The Premiership as we know it was founded in February 1992, when it was decided English leagues needed to be improved so they could compete with international leagues. Up until it was founded much of the football in Great Britain had a bad reputation, caused by violent fans, poor revenue and the loss of talent to clubs belonging to Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A, among, others.
The Premiership is made up of twenty teams that battle it out to avoid relegation. The three teams that end the season with the lowest points in the league are forced into move down to the championship. In return the top two teams in the Championship move into the Premier League. Top scorers in positions 3-6 then face a playoff competitions to battle it out the one remaining place in the Premiership. This system works all the way through the Football league from the premiership through to the lower divisions.
Over the years since it began the Premier League can be credited with the improvements of many football stadiums in the UK, and due to its popularity more and more avenues for income are being founded in the sport. Not only can you go to your chosen club to support your team, with or without a club membership, but you can also visit these stadiums in style by opting to experience a sports hospitality package delivered by your chosen club.
For many football fans across the world the Premier League has become one of the most prolific leagues in the history of the sport. In fact the premier league itself can be credited with making football more popular than ever. Now we have international players that aspire to be a part of our football leagues.
During its reasonably short history the Premier League has provided fans, players and many more with incidents that may have been missed if the league hadn’t existed. Ten of our favourites are listed below.
1. David Beckham’s Epic Goal
If you were to ask any fan about the greatest goal ever scored in the Premiership then David Beckham’s halfway line goal against Wimbledon might just be it.
You wouldn’t be forgiven for forgetting just how unbelievable Beckham was with a football. His strike was incredible. In fact skills like his had not been seen in English football, before he made his name in the sport. Aged twenty one at the game in question, Beckham made sure that he would go down in history by showing off his talent.
The former united player is now retired from football but remains one of the most influential men in world when it comes to the sport. In fact the term bend it like Beckham was born from his amazing ability with a ball.
2. Wayne Rooney aged 16 at Arsenal
No self-respecting football fan would be forgiven for forgetting the way that Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene aged just sixteen.
At the time the youngster was on a meagre £80. He was bought on to face Arsenal who at the time were at the top of their game. Proving that it wasn’t going to faze him, or dull his skills on the pitch, Rooney ended Arsenals 30 game unbeaten roll with an outstanding goal. He actually took the ball down on his shoulder, span it and curled it into the goal off the top of the bar.
The goal and Rooney went down in history as he became the Premier Leagues youngest ever Goal scorer.
3. Ouch Suarez
Even non-football fans will forget this one!
Yes, Luis Suarez is undoubtedly a talented player and yes, he seems to be indispensable, but one moment he will never be forgotten for is when he decided to take a chunk out of Branislav Ivanovic during a Liverpool home game against Chelsea. Unfortunately it wasn’t easy to see the offending bite immediately however when inspected it was clear to see. The talented player simply saw red, He isn’t the only player to be responsible for misconduct on the pitch but this is one incident that will certainly be remembered! Suarez now plays as a striker for FC Barcelona.
4. The Eric Cantona Kick
One of United’s most iconic players managed to get himself a whopping nine month ban in 1995. After finding himself sent off in a game against Crystal Palace, Eric Cantona faced a barrage of abuse from the home fans. One fan in particular felt the wrath of Cantona as he reacted to the abuse with a full on kung fu kick! Fortunately the kick didn’t actually hit the fan but the attempt was there. Manchester United were expected to drop the Frenchman following his unacceptable behaviour, however they supported him and saw him come back to play for them and re build his reputation.
5. Liverpool’s 4-3 match Against Newcastle
Arguably one of the greatest matches in Premier League history is the match that took place at Anfield Liverpool in the spring of 1996.
At the time Newcastle and Liverpool were great rivals and played some amazing games, this one fixture however stood out from all others. Stan Collymore managed to score an amazing goal during the final minutes of the game resulting in a thrilling end to an amazing battle.
This match is possibly one of Liverpool’s most iconic and any fan will recall the tension as the game was played out at Liverpool’s home ground.
6. Wayne Rooney, again
You have to forgive us for giving Rooney more than one mention. It doesn’t matter who you support but talent should be recognised by all football fans. After all if you’re not a United fan then you are likely to be jealous that this one isn’t on your side.
His first goal in the premiership was amazing, but this one is one he will take with him until his retirement. It was perhaps his greatest ever goal.
At the time Rooney had publically expressed a desire to leave Man United – a statement that didn’t go down well with any of the fans. Following a discussion with bosses, he later changed his mind but was forced to win the favour of the supporters that had been effected by his attitude towards leaving.
So Rooney did what he does best, he reacted to a well deflected cross and showed off with an overhead kick that resulted in an amazing goal. His efforts secured a victory for Man United over their major rivals.
7. Manchester United and Extra time
The term ‘Fergie Time’ is a well-known one in football today and refers to a time when, seemingly, former Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, gained extra injury time at home games.
The extra time seemed to come about when United were losing and it gave them the extra they needed to ensure that the opposition conceded more goals.
Following his retirement the former boss shockingly admitted that he did lay on the pressure to referees to award extra time.
In a bid to discover if the extra time branded Fergie time actually existed the BBC launched an investigation that worked out the average extra time United managed to get at home. It was discovered that they did in fact receive just over a minute in extra time every time they were losing a match, as opposed to any extra time that was awarded in games that they were winning!
8. Thierry Henry is made a statue in awe of a particular!
Thierry Henry not only managed to impress everyone at Arsenals game against Tottenham in 2002, he also made an impact so strong a statue was erected in his honour.
The goal in question was scored in a solo run, whilst it appeared that he was perhaps a little arrogant in his celebrations and with his ability, it can’t be argued that the goal was anything other than remarkable.
He certainly deserves a mention and his iconic status at Arsenal. Since his time in the Premiership he has gone on to represent Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.
9. Keane and Vieira Battle it Out
The Premier League has not been without its fair share of rivalry in the game. But not many could compare to the battles that Man United and Arsenal have endured.
For almost ten years both teams fought for the title between them at the end of the season. Captains Keane and Vieira took charge of the rivalry that occasionally went beyond the sides of the football pitch!
Perhaps greatest example of this rivalry was lived out in the tunnel at Highbury in 2005, when Keane was offended by comments Vieira made to Gary Neville.
10. Di Canio’s Moments of Fair and Foul Play
Paolo di Canio could possibly have scored one of the greatest goals in Premier League history, during his days on the pitch, but it is perhaps one particular moment of sportsmanship that cements the memory of his game in the Premiership.
Everton’s goalkeeper, Paul Gerrard, collapsed with an injury and di Canio picked up the ball and stopped the game. It would have been all too easy for him to have taken advantage of the situation and score a goal. Rather than halt proceedings to make sure that the keeper got the medical attention that he required.
This was a true display of sportsmanship and proved that the game that was fast being commercialised still held on to old fashioned traditions. First of all who would want to score a goal that was so easy? Where is the skill involved in that? Secondly what is the point of the game if it is unfair? Di Canio surprisingly did what he would expect another player to do in return.