The Premier League fixtures have just released, and everyone is getting excited for the return of domestic football.
It promises to be an intriguing season, with Bournemouth enjoying a debut Premier League campaign, Chelsea looking to retain the league title, and a number of clubs wanting to break into that prized top four.
The opening day promises drama and action, and to celebrate the start of the countdown towards the return of the Premier League, we take a look at five memorable occasions from opening day fixtures.
1994 - Sheffield Wednesday vs Tottenham Hotspur
Jurgen Klinsmann introduced himself to English football fans by scoring in a 4-3 victory over Wednesday, and then celebrating in his famous diving motion. Ossie Ardiles sent him team out to attacking endlessly, with five players all searching for goal, and it resulted in a memorable opening day fixture.
1995 - Aston Villa vs Manchester United
A 3-1 victory to Villa was made more famous thanks to Alan Hansen famously claiming that ‘you can’t win anything with kids’, a statement that United went on to prove wrong. Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt started that game, whilst David Beckham came on later in the fixture. They may have lost that day, but it did little harm in the long run.
1996 - Wimbledon vs Manchester United
Just one year after Hansen’s putdown, United were proving the ex-Liverpool man wrong by defeating Wimbledon 2-0, before David Beckham made history. Looking up and seeing Neil Sullivan off his goal line, the then 20-year-old clipped the ball over the ‘keeper without making it look like any effort.
2009 - Everton vs Arsenal
The opening day promises to bring hope to every club, that this might be the year that you can finally win silverware. In 2009, Everton’s hopes were ended by the close of the first game, being on the end of a 6-1 home thrashing to Arsenal. 3-0 up at half-time, only a Louis Saha goal eased the pain of the humiliating defeat.
2010 - Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool
A year after Everton’s loss, there was another opening day thrashing with newly promoted Blackpool wowing every audience after a 4-0 victory over Wigan. Expected to defend for their lives, Ian Holloway’s men continued their attacking style that had won promotion, but the result could not save them from eventual relegation at the end of the season.