Who's Yours? The First Premier League Goalscorer From All 20 Current Top Flight Clubs

As the Premier League turns 25 years old and newly promoted Huddersfield celebrate their stunning opening day win over Crystal Palace, attention turns to nostalgia. Huddersfield scored their first top flight goals since 1972 at Selhurst Park, and their first ever in the Premier League era. But who actually scored the first goal in the Premier League for each of the current 20 clubs? 15th August 1992 vs Norwich City Champions in 1990/91, Arsenal's inaugural Premier League season in 1992/93...

Arsenal - Steve Bould

15th August 1992 vs Norwich City


Champions in 1990/91, Arsenal's inaugural Premier League season in 1992/93 remains their second worst in 41 years after slumping to a 10th place finish, surpassed only by a 12th place finish in the 1994/95 campaign.


The season looked to have began well on day one when Steve Bould broke the deadlock against Norwich, who would later contest the title, and Kevin Campbell made it 2-0 by half-time. But the Canaries scored four unanswered goals in the second half to win 4-2.

Brighton & Hove Albion - N/A

One game into their first top flight season since the early 1980s, Brighton are still waiting for their first ever goal of the Premier League era after facing Manchester City on matchday one.


The Seagulls could hardly have asked for a tougher opening fixture, but gave a more than respectable account of themselves, making City work for the 2-0 score-line. They'll now be looking to a trip to Leicester for their first goal and points.

Bournemouth - Callum Wilson

22nd August 2015 vs West Ham United


After two narrow defeats to kick off their first ever top flight campaign in 2015/16, Bournemouth saved the goals for a stunning 4-3 win over West Ham in their third Premier League game.


Callum Wilson scored the Cherries' first goal of the day, and the season, after 11 minutes and had doubled his tally within half an hour. Marc Pugh also scored and Wilson's decisive hat-trick goal came from the penalty spot with just over 10 minutes left on the clock.

Burnley - Robbie Blake

19th August 2009 vs Manchester United


Having lost 2-0 to Stoke in their first Premier League game in August 2009, Robbie Blake and Burnley probably couldn't have asked for a better first goal and win back in the top flight.


Manchester United, Champions League finalists against Barcelona just three months earlier, made the relatively short trip to Turf Moor for the second game, with Blake's powerful volley the difference between the seemingly mismatched sides on the day.

Chelsea - Mick Harford

15th August 1992 vs Oldham Athletic


Chelsea in 1992 were a far cry from the Chelsea that the Premier League has witnessed since Roman Abramovich bought the club. They had only returned to the top flight three years earlier and didn't win any of their first four Premier League games, finishing 11th overall.


On opening day, it was a 1-1 draw against Oldham. Veteran striker Mick Harford scored Chelsea's goal, but he spent less than a season with the club after being sold to Sunderland.

Crystal Palace - Mark Bright

15th August 1992 vs Blackburn Rovers


Mark Bright scored Crystal Palace's opening goal in the Premier League era in one of his final games for the club before leaving to join Sheffield Wednesday just a few weeks later.


The forward, who had played in the 1990 FA Cup final against Manchester United, broke the deadlock in a game against Blackburn that finished 3-3. Current England manager Gareth Southgate was also among the Palace scorers that day.

Everton - Barry Horne

15th August 1992 vs Sheffield Wednesday


Welsh midfielder Barry Horne (pictured here with his right hand on the FA Cup in 1995) was Everton's sole goalscorer on the opening weekend of Premier League action back in 1992.


His strike secured the Toffees a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, with the team then going on to thrash Manchester United 3-0 in the first Premier League match at Goodison Park a few days later.

Huddersfield Town - Own Goal (Joel Ward)

13th August 2017 vs Crystal Palace


Few could have reasonably predicted Huddersfield would even be in the Premier League this season after beginning 2016/17 tipped for relegation to League One. Not only did they achieve promotion, the Terriers won comfortably in their opening game.


Perhaps somewhat disappointingly it wasn't a Huddersfield player who actually got the opening goal, but an own goal from Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward instead.

Leicester City - Julian Joachim

21st August 1994 vs Newcastle United


Later more famously of Aston Villa, Julian Joachim was the player responsible for Leicester's first goal in the Premier League era after the Foxes secured promotion to the top flight in 1994.


That game ended in a 3-1 defeat and Leicester had just a single point to show for their opening five games. It wasn't until mid-September that the club had their first victory, with Joachim scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Tottenham.

