Six of the best goals in opening games

The start of the season fills you with excitement.


It's a chance to watch your team for the first time in months (for some of us it will be well over a year), smelling the grass, queueing for what feels like 25 minutes of a half-time pie. It's a feeling to savor.


Right up until the opposition puts one past you and all of that excitement and build-up is zapped and you're left questioning why the manager has an extra striker when it's clear you need an extra body in midfield.

That's left me thinking back to some of the best goals scored in the opening game. All of the goals chosen are hand-picked from the very first game of the season.


So those 3pm kick-offs on a Saturday will not count. Instead, we'll look back at the best and sometimes scrappiest goals of the opening games of the season.



1) Sonny Bradley vs Boro, 19/20


Talk about getting your season off to a nice start. Luton had been out of the Championship for 12 seasons and even dropped out of the Football League altogether. So, this game had an extra zest to it for The Hatters.


And we were treated to a spectacular game. It was a bit of a false dawn for both sides as they battled relegation and you'd be mistaken for thinking they should be higher up the table with the quality of goals on display but it was this thronker from Sonny Bradley that stuck out.


For a centre half who is over 6 ft 4 and not reknowned for his ball playing ability, he took his goal beautifully. It's only made better with the fan footage as well.


2) John Eustace vs Norwich City, 10/11


John Eustace had a habit of scoring on the opening game of the season while live on Sky. He was also not renowned for scoring too many goals. He scored just 32 in his entire career but in his defence, he was a box-to-box turned holding midfielder with great intelligence.


That probably contributed to this beautiful take down on his chest and a left volley into the bottom corner. To make it even sweeter, this was for a Watford side struggling financially against a Norwich side who eventually went on to win promotion. Peak Championship.


We've got some classic Don Goodman commentary in there as well for good measure.


3) Tom Cairney vs Cardiff City, 14/15


There's a lot going on this game. Fresh faced Tom Cairney is playing for Blackburn, Kenwynne Jones opened the scoring, Paul Robinson is in goal for Rovers and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is half way through his doomed spell with Cardiff City.


But what did catch the eye in this game is the absolute beauty Tom Cairney released from 25 yards out. He picks the ball up after some good work in the middle and fires a shot just out of reach for City keeper' David Marshall.


4) Frazer Richardson vs Derby County, 04/05


This was the first season outside the top flight for Leeds United and first season of the newly branded Coca Cola Championship (good times, eh?). Much was expected of a Leeds side containing some big names.


They had the likes of Neil Sullivan, Michael Ricketts, Rob Hulse and David Healy signed up plus Lucas Radebe, Aaron Lennon and Gary Kelly already. But it was academy graduate Frazer Richardson who stepped up in his first full season with his first goal for the club and it was a beauty.


P.s we didn't have HD back in 2004, apologies.


5) Kevin Phillips vs Sheffield United, 08/09


This was a sublime goal. To make it even sweeter, it was scored in the 92nd minute of the game from the master himself, Kevin Phillips.


Everything about the goal is fantastic. The composure, the soft touch on the chest, the turn and the finish. This is peak Kevin Phillips and I'm afraid we won't see another goalscorer like him in the Championship again, he was THAT good.


6) Tom Lawrence vs Reading, 18/19


There's a reason this goal is so good. The header is so perfect. Headers are a dying art used only by big centre-halves or target men. Tom Lawrence two-foots all of those perceptions with this lovely guided header into the top corner.


It trumps the goal scored by Mason Mount in the same game and it marked Frank Lampard's first game with a win.


Oh, and it was scored in the 93rd minute. Perfection.

Have we missed any out? Let us know, we're sure there's plenty.


By Justin Peach | @JustinPeach27

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