The BEST Episodes of Match of the Day
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021
Network: BBC One
Match of the Day (often abbreviated as MOTD) is the BBC's main football television programme. Typically, it is shown on BBC One on Saturday evenings during the English football season, showing highlights of the day's matches in the Barclays Premier League. It is one of the BBC's longest-running shows, having been on air since 1964, though it has not always been aired regularly. The 'Match of the Day' brand is also often used for live football coverage on the BBC. They run a competition called Goal of the Month, choosing the best goal each month, where the winner from there will then be entered into a goal of the season award.
#1 - MOTD - April 15th, 1989
Season 1989 - Episode 34 - Aired Apr 15, 1989
Match of the Day recorded this night of the Hillsborough disaster, April 15th 1989. This episode contains distressing scenes. The Hillsborough disaster was an incident that occurred on 15 April 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs. The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766 others. The incident has since been blamed primarily on the police, and remains the worst stadium-related disaster in British history, and one of the world's worst football disasters.
#2 - 22nd August 1964
Season 1964 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 22, 1964
The first episode of Match of the Day from 1964, presented by Kenneth Wolstenholme and former Arsenal player Walley Barnes. The featured match is Liverpool versus Arsenal at Anfield.
#3 - MOTD - 2nd May 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 43 - Aired May 2, 2016
Dan Walker presents highlights from the Premier League.
#4 - MOTD - 24th May 2015
Season 2014 - Episode 50 - Aired May 24, 2015
Highlights from the final day of the Premier League season, presented by Gary Lineker. Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers, both of whom have spent most of the season battling against relegation, meet at the King Power Stadium, while Aston Villa host Burnley in another game between two bottom-half sides. All eyes will be on Steven Gerrard in Liverpool's match at Stoke, with the Reds captain set to play his final game for the club before departing to join Los Angeles Galaxy. In London, Chelsea play Sunderland, Arsenal take on West Brom and Crystal Palace meet Swansea. Elsewhere, Tottenham travel to Everton, Hull play Manchester United, Manchester City face Southampton and Newcastle take on West Ham.
#5 - MOTD - 1st April 2017
Season 2016 - Episode 35 - Aired Apr 1, 2017
Gary Lineker introduces highlights of the day's eight Premier League matches, including the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton. Other games include Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Burnley v Tottenham, Leicester v Stoke, Manchester United v West Brom, Hull v West Ham, Watford v Sunderland and Southampton v Bournemouth.
#6 - MOTD - 26th September 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 26, 2015
Gary Lineker introduces highlights and reaction to the day's eight Premier League matches. In the lunchtime kick-off Tottenham host Manchester City at White Hart Lane, with both clubs having had contrasting starts to the season. The day's other fixtures see Leicester take on Arsenal, Liverpool play Aston Villa, Manchester United face Sunderland, Southampton against Swansea, Stoke versus promoted Bournemouth, West Ham hosting Norwich and champions Chelsea travelling to Newcastle.
#7 - MOTD - 28th November 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 28, 2015
Gary Lineker presents highlights of the day's six Premier League games, including early-season pacesetters Manchester City taking on Southampton. City brought the curtain down on their Premier League season with a 2-0 home victory over Saints last season - consolidating their second-place finish behind Chelsea. Elsewhere, former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew takes on the Magpies with his current club Crystal Palace. Pardew swapped St James' Park for Selhurst Park earlier this year and will want to continue his impressive start to the season with Palace. The day's other fixtures see another of the season's surprise packages, Leicester City, take on Manchester United. Elsewhere, Sunderland entertain Stoke, Everton travel to Bournemouth and Aston Villa face Watford.
#8 - MOTD - 15th May 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 45 - Aired May 15, 2016
Gary Lineker presents highlights from all ten matches on the final day of a Premier League season that has been one of the most memorable in the competition's history. Champions Leicester travel to Chelsea, Tottenham are away to Newcastle, Arsenal take on Aston Villa, Everton play Norwich, Manchester United face Bournemouth, Southampton host Crystal Palace, Stoke welcome West Ham, Swansea play Manchester City, Watford face Sunderland and West Brom are at home to Liverpool.
