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  1. Twenty-five years of the Premier League
  2. Costa behaviour disgraceful - Wright
  3. Transfer window change to be voted on by clubs
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By Neil Johnston

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Goodbye from here, and hello to SUFC v MUFC Rewind

In a short while we will have one heck a 'rewind' - the first game of the Premier League: Sheffield United v Manchester United.

Check at the top of the BBC Football site from about 14:00 BST.

The PL's top five goalscorers

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And finally...

15 August 1992: Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

Even the likes of Saints' Matt Le Tissier and Spurs' Darren Anderton couldn't provide goals in what wasn't a Dell classic.

Tottenham finished eighth and Southampton just about avoided the drop.

He won't have watched Brian Deane's goal

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Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy was just shy of minus two years old when the Premier League started.

He scored the first Premier League goal

15 August 1992: Sheffield United 2-1 Man Utd

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The somewhat cliched "that's a good quiz question" is no doubt going through some of your minds.

The answer is Brian Deane and the question is, "who scored the first ever Premier League goal?"

The former England striker headed in the opener and smashed home from the spot before Mark Hughes fired in low to pull one back for United.

However, the eventual champions had to settle for an opening day defeat.

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Mick: None. West Ham relegated season b4. Joke around school was getting relegated from Div 1 to Div 1 (now EFL). Oh how we laughed

Horne saves the day for Toffees

15 August 1992: Everton 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

For those of you who are astonished easily, yes, Sheffield Wednesday used to play in the Premier League.

And Nigel Pearson - him of "ostrich" fame and management - scored the opener for the Owls, after a mistake by Neville "Big Nev" Southall, before Wales stalwart Barry Horne smashed in the equaliser.

The Owls were wearing a horrendous yellow with black stripes kit.

The first Premier League season in a minute (and a bit)

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Villa held by Ipswich

15 August 1992: Ipswich 1-1 Aston Villa

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Gavin Johnson, whose 22-year footballing career began at Ipswich in 1989 and finished at Needham Market, cracked in the opening goal for the Tractor Boys.

But with six minutes remaining the late great Dalian Atkinson slotted in the equaliser for Villa.

Ron Atkinson's side went on to finish second in the table.

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Nik G: Beckham's goal at Wimbledon 96 - it was my first United game live - he instantly became my idol and hero.

We all had the Beckham cut, right?

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Remember when Leicester won the title?

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OK, so it wasn't that long ago, although it does feel like it.

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'Manu' Vatuvei: Which team should I support?

Manu Vatuvei
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Manchester United have offered new Salford Red Devils player Manu Vatuvei some advice after he asked on Twitter which football team he should follow.

@ManuVatuvei Can't spell @ManUtd without Manu 👀

That settles it. He plays for the Red Devils too - so that should have been enough guidance.

'Shearer! Shearer!'

15 August 1992: Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn

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Spot the future England manager...

What a match this was - and the world soon realised why Rovers spent an English transfer record-breaking £3.6m for Southampton striker Alan Shearer.

Shearer scored two cracking goals, including a dipping volley over the head of Nigel Martyn.

The Eagles - the team of the 70s, 80s and 90s apparently - salvaged a draw thanks to Simon Osborn's 90th minute effort.

PL to close window before start of next season?

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Premier League clubs are discussing plans to close the summer transfer window before the start of the season next year.

The current window, in line with many other European leagues, closes on 31 August, almost three weeks after the start of the Premier League season.

A vote is set to take place at the next shareholders meeting on 7 September.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Swansea boss Paul Clement are among those to have called for a change.

More here.

This is brilliant - Bullard's team-talk celebration

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Bergkamp strike: Your favourite PL goal

Now then. You lot out there voted this wonderful effort as the best ever goal scored in the Premier League.

This is, of course, Dennis Bergkamp, in his pomp, producing this cracker against Newcastle in 2002.

We still don't know how he managed the flick.

Pick your greatest all-time Premier League XI

It's time to pick your all-time Premier League XI.

Who's going to make your team?

Steve Bruce ahead of Nemanja Vidic?

Ian Wright or Alan Shearer?

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Sky Blues flying high

15 August 1992: Coventry 2-1 Middlesborugh

With Bobby Gould at the helm, perennial 'top-flighters' Coventry, in their tight Sky Blues kit, strode out on to the Highfield Road pitch and recorded an opening-day win over Boro.

John Williams and David Smith gave the home side a 2-0 lead before striker Paul Wilkinson hit back in the 63rd minute.

Lennie Lawrence's side were sadly relegated, but City survived the drop.

Newcastle injury news

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Bad luck Newcastle fans - here's the latest injury news concerning your full-backs.

Both new signing Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett are out for a 'number of weeks'.

They suffered injuries during the Magpies' 2-0 home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday.

More details on the club website.

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Sarah Louise Johal: West Brom's 2005 Great Escape of course.

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Razor sharp

To celebrate 25 years since the first ever Premier League game, BBC Sport asks five members of the public to model some of the iconic (or not) hairstyles of the era....with mixed results.

The Premier League's 25 years in five haircuts

When Oldham held Chelsea

15 August 1992: Chelsea 1-1 Oldham

Keeper Dave Beasant, defender Vinnie Jones and midfielder Andy Townsend were all at Chelsea 25 years ago but they were unable to inspire the Blues to an opening day win over Oldham Athletic.

Mick Harford thought he had won it for the hosts with an 84th minute goal but the lead lasted just two minutes - Nick Henry sending Oldham's travelling fans home happy.

The crowd at Stamford Bridge? Just 20,699.

