The Premier League season is set to resume on June 17th with Aston Villa playing Sheffield United and Arsenal facing off against Manchester City. After the huge disruption that the pandemic caused across the whole country, getting football back underway will be a big step towards some levels of normality. Provided there are no setbacks between now and then, those games kicking off of June 17th will be some of the most significant moments in the history of the competition. In honour of the restart, we’ve taken a look at some other hugely significant moments in Premier League years gone by.
That Aguero strike
A truly iconic sporting moment occurred in 2012. Manchester City needed two goals in injury time against QPR to win a first Premier League title ahead of Manchester United. Sergio Aguero netted shortly after Edin Dzeko pulled City level in what was one of the most dramatic finishes the top flight has ever seen.
Chelsea beat Liverpool to usher in the Abramovich era
On the final day of the 2002/03 season, Chelsea faced Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, with the game’s winner knowing that they’d qualify for the Champions League, whilst the losers would miss out. A goal from Jesper Gronkjaer earned the Blues a 2-1 win and secured Champions League football. A few months later, Roman Abramovich purchased the club and revolutionised the Premier League. If Chelsea had lost to the Reds, Abramovich likely wouldn’t have invested in the club.
Steven Gerrard's slip
Steven Gerrard’s famous slip against Chelsea in 2014 has gone down in sporting history. The Liverpool midfielder was closing in on leading the Reds to a first Premier League title and insisted that the leaders “do not let this slip”. He slipped at Anfield, Chelsea’s Demba Ba scored, the Blues won 2-0 and the fate of the title went into Manchester City’s hands.
Leicester's remarkable title triumph
Leicester City were 5000-1 outsiders to win the Premier League during the 2015/16 season after avoiding relegation back to the Championship by the skin of their teeth the season before. However, under the leadership of Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes lost just three games all season, winning their first Premier League title by 10 points.
Dramatic 1994/95 finish
The Premier League has seen some dramatic finishes over the years, and one of the first came at the end of the 1994/95 season. Blackburn Rovers may have lost 2-1 at Liverpool on the final day, however, Manchester United somehow failed to find a winner against West Ham, meaning Kenny Dalglish’s Rovers side would lift the title.
'The Special One'
Jose Mourinho’s arrival in English football in 2004 was certainly memorable. He proclaimed himself as “the special one” during his first Chelsea press conference, and to his credit, backed that up by dominating the division with the Blues.
Arsenal's 'Invincible' campaign
Arsenal are the only side to have gone the whole season without tasting defeat in the Premier League. The Gunners managed that incredible feat in 2003/04, winning 26 and drawing 12 of their 38 matches.
'You can’t win anything with kids'
One of the most famous phrases in Premier League history came when Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen proclaimed that “you can’t win anything with kids” on the opening day of the 1995-96 season, a dig at Manchester United. The Red Devils went on to dominate under Sir Alex Ferguson, which left Hansen looking a bit silly!
Moyes replaces Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson decided to call time in charge of Manchester United after 27 remarkable years at Old Trafford, with David Moyes becoming his successor. Moyes, who came from Everton, struggled with the Red Devils and was sacked just 10 months into his six-year deal.
Eric Cantona’s kick
One of the most shocking moments for all the wrong reasons came when Manchester United’s Eric Cantona launched himself into the crowd and kicked a fan against Crystal Palace in 1995. The Frenchman was handed a nine-month ban for his actions.
Liverpool end Chelsea's 86-match unbeaten home run
Chelsea were unbeaten at Stamford Bridge between 2004-2008, in one of the most remarkable unbeaten runs the Premier League has witnessed. The Blues’ streak was ended by Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool side, with Xabi Alonso putting an end to the 86-game run.
Rooney's first goal
Wayne Rooney burst onto the Premier League scene with Everton in 2002 at the age of 16. The striker went on to score 208 goals in the top-flight, but one of the most memorable was his first. Rooney came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner against Arsenal at Goodison Park, which ended the Gunners’ 30-math unbeaten run.
City hit United for six
United were known as the dominant force in Manchester for several decades, however, that started to change in the 2010s. Roberto Mancini’s side rocked up to Old Trafford and hit their rivals for six in 2011 on their way to a first-ever Premier League title.
