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Tuesday 31 December 2013

On this day: December

In our series on the Premier League's history, we look at significant events occurring in December

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.

31 December 2011: Late Villa double halts Chelsea charge

Stiliyan Petrov and Darren Bent scored in the final eight minutes to hand Aston Villa a late victory that dented Chelsea’s bid for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League. Full story >>

30 December 2006: Nade goal shocks Arsenal

Christian Nade struck just before half-time to give Sheffield United a surprise victory over high-flying Arsenal. Full story >>

29 December 2012: Gunners fire seven past Newcastle

Theo Walcott scored his second hat-trick of the season as Arsenal routed Newcastle United 7-3 in a pulsating encounter at the Emirates Stadium. Full story >>

28 December 1997: Coventry late show shocks Man Utd

Coventry City scored twice in the last five minutes to earn a shock win over the Barclays Premier League leaders and edge themselves away from the relegation zone. Full story >>

27 December 2011: Bale earns his Spurs with Norwich double

Gareth Bale struck twice in a 13-minute second half spell against Norwich City to strengthen Tottenham Hotspur's hold on third place in the Barclays Premier League. Full story >>

26 December 2002: Milner sets record in Leeds win

James Milner became the Barclays Premier League’s youngest scorer as Leeds United won at Sunderland to move away from the relegation zone. Full story >>

25 December 1964: Reds legend McAllister born

Gary McAllister was born in Motherwell on 25 December 1964. The midfielder first played in the Barclays Premier League for Leeds United, with whom he won the last league title before the formation of the Premier League. Full story >>

24 December 1995: Yeboah on target as Leeds sink Man Utd

Gary McAllister scored the 100th domestic goal of his career and Tony Yeboah was also on target as Leeds earned a Christmas cracker of a Barclays Premier League win over Manchester United. Full story >>

23 December 2006: Superb Scholes strike caps Man Utd win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Paul Scholes rifled in a superb volley as Manchester United bounced back from the previous week’s defeat at West Ham United with a comfortable victory. Read more >>

22 December 2001: Newcastle hit back to stay top of table

Nolberto Solano hit a dramatic last-minute winner as Newcastle hit back from 3-1 down to stay top of the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

21 December 2003: Southampton win historic derby clash

Southampton beat Portsmouth at home for the second time inside three weeks, in the first Barclays Premier League derby between the sides. Read more >>

20 December 2010: Everton hex over Man City goes on

Everton pulled off their fourth straight victory at the Etihad Stadium and stopped their hosts going top of the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

19 December 1997: Friedel cleared to join Liverpool

American goalkeeper Brad Friedel's move to Liverpool was confirmed after the Barclays Premier League club won their appeal to have his work permit granted. Read more >>

18 December 2001: Newcastle end London hoodoo

Newcastle United won in London for the first time in 30 matches to climb to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Read more >>

17 December 1994: Forest end Man Utd's 100% home record

Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce were on target as Nottingham Forest ended Manchester United's 100% home record in the Barclays Premier League. Full story >>

16 December 2000: Di Canio's sportsmanship

Paolo Di Canio showed sportsmanship when he turned down a clear goalscoring opportunity because of an injury to Everton keeper Paul Gerrard as West Ham United earned a Barclays Premier League draw at Goodison Park. Full story >>

15 December 2012: Benteke brace stuns Liverpool

Christian Benteke scored twice and made the third goal as Aston Villa stunned Liverpool to win at Anfield in the Barclays Premier League. Full story >>

14 December 2003: Matteo snatches Leeds win

Dominic Matteo scored in the 88th minute as struggling Leeds United took their unbeaten Barclays Premier League run to three matches. Full story >>

13 December 2009: Arshavin stuns Liverpool again

Andrey Arshavin continued his hold over Liverpool by scoring the winning goal for Arsenal at Anfield. Full story >>

12 December 1992: League leaders Norwich pegged back by Man Utd

Mark Hughes scored in the 59th minute to inflict Norwich City's fourth defeat of the season and reduce the Canaries' lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points. Full story >>

11 December 2004: Everton end Merseyside derby drought

Lee Carsley struck in the 68th minute to give Everton their first Merseyside derby win over Liverpool for five years. Read more >>

10 December 1994: Le Tissier wonder strike cannot save Saints

Matt Le Tissier scored a superb solo goal but it was not enough to prevent Southampton from slipping to defeat at Ewood Park. Read more >>

9 December 2000: King sets Premier League record

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. Read more >>

8 December 2012: Norwich win thriller at Swansea

Norwich City extended their unbeaten Barclays Premier League run to nine matches, and 10 in all competitions, with a thrilling win at the Liberty Stadium. Read more >>

7 December 2008: Young snatches dramatic victory

Ashley Young scored a dramatic winner in the fourth minute of injury-time, just 60 seconds after Joleon Lescott had thought he had earned Everton a point. Read more >>

6 December 1997: Chelsea hit Spurs for six at the Lane

Tore Andre Flo hit a hat-trick as Chelsea pulled off a sensational victory at White Hart Lane. Read more >>

5 December 1996: Iversen makes Spurs move

Norwegian Under-21 international Steffen Iversen gave up the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals when he joined Tottenham Hotspur. Read more >>

4 December 1995: Dublin hat-trick cannot deny Wednesday

Dion Dublin scored a hat-trick for struggling Coventry City but still ended up on the losing side as Mark Bright secured Sheffield Wednesday’s second home Barclays Premier League win of the season. Read more >>

3 December 2011: Man City hit Norwich for five

Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City kept up their perfect home record in the 2011/12 league campaign as they recorded a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium. Read more >>

2 December 2006: Liverpool end away drought

Craig Bellamy scored twice in a first-half rout as Liverpool won their first Barclays Premier League away match of the season at the sixth time of asking. Read more >>

1 December 2002: Shearer screamer stuns Everton

Alan Shearer scored a magnificent volley as Newcastle United scored two late goals to beat Everton 2-1. Read more >>

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