Oldham's team featured Norwegian Gunnar Halle - one of the first overseas players of the Premier League era.

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Barry to West Brom?

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Will Gareth Barry overtake Ryan Giggs' all-time Premier League appearance record in a West Brom shirt?

The 36-year-old Everton defender is having a medical at The Hawthorns, according to Sky Sports.

Barry has made 628 Premier League appearances - four behind former Manchester United winger Giggs.

Which Premier League great are you?

So, the Premier League is 25 years old and has been home to almost 4,000 players - but which one are you most like?

Are you the unpredictable maverick who is capable of great things? Are you the sort of character to be avoided at all costs?

Do you never miss from 12 yards? Do you like what you see in the mirror - or perhaps enjoy the good life a little bit too much?

Perhaps when it all boils down to it you're reliable but, erm, maybe not all that exciting.

Play our quiz and find out - and remember, it's just a bit of fun. Share it using #bbcfootball

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'Something has to be done'

Transfer window to close early?

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There is also the potential for clubs who do not agree - Watford are said to be against it - or agents - to mount a legal challenge.

However, the disruption caused by the continuation of the transfer window beyond the start of the season has become so great, and started to affect so many teams, the feeling something has to be done has begun to take hold.

It will certainly be an interesting topic for discussion on 7 September.

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Transfer window to close early?

Worksopred: I think it's a good idea but in reality this is pointless unless Uefa agree to it.

RedDevil86: I think it's the correct decision. Once the season kicks-off surely teams want their squads settled.

Allafix: Agreed it has to close for all European teams at the same time. An early close wouldn't help Jurgen Klopp keep Philippe Coutinho.

Sky Blues topple Boro

15 August 1992: Coventry 2-1 Middlesbrough

Whatever happened to Coventry City?

Now playing in League Two, it was a different story back in 1992 when they started the Premier League era with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in front of 12,681 at Highfield Road.

Goals by John Williams and David Smith gave the Sky Blues a solid lead, Paul Wilkinson scoring Boro's consolation.

Coventry's line-up included Kenny Sansom (pictured).

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'Complicated scenario'

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As with all issues affecting the Premier League, it will need 14 clubs to vote in favour before any change can be made.

It is a complicated scenario, not least because it has the potential for putting England's top flight teams at a disadvantage because rivals across Europe will be active for up to three weeks after the Premier League window has closed.

The plan would have no power to prevent a club such as Barcelona targeting Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho - as they have done this summer - for instance.

And as Europe's major leagues all start at different points - France was a week before England, with Spain, Italy and Germany a week after - a Europe-wide change is not going to happen.

Transfer window to close early?

Big changes could be coming to the Premier League in terms of the transfer window.

Clubs are discussing plans to close the summer transfer window before the start of the season next year.

The current window, in line with many other European leagues, closes on 31 August, almost three weeks after the start of the Premier League season.

A vote is set to take place at the next shareholders meeting on 7 September.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Swansea boss Paul Clement are among those to have called for a change.

Read more about this story here.

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Kieran-Moore: Stan Collymore v Newcastle. Greatest PL Game. Behind that Aguero v QPR in the PL title races.

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Robins stuns Arsenal

15 August 1992: Arsenal 2-4 Norwich

There was just 24,030 present at Highbury to see Arsenal launch the Premier League era with a 4-2 home defeat to Norwich City.

The Gunners stormed into a 2-0 lead with goals through Steve Bould and Kevin Campbell.

However, Norwich scored four times in 15 astonishing second half minutes to stun home fans. Substitute Mark Robins got two of them, with Ruel Fox and David Phillips also finding the net.

David Seaman was in goal for Arsenal while Tony Adams was at the centre of the defence.

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Over the next few hours, we'll recap on all the Premier League results from 15 August 1992.

First up Arsenal, who suffered a bruising home defeat thanks to a super-sub.

'Not the full story'

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

I don't believe Antonio Conte would send Diego Costa a text saying go find yourself a new club. There is a big piece missing in this whole saga.

You just don't do that to one of the most prominent No 9s we have had in recent years. You wouldn't do that unless there has been something else going on at that club with that player or with that manager or other personnel.

Something has gone on here and we are not getting the full story.

Costa behaviour disgraceful - Wright


This is a story that isn't going away anytime soon.

Chelsea forward Diego Costa's refusal to return to training is "disgraceful", says former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.

The 28-year-old, who is currently in his native Brazil, said he has been treated like a "criminal" and wants to join former club Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte texted Costa in June to say he was not in his plans, but Costa says he has been told to return and train with the reserves.

"I don't understand how players can get away with that behaviour," said Wright.


As well as rewinding 25 years, we have lots of news to bring you which is happening right now in the world of football.

Diego Costa was just three years old when the Premier League was launched...

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Hello and welcome.

During the next few hours we'll be looking back on the opening day of the Premier League season on 15 August 1992 - as well as bringing you all the latest news from the world of football.

And we want you to get involved. Do you remember the first day of the Premier League era? What were your memories of that day and what's been your favourite moments since - and why?

In 1992, Ceefax was a good place for fans to find out how their team was doing. Did anyone - like me - spend hours in front of the TV waiting for the latest scores page on to refresh?

Send your recollections to #myPLmemories.

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25 years of thrills & spills

On this day in 1992 Brian Deane was scoring the first goal of a brand new exciting era.


Anders Limpar and Arsenal were losing 4-2 at home to Norwich City.

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And football was a whole new ball game.

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The Premier League has provided millions with thrills and spills. And it's 25 years old today.