Friday 31 January 2014

On this day in Premier League history: January

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

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

Premierleague.com casts its eye through the history of the Barclays Premier League and looks at significant events.

31 January

2010: Wayne Rooney and Nani inspired Manchester United to victory at the Emirates Stadium and kept up the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Full story >>

2011: On a frantic final day of the January transfer window Chelsea swooped to sign Liverpool and Spain forward Fernando Torres from Liverpool after the 26-year-old had scored 65 goals from 102 Barclays Premier League matches. To replace his leading striker Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish went to his former club Newcastle United to sign Andy Carroll, the promising 22-year-old England forward, who had scored three goals in 13 Barclays Premier League matches during the season.

30 January

2001: Claus Jensen made both goals for Charlton Athletic as they saw off struggling Derby County at The Valley. Full story >>

2002: A 10th-minute goal from Marcus Bent earned Ipswich Town a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Portman Road. It was George Burley’s team's third Barclays Premier League win in a row and Ipswich’s sixth in seven matches and was enough to lift the Suffolk side out of the relegation zone for the first time since the beginning of November. However, the winning run was not to last and Ipswich won only two more matches in the rest of the season, finishing the campaign in 18th. They went down with Derby County and Leicester City and have not returned to the top flight since.

29 January

2003: Tottenham Hotspur's Tim Sherwood dropped down a division in order to get first-team football as he left White Hart Lane to join Championship leaders Portsmouth.
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2005: West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson secured the loan signing of Manchester United midfielder Kieran Richardson. The 20-year-old joined a West Brom side who were five points adrift of safety. The player proved to be a big factor, scoring twice in 12 league starts as West Brom became the first team to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League after being bottom at Christmas. Richardson scored the winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Portsmouth on the final day of the 2004/05 campaign to trigger jubilant scenes at The Hawthorns.

28 January

2009: Robin van Persie scored a superb injury-time volley to rescue a point for Arsenal at Goodison Park. Full story >>

1994: Graeme Souness resigned as manager of Liverpool after a shock FA Cup exit in a replay at Anfield at the hands of Bristol City. The former Liverpool captain had overhauled an ageing squad since arriving at Anfield in the spring of 1991 and brought in the FA Cup in his first full season in charge, but successive sixth-place finishes in the Barclays Premier League were followed by a disappointing start to the 1993/94 season, including four successive defeats. Liverpool were fifth in the Barclays Premier League, but were 21 points behind leaders Manchester United at the time of his exit. "I took this job believing that I could return the club to its former glory but this proved to be more difficult than I anticipated," Souness said.

27 January

2006: Robbie Fowler said he was delighted to be back at Anfield after Liverpool re-signed their former striker on a free transfer from Manchester City. Full story >>

2009: Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar set a new club and Barclays Premier League record for consecutive clean sheets after the club's 5–0 win over West Bromwich Albion. The victory at The Hawthorns meant that the Dutchman had gone 11 matches and 1,032 minutes without conceding a goal, beating the record of 10 matches and 1,025 minutes set by Chelsea’s Petr Cech in the 2004–05 season.   

26 January

1993: Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish completed the signing of Lillestrom central defender Henning Berg. Full story >>

25 January

2011: Manchester United scored three goals in the final 18 minutes to stun Blackpool and open up a five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Full story >>

1995: Nottingham Forest moved to within two places and one point of Liverpool in third after a Stan Collymore double helped them beat struggling Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Collymore scored 22 Barclays Premier League goals in the campaign to help Forest finish third in the Barclays Premier League. His form prompted Liverpool to sign him in the summer. The defeat left Chelsea only four points above the relegation zone but they recovered to finish 12th.

24 January

1995: Phil Masinga netted twice as Leeds United defeated Queens Park Rangers and ended a run of four Barclays Premier League matches without scoring. Full story >>

2002: John Gregory resigned as Aston Villa manager, just shy of four years after beginning his tenure at Villa Park. The 47-year-old former Villa player left the side in seventh, eight points off the top four and quit despite two consecutive wins in the Barclays Premier League. Gregory was replaced by Graham Taylor while the former Wycombe Wanderers manager took over at Derby County six days later.

