Premier League Hall of Fame: What is it, inductees & all you need to know

With Alan Shearer & Thierry Henry already announced as the first two nominees, fans can vote for other inductees from a pool of Premier League greats

The Premier League have officially unveiled their new Hall of Fame, where fans can chose their favourite players to be included and honoured for the prestigious award.

Goal has everything you need about the inaugural Premier League Hall of Fame, with the full list of inductees to be unveiled later this month.

What is the Premier League Hall of Fame?

The Premier League Hall of Fame honours and celebrates the very best who have played in the competition.

Individuals will be awarded with a membership to the Premier League Hall of Fame, set to recognise the true greats of English top-flight football.

Only retired players will be eligible for induction into the Premier League Hall of Fame, and only their career in the Premier League will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Once chosen, each Hall of Fame inductee receives a personalised medal engraved with their induction year.

The Premier League have announced the first two players to be added to the Hall of Fame, alongside a shortlist of nominees. Fans will be able to vote for their chosen inductee during this time.

In an official statement the Premier League said: “Membership of the Premier League Hall of Fame will be the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League.”

“Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season,” added Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”

Who has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame?

Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are the first two Premier League Hall of Fame inductees, announced in April 2021.

Six more players will be inducted in 2021 from a list of a 23-man shortlist.

How to vote for Premier League Hall of Fame inductees

Fans can vote for their Hall of Fame nominees on the official website.  They can vote for a total of up to six candidates out of the 23-man shortlist, with the votes to be announced later in the year.

The winners will join Shearer and Henry in the Premier League Hall of Fame.

Voting closes on May 9 at 6pm BST (1pm ET).

Premier League Hall of Fame shortlist

The 23-man shortlist that fans can vote from include a glittering array of English football greats, including the legendary likes of Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Frank Lampard and Ian Wright.

You can view the full list below.

PlayerClubYears active
Tony AdamsArsenal1992-2002
David BeckhamManchester United1994-2003
Dennis BergkampArsenal1995-2006
Sol CampbellArsenal1992-2011
Eric CantonaManchester United1992-1997
Andy ColeManchester United1993-2008
Ashley ColeChelsea1999-2014
Didier DrogbaChelsea2004-2012, 2014-2015
Les FerdinandNewcastle, Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester1992-2004
Rio FerdinandManchester United1995-2015
Robbie FowlerLiverpool1993 – 2008
Frank LampardChelsea1995-2015
Matthew Le TissierSouthampton1992-2002
Michael OwenLiverpool, Man Utd & Newcastle1996-2004, 2005-2013
Peter SchmeichelManchester United1992-1999, 2001-2003
Paul ScholesManchester United1993-2013
John TerryChelsea1998-2017
Robin Van PersieArsenal2004-2015
Nemanja VidicManchester United2006-2014
Patrick VieiraArsenal1996-2005, 2010-2011
Ian WrightArsenal1992-1999

Tony Adams

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Fourteen years as captain, 669 appearances and 10 major trophies, including League titles in three different decades. It’s no surprise that ‘Mr. Arsenal’ himself is regarded as one of the Gunners’ greatest ever players.

Adams was the ultimate one-club man – an increasing rarity in modern football – and a rock at the heart of Arsenal’s defence. He thrived as the leader of the famous Back Four, developing an instinctive understanding with his centre-back partner Steve Bould and full-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn. On an individual level, it’s hard to think of a more committed, more gutsy and more inspirational footballer in Arsenal’s history.

George Graham called him “my colossus”; Arsène Wenger described him as a “professor of defence”. They were both right. Technically, Adams was a supreme defender – the timing of his tackles, his reading of the game and his aerial ability made him an awesome opponent. Add to that his insatiable appetite for a battle, his mental and physical resilience, his desire and, of course, his leadership, and it’s easy to see why Adams was a hero to the Highbury faithful.

It was clear that Adams was a bit special from the moment he signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980. Three years later he made his debut against Sunderland, four weeks after his 17th birthday. It was hardly an auspicious start – Adams was partly to blame for a 2-1 home defeat – but he soon found his feet at the top level.

Eight months after winning his first medal at the 1987 Littlewoods Cup Final, Adams became Arsenal’s youngest ever skipper at the age of 21. It was a position he would hold until his retirement but, in those early days of captaincy, Adams had to endure plenty of stick. The Daily Mirror famously depicted Adams with donkey ears the morning after he scored at both ends in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United. Opposition fans soon latched on.

