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Shearer and Sutton, Cole and Yorke, Henry and Bergkamp – Premier League’s best strike partnerships 25 years on from Blackburn’s title win

It’s hard to believe that Blackburn’s Premier League title winning season was 25 years ago.

The club, who currently play in the Championship, have done something Liverpool have so far failed to do – for now.

That title winning season was spearheaded by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, nicknamed SAS, with an incredible 49 goals between them.

Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton helped Blackburn to the title

The pair formed one of the deadliest partnerships the Premier League has ever seen.

Here at, we have taken a look at some of the most prolific strike duos to grace the top flight since 1992.

Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley – Newcastle, 1993/94

Newcastle amazingly finished third in the 1993/94 season in their first campaign back in the Premier League after spending four years in Division One.

The strike partnership of Cole and Beardsley produced an incredible 55 goals (in a 42 game season).

Cole scored 34 of those with Beardsley netting a respectable 21 to go down as one of the deadliest duos in the Premier League era.

Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley were prolific together at Newcastle
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Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton – Blackburn Rovers, 1994/95

The pair were the spearhead of Blackburn’s remarkable Premier League title winning season in 1994/95.

They netted a staggering 49 goals between them, with Shearer scoring 34 and Sutton 15, in the famous campaign.

Not only that, the former got an outrageous 13 assists, while the latter weighed in with 10.

Shearer carried on his form the following season with 31 goals but Sutton failed to find the net in a league game due to injuries and a loss of form.

The 94/95 campaign still goes down in history as one of the greatest in history thanks to the ‘SAS’ partnership.

Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham – Tottenham, 1994/95

Spurs may not have been excelling in the mid-90s but their campaign with the German and the Englishman in tandem was nothing if not thrilling.

They only finished seventh in the Premier League, mainly due to their leaky defence and gung-ho tactics, particularly under Osvaldo Ardiles.

But, Klinsmann (21) and Sheringham (18) always put on a show in front of goal, while Darren Anderton was the creative outlet, assisting 14 strikes – Klinsmann got 10, mind you.

Klinsmann and Sheringham only had one magnificent season together

Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand – Newcastle United, 1996/97

Shearer hit the ground running following his record move to Newcastle from Blackburn and formed a formidable partnership with Ferdinand.

In 96/97, the pair hit 49 goals between them in with Shearer getting 28 in all competitions and Ferdinand scoring 21.

Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand were deadly at Newcastle
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Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke – Manchester United, 1998/99

The duo netted 53 times between them as Manchester United won the treble in the 1998-99 season.

It was such an incredible combination they became the benchmark of what strike partnerships were judged on in the Premier League era.

Cole scored 24 that season and Yorke netted 29 in what was his first season a Old Trafford.

Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were vital in Man United’s treble winning season
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Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn – Sunderland, 1999/2000

An underrated partnership probably because they were both playing for Sunderland at the time but were still incredibly fearsome together.

In the 1999/2000 season, following promotion to the Premier League, they combined to score 44 top flight goals, with Phillips scoring the bulk of them with 30.

To give that some context, it’s just five fewer than Shearer and Sutton managed and 10 more than Bergkamp and Henry’s best season.

Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn were an underrated pair at Sunderland
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Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp – Arsenal, 2003/04

The pair were part of Arsenal’s iconic Invincibles season in 2003-04 and netted 34 times between them to help the Gunners achieve that feat.

Both worked in tandem perfectly and are arguably the most talented strike partnership the Premier League has ever seen.

Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp formed a formidable partnership together at Arsenal

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool, 2013/14

It’s still baffling as to how Liverpool did not win the league title in 2014.

Suarez won the Golden Boot with 31 goals and Sturridge added 21 as Liverpool capitulated at the end of the season with the title within their grasp.

The Uruguayan went on to join Barcelona where he formed an even more prolific partnership with Lionel Messi.

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez nearly fired Liverpool to the Premier League title
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