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Friday 31 May 2013

On this day: May

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

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 May 2000 Fabien Barthez joins Man Utd from Monaco
Manchester United completed the signing of France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez from Monaco on a six-year-deal. Read more >>

30 May 1997 Shay Given joins Newcastle from Blackburn
Newly appointed Newcastle United manager Kenny Dalglish made the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper one of his first signings at St James’ Park. Read more >>

29 May 1998 Pierluigi Casiraghi leaves Lazio for Chelsea      
After finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League the previous season Chelsea bolstered their strike force in preparation for a title tilt by signing Pierluigi Casiraghi from Lazio. Read more >>

28 May 2000 Neil Sullivan joins Spurs from Wimbledon
Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of long-serving Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan on a free transfer. Read more >>

27 May 2004 Alan Smith swaps Leeds for Man Utd
Alan Smith ended his love affair with Leeds United and made his move to Manchester United. Read more >>

26 May 2001 Teddy Sheringham returns to Tottenham
Four years after leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Manchester United, Teddy Sheringham returned to White Hart Lane. Read more >>

25 May 2007 Tottenham sign Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton after agreeing a four-year contract with the north London club. Read more >>

24 May 1996 Gianluca Vialli signs for Chelsea
New Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit made his first signing a significant one by securing the services of Juventus and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli, who had won the UEFA Champions League just two days earlier. Read more >>

23 May 2006 Arsenal sign Tomas Rosicky
Arsenal made their first signing of the summer of 2006 with the capture of Tomas Rosicky from Borussia Dortmund. Read more >>

22 May 2008 Mark Schwarzer moves to Fulham
Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer ended an 11-year association with Middlesbrough to join Fulham. Read more >>

21 May 2001 William Gallas joins Chelsea
William Gallas arrived as Claudio Ranieri's first summer signing as Chelsea manager ahead of his first full season in charge of the Blues. Read more >>

20 May 2003 David O'Leary takes charge at Villa Park
Aston Villa turned to former Leeds United manager David O'Leary as they looked to resurrect their fortunes after a disappointing campaign in 2002/03. Read more >>

19 May 2001 Southampton 3-2 Arsenal
Matt Le Tissier
 gave Southampton's home ground, The Dell, a perfect farewell with a magnificent match-winning volley in a 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory over Arsenal. Read more >>

18 May 1999 Sami Hyypia joins Liverpool
Four years after nearly signing for Newcastle United, Sami Hyypia joined the Barclays Premier League with Liverpool. Read more >>

17 May 2004 Paul Robinson signs for Spurs
Paul Robinson finally completed his protracted move to Tottenham Hotspur four months after his originally proposed transfer had fallen through. Read more >>

16 May 2004 Robin van Persie becomes a Gunner
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked to the Netherlands as he aimed to build on his side's extraordinary achievement of going through the entire campaign unbeaten. He delved into the transfer market to sign striker Robin van Persie from Feyenoord and the then 20-year-old officially became an Arsenal player the day after the club celebrated becoming 'The Invincibles'. Read more >>

15 May 2004 Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City
Arsenal became the first side in more than 100 years to go through a league season unbeaten after beating Leicester City 2-1 at Highbury. Read more >>

14 May 1995 Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn
Blackburn Rovers sealed their first Barclays Premier League title on a dramatic final day of the 1994/95 season, despite losing 2-1 to Liverpool, as Manchester United fell short by drawing 1-1 with West Ham United. Read more >>

13 May 2012 Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Manchester City won their first Barclays Premier League title with the last kick of the season as Sergio Aguero struck an extraordinary added-time winner at the Emirates Stadium. Read more >>

12 May 2008 Jose Bosingwa agrees to join Chelsea
Right back Jose Bosingwa became the first Chelsea signing of the summer in 2008, and the final one of manager Avram Grant, when he agreed to join the club in a £16m deal. Read more >>

11 May 1997 Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Coventry City
Coventry City's continual presence in the Barclays Premier for more than 30 years looked to be ending when a defeat by Derby County on the penultimate day of the season dropped them into the relegation zone, with a daunting trip to White Hart Lane to come. Read more >>

10 May 1996 Ruud Gullit appointed as Chelsea manager
Vastly experienced Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit was appointed as player-manager at Chelsea following the departure of Glenn Hoddle. Read more >>

9 May 2010 Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic
Chelsea reclaimed the Barclays Premier League title in style as they thrashed Wigan at Stamford Bridge. Read more >>

8 May 1993 Oldham 4-3 Southampton
One of the greatest escape stories in Premier League history was played out in the very first season of the competition when Oldham Athletic stayed up by the narrowest of margins. Read more >>

7 May 2006 Arsenal 4-2 Wigan Athletic
Arsenal's final fixture of the 2005/06 season, at home to Wigan Athletic also, marked their last match at Highbury Stadium. Read more >>

6 May 1997 Wimbledon 2-1 Liverpool
Liverpool’s 17-year-old sensation Michael Owen marked his Barclays Premier League debut with a goal, but the teenage striker’s impact wasn’t enough to prevent the club’s title hopes coming to an end as they lost 2-1 to Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. Read more >>

5 May 1996 Man City 2-2 Liverpool
Manchester City went into the final match of the 1995/96 season knowing that they had to better the results of Southampton and Coventry City in order to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

4 May 2006 Sunderland 2-1 Fulham
The sigh of relief from the Stadium of Light could be heard across the land as Sunderland avoided the ignominy of becoming the first team in English league history to complete a season without a home victory. Read more >>

3 May 1993 Manchester United 3-1 Blackburn Rovers
Twenty-four hours after their first title in 26 years was confirmed, Manchester United celebrated becoming the first Barclays Premier League champions in style with a 3-1 victory over one of their main challengers, Blackburn Rovers. Read more >>

2 May 2004 Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Leeds United
Leeds United went into the match against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on a sunny Sunday knowing that they had to avoid defeat to have any hope of staying in the Barclays Premier League. Read more >>

1 May 1994 Man Utd beat Ipswich to seal second title
Manchester United got the victory that sealed their second consecutive Barclays Premier League title, as goals from Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs earned Sir Alex Ferguson's side a crucial win over Ipswich Town. 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
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