kanoute West Ham United 11
13= Eidur Gudjohnsen Chelsea 10
13= Les Ferdinand Tottenham Hotspur 10
13= Gus Poyet Chelsea 10
13= David Beckham Manchester United 9
13= Lee Bowyer Leeds United 9
20= Gianfranco Zola Chelsea 9
20= Marian Pahars Southampton 9
22= Andy Cole Manchester United 9
22= Sergiy Rebrov Tottenham Hotspur 9
22= Ade Akinbiyi Leicester City 9
22= Paolo di Canio West Ham United 9


Manchester United 6-0 Bradford City 5th September 2000
Manchester United 6-1 Arsenal 25th February 2001
Arsenal 6-1 Leicester City 26th December 2000
Leeds United 6-1 Bradford City 13th May 2001
Chelsea 6-1 Coventry City 21st October 2000
Manchester United 5-0 Southampton 28th October 2000
Arsenal 5-0 Manchester City 28th October 2000
Arsenal 5-0 Newcastle United 9th December 2000
West Ham United 5-0 Charlton Athletic 26th December 2000
Manchester City 5-0 Everton 9th December 2000



No of Goals Teams Date
8 Arsenal 5-3 Charlton Athletic 26th August 2000
7 Manchester United 6-1 Arsenal 25th February 2001
7 Arsenal 6-1 Leicester City 26th December 2000
7 Leeds United 6-1 Bradford City 13th May 2001
7 Chelsea 6-1 Coventry City 21st October 2000
7 Leeds United 4-3 Liverpool FC 4th November 2000
7 Leeds United 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur 30th September 2000
6 Manchester United 6-0 Bradford City 5th September 2000
6 Manchester United 4-2 Coventry City 14th April 2001
6 Chelsea 4-2 West Ham United 19th August 2000
6 Chelsea 2-4 Sunderland 17th March 2001
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 Newcastle United 2nd January 2001
6 Leicester City 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 5th May 2001
6 Manchester City 4-2 Sunderland 23rd August 2000
6 Manchester United 3-3 Chelsea 23rd September 2000
6 Charlton Athletic 3-3 Manchester United 9th December 2000
6 Southampton 3-3 Liverpool FC 26th August 2000
6 Charlton Athletic 3-3 Aston Villa 17th April 2001
6 Bradford City 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur 9th December 2000
6 Derby County 3-3 Middlesbrough 6th September 2000



Player Teams Age at the time Date
Calum Davenport Coventry City 0-0 Bradford City 18 years, 4 months, 17 days 19th May 2001
Jay Bothroyd Coventry City 1-2 Manchester United 18 years, 5 months, 30 days 4th November 2000
Carlos Marinelli Middlesbrough 1-1 Aston Villa 18 years, 6 months, 9 days 23rd September 2000
Nabil Abidallah Ipswich Town 2-0 Everton 18 years, 6 months, 19 days 24th February 2001
Jermain Defoe Middlesbrough 2-1 West Ham United 18 years, 7 months, 12 days 19th May 2001
Thomas Hitzlsperger Aston Villa 0-3 Liverpool FC 18 years, 9 months, 8 days 13th January 2001
Joe Cole Chelsea 4-2 West Ham United 18 years, 9 months, 11 days 19th August 2000
Shaun Wright-Phillips Charlton Athletic 4-0 Manchester City 18 years, 9 months, 25 days 19th August 2000
Brian Kerr Coventry City 0-2 Newcastle United 18 years, 10 months, 25 days 6th September 2000
Adam Murray Everton 2-2 Derby County 18 years, 10 months, 27 days 26th August 2000