#9 - MOTD - 16th May 2015
Season 2014 - Episode 49 - Aired May 16, 2015
Gary Lineker introduces highlights from the day's seven Premier League matches in the penultimate week of the season. The threat of relegation has haunted both Sunderland and Leicester for much of the campaign, and they face each other in what could be a crucial clash in the fight to avoid dropping into the Championship. Burnley, who have also been in and around the bottom three all season, take on Stoke at Turf Moor. Elsewhere, QPR host Newcastle, Southampton play Aston Villa, Hull travel to Tottenham, West Ham face Everton and Liverpool are in action against Crystal Palace.
#10 - MOTD - 5th December 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 18 - Aired Dec 5, 2015
Highlights including Man United v West Ham, Chelsea v Bournemouth and Stoke v Man City.
#11 - MOTD - 13th January 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 25 - Aired Jan 13, 2016
Gary Lineker introduces the best of the action and reaction from the week's ten Premier League matches, including a mouthwatering clash between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield and a meeting of two of the Premier League's early-season form sides Tottenham and Leicester City.
#12 - MOTD - 22nd August 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 22, 2015
Gary Lineker presents highlights of the day's six Premier League matches. In the lunchtime kick-off, Manchester United welcomed Newcastle to Old Trafford, while West Ham entertained Bournemouth at Upton Park. Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is a guest in the studio alongside Alan Shearer. In the day's other games, Crystal Palace host Aston Villa, Tottenham travel to take on Leicester, Norwich play Stoke and Sunderland meet Swansea.
#13 - MOTD - 24th September 2016
Season 2016 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 24, 2016
Gary Lineker introduces highlights from Saturday's eight Premier League games, including the clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates. The Blues won both of their Premier League games against the Gunners last season and are unbeaten against Arsene Wenger's side in the top flight since 2011. For the lunchtime kick-off, champions Leicester City travel to Manchester United in a repeat of this season's Community Shield, which United won 2-1. Elsewhere, Liverpool host Hull, Bournemouth meet Everton, Middlesbrough play Tottenham, Stoke take on West Brom, Crystal Palace visit Sunderland and Manchester City make the trip to Swansea.
#14 - MOTD - 28th January 2017 FA Cup
Season 2016 - Episode 25 - Aired Jan 28, 2017
Gabby Logan introduces highlights from the day's FA Cup fourth-round ties.
#15 - MOTD - 4th February 2017
Season 2016 - Episode 27 - Aired Feb 4, 2017
Gary Lineker introduces highlights of Saturday's eight Premier League matches, including the game between title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, while Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce faces former side Sunderland in a game of huge significance in the relegation battle. Other matches include Tottenham v Middlesbrough, Everton v Bournemouth, Hull v Liverpool, Southampton v West Ham, Watford v Burnley and West Brom v Stoke.
#16 - MOTD - 6th February 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 30 - Aired Feb 6, 2016
Gary Lineker introduces highlights from the day's seven Premier League matches, including an intriguing clash between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad. Everton are out for revenge at the Britannia Stadium - Stoke beat them 4-3 in a thrilling encounter over Christmas - while Sunderland are on the hunt for points at Anfield. Aston Villa take on Norwich in a match they surely must win if they are to stand a chance of escaping relegation this season. Elsewhere, West Brom travel to Newcastle, Swansea host Crystal Palace and Tottenham meet Watford at White Hart Lane.
#17 - MOTD - 22nd April 2017
Season 2016 - Episode 39 - Aired Apr 22, 2017
Dan Walker presents highlights of the latest Premier League matches, including West Ham United v Everton at the Olympic Stadium and Bournemouth v Middlesbrough at the Vitality Stadium. The Hammers were looking to avoid being drawn further into the battle to avoid relegation, while Boro were aiming to move a step closer to an unlikely survival.
