Top Five: Injury time dramas

13 September 2010 03:46
After conceding injury time equalisers against both Fulham and Everton, it would appear that 'Fergie time' has undergone a violent mutation and turned on its creator.

In light of such a significant and popular turn of events, Thomas Hyde looks back at some unforgettable moments that owe all to the artist briefly known as 'Fergie time'.

Man Utd 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (April 10 1993, Old Trafford)

The Premier League's inaugural winners, Manchester United, were given a run for their money by Aston Villa and even looked like conceding the title to the Birmingham club when trailing to Sheffield Wednesday in a crucial end of season encounter.

United's hero that day was defensive stalwart Steve Bruce, whose headed brace in the final five minutes of the game clinched all three points to mark the beginning of what was to become an unrivalled and ongoing period of domestic success for Alex Ferguson's side.

Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (April 30 1996, Anfield)

For two teams to produce two of the Premier League's greatest matches in successive seasons is some achievement. In the interest of fairness, just one of said encounters features in this top five.

After a generous exchange of goals, Stan Collymore's late, late effort provided a thrilling finale to a remarkable game that left Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan hanging his head in devastation.


Man City 2-3 Fulham (April 28 2008, City of Manchester Stadium)


With the chances of Premier League survival looking increasingly haggard, Roy Hodgson's Fulham staged a genuine great escape.

Two goals down away to Manchester City and The Cottagers decided the time had come to embark upon their desperate journey with a dramatic second half turnaround that was capped by a 90th minute Diomansy Kamara goal.

Much to the elation of the few loyal supporters who made the trip North in what can only be described as an act of blind faith.

Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham (October 29 2008, Emirates Stadium)

A North London derby to remember as a Harry Redknapp inspired Tottenham showed the first glimpses of staging their subsequent ascent into the Premier League's sacred top four.

David Bentley's 45-yard wonder strike was set to grab all the headlines before Robin van Persie's goal gave the home side a two goal cushion and looked to have clinched the game. Two late goals from Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon rescued a point and a fair share of bragging rights.

Man Utd 4-3 Man City (September 21 2009, Old Trafford)

There is perhaps no better way for a former Liverpool player to endear himself to the Old Trafford faithful than to score a 96th minute winner against increasingly noisy neighbours City.

So, on his first attempt, Michael Owen went and did that very thing after latching on to a precision pass from Ryan Giggs, coolly slotting past the advancing Shay Given and giving birth to 'Fergie time'.

Source: DSG