Martin Tyler confirms that Sammy Ameobi Premier League record still stands
Surprisingly, it is only 20 months since Sammy Ameobi parted company with Newcastle United.
Shola’s younger brother turns 27 in less than two months time and is doing OK on the pitch now for Bolton in the Championship.
His biggest challenge currently is actually getting paid, with the disastrous Ken Anderson ownership of Bolton leaving both players and general staff repeatedly waiting for their delayed wages.
However, whatever happens, Sammy Ameobi still retains the record for fastest goal scored by a substitute in Premier League history (at least since OPTA record began in 2006/07).
In his excellent question and answer column for Sky Sports, Martin Tyler was asked:
‘Has anyone scored a quicker PL goal as a sub than Gerard Deulofeu vs Man City?’
The Watford winger came on against Man City at the weekend and scored after 17 seconds.
Tyler stating this makes it only joint-third fastest goal as a substitute with Andy Johnson for Fulham in their game against Wolves in April 2011
The second fastest by a sub is former NUFC striker Antoine Sibierski, he scored for Wigan against Derby in January 2008 just 15 seconds after coming on.
However, the record is held by former Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi, who scored just eight seconds after coming on against Tottenham in October 2014.
Ameobi was a half-time substitute and he scored from the kick-off at the start of the second half with an assist from Jack Colback.
This equalised a first half Adebayor goal.
Remy Cabella also came on at half-time and he laid on the winner for Newcastle, Ayoze Perez scoring to make it 2-1 final score.
(Of course in 2005/2006, before the OPTA records began, Michael Chopra scored around 10 seconds after coming on in Alan Shearer’s very final match, NUFC turning it around from Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0 to Sunderland 1 Newcastle 4).
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