Goal of the Month (England)

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The Goal of the Month is a monthly segment on BBC's Match of the Day television programme, in honour of the best goal scored each month. The segment has been featured on the programme since the 1970–71 season.[citation needed] Typically, a selection of eight or ten goals from the month are shown and The Goal of the Month is decided by the subjective opinion of one of the pundits, such as Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson or Alan Shearer. Until the 2006–07 season, viewers were given the chance to win a prize by selecting the correct winner. For the majority of the 2007–08 season, the BBC did not allow any competitions due to a money-for-competitions-entry scandal, but towards the end of the season and for the goal of the season competition, normal service was resumed.,[1] The award of Goal of the Month was usually given as 1st, 2nd and 3rd best goal of the month on Match of the Day up until the BBC lost the right to show Premiership highlights in 2000. When highlights returned to the BBC, the format was reduced to only the best goal of the month being announced.

The winners usually go forth to contest the Goal of the Season.

The theme tune used when showing the nominated goals now changes each season, although the piece most usually associated with it was the same song for several years in the early 90s; "The Life Of Riley" by The Lightning Seeds. During the 1997-98 season, the programme used "Is This Music?" by Teenage Fanclub. During 1998-99, the theme from the film Malizie di Venere was used. In 2007–08, the theme was a non-vocal version of "That's No Way to Tell a Lie" by Manic Street Preachers vocalist James Dean Bradfield. For the 2008–09 season, "In This City" by Iglu & Hartly was the theme. For the 2009–10 season, "Science of Fear" by The Temper Trap was used.[citation needed] For the 2011–12 season, "Down with the Trumpets" by Rizzle Kicks is used. From the 2012-13 season onwards, The Road Goes On Forever" by High Contrast is used. For the 2013-14 season, the music used is an instrumental version of Waiting all Night by Rudimental.

Records[edit]

  • During the period in which a top three was announced each month, Dennis Bergkamp was the only player to have achieved the deemed first, second, and third best goals of the month in one calendar month, August 1997. Only two goals came from his hat-trick against Leicester City, the third was from a previous game against Southampton - not all three as is widely cited.[2]

Winners[edit]

(Rows in bold are also Goals of the Season.)

1992-93[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
September Ryan Giggs Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane Premiership 19 September 1992
October Dalian Atkinson Aston Villa Wimbledon Selhurst Park Premiership 3 October 1992
November Clive Freeman Altrincham Chester City Moss Lane FA Cup 2nd Round 25 November 1992
December Dalian Atkinson Aston Villa Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough Premiership 5 December 1992
January Julian Joachim Leicester City Barnsley Oakwell FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 20 January 1993
February Dwight Yorke Aston Villa Ipswich Town Villa Park Premiership 6 February 1993
March Dwight Yorke Aston Villa Sheffield Wednesday Villa Park Premiership 17 March 1993
April Ian Rush Liverpool Oldham Athletic Anfield Premiership 10 April 1993
May Ryan Giggs Manchester United Blackburn Rovers Old Trafford Premiership 3 May 1993

1993-94[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Jeremy Goss Norwich City Leeds United Elland Road Premiership 21 August 1993
September Efan Ekoku Norwich City Everton Goodison Park Premiership 25 September 1993
October Matt Le Tissier Southampton Newcastle United The Dell Premiership 24 October 1993
November Darren Anderton Tottenham Hotspur Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road Premiership 27 November 1993
December Ian Wright Arsenal Swindon Town County Ground Premiership 27 December 1993
January Mark Hughes Manchester United Sheffield United Bramall Lane FA Cup 3rd Round 9 January 1994
February Eric Cantona Manchester United Wimbledon Selhurst Park FA Cup 5th Round 20 February 1994
March Ian Wright Arsenal Southampton The Dell Premiership 19 March 1994
April Rod Wallace Leeds United Tottenham Hotspur Elland Road Premiership 17 April 1994
May Barry Horne Everton Wimbledon Goodison Park Premiership 7 May 1994

1994-95[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Matt Le Tissier Southampton Aston Villa Villa Park Premiership 24 August 1994
September Andrew Cole Newcastle United Chelsea St James' Park Premiership 10 September 1994
October John Barnes Liverpool Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park Premiership 15 October 1994
November Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers Queens Park Rangers Ewood Park Premiership 26 November 1994
December Matt Le Tissier Southampton Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park Premiership 10 December 1994
January Peter Ndlovu Coventry City West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns FA Cup 3rd Round 18 January 1995
February Andy Clarke Wimbledon Liverpool Anfield FA Cup 5th Round 19 February 1995
March Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Anfield FA Cup 6th Round 11 March 1995
April Stan Collymore Nottingham Forest Crystal Palace Selhurst Park Premiership 29 April 1995
May Nayim Zaragoza Arsenal Parc des Princes UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final 10 May 1995

