Coral launch Premier League Infographic
With the new Premier League season imminent, Coral take a fond trip back down memory lane at some of the moments that have left us breathless over the years. Check them all out in our great new infographic!
Who can forget the flying header from Brian Deane, who scored the first ever Premier League goal as Sheffield United beat Manchester United 2-1? How about this for another first – Eric Cantona hitting the maiden hat-trick of the franchise playing for Leeds United against Tottenham Hotspur on August 25th 1992?
Never far from the headlines, Cantona hit the news again, when three years later his fly-kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons earned him a £20k fine and a nine-month ban.
Man United recorded their biggest ever away win at the City Ground as they beat Nottingham Forest 8-1 on February 6th 1999. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer found the net four times, while Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke each bagged a brace, as the Red Devils went on to win an iconic treble that season; claiming the Premier League title, FA Cup, and Champions League trophies.
Injury-plagued Ledley King still holds the record for fastest Premier League goal, after netting in 9.9 seconds against Bradford City on December 9th 2000.
Peter Schmeichel, after a hugely impressive career with Man Utd in between the sticks, became the first goalkeeper to score in the Premier League, when he notched for Aston Villa in 2001, lashing a volley in at the far post from a corner.
On April 17th 2006, Alan Shearer struck his last and 260th Premier League goal as Newcastle lost 4-1 to Sunderland. The former England centre forward still tops the scoring charts.
In the 2008/09 campaign, Man United custodian Edwin van der Saar set a record for clean sheets, going 14 matches without being beaten, that still stands today.
At the end of the 2013/14 season, Ryan Giggs finally hung up his boots as a player, after becoming the first one to star in every single Premier League season. The Welshman will resume his loyal service at Man Utd as an assistant to new manager Louis van Gaal.