First foreign goal: (Apart from making a lot of money.) Came courtesy of Chelsea's Gustavo Poyet, who scored in the 20th minute of the Blues' 4-0 win against Sunderland.
First fairytale: Bradford, who were making their first appearance in the top flight for 77-years, beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside. Dean "two clubs per season" Saunders, who signed on a free transfer from Benfica, was the scorer.
First hat-trick: To the utter delight of one "special" spectator, Brighton's Darren Freeman scored three, as his team beat Mansfield 6-0. His goals came in the 14th, 20th and 70th minutes. Des was happy.
First Division: Charlton are the first leaders, following their 3-1 win over Barnsley.
First taste of the big time: Cheltenham were making their debut in the football league. Rochdale beat them 2-0.
First red card: Mansfield's David Kerr was the first player to be sent off this season, for violent conduct, in the 11th minute of his team's humbling 6-0 defeat by Brighton. Des really was happy.
First casualty: Referee Paul Durkin was an early sufferer when he retired in the 16th minute with a calf injury. Replaced by David Elleray.
First Jermaine to score: Jermaine Darlington, the QPR midfielder, gave the Londoners the lead against Huddersfield in the 16th minute. Nine minutes later, Wycombe's Jermaine McSporran scored against Burnley. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
First Premiership leader: Gianlucca Vialli's Chelsea, following their emphatic 4-0 home win over Sunderland. "We could have scored more," he said after the game, "but that is a detail at the moment."
First excuse: "Today he [the referee] was a major part of the game and he destroyed it. I blame him for that, I blame him for the fact we lost." Ruud Gullit, Newcastle manager.Reuse content