1995-96[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Tony Yeboah Leeds United Liverpool Elland Road Premiership 21 August 1995
September Tony Yeboah Leeds United Wimbledon Selhurst Park Premiership 23 September 1995
October Ian Wright Arsenal Leeds United Elland Road Premiership 14 October 1995
November Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur Coventry City Highfield Road Premiership 4 November 1995
December Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers Tottenham Hotspur Ewood Park Premiership 30 December 1995
January Ian Wright Arsenal Everton Highbury Premiership 20 January 1996
February Ian Woan Nottingham Forest Tottenham Hotspur City Ground Premiership 28 February 1996
March Georgi Kinkladze Manchester City Southampton Maine Road Premiership 16 March 1996
April Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers Wimbledon Ewood Park Premiership 17 April 1996
May Peter Beardsley Newcastle United Nottingham Forest City Ground Premiership 2 May 1996

1996-97[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August David Beckham Manchester United Wimbledon Selhurst Park Premiership 17 August 1996
September Karel Poborsky Manchester United Leeds United Elland Road Premiership 7 September 1996
October David Ginola Newcastle United Ferencváros St James' Park UEFA Cup 2nd Round 15 October 1996
November Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Highbury Premiership 24 November 1996
December Eric Cantona Manchester United Sunderland Old Trafford Premiership 21 December 1996
January Trevor Sinclair Queens Park Rangers Barnsley Loftus Road FA Cup 4th Round 25 January 1997
February Gianfranco Zola Chelsea Manchester United Stamford Bridge Premiership 22 February 1997
March Juninho Middlesbrough Chelsea Riverside Stadium Premiership 22 March 1997
April Gianfranco Zola Chelsea Wimbledon Highbury Stadium FA Cup Semi-Final 13 April 1997
May Juninho Middlesbrough Manchester United Old Trafford Premiership 5 May 1997

2000-01[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Mario Stanic Chelsea West Ham United Stamford Bridge Premiership 19 August 2000
September Silvinho Arsenal Chelsea Stamford Bridge Premiership 6 September 2000
October Thierry Henry Arsenal Manchester United Highbury Premiership 1 October 2000
November Andrew Cole Manchester United Coventry City Highfield Road Premiership 4 November 2000
December Trevor Sinclair West Ham United Charlton Athletic Upton Park Premiership 26 December 2000
January Hamilton Ricard Middlesbrough Bradford City Valley Parade FA Cup 3rd Round 8 January 2001
February Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea Arsenal Highbury FA Cup 5th Round 18 February 2001
March Steven Gerrard Liverpool Manchester United Anfield Premiership 31 March 2001
April Shaun Bartlett Charlton Athletic Leicester City The Valley Premiership 1 April 2001
May Paul Merson Aston Villa Coventry City Villa Park Premiership 2 May 2001

2002–03[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Sylvain Wiltord Arsenal Birmingham City Highbury Premiership 18 August 2002
September Paolo Di Canio West Ham United Chelsea Stamford Bridge Premiership 28 September 2002
October Wayne Rooney Everton Arsenal Goodison Park Premiership 19 October 2002
November Thierry Henry Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Highbury Premiership 16 November 2002
December Alan Shearer Newcastle United Everton St James' Park Premiership 1 December 2002
January Eiður Guðjohnsen Chelsea Leeds United Stamford Bridge Premiership 28 January 2003
February Geremi Middlesbrough Liverpool Anfield Premiership 8 February 2003
March Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United Fulham Old Trafford Premiership 22 March 2003
April Jay-Jay Okocha Bolton Wanderers West Ham United Reebok Stadium Premiership 19 April 2003

