TODAY IN HISTORY

August 15, 2019

 

On this day, 15 August 1992 (Exactly 27 years ago today), there were 27 goals on an action – packed first day as the inaugural Premier League kick off.

The 2019/2020 season is the 28th of the Premier League after its formation in 1992.

After numerous discussions with football authorities, players and television broadcasters, the First Division clubs resigned from the Football League in May 1992 and the Premier League was formed, with the inaugural campaign starting on Saturday 15 August of that year.

In the opening season of 1992/93, 22 clubs competed in the competition, with Brian Deane of Sheffield United scoring the first goal in what was known at the time as the FA Premier League.

The inaugural members of the Premier League were: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Utd, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wimbledon.

Premier League Roll of Honour
2018/19 Manchester City
2017/18 Manchester City
2016/17 Chelsea
2015/16 Leicester City
2014/15 Chelsea
2013/14 Manchester City
2012/13 Manchester United
2011/12 Manchester City
2010/11 Manchester United
2009/10 Chelsea
2008/09 Manchester United
2007/08 Manchester United
2006/07 Manchester United
2005/06 Chelsea
2004/05 Chelsea
2003/04 Arsenal
2002/03 Manchester United
2001/02 Arsenal
2000/01 Manchester United
1999/00 Manchester United
1998/99 Manchester United
1997/98 Arsenal
1996/97 Manchester United
1995/96 Manchester United
1994/95 Blackburn Rovers
1993/94 Manchester United
1992/93 Manchester United

A total of 49 clubs have played in the Premier League since its inception, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man Utd, and Spurs participating in every campaign to date.

Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town are the most recent clubs to have played in the league.

At the end of each season, the bottom three clubs are relegated, with three promoted clubs from the Football League’s Championship replacing them.

The only exception to this was in the 1994/95 season when the League decided to reduce the number of clubs to 20. As a result, Crystal Palace joined Norwich, Leicester City and Ipswich in being relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1994/95 season, with only two clubs replacing them from Division One, as the Championship was known then.

Between 1993 and 2016, each season of the Premier League had a title sponsor. From the 1993/94 season, it was known as the FA Carling Premiership, before the sponsorship changed in 2001 to Barclaycard until 2004.

The title of the competition then changed to the FA Barclays Premiership. It became the Barclays Premier League from the 2007/08 campaign.

The 2015/16 season was the final one having a title sponsor, with the competition becoming the Premier League from 2016/17.

Manchester United were the first winners of the competition, finishing 10 points clear of Aston Villa, and have been PL champions on 13 occasions in total. Blackburn won the title once, in 1994/95, while Arsenal triumphed in 1997/98, 2001/02 and 2003/04.

Chelsea became the fourth club to win the PL, in 2004/05, and have since gone on to claim the title four more times: 2005/06, 2009/10, 2014/15 and 2016/17.

Man City have won the title four times, securing the trophy in dramatic fashion in 2011/12 with a goal in stoppage time of the final day, and again in 2013/14.

Leicester became the sixth club to win the Premier League, completing a remarkable title triumph a year after a late but successful battle against relegation.

The most successful manager in the competition is Sir Alex Ferguson, who has guided Manchester United to all their Premier League successes. He also holds the record for being the longest-serving manager in the Premier League, spending 21 years at Old Trafford since its inception in 1992 before retiring at the end of the 2012/13 season.

Gareth Barry has made 653 Premier League appearances, more than any other player.

Ryan Giggs participated in every title-winning year for Manchester United and the Welshman amassed 632 appearances, behind only Gareth Barry’s 653 for Premier League appearances.

Former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and Southampton forward Alan Shearer is the Premier League top scorer with 260 goals He is one of only two players to surpass the 200 mark – along with Wayne Rooney.

From the 2001/02 season, clubs who finish in the top four places qualify for the UEFA Champions League, while the team ending the campaign in fifth get to play in the UEFA Europa League. Further places can become available to teams in sixth and seventh depending on whether teams in the top five win the EFL Cup or FA Cup.

There has been an increase in English representation in Europe since the start of the Premier League, when, in the opening season, only the champions qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with the second and third-placed clubs entering the UEFA Cup, as the UEFA Europa League was then known.

Elsewhere;

On this day 15 August 1950 (Exactly 69 years ago today) Ezzard Charles TKO Freddie Beshore in round 14 to retain his heavyweight boxing title in New York.

On this day 15 August 1966 (Exactly 53 years ago today) Puerto Rican champion José Torres beat Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title.

On this day 15 August 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago today) South African 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend & Ryk Neethling smash the world record with 3:13.17 at the Athens Olympics.

On this day 15 August 2016 (Exactly 3 years ago today) Anita Włodarczyk of Poland set a world record 82.29m to win the women’s hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.

On this day 15 August 2016 (Exactly 3 years ago today )Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil set an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men’s pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

On a tumultuous night inside the Olympic Stadium, Thiago Braz became Brazil’s first men’s Olympic athletics gold medal winner for 32 years with an utterly spellbinding victory, which sent the home fans into ecstasy.

In a competition in which Braz and the defending champion Renaud Laveillnie tackled an absorbing competition like two champion prize fighters, the Brazilian finally delivered the knockout blow with a stunning and unexpected 6.03m clearance deep into the Rio night.

Lavillenie on this occasion had to settle with silver with a best clearance of 5.98m, although when he has time to reflect on the performance, he can look back with enormous pride on the way he competed.

Bronze went to USA’s Sam Kendricks with a best of 5.85m but the night was all about Braz, the then 22-year-old 2012 world U20 champion delivered the best night of his career when it mattered most and achieved a feat which he and all of Brazil will remember for the rest of his life.

On this day 15 August 2016 (Exactly 3 years ago today) Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas won a dramatic gold medal in the women’s 400m final at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In a thrilling finish, Miller stumbled and then dived across the line as she edged out American 6-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix to win in 49.44 seconds.

Felix took silver in 49.51 seconds with Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson third.

“The only thing I was thinking was the gold medal and the next thing I know I was on the ground,” Miller, then 22, said. “It was just a reaction.”

She added: “I’ve never done it before. I have cuts and bruises, a few burns.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Miller, who finished second to Felix at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015.

“My mind just went blank. I heard my mom screaming. When I heard her screaming, I was like, ‘OK, I had to have won the race.”

 

STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH


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