Adams’ response was simple – he just pointed at his growing stack of medals. Eight weeks after his Old Trafford experience, the Arsenal captain led his team to the title on that famous night at Anfield. Two years later he had his hands on the same trophy and a domestic Cup Double would follow in 1993. The taunts continued – a spell in prison from December 1990 fuelled the fire – but Adams always seemed to have the last laugh.

He scored 48 goals during his Arsenal career and plenty of vital ones. The header which beat Tottenham at Wembley in 1993 will live long in the memory and another huge leap accounted for Torino in the Cup Winners’ Cup Quarter-Final a year later. Adams was arguably at his peak during that European campaign. With David Seaman behind him and Bould alongside him, Adams and Arsenal were inpenetrable at times. Parma found that out in May 1994 as Adams lifted his first European trophy after a defensive masterclass.

By 1996 Adams was the England captain too but that year was dominated by revelations of his alcoholism. It proved a turning point on and off the pitch. Away from the action Adams matured and showed great dignity. On the field, the arrival of Wenger was perfectly timed. The Frenchman’s focus on diet and preparation helped Adams fend off his old habits while Wenger’s footballing ethos allowed the Arsenal skipper to express himself more on the pitch.

Whereas Graham had favoured a more direct style, Wenger encouraged Adams to be more expansive. He flourished, showing more poise in possession, initiating attacks from the back and even getting forward when he could. That approach manifested itself most emphatically on the final day of the 1997/98 season when Adams, put through by Bould (of all people), rifled a shot into the corner to put the top hat and tails on another title. Adams’ celebration in front of an adoring North Bank remains one of the iconic moments in Arsenal’s rich history. The FA Cup – and the Double – duly followed.

Now in his 30s, Adams was increasingly hampered by injuries but, like so many Arsenal greats, he managed to go out on a high note. In Adams’ case it was another Double, this time in 2002, clinched in style with a win at Old Trafford. Would the Adams of old have been part of that triumphant squad? Perhaps not, but the great man’s final flourish was just reward for turning his life around six years earlier.

David Beckham

Arguably one of world football’s biggest names, David Beckham is a global phenomenon but a part of him will be forever Red.

A decade spent marauding up United’s right wing contributed to the most successful period in the club’s history, and his 57-yard strike against Wimbledon is surely one of the most replayed goals of all time.

He followed in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Bryan Robson by eventually captaining England, and he is the only England player to have scored in three different World Cups.The story began in July 1991 when a lifelong United fan moved north from Leytonstone to sign apprentice forms for the Reds.

He formed part of the Class of ‘92 that won the FA Youth Cup along with Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville but had to wait for his league debut – at home to Leeds United on 2 April 1995. The departure of Andrei Kanchelskis freed up a place of the right of midfield, and Beckham made it his own.

Bagging the winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea proved he was a man for the big occasion, and the season ended with United winning a second Double.Beckham began the 1996/97 campaign with that goal from the halfway line at Selhurst Park and a month later began his England journey with a debut against Moldova.

That season brought another Premiership medal, but in 1998 Arsenal took the title back as Beckham headed for the World Cup in France. After being left out of the starting line-up for England’s first two matches, he then scored a stunning free-kick against Colombia and was hailed a national hero. It wasn’t to last.

Facing Argentina in the second round, he was sent off for a foul on Diego Simeone and ten-man England were knocked out.Mocked by the press and vilified by fans across the country, he was welcomed back into the arms of the United family.

Beckham responded by scoring a trademark free-kick against Leicester City in the first Premier League game of 1998/99, and went on to enjoy a season that would have been beyond his wildest dreams as the Reds won the Treble.

Among his many contributions to that glorious campaign were the equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur in the final league fixture, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men came from behind to clinch the title at Old Trafford, and the two corners from which United scored last-gasp goals through Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

The following season brought his fourth Premiership winner’s medal and Beckham was voted the second best player in Europe and the world as Rivaldo of Barcelona and Brazil pipped him to both awards. 2000/01 was another Premiership-winning season and having been handed the England captaincy he almost single-handedly booked his country’s place in the 2002 World Cup finals with an incredible matchwinning performance against Greece at Old Trafford.

Ever the trend-setter, Beckham introduced the world to the word ‘metatarsal’ when he broke his foot in a Champions League match against Deportivo la Coruna but recovered in time to score a redemptive penalty against Argentina in the World Cup.