2003–04[edit]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date

2004–05[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Patrick Berger Portsmouth Charlton Athletic The Valley Premiership 21 August 2004
September Lee Hendrie Aston Villa Crystal Palace Villa Park Premiership 25 September 2004
October Thierry Henry Arsenal Charlton Athletic Highbury Premiership 2 October 2004
November Xabi Alonso Liverpool Arsenal Anfield Premiership 28 November 2004
December Arjen Robben Chelsea Norwich City Stamford Bridge Premiership 18 December 2004
January Wayne Rooney Manchester United Middlesbrough Old Trafford FA Cup 4th Round 29 January 2005
February Thierry Henry Arsenal Crystal Palace Highbury Premiership 14 February 2005
March Stelios Giannakopoulos Bolton Wanderers Norwich City Reebok Stadium Premiership 19 March 2005
April Wayne Rooney Manchester United Newcastle United Old Trafford Premiership 24 April 2005

2005–06[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Morten Gamst Pedersen Blackburn Rovers Fulham Ewood Park Premiership 20 August 2005
September Kevin Nolan Bolton Wanderers Portsmouth Reebok Stadium Premiership 24 September 2005
October Matthew Taylor Portsmouth Sunderland Stadium of Light Premiership 29 October 2005
November Collins John Fulham Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium Premiership 20 November 2005
December Steven Reid Blackburn Rovers Wigan Athletic JJB Stadium Premiership 31 December 2005
January Liam Lawrence Sunderland Fulham Craven Cottage Premiership 2 January 2006
February Nolberto Solano Newcastle United Everton St. James' Park Premiership 25 February 2006
March Henri Camara Wigan Athletic Sunderland Stadium of Light Premiership 11 March 2006
April Craig Bellamy Blackburn Rovers Portsmouth Fratton Park Premiership 8 April 2006
May Steven Gerrard Liverpool West Ham United Millennium Stadium FA Cup Final 13 May 2006

2006–07[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Daniel Agger Liverpool West Ham United Anfield Premiership 26 August 2006
September Robin van Persie Arsenal Charlton Athletic The Valley Premiership 29 September 2006
October Gareth Barry Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur Villa Park Premiership 14 October 2006
November Nicolas Anelka Bolton Wanderers Arsenal Reebok Stadium Premiership 25 November 2006
December Paul Scholes Manchester United Aston Villa Villa Park Premiership 23 December 2006
January Wayne Rooney Manchester United Portsmouth Old Trafford FA Cup 4th Round 27 January 2007
February Denny Landzaat Wigan Athletic Arsenal Emirates Stadium Premiership 11 February 2007
March Wayne Rooney Manchester United Bolton Wanderers Old Trafford Premiership 17 March 2007
April James McFadden Everton Charlton Athletic Goodison Park Premiership 15 April 2007
May Craig Gardner Aston Villa Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium Premiership 13 May 2007

2007–08[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Charles N'Zogbia Newcastle United Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium Premier League 26 August 2007
September Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane Premier League 15 September 2007
October Carlos Tévez Manchester United Middlesbrough Old Trafford Premier League 27 October 2007
November Luke Young Middlesbrough Tottenham Hotspur Riverside Stadium Premier League 3 November 2007
December Tuncay Şanlı Middlesbrough Derby County Pride Park Premier League 15 December 2007
January Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Portsmouth Old Trafford Premier League 30 January 2008
February Daryl Murphy Sunderland Wigan Athletic Stadium of Light Premier League 9 February 2008
March Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Aston Villa Old Trafford Premier League 29 March 2008
April Stiliyan Petrov Aston Villa Derby County Pride Park Premier League 12 April 2008
May Fábio Rochemback Middlesbrough Manchester City Riverside Stadium Premier League 11 May 2008

2008–09[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Ricardo Fuller Stoke City Aston Villa Britannia Stadium Premier League 23 August 2008
September Geovanni Hull City Arsenal Emirates Stadium Premier League 27 September 2008
October David Bentley Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Emirates Stadium Premier League 29 October 2008
November Glen Johnson Portsmouth Hull City Fratton Park Premier League 22 November 2008
December Robin van Persie Arsenal Liverpool Emirates Stadium Premier League 21 December 2008
January Paul Konchesky Fulham West Ham United Upton Park Premier League 18 January 2009
February Ryan Giggs Manchester United West Ham United Upton Park Premier League 8 February 2009
March Carlton Cole West Ham United Wigan Athletic JJB Stadium Premier League 4 March 2009
April Fernando Torres Liverpool Blackburn Rovers Anfield Premier League 11 April 2009
May Tuncay Şanlı Middlesbrough Aston Villa Riverside Stadium Premier League 16 May 2009

