TBT: Top 10 Goalscoring Debuts To Remember

Following Jordan Rossiter’s debut goal for Liverpool in their Capital Cup victory over Middlesbrough, this week’s Throwback Thursday takes a look back at other memorable debut goals.

#10 Michael Owen – LIVERPOOL Vs Wimbledon 1997

There was huge excitement when Michael Owen pulled on the red jersey for the first time at senior level. Only 17 at the time, he was thrown on as a substitute to try and earn the win Liverpool’s title challenge desperately needed.

Despite Owen scoring in the 74th minute to become Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer, they still lost the game 2-1 to hand the title to Manchester United.


#9 Jesse Lingard – BIRMINGHAM CITY Vs Sheffield Wednesday 2013

Promising Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard had a debut to remember when he plundered four goals in his first game on loan at Birmingham City.

Having impressed during United’s summer tour, he was bursting with confidence and eager to impress. A hat-trick during a 13 minute spell in the first half was followed by a fourth goal during the second.


#8 Jurgen Klinsmann – Sheffield Wednesday Vs SPURS 1994

Jurgen Klinsmann arrived at White Hart Lane as a World Cup winner, and with a reputation as somewhat of a diver. Klinsmann responded to his critics in the best way possible. A

headed goal against Sheffield Wednesday on his debut, followed by a swan dive across the pitch, made him a fan favourite from the off.



#7 Jimmy Greaves – Spurs Vs CHELSEA 1957

As one of the greatest players of all time, there were few who could rival Jimmy Greaves’ goal scoring record. The fact he scored on his debut for every club he represented, shows just how prolific he was.

Greaves scored on his first appearance for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw with local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. He also scored debut goals for England, A.C. Milan, West Ham United and Spurs – the latter involving a hat-trick against Blackpool.


#6 Zakaria Bakkali – PSV EINDHOVEN Vs NEC 2013

While this match was actually just Bakkali’s home debut, an exception was made due to his amazing display. At just 17 years of age, he became the youngest player to score an Eredivisie hat-trick.

It wasn’t just the just the goals that were impressive, it was the manner in which they were scored. A strike against the underside of the crossbar, a deft finish from the edge of the box and a curl into the top corner after beating two players, showed his wide range of ability.



#5 Mohamed Diamé – HULL CITY Vs West Ham United 2014

Mo Diamé had been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Boleyn Ground for most of his two-year spell with the club. He finally left them to join Hull City on transfer deadline day in 2014.

As faith would have it, his first game for the Tigers would be against West Ham at the KC Stadium. With the game tied at 1-1, Diamé was allowed to move unchallenged into the penalty area, before slotting the ball home. However, Diamé and his new team-mates couldn’t hold on to their lead and conceded an own goal to miss out on victory.


#4 Ronaldo – REAL MADRID Vs Alaves 2002

Having joined Real Madrid amidst a fanfare, injury resulted in supporters of Los Blancos having to wait to see Ronaldo in action. When he did finally don the famous shirt for the first time, two goals helped to instantly endear him to the fans.

A pinpoint cross from Roberto Carlos was expertly controlled on the chest by Ronaldo, who allowed the ball to bounce before volleying into the ground and past the keeper. He scored his second by calmly slotting past the goalkeeper after receiving a pass from Steve McManaman.


#3 Alan Shearer – SOUTHAMPTON Vs Arsenal 1988

The man who holds the record for the most Premier League goals was at it from the very beginning. A hat-trick against Arsenal when he made his full-debut as a 17-year-old was a sign of things to come. Shearer also scored on his England and Blackburn Rovers debuts.

Although we don;t have a video of his debut hattrick, here’s one of Shearer’s 206 Newcastle goals.



#2 Fabrizio Ravanelli – MIDDLESBROUGH Vs Liverpool 1996

With a reputation as one of Europe’s finest strikers, eyebrows were raised when he agreed to leave Juventus to join newly promoted Middlesbrough in a £7m deal. K

nown as ‘the White Feather’ because of his prematurely greying hair, Ravanelli scored a hat-trick to give Boro an impressive 3-3 draw with Liverpool. He ended the season with 17 goals but left Boro after their relegation from the Premiership.



#1 Wayne Rooney – MANCHESTER UNITED Vs Fenerbahce 2004

Not only did Rooney score in his first appearance for United, he actually managed to score three that night and laid on another for David Bellion. Fans at Old Trafford had to wait until Rooney had recovered from an injury picked up in England’s Euro 2004 defeat to Portugal before they got to see their new man in action, but boy was it worth the wait.

A lot of players would have been intimidated by their first match for their new club been a Champions League encounter, but not Rooney.

After an explosive start to the game, he grabbed his first goal to put United 2-0 up after 17 minutes.

His second came just 11 minutes later after he stepped past one defender to rifle home from 20 yards, after Ryan Giggs’ pass. Fenerbahce pulled one back but a sublime free-kick from Rooney restored their 3 goal advantage. The way in which Rooney pushed away the like of Giggs and Ruud Van Nistelrooy to take the free-kick, shows the confidence he possessed even at such a young age.

Fenerbahce scored again but United responded by scoring twice more – including Bellion’s strike after a flick on from Rooney – to run out 6-2 winners.


Karl Graham, Pundit Arena.



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