The next season proved to be his final one at Old Trafford and after months of speculation, Beckham made the switch to Real Madrid in the summer of 2003 but not before picking up his fifth Premiership medal and signing off in style with a final free-kick goal in his last United game against Everton.Beckham spent four seasons in Spain, winning La Liga in the last of those, before signing for LA Galaxy, where he won two MLS Cups.

Two loan spells with AC Milan followed before he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in January 2013 and helped them to win their first French league title for 19 years. He played his last competitive match before retiring from football, Lorient v PSG, on 26 May 2013 – also the 14th anniversary of his finest hour in a United shirt, the night when the Treble was won.Beckham is England’s second most-capped outfield player with 115 appearances.

Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp is perhaps one of the most interesting players to watch on the soccer field during his playing days.

When I think of Dennis Bergkamp “IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING” comes to mind 🙂

This player made soccer fun to watch as he would try the impossible and at most times he would make it possible earning himself the nickname Dennis Bergkamp The Artist.

Dennis Bergkamp biography shows him scoring impossible goals and making impossible passes which in part brought him fame as a soccer player.

He is also one of the few players to stick with the same club throughout his career, although he could have gone to any club he wanted to for a very high transfer fee.

Dennis Bergkamp Biography starts with Ajax youth squad

Born in Amsterdam, its no wonder that Bergkamp would start his career as a youth player with one of the best youth soccer clubs in the world Ajax at the age of 12.

After spending 5 years with the club, Dennis Bergkamp signed his first professional contract in 1986 at the age of 17.

Dennis Bergkamp profile shows that his professional debut came on 14th December, 1986 against Roda JC.

Coached by great Johan Cruyff, Bergkamp became a regular starter the following season helping Ajax win titles and also earning the nickname for himself Dennis “The Van Man” Bergkamp.

During his career at Ajax, Bergkamp scored 122 goals in 239 all competition matches.

Dennis Bergkamp Biography and move to Inter not as expected

After 12 years with Ajax, Bergkamp made a move to Italian soccer with Inter Milan.

However Dennis Bergkamp profile would be stainted during his time with Internazionale as his form dropped dramatically and he would play so bad that he only scored 11 goals in 50 matches.

His poor form was not the only problem as Dennis Bergkamp had a hard time getting along with the team.

What made things worse is that Italian media started to make fun of the Dutchman by renaming their “donkey of the week” (worst player of the week) award to “Bergkamp of the week”.

Dennis Bergkamp Biography – Arsenal and Arsene Wenger bring the best out of Bergkamp

After 2 unhappy seasons at Inter, Dennis Bergkamp was signed by Arsenal boss Bruce Rioch in 1995 for a reported £7.5 million.

Dennis Bergkamp biography shows that it took Bergkamp a little while to get used to the English style of soccer/football but his stature in Premier League grew more and more that pretty soon he was considered the best foreign player to ever come and play in the English Premier League.

Dennis Bergkamp profile shows that after the arrival of Arsene Wenger in 1996 Bergkamp would truly hit his career best form and go on to win many titles and score many memorable goals during his time at Arsenal.

In 2005 there was speculation that Bergkamp would retire if he didn’t get one year contract extension with Arsenal but after winning the FA CUP FINAL against Manchester United, Arsene Wenger announced that Bergkamp would get a one year contract extension with the club.

On April 16th, 2006 in a home match against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal supporters would dedicate their “Supporter’s Day” to “Dennis Bergkamp Day” as a thanks for his great service to the club.

This would also be his last match as he would retire in 2006.

On 14th July, 2008 he placed 2nd in Arsenal’s Greatest 50 Players in an online poll on

Andy Cole

Any Reds wishing Alex Ferguson had plumped for Nottingham Forest’s Stan Collymore when he went shopping for a new striker in the January 1995 sales were forced to eat their hats over Andy Cole.

An inauspicious start to his Old Trafford career was followed by the most purple of purple patches, in which the Nottingham-born striker banged in a goal every couple of games, a ratio not seen in M16 since the golden age of Denis Law. It was only a matter of time, of course. Form is temporary, class is permanent.

Cole had blazed a trail at St James’ Park, scoring an astonishing 68 goals in just 74 matches, including 41 in the 1993/94 league season. Once he was off and running, benefiting from the prompting of Cantona, Giggs and Sharpe, he played like a dream, justifying every penny of his then-record £6.25 million transfer.

That first season saw Cole score an astonishing five times in the 9-0 rout of Ipswich Town at Old Trafford – a scoreline that remains an individual and team best in Premiership history.

