Fastest Goals in Premier League History
There have been several amazing goals over the history of the Premier League. For anyone unfamiliar with this league, the Premier League is the top professional football league in England, showcasing the highest level of competition in English football. Known for its fast-paced and exhilarating matches, the league attracts top players from around the globe, captivating fans with its rich history, intense rivalries, and remarkable moments of skill and drama.
While one of the most exciting things that can happen in a game in a goal, there are some goals considered better than others. In fact, there are goals that are so fast they end up hard to catch for both the goalkeeper and the audience. Over the years, there have been different considered the fastest in the Premier League, and these are the top 10:
Shane Long v. Watford (7.69 seconds)
During a match between Shane Long’s team Southampton and Watford on April 23, 2019, at Vicarage Road, Long scored a goal in just 7.69 seconds. This impressive goal was part of a successful period for Long, marking the first time he had scored in consecutive Premier League starts since May 2016.
Furthermore, he continued his goal-scoring streak by netting another goal in his subsequent start against Liverpool, making it three consecutive Premier League starts with goals against Liverpool, Watford, and Bournemouth. However, Long still had a way to go to surpass Jamie Vardy’s record of scoring in 11 consecutive games for Leicester in November 2015.
Phillip Billing v. Arsenal (9.11 seconds)
In a match between Arsenal and Bournemouth at The Emirates on March 4, 2023, Phillip Billing scored the opening goal for Bournemouth in just 9.11 seconds, making it the second-fastest goal ever scored in the Premier League. Despite Bournemouth’s early lead, Arsenal managed to make a comeback.
Marcos Senesi extended Bournemouth’s lead in the second half, but goals from Thomas Partey and Ben White, along with a 97th-minute winner by Reiss Nelson, secured a victory for Arsenal. This remarkable comeback marked the first time that Arsenal had turned around a two-goal deficit to win a Premier League game since February 2012 when they did the same against Spurs.
Ledley King v Bradford City (9.82 seconds)
Ledley King, a highly regarded center-back and former captain of Tottenham Hotspur, amazed everyone with his goal-scoring prowess during a thrilling match at Valley Parade on December 9, 2000. Despite not being known for his scoring abilities, King found the net 10 times in his 268 Premier League appearances, with six of those goals coming from headers.
His first-ever Premier League goal came just 9.82 seconds into the match against Bradford City, in only his eighth top-flight appearance. Interestingly, only two of his 10 Premier League goals were scored outside of London: the first against Bradford in December 2000 and the last against Manchester United in April 2010.
Alan Shearer v Manchester City (10.52 seconds)
On January 18, 2003, at St James’ Park, Newcastle United faced Manchester City in a match where Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, notched up another impressive goal. Shearer’s left-footed strike against Man City, just 10.52 seconds into the game, set the record for the fastest goal ever scored by a home team and the quickest left-footed goal in Premier League history.
This remarkable goal also marked the first time Shearer had scored in the opening minute of a Premier League game, adding to his overall tally of 218 goals in the competition. It’s worth noting that throughout his Premier League career, Shearer failed to score only in the 39th and 47th minutes. With a remarkable 260 goals, Shearer is a significant 52 goals ahead of Wayne Rooney in the all-time scoring charts.
Christian Eriksen v Manchester United (10.54 seconds)
In a thrilling clash at Wembley Stadium on January 31, 2018, Christian Eriksen made history with a lightning-fast strike. His astonishing 10.54-second goal stands as the fastest ever recorded at the new Wembley, showcasing Tottenham’s penchant for early scoring. With 11 goals in the opening minute of Premier League matches, Spurs trail only behind Chelsea’s 12 lightning-fast strikes.
Beyond his goal-scoring prowess, Eriksen’s impact lies in his exceptional playmaking abilities. With a remarkable career total of 66 assists, including 62 during his time at Spurs, he secures the second spot on the all-time assist chart for the renowned North London club.
Mark Viduka v Charlton Athletic (11.90 seconds)
During a memorable match at The Valley on March 17, 2001, Mark Viduka etched his name in Premier League history by delivering an astonishingly swift goal. In a mere 11.90 seconds, Viduka’s strike became the fastest goal ever scored by a non-European player in the Premier League.
Adding to the intrigue, it is noteworthy that Leeds United had managed to score five goals within the opening minute of Premier League matches, but none of them had materialized at their home ground, Elland Road. Viduka’s remarkable feat not only secured his place in the record books but also solidified his status as Leeds United’s all-time leading scorer in the Premier League.
Dwight Yorke v Coventry City (12.16 seconds)
Dwight Yorke etched his name in football history during a match between Coventry City and Aston Villa on September 30, 1995. With an incredible header, he scored the fastest-headed goal ever recorded in the Premier League in a mind-boggling 12.16 seconds. This was just one of the many remarkable moments in Yorke’s illustrious Premier League career.
Yorke, the first non-English player to reach 100 goals in the competition in November 2000, showcased his exceptional scoring ability throughout his time in the league. He held the record for the fastest hat trick from the start of a game for over 14 years, scoring three goals in an astonishing 22 minutes against Arsenal in February 2001. With 123 goals in 375 appearances, Yorke’s journey included three Premier League titles with Manchester United, along with victories in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
Chris Sutton v Everton (12.94 seconds)
On April 1, 1995, during a match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park, Chris Sutton displayed his early goal-scoring ability. Before the match, Sutton had only scored two out of his first 39 Premier League goals within the first 10 minutes of a game. However, he broke his scoring pattern by netting a goal against Everton after just 12.94 seconds. This marked a shift in his trend, as five out of his subsequent eight goals were scored early in matches.
It is noteworthy that Everton has a reputation for conceding early goals in the Premier League. They have found themselves 1-0 down within the opening minute of matches on ten different occasions, which is the highest number of first-minute goals conceded by any team in the competition’s history.
Kevin Nolan v Blackburn Rovers (13.48 seconds)
Kevin Nolan’s goal after just 13.48 seconds against Blackburn Rovers is one of Bolton Wanderers’ five fastest goals in the Premier League’s opening minute, with three of those being assisted by Kevin Davies.
Nolan’s achievement was his second goal scored in the Premier League’s opening minute, the first one being for West Ham United against Fulham in September 2012. With this, Nolan joins the 10 other players who have scored two or more goals in the opening minute of a Premier League game.
James Beattie v Chelsea (13.52 seconds)
In a match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on August 28, 2004, James Beattie made a significant impact with his goal after just 13.52 seconds. This goal stands as Southampton’s second entry in the top 10 fastest goals in Premier League history. It’s worth noting that another former Saints player, Jay Rodriguez, narrowly missed joining this list with his goal at 13.68 seconds against Chelsea in 2013, which ranks as the 11th-fastest goal.
However, Beattie’s fortunes quickly turned in the game as he scored an own goal 33 minutes later. This occurrence marked one of 53 instances in the Premier League where a player has both scored a goal and their own goal in the same match, leaving Beattie experiencing both ecstasy and agony in the contest.
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