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Friday 23 August 2013

On this day in 2003: Ruud van Nistelrooy sets goal-scoring record

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Ruud van Nistelrooy's 10-match mark

  • Ruud van Nistelrooy began his record-breaking streak against Fulham in March 2003

  • The 10th game of the van Nistelrooy sequence was away at Newcastle in August 2003 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 23 August 2003 - Ruud van Nistelrooy scores in ten Barclays Premier League matches in a row

When Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in the 2-1 victory for Manchester United against Newcastle United in the second match of the 2003/04 season it was the 10th match in a row in the Barclays Premier League that the Dutchman had got a goal.

The United forward had started the streak against Fulham on 22 March 2003 – notching a hat-trick in a 3-0 home win – and had broken the record of goals in eight consecutive matches that he had set in his first season at Old Trafford. This had surpassed the League record of seven set by Mark Stein of Chelsea in February 1994.

The Dutchman was crowned the top Barclays Premier League goalscorer in the 2002/3 season with 25 goals in 34 matches. During his five seasons at Manchester United, van Nistelrooy made 150 Barclays Premier League appearances and scored 95 goals.

Here is Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record-breaking scoring streak in full:

22 March 2003: Manchester United 3-0 Fulham

5 April 2003: Manchester United 4-0 Liverpool

12 April 2003: Newcastle United 2-6 Manchester United

16 April 2003: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United

19 April 2003: Manchester United 3-1 Blackburn

27 April 2003: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Manchester United

3 May 2003: Manchester United 4-1 Charlton

11 May 2003: Everton 1-2 Manchester United

16 August 2003: Manchester United 4 –0 Bolton Wanderers

23 August 2003: Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in 10 matches in a row