Liverpool FC 2 – Peter Ndlovu 3 (ca. 1995)

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Today in history Peter Ndlovu scores a hat trick to earn Coventry City a 2 – 3 win over Liverpool FC. 

On March 14, 1995 Anfield witnessed the very best of Coventry City’s Zimbabwean star.  The ‘Bulawayo Bullet’ fired his first ever hat-trick and became the first visiting player to manage a treble at the home of Liverpool FC in 30 years. 

Ndlovu tapped in Dion Dublin’s shot-turned cross and scored a wonderful solo goal low to goalkeeper David James’ left in front of The Kop, either side of a well-taken penalty.

In the early 1990’s, the Zimbabwean national team had a squad dubbed the “Dream Team” who fans and pundits believed would earn the country a place at their first ever World Cup. This team was spearheaded by two brothers, Adam and Peter Ndlovu.

The latter of which is recognised as the first African to have played in the Premier League.

Peter Ndlovu
Full namePeter Ndlovu
D.O.B.February 25, 1973 in Bulawayo
AKABulawayo Bullet, Nuddy
TeamsHighlanders FC – 1988–1990
Coventry City – 1991–1997
Birmingham City – 1997–2001
Sheffield United – 2001–2004
Mamelodi Sundowns – 2004–2008
Thanda Royal Zulu – 2008–2009
Highfield United – 2010
Black Mambas – 2011
Peter Ndlovu
Manchester United vs Coventry City. Old Trafford. May 8, 1994.

The first black African player in the Premier League

Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Samuel Eto’o, amongst others, have all played in the Premier League, but Ndlovu was unmistakably the first. On August 19, 1992 Ndlovu became the first black African player in the Premier League when Conventry City met Tottenham Hotspur.

The 1991/92 season may have been Ndlovu’s first season in English football but it would also be the last for the old English league system. 1992 would see the introduction of the new English Premier League, with bells and whistles and an influx of money.

It was a new era for football in England and the Bulawayo Bullet would forever have his name etched into the record books. Bruce Grobbelaar had lost his place as Liverpool number one, following the signing of David James and the former’s decision to choose representing his country over playing for his club left the door open for Ndlovu to become the first African to play in the newly formed Premier League.

This monumental moment happened at White Hart Lane on 19th August 1992, when Ndlovu came on to replace John Williams in the 70th minute of Coventry’s away victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

His first three appearances of the 1992/93 season came from the bench, as a replacement for Williams, the world would have to wait until September for his first start. That came against Sheffield Wednesday on Match Day 6 and Ndlovu marked the occasion by netting his first Premier League goal.

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