Thursday 15 August 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
With five minutes gone in Sheffield United’s first match of the season against Manchester United at Bramall Lane, striker Brian Deane wrote himself into the history books by scoring the first-ever Barclays Premier League goal.
Man Utd, who had finished second in the First Division the season before, were favourites to begin the Premier League era with a win but they were stunned when Deane reacted first to a flick on from Carl Bradshaw’s long throw into the box from the right hand side, heading in past goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
"It's something that I keep getting reminded of"
"I managed to get myself between Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister to nod the ball past Peter Schmeichel," said Deane. "They were no mugs those three, all great players. That made it extra special because that goal was against one of the top teams in the country and in Europe.
"It was so early in the game something in my mind said to me, 'It might be the first goal.' But I did not really stop to think about it too much until a few minutes later I’d heard from the bench that I might have done."
"It's something that I keep getting reminded of, which is great from my point of view. It’s probably something that gets mentioned more now that I have finished playing, than when I was playing. It seems to have become more important to people. It’s a great feeling."
The goal came only four minutes before John Williams had put Coventry ahead against Middlesbrough. The Blades went on to claim a 2-1 victory, Deane also scoring the second from the penalty spot, while Mark Hughes pulled a goal back with 29 minutes to go.
Manchester United recovered from the early setback and went on to win the inaugural Premier League by 10 points from Aston Villa, while Sheffield United finished in 14th place.
Deane scored a total of 15 goals for the Blades that season before moving to Leeds United the next summer.