20 For 20: A Perfect Beginning
The rundown of our most exciting Premier League games begins.
In a bid to discover the Club's most memorable games of the Premier League's 20 seasons, we asked fans to vote in an exclusive poll on evertonfc.com. Today, our countdown from 20 to one begins with an unforgettable performance in the very first week of the inaugural campaign...
Manchester United 0-3 EVERTON, 19 August 1992
(Beardsley 45, Warzycha 80, Johnston 90)
Clinical Everton cruised to a shock 3-0 win over Manchester United last night, notching up their first Premier League win in the process.
Howard Kendall's side would have anticipated something of a battle at Old Trafford against an outfit many expect to be among the frontrunners in the revamped top division of the English game.
Yet, it was the unfancied Toffees – and not last season’s runners-up – who looked the dominant force, and they took the lead on the stroke of half time when Peter Beardsley latched on to a defence-splitting ball from Robert Warzycha before striding forward and calmly slotting past Peter Schmeichel.
Everton began the season - the first since the top flight's breakaway from the Football League - with an unremarkable 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
Kendall's men were far more convincing here however, and their performance will leave fans hopeful they too can be positive about this inaugural Premier League campaign.
Despite the eventual disparity in the scoreline, Everton did have to wait until 10 minutes from time to put this one to bed, Beardsley turning provider for Warzycha to net a goal oozing in both class and composure.
On the turn, Beardsley’s hooked ball over the top was exquisite. It set Warzycha free, with just the chasing Gary Pallister for company. The defender did well to recover his ground but Warzycha simply turned the England man one way, then the other, before emphatically finding the top corner from the edge of the box.
United responded by piling forward in an attempt to salvage some pride and, predictably, found themselves caught out on the break once again.
This time the visitors owed a great debt to Schmeichel, the Dane responsible for a catastrophic error which will no doubt have left him ruing this new era of increased television exposure.
Indeed, Peter Beagrie's long punt forward looked all but harmless as it drifted towards the stopper, so reliable in his country’s shock European Championship success in Sweden this summer.
Unfathomably, on this occasion he dithered, giving the ever-alert Mo Johnston time to charge down his clearance and pick his pocket.
Schmeichel's only solace was that Johnston's touch left him wide out on the left and with plenty still to do. But the Scot was coolness personified and, as United's keeper frantically backpedalled, he curled his shot home to cap a magnificent Everton display.
Manager: Howard Kendall
“The first away win of the season is a significant landmark, an ice-breaker if you like. It’s always important to get the first one – and the sooner the better. It was massively satisfying to open our account at Old Trafford. Most sides would agree it’s one of the most difficult assignments.” – Howard Kendall
“There has been a lot of hype about the Premier League and people have got carried away with what is still the First Division. What it has created is more interest being generated via television and this is good for the game.” – Peter Beagrie
“He’s got to be one of the best prospects I’ve seen at his age. He’s got pace, he’s good with the ball and he must have every chance of an outstanding career.” – Alan Harper on marking an 18-year-old Ryan Giggs
- The UK government bans the Ulster Defence Association, a loyalist paramilitary organisation that had been legal for 20 years.
- Hurricane Andrew hits south Florida and the Tennessee valley, killing 23.
- 'Rhythm is a Dancer' by Snap! enjoys a third week at number one in the UK singles chart. It remains at top spot for another month but is eventually knocked off by The Shamen's 'Ebeneezer Goode'.
- 'Unforgiven', directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, is released in the USA. The film would later win an Oscar for best picture.
- Elsewhere in the Premier League, champions Leeds draw 1-1 at Aston Villa, while Tottenham are beaten 2-0 at home by Coventry City.
- United went on to win their first of 12 Premier League titles to date, finishing 10 points clear of nearest rivals Aston Villa.
- Everton finished the campaign in 13th, racking up 15 wins and eight draws from their 42 games.
- the revamped league delivered 1222 goals at an average of 2.65 per game.
- that season's highest attendance was 44,619 for the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
For a full 1992/93 fixture list, click here.