On This Day: Looking back at past Premier League seasons in August

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On this day – August 17

When David Beckham chipped Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from the half-way line at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the 1996/97 season, it was one of those ‘where were you when…’ footballing moments.

The goal transformed Beckham into a household name and sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory for Manchester United.

On this day – August 19

Alan Hansen boldly predicted after a youthful Manchester United side lost 3-1 at Aston Villa in the first game of the 1995/96 Premier League season that: “You’ll never win anything with kids!”

Nine months later, United clinched the title and then the FA Cup against Liverpool, Hansen’s former club. The soundbite remains a source of embarrassment for the Scot.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.