Cole netted 11 league goals on the way to the 1995/96 title, snatched so memorably from the grasp of his old team-mates at Newcastle.

Further title success followed in 1996/97, a season disrupted by pneumonia and two broken legs. Though his days appeared numbered with the arrival of Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa for the 1998/99, the truth couldn’t have been more different.

Cole and Yorke were dynamite together, scoring 35 goals in the league between them as United stormed unstoppably to the Treble. Yorke’s craft and strength, Cole’s pace and predatory instincts unforgettably combining at Nottingham Forest in February 1999 in an 8-1 win, memorable also for a four-goal substitute cameo from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Though Cole found his United form hard to replicate in an England shirt, there is little doubt he is one of the club’s – and the modern game’s – great strikers. He was still scoring top-flight goals for Manchester City in 2005/06 after spells with Blackburn and Fulham.

Ashley Cole is British footballer who was born on December 20, 1980 in Stepney, London. He started his career as a defender but in his later days, he switched his position to the Left Back. He has won the FA Cup Football 7 times, from two different clubs.


Cole joined the Arsenal club in 1997 with the intention of going professional into football. Arsenal was his local club and he remained associated with the club until 2006. He also got to play for the junior national team during his early days.


The 1999 FIFA Youth Championship saw his debut in the England U20 team. But the tournament did not go well for England and they finished last. Cole made his U21 matches memorable by scoring a goal in one of the four matches he played. His senior team debut came against Albania in 2001 where he failed to score a goal, being a defender.

Rise to Glory

Cole Cole was given a chance in the senior team only after 4 matches at the U21 level. He was too strong in defence and helped England a number of times in saving the goals. He went on to represent the England team in all of the major tournaments such as 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2004 FIFA Euro Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, etc.

He is one of the few players to have 100 appearances in international marches. Cole was a regular member of the team during his time of play. His crucial saves and blocks had always been beneficial for the team.

Low Points

Cole was low on form during the 2013-14 season and he wasn’t selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This was taken further when his club, Chelsea didn’t retain him either. Thus, he announced his retirement from international football in 2014 and only plays club football now.

Club Career

Cole started his professional career in football from the Arsenal club in 1999 where he was once a junior player. He kept himself associated with the club for 9 years with various tournament victories such as the Premier League in 2001-02 and 2002-03, the FA Cup in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2004-05, etc.

After bidding farewell to Arsenal, Cole joined the Chelsea FC and performed there like a star. He played 229 matches for Chelsea from 2006-2014 and helped the club win a number of tournaments such as 2009-10 Premier League, the FA Cup (four times), the UEFA Champions League in 2011-12, the UEFA Europa League in 2012-13, etc.

Cole was not given a contract renewal in 2014 and thus he joined the Roma club. But the season didn’t go too well for him and he left the club after an year. After a year gap, Cole joined the LA Galaxy in 2016 and has been associated with it till date.

FULL NAME Rio Gavin Ferdinand BORN November 7, 1978 HEIGHT 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) NATIONALITY English, British ROLE Centre-back

Rio Gavin Ferdinand is a professional footballer from England. He was born on the 7th of November, 1978 in Camberwell. Ferdinand played as center back and was associated with Manchester United for the major part of his career.


The Englishman began his football career with West Ham United back in 1992. He remained in the youth ranks for three years where he quickly developed his skills and gained the faith of the manager to perform at bigger levels.

In 1996, Ferdinand won the Hammer of the Year award for his top quality performances for the side. The young defender featured for the Hammers until the end of 2000 after which he moved to Leeds United for a record-breaking fee of £18 million. He spent two seasons at the club, becoming the team captain in 2001.


Rio Ferdinand made his international debut in a match against Cameroon on the 15th of November, 1997, setting a record as the youngest defender to play for England at the time. Ferdinand started as a substitute as England beat Cameroon comprehensively. He went on to score three goals for his country and was the second most capped player for England with 81 appearances.

Rise to Glory

Ferdinand was considered as a more traditional English defender for his continental style of play. Ferdinand is regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, and as one of best ever centre backs to have played for England. He had good leadership qualities and was strong in the air and on the ground.

Rio Ferdinand spent the best years of his career at Manchester United. He became the most expensive defender back in 2002 when he joined the Red Devils. Ferdinand went on to win the Premier League title with Manchester United in his first season at the club. He collected a winner’s medal in the 2006 League Cup, with runners-up medals in the 2003 League Cup and the 2005 FA Cup.

