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Friday 28 February 2014

On this day in Premier League history: February

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

In continuation of our historical retrospective, premierleague.com riffles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League and finds significant events that took place on this day.

28 February

1998: Chris Sutton hit his second Barclays Premier League hat-trick of the season as Blackburn Rovers moved up to second in the table with an emphatic 5-3 win over Leicester City. Full story >>

2005: A half-time message to the Norwich City fans from joint-majority shareholder Delia Smith was not enough to inspire the Canaries to victory against Manchester City, as they won 3-2 in an entertaining match at Carrow Road. Full story >>

27 February

1994: Mark Stein scored twice as Chelsea ended a four-match winless run in the Barclays Premier League and inflicted a seventh straight league defeat on Tottenham Hotspur in a dramatic London derby. Full story >>

2011: A superb individual display from Scott Parker helped West Ham United move off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Liverpool. Full story >>

26 February

1998: Don Hutchison returned to the city of Liverpool and was reunited with manager Howard Kendall when he joined Everton from Championship side Sheffield United. Full story >>

2012: Arsenal came from two goals down to seal a thrilling 5-2 victory over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium. Full story >>

25 February

2006: Morten Gamst Pedersen scored in the 18th minute to give Blackburn Rovers a victory which sent them above their opponents to go fifth in the Barclays Premier League table. Full story >>

2001: Dwight Yorke made the most of a rare start to hit a first-half hat-trick past Arsenal as Manchester United, the leaders of the Barclays Premier League, marched towards the title with a 6-1 hammering of their nearest rivals at Old Trafford. Full story >>

24 February

2001: Ipswich Town captain Matt Holland and substitute Alun Armstrong scored in the final nine minutes of their Barclays Premier League encounter with Everton to help their side end a run of five straight defeats in all competitions. Full story >>

1998: Brian Little was relieved of his duties as Aston Villa manager after a successful four-year spell at Villa Park. Full story >>

23 February

1994: Andy Cole hit a hat-trick as Newcastle United won for the first time in four Barclays Premier League matches to climb to third in the table. Full story >>

2008: Portsmouth moved up to seventh in the Barclays Premier League after Jermain Defoe's second-half penalty was enough to secure victory against Sunderland at Fratton Park. Full story >>

22 February

1997: Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer completed a move to Middlesbrough from Bradford City for a fee reported to be £1.5m, just three months after he had arrived at Valley Parade. Full story >>

2011: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway praised his side's "tremendous achievement" as they secured a famous 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Full story >>

21 February

2004: Unbeaten Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal stretched their lead at the top of the table to seven points with victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, unaware that their opponents were about to begin a historic run. Full story >>

2004: Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel scored an injury-time goal but it was not enough for his side as a dramatic Claus Jensen strike ensured Charlton Athletic won 3-2. Full story >>

20 February

2010: Everton hit back from a goal down to beat Manchester United just 10 days after overcoming their Barclays Premier League title rivals Chelsea in identical fashion. Full story >>

1999: Nicolas Anelka scored a first-half hat-trick as Arsenal routed Leicester City 5-0 at Highbury. Full story >>

19 February

1997: Stan Collymore scored two goals in three minutes and John Barnes produced a virtuoso display as Liverpool overwhelmed Leeds United. Full story >>

1994: Coventry striker Mick Quinn scored the landmark 2000th goal in the Barclays Premier League as the Sky Blues defeated Manchester City 4-0 at Highfield Road. Full story >>

18 February

1995: Ron Atkinson led Coventry City to victory in his first match in charge of the club as they defeated West Ham United at Highfield Road. Full story >>

2009: Manchester United moved seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after an impressive 3-0 victory over Fulham. The Red Devils went on to equal Liverpool’s top flight title haul of 18 by four points. Full story >>

17 February

2013: Liverpool ended a five-match winless streak in all competitions in style as five different players scored in a convincing 5-0 victory over Swansea City. Full story >>

1999: Everton routed Middlesbrough 5-0 to open up a four point gap above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Marco Materazzi, who went on to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy whilst playing for Serie A giants Inter Milan, was among the scorers in a victory that helped the Toffees avoid relegation by seven points. Full story >>

16 February

1999: Marian Pahars agreed a deal to become the first Latvian to play in the Barclays Premier League when he signed for Southampton. Full story >>

2009: Guus Hiddink began a very successful stint as temporary manager of Chelsea, after being appointed as the club’s boss until the end of the 2008/09 season. Hiddink’s impressive 85% win ratio is the highest of any Barclays Premier League manager who has overseen more than ten matches. Full story >>

15 February

1997: Aljosa Asanovic converted a 53rd-minute penalty to give Derby County their first win in 10 Barclays Premier League matches. Full story >>

2006: Two goals from Craig Bellamy ensured Blackburn Rovers beat Sunderland 2-0 to move up to seventh in the Barclays Premier League table. Full story >>

14 February

2007: Everton signed on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard on a five-year permanent deal. Full story >>

