Newcastle United hammered Sheffield United 8-0 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so they became the first team to win by that scoreline away from home in the Premier League as well as the first to do so with eight different goalscorers. Comprehensive isn’t even the word.
In honour of Eddie Howe’s ‘Great Eight’, The Sportsman has compiled a run-down of every 8-0 game in the history of the Premier League. Keep reading Newcastle fans, because we start with some happy memories from St James’ Park.
Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday, 19/09/99
See Blades fans, it was nothing personal. The Magpies just have something against teams from Sheffield. This turn-of-the-Millennium rout was actually Sir Bobby Robson’s first home game as Newcastle manager after Ruud Gullit’s resignation.
What a way to anoint the great man. Alan Shearer scored five goals including an open-play hat-trick and two spot kicks. Aaron Hughes, Kieron Dyer and the late great Gary Speed rounded out the first ever 8-0 Premier League victory.
Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic, 9/5/10
It would be over a decade before another team hit eight goals without reply in the English top flight. There were high stakes in this one, as Chelsea needed to win this final-day clash to lift the Premier League title. Manchester United were breathing down their necks in second place, but from the moment Nicolas Anelka opened the scoring this was never in doubt.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side snapped a three-season period of Red Devils dominance by decimating the hapless Latics. Two penalties certainly helped, with Frank Lampard netting one to make it 2-0 and Didier Drogba’s spot kick sandwiched between two other goals to comprise a fine hat-trick. Salomon Kalou, Anelka again and a last-minute goal from Ashley Cole. What a way to clinch a league championship.
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa, 23/12/12
Them again. This was another milestone for Chelsea, with Frank Lampard making his 500th Premier League start. Of course he marked it with a goal, scoring the fourth of this eight-goal rout.
Villa actually came into the game in fine form and had upset Liverpool the weekend before. But they were no match for a Chelsea team enjoying a resurgence under controversial interim manager Rafa Benitez.
The troubled Fernando Torres opened the scoring while David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, two-goal Ramires and Oscar all registered. For the first time in a while, you could see why this team had won the Champions League the season before. They would go on to win the Europa League in this campaign.
Southampton 8-0 Sunderland, 18/10/14
In a curious turn of events, Southampton are the only team to have lost two games 9-0 in Premier League history yet they also have an 8-0 win on their record. This ocho-beasting was the Black Cat’s biggest loss for 32 years and yet more happy reading for Newcastle fans who already love this list.
Dusan Tadic was the standout performer at St Marys, scoring one and setting up a further three goals. This game also demonstrated just how special Graziano Pelle’s brief spell on the south coast was, as the Italy international notched a brace. Victor Wanyama, Jack Cork, Liam Bridcutt and a pair of own goals rounded out this extraordinary victory.
Manchester City 8-0 Watford, 21/9/19
The modern City are so synonymous with absolutely pasting teams that it’s actually surprising they only feature on this list once. This absolutely shellacking of the Hornets remains their biggest Premier League win, though you do wonder if the current Erling Haaland-boasting vintage will one day surpass it.
This mauling was actually a rematch from the previous year’s FA Cup final. The Cityzens won 6-0 on that occasion, but went two-better at the Etihad four months later. Watford were a goal down within a minute and the score was 5-0 by the 20th. David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Bernardo Silva made it a day out to forget for the travelling Watford faithful.
Sheffield United 0-8 Newcastle United, 24/9/23
Not long ago, a game against a newly-promoted club would be seen as a potential banana skin for the Magpies. Now it is the sort of game the newly-restored Champions League club can make mincemeat of.
The Blades weren’t sharp enough to stop eight different Newcastle players getting on the scoresheet. It took the away side 21 minutes to open the scoring through Sean Longstaff. But then the floodgates opened. Dan Burn and Sven Botman made it 3-0 at half time.
The second half would blow the doors off though. Bramall Lane fell eerily silent but for the buoyant travelling support. Calum Wilson, Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron, Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak completed this statement win. The first team to record a Premier League 8-0 became the latest to do so.
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