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Friday 26 April 2013

On this day: April

In the series on Premier League's history, premierleague.com looks at significant events

Clubs have fought for the Barclays Premier League trophy for 21 seasons

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

30 April 2003 Yakubu signs for Portsmouth
Having joined on loan as a relative unknown from Maccabi Haifa in January, Yakubu Ayegbeni was snapped up in a permanent deal for £4m after helping Portsmouth win the Championship title. Read more >>

29 April 1996 Angry Keegan lets rip on telly
It is a post-match interview that has become an iconic moment in Barclays Premier League history, Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan said he would "love it" if his team were to beat Manchester United to the title. Read more >>

28 April 2012 Swansea City 4-4 Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers may have been relegated from the Barclays Premier League but they showed their spirit by  recovering from 3-0 down after 15 minutes to draw in an entertaining match at the Liberty Stadium. Read more >>

27 April 2003 Manchester City 0-1 West Ham United
Trevor Brooking’s first game in charge as caretaker manager of West Ham United ended happily as Frederic Kanoute’s late winner boosted the Hammers’ survival prospects. Read more >>

26 April 2008 Luka Modric agrees to join Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur beat off competition from Newcastle United, among others, to the signing of Dynamo Zagreb midfielder Luka Modric. Read more >>

25 April 2004 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal
Winning the Barclays Premier League title is always a sweet moment but making sure of the triumph at the home of your greatest rivals makes it even more memorable. Read more >>

24 April 1999 Everton 4-1 Charlton
A third brace in a row from Kevin Campbell helped to ease Everton’s fears of relegation while increasing those of Charlton Athletic. Read more >>

23 April 2000 Newcastle United 2-2 Leeds United
Alan Shearer scored twice as Newcastle United recovered from two goals down to secure a point against Leeds United in a hard-fought encounter at St James' Park. Read more >>

22 April 2012 Man Utd 4-4 Everton
Manchester United conceded two goals in three minutes to be held 4-4 by Everton at Old Trafford and to throw open the race for the Barclays Premier League title. Read more >>

21 April 2009 Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal
Andrey Arshavin struck four times for Arsenal on a Tuesday night at Anfield but Arsene Wenger’s team still did not return to London with three points after an enthralling encounter on Merseyside that ended with the home side the more disappointed as their title hopes were hit. Read more >>

20 April 2008 Aston Villa 5-1 Birmingham City
Ashley Young and John Carew each scored twice as Aston Villa outclassed Birmingham to inflict the heaviest derby defeat upon their local rivals since 1988. Read more >>

19 April 1993 Ipswich 3-1 Norwich City
The East Anglian derby is always a keenly fought affair but in 1992/93, with one team in the top three and the other in a relegation battle, the match had even more riding on it than usual. Read more >>

18 April 2010 Wigan 3-2 Arsenal
Wigan Athletic boosted their Barclays Premier League survival hopes with three goals in the last 10 minutes to complete a dramatic 3-2 victory over title challengers Arsenal. Read more >>

17 April 2011 Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
There have been many examples of late drama in Barclays Premier League history and none more so than this memorable contest at the Emirates Stadium. The decisive action took place in the 12 minutes of injury time, after Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher had received lengthy treatment for a head injury in the second half, and the dramatic draw left Arsenal playing catch-up in the race for the League title. Read more >>

16 April 2001 Everton 2-3 Liverpool
A last-gasp free-kick by Gary McAllister brought a dramatic conclusion to an enthralling Merseyside derby as 10-man Liverpool sealed their first win at Goodison Park since 1990. Read more >>

15 April 2007 Wigan 3-3 Spurs
Wigan Athletic led three times but each time were pegged back by Tottenham Hotspur as they sought to earn three valuable points at the JJB Stadium to aid their fight against relegation. Read more >>

14 April 2001 Arsenal 0-3 Middlesbrough
Manchester United won their seventh Barclays Premier League title in nine years when lowly Middlesbrough shocked second-placed Arsenal at Highbury. Read more >>

13 April 1996 Southampton 3-1 Manchester United
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made the unprecedented step of changing his team’s kit in a bid to galvanise his side’s title hopes at half-time as they slumped to a surprise 3-1 defeat to relegation-threatened Southampton at the Dell. Read more >>

12 April 1993 Sheffield Wednesday 5-2 Southampton
When Sheffield Wednesday manager Trevor Francis picked his XI to face Southampton at Hillsbrough in the Barclays Premier League on a Monday night, he did so with the weekend’s Coca-Cola Cup final in mind. Read more >>

11 April 2007 Lawrie Sanchez named manager of Fulham
Fulham appointed Lawrie Sanchez as caretaker-manager with fears growing over possible relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

10 April 1993 Man Utd 2-1 Sheff Wed
It was the goal that sparked one of the most famous pitchside celebrations in Barclays Premier League history … and it was the one that probably made sure that the inaugural title went to Old Trafford. Read more >>

9 April 1994 Norwich City 4-5 Southampton
A hat-trick from Matt Le Tissier helped Southampton boost their hopes of avoiding relegation as an injury-time goal sealed victory against Norwich City in the highest-scoring Barclays Premier League match to date. Read more >>

8 April 2012 Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City
Mikel Arteta conjured a late winner to condemn 10-man Manchester City to a narrow defeat at the Emirates Stadium and strike a savage blow to their title prospects. Read more >>

7 April 1993 Mike Newell scores the 1,000th Barclays Premier League goal
When Blackburn Rovers striker Mike Newell sealed victory for his side at the Forest Ground, he was making history in other ways. His goal in the 78th minute, which made it 3-1 for Rovers, was the thousandth in the history of the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

6 April 1996 Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
Manchester United’s attempt to win the Barclays Premier League title received a massive boost as winger Ryan Giggs sealed a dramatic victory over rivals Manchester City. Read more >>

5 April 1997 Manchester United 2-3 Derby County
Manchester United suffered a setback to their title hopes when little-known debutant from Costa Rica scored a wonder goal to help Derby County inflict a surprise 3-2 defeat upon them at Old Trafford. Read more >>

4 April 2009 West Brom 0-2 Stoke City
Stoke City gained their first away win in the Barclays Premier League, at the 16th time of asking, to leave Tony Mowbray’s West Brom rooted to the bottom of the table after 31 matches, eight points from safety. Read more >>

3 April 1996 Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United
A dramatic injury-time winner from Stan Collymore gave Liverpool a breathtaking 4-3 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield in one of the classic matches in the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

2 April 2011 West Brom 2-1 Liverpool
Two penalties from Chris Brunt earned West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgsonvictory against Liverpool, the team he had been in charge of at the start of the season. Read more >>

1 April 2009 Alan Shearer takes charge at Newcastle
Alan Shearer
 made an emotional return to Newcastle United as caretaker manager in a bid to save the club from relegation with eight matches remaining of the 2008/09 Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

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