Beckham's long range strike
Many would argue that there have been better goals than David Beckham’s audacious goal for Manchester United in 1996, but his effort went down in history. He lobbed Wimbledon’s Neil Sullivan from his own half on the opening day of the 1996-97 season, which helped the midfielder rise to fame at the tender age of 21.
Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira
The Premier League has seen some brilliant on-field battles over the years, but none match up to the rivalry between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira. The Manchester United and Arsenal midfielders were always at each other whenever they faced off in the top-flight, with the two clubs the dominant forces in English football at the time.
Jesus takes City to 100 points
Manchester City are the only side to have reached three figures in the points standings after 38 Premier League games. Pep Guardiola led his side to that famous tally in 2017/18, with Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time winner on the last day taking them to 100 points.
Henry's hat-trick against Liverpool
Thierry Henry is one of the Premier League’s best-ever strikers, and the Frenchman produced plenty of memorable moments with Arsenal. One of his most important displays came against Liverpool during the Gunners’ ‘Invincible’ campaign. If it wasn’t for Henry’s dramatic Highbury hat-trick, Arsene Wenger’s men wouldn’t have gone the whole season unbeaten!
Baggies beat the drop
No team bottom of the table at Christmas had avoided the drop in the Premier League era, but West Brom managed to change that during the 2004/05 season. The Baggies won three and drew four in the run-in which allowed them to escape the bottom three on the final day.
City and Liverpool's thrilling title race
Manchester City and Liverpool were involved in one of the most incredible title races during the 2018/19 season, collecting a combined total of 195 points. Liverpool only lost one, but seven draws allowed City to pip them to the post.
Watford end Liverpool's unbeaten run
One of the most recent significant Premier League moments came earlier this year when Watford stunned Liverpool at Vicarage Road. The Reds were threatening to break the all-time unbeaten run and go the whole season unbeaten, however, the Hornets won 3-0 against Jurgen Klopp’s side to end the streak at 44.
United hit Arsenal for eight
Manchester United and Arsenal were involved in one of the best rivalries the Premier League has ever seen with Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger in the dugout. United thumped the Gunners 8-2 at Old Trafford in 2011, in what was one of the most remarkable 90 minutes the top flight has witnessed.
Bruce’s double against Sheffield Wednesday
Steve Bruce’s two headers gave Manchester United a famous 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 and allowed the Red Devils to secure the first-ever Premier League title. The two strikes in injury time created the concept of ‘Fergie Time’.
Kompany's winner against Leicester
In one of the closest title races of all time, Man City were going toe-to-toe with Liverpool, with both sides winning game after game after game. However, City were being held at home by Leicester, finding it tough to break the Foxes down. Step forward Vincent Kompany. The iconic defender fired in a goal from 35 yards to win the game and ultimately, win Pep Guardiola’s men the title.
Suarez bites Ivanovic
The Premier League has seen plenty of bad fouls and fights during its existence, but Luis Suarez took it to another level in 2013. The Liverpool forward battled with Branislav Ivanovic and bit the Chelsea defender in one of the most infamous moments in English football history.
Pogba smashes Premier League record fee
There’s been plenty of big-money moves over the years, but Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United in 2016 remains the biggest. The midfielder cost £89.3m, a figure which remains the biggest in the top-flight era.
Wenger leaves Arsenal
Arsene Wenger called time on his incredible 22-year stint as Arsenal boss in 2018, with many fans thinking the club needed a change. However, the Frenchman’s replacement, Unai Emery, failed to turn things around at the Emirates!
Collymore closes in...
One of the most memorable and significant fixtures in Premier League history came when Liverpool defeated Newcastle United in a seven-goal thriller at Anfield in 1996. Stan Collymore scored one of the league’s most famous late winners to make it 4-3.
Vardy's 11 in a row
In Novemver 2015 in a game against Manchester United, Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record when he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.
Everton's Great Escape
Everton needed to win their final game of the 1993/94 season to stay in the Premier League and preserve their 40-year run as a top-flight team. However, when they fell 2-0 down at home to Wimbledon, things looked bleak but with a little helping hand from Don’s goalkeeper Hans Segers, The Toffees rallied and won 3-2, keeping themselves in the league.
George Graham's sacking
Back in 1995, Arsenal sacked their two-time league winning manager George Graham after accepting an illegal payment from Norwegian agent Rune Hauge after Arsenal’s 1992 signings of John Jensen and Pal Lydersen.