Since it was founded all the way back in 1992, the Premier League has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of if not the best football league on the planet.
Over the years we have been fortunate enough to have witnessed some of the very best footballers that the game has had to offer, from Thierry Henry at the peak of his powers at Arsenal to the unforgettable days of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. The list of magnificent footballers that have graced out shores is near endless, all whom have contributed into making what the Premier League is today.
Throughout this piece I will go through some of the very best games that have occurred in the Premier League era.
Tottenham Hotspur 4 Chelsea 4, 20th March 2008
This was arguably the game that all but ended Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Premier League title as they conceded a late equalizer drawing 4-4 at White Hart Lane.
In a rollercoaster of a game, it would be Chelsea who took an early lead through Didier Drogba heading home a John Terry cross. Spurs responded well and on the 13th minute mark levelled through Jonathan Woodgate.
However not long after Chelsea restored their lead, this time through Michael Essien neatly placing the ball into the back of the net. Chelsea looked to have sealed all three points just after half time as Joe Cole cheekily dinked the ball over Paul Robinson in the Tottenham goal making it 3-1 to the visitors.
If Chelsea thought the game the over they were badly mistaken, as Spurs clawed their way back into the game. An excellent header from Dimitar Berbatov inside the penalty box pulled Spurs back in it with over half an hour to go, before an emphatic Tom Huddlestone strike brought the home side level.
Joe Cole appeared to have secured all three points for the visitors after delightfully edging his way past Pascal Chimbonda, superbly placed the ball into the top corner giving Chelea a 4-3 lead.
However the drama wasn’t over yet. It would be Robbie Keane who would save the day for Spurs.After seeing the ball bounce off Ricardo Carvalho’s back, the Irishman incredibly smashed the ball into the bottom corner levelling the game up at 4-4.
Spurs even had a chance to win the game at the very end, after clever work from Dimitar Berbatov he seen his shot superbly saved by Carlo Cudicini.
Manchester City 3 QPR 2, 13th May 2012
The 13th May 2012, the date that will live on in the hearts for every Manchester City fan for eternity. It was of course the day Manchester City were crowned Champions of England for the first time in forty four years.
Going into the game it looked almost a foregone conclusion that Manchester City would beat Queens Park Rangers to secure the League Title. United had to win at Sunderland but even if they did, it wouldn’t matter as long as City did the business and took 3 points.
The first of the goal came in the 39th minute through all people Pablo Zabeleta, who seen his effort bounce off Paddy Kenny onto the back post and into the back of the net.Few if any could have predicted what would happen next.
Just two minutes into the second half Queens Park Rangers were level through Liverpool old boy Djibril Cisse as the Frenchman emphatically blasted the ball past Joe Hart. Things got even worse for City twenty minutes later, after Jamie Mackie headed home a Armand Traore cross putting the visitors 2-1 in front.
Looking all but down and out as we headed into stoppage time, City pulled off one of the most dramatic comebacks in sport, let alone footballing soring two goals in added time.
The first came through Bosnian forward Eden Dzeko, heading home a David Silva corner.However it would be Sergio Aguero who grabbed the headlines and win the game for City, cleverly blasting the ball past Paddy Kenney in the QPR goal handing Manchester City their first title in forty four years.
Liverpool 4 Newcastle United 3, 3rd April 1996
Arguably the greatest game of the Premier League era, when Roy Evan’s Liverpool hosted Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United side in April 1996.
Going into the game Newcastle needed the three points to keep pace of leaders of Manchester United, after seeing their 12 point lead over United disappear, whilst Liverpool still had their hopes of winning the Premier League Title.
Liverpool scored the first goal of this thrilling encounter inside the first two minutes as Robbie Fowler headed home a Stan Collymore cross inside the six yard box. However Liverpool’s lead wasn’t to last long too long. Great work from Faustino Asprilla inside the box found Les Ferdinand, who seen his effort edge past Liverpool goalkeeper David James.
The game was then turned on its head four minutes later and found themselves 2-1 in front, after David Ginola superbly finished off Les Ferdinand’s pass and put the ball in the back of the net.
As the second half got underway, Robbie Fowler levelled the game up for Liverpool brilliantly finishing off McManaman’s from just inside the box.
In a game full of twists and turns, Newcastle would be next to add another twist to this enthralling encounter taking the lead again, this time through Faustino Asprilla, who after getting on the end of Rob Lee’s pass, curled the ball into the net giving Newcastle a 3-2 lead.
However Newcastle’s lead was to only last eleven minutes, as Stan Collymore tapped the ball in from close range from Jason McAteer’s cross. The drama wasn’t over yet, far from it in fact.
Deep into stoppage time with only a matter of minutes left to play, It would be Stan Collymore who would be the match-winner for Liverpool finishing off a superb attacking team move by smashing the ball past Newcastle keeper Pavel Srnicek handing Liverpool a 4-3 victory.
Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3, 21st September 2009
Probably the greatest Manchester derby of all time. Going into the game the rivalry between both clubs had already been taken up an extra notch following Carlos Tevez’s controversial switch to City in the summer transfer window.
City’s millions spent on players and with the club starting to look like the real deal, made this particular Manchester derby have an extra edge to it. You just knew it was going to be something special and it didn’t disappoint.
It would be United who scored the first goal through Wayne Rooney, after getting on the end of Patrice Evra’s pass inside the box, Rooney neatly put the ball in the back of the net, putting united 1-0 up.
City drew level on the 16th minute after sloppy play from Ben Foster in the united goal, his error gave the ball to Carlos Tevez who then found Gareth Barry from just outside the penalty area who then calmly and coolly placed the ball home.
With the second half just four minutes old, united found themselves back in front, this time through Darren Fletcher who got on the end off Ryan Giggs cross to head the ball past City keeper Shay Given. However United’s lead was to last only a matter of minutes, after Craig Bellamy’s thunderbolt strike drew city level at 2-2.
It would be Darren Fletcher again who would find himself on the score sheet in similar fashion, heading home a Ryan Giggs cross putting the home side 3-2 in front.
However an uncharacteristic error from Rio Ferdinand led to a city equalizer. His miss placed pass fell to Martin Petrov, who’s pass then found Craig Bellamy who’s pace got the better of Ferdinand before then neatly rounded united keeper Ben Foster and placing the ball in the back of the net levelling the game up at 3-3.
The game’s most dramatic moment was yet to come. With all but seconds of the game remaining it would be Michael Owen who won the game for united. A long punt from the half way line up field from Wayne Rooney was cleared before then falling to Ryan Giggs in the centre, his pass then almost perfectly found Michael Owen lurking on the edge of the box where in typical Owen style he put the ball away giving united a 4-3 victory.
Newcastle United 4 Arsenal 4, 5th February 2011
Sitting 4-0 down to Arsenal at half time, I doubt even some of the most optimistic Newcastle United supporters out there would have given them much hope in coming back in this.
An early strike from Theo Walcott had given the visitors an early lead with a neat finish into the bottom corner. A second soon followed all but two minutes later, from an unlikely candidate in Johan Djourou with an header into the top corner. Seven minutes later it was 3-0, this time it was Robin Van Persie who found himself on the score sheet tucking the ball home. The Dutchman grabbed his second and Arsenal’s fourth goal of the game on the twenty sixth minute mark heading the ball past Newcastle keeper Steve Harper.
Arguably the key turning point of the came just five minutes into the second half, where Abou Diaby was sent off and Arsenal were reduced to ten men.
Newcastle began their comeback in the sixty eighth minute, as Joey Barton converted a penalty spot kick coolly putting the ball in the bottom corner. A second seven minutes later soon followed as Leon Best brought down a cross from Jose Enrique and slotted the ball away. The comeback was well and truly on.
Newcastle found a third eight minutes later in much similar fashion through a Joey Barton spot kick, only this time placing the ball in the centre of the goal.
The best was undoubtedly saved till last, as Cheick Tiote fired in a contender for goal of the season, hammering home a volley from outside the box and into the back of the net, as the game finished 4-4.
Portsmouth 7 Reading 4, 29th September 2007
When Portsmouth hosted Reading at Fratton Partk, few could have forseen a game like this unfolding like this, it was crazy!
The first goal of the game came in the seventh minute after Benjani tapped the ball in from close range. A second Pompey goal followed in the thirty seventh minute after the Zimbebwean finished off a lovely run putting the ball past Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann. Reading did manage to pull a goal back just before half time, after chaos in the Pompey box, Stephen Hunt’s header was judged to have crossed the line and the goal was given as we headed into the break with Portsmouth leading by two goals to one.
Just three minutes into the second half Reading were level. Dave Kitson willingness to chase a seemingly lost ball, led to Portsmouth goal keeper David James running out of his goal,with Kitson then taking the ball past James and striking the ball into the net levelling it up at 2-2.
However Portsmouth regained their lead not not after through Hermann Hreidarsson, as he made the most out of Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann’s error and neatly headed the ball home restoring the home sides lead. Benjani added Pompey’s fourth and the strikers third goal of the game fifteen minutes later, taking the ball round a charging Hahnemann. The home side then added a fifth through Croatian Niko Kranjcar, who headed the ball in at the back post.
Reading’s hopes of an unlikely comeback gained some momentum, as James Harper’s deflected volley ricochet off Shane Long and made its way past Pompey keeper David James making it 5-3 in the seventy ninth minute.
However Reading’s hopes of a comeback were all but ended two minutes later, after Sean Davis effort from distance was deflected into the goal. Sulley Muntari added a seventh for the home side in stoppage time, before Reading grabbed a consolation goal moments later through a Nicky Shorey deflected strike.