The defender scored his first goal for United after three years at Old Trafford against Wigan Athletic in 2005. In the same season, he then scored a last minute winner against Liverpool at Old Trafford, possibly his most important Manchester United goal to date.

Rio had his best moment on the 21st of May 2008 when he captained Manchester United towards a Champions League victory against Chelsea. During his tenure at United, he won six premier league titles and was named in the team of the season in as many times.

Low Points

Ferdinand has been involved in a lot of controversies in his football career. He has been banned from driving on a handful number of occasions that prevented him from becoming the youngest player to play for England. A number of back and knee injuries all throughout his career did not help him to remain a constant starter in the XI.

In 2003, the defender failed to attend a drug test that saw him being suspended for a eight month period. In 2008, Ferdinand kicked a female steward in Chelsea. Later he claimed to have just bruised her foot and apologised for his behaviour.


Rio bid adieu to international cricket in 2013 to focus on his club career. On 30 May 2015, he announced his retirement from professional football.

Post retirement, Ferdinand has joined BT Sport as a Pundit for their coverage of variuos football matches across Europe.

FULL NAME Michael James Owen  BORN December 14, 1979 HEIGHT 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) NATIONALITY English, British ROLE Striker

Michael Owen is a former English footballer, born on 14th December 1979 in Chester, England. Owen played as a centre-forward throughout his playing career and used both his foot while playing.

Owen was named by the legendary Pele in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.


Owen signed for Liverpool at the age of 12 amidst interest from other clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.

During the 1995-96 season, Owen scored a hattrick against Manchester United who were the defending FA Youth Cup champions. He would score another hattrick in the opening leg of the semi-final against Crystal Palace. He scored a further couple of goals in the return leg to seal the tie.

Owen missed the first leg of the final against West Ham United but returned for the second leg to score in a 2-1 win. It was the first time that Liverpool had won the FA Youth Cup.


Owen made his debut for the England senior team in February 1998 against Chile. England lost the match 0-2. It made Owen the youngest player to represent England in the century.

Rise to Glory

Owen scored on his senior debut for Liverpool in 1997 against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.

He had to be the front man for his club after the iconic Robbie Fowler was injured in the following season. He repaid the faith shown in him by scoring 18 times in the league. As a result, he won the Premier League Golden Boot as well as the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Owen retained the Premier League Golden Boot in the 1998-99 season as well scoring a further 18 goals inspite of being injured for the last couple of months of the season.

He helped Liverpool win the Cup Treble in the 2000-01 season. He won the European Player of the Year award as a result of his performances. In the FA Cup final against Arsenal, Owen scored both the goals for his club.

The couple of years after the Cup Treble, Liverpool tried to push ambitiously towards winning the Premier League with Michael Owen at the forefront of that effort. They strongly challenged for the title in the 2001-02 but finished second. Owen scored nineteen times in the league.

The 2002-03 season turned out to be disastrous for Liverpool as they failed to finish among the Champions League spots. Owen scored nineteen times again.

Owen had a less than fashionable single season at Real Madrid scoring thirteen times as Real finished runners-up in the league.

He emerged as a club icon at Newcastle United. He stayed with the Magpies for four seasons and then joined Manchester United. He had to contend to playing second fiddle at Manchester United but scored a memorable hattrick against Vfl Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League and scored the winner in the iconic 4-3 injury time win over Manchester City.

Low Points

After attaining the heights with Liverpool, Owen attained the lows in his single season with Real Madrid. He was often left on the bench to Ruud van Nistelrooy and was widely criticized by the Spanish press.

He returned to the Premier League the following season after Real Madrid bought Brazilian forward Robinho.

Club Career

Owen started his professional career with Liverpool FC. He moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2004 for €12 million. After spending a year in Madrid, he returned to England to join Newcastle for €25 million which was a club record fee at that time. In 2009, Owen joined Manchester United on a free transfer after his contract with Newcastle United expired. In 2012, he joined Stoke City where he retired after a season.


Michael Owen was the youngest player in the Premier League to reach 100 goals.

Owen stands 4th in the list of top goal scorers for England with 40 goals.

Owen also appears in the top 10 highest goal scorers of the Premier League with 150 goals, tied with fellow Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.


Owen retired from the game after the 2012-13 season. Post retirement, Owen is mostly seen doing commentary stints and working as a football pundit on the television.


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