13 of the most insane one-goal wonders in Premier League history ft. Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs…
The Premier League is littered with one-hit wonders – players that scored just once in the competition – but some of them made sure their sole top-flight strike was an absolute net-buster.
While none of these players caused Alan Shearer or Harry Kane any sleepless nights, they produced the kind of magic that’d be worthy of a street parade if it came from the boot of you or me.
We’ve trawled through the archives to bring you 13 of the most jaw-dropping strikes from Premier League players who never troubled the scoresheet again.
Edman only lasted one season at Tottenham in the mid-2000s, but his NASA missile at Anfield ensured his place in Premier League folklore.
“It flew off my boot so fast that at first I didn’t realise it had gone in,” the former Sweden international said. You don’t say, Erik.
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 21, 2016
Another Swede whose stay in England was brief, Larsson made such an impact at Manchester United that fans wished he’d arrived at Old Trafford 10 years previously.
His sole league goal came during a 4-0 swatting of Watford, combining superbly with Wayne Rooney and showing the ice-cool finishing that made him such a hero at Celtic and Barcelona.
#OTD 31st January 2007
Henrik Larsson found the net against Watford.
Oh to have had the Swede earlier in his career 🇸🇪❤️🇾🇪
— 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙖 𝘾𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙨 – aka Larry 🇾🇪 (@Cantona_Collars) January 31, 2022
Arriving from Chievo on a free transfer in 2003, Nalis was unable to prevent Leicester from an instant return to the Championship, but graced us with one of the best volleys you’re ever likely to see.
Paul Robinson in the Leeds goal stood as much chance of cracking time travel as he did saving this howitzer.
19 years ago today the ball fell from the sky at Leicester… and Lilian Nalis unleashed a volley for the ages.
— A Funny Old Game (@sid_lambert) September 15, 2022
Arsenal’s banter era was crystalised by this four-goal collapse at Newcastle in February 2011, but prime David Seaman wouldn’t have stopped this swinger from Tiote that lifted the roof at St James’ Park.
The Ivory Coast midfielder tragically died in 2017 at the age of 30. His sole Premier League goal will live forever.
— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) February 5, 2017
Southampton were winless in six league matches when Arsenal came to town on Boxing Day 2015, but their 4-0 victory was kickstarted by this physics-defying boomerang from Martina.
Seriously. His initial shot was headed towards Portsmouth before curling inside Petr Cech’s post.
The full-back also became the first player from Curacao to score in England’s top division. Anybody who can name the other three (without cheating) needs an urgent intervention.
That final angle 🤤
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 16, 2022
Davids became a cult hero at Tottenham under Martin Jol, lifting the entrenched mediocrity at White Hart Lane with his winning attitude and sheer coolness.
Surprisingly, the midfielder only scored once in the Premier League. But it came from a typically surging run and arrowed finish on a filthy autumn’s day at Wigan in 2005.
Doesn’t get much more Barclays than that.
Arguably the last great goal scored at Maine Road, jobbing full-back Jensen met Nicolas Anelka’s cross with the kind of connection not seen since Heathcliff met Cathy.
Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City were everything you’d thought they’d be; swashbuckling, maddeningly inconsistent and ultimately harmless. Jensen’s volley against Leeds in January 2003 summed them up perfectly.
“Alexa, find me a textbook example of a remarkable goal by an otherwise unremarkable player.”
“Your search returned Niclas Jensen for Man City vs Leeds 19 years ago today…”pic.twitter.com/RhrAmGFiTo
— A Funny Old Game (@sid_lambert) January 11, 2022
Portsmouth’s great escape in 2005-06 was fuelled by a typically mad trolley dash by Harry Redknapp; seven players arrived at Fratton Park that January as Pompey trashed around in deep relegation waters.
But, while Emmanuel Olisadebe and Ognjen Koroman sunk without trace, D’Alessandro swam like an elegant swan in Redknapp’s midfield.
His sole Premier League came in a 2-1 defeat at Charlton, but the mazy dribble and golf-wedge finish epitomised the Argentine’s class.
Today is Andres D'Alessandro's birthday. His spell in the Premier League with Portsmouth was a brief one, but his solitary goal for the club remains a stunner.
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) April 15, 2020
Coates never quite lived up to his potential at Liverpool, but scored a volley so acrobatic against QPR in 2012 that it’d take Aardman animators approximately three days, no lunch breaks and a million tiny increments to replicate.
For some reason I thought of this Sebastian Coates banger against QPR 🚀 pic.twitter.com/k1laqIKg5z
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) November 4, 2021
Reading failed to defend the lead Matejovsky gave them at Anfield in March 2008, falling to a 2-1 defeat and finding themselves relegated at season’s end.
Perhaps they were shell-shocked by their previously goal-shy colleague producing this nuclear missile.
15 years ago today:
Marek Matejovsky scored his one and only Premier League goal.
And it was a proper pisswhistler.pic.twitter.com/PszteGJOLe
— A Funny Old Game (@sid_lambert) March 15, 2023
Harry Redknapp called this goal ‘world-class’ after seeing his Spurs side pegged back by West Brom in April 2011.
He’s not wrong, is he? You could live off a strike this sweet for eternity.
Recruited by Glenn Hoddle after impressing in a pre-season friendly for Orlando Pirates against Tottenham, Mabizela had already captained South Africa by the time he arrived at White Hart Lane.
Disciplinary issues dogged Mabizela’s time in England, which made moments like this all the more frustrating; the quality was clearly there.
🚀 Not bad for a debut strike!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 20, 2019
No notes here. Just glorious.
Injury-time with the score level, step forward @Alissonbecker 😱
Two years ago today ⏪ pic.twitter.com/ka8MERPPcQ
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 16, 2023