23 January

2007: Aston Villa completed the signing of highly-rated winger Ashley Young from Watford. Full story >>

2010: Wayne Rooney scored four goals in a match for the first time in his career as Manchester United beat Hull City 4-0 at Old Trafford. The England striker opened the scoring after eight minutes, but didn’t add to his tally until a late flurry in the last fifteen minutes made the victory safe. The quadruple took Rooney’s tally to 20 goals for the season, and lifted United to the top of the Barclays Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were not able to hold on as Chelsea had the final say with an emphatic 8-0 victory over Wigan Athletic to secure the league title by a point.

22 January

1995: Eric Cantona scored the only goal as Manchester United closed the gap on title rivals Blackburn Rovers at the top of the table. Full story >>

2002: Diego Forlan signed for Manchester United from Argentinian side Independiente, but the Uruguay forward truggled to find his feet in English football and did not score a Barclays Premier League goal for another 10 months, when he netted United’s equaliser against Aston Villa on 26 October. Forlan scored six goals that season as United clinched the 2002-03 Barclays Premier League title, but struggled thereafter. He enjoyed better fortune after moving to Villarreal, sharing the European Golden Boot with Thierry Henry in his first season in La Liga. He won a second Golden Boot at Atletico Madrid, whom he helped lift the 2010 UEFA Europa League with a winning goal in the final against Fulham. After a spell at Inter Milan, Forlan, who is Uruguay's record international goalscorer, is now at Brazilian club Internacional.

21 January

2009: Manchester City made their third signing of the transfer window, and second in three days, when they secured midfielder Nigel de Jong. Full story >>

2006: In an important clash between two sides embroiled in a relegation battle, Birmingham City thrashed Portsmouth 5-0 at St Andrew's. Goals from Jiri Jarosik, Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Upson, David Dunn and Mikael Forssell gave Steve Bruce’s side a boost in their quest for Barclays Premier League survival, but, of the two sides, it was Portsmouth who celebrated safety at the end of the season after a remarkable upturn in fortunes under manager Harry Redknapp. Portsmouth won six and drew two of their final 10 league matches to finish 17th, while Birmingham finished a place lower in the drop zone.

20 January

1996: Newcastle United extended their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table to 12 points with victory over bottom-placed Bolton Wanderers at St James’ Park. Full story >>

1994: Former Southampton player Alan Ball  left Exeter City to return to The Dell to take over from Ian Branfoot with the side in the relegation zone of the Barclays Premier League. The World Cup winner rejuvenated Southampton with forward Matthew Le Tissier scoring 15 goals in the final 16 games of the season the team secured safety by one point.

19 January

2009: Manchester City manager Mark Hughes was reunited with striker Craig Bellamy after signing him from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee. Full story >>

1997: Bryan Roy scored twice as Nottingham Forest beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the City Ground. This lifted the side to within two points of safety, but they could not avoid the drop as they finished 20th in the 1996/97 campaign and have yet to return.

18 January

2013: Southampton appointed Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager after relieving Nigel Adkins of his duties. Full story >>

2008: Fulham completed the signing of Brede Hangeland from FC Copenhagen. The 1.94m Norway central defender arrived at Craven Cottage with the club in the midst of a relegation battle in the Barclays Premier League. Roy Hodgson’s side successfully escaped after winning four of their last five matches and Hangeland became an influential figure at the club.

17 January

2008: Portsmouth boosted their midfield options by signing 22-year-old Lassana Diarra from Arsenal. Full story >>

1998: Newcastle United forward Temuri Ketsbaia, who had not been a regular of late, scored a last-minute winner for Newcastle against Bolton Wanderers and proceeded to take off his shirt and kick the advertising perimeter boards repeatedly during his "celebration".

