20 footballing anniversaries in 2020 to make us feel really old

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There’s nothing quite like football to remind us of our own mortality, and 2020 is the perfect time to reflect on how much time we’ve spent watching the beautiful game.

We get constant reminders when a son of a player we once watched turns pro himself, or when that exciting youngster we marvelled over on his debut decides to hang up his boots.

2020 will bring a fair few anniversaries which provide us with a very clear outlook on the passage of time, and we don’t like it one bit.

Five years ago

– Steven Gerrard scores in his final Liverpool game… but they lose 6-1 to Stoke City.

– 16-year-old Reece Oxford silences Mesut Ozil on his Premier League debut.

– A Dimitar Berbatov-inspired Monaco knock Arsenal out of the Champions League

10 years ago

– Frank Lampard’s goal in England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany at the World Cup is not given, despite clearly crossing the line.

– A high court judge imposes a super-injunction relating to John Terry’s alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel, claims later refuted by Perroncel

– Gareth Bale scores a hat-trick for Tottenham away to Inter Milan, but Spurs still lose 4-3

– Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupts, scuppering Robert Lewandowski’s potential move to Blackburn.

15 years ago

– Manchester United’s players give newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea a guard of honour.

– Barcelona prodigy Lionel Messi makes his full Argentina debut.

– Ronaldinho scores *that* goal against Chelsea.

20 years ago

– Paolo Di Canio scores a sensational scissor-kick against Wimbledon.

– Thierry Henry flicks the ball up and volleys past a baffled Fabien Barthez to give Arsenal victory over Manchester United.

– Leeds United stun AC Milan in the Champions League, with Lee Bowyer scoring a late winner.

25 years ago

– After watching a young Manchester United team lose to Aston Villa, Alan Hansen declares: “You’ll win nothing with kids.”

– Nayim scores a last-minute winner from the halfway line to give Real Zaragoza victory over Arsenal in the Cup Winners’ Cup.

– Eric Cantona launches a kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons

30 years ago

– Ajax star Danny Blind celebrates the birth of his son, Daley.

– The Pereira da Silva family celebrates the birth of twins, named Fabio and Rafael.

– ‘World in Motion’ is released.

– Mark Robins scores Manchester United’s winner against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, buying under-pressure manager Alex Ferguson a little more time.


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