Wednesday 10 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
It was the goal that sparked one of the most famous pitchside celebrations in Barclays Premier League history … and it was the one that probably made sure that the inaugural title went to Old Trafford.
In 1992/93, the opening Barclays Premier League campaign had developed into a two-team battle for the top, with Aston Villa leading Manchester United by a point with six matches of the season to go.
Sheffield Wednesday, comfortably sitting in seventh, were United’s opponents and it looked as if they would derail their title bid after going ahead through a John Sheridan goal on 65 minutes.
But with time running out, United piled on the pressure and Steve Bruce’s header levelled the contest with four minutes to go.
The title race then took a dramatic twist. Deep into injury time, the ball was launched into the area by defender Gary Pallister, who found himself on the right wing. After a deflection off a Wednesday defender, Bruce ran on to the looping ball and headed powerfully past Chris Woods.
Cue pandemonium. The Old Trafford faithful began wild celebrations, while on the touchline, United manager Alex Ferguson and his assistant Bryan Kidd both celebrated exuberantly, ending up with the latter on his knees looking skywards in disbelief after jumping on the pitch.
The result had greater significance, given that Villa could only draw 0-0 with Coventry City at Villa Park. It gave United a one-point lead at the top of the table and was an advantage that United never relinquished and they went onto to pick up maximum points from their remaining matches to win the Barclays Premier League title by 10 points and to begin their era of domination.