Premier League over the years has seen many iconic moments in its history. From last minute title clinching goals to team mates fight on the pitch – it has seen it all. Let us have a look at some of the most iconic moments in the Premier League history.
Here are the 15 most iconic moments in the Premier league history –
15. Bust-up between teammates – Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer ( April 2, 2005 )
Teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer took their frustrations out on each other in front of 50,000 plus fans at St James’ Park – not to forget the millions watching on TV. With Newcastle 3-0 down to Aston Villa, Bowyer took offence to Dyer not passing him the ball and the pair lashed out at each other. Three goals down and down to 10 men with eight minutes to go, things got even worse for Newcastle United at St James’ Park against Aston Villa as they were both sent off, leaving the Magpies with just eight players on the pitch. Both players had to later make a public apology in a press conference and were suspended.
14. Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira go head to head (1999-2000)
You can really take your pick from 1998-99, 2004-05 and so many other flashpoints between Keane and Vieira, but Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Arsenal at Highbury was probably the volcanic peak, not least because one of them scored twice to win the game and they so dictated it by going head to head as well as the fact this was when the rivalry – between the two clubs and two players – was at its most ferocious. The Premier League still hasn’t seen anything like it, and these two best defined the aggression and energy that has so characterised the competition.
13. Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (April 3, 1996 )
This was a brilliantly entertaining match on a floodlit night at Anfield. Both teams were challenging for the title, neither could really defend. Newcastle desperately needed to win after seeing a 12-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table swing into a three-point deficit.
From 1-0 to the hosts to 1-1; 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3 and then, in stoppage time, Reds striker Stan Collymore beat Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek. Liverpool manager Roy Evans would later describe the game as “kamikaze football.” The teams would play out another 4-3 thriller the following season, but the first time is always the best.
12. Everton’s great escape (1993-94)
The first of the Premier League’s many great escapes from relegation, but one that had more historical meaning than all others, given that Everton were looking to preserve 40 years of top-flight status. They just about kept it, thanks to a comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home to Wimbledon, as Goodison Park struggled to keep the roof on when Graham Stuart beat the hapless Hans Segers to hit his second of the game and one of the biggest goals in the grand old ground’s history.
It is definitely one of the most iconic moments in the Premier League history for Everton fans.
11. Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra incident (2011-12)
Perhaps the ugliest controversy in Premier League history, because of the reported details of the incident, the reaction to it, and how deeply rancorous the already heated United-Liverpool rivalry got. After the match on 15th October ,when interviewed by French television, Evra suggested that, during an extended argument about an earlier foul, the Liverpool striker had subjected him to a barrage of racist slights. He had called him “a certain word” at least 10 times, Evra said. When told of the accusations, Suarez denied them and wrote, in a Facebook post, that he was upset at the very idea he might be thought racist.
Suarez was found guilty by an FA commission of using “insulting words with a reference to Mr Evra’s colour”, and the Premier League found itself in a period of general unpleasantness arguably not seen otherwise. It even tipped into farce with Liverpool’s decision to wear t-shirts in support of Suarez, but mostly just so much anger and so much argument, at a level beyond the normal.
10. Blackburn Wins The Title (1995)
Former Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish became the club’s manager when they were in the bottom half of the second tier of English football. Aided by the millions of benefactor Jack Walker, and Dalglish’s canny signings, they won promotion to the new Premier League at the first attempt.
In their first season in the top flight they finished fourth, then were runners-up to Manchester United before being crowned champions in 1995, pipping United on the last day of the season by a point despite defeat by Liverpool. Blackburn Rovers may have been remarkably – in Sir Alex Ferguson’s words “bottling it” to lose 2-1 late on at Liverpool but that was rendered irrelevant by West Ham United’s 1-1 draw at home with Manchester United, who by then simply needed one goal to claim a third title in a row. With the whole episode only further charged by the fact Kenny Dalglish needed a result against a Liverpool side who would have loved him winning it, as well as Eric Cantona’s suspension, it all added up to glorious, and a unique manner of victory to go with Blackburn’s unique title.
9. Cantona’s kung-Fu Kick (1995)
No matter what has happened in the Premier League since, there will never be anything to match this in terms of pure shock. The very idea of a player launching himself into the crowd to attack some remains almost incredible, all the more so when it is the competition’s best and most famous – if not necessarily the most serene.
25 January, 1995. Defending champions United travel to south-east London in second place, two points behind leaders Blackburn, who they had beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford three days earlier with Cantona scoring the winner. Victory at lowly Palace would return United to the top of the league.
Cantona was already getting frustrated in Manchester United’s eventual 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, before kicking out at Richard Shaw, getting red-carded and then getting a volley of abuse as he walked down the touchline. Matthew Simmons shouted at Eric, “f*** off back to France”, and the rest is history. The “kung-fu kick” earned him a nine-month ban.
8. Beckham Half-Way Line Goal (1996)