Ranked! The 15 best Premier League goals of the '90s
10. Philippe Albert, Newcastle vs Man United (1996)
Goal at 1:29
“On a day when Newcastle would have taken one,” Martin Tyler remarked in the Sky Sports commentary box, “here they are looking for number five.”
They got it in glorious fashion seconds later, when Albert wandered forward from centre-back and measured an exquisite, impudent chip over the head of Peter Schmeichel. The Belgian’s goal epitomised Kevin Keegan’s daring mid-90s Newcastle side, who won nothing but entertained many.
9. Matt Le Tissier, Southampton vs Man United (1996)
This list of the best ’90s Premier League goals could be drawn exclusively from Le Tissier’s back catalogue and still be considered perfectly legitimate. One of the Southampton wizard’s best came against Manchester United, the decade’s most successful English club who had a curious habit of conceding stunners.
After ghosting into space between the Red Devils’ midfield and defence, Le Tiss weaved past David May and Gary Pallister before floating a delightful chip over the hapless Schmeichel (who's now become part of the furniture in this list).
8. Nwankwo Kanu, Middlesbrough vs Arsenal (1999)
Pundits and commentators regularly praise players who, rather than standing and admiring the pass they’ve just made, are on the move again as soon as the ball leaves their foot. In the build-up to his goal against Middlesbrough in April 1999, Kanu does nothing of the sort.
Instead of screeching into the penalty area to offer himself as a target, the nonchalant Nigerian ambled forward at a snail’s pace after playing the ball to Lee Dixon 40 yards from goal. The full-back and Ray Parlour then combined on the right flank, by which time Kanu’s leisurely stroll had taken him into the box. There, he met Dixon’s low cross with a sublime backheel on the volley.
7. Robbie Fowler, West Ham vs Liverpool (1997)
One of the most clinical finishers the Premier League has ever seen, Fowler scored virtually every type of goal imaginable in his Liverpool career. One of his best came in a 2-1 defeat by West Ham in 1997, when the man nicknamed ‘God’ by Reds fans sent the Upton Park away end into raptures.
When a West Ham header found him on the edge of the box, the striker unleashed a phenomenal volley which arrowed into the top corner. The technique was sublime, Fowler lifting his left leg behind him and connecting with the sweetest of hits to give Hammers goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko no chance whatsoever.
6. Ian Wright, Arsenal vs Everton (1993)
Goal from 0:42
It’s to be hoped that the Everton medical team knew the cure for twisted blood after Wright’s treatment of defender Matt Jackson in August 1993. The striker took up the perfect position to meet a long ball forward from the back, with the Toffees’ failure to win the first header leaving Jackson exposed to a dangerous one-versus-one with Wright.
The England international flicked the ball one way with his right foot, before meeting it mid-air with his left to take it back in the other direction, leaving Jackson floundering. Wright didn't panic once he was in the box (when did he ever?), allowing the ball to bounce and then lofting a delicate lob into the far corner.