In this blog series – “What Happened Today”, we are going to revive some of the moments from past which will revive moments of the golden history of the league.
Sunday papers covered below games which occurred on Saturday
Aston Villa 3 Crystal Palace 0 Blackburn Rovers 4 Nottingham Forest 1 Liverpool 2 Chelsea 1 Middlesbrough 2 Sheffield United 0 Norwich City 1 Southampton 0 Oldham Athletic 0 Coventry City 1 Queens Park Rangers 0 Ipswich Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Manchester City 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Everton 1 Wimbledon 3 Arsenal 2
In a big upset, Robbie Earle’s 87th minute winner gave Wimbledon their first victory of the season in a dramatic Selhurst Park finale , against Premier League favorites s Arsenal. There were three goals in the last nine minutes after the teams finished a dismal first-half level at 1-1. Joe Kinnear, Wimbledon’s Dublin born manager, has waited a long time for their first victory of the season and the three points that dragged them off the bottom of the inaugural Premier League table. His advice to adopt an Irish approach and the return to form of long ball expert John Fashanu brought about a result that few outside Wimbledon Common could have foreseen. The team that gave English football the direct route forward did it again with a thoroughly merited victory against an Arsenal side hotly tipped to win the Premier League. Win summed up an afternoon of long ball joy for Kinnear who said: “The dressing room is buzzing again and the old crazy gang spirit is back. We had a go, as Wimbledon always do, and we won. That’s the way forward for us.”
Aston Villa shook off the disappointment of failing to sign Liverpool striker Dean Saunders – at least for the time being as they stormed to their first home win of the season. Dwight Yorke. Steve Staunton and Steve Froggatt grabbed the goals to lease Palace still winless after seven Premier League matches. Star of the show was Ray Houghton who dominated in midfield and looked to be forming a formidable partnership with the also impressive Gary Parker. Villa manager Ron Atkinson appeared on the pitch before the kjck off to quash reports that the Saunders deal was dead and told supporters: “We shall be doing our utmost to bring him here next week.”
High flying Norwich City left it late and only in the 88th minute did the game spark into life when substitute Mark Robins broke the deadlock. For Robins, who was a first half substitute for injured skipper lan Butterworth, it was his fourth goal in five games since his 800.000 move from Manchester United in the close season. For the rest of the match though, a disappointing crowd of just over 12,000 watched the League leaders struggle badly against a side which was quicker to the ball in midfield and sharper up front.
Teenager Andy Turner wrecked Everton’s unbeaten record with his first goal for Tottenham. His smash and grab raid came seconds from the end of a match Tottenham always looked likely to lose. Turner. a graduate of the FA School of Excellence. only signed professional six months ago but took his winning goal with an air of a seasoned veteran. Sent on as replacement for unhappy £1.7 million signing Darren Anderton. he soon succeeded where the big money buy had so far failed. volleying in after Andy Gray’s long throw was half cleared by Dave Watson. Tottenham could hardly believe their luck. They owed the fact that they were still in the game at all to lan Walker. The England Under•2l goalkeeper produced four acrobatic saves to deny Maurice Johnston. Robert Warzycha. John Ebbrell and substitute Stuart Barlow as rampant Everton threatened to win by a cricket score.
A second half goal from Kevin Gallagher kept up Coventry’s away run to send Oldham crashing to their first home defeat of the season. Coventry had now won all four of their away games and are the only side in the Premier League with a 100% record on their travels. Oldham did everything but score as they totally dominated the first half. Against the run of play after 55 minutes, Coventry took the lead.
Sheffield Wednesday badly missed their injured England striker David Hirst and had little to offer up front with £1 million signing Chris Waddle fading after a bright start.
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In another non match headline, wonder winger Ryan Giggs was granted a licence to thrill by Alex Ferguson for upcoming game against champions Leeds United visit to Old Trafford for a TV showdown. Giggs, fresh and mature, has been in brilliant form that season, keeping pace with claims that he could become another George Best. The United manager said: “Ryan’s being man-marked by opponents now which is a great testimony to the bob. “He is being given special attention and that is part of the growing -up process.With Leeds conceding ten goals in six games and scoring 13, it could be a goals galore feast for the cameras. The Manchester defense had also conceded sloppy goals. But Ferguson warned Leeds whose Frenchman Eric Cantona has already scored two hat-tricks: “My feeling is that it may only take a goal to win the points on Sunday, but who knows? “We have tightened up and not let any goals in in the last three games. So our job will be to keep a solid base at the back and enjoy the attacking part.
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