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20 Years, 20 Stories

Images from the first 20 seasons of the Premier League

  • 1992/93: Brian Deane of Sheffield United had the honour of scoring the first goal in the Premier League on 15th August 1992
  • 1992/93: Man Utd skipper Bryan Robson celebrates with Steve Bruce (left) and Gary Pallister (right) as the Club wins the first Premier League title
  • 1993/94: Andrew Cole scores a Premier League record 34 goals for Newcastle United during a hugely successful season for the striker
  • 1993/94: As Man Utd defend their title, they become only the fourth team in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup double
  • 1994/95: Rovers striker Alan Shearer equals Andrew Cole's record of 34 goals in the final season of 22 teams – four go down and only two come up
  • 1994/95: Blackburn Rovers, with Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton up front, win the title on the final day of the season
  • 1995/96: Man Utd again complete a League and Cup double, celebrated by Eric Cantona (left) and Alex Ferguson - beating Ipswich Town 9-0 on the way
  • 1995/96: Manchester United star Eric Cantona is named Footballer of the Year after a fantastic season for the team
  • 1996/97: On the opening day of the season, Manchester United's David Beckham scores a memorable goal from the half-way line against Wimbledon
  • 1996/97: Newcastle United's Alan Shearer scores a record 31 goals for a 38-match Premier League season
  • 1996/97: Manchester United confirm their status as the dominant force in the Premier League as they lift the trophy for the fourth time in five seasons
  • 1996/97: Arsenal make a key appointment as they name the little-known Arsene Wenger as their new manager
  • 1997/98: Arsenal win the Premier League by a point from Man Utd, making Arsene Wenger the first overseas manager to win the title in England
  • 1997/98: The Gunners' fabulous season ends as they become only the fifth team in the 20th century to do the League and FA Cup double
  • 1998/99: Man Utd secure a treble of League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in a season which sees the Premier League Academy set up
  • 1999/00: Sunderland’s Kevin Phillips becomes only the third player to score over 30 goals in a single Premier League season
  • 1999/00: Manchester United win the Premier League by a record 18 points in a season of goal records - United score 97 times and there are 1,060 in the season
  • 2000/01: Tottenham's Ledley King sets a record as he scores the fastest goal in Premier League history against Bradford, netting just 10 seconds into the match
  • 2000/01: Man Utd beat Arsenal into second for the third season in a row as Sir Alex Ferguson becomes the first manager to win three successive English titles
  • 2001/02: Arsenal complete a League and FA Cup double and score in every Premier League game as the league gets a new sponsor with Barclaycard
  • 2002/03: Man Utd overhaul Arsenal's eight-point lead to win the title thanks to a spectacular run of late-season form, which includes an 18-match unbeaten run
  • 2003/04: The first biennial pre-season Asia Trophy takes place in Malaysia and Chelsea become the inaugural champions
  • 2003/04: Arsenal make history as they win the League by going through the entire season undefeated - the team is nicknamed ‘The Invincibles’
  • 2003/04: Arsenal's Thierry Henry becomes the fourth player to score over 30 goals in one season as he wins the Golden Boot and the Player of the Year award
  • 2003/04: A new era dawns at Chelsea as Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich becomes the club's new owner
  • 2004/05: New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wins the Blues their first top flight title in 50 years as the Club sets a record for the most wins (29) in a season
  • 2004/05: Chelsea stopper Petr Cech is a key man, keeping a record 24 clean sheets as the title winners set a record for fewest goals conceded (15)
  • 2005/06: Chelsea retain the Premier League title, equalling their own record for most wins in a season - 29 - set in the previous campaign
  • 2005/06: Alan Shearer - the top goalscorer in the Premier League with 260 goals - retires and is awarded a Platinum Boot by Barclays to mark his achievements
  • 2005/06: Arsenal leave their famous home in Highbury after 93 years - Thierry Henry scores a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Wigan in the final match
  • 2005/06: Arsenal star Thierry Henry wins the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for a record third time
  • 2006/07: Fulham's Moritz Volz sets a landmark on 30th December as he scores the 15,000th Premier League goal in his side's 2-2 draw at Chelsea
  • 2006/07: Man Utd become the third different Club to win the title in four seasons and set a new Premier League attendance record of 76,398 along the way
  • 2007/08: Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo joins the select band of players to score more than 30 league goals, netting 31 in a brilliant season
  • 2007/08: Europe witnesses the first all-English UEFA Champions League Final as Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow
  • 2008/09: Man Utd win the Premier League for the 11th time and equal Liverpool's record of 18 top-flight titles in the process
  • 2009/10: Chelsea's success caps an excellent first season for Blues' boss Carlo Ancelotti as his side scores a remarkable 103 goals – a Premier League record
  • 2009/10: Chelsea reclaim the Premier League title from Man Utd for the first time since 2006 in a fine season which also sees them win the FA Cup
  • 2010/11: Man Utd's 12th Premier League title and 19th overall is a record as the Premier League sees an aggregate attendance of 13.4m and turnover of £1.2bn

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