Greatest ever goalfests

Man United 8 Arsenal 2, Man United 1 Man City 6, Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5… The Premier League has gone absolutely goal-crazy. A combination of a wealth of world-class attackers, some rather poor defending and some fairly dodgy goalkeeping has led to the most exciting and, frankly, bonkers start to a Premier League season we […]

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Man United 8 Arsenal 2, Man United 1 Man City 6, Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5… The Premier League has gone absolutely goal-crazy. A combination of a wealth of world-class attackers, some rather poor defending and some fairly dodgy goalkeeping has led to the most exciting and, frankly, bonkers start to a Premier League season we can remember. But it’s not like crazy goalfests are a thing of the present. Here’s our 10 best goal bonanzas…

1. Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3 – 1997

Ah, but which one? In consecutive years (1996/7) Keegan’s cavalier Newcastle team went to Anfield and lost in the last minute, both times, to goals from Fowler and Collymore, respectively. In the first game Newcastle were 3-2 up only to lose to last-gasp Robbie. But we’ve chosen the second one, where Pool were 3-0 up with 10 mins to play and the Geordies fought back to 3 all, only to lose it again in injury time.

2. Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4- 2010

In the ‘how on earth did they let it slip’ department, here’s last season’s St James’s thriller. Racing into a 4-0 lead, the match was over at half time. But with 1 or 2 comes belief and before they knew it Tiote was bashing the equaliser in.

3. Tottenham Hotspur 4 Arsenal 5 – 2004

So which is the greatest derby? Glasgow, Liverpool, Madrid, Milan, Manchester? The north London derby always provides a mad mix of shocks, spills, goals and last minute drama. Here’s a classic from 2004…

4. Man City 10 Huddersfield 1 – 1987

It’s not all equalisers and last minute winners. Sometimes there’s just a hammering to be handed out. We could have picked Man United’s 9 goal battering of Ipswich, Wigan’s 9 goal mauling at White Hart Lane and more… but this one stands out because, well, can you ever remember 3 hat-tricks in 1 game?

6. Southampton 6 Man United 3 – 1996

It was a grey day for United, literally. In what is possibly the greatest ever excuse for a defeat Sir Fergie suggested that United’s hideous grey kit meant they couldn’t see each other on the pitch properly. No really, he did say that – and they never wore it again. They’d lost 5-0 to Newcastle the week before, so a comedy excuse was better than admitting to a bad run I suppose. Anyway, United rarely have 6 put past them (*wink*) so it’s worth a look…

7. Tottenham Hotspur 9 Wigan 1 – 2009

Oh wait, we did pick poor old Wigan getting rolled over at the Lane. Well, Spurs don’t just know how to take it, they can hand it out too.

8. East Fife 4 Forfar 3 -2011

Unbeatable tongue-twister for any football commentator to say. Apparently, in the 60s there was a Forfar 5 East Fife 4 scoreline. What I wouldn’t give to hear some northern misery like Mark E. Smith read the results out. Oh wait, he already has.

9. Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester City 4 – 2004 (FA Cup)

So it’s half time at the Lane. Man City are 3-0 down, and playing like strangers. During the half time interval, Joey Barton (who else?!) is sent off. Further humiliation is bound to follow. But then, the impossible happens…

10. Chesterfield 5 Crewe Alexandra 5 – 2010

It’s all been the big teams so far but we couldn’t let this lower-league thriller pass us by. The away team must have felt like they’d lost after being 3-0 and 4-1 up, but for the neutral, you can’t beat a 10-goal thriller…

 

 

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