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Willian doesn’t come close to taking Sammy Ameobi Premier League record

4 years ago

Willian made headlines on Saturday when scoring the equaliser for Chelsea against Liverpool on Saturday.

Getting the goal only 144 seconds after entering the field of play, it was the fastest goal by a substitute in the Premier League so far this season.

However, it gets nowhere near the holder of the fastest ever Premier League goal by a sub, a record proudly held by Sammy Ameobi.

After a desperate start to the 2014/15 season, Alan Pardew went on one of those flukey runs that got him and Newcastle temporarily out of trouble.

On 18 October 2014, Newcastle had beaten Leicester 1-0 at home, their first league victory of the season.

Second game up was Tottenham away and trailing 1-0 the situation looked desperate, only for Sammy Ameobi to come on for the second-half and score only eight seconds after kick-off!

Ayoze Perez snatched a late winner and this proved to be the second of five Newcastle wins on the bounce.

In his column for Sky Sports, Martin Tyler confirms that Ameobi’s goal is the quickest ever by a Premier League substitute, these are the closest competitors:

18 Apostolos Vellios (for Everton v Chelsea 2011/12)

18 Yakubu (for Everton v Blackburn 2009/10)

17 Andrew Johnson(for Fulham v Wolves 2010/11)

15 Amtoine Sibierski (for Wigan v Derby 2007/08)

8 Sammy Ameobi (for Newcastle v Tottenham 2014/15)

Some of you will no doubt be scratching your heads and wondering why a certain other goal is missing…

Unfortunately, Tyler says that the Opta records only began in the 2006/07 season, so they missed this memorable goal on 17 April 2006.

Newcastle at the Stadium of Light, it is the second-half and trailing 1-0 to Sunderland.

Michael Chopra is sent on in a desperate move by Glenn Roeder with 30 minutes left, only 13 seconds later the ball is in the back of the Mackems’ net.

A minute later Alan Shearer scored his last ever goal for Newcastle before N’Zogbia and Luque added extra humiliation.

A remarkable game where Newcastle were pretty rubbish but beat Sunderland 4-1 away – Shearer’s last ever game due to an injury he picked up during  it.

Michael Chopra:

“We were getting beat 1-0 and I have come off the bench, pretty much straight away I’ve managed to equalise.

 “You can’t really put into words what it meant to me being a boy from Newcastle.

“I had been to a lot of derby games with my dad and to be involved on the pitch was amazing.

“Titus Bramble has taken the free-kick and it’s bounced in the box. I think Steve Caldwell thought the goalkeeper would come out and claim it.

 “I thought anything can happen and I’ve challenged him, it’s pretty much fallen for me.

“I just had to poke it into an empty net.

“I couldn’t really believe it. It meant so much to me. The adrenalin and the situation took over.

“I just went crazy for about 20 seconds.”


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