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Summary

  1. 15 August 1992 - nine Premier League fixtures at 15:00 BST
  2. Sheff Utd striker Deane scores first goal of Premier League
  3. Wins for Sheff Utd, Norwich, Leeds and Coventry
  4. Shearer scores twice on Blackburn debut
  5. Watch MOTD tonight 22:00 BST - on website and red button
  6. Get involved: #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and farewell

That draws our nostalgic afternoon to a close. Thanks for all of your company and interaction, hope you enjoyed that.

It's not all over though - At 22:00 BST on the Red Button and website you can relive the first Match of the Day of the Premier League era, with presenter Des Lynam joined by guests Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker.

Tune in.

You won't be surprised to know that Alan Hansen tipped Liverpool to win the Premier League 25 years ago.

If you had told ANYONE in 1992 that Liverpool would not win the league before 2017 you would have been locked up.

Don't forget that they won the title six times in the 1980s.

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Graeme Souness
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United losing, Arsenal losing, Leeds being held... bad starts for our rivals. I reckon this year will be our year. Souey's bringing number 19 back to Anfield!

Anonymous

True! They have all been in League One as well at some point.

Coventry are in League Two this season.

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David Fish: None of the teams that won on the opening day of the Premier League 25 years ago are still in the division today

Shear magic

Man of the day?

There were a fair few crackers but Alan Shearer's brace is hard to beat.

He would go on to score 258 more times in the Premier League. Some going.

Shearer scores on Blackburn debut
"Can Shearer do it again? He can!"

A fair point James. The game has changed a great deal in the last 25 years.

Whether that's a good thing or not is probably down to you.

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This was a proper game of football, but if this match was played today can't help but think they'd be down to 9-a-side

James, Sheffield

How did it end up?

Manchester United recovered from that opening-day defeat to finally win the league for the first time since 1967.

Norwich's fine win at Arsenal translated into a fine third-placed finish, while QPR and Aston Villa also made the top six.

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Sheffield United were safe enough - they finished 14th.

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Neil Webb
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Surprised Fergie wants to use Neil Webb as bait for a new midfielder. Such a consistent player; he's like a postman - always delivers.

Jon, Welney.

The first Premier League Match of the Day...

Gary Lineker

Ex-England striker on MOTD

Gary Lineker
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When the Premier League began, it was the launch of something new and none of us knew at the time it was going to be as big as it has become.

I was not a regular pundit on Match of the Day until 1994, but I did that first Premier League show in 1992 as a one-off.

I was still a player but it was during a gap I had after leaving Tottenham to join Japanese side Grampus Eight because the J-League did not start until September.

Even then, I always knew I wanted to present and I never really saw myself as a pundit because, in terms of analysis, I only really knew about strikers - and that was what I talked about.

At 22:00 BST tonight on the Red Button and website you can relive the first Match of the Day of the Premier League era, with presenter Des Lynam joined by guests Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker.

'The press are going to get at me'

Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn

Alan Shearer
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Blackburn striker Alan Shearer: "I never put that price tag on my head, I can only go out and perform to the best ability that Alan Shearer can play.

"If people want to pay that money than so be it. I understand that the press are going to get at me this season but hopefully some praise as well.

"Goals like today will help but I'll miss chances as well."

Who wants to hear from British football's most expensive player?

'Diving foreigners...'

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

Dave Bassett
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Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett: "To win our first game of the season in the Premier League us a bit special for us. It’s early days but we are delighted with a win.

"There are teams who win on the first day of the season and still go on to get relegated so we won’t be getting carried away but it’s great to beat Manchester United, who are a very good side.

"You always have your heart in your mouth when your goalkeeper comes out at the feet of a forward, especially now as forwards are looking to go down like they’ve been poleaxed. That’s one thing we have learned from the Italians and the Germans which is not particularly good.

"We know that we can’t compete with big transfers, four years ago we were playing in the third division. We have made huge strides but we are trying to catch up.

"The backpass law is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I must confess I was horrified when I heard about it and thought it was going to ruin the game.

"In certain instances it is difficult for defenders."

FULL-TIME RESULTS

Arsenal 2-4 Norwich

Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

Chelsea 1-1 Oldham

Leeds 2-1 Wimbledon

Coventry 2-1 Middlesbrough

Ipswich 1-1 Aston Villa

Everton 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn

FULL-TIME

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

Sheffield United have won it! Manchester United's expected title challenge gets off to the dampest of starts.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn

Simon Osborn (90 mins)

Oh yes! Palace have stolen an equaliser! Blackburn can't believe it as sub Simon Osborn is free at the far post to head home a free-kick.

He's one of the smallest men on the pitch.

Last minute

Will anyone prove a hero or villain on this opening day of a new era?

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Delia Smith
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Incredible stuff as Norwich are top of the Premier League! Celebrity Norwich fan Delia Smith says if they're still top at Xmas she'll present 'Delia Smith's Christmas' in just an apron...

Mark, Norwich

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

John Gannon has to limp off after a crunching challenge in midfield, Charlie Hartfield comes on in his place.

