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On this day: Teddy Sheringham nets first televised Premier League goal

On this day in 1992, Teddy Sheringham scores the first live televised goal in Premier League history as Nottingham Forest beat Liverpool 1-0 at the City Ground.
By , Editor | 4y

Later on this afternoon, the 23rd Premier League season will kick off as Manchester United take on Swansea City at Old Trafford.

Last season aside, the Red Devils have been the dominant force over the entire era of the Premier League, winning no fewer than 13 titles since its inception in 1992.

Such a formidable record has helped the club become one of the biggest in world football, and its size now is indicative of how big an impact the Premier League has had on the game.

Television rights have revolutionised the finances of clubs and played a large part in the expanding transfer budgets and wage demands throughout football.

It all started 22 years ago today as Teddy Sheringham - a player that would go on to have a long and successful career in the newly-formed top flight - netted the first ever live televised goal in Premier League history.

The striker was lining up for Nottingham Forest to face Liverpool on the opening day of the season, and his goal in the 28th minute was enough for Brian Clough's side to take all three points.

Sheringham, then 26, picked the ball up on the left having received a pass from Scot Gemmill before cutting inside and firing a strike into the top corner, leaving David James no chance.

After the match, Clough said of the goal: "You don't work on scoring goals like that – they come out of the blue through sheer ability. Edward Sheringham stuck it in – bang. That's what he's paid for."

It proved to be the only goal of the game, but there was more excitement for those tuning into a Premier League match for the first time as both Roy Keane and Nigel Clough were denied by debutant James at the City Ground.

Michael Thomas and Ronny Rosenthal came close for Graeme Souness's Liverpool in the second half, but both were denied by Forest keeper Mark Crossley.

Sheringham almost doubled his personal tally for the afternoon when he pounced on a defensive mix-up, only to shoot straight into the side-netting.

The victory over a side that had dominated throughout the 1970s and '80s proved to be a false dawn for Forest, who failed to win a single one of their next 10 outings.

Clough's side slumped to the bottom of the table and were eventually relegated from the top flight in its inaugural season as the legendary manager's time at the club came to a disappointing end.

Sheringham's own fate was decided long before that, however, as he was sold on to Tottenham Hotspur for £2.1m just a week after his opening-day winner.

See Sheringham's goal and a typically entertaining interview with Clough below.



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