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Monday 09 December 2013

On this day in 2000: King sets Premier League record

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Ledley King scored after 10 seconds

  • Ledley King opened the scoring after 10 seconds for Spurs in a remarkable start

  • Jamie Lawrence levelled for the Bantams after heading in a Dean Windass corner

  • Sol Campbell restored the visitors' advantage with 23 minutes on the clock

  • Chris Armstrong made it 3-1 after the break as the North Londoners pushed for a win

  • But, after Windass made it 3-2, Benito Carbone equalised late on for the hosts rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

9 December 2000 - Bradford City 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Ledley King scored the fastest goal in Premier League history but Tottenham Hotspur were held to a draw by bottom of the table Bradford City.

King had his moment of glory after just 10 seconds following Spurs’ kick-off. A poor clearance fell to him and he took a couple of strides forward before hitting a low shot which deflected on its way into the net from 30 yards.

The 20-year-old’s effort was three seconds quicker than previous record holders Dwight Yorke and Chris Sutton.

Bradford, with only two wins to their credit from 16 games in the season, recovered quickly and equalised in the ninth minute when Jamie Lawrence headed home a Dean Windass corner at the near post.

The entertainment continued as Tottenham Hotspur regained the lead after 23 minutes when the unmarked Sol Campbell headed in Stephen Clemence’s corner.

Chris Armstrong gave mid-table Spurs hope of a first away win of the season when he made it 3-1 in the 54th minute after Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand set him up.

But back came Bradford and Windass halved the deficit by heading in from close range before the same player hit the post.

And they rescued a point when Benito Carbone volleyed home in the 89th minute.

Bradford manager Jim Jefferies said: “A month ago if we’d gone 3-1 down we’d have thought ‘That’s it’ but we came back against Coventry last week to win 2-1 and we’ve come back today to gain a valuable point.”

Spurs boss George Graham added: “We’ve got to get the balance between going forward, which is what the Spurs fans like, and then, when the opposition have the ball, defending better.”

Spurs went on to finish the season in 12th but Bradford were relegated after coming bottom of the table in their second campaign in the Premier League.

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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 Ledley King took 10 seconds to score the fastest ever Premier League goal