TOP FIVES - PREMIER LEAGUE OPENING DAYS
1 Teddy Sheringham's only goal of the game at Newcastle, 1-0, August 14, 1993
Our first opening day win in the Premier League came at St James' Park. Vinny Samways picked out Teddy Sheringham's run with a 50-yard pass that the striker controlled exquistely and took around the advancing Pavel Srnicek before rolling home.
2 Jurgen's famous goal and dive at Sheffield Wednesday, 4-3, August 20, 1994
Arguably our most famous opening-day win in the Premier League. After his much-heralded arrival, Jurgen Klinsmann delivered in style, powering home a header from Darren Anderton's cross and following up with the now iconic 'dive' celebration. Anderton also provided the assist for the opener from Teddy Sheringham and later combined with Sheringham for a fine goal as our 'famous five' won 4-3, Nicky Barmby also on target.
3 Chris Armstrong's double and a win against the odds at Blackburn, 2-0, August 17, 1996
Chris Armstrong's diving header and close-range finish don't tell the whole story - Garry Mabbutt suffered a broken leg in the first half and then his replacement, Stuart Nethercott, went off with a gashed shin nine minutes later. Clive Wilson came on and our re-organised defence held firm for a clean sheet.
4 Benoit's screamer at the Lane against Liverpool, 2-1, August 16, 2009
Runners-up the previous season, Liverpool arrived at the Lane with high hopes, but they were halted in their tracks by Benoit Assou-Ekotto's rocket into the top corner in the first half. Sebastian Bassong also scored on his debut as we ran out 2-1 winners and as the Reds eventually finished seventh, this was our first step towards a place in the top four and the Champions League that season.
5 Dier's dream debut at West Ham, 1-0, August 16, 2015
Debuts don't come much better than this! Eric started at centre-back and then shifted to right-back after Kyle Naughton's red card in the first half. The Hammers missed a penalty, our 10 men held on and when the numbers were levelled up after James Collins was sent off, we pushed for the win. With 93 minutes on the clock, Harry Kane picked out Eric breaking forward from the back and he finished expertly to send the away end into raptures!