16 January

1999: Robbie Fowler hit his second Barclays Premier League hat-trick of the season, and scored the 100th League goal of his career in the process, as Liverpool routed Southampton. Full story >>

2010: A brace of goals from Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard each helped to earn Chelsea an emphatic 7-2 victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The win kept Chelsea a point above Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League, having played a game fewer.

15 January

1999: Arsenal boosted their striking options by signing Nigeria international striker Nwankwo Kanu from Italian giants Inter Milan. Full story >>

2005: Charlton Athletic moved up to seventh in the Barclays Premier League with a convincing 3-1 win over Birmingham City at The Valley.

14 January

2004: Manchester City signed England goalkeeper David James from Championship side West Ham United to replace the retiring David Seaman. Full story >>

1999: John Hartson became Wimbledon's most expensive signing when he joined from West Ham United for a reported £7.5m. Part of his signing-on fee had to be re-invested in a new wardrobe after the Wales striker received a baptism of fire, quite literally, when his Armani suit was incinerated by team-mates on his first day at the club.

13 January

2001: Aston Villa paid a club record £9.5m to sign Colombia international striker Juan Pablo Angel from Argentine club River Plate. Full story >>

2009: Stoke City manager Tony Pulis completed the signing of James Beattie from Championship side Sheffield United, and it proved an influential move as the striker’s goals helped the Midlands side to maintain their Barclays Premier League status.

12 January

2000: George Weah made a remarkable debut for Chelsea by scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Full story >>

1995: Manchester United bought Newcastle United forward Andrew Cole. The move, which included the Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie going the other way, was a shock to many Newcastle fans and manager Kevin Keegan had to plead for their support in a speech from the steps outside St James’ Park. Watch Andrew Cole talk about his transfer in Andrew Cole: Cult Hero.

11 January

2005: Norwich City presented their record signing Dean Ashton, who cost £3m from Crewe Alexandra.
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2008: Chelsea completed the signing of Bolton Wanderers’ Nicolas Anelka on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The France forward moved to his fifth Premier League club, after spells at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. (Click here for more on Nicolas Anelka)

10 January

1995: Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Newcastle United's prolific striker Andy Cole in a £7m deal. Full story >>

2007: Clint Dempsey became the most expensive MLS import to the Barclays Premier League when he joined fellow Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride at Chris Coleman's Fulham from New England Revolution. "It's been an ambition of mine to come to England and play in the Premier League, so I'm excited that I've been given the opportunity to do that, and look forward to helping Fulham with their future campaigns," said Dempsey, who was 23 at the time. He made his debut as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur 10 days later and went on to play more than 200 Barclays Premier League matches for Fulham, scoring 50 times, before joining Spurs this summer. (Click here for more on Clint Dempsey)

9 January

1997: Leeds United signed Dutch centre-half Robert Molenaar from Volendam for £1m. Full story >>

1999: Darren Huckerby’s hat-trick inspired Coventry City to a 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in a clash towards the bottom end of the Barclays Premier League table. It was the second successive hat-trick for Huckerby, after taking home the match ball in Coventry’s 7-0 FA Cup win over Macclesfield Town a week earlier. He opened the scoring just before half-time before doubling Coventry’s advantage two minutes after the break. Paul Telfer added a third before Huckerby sealed his hat-trick with a fine finish after a mazy 50-yard run. The win kept Coventry out of the relegation zone and left Forest seven points adrift of safety. Gordon Strachan guided Coventry to safety with a 16th place finish, while Forest were unable to avoid the drop, finishing 20th. View the goals in our On This Day video here >>

8 January

2009: Winger Matthew Etherington completed his move from West Ham United to Stoke City for an undisclosed fee. Full story >>

1997: Kevin Keegan stunned the Newcastle United faithful when he resigned as manager after a five successful years at St. James’ Park. The former Newcastle forward had saved the club from relegation to the third tier in 1992, and led them to the Premier League the next season. A year before he quit, in the 1995/96 campaign, Newcastle had led the table by 12 points, only to lose the title to Manchester United. Newcastle were three positions and five points adrift of league leaders Liverpool when Keegan resigned, saying he was unable to commit his long-term future to the club. Full story >>

7 January

2011: Manchester City wrapped up the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina international striker Edin Dzeko from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. Full story >>

1994: A day after quitting Norwich City, whom he had taken to third in the inaugural Premier League campaign the season before, Mike Walker was appointed manager of Everton, succeeding Howard Kendall who had walked out the previous month. Walker was unable to replicate the success he had at Norwich at Goodison Park and needed victory over Wimbledon on the final day of the season to avoid relegation. A poor start to the next season led to Walker's departure, to be succeeded by Joe Royle.

