This week’s roundup also includes some grandstand finishes to the American Junior Olympic Games and a heartwarming tale from the UFC
1) As you may or may not have heard, the Premier League starts this weekend, so let’s start with some memorable matches from opening days past. At the start of 1989-90, Michael Knighton played keepy-uppy on the Old Trafford pitch before Manchester United’s game against Arsenal, the defending champions. Heralding a new dawn, United promptly stormed to a 4-1 win with new signing Neil Webb scoring a belter, after which Knighton went on Grandstand to pontificate. Shortly afterwards, he was revealed to be a bluffer, around the same time Webb knackered his achilles, and not long after that United were flirting with relegation. In other frolics, Norwich marked the opening of the first Premier League season with a 4-2 win in front of Arsenal’s new mural, Mark Robins scoring a hat-trick; in 1983, “a thriller from the Villa” saw them beat West Brom 4-3; and in 1980, Spurs saw off the European champions of Nottingham Forest.