It’s 25 years since the Premier League launched and people are posting amazing retro videos to celebrate

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A youthful Alan Shearer gets chased by England manager Gareth Southgate in their first ever Premier League match.
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The Premier League launched 25 years ago today.

Since 1992, the competition has become a glossy, multi-billion pound industry, renowned all over the world, and home to some of the biggest sporting names on the planet.

The league has produced iconic moments, now brandished into football folklore. We’ve seen Dennis Bergkamp pirouette past the Newcastle United defence, heard how Kevin Keegan would “love it” if he beat Manchester United, and witnessed Sir Alex Ferguson build an unmatched legacy.

But the Premier League wasn’t always such slick machine. The league’s 25-year milestone has provoked an outpouring of nostalgia on social media, with people fondly remembering its more humble beginnings.

From Sky Sport’s first Premier League trailer (set to the sound of Simple Minds), to dodgy kits, and retro footballs, here are some amazing memories from the Premier League’s auspicious inception.


Sky’s first promotional film for the Premier League is delightfully retro.

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Today, footballers in England are responsible for setting trends in fashion. But one look back at Sky’s video shows that some dress senses are better left forgotten.


And here’s the first ever Premier League edition of “Match of the Day.”

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The BBC’s iconic football highlights show had the same music as it does now. Twenty-five years on, it still manages to draw a crowd, with 4.8 million people watching this season’s opening episode.


This is the first Premier League goal.

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Does it get any more English than this? Route one. A two-touch goal following a long throw-in. Who says you need to use your feet?


Not all of the football was good, of course…

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This howler from the first day had Manchester United’s Peter Schmeichel screaming.


Replica football kits are a billion dollar industry but there was one kit from 1992 that is nothing short of a travesty.

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Nobody would want to be seen in Norwich City’s monstrosity these days.


Nike has manufactured the Premier League match ball since 2000.

The 1992-1995 Mitre ball was a classic, though.


This was voted the greatest goal in Premier League history by BBC viewers.

Dennis Bergkamp’s goalagainst Newcastle has been voted as the greatest in Premier Leaguehistory. ðx #AFC pic.twitter.com/IcQOgUSFu4

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Dennis Bergkamp helped usher in a new era at Arsenal and this goal against Newcastle United in 2002 typified the Dutchman’s control of the football, his movement, and his finishing.


And this back-and-forth battle was the best match, according to The Guardian and The Mirror.

When Liverpool met Newcastle United in 1996 both sides said goodbye to their defensive duties and reverted to playground style tactics of ‘we’re going to score one more than you.’ This 4-3 Liverpool win never gets old.