6 January

2009: Jermain Defoe returned to Tottenham Hotspur after less than a year at Portsmouth - making the same journey that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp undertook just over two months earlier. Full story >>

2012: Less than a month after unveiling a statue at the Emirates Stadium celebrating his status as record goalscorer at Arsenal Thierry Henry made a return to the North London club on a six-week loan from New York Red Bulls in the MLS. Within three days he was forcing an amendment to the inscription on his statue as he came off the bench to score the winner in the FA Cup third-round tie at home to Leeds United. In all he made seven appearances for Arsenal, all from the bench, and signed off his Premier League efforts with a last-minute goal to secure a 2-1 win away to Sunderland.

5 January

2006: Manchester United completed the transfer of central defender Nemanja Vidic from Spartak Moscow after a work permit for the 24-year-old was granted. Full story >>

1995: Leeds United completed the signing of Anthony Yeboah from Eintracht Frankfurt. The Ghana forward would have a blistering impact, scoring 12 goals in his first 18 Premier League matches and went on to have 24 goals in two league campaigns. He was renowned for a selection of great goals that are hailed as some of the best in Premier League history. This included a stunning double against Wimbledon and a thunderous volley against Liverpool () at Elland Road, which was a contender for the Goal of 20 Seasons Awards and sent Leeds briefly went top of the division. Yeboah moved back to Germany during the 1996/97 campaign after being unable to sustain his early form.

4 January

2012: Yohan Cabaye scored a superb 30-yard free-kick and Demba Ba hit his 15th goal of the season as Newcastle United inflicted Manchester United’s first away defeat of the campaign in the Barclays Premier League. Full story >>

1994: Liverpool came from three goals down to draw with Manchester United at Anfield. Goals from Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Denis Irwin gave United a three-goal lead after 24 minutes, but Nigel Clough pulled one back a minute later and made things interesting with a second before half-time. Neil Ruddock salvaged a point against the leaders for Liverpool, who moved up to eighth in the Barclays Premier League table. Match details

3 January

2000: Gareth Southgate scored twice as mid-table Aston Villa shocked Barclays Premier League leaders Leeds United at Elland Road. Full story >>

2009: Wayne Bridge became Manchester City manager Mark Hughes' first signing of the transfer window when the left-back moved from Premier League rivals Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. With over 30 England caps to his name, Bridge had been at Stamford Bridge for six years before moving to the North West. He made 44 appearances for City for the next 18 months, before being loaned out to West Ham United (15 starts) and Sunderland (eight starts).

2 January

2013: Liverpool completed the signing of England striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. Full story >>

2011: An added-time strike from Ciaran Clark earns Aston Villa a point in a 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. After taking the lead through a Frank Lampard penalty, the Blues went behind to goals from Ashley Young and Emile Heskey. Carlo Ancelotti's side thought they had turned the match around with late goals from Didier Drogba and John Terry but the 21-year-old's late header salvaged a point for Gerard Houllier's team.

1 January

1996: Neil Finn had become a full-time goalkeeper at West Ham United in the summer of 1995 after joining from a Youth Training Scheme and was busy plying his trade in the reserves when his one shot at the big time landed on New Year’s Day 1996.
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1996: Manchester United's hopes of closing the gap on leaders Newcastle United are hit by a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Teddy Sheringham opened the scoring but Andrew Cole equalised a minute later. Goals from Sol Campbell and Chris Armstrong (two) secure victory. Newcastle opened up a seven-point lead the next day with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal.

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