For 18 years Ledley King had unofficially held the record for the fastest goal in Premier League history.
"I was at the game and was taking my seat and I just heard a roar and, initially, I thought, 'What's happened? Who's scored?' " King said.
"And then a little while after, I thought, 'That's quick. That's challenging my record.'
"So I started asking people, 'What time was that?' And a few people were saying, 'Ten, 12 [seconds].' That's when I realised I actually cared about my record! I didn't want to lose it!"
So we took the Spurs legend to the Munich offices of Opta, the Premier League's official data supplier, to provide the most accurate measurement yet of his goal at Bradford and to discover whether Eriksen had beaten it.
Using Opta's technology the quickest strikes were able to be measured to the hundredth of a second, from when the ball was first in play at kick-off to when it crossed the goalline, to provide an official list of the 10 fastest goals in the competition's history.
And it confirmed that King's goal at Valley Parade was the fastest at 9.82 seconds.
"Really pleased about that," a relieved King said. "I wasn't sure if technology proved there was a quicker goal and it was going to get taken off me all of sudden.
"So I am pleased for now I am still holding that record."
Indeed Eriksen's goal, which was timed at 10.54 seconds, was not even the second-fastest. It sits in third place, 0.02 seconds behind Alan Shearer's strike for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2002/03.
King doesn't see his record lasting another 18 years and reckons that after one Spurs player had come close to beating it, another could well take his crown.
"Someone like Harry Kane is going to beat it in the future," King said. "It wouldn't surprise me."
|09.82||Ledley King||Bradford City v Spurs||2000/01|
|10.52||Alan Shearer||Newcastle v Man City||2002/03|
|10.54||Christian Eriksen||Spurs v Man Utd||2017/18|
|11.90||Mark Viduka||Charlton v Leeds||2000/01|
|12.16||Dwight Yorke||Coventry v Aston Villa||1995/96|
|12.94||Chris Sutton||Everton v Blackburn||1994/95|
|13.48||Kevin Nolan||Blackburn v Bolton||2003/04|
|13.52||James Beattie||Chelsea v Southampton||2004/05|
|13.64||Asmir Begovic||Stoke v Southampton||2013/14|
|13.68||Jay Rodriguez||Chelsea v Southampton||2013/14|
*this record was since beaten by Shane Long scoring after 7.69sec for Southampton at Watford