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Tom Rostance

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  1. Thank you and farewell

    That draws our nostalgic afternoon to a close. Thanks for all of your company and interaction, hope you enjoyed that.

    It's not all over though - At 22:00 BST on the Red Button and website you can relive the first Match of the Day of the Premier League era, with presenter Des Lynam joined by guests Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker.

    Tune in.

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    You won't be surprised to know that Alan Hansen tipped Liverpool to win the Premier League 25 years ago.

    If you had told ANYONE in 1992 that Liverpool would not win the league before 2017 you would have been locked up.

    Don't forget that they won the title six times in the 1980s.

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    True! They have all been in League One as well at some point.

    Coventry are in League Two this season.

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    David Fish: None of the teams that won on the opening day of the Premier League 25 years ago are still in the division today

  6. Shear magic

    Man of the day?

    There were a fair few crackers but Alan Shearer's brace is hard to beat.

    He would go on to score 258 more times in the Premier League. Some going.

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    A fair point James. The game has changed a great deal in the last 25 years.

    Whether that's a good thing or not is probably down to you.

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  9. How did it end up?

    Manchester United recovered from that opening-day defeat to finally win the league for the first time since 1967.

    Norwich's fine win at Arsenal translated into a fine third-placed finish, while QPR and Aston Villa also made the top six.


    Sheffield United were safe enough - they finished 14th.

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  11. The first Premier League Match of the Day...

    Gary Lineker

    Ex-England striker on MOTD

    Gary Lineker

    When the Premier League began, it was the launch of something new and none of us knew at the time it was going to be as big as it has become.

    I was not a regular pundit on Match of the Day until 1994, but I did that first Premier League show in 1992 as a one-off.

    I was still a player but it was during a gap I had after leaving Tottenham to join Japanese side Grampus Eight because the J-League did not start until September.

    Even then, I always knew I wanted to present and I never really saw myself as a pundit because, in terms of analysis, I only really knew about strikers - and that was what I talked about.

    At 22:00 BST tonight on the Red Button and website you can relive the first Match of the Day of the Premier League era, with presenter Des Lynam joined by guests Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker.

  12. 'The press are going to get at me'

    Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn

    Alan Shearer

    Blackburn striker Alan Shearer: "I never put that price tag on my head, I can only go out and perform to the best ability that Alan Shearer can play.

    "If people want to pay that money than so be it. I understand that the press are going to get at me this season but hopefully some praise as well.

    "Goals like today will help but I'll miss chances as well."

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    Who wants to hear from British football's most expensive player?

  14. 'Diving foreigners...'

    Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

    Dave Bassett

    Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett: "To win our first game of the season in the Premier League us a bit special for us. It’s early days but we are delighted with a win.

    "There are teams who win on the first day of the season and still go on to get relegated so we won’t be getting carried away but it’s great to beat Manchester United, who are a very good side.

    "You always have your heart in your mouth when your goalkeeper comes out at the feet of a forward, especially now as forwards are looking to go down like they’ve been poleaxed. That’s one thing we have learned from the Italians and the Germans which is not particularly good.

    "We know that we can’t compete with big transfers, four years ago we were playing in the third division. We have made huge strides but we are trying to catch up.

    "The backpass law is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I must confess I was horrified when I heard about it and thought it was going to ruin the game.

    "In certain instances it is difficult for defenders."


    Arsenal 2-4 Norwich

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

    Chelsea 1-1 Oldham

    Leeds 2-1 Wimbledon

    Coventry 2-1 Middlesbrough

    Ipswich 1-1 Aston Villa

    Everton 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

    Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn


    Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

    Sheffield United have won it! Manchester United's expected title challenge gets off to the dampest of starts.

  17. GOAL - Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn

    Simon Osborn (90 mins)

    Oh yes! Palace have stolen an equaliser! Blackburn can't believe it as sub Simon Osborn is free at the far post to head home a free-kick.

    He's one of the smallest men on the pitch.

  18. Last minute

    Will anyone prove a hero or villain on this opening day of a new era?

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    Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

    John Gannon has to limp off after a crunching challenge in midfield, Charlie Hartfield comes on in his place.

    Just a few minutes to go now. A famous win for the Blades on the cards?