Thursday 03 October 2013

On this day in 1992: Atkinson's cracker for Villa

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the striker's memorable goal against Wimbledon

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

3 October 1992 - Dalian Atkinson's wonder goal at Wimbledon

Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson scored a stunning goal at Plough Lane that helped his side record a 3-2 victory over Wimbledon.

Atkinson, who had joined Villa in 1991 after spells at Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Real Sociedad, made his memorable contribution with 13 minutes to go after two goals from fellow striker Dean Saunders had given the visitors a 2-1 lead.

He picked up the ball in his own half and immediately went on a surging run into Wimbledon territory, skipping past two defenders.

As he approached the penalty area, Atkinson looked up and suddenly slowed before producing a perfectly judged chip that gave goalkeeper Hans Segers no chance.

The goal secured the three points for Ron Atkinson's team, even though Wimbledon did get a goal back through Andy Clarke, while it was also named as the BBC Match of the Day Goal of the Season for the 1992/93 campaign.

It was a memorable season for Aston Villa, who came close to winning the inaugural Barclays Premier League title but lost the final three matches as Manchester United won the League by 10 points.

  • Dalian Atkinson scored 22 goals in 73 Barclays Premier League appearances for Aston Villa

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com 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 Dalian Atkinson scoring a superb goal at Plough Lane