Premier League: December 2006's Goal of the Month competition was outrageously good

  • Rob Swan

Most of us grew up loving the ‘Goal of the Month’ section on Match of the Day.

Ten of the best goals from the previous month’s Premier League fixtures were broadcast – and it was down to viewers to vote for the best one.

There were usually two or three bangers amid the nominees, with a few decent-to-average ones thrown in to make up the numbers.

But in December 2006, Premier League fans were treated to an entire collection of worldies.

Manchester United’s Paul Scholes won the award for his incredible volley against Aston Villa – quite possibly the best goal of his illustrious career – but the other nine players nominated for the accolade could consider themselves extremely unfortunate to miss out.

Perhaps due to the lack of football, fans are reminiscing about that sensational Goal of the Month competition from 14 years ago.

You can watch all 10 nominates goal here…

This shortened version has gone viral on social media today…

It’s hard to imagine that Goal of the Month competition will ever be topped.

We’ve had a go at ranking the goals in order…

10. Robin van Persie (Arsenal v Watford)

A quality goal but possibly the least spectacular of the 10 nominees.

9. Keith Gillespie (Sheffield United v Charlton)

Similar to Scholes’s in many ways, but not quite as spectacular.

8. Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn v Newcastle)

An unbelievable strike from 25 yards left the goalkeeper with no chance.

7. David Bentley (Blackburn v Reading)

A stunning strike from Bentley after picking up the ball inside his own half.

6. Frank Lampard (Chelsea v Everton)

One touch out of his feet… BANG!

5. Didier Drogba (Chelsea v Everton)

An absolutely stunning strike on the turn from the Chelsea legend.

4. Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham v Man City)

Few players were able to hit a ball quite as cleanly as Tom Huddlestone.

3. Matt Taylor (Portsmouth v Everton)

A wonderful 45-yard volley. You don’t see many of them.

2. Michael Essien (Chelsea v Arsenal)

The swerve on that strike is nothing short of ridiculous.

1. Paul Scholes (Man Utd v Aston Villa)

The right decision was made. One of the best volleys of the Premier League era. The fact it cannoned into the net off the underside of the bar made it even more special.

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