Player Teams Age at the time Date
John Lukic Arsenal 0-0 Derby County 39 years, 11 months 11th November 2000
Stuart Pearce Middlesbrough 2-1 West Ham United 39 years, 25 days 19th May 2001
Richard Gough Everton 2-1 Bradford City 39 years, 23 days 28th April 2001
Raimond van der Gouw Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Manchester United 38 years, 1 month, 25 days 19th May 2001
Steve Bould Manchester City 4-2 Sunderland 37 years, 9 months, 7 days 23rd August 2000
David Seaman Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal 37 years, 7 months, 26 days 15th May 2001
Nigel Winterburn Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United 37 years, 4 months, 17 days 28th April 2001
Lee Dixon Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal 37 years, 1 month, 28 days 15th May 2001
Andy Goram Southampton 2-1 Manchester United 37 years, 1 month 13th May 2001
Tommy Wright Manchester City 0-1 Newcastle United 37 years, 4 days 30th September 2000



Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Fabien Barthez Manchester United 15
2= Sander Westerveld Liverpool FC 14
2= Paul Jones Southampton 14
4 Thomas Sorensen Sunderland 13
5 Richard Wright Ipswich Town 12
6 David Seaman Arsenal 11
7 Mart Poom Derby County 10
8= Nigel Martyn Leeds United 9
8= David James Aston Villa 9
8= Dean Kiely Charlton Athletic 9

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

Premier League Rewind: 15th – 17th August 1992

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

After all the hype, the anticipation and the build-up, a new dawn for English football began on Saturday 15th August 1992 – the very first day of action in the newly-formed FA Premier League.

18 of the 22 clubs took part on the first day of action and there was a fast start at Bramwall Lane, where the first goal in the league’s history was scored by Brian Deane of Sheffield United. His header after just five minutes opened the scoring against title favourites Manchester United. Deane added another goal in the second half as the Blades came away with a 2-1 victory and gave the Red Devils plenty of food for thought.

Arsenal were also among the bookies’ favourites for the inaugural title. English champions in 1989 and 1991, the Gunners started against Norwich City, who had just managed to avoid relegation the previous campaign. Whilst the North Bank standing terrace had been demolished for an all-seater replacement, the controversial ‘Highbury Mural’ took its place. It was created to hide the various cranes and construction works that would be in place during its restructure. The team found no inspiration. In fact, they crumbled from a 2-0 winning position to lose 4-2. Norwich would end the opening weekend on top of the table.

The defending champions were Leeds United and they started off with an edgy 2-1 home win over Wimbledon. Lee Chapman scored both goals for Howard Wilkinson’s side. Home form wouldn’t be too much of an issue in their title defence but their away record was terrible and would totally derail any long-term title tilt in 1992/1993.

Blackburn Rovers were new to the top-flight, having been promoted via the playoffs. They had spent big too that summer, smashing the British transfer record to sign Southampton striker Alan Shearer, who had been courted by Manchester United. Shearer immediately started to repay the first instalments of the fee. He scored twice at Selhurst Park but Blackburn were to be denied an opening win in the blazing South London sunshine. Simon Osborn scored in the last minute to ensure a share of the spoils for Crystal Palace.

“A Whole New Ball Game” began a day later with the first live game televised by Sky Sports. Teddy Sheringham had the honour of scoring the first live televised goal in the Premier League. His strike was enough for Nottingham Forest to defeat Liverpool FC 1-0 at the City Ground on Ford Super Sunday. It would prove to be Sheringham’s final goal as a Forest player. Days later, he was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur.

The final weekend concluded with Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers on the Monday Night Football. David White scored from close range to give the home side the lead. This was swiftly cancelled out in the second half by an Andy Sinton blockbuster. 1-1 was the final score at Maine Road.

30 goals were scored on the first weekend of Premier League football. The omens were good for a fruitful opening season in the new English top-flight.

What else happened in August 1992?

  • David Gower plays in his final cricket test match for England.
  • The 25th Olympic Games come to a conclusion in Barcelona. Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Chris Boardman are among the Gold Medal winners for Great Britain.
  • 35 people lose their lives as Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida.
  • Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce a deal is reached on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • Intimate photographs of the Duchess of York and a Texan businessman, John Bryan, are published in the Daily Mirror.
  • Nigel Mansell wins the FIA Formula One World Championship after finishing second to Ayrton Senna at the Hungarian Grand Prix.