If you love testing your footballing knowledge, see if you can name the Premier League’s 10 oldest goalscorers from our descriptions. We’ve put the answers at the bottom of the page:
Oldest Goalscorer #10
This goalkeeper (yes goalkeeper) scored his final Premier League goal aged 37 in October 2001. It was his 10th career goal and he was playing for Aston Villa at the time against Everton. He finished his career playing for Manchester City, but had spent most of his career at Manchester United, where he helped United win the Champions League, three FA Cups, and five Premier League Titles. He also made 129 international appearances.
Oldest Goalscorer #9
This midfielder scored his final Premier League goal in August 2007 at the age of 37, though he scored six more goals for Sheffield United in the Championship afterwards. However, his long and distinguished career started at Leeds United before he moved onto Everton, Newcastle, and then Bolton. Having also played for Wales, his final position in football, before his tragic death, was as manager of Wales.
Oldest Goalscorer #8
In March 1997, this striker scored his final Premier league goal for Wimbledon at the age of 38. However, it is Luton where he’ll forever be a footballing legend after helping Luton win the 1988 League Cup. His career started at Lincoln City, and he also played for Birmingham City, Bristol City, Newcastle United, Derby County, Sunderland, Coventry City, and Chelsea. He also tried his hand at management, but was relatively unsuccessful in brief appointments at Nottingham Forest, QPR, and Rotherham United. However, he did steer his beloved Luton Town to victory in the Football League Trophy in 2009.
Oldest Goalscorer #7
This accomplished Turkish international midfielder scored his last Premier League goal at the age of 38, playing for Blackburn against Portsmouth. In his early career his had been devoted to Galatasaray, with whom he won six Turkish titles. His success earned him a lucrative move to Rangers, a move which brought instant success with first season victories in both the Scottish Cup and Scottish Premier League. Blackburn manager Graeme Souness, formerly his manager at Galatasaray, then signed him for Blackburn in 2001. He retired from football in 2009.
Oldest Goalscorer #6
This striker hit the net for the final time in the Premier League in March 2002 at the age of 38 when playing for Blackburn against Leicester. He was known as a hard player, though he probably had to be having been christened Leslie, but he took his middle name throughout his life. He started his career at Manchester United, before Terry Venables decided it was time to bring him to Barcelona to team up with Gary Lineker. The partnership was a flop though and he soon found himself on loan at Bayern Munich. Manchester United then brought him back for a second spell at Old Trafford in which he won several trophies. He then had three seasons at Chelsea, followed by brief stints at Southampton and Everton, before retiring at Blackburn in 2002. He also enjoyed a long international career, as well as managing Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke, and Southampton.
Oldest Goalscorer #5
April 2010 in a match against Hull City was when this then 38-year-old midfielder scored his final Premier League goal for Burnley. A Scottish international, he made his debut for Scunthorpe in 1988 before spending time at Luton and Preston before joining Burnley in 2007. After leaving Burnley, he finished his playing career by returning to Preston for one final season. He then took over as manager of Preston, and has since guided both Fleetwood and Scunthorpe to play-off success.
Oldest Goalscorer #4
It’s hard to believe that it was way back in 2000 that this former English defender scored his final Premier League goal for West Ham at the age of 38. He enjoyed a career that started at Wealdstone FC, where he caught the eye of Coventry City. However, it was not until his move to Nottingham Forrest that this hard tackler became a household name. After 12 years at Forrest, he enjoyed further moves to Newcastle, Manchester City, and West Ham. If you’ve not guessed this player already – you might remember chanting “Psycho”.
Oldest Goalscorer #3
This one will be easy for most, as he scored his final goal at the age of 39 for Manchester United, a team where he had spent his whole career having made his debut at the age of just 17. Universally known in footballing circles as the Welsh Wizard, he now manages Wales.
Oldest Goalscorer #2
At the age of 39, this former striker scored his final Premier League goal for Hull City against Portsmouth. Despite his longevity, and the fact he scored over 200 goals, he never played international football. His career started at North Ferriby United, and he was a true footballing nomad having played for a long list of clubs in his career. Those clubs included Hull, Aberdeen, Oxford, Bradford, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham, Darlington, Barton, and Scarborough.
Oldest Goalscorer #1
The oldest ever Premier League scorer was 40 when he netted for West Ham against Portsmouth in December 2006. His early career was nothing to write home about, as he started at Millwall but found himself loaned out to other teams. However, he proved a quick learner and was soon Millwall’s top scorer in four of the next five seasons. Those goals earned him a move to Nottingham Forrest. In the first ever Premier League season, he was top scorer for Tottenham, where he spent five years before joining Manchester United and scoring in United Campions League final victory in 1999. He would later return to Spurs before moving on to Portsmouth and finally West Ham. He was widely regarded as one of the most intelligent strikers around, especially by Jurgen Klinsmann and Alan Shearer.
#10: Peter Schmeichel
#9: Gary Speed
#8: Mick Harford
#7: Tugay Kerimoglu
#6: Mark Hughes
#5: Graham Alexander
#4: Stuart Pearce
#3: Ryan Giggs
#2: Dean Windass
#1: Teddy Sheringham
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