2009–10[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Carlton Cole West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur Upton Park Premier League 23 August 2009
September Craig Bellamy Manchester City Manchester United Old Trafford Premier League 20 September 2009
October Didier Drogba Chelsea Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium Premier League 31 October 2009
November Cameron Jerome Birmingham City Liverpool Anfield Premier League 9 November 2009
December Maynor Figueroa Wigan Athletic Stoke City Britannia Stadium Premier League 12 December 2009
January Ashley Cole Chelsea Sunderland Stamford Bridge Premier League 16 January 2010
February Damien Duff Fulham Birmingham City Craven Cottage Premier League 21 February 2010
March Fernando Torres Liverpool Sunderland Anfield Premier League 28 March 2010
April Frank Lampard Chelsea Stoke City Stamford Bridge Premier League 25 April 2010
May Tom Huddlestone Tottenham Hotspur Bolton Wanderers White Hart Lane Premier League 1 May 2010

2010–11[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur Stoke City Britannia Stadium Premier League 21 August 2010
September Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United Liverpool Old Trafford Premier League 19 September 2010
October Alex Chelsea Arsenal Stamford Bridge Premier League 3 October 2010
November Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United Blackburn Rovers Old Trafford Premier League 27 November 2010
December Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur Aston Villa Villa Park Premier League 26 December 2010
January Raul Meireles Liverpool Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux Stadium Premier League 22 January 2011
February Wayne Rooney Manchester United Manchester City Old Trafford Premier League 12 February 2011
March Charlie Adam Blackpool Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park Premier League 19 March 2011
April Simon Cox West Bromwich Albion Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane Premier League 23 April 2011
May Carlos Tevez Manchester City Stoke City City of Manchester Stadium Premier League 17 May 2011

2011–12[edit]

[citation needed]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Edin Džeko Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane Premier League 28 August 2011
September Stiliyan Petrov Aston Villa Everton Goodison Park Premier League 10 September 2011
October Bryan Ruiz Fulham Everton Craven Cottage Premier League 23 October 2011
November Ryan Taylor Newcastle United Everton St. James' Park Premier League 5 November 2011
December Robin Van Persie Arsenal Everton Emirates Stadium Premier League 10 December 2011
January Stéphane Sessègnon Sunderland Swansea Stadium of Light Premier League 21 January 2012
February Fraizer Campbell Sunderland Norwich City Stadium of Light Premier League 1 February 2012
March Peter Crouch Stoke City Manchester City Britannia Stadium Premier League 24 March 2012
April Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle United Bolton Wanderers Sports Direct Arena Premier League 9 April 2012
May Papiss Cissé Newcastle United Chelsea Stamford Bridge Premier League 2 May 2012

2012–13[edit]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Robin Van Persie Manchester United Fulham Old Trafford Premier League 25 August 2012
September Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle United Aston Villa St James' Park Premier League 2 September 2012
October Adel Taarabt Queens Park Rangers West Ham United Loftus Road Premier League 1 October 2012
November Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United White Hart Lane Premier League 25 November 2012
December Theo Walcott Arsenal Newcastle United Emirates Stadium Premier League 29 December 2012
January Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur Norwich City Carrow Road Premier League 30 January 2013
February Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United Upton Park Premier League 25 February 2013
March Andy Carroll West Ham United West Bromwich Albion Upton Park Premier League 30 March 2013
April Robin Van Persie Manchester United Aston Villa Old Trafford Premier League 22 April 2013
May Kevin Mirallas Everton West Ham United Goodison Park Premier League 12 May 2013

2013–14[edit]

Month Scorer For Against Stadium Competition Date
August Robin Van Persie Manchester United Swansea City Liberty Stadium Premier League 17 August 2013
September Jordon Mutch Cardiff City Fulham Craven Cottage Premier League 28 September 2013
October Jack Wilshere Arsenal Norwich City Emirates Stadium Premier League 19 October 2013
November Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Liverpool Emirates Stadium Premier League 2 November 2013
December Luis Suarez Liverpool Norwich City Anfield Premier League 4 December 2013
January Daniel Sturridge Liverpool Everton Anfield Premier League 28 January 2014
February Tomáš Rosický Arsenal Sunderland Emirates Stadium Premier League 22 February 2014
March Wayne Rooney Manchester United West Ham Upton Park Premier League 22 March 2014
April Jonjo Shelvey Swansea City Aston Villa Liberty Stadium Premier League 26 April 2014
May Ross Barkley Everton Manchester City Goodison Park Premier League 3 May 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC website: Goal of the Month in Match of the Day". BBC News. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "Goal of the Month 1997".