Football: WAS IT TOO EARLY TO BE GOAL OF THE SEASON? BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP.
1997/98: Dennis Bergkamp (Leicester 3 Arsenal 3, 27 August 1997)
The Dutch master set the seal on a brilliant hat-trick by controlling a dropping ball, twisting inside a defender and rolling in a low shot.
1995/96: Tony Yeboah (Wimbledon 2 Leeds 4, 23 September 1995)
The burly Ghanaian scored a hatful of spectacular strikes, but none better than the 20-yard half-volley that rocked the Dons.
1992/93: Dalian Atkinson (Wimbledon 2 Aston Villa 3, 3 October 1992)
The Villa striker beat four Wimbledon players on a mazy 50-yard run before chipping a glorious ball over Hans Segers.
2002/03: Thierry Henry (Arsenal 3 Tottenham 0, 16 November 2002)
Henry showed why he loves playing Spurs by storming past three defenders on a 70-yard run and finishing past Kasey Keller.
1994/95: Matt Le Tissier (Blackburn 3 Southampton 2, 10 December 1994)
Le Tiss added to his vast collection of golden goals by jinking past two tackles and unleashing a superb 35-yard shot past Tim Flowers.
1996/97: Trevor Sinclair (QPR 3 Barnsley 2, 25 January 1997)
Sinclair settled this FA Cup fourth round tie in dramatic fashion - firing home an acrobatic overhead kick from 20 yards.
2004/05: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United 3 Middlesbrough 0, 29 January 2005)
Rooney put United on course for the FA Cup fifth round by collecting Gary Neville's pass and wonderfully lobbing Mark Schwarzer.
2001/02: Dennis Bergkamp (Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2, 2 March 2002)
Bergkamp left hapless Toon defender Nikos Dabizas in a spin with a breathtaking turn before shooting past Shay Given.
2003/04: Dietmar Hamann (Liverpool 3 Portsmouth 0, 17 March 2004)
The German gave Shaka Hislop no chance with a blistering 20-yard strike after being expertly set up by Michael Owen.
1999/00: Paolo Di Canio
(West Ham 2 Wimbledon 1, 25 March 2000)
Di Canio brought Upton Park to its feet by crunching in Trevor Sinclair's cross with a magnificent volley.
2000/01: Shaun Bartlett (Charlton 2 Leicester 0, 1 April, 2001)
The South African enjoyed the biggest high of his Premiership career with a jaw-dropping long-range shot that sunk Leicester.
1998/99: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United 2 Arsenal 1 AET, 14 April 1999)
United's Welsh flyer capped an exhilarating 60-yard run by slamming in high at David Seaman's near post.
1993/94: Rod Wallace (Leeds 2 Tottenham 0, 17 April 1994)
The Elland Road hitman capped a blistering run from the halfway line with a cool finish.
2005/06: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool 3 West Ham 3 AET, 13 May 2006)
The Kop idol capped the most memorable FA Cup final of recent years and broke West Ham hearts with a 30-yard screamer to ensure extra-time.
Matt Taylor's wonder-strike was immediately hailed as Goal Of The Season - but history shows the award normally goes to late-season strikes. Seven of the 14 winners since the Premiership began have come in the campaign's last 3 months - and none at all in February.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Dec 11, 2006|
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