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Vardy joins list of year's first Premier League goalscorers

2 Jan 2019
Jamie Vardy - Everton v Leicester City

Leicester forward gets the opening strike of 2019, but in whose footsteps did he follow?

With his second-half strike against Everton, Jamie Vardy scored the Premier League's opening goal of 2019.

It was the first time a Leicester City player had struck the first goal of a calendar year. 

It was also only the second occasion in the past six years that a forward had scored the year's opening Premier League goal, after Harry Kane did so for Tottenham Hotspur in 2017. 

There were 1,032 goals scored in total in the PL in 2018, a drop of 52 on the previous year as defences tightened up. 

Scorers of each year's first PL goal
YearPlayerTeam
1992Brian DeaneSheff Utd
1993Mark BrennanOldham 
1994Tim BreackerWest Ham 
1995Mick HarfordWimbledon
1996John EbbrellEverton
1997Alan ShearerNewcastle United
1998Paolo Di CanioSheff Wed
1999*Hassan KachloulSouthampton
Jason EuellWimbledon
2000Branko StruparDerby County
2001Marcus StewartIpswich Town
2002Marcus BentIpswich Town
2003Juan Sebastian Veron**Sunderland
2004Juan Pablo ÁngelAston Villa
2005Joe ColeChelsea
2006Steven DavisAston Villa
2007Peter CrouchLiverpool
2008Danny MurphyFulham
2009Curtis DaviesAston Villa
2010Tuncay SanliStoke City
2011Wayne RooneyMan Utd
2012Victor AnichebeEverton
2013Dimitar BerbatovFulham
2014FernandinhoMan City
2015Ryan ShawcrossStoke City
2016Michail AntonioWest Ham
2017Harry KaneSpurs
2018Anthony KnockaertBrighton 
2019Jamie VardyLeicester

*both scored after eight minutes of their matches
**own goal

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