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Sunday 25 August 2013

On this day in 1997: Blackburn put seven past Sheffield Wednesday

Looking back at Premier League history, we remember a feast of goals at Ewood Park

  • Des Walker challenges double-scorer Kevin Gallagher during the match rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 25 August 1997 – Blackburn triumph in highest-scoring game of the season

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.

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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 recall a nine-goal thriller at Ewood Park, one of the highest-scoring matches in Barclays Premier League history