#18 - MOTD - 22nd July 2020
Season 2019 - Episode 48 - Aired Jul 22, 2020
Gary Lineker introduces highlights of the days Premier League matches.
#19 - MOTD - 18th March 2017
Season 2016 - Episode 34 - Aired Mar 18, 2017
Gary Lineker introduces highlights from Saturday's seven Premier League fixtures. Arsenal face a trip to West Brom in the day's early kick-off and the Gunners are desperate to avoid defeat at the Hawthorns for a second successive year. Title favourites Chelsea travel to Stoke, where they have lost on two of their last three league visits. Elsewhere, Everton host Hull, reigning Premier League champions Leicester are away to West Ham, Sunderland take on Burnley at the Stadium of Light, Bournemouth are at home to Swansea and Crystal Palace face Watford.
#20 - MOTD - May 7th, 2011
Season 2010 - Episode 36 - Aired May 7, 2011
Gary Lineker presents highlights from the day's matches in the Barclays Premier League, where the battle to avoid relegation is the focus of several games. Wigan travel to Aston Villa, while West Ham host Blackburn and Blackpool travel to Tottenham. At the other end of the table, Manchester City host Everton, with the Toffees looking to clinch a double over City for the second season in a row.
#21 - 16th August, 2008
Season 2008 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 16, 2008
#22 - MOTD - 4th April 2015
Season 2014 - Episode 42 - Aired Apr 4, 2015
Gary Lineker presents highlights of the day's seven Premier League matches. In the lunchtime kick-off, Arsenal host Liverpool in a huge clash in the race for the Champions League places. Elsewhere, Everton play Southampton, Leicester take on Southampton, Man Utd face Aston Villa, Swansea host Hull, West Brom welcome QPR and Stoke visit Chelsea. Alan Shearer and Ruud Gullit are the studio guests.
#23 - MOTD - 2nd May 2015
Season 2014 - Episode 47 - Aired May 2, 2015
Gary Lineker introduces highlights from all of the day's Premier League matches. We're now into the final month of the season - with just four rounds of fixtures left, there will be plenty of tension in the air at both the top and bottom of the table. The games include Liverpool v QPR, while Manchester United host West Brom and Newcastle travel to Leicester. There's a battle of the red-and-white stripes as Sunderland face Southampton, and a clash of the clarets as West Ham and Burnley meet at Upton Park. The remaining games saw Swansea tackle Stoke while Aston Villa and Everton - two clubs who have struggled in the league this season - do battle at Villa Park.
#24 - MOTD - 29th August 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 29, 2015
Gary Lineker presents highlights of the day's Premier League games, which include Newcastle's match against Arsenal. The Gunners ended last season strongly, lifting the FA Cup at Wembley after thrashing Aston Villa, but a poor start to their league campaign prevented them from challenging for the league title. Arsene Wenger's men have won their last seven games against Newcastle, and will be hopeful of extending that winning run at St James' Park. Elsewhere, reigning champions Chelsea face fellow Londoners Crystal Palace, while Aston Villa meet Sunderland, Bournemouth host Leicester and West Ham travel to Liverpool. Newly promoted Watford face a tough trip to Manchester City, while Stoke play West Brom and Tottenham face Everton. Analysis comes from Ruud Gullit and Martin Keown.
#25 - MOTD - 24th October 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 24, 2015
Gary Lineker introduces highlights and reaction to the day's six Premier League matches with Ian Wright and Danny Murphy. Champions Chelsea faced a London derby away to West Ham with Jose Mourinho looking to preserve a proud record of never having lost to the Hammers in nine league and cup matches. Everton travelled to Arsenal hoping to end an 18-game losing streak that dates back to 1997. The day's other games saw early season high-fliers Leicester host Crystal Palace, Aston Villa entertain Swansea, Norwich play West Brom and Stoke against Watford.