Liverpool - Mark Walters

19th August 1992 vs Sheffield United


Two years after claiming their last title in 1990, Liverpool's maiden Premier League campaign got off to a poor start with an opening weekend defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest in which the Reds failed to score.


Things didn't look to be going much better three days later after going behind to Sheffield United at Anfield, but Mark Walters got the ball rolling with an equaliser and that crucial first goal, with Liverpool then going on to claim the three points after Paul Stewart also scored.

Manchester City - David White

17th August 1992 vs Queens Park Rangers


David White was part of Manchester City's famous 1986 FA Youth Cup winning side alongside Paul Lake, Ian Brightwell and Andy Hinchcliffe, becoming the club's top striker by the time the old First Division became the new Premier League.


The Urmston-born star netted the only goal in an opening game draw with QPR, one of 19 he would score in the league over the course of the campaign.

Manchester United - Mark Hughes

15th August 1992 vs Sheffield United


Manchester United famously conceded the first goal of the new Premier League era when Brian Deane scored for Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.


Alex Ferguson's team lost that game, and the next one, but Mark Hughes did at least find the net in Sheffield. The Welshman finished the season as the club's top scorer, although United didn't really hit their stride until Eric Cantona's arrival from Leeds in November.

Newcastle United - Own Goal (Peter Atherton)

18th August 1993 vs Coventry City


It wasn't Andrew Cole or Peter Beardsley, who scored 55 Premier League goals between them in 1993/94, that bagged Newcastle's first ever in the revamped top flight, but rather an own goal from Coventry defender Peter Atherton (pictured in later years at Sheffield Wednesday).


The Magpies lost the game, just as they had done a week earlier to begin the season, but then lost only two of their next 14 to shoot up the table, ultimately finishing third overall.

Southampton - Matt Le Tissier

19th August 1992 vs Queens Park Rangers


Matt Le Tissier was Southampton's top scorer in seven out of nine seasons between 1989 and 1998, so it is only fitting that the Saints legend should have been the first player to score for the club in the brand new Premier League in August 1992.


It was the opening goal of the game at Loftus Road, but a strong QPR side hit back to win 3-1, with Southampton struggling and finishing 18th out of 22 teams by the end of the season.

Stoke City - Ricardo Fuller

16th August 2008 vs Bolton Wanderers


Stoke didn't take any points from their very first Premier League fixture at the start of the 2008/09 campaign, but they did at least score when Ricardo Fuller netted a consolation goal in the closing stages of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bolton.


Fuller scored again in the next game as the Potters claimed victory over Aston Villa.

Swansea City - Scott Sinclair

17th September 2011 vs West Bromwich Albion


For several weeks at the start of the 2011/12 campaign it looked as though the Premier League might be a step too far newly promoted Swansea after they failed to score in any of their first four games.


That finally changed in mid-September when Scott Sinclair netted a penalty to inspire a 3-0 win over West Brom. The Swans began to steadily pick up points and finished that first season in the safety of 11th place, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Tottenham Hotspur - Gordon Durie

22nd August 1992 vs Crystal Palace


It took Tottenham until the third game of the inaugural Premier League season to actually find the net after firing blanks against Southampton and Coventry in their first two games.


When that first goal did eventually come it was courtesy of Scotland international Gordon Durie. Spurs would have to wait until the sixth game of the season for their maiden Premier League victory, though, while they only won two of their first 13 in a poor opening run.

Watford - Peter Kennedy

7th August 1999 vs Wimbledon


Watford's first goal of the Premier League era came just 17 minutes into their opening game of the 1999/00 campaign at home against Wimbledon.


Northern Irish left-back Peter Kennedy converted from the penalty spot to put the Hornets back on level terms after conceding an early goal. But despite also playing against 10 men, the late Graham Taylor's side were beaten 3-2 - both teams ended the season relegated.

West Bromwich Albion - Lee Marshall

24th August 2002 vs Leeds United


Beaten 1-0 in their Premier League opener by Manchester United, West Brom opened their account in 2002/03 when versatile summer signing Lee Marshall (pictured attempting a tackle in another game against Chelsea) scored a late consolation in a 3-1 loss against Leeds.


The Baggies did manage to win three straight games as August became September, but their maiden Premier League season ultimately ended in relegation.

West Ham United - Dale Gordon

21st August 1993 vs Coventry City


West Ham were a second tier side when the Premier League was formed in 1992, taking their place back in the top flight a year later after a promotion charge led by manager and legendary former player Billy Bonds.


After back-to-back defeats without scoring to begin the season, former Norwich winger Dale Gordon (pictured in Canaries kit) scored in a 1-1 draw with Coventry in the third game.

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