Former West Ham striker is the goalscorers’ goal-den oldie
The Premier League has been graced by some world-class talent over the years, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Luis Suarez, David Beckham and Alan Shearer. However, none of them could make this particular record.
It is well known that England’s top flight is one of the toughest and most physically demanding leagues in world football, so to enjoy a successful playing career well into your 30s is a fine achievement.
However, this list of players have not only enjoyed the fitness levels to continue to compete at the highest level well into their 30s, but also find the net for their clubs in their twilight years. Perhaps a small token of thanks for their clubs showing faith in them, when they could have moved in for, perhaps, a younger and fitter model.
Here is the top 10 oldest goalscorers in the Premier League era:
Les Ferdinand – 37 years, 268 days (2004)
There is no better way to score your final Premier League goal than to net a 90th-minute strike away to Manchester United. And the Bolton striker did more than just earn Wanderers a point, but also put him on the list as one of the Premier League’s oldest goalscorers.
Peter Schmeichel – 37 years, 337 days (2001)
Having earned himself legendary status at Manchester United, the Denmark international returned to the Premier League with Aston Villa – after a brief spell with Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.
But although it didn’t represent the trophy-laden spell in which he enjoyed over the years at Old Trafford, the Dane did become the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to score a goal, in a 3-2 away defeat to Everton in October 2001.
Gary Speed – 37 years, 351 days (2007)
The late Wales international, who tragically died at just 42 years old, managed to become one of the Premier League’s oldest goalscorers with his final Premier League goal for Bolton at the Reebok Stadium, during a 3-0 win against Reading in the early stages of the season.
Mick Harford – 38 years, 35 days (1997)
The well-travelled striker made Wimbledon the 11th club of his career, scoring for the Crazy Gang in a 1-1 draw against London rivals West Ham, back in 1997.
Graham Alexander – 38 years, 183 days (2009)
The defensive midfielder was Burnley’s main man from the spot, scoring five league goals, and his final came in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal, at Turf Moor.
Kerimoglu Tugay – 38 years, 99 days (2008)
Turkey international Tugay spent eight years at Blackburn Rovers and netted his final goal for the club with a spectacular strike against Portsmouth, in 2008.
Mark Hughes – 38 years, 149 days (2002)
The Stoke City boss may still be in the Premier League, but the last time the Welshman found the back of the net was 14 years ago; and is currently the Premier League’s fourth oldest goalscorer.
His final goal came for Blackburn Rovers in a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
Stuart Pearce – 38 years, 216 days (2000)
You’re never too old to play a key part in an entertaining game of football, as exemplified by the former Nottingham Forest defender, who scored West Ham’s second goal in a goal-packed 3-2 win over Southampton, at the start of the millennium.
Ryan Giggs – 39 years, 87 days (2013)
The Manchester United legend became the Premier League’s second oldest goalscorer just three years ago, with his goal in a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers his last in the league. Although, he since went on to score in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Teddy Sheringham – 40 years, 268 days (2006)
Records are always there to be broken, however, it is unlikely any Premier League player will surpass this record any time soon.
The West Ham striker netted a consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat on Boxing Day 2006.