Only true Premier League fans could name every player on the first-ever photo

This season marks the 30th-ever Premier League season.

It is indeed a momentous landmark. From the scrappy Divison One, the English game has evolved and modernised into what’s considered the best league in the world now. And, given its 30-year birthday, we felt it would be worthwhile to check out the very first Premier League photoshoot in 1992.

The Telegraph report that the image was part of a TV advert. It features 22 footballers who were taken to a warehouse near Wembley for the photoshoot. Here we go through the players whose faces make an appearance.

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Back Row

David Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday)

Made almost 300 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday and went on to coach the club’s academy in 2013.

Lee Sharpe (Manchester United)

Manchester United cult hero Lee Sharpe went on to enjoy the celebrity lifestyle in his later years, even featuring on many reality TV shows.

Tony Daley (Aston Villa)

A pacey winger that retired and became a fitness coach who earned a degree in Exercise Science.

Vinnie Jones (Chelsea)

A Premier League legend of the 1990s that went on to become a Hollywood movie star.

Mark Wright (Liverpool)

Had stints with Liverpool, Derby County, Southampton and Oxford United but is now a regular pundit on LFC TV, Liverpool's official TV channel.

John Wark (Ipswich Town)

An Ipswich Town legend who had an appearance in fan favourite film Escape to Victory.

Tim Flowers (Southampton)

Played half a century of matches at a professional level and was most recently the manager of Stratford Town, who play in Southern League Premier Division.

Tim Sherwood (Blackburn Rovers)

Won the Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers before a tepid time as manager – now a pundit for Sky Sports.

Middle Row

Ian Brightwell (Man City)

Played as a defender from 1986 to 2006 – his most recent post was Macclesfield Town manager in 2008.

Ian Butterworth (Norwich City)

Journeyman central defender who is now head of scouting at Queens Park Rangers.

Hans Seger (Wimbledon)

A Dutch goalkeeper whose career spanned 20 years, with some 262 outings for Wimbledon.

Lee Hurst (Coventry City)

Spent his whole career at Coventry City and retired in 1996 owing to an injury.

Carl Bradshaw (Sheffield United)

The right-back played all the way up to 2005 – before becoming a bricklayer.

Gordon Durie ( Tottenham Hotspur)

Headed off to Rangers after Spurs -retired in 2001 and was declared bankrupt in 2016.

David Hillier (Arsenal)

Played for Arsenal until 1996 but retired professionally in 2003.

Front Row

Gary Charles (Nottingham Forest)

As well as Nottingham Forest, played in England's top flight for Aston Villa and West Ham – last worked as a manager for Nuneaton Town.

Andy Ritchie (Oldham Athletic)

Made 250 outings and scored 104 goals – and even went on to manage the side.

John Salako ( Crystal Palace)

A midfielder from 1986 until 2005, before becoming a pundit and coach for Crystal Palace.

Andy Sinton (QPR)

Turned into a QPR legend after making 161 appearances for them – and is now a club ambassador for them.

Alan Kernaghan ( Middlesbrough)

Retired in 2006 and went on to manage Scottish clubs Clyde and Dundee, and Glentoran in the Northern Irish league.

Gordon Strachan (Leeds United)

A Scottish legend that last managed his home nation in 2016. Now a regular as a pundit.

Peter Beardsley (Everton)

Enjoyed an illustrious career and was most recently a youth coach at Newcastle.


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