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Sunday 24 March 2013

On this day: March

In the series on Premier League's history, looks at events in March

Clubs have fought for the Barclays Premier League trophy for 21 seasons rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

31 March 2001 Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal kept alive their faint hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title with victory over their North London rivals at Highbury on the day it was announced that former Gunner David Rocastle had died. Read more >>

30 March 1998 West Ham 3-0 Leeds United
West Ham United found their way past a Leeds United team that had recorded three clean sheets in a row with ease to record a first league success over their opponents in 16 years. Read more >>

29 March 2008 Birmingham City 3-1 Man City
Birmingham City moved four points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with victory over Manchester City at St Andrews. Mauro Zarate scored twice and Gary McSheffrey converted a penalty late on. Read more >>

28 March 2010 Burnley 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers' David Dunn scored the only goal to seal victory in the east Lancashire derby and to increase Burnley's relegation fears. Read more >>

27 March 2002 Peter Crouch signs for Aston Villa
Aston Villa signed Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch for an initial fee of £5m.  Two days after Harry Redknapp was brought in as manager at the Championship club the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee, who had been bought from Queens Park Rangers less than two years previously, was given permission to speak to new Villa manager Graham Taylor. Read more >>

26 March 2000: West Ham 2-1 Wimbledon
A sensational volley from talismanic Italian Paolo Di Canio helped West Ham United defeat struggling Wimbledon at the Boleyn Ground. Read more >>

25 March 1993: Blackburn Rovers sign Graeme Le Saux
It was the first season of the Barclays Premier League and Blackburn Rovers, under the stewardship of owner Jack Walker, were aiming for a place among the elite of the English game. Read more >>

24 March 2012 Liverpool 1 Wigan 2
Struggling Wigan Athletic started a remarkable run of form with their first Barclays Premier League victory at Anfield. Read more >>

23 March 2010 West Ham 1-3 Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League with victory over fellow strugglers West Ham United. Read more >>

22 March 2003 Manchester United 3-0 Fulham
Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy started a record-breaking run of scoring in 10 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches with a hat-trick in the victory over Fulham at Old Trafford. Read more >>

21 March 2012: Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea
Manchester City earned a record-breaking 20th consecutive Barclays Premier League home win after recording a dramatic comeback victory over Chelsea. Read more >>

20 March 2004: Middlesbrough 5-3 Birmingham City
Birmingham City may have scored three goals away from home but they still ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline as goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer's excellent display guided Middlesbrough to victory at the Riverside Stadium. Read more >>

19 March 2008 Tottenham 4-4 Chelsea
A brilliant strike from Robbie Keane in the dying moments gave Tottenham Hotspur a share of the spoils in a pulsating draw with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

18 March 1998: Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace ended a run of eight consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats with a surprise victory over Newcastle United, which boosted the South London side's fading hopes of avoiding relegation. Read more >>

17 March 2007: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Watford
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson was in an apologetic mood after his goal helped Tottenham Hotspur ease past Watford at White Hart Lane. Read more >>

16 March 2002: Everton 2-1 Fulham
It was the perfect start to a long and successful reign as David Moyes celebrated his first match in charge with a dramatic victory over Fulham. Read more >>

15 March 2003: Leeds United 2-3 Middlesbrough
Juninho compounded Leeds United’s poor week when he inspired Middlesbrough to victory at Elland Road. Read more >>

14 March 1998: Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal
Marc Overmars struck the decisive goal ten minutes from time as Arsenal beat Manchester United at Old Trafford to confirm the shift in momentum in the title race. Read more >>

13 March 1999 Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Leeds United
Leeds United consolidated their place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League with victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Read more >>

12 March 2008 Chelsea 6-1 Derby County
Frank Lampard became the first non-forward to claim four goals in a Barclays Premier League match as Chelsea threw off their FA Cup blues to thrash Derby County on a Wednesday night. Read more >>

11 March 2006 Portsmouth 2-1 Manchester City
An unforgettable day for Portsmouth fans as Pedro Mendes entered Pompey folklore with two stunning goals that breathed life into the club's survival hopes. Read more >>

10 March 1997 Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United
Lightning struck twice as Liverpool edged a seven-goal thriller against Newcastle United for the second season running. Read more >>

9 March 2008 Sunderland 0-1 Everton
Everton kept their UEFA Champions League aspirations alive thanks to a second-half winner by Andy Johnson. Read more >>

8 March 2010 Wigan Athletic 1-0 Liverpool
A first-half strike from Hugo Rodallega gave Wigan Athletic a crucial victory in their bid to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League against Liverpool. Read more >>

7 March 1998 Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Manchester United
Leaders Manchester United slipped to their sixth defeat of the Barclays Premier League season against Sheffield Wednesday as the exertions of holding Monaco to a 0-0 draw in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg took their toll at Hillsborough. Read more >>

6 March 1993 Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers dented Norwich City's title hopes with a Les Ferdinand-inspired victory at Loftus Road. Read more >>

5 March 1997 Middlesbrough 6-1 Derby County
A hat-trick by Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli inspired bottom club Middlesbrough to a 6-1 Barclays Premier League defeat of Derby County. Read more >>

4 March 1995 Man Utd 9-0 Ipswich Town
Andrew Cole became the first player in the history of the Barclays Premier League to score five goals in a match as Manchester United beat Ipswich Town 9-0. Read more >>

3 March 1996 Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa
Three goals in the opening eight minutes at Anfield were enough for Liverpool to beat Aston Villa the nearest rival to their third place in the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

2 March 2002 Newcastle United 0-2 Arsenal
A brilliant goal from Dennis Bergkamp set Arsenal off towards a crucial win that helped them towards the Barclays Premier League title. Read more >>

1 March 1997 Derby County 3-2 Chelsea
An injury-time winner from Ashley Ward gave newly promoted Derby County a surprise win over Chelsea  at the Baseball Ground. Read more >>

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • Let us know your highlights and request matches you remember