This Week in Football History: A pair of Premier League wonder goals

What would you give that goal out of 10, Tiss?
What would you give that goal out of 10, Tiss?
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Adrian North is back with another flick through the history books today looking at December 12, 2009 when an unheralded full-back scored an absolute belter of a goal and December 10, 1994 when a more familiar name hit one of his many unbelievable strikes...

"Figueroa gave Wigan the lead by torpedoing a quick free kick from his own half over the back peddling Thomas Sorensen and right into the top corner. A brilliant strike, and with all due respect to Becks, this is the best goal anyone has scored from their own half in Premier League history."

December 12, 2009, Stoke 2-2 Wigan, The Brittania Stadium - why does nobody remember this goal?!

What is the greatest goal in Premier League history?  

Bergkamp's flick and finish v Newcastle? Beckham v Wimbledon from the halfway line? Le Tissier's amazing goal against Newcastle? Maybe Rooney's bicycle against City or Di Canio's scissor kick against Wimbledon? 

Those are generally the top five candidates whenever that discussion takes place. No-one ever mentions the name Maynor Figueroa

Indeed, Stoke v Wigan probably wasn't too high up the running order on Match of the Day for December 12, 2009. By the time MOTD goes past 11pm the kids are in bed, the adults are down the pub and the students are out on the town.

Meaning those who actually saw Figueroa's amazing goal from fully 60-yards are the poor Chartlon Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday supporters staying up for Manish Bhasin and Steve Claridge's banter on The Football League Show.  

Stoke v Wigan in 2009 was your generic Christmas time relegation six-pointer. All in all a decent match that saw goals from Emmerson Boyce and Tuncay Sanli before Figueroa gave Wigan the lead by torpedoing a quick free kick from his own half over the back peddling Thomas Sorensen and right into the top corner. A brilliant strike, and with all due respect to Becks, this is the best goal anyone has scored from their own half in Premier League history.  

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December 10, 1994 - Blackburn 3-2 Southampton, Ewood Park: Le Tissier scores another beauty

During the first three seasons of the Premier League Matt Le Tissier was at his absolute peak. A great goal scorer along with being a scorer of truly great goals Le Tiss was engulfed in the mother of all purple patches for the 93/94 and 94/95 seasons.  

The issue of why Le Tiss only played eight times for England and was overlooked for both the 96 Euros and 98 World Cup has been covered a million times from BBC pundits to your casual pub conservations. But when he scored goals like the one he did against Blackburn on December 10, 1994 it really is amazing to see how such a maverick genius was ignored time and again by Graham Taylor, Terry Venebles and Glenn Hoddle.  

Of course, Le Tissier never really ran about very much, not that he ever needed to. His style of play could often be described as "not giving a shit". For Le Tissier winning medals at a bigger club seemingly never crossed his mind. He wanted to play for Southampton, and he wanted to score amazing goals for the club he loved.  

His mindset was much akin to the Brazilian legends Garrincha, Socrates and Ronaldinho. For Le Tiss the will to win was secondary to his will to entertain
  

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