5 of the best debut goals in football history
There are few things that can endear a debuting player to the fans of a new team quite as much as a really good debut goal. It’s actually surprising how many players do manage to hit the back of the net in their debut – Alvaro Morata and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both scored goals in their Premier League debuts for their new sides this season, for instance, while Harry Kane struck on his England debut in a game against Lithuania in 2015.
All three of those examples though were relatively pedestrian goals. Sometimes, however, a player scores a truly world-class goal on their debut to really make their mark in the history books. Here are five of the best debut goals in football history.
#1: Stan Collymore – Premier League debut for Bradford City, 2000
One of English football’s all-time great enigmas, when he moved to Bradford City in late 2000 on a free transfer it felt like Stan Collymore probably didn’t have many magical moments left in him. Despite flashes of greatness at his previous club Leicester City, at just 29 it felt like his best years were behind him and it came as no surprise when the Foxes allowed him to leave.
That made it all the more shocking when he scored one of the Premier League’s greatest ever goals on his debut for the Bantams in a high-profile game - a heated West Yorkshire derby against Leeds United. A poor clearance was controlled by Bradford’s Italian forward Benito Carbone, who crossed the ball into the box, where it was met by an incredible overhead kick from Collymore.
The ball flew into the net beyond Leeds keeper Paul Robinson, and Collymore had made himself a hero in the eyes of the Bradford fans after just 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the classic debut goal was largely Collymore’s only contribution at the club – he played just 7 more games for them and scored one more goal before financial pressures forced Bradford to allow him to leave for Spanish side Real Oviedo, where he retired just two months later.