Premier League opening days: Gus Poyet, Blackpool and more #PLmoments
By Grant Miles
Last Updated: 07/08/15 9:10am
Sky Sports is celebrating 23 years as the home of the Premier League and is reliving some of the great drama.
We want you to vote for your favourite moment from our 160 videos selected by our panel of experts.
In the latest part of our series taking you on a trip down memory lane, we look back at five great opening days of the season over the years...
The Premier League provided drama right from the very first day. Sheffield United’s win against Manchester United was a special game for a number of reasons.
What it will be remembered most for is delivering the first Premier League goal. Brian Deane headed past Peter Schmeichel at around 3.05pm and history was made.
Deane scored a second goal to help Sheffield United secure a 2-1 win over United, who would go on to win the title at the end of the season.
Teddy Sheringham’s brilliant strike against Liverpool set the benchmark for all the great goals that followed on Sky Sports.
The first televised goal gave us a glimpse of the ability Sheringham had and gave a clear message that defenders should not invite him to shoot.
The Nottingham Forest striker cut in from the left hand side before he rifled the ball into the top far corner.
His manager, Brian Clough after the match said: “You don't work on scoring goals like that - they come out of the blue through sheer ability.”
The result was a fairly innocuous 0-0 at The Riverside but there is no doubting this was a truly special occasion.
Paul Gascoigne made his Premier League debut for Middlesbrough and the world’s best league welcomed back one of England’s most exciting stars.
Middlesbrough had forked out over £3m to bring Gazza back to the UK after spells at Lazio and Rangers.
The very best Premier League sides have made a habit of saving their best form until the second half of the season.
Chelsea clearly didn’t get that memo, as Gianluca Vialli’s side hit top gear against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
Gust Poyet stole the show, as the Blues caused havoc right from the start, and he scored an early contender for goal of the season.
Gianfranco Zola’s expert vision to flick the ball into his path gave the Uruguayan ample opportunity to lash a volley into the roof of the net.
Blackpool had been written off as favourites for the drop before the season began in August 2010.
A few people changed their minds after their rampant win against Wigan on the opening day of the campaign.
Ian Holloway’s side showed no fear in pushing forward and showing their attacking qualities and a sea of orange in the away end showed their appreciation.
Marlon Harewood scored twice and goals either side from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Alex Baptiste made it a dream start to life in the Premier League.
You can watch plenty more great opening day moments here - including Jurgen Klinsmann's diving celebration and Fabrizio Ravanelli's grand entrance. Take a look and cast your vote for the greatest moment of all time from the world's most exciting league.
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