The Best Episodes of Match of the Day
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018
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
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 - MOTD - 2nd May 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 43
Dan Walker presents highlights from the Premier League.
#3 - MOTD - 1st April 2017
Season 2016 - Episode 35
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.
#4 - World Cup: Argentina v Nigeria
Season 2017 - Episode 72
#5 - World Cup Highlights: Day 10
Season 2017 - Episode 67
#6 - MOTD - 24th May 2015
Season 2014 - Episode 50
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.
#7 - World Cup: Egypt v Uruguay
Season 2017 - Episode 49
#8 - MOTD - 26th September 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 8
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.
#9 - MOTD - 28th November 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 17
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.
#10 - World Cup: South Korea v Germany
Season 2017 - Episode 73
#11 - MOTD - 15th May 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 45
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.
#12 - MOTD - 5th December 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 18
Highlights including Man United v West Ham, Chelsea v Bournemouth and Stoke v Man City.
#13 - World Cup Highlights: Day 15
Season 2017 - Episode 76
#14 - World Cup: Brazil v Belgium
Season 2017 - Episode 84
#15 - MOTD - 13th January 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 25
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.
#16 - World Cup: Belgium v Panama
Season 2017 - Episode 56
#17 - MOTD - 16th May 2015
Season 2014 - Episode 49
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.
#18 - World Cup Highlights: Day 7
Season 2017 - Episode 62
#19 - MOTD - 28th January 2017 FA Cup
Season 2016 - Episode 25
Gabby Logan introduces highlights from the day's FA Cup fourth-round ties.
#20 - World Cup Highlights: Round of 16 - Day 4
Season 2017 - Episode 83
Highlights of the final two games in the round of 16, with England facing Colombia in Moscow and Sweden taking on Switzerland in St Petersburg. England have not won a knockout game at a major tournament for 12 years and will be desperate to put that record right against a talented but inconsistent Colombian side. Colombia won Group H but were fortunate to beat Senegal in their last match, and star man James Rodriguez could be an injury doubt for this match. The other last-16 game is Sweden against Switzerland, with the Swiss hoping to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1954.
#21 - MOTD - 24th September 2016
Season 2016 - Episode 7
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.
#22 - MOTD - 22nd August 2015
Season 2015 - Episode 4
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.
#23 - MOTD - 4th February 2017
Season 2016 - Episode 27
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.
#24 - MOTD - 22nd April 2017
Season 2016 - Episode 39
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.
#25 - MOTD - 6th February 2016
Season 2015 - Episode 30
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.