Memory Lane: 8 Emphatic Premier League Games Played on New Year's Day

Happy new year all, and the 1st January means one thing; Premier League action! To celebrate the beginning of 2018, here's eight of the best Premier League games played on New Year's Day over the years: The day Harry Kane destroyed Chelsea. Jose Mourinho's Blues were in firm control of the title race and that looked set to continue that when Diego Costa tapped them ahead early on. However, 21-year-old and unknown Kane levelled with a superb long range strike and two goals in five minutes...

Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea (2015)

The day Harry Kane destroyed Chelsea. Jose Mourinho's Blues were in firm control of the title race and that looked set to continue that when Diego Costa tapped them ahead early on. However, 21-year-old and unknown Kane levelled with a superb long range strike and two goals in five minutes before half-time left both sets of fans shocked as Spurs led 3-1 at half time.


Kane set the tone for what we know him as today with a spectacular turn and shot to make it four, before a brilliant goal from Eden Hazard gave the shell shocked leaders hope. However, Spurs put the icing on the cake as Kane set up Nacer Chadli to make it 5-2.


John Terry pulled one back but it didn't stop an outstanding performance from Spurs and their new talisman making the headlines after an unbelievable start to 2015.

Tottenham 5-2 Everton (2005)

Remember Dean Marney? Well, it was a name that Spurs fans thought would be one to remember over the years. His first of the day, along with a strike from Reto Ziegler put Spurs comfortably ahead before Tim Cahill reduced the deficit before half-time.


After the break, goals were flying in as Pedro Mendes, Robbie Keane and a screamer from Marney put Spurs 5-1 up against that season's surprise package, but James McFadden did his best to restore some pride with a late consolation. An amazing display from Marney, the now 33-year-old is at Burnley, but is yet to make an appearance this season.

Arsenal 3-2 Chelsea (2003)

Six months before Roman Abramovich splashed the cash at Chelsea, the Blues travelled to Highbury with Chelsea battling Newcastle & Liverpool for a top four spot. The reigning champions at the time, Arsenal stormed ahead with an own goal from Marcel Desailly and a great long-ranger from Giovanni Van Bronckhorst looked to have settled it with 10 minutes left.


Thierry Henry made it 3-0 after the latter's strike, but Chelsea set up a tense finish two goals in a minute from Mario Stanic and Emmanuel Petit made it 3-2 with just five minutes left. Arsenal were forced to hold as they saw out a thrilling win on the first day of 2003.

Swansea 2-3 Manchester City (2014)

Big spending Manchester City travelled to South Wales looking to continue their hunt for a second title in three years. Fernandinho fired City ahead just 15 minutes in, but Swansea were delighted when future City flop Wilfred Bony levelled on the stroke of half-time.


The second half was a brilliant affair as Yaya Toure restored the lead, before Aleksandar Kolarov's superb solo run and shot sealed the three points, despite Bony firing home a second to set up a tense finish.

Charlton 3-2 Ipswich (2002)

Ipswich were battling to stay up when they began 2002 with a trip to the Valley. All looked well for the Tractor Boys as Marcus Bent's double in the first five minutes looked like making it a very happy new year for the strugglers.


However, two goals in 15 minutes from John Robinson and Scott Parker made it 2-2 at the break and set up a grandstand second half. Bent missed the chance for a hat-trick, hitting the post before Jason Euell's scrappy winner gave Charlton a thrilling win as Ipswich's survival fight took a real blow in South London.

Tottenham 4-1 Manchester United (1996)

Manchester United were very much the dominant force in English football throughout the 90's, and Tottenham didn't hold much hope when Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils arrived at White Hart Lane at the start of 1996.


Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole exchanged goals to make it 1-1, before a certain Sol Campbell gave Spurs a 2-1 lead at half-time. Tottenham were excellent and a second half double from Chris Armstrong gave Spurs a shock 4-1 thrashing of United, who boasted many of their class of '92 players that night.

Newcastle 3-3 Burnley (2015)

Another Newcastle home thriller here. Relegation threatened Burnley were the visitors on the 1st January 2015, and fell behind through Steven Taylor's strike. A Paul Dummett own goal levelled for Sean Dyche's men, but Jack Colback restored the advantage to give the Magpies a 2-1 half-time lead after a first half which saw Burnley forced into three subs due to injury.


Despite that, Danny Ings levelled for a second time before Moussa Sissoko looked to have won it for the hosts with 12 minutes left. However, an outstanding strike from George Boyd with four minutes left rescued a thrilling point and truly personified Burnley's never say die attitude we're used to today.

Newcastle 2-2 Manchester United (2007)

Manchester United travelled to St. James's Park in 2007 looking to increase their lead at the top of the league against a struggling Newcastle side. However, the form book was thrown aside when 20-year-old James Milner fired a stunning 30-yard shot past Edwin van der Sar into the top corner and give the hosts a surprise lead.


Quick fire goals either side of half-time from Paul Scholes looked to have given United yet another away win in Tyneside, until a young Canadian centre-back named David Edgar (above) fired in a long range equaliser to rescue an impressive point against their old rivals.

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