A picture showing the shared anguish of Michael Owen and most
of the Kop after a missing a chance on goal has been named as the FA Premier
League photograph of the decade.
Press Association photographer Phil Noble captured the image - which shows
Owen, two team-mates and a large section of the crowd with their hands on their
heads - during Liverpool's 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in September 1999.
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The photograph was chosen from a shortlist drawn up by a panel of experts which
was then voted on by fans on the Premier League's official website, www.premierleague.com.
Noble, himself a Liverpool supporter, said: "Typically I was at the wrong
end covering the United attack and watched as Michael Owen went through on United
keeper Massimo Taibi only for his shot to be saved.
"I saw Owen and the other two players put their head in their hands and
fired thinking it would perhaps do as a dejection pic.
"To be honest, had it happened earlier in the game when I had more time
and things were less frantic, I probably would have deleted it as you couldn't
make out the faces on the crowd on the back of the camera, and it was only when
I pulled it up on the laptop later that I realised what I had. By the way we
should have won - we were robbed!"
Liverpool striker Owen said: "Although we see hours of televised football
and regularly watch slow-motion replays and even computer-generated graphics,
usually the best images of sport come from still photographs.
"It is great that a Liverpool supporter has won the photograph of the
The initial shortlist for the award was selected by the Premier League from
photographs put forward by the leading picture agencies, including The Press
Association, Getty, Action Images and Empics.
This list was then whittled down to a final selection of 10 photographs by
the Premier League's 10 Seasons Awards Panel of experts closely involved with
the Premiership during its first decade.