1994: A hat-trick from Matt Le Tissier gave lowly Southampton a surprise 4-2 victory over Liverpool at The Dell. Full story >>

13 February

2011: Daniel Sturridge made it three goals in three matches since joining Bolton Wanderers on loan from Chelsea to seal his side’s victory against Everton. Full story >>

2002: Bolton Wanderers signed French World Cup and Euro 2000 winner Youri Djorkaeff from Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern in one of the most notable transfers of the club's Premier League history. Full story >>

12 February

2012: Peter Odemwingie hit a hat-trick as West Bromwich Albion overwhelmed Black Country rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, who slipped back into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Full story >>

2000: West Ham United recovered from losing their goalkeeper after only five minutes and from being 4-2 down with 25 minutes remaining to hand Bradford City a 5-4 defeat that hit their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premier League after promotion last season. Full story >>

11 February

2004: Juninho scored twice in the first half as Middlesbrough won against Manchester United at Old Trafford for the third time in six seasons. Full story >>

1995: Aston Villa's 25-year-old striker Tommy Johnson got off the mark for his new club, a month after signing from Derby County, in style as he netted a 16-minute hat-trick against Wimbledon. Full story >>

10 February

2008: Manchester United were unable to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash with a victory as neighbours Manchester City won at Old Trafford for the first time in 34 years. Full story >>

1996: After a much-protracted wrangling, Colombia striker Faustino Asprilla joined Newcastle United from Parma to boost the Tyneside team’s title hopes. Full story >>

9 February

2013: Southampton dented Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title with Mauricio Pochettino’s first win since taking over as manager of the south-coast club in January. Full story >>

2002: Having scored four times without conceding away to Leeds United six days earlier, Liverpool went two better on their trip to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town. Full story >>

8 February

2006: Liverpool’s title hopes suffered a blow as Charlton Athletic inflicted the Merseyside team's third defeat in four Barclays Premier League matches. Read more >>

1998: Stephen Hughes scored twice to steer Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Highbury. This match was the sixth in an 18-match unbeaten run, including a ten-match winning streak, that propelled Arsenal up the table to become champions.

7 February

2009: Substitute Fernando Torres scored a dramatic late winner to give Liverpool a win that put them back on top of the Barclays Premier League table. Full story >>

1993: A blitz of four goals in five second-half minutes ensured Tottenham Hotspur made the record books during a 4-2 win over Southampton.

6 February

2010: Hull City ended a run of 10 Barclays Premier League matches without a win and climbed out of the relegation zone with a surprise win over high-flying Manchester City. Full story >>

1999: Manchester United’s Ole Gunner Solskjaer set a record as the substitute to have scored the most goals in the Barclays Premier League in the 8-1 victory over Nottingham Forest. The Norway forward came on for former Forest hero Roy Keane at the City Ground with 18 minutes of the match remaining and United 4-1 up. Eight minutes after his introduction Solskjaer got the first of a four-goal spell to leave Forest battered and bruised. VIDEO: Cult hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

5 February

2000: Dean Saunders hit a 57th-minute winner to dent Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League title ambitions and offer Bradford City hope in their fight against relegation. Full story >>

2011: A stunning left-foot volley from Cheick Tiote completed the finest comeback in Barclays Premier League history as Newcastle United recovered from 4-0 down at home to Arsenal to draw 4-4.

4 February

1993: Martin Keown became the first player since the Second World War to re-join Arsenal when he completed a £2m move from Everton.
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1999: Two days after his 30th birthday, Tim Sherwood joined Tottenham Hotspur after a successful seven-year spell with Blackburn Rovers. The midfielder made 234 appearances for Blackburn, and was instrumental in the club’s title-winning season in 1994/95.

3 February

1996: Eric Cantona scored twice as Manchester United continued their pursuit of Barclays Premier League leaders Newcastle United with victory over Wimbledon. Full story >>

2001: Derby County moved four points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a surprise 1-0 win against a Sunderland side competing for UEFA Champions League qualification. A goal from Craig Burley was enough to seal the three points, and the victory proved to be a platform for the Rams avoiding relegation, as they finished eight points clear of the drop zone in 17th.

2 February

2009: Robbie Keane rejoined Tottenham Hotspur, just over six months after leaving White Hart Lane to become a Liverpool player. Full story >>

2004: Jermain Defoe joined Tottenham Hotspur from West Ham United. The 21-year-old striker had scored 18 Barclays Premier League goals for West Ham in the two seasons before to catch the eye of Spurs' caretaker manager David Pleat.

1 February

2010: Stoke City manager Tony Pulis was full of praise for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after spending £3.25m to sign him from Barclays Premier League rivals Portsmouth. Full story >>

2009:  Shay Given joined Manchester City after 12 years and 461 appearances at Newcastle United. Signed by Mark Hughes, Given made 50 Barclays Premier League appearances for City before moving to Aston Villa in the summer of 2011.

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