Managers love it when their team scores first and in an ideal world managers would prefer the goal to come as early as possible to help pile the pressure onto their opponents. There are some players who go above and beyond their manager’s plans and score within a minute of the kick off disrupting the punters in football betting who like to bet in-play.
We have compiled a list of the quickest goals to have ever been scored in the Premier League, from the expected to the unexpected. The Premier League has records to be broken and the players on this list have certainly got fans talking about their goals. One individual has the added luxury of having scored the fastest goal in Premier League history.
Peter Crouch is the first player on the list, having scored against Arsenal in just 19 seconds when Stoke City hosted Arsenal back on 6 December 2014. The Potters went on to win the match 3-2, having led 3-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Bojan and Jonathan Walters being added to Crouch’s very early opener.
Way back in 2004, Kevin Nolan took just 14 seconds to score the opener against Blackburn Rovers in what turned out to be a thrilling 4-3 win for Bolton Wanderers. The Trotters visited Ewood Park to take on their Lancashire rivals and had the perfect start before being pegged back almost immediately when Vratislav Gresko equalised for Rovers in the second minute. Nolan added to his early first goal by scoring Bolton’s fourth in what proved to be the winning goal in the 78th minute.
Jay Rodriguez gave Southampton a dream start when he put the Saints 1-0 up against Chelsea after 13 seconds. The Stamford Bridge crowd were left stunned as their side couldn’t find an answer before the half-time whistle was blown. Unfortunately for Southampton fans, they’d leave London on 1 December 2013 feeling downbeat as Chelsea fought back to win 3-1, with goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba securing the win for the Blues.
Manchester City thrashed Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on 24 November 2013 and it was Jesus Navas who scored the first of six goals when he managed to score past Hugo Lloris in 13 seconds. A goal from Alvaro Negredo as well as a brace from Sergio Aguero and an own goal from Sandro left City 5-0 up before Navas doubled his tally for the match by scoring City’s sixth and final goal in the 92nd minute.
It is rare that a goalkeeper scores in the Premier League, it is even rarer that a goalkeeper scores a goal in under 15 seconds. Asmir Begovic gave Stoke City the lead after 13 seconds, when he hoofed the ball up the other end of the pitch, aided by a strong wind, catching Southampton’s Artur Boruc out of position. Jay Rodriguez managed to rescue a point for the Saints on 2 November 2013 when he scored shortly before half-time.
On April Fools’ Day 1995 Chris Sutton helped Blackburn Rovers take one giant step towards becoming the champions of England with a 13-second opener against Everton at Goodison Park. Things got better for Blackburn when Alan Shearer doubled their lead five minutes later. Everton managed to get a goal back on the 23rd minute however it was not enough to prevent the Toffees from losing 2-1.
Before moving to Manchester United in 1998 for around £12.5 million, Dwight Yorke was playing for West Midlands giants Aston Villa. It was on 30 September 1995 in a game against Coventry City that he scored the fourth fastest goal in Premier League history with his goal after 13 seconds. It was actually the quickest goal in the competition at the time. Villa went on to win 3-0 thanks to a brace from Savo Milosevic in the final 10 minutes adding to Yorke’s opener.
Leeds United visited the Valley to take on Charlton Athletic on 17 March 2001 in the hope that they could get into the Champions League qualifying places. Australian striker Mark Viduka lifted Leeds’ fans’ mood when he scored inside 11 seconds before Shaun Bartlett cancelled the goal out after 18 minutes. Just after the half-time break Alan Smith restored Leeds’ lead and the result remained 2-1 to the Yorkshire club. Leeds qualified for the UEFA Cup after missing out on the Champions League by just two points, finishing fourth; one point behind Liverpool.
All-time Premier League record goal scorer Alan Shearer is no surprise to this list, as, having scored 260 Premier League goals, one of them was bound to be quick. Back in 2003 Newcastle United were one of the leading teams in England and it was Shearer who opened the scoring against a mid-table Manchester City team in 10.4 seconds. The Magpies would go on to win 2-0 with Craig Bellamy scoring the second.
Ledley King officially holds the record for the quickest Premier League goal ever scored, having scored for Tottenham Hotspur against Bradford City back on 9 December 2000 in just 9.9 seconds. The central defender was only 20 years old when he scored this record-breaking goal and this was just the start of his promising career. Chronic knee injuries prevented King from becoming one of the greatest ever centre-backs, but at least he still holds a Premier League record.