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Monday 16 April 2012

Premier League 20 Seasons Awards: Best Celebration

Take a look at the nominees for the Best Celebration in Premier League history


Scoring a goal in the Premier League usually provokes some extreme emotion - and some of the celebrations have reached iconic status.

And you can have your say as the public will vote for the Best Celebration in Premier League history.

These are the 10 that made it on to the shortlist:


MANCHESTER UNITED v Sheffield Wednesday, 1992/93

Man Utd's Premier League title challenge looked in trouble when they were 1-0 down at home to Sheffield Wednesday with 86 minutes gone, but two late goals from Steve Bruce - the second deep into stoppage time - produced a famous comeback, with Alex Ferguson and his assistant Brian Kidd leaping on to the Old Trafford pitch in celebration. United won their last five matches and eased to their first title since 1966/67.


MANCHESTER UNITED v Arsenal, 1994/95

Man Utd winger Lee Sharpe was famous for his jubilant goal celebrations, with a wiggle of his hips an early favourite. But the one he became most well-known for is wheeling away to the corner flag, grabbing it like it was a microphone and pretending to sing to the crowd as he struck the rock-star pose in front of them, as he did on this occasion against Arsenal at Old Trafford.


Sheffield Wednesday v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, 1994/95

Tottenham's German summer signing arrived on English shores with something of a reputation for simulation, so he decided to face the negativity head on - courtesy of a very special celebration when he scored his first Premier League goal. After heading home at Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the 1994/95 season, Klinsmann led his team-mates in a group diving session, immediately endearing him to his adoring new public.


MANCHESTER UNITED v Sunderland, 1996/97

Having scored a truly breathtaking goal in Manchester United's home drubbing of Sunderland, French striker Eric Cantona decided to survey his scene at Old Trafford and take in the moment as he very slowly pirouhetted on the spot, looking around at the fans wildly celebrating and eventually raising his arms into the air in triumph, as Brian McClair arrived to congratulate his team-mate on another moment of genius.


NEWCASTLE UNITED v Bolton Wanderers, 1997/98

The Georgian clearly had something on his mind after scoring a late winner in Newcastle's 2-1 victory over Bolton. Having tucked the ball home from six yards, Temuri Ketsbaia proceeded to run towards the famous Gallowgate End, pull his Magpies shirt off and throw it into the crowd, before attempting to take off one of his boots, launching three ferocious kicks at the advertising hoardings and pushing his team-mate away.


WEST HAM UNITED v Southampton, 1998/99

A week prior to West Ham's meeting with Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday's Paolo di Canio had disgraced himself by pushing referee Paul Alcock to the floor having been shown a red card. So when Ian Wright scored for the Hammers, he ran off to find Neil Ruddock, pretended to show him a yellow card, and then tumbled back to the ground having been pushing in the chest by his colleague. Cheeky.


Manchester United v LIVERPOOL, 2008/09

Having tucked away a penalty at the home of Liverpool's arch rivals Manchester United to take a 2-1 lead into the half-time break, Reds captain Steven Gerrard was feeling pretty pleased with himself. Gerrard wheeled away towards the corner flag where a television camera was positioned, first kissing the Liverpool crest on his shirt and then planting a smacker on the camera for good measure. His side went on to record a famous 4-1 victory.


Manchester City v HULL CITY, 2009/10

The season before, Hull manager Phil Brown had delivered his half-time teamtalk at Eastlands on the pitch, so disgusted was he with his team for being 2-0 down. So when Jimmy Bullard slotted in a late penalty to earn Hull a point at Manchester City, he poked fun at his manager by getting his team-mates to sit around him and stand there wagging his finger at them in mock disappointment. Even the City fans had to laugh.


NEWCASTLE UNITED, multiple occasions

The DR Congo striker scored some spectacular goals during a four-year spell at Newcastle United, but it was his celebration for which he gained arguably more fame during that period. Lomana Lua Lua had been a talented junior gymnast, and he showed those skills to football audiences around the world by producing a series of back flips followed by a backward somersualt, all with a smile on his face.


NEWCASTLE UNITED, multiple occasions

He scored 260 goals in the Premier League during the course of an incredible career, and Alan Shearer's goal celebration was as reliable as the man in front of goal himself. Wheeling away with his right arm raised, Shearer would run towards his adoring fans to share in their delight, and the identity of the goalscorer was never in doubt as soon as the arm went up.


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Key Points

  • Premier League is celebrating 20 Seasons
  • Awards for the greatest stars and best moments in Premier League history
  • The public will vote on the Best Celebration award