Saturday 15 February 2014
There is something quintessentially British about goals with headers.
The first goal in the history of the Barclays Premier League was scored with a header – Brian Deane for Sheffield United against Manchester United on ?? August 1992 - and there is something about forwards flying in with their heads to send the ball rocketing into the roof of the net that stirs crowds in the competition.
However, such goals would appear to be on the wane. This season so far there have been on average fewer than four headed shots per match in the Barclays Premier League, the lowest since data suppliers Opta started compiling such data 11 seasons ago.
The percentage of goals scored by headers (15%) is also heading towards a low in the past 11 seasons, so to celebrate this form of football we are focusing on who have been the most successful headers of the ball in the history of the Barclays Premier League, players and teams.
You can vote for the attacking player who was the best all-time header of the ball in our poll on the bottom of the home page. Was the bravery of Duncan Ferguson, who has the record for the most headed goals in a season, better than Alan Shearer’s weight of numbers as the all-time leading scorer of headers? Or was Tim Cahill’s defying of gravity and his relatively small height more worthy? You decide.
This will be followed by a poll looking at the aerial ability of forwards currently in the Barclays Premier League. Is Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke or Peter Crouch, of Stoke City, the top headers because of their height, or is Daniel Sturridge’s ability to steal in front of his marker and direct glancing headers into the net more meritable?
|Juan Pablo Angel||10||5||50.00%|
|Season||Pens Taken||Pen scored||success rate
|Goalkeeper||Pens Saved||Pens Faced||Success rate
|Edwin van der Sar