Just a few minutes to go now. A famous win for the Blades on the cards?

'Dalglish-esque from Shearer!'

Crystal Palace 2-3 Blackburn

Alan Hansen

Former Scotland and Liverpool defender

That second Alan Shearer goal was like Kenny Dalglish at his best, running inside and curling it into the corner. If he has half the career Kenny did he'll be doing well!

GOAL - Leeds 2-1 Wimbledon

Lee Chapman (86 mins)

Lee Chapman
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Is that the winner?!

Lee Chapman has bagged his second of the afternoon and it may just be enough to give the champions a winning start.

Eric Cantona nods the ball into his path and Chapman smashes a shot in which Hans Segers can't keep out at his near post.

GOAL - Chelsea 1-1 Oldham

Nick Henry (86 mins)

Oh another calamity! It's not been the best of days for goalkeepers and centre backs and another pickle ends in an Oldham equaliser!

Dave Beasant fluffs a kick out and Nick Henry, from just inside the Chelsea half, side-foots it back and in for the Latics. Good finish!

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Surely not...

Currently creating banner to display at Anfield: "Come back when you've won 18!" If Man U can't even beat the Blades, they'll be stuck on 7 titles forever! LOL!

Jon, Liverpool

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

Goals elsewhere but not in Sheffield for the men in blue. Another move ends with Mike Phelan shanking a shot well wide.

If Alex Ferguson is to end a generation of title woe he needs better options in the middle than Phelan and his son, you feel.

A flurry of late goals!

GOAL - Arsenal 2-4 Norwich

Mark Robins (84 mins)

Mark Robins scores for Norwich at Arsenal

That seals it!

Even the greats are struggling with this new-fangled backpass rule on opening day. Tony Adams doesn't deal with a long, straight ball and Mark Robins is onto it quick as you like before a sumptuous lob over David Seaman. A wonderful goal from Robins, who only came on after half-time!

It's his second and Norwich's fourth.

GOAL - Ipswich 1-1 Aston Villa

Dalian Atkinson (84 mins)

Villa have been handed the equaliser! Ipswich fall apart at the back as a shocker of a backpass lets Cyrille Regis in, the big man has time to pick a cross and Dalian Atkinson converts at the back stick.

GOAL - Chelsea 1-0 Oldham

Mick Harford (84 mins)

Premier League at 25: Chelsea's Mick Harford scores against Oldham

Screamer! It's a debut goal for the big man as Mick Harford puts Chelsea ahead but it's not a header as you may have expected - a rifled shot from the edge of the area into the top corner.

Lovely stuff.

CLOSE!

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

Can Manchester United break down the massed Blades defence? It just hasn't looked likely all afternoon. A long spell of play ends with Darren Ferguson firing wide from 20 yards.

Crystal Palace 2-3 Blackburn

I'm not sure if £3.6m can ever be classed as 'well spent' but you don't get many goals on debut better than either of Alan Shearer's this afternoon...

GOAL - Arsenal 2-3 Norwich

Ruel Fox (82 mins)

Well, well, well!

A major shock is brewing in north London as Arsenal, the favourites for the title with many, now trail Norwich. Ruel Fox is played in on goal and there's no catching the winger, he's lightning quick and drives under David Seaman.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 2-3 Blackburn

Alan Shearer (81 mins)

"Can Shearer do it again? He can!"

Oh that's even better! Another belter from Alan Shearer, out of absolutely nothing!

A long ball forward is chased by Shearer down the left wing, he is allowed to come inside and from fully 25 yards he bends a shot inside the far post to give Rovers the lead for the first time!

Sensational. Really is.

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Arsenal playing Norwich
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Charlie's Right Foot: I'm in the Clock End today. Can't believe a reject like Mark Robins has changed this game. The North Bank mural looks fed up.

The closing stages...

Can Arsenal find a response? Will Manchester United level it up? How about Blackburn or Chelsea?

Still all to play for in the last 10 minutes or so...

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

The first effort on goal for Dion Dublin in a Manchester United shirt, bringing the ball down on his thigh and firing in from an angle. He hits it well but it's always straight at Simon Tracey.

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Alan Shearer
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That young lad Shearer at Blackburn; first we let Gazza go, now this....the fans won't put up with it much longer you know. They won't.

Mark, Newcastle

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

Into the last quarter of an hour at Bramall Lane. The visitors are leaving just Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister back at times as they flood forwards but their game plan is not really advanced beyond hitting Dion Dublin and hoping to pick up the pieces.

GOAL - Leeds 1-1 Wimbledon

Warren Barton (76 mins)

"A quite amazing equaliser by Warren Barton"

An outrageous fluke! And the champions are pegged back.

Warren Barton lofts the ball forwards, it was pretty much just a clearance from all of 40+ yards. A hit and hope, and it sails over John Lukic and into the far corner!

An opening day of shocks looks set to continue!

CLOSE!

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester United

It's all Manchester United now as they have Brian McClair behind Dion Dublin and Mark Hughes.

'In the hole' I believe it is being called by some upstarts.