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The Professor’s Premier League XI: Opening Day Quiz Answers

| 07.08.2014

1. Who scored the first ever Premier League goal back at the start of the 1992/93 season?

Brian Deane


2. Alan Hansen famously said Manchester United “can’t win anything with kids” after the Red Devils suffered defeat to which team on the opening day of the 1995/96 campaign?

Aston Villa


3. Who scored twice on their debut for Blackburn Rovers against Crystal Palace on the opening weekend of the first ever Premier League season?

Alan Shearer


4. Name the Champions League winner who netted a hat-trick on the opening day against Liverpool back in August 1996?

Fabrizio Ravanelli


5. How many times in the history of the Premier League have all three promoted sides tasted victory on the first day of the season?



6. Which former England player and Champions League winner netted the only goal when Nottingham Forest beat Tottenham in the first televised Premier League game?

Teddy Sheringham


7. Can you list the two Premier League players, one current and one retired, who share the record for scoring the most goals in the history of Premier League opening day encounters?

 Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer


8. Who holds the record for achieving the most clean sheets from opening day games in the Premier League?

Petr Cech


9. Four games share the record for being the highest scoring opening day matches in the history of the Premier League – how many goals were scored in each of these encounters?

Seven in each game


10. Which returning Premier League star holds the record for scoring the last hat-trick on an opening day?

Didier Drogba


11. Only one player has ever scored three goals and been on the losing side in an opening day encounter in the Premier League – can you name the player and the club?

Matthew Le Tissier


How did you score?

1-2 – Time to go back to school.

2-4 – Good but not great.

5-7 – Woah! You’re half way there!

8-9 – You’re a Premier League all-star!

10-11 – We’re very, very impressed


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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.