The Premier League has provided us with some amazing moments throughout the years, from shock wins to high-scoring classics. But what are the most memorable Premier League matches of all time? Let’s take a look.
Liverpool Vs Newcastle (1996)
Arguably the greatest game in Premier League history, this one had it all. An early goal from Kop idol Robbie Fowler set the tone and both teams attacked with ferocity, fully intent on closing the gap on the league leaders, Manchester United.
With just 10 minutes played Newcastle had equalised through Les Ferdinand, and the home side were powerless to resist as the Toon took a 2-1 lead on 14 minutes through a well-worked David Ginola effort.
The Anfield outfit wasn’t done though and came storming back in a bid to chase down the previous season’s league winners, Manchester United. A few minutes after the break and they were level, once again through their talisman, Robbie Fowler.
However, it wasn’t 2-2 for long as the Magpies’ flamboyant Colombian, Faustino Asprilla, put Kevin Keegan’s men back ahead just 2 minutes after Fowler had drawn his side level.
The scene was now set for a grandstand finish, and Liverpool promptly delivered.
The Reds’ then-record-signing, Stan Collymore, came up trumps to equalise again on 67 minutes, before finishing off a lovely move which had seen Liverpool duo John Barnes and Ian Rush roll back the years. A true Premier League classic.
When it comes to high-scoring games, the Premier League history books are plentiful. However, we couldn’t write this article without discussing the famous 9-0 record that has reappeared on four occasions throughout the years.
Ipswich Town were the first victims of the horror result back in 1995 when Manchester United thrashed them at Old Trafford, a certain Andy Cole helping himself to 5 goals that afternoon.
That record stayed intact for 14 years, before Leicester City annihilated Southampton on their own ground in October 2019 to match United’s long-standing record.
Southampton would again fall to the same score as United matched their record win the following season, before United’s bitter rivals, Liverpool, eager to share in the spoils, pummelled Bournemouth in August 2022.
A few teams would come close to equaling the record, including Tottenham Hotspur, who scored 9 but conceded, as well as Chelsea, Newcastle, Southampton and Manchester City, who have all scored 8.
And let’s not forget some of those teams who have scored 7 in a game:
- Portsmouth (v Reading, 2007)
- Arsenal (v Newcastle, 2012)
- Blackburn (v Sheffield Wednesday, 1997)
- Tottenham (v Southampton, 2000)
- Aston Villa (v Liverpool, 2020)
Southampton Vs Manchester United (1996)
A fixture best remembered for Alex Ferguson changing his side’s kit at half-time the season before, and an avalanche of Southampton goals against a side who weren’t used to losing back in those days.
Alex Ferguson took his Class of ’92 to the South Coast in October ’96 in a game they were fully expected to dominate. However, it took just 6 minutes for Israeli magician Eyal Berkovic to give his side a shock lead, and they never looked like losing from that moment on.
The two teams went in at the break with Saints leading 3-1, which prompted a reshuffle in the United ranks at half-time. The reigning champions did offer a little more after the break with David May briefly restoring the deficit to just 1 goal, but a further 3 goals from the aforementioned Berkovic, Egil Ostenstad and an own-goal by Phil Neville made sure of one of the most memorable results in Premier League history with Saints running out 6-3 winners.
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Newcastle Vs Arsenal (2011)
Where all-time comebacks are concerned, this one is right up there.
Newcastle, in their first season back in the Premier League after being relegated in 2009, took on Arsenal Wenger’s Arsenal and would have been forgiven for simply shutting up shop in the second half after going in 4-0 down at the break.
What transpired was one of the greatest halves of football ever witnessed at St James Park. At the 68-minute mark, Joey Barton converted his penalty for what initially appeared to be a mere consolation goal. However, as they entered the last 15 minutes of the game Leon Best grabbed another one back for Newcastle, ensuring a nervy end to the game for Arsenal. In the 83rd minute, Joey Barton stepped forward to bag another from the penalty spot, before Chieck Tiote scored a delightful left-foot finish from the edge of the box to secure the Magpies a well-deserved point. Scenes the Newcastle fans will treasure for the rest of their lives.
So, there you have it, our take on the greatest Premier League games of all time. Hopefully, there are plenty more unforgettable games to come!