Sunday 25 August 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
A breathless match at Ewood Park – the highest scoring of the season, and one of the highest in Barclays Premier League history – saw 1995/96 Barclays Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers crush visitors Sheffield Wednesday 7-2.
A Kevin Gallacher brace put Blackburn 2-0 up after only seven minutes and, while Benito Carbone pulled one back for the visitors a minute later, a Graham Hyde own goal re-established Blackburn's two-goal advantage minutes later. Jason Wilcox and Chris Sutton joined the party for Rovers to storm into a 5-1 half-time lead.
Carbone scored again early in the second half to raise very faint hopes of a comeback, but such aspirations were quashed when midfielder Lars Bohinen netted for the home side and Sutton bagged a second for a final 7-2 score.
Sutton ended the campaign with 18 goals, sharing the Golden Boot honour with Michael Owen of Liverpool and Dion Dublin of Coventry City.
After a disappointing campaign the previous season – Blackburn Rovers finished 13th in the table and sold striker Alan Shearer to Newcastle United for a world-record £15m transfer fee in the summer – Rovers' fortunes were restored under new manager Roy Hodgson as his side qualified for the UEFA Cup at the end of the season.