OxStu’s Footballing Five-for-Friday: Best Premier League Matches


With Newcastle facing Liverpool this weekend in the replay of a classic Premier League tie, The OxStu counts down five of the greatest Premier League matches to have been played.




Newcastle United

Fowler  2′, 55′

Collymore  68′, 90’+2

Ferdinand  10′

Ginola  14′

Asprilla  57′


Goals: 4/5

Last-minute drama: 4/5

Top-of-the-table implications: 3/5


Date: 3rd April 1996

Golden Moment: The image of Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings after Liverpool’s winner would be replayed over and over again.

What they said:To be fair, it was kamikaze defending. Managers would be dead within six months if every game was like that.” Liverpool manager Roy Evans

Importance: Having been 12 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United in January, this match destroyed Newcastle’s morale, as the Red Devils went on to take the title




Manchester City



Zabaleta  39’

Dzeko  90’+2

Aguero  90’+4

Cisse  48′

Mackie  66′





Goals: 3/5

Last-minute drama: 5/5

Top-of-the-table implications: 5/5


Date: 14th May 2012

Golden Moment: As Aguero wheeled away waving his shirt above his head, it dawned on City fans that all their years of hurt were finally over: they were champions

What they said: “Agueroooooooooooo!!!!” Sky Sports’ commentator Martin Tyler

Importance: City were crowned champions for the first time in 44 years, Manchester United were left shellshocked up at the Stadium of Light, and Joey Barton packed his bags and took his dodgy accent off to France.




Manchester United


Manchester City

Rooney  2′

Fletcher  49’, 80’

Owen  90’+6

Barry  16′

Bellamy  52′, 90’




Goals: 4/5

Last-minute drama: 4/5

Top-of-the-table implications: 2/5

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Date: 20th September 2009

Golden Moment: Two Premier League greats, Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs, combining to sink United’s local rivals

What they said: “We need an explanation because I don’t know why the referee has added that amount of time on.” Man City manager Mark Hughes

Importance: United put their “noisy neighbours” firmly in their place, although they went on to finish one point behind champions Chelsea






Tottenham Hotspur

Silvestre  37′

Gallas  46′

Adebayor  64’

Van Persie  68’

Bentley  13′

Bent  67′

Jenas  89′

Lennon  90’


Goals: 5/5

Last-minute drama: 3/5

Top-of-the-table implications: 2/5

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Date: 29th October 2009

Golden Moment: David Bentley’s 35-yard volley proved a fitting way to open the scoring in a superb game

What they said: “I feel like superman, I could fly home.” Spurs’ midfielder David Bentley

Importance: Both sides went on to secure Champions League football, although Arsenal once again finished ahead of their local rivals








Torres  49′, 72’

Benayoun  56′, 90’

Arshavin  36’, 67’, 70’ 90’



Goals: 5/5

Last-minute drama: 3/5

Top-of-the-table implications: 3/5


Date: 21st April 2009

Golden Moment: The standing ovation that the players left the field to showed the Anfield crowd at its best

What they said: “We are half happy because we scored four goals and half unhappy because we conceded four.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Importance: Despite a point being enough to put them back at the top of the table, Liverpool’s title chances were dealt a severe blow, and they went on to finish second behind rivals Manchester United


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