Moments of Magic #21 – Dalian Atkinson

by Neil Sherwin

This week Moments of Magic goes all the way back to 1992 to relive Dalian Atkinson’s wonder goal for Aston Villa against Wimbledon.

#21 – Dalian Atkinson v Wimbledon, 1992

There have been some fantastic individual goals scored down through the years, and one of the most underrated was scored by Dalian Atkinson in the inaugural season of the Premier League.

Having cut his teeth with Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday, Atkinson spent a season in Spain with Real Sociedad before joining Aston Villa for £1.6 million.

At Villa Park he formed a strong partnership with Welsh international Dean Saunders and scored 23 goals in 85 appearances until he was sold to Turkish side Fenerbahce in 1995.

Atkinson’s finest moment in the claret and blue came in 1992 when he scored his own version of Diego Maradona’s 1986 wonder goal.

Picking up the ball inside his won half, Atkinson evaded and hurdled a number of challenges as he headed towards goal, and displaying excellent vision and exquisite skill he chipped goalkeeper Hans Segers from outside the area.

The superb solo effort claimed Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season award, the first of the Premier League era, and Villa went on to finish the season as runners up to Manchester United.

Atkinson failed to settle in Turkey and moved to both Manchester City and FC Metz on loan before finishing his career with spells in South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

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