Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr D. Ellery (Harrow-on-the-Hill).
This game will be forever remembered as being the game which
featured that goal. It was the goal that everyone spoke about. It was the goal
that was voted goal of the year. The goal that many
Tony Yeboah had got the United season off to a flying start by scoring both goals in
their 2-1 win at West Ham United on the opening day of the season. Over at Anfield Stan Collymore was the
toast of the Reds after brilliantly conjuring up a goal out of nothing to earn
In the fifty-first minute, Tony Yeboah
smashed in a devastating volley of such velocity that it was just a blur to the
watching audience and even more of a blur to the poor
The match was developing into an absorbing encounter, when
John Pemberton made a controversial tackle on Stan Collymore,
who limped out of the action ten minutes afterwards.
Both sides had the chances and could have added to the score. John Lukic saved well from Robbie Fowler before Ian Rush poked the ball agonisingly wide, while Rob Jones had a shot deflected onto the woodwork. While United could point to David James denying them at least two goals as he tipped a well struck shot from Gary McAllister one-handed round the post and somehow denied Brian Deane a goal with a reflex save from close range.
The 1-0 victory meant that United had a 100% record for the two games played, but Ray Evans’ men were furious over the Pemberton/Collymore incident. They claimed that the tackle had forced the record British signing to limp from the field with a damaged ankle. The way they saw it, and the TV replays seemed to re-enforce their view, was that John Pemberton had clattered into the striker deep into the box after barely five minutes play, scything him into the ground with the ball out of the frame. Referee Ellery, who was up with play just waved play on.
Ray Evans commented, “It was some goal but it gave us a lift and I thought we deserved something from the game. We’ll probably play worse than we did here and win.”
Tony Yeboah launches his super-strike John Pemberton tussles with Robbie Fowler David Wetherall easily wins a
heading duel with Stan Collymore
It was a classic strike and high on the list of everybody’s favourite goal
Row: David White, Brian Deane,
Mark Beeney, Philomen Masinga, Lucas Radebe, Paul Beesley.
Middle Row: Mick Hennigan (Coach), Matthew Smithard, Mark Ford, Noel Whelan, Rob Bowman,
Mark Tinkler, Andy Couzens, Kevin Sharp, Tony Dorigo, Nigel Worthington, David O’Leary,
David Williams (Coach), Geoff Ladley (Physio).
Front Row: Rod Wallace, Tony Yeboah, Gary McAllister, Howard Wilkinson (Manager),
John Pemberton, Gary Speed, Gary Kelly.
Back Row: ?(Coach), Lee Jones, Rob Jones, John Scales, David James, Michael Stensgaard,
Tony Warner, Mark Wright, Mark Walters, Dominic Matteo, Sammy Lee (Coach).
Middle Row: Doug Livermore (Coach), Ronnie Moran (Coach), Michael Thomas,
Stig Inge Bjornebye, Stan Collymore, Phil Babb, John Barnes, Jan Molby, ? (Coach).
Front Row: Mark Kennedy, Robbie Fowler, Steve Harkness, Neil Ruddock, Ray Evans (Manager),
Ian Rush, Jamie Redknapp, Steve McManaman, Nigel Clough.
Tony Yeboah scored
the only goal with a superb shot. John Pemberton was the David James was the
centre of controversy
Rob Jones and Steve Harkness
were the impressive
Jamie Redknapp, John Barnes and future
Ian Rush, another future Leeds player, was partnered with Stan Collymore in attack but yet another future Leeds player, Robbie Fowler,
soon replaced the latter