The Premier League launched 25 years ago today.
Since 1992, the competition has become a glossy, multi-billion pound industry, renowned all over the world, and home to some of the biggest sporting names on the planet.
The league has produced iconic moments, now brandished into football folklore. We’ve seen Dennis Bergkamp pirouette past the Newcastle United defence, heard how Kevin Keegan would “love it” if he beat Manchester United, and witnessed Sir Alex Ferguson build an unmatched legacy.
But the Premier League wasn’t always such slick machine. The league’s 25-year milestone has provoked an outpouring of nostalgia on social media, with people fondly remembering its more humble beginnings.
From Sky Sport’s first Premier League trailer (set to the sound of Simple Minds), to dodgy kits, and retro footballs, here are some amazing memories from the Premier League’s auspicious inception.
The BBC's iconic football highlights show had the same music as it does now. Twenty-five years on, it still manages to draw a crowd, with 4.8 million people watching this season's opening episode.
The first ever Premier League Match Of The Day. pic.twitter.com/IBPBMhQ8np
— Mundial Magazine (@MundialMag) August 15, 2017
Does it get any more English than this? Route one. A two-touch goal following a long throw-in. Who says you need to use your feet?
— SportPesa (@SportPesa_UK) August 15, 2017
Replica football kits are a billion dollar industry but there was one kit from 1992 that is nothing short of a travesty.
The 1992-1995 Mitre ball was a classic, though.
Dennis Bergkamp helped usher in a new era at Arsenal and this goal against Newcastle United in 2002 typified the Dutchman's control of the football, his movement, and his finishing.
As it's Dennis Bergkamp's birthday, here's a treat for us all ?
What a wonderful, beautiful goal this was ? pic.twitter.com/7NTDpu7StK
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 10, 2017
When Liverpool met Newcastle United in 1996 both sides said goodbye to their defensive duties and reverted to playground style tactics of 'we're going to score one more than you.' This 4-3 Liverpool win never gets old.
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