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When was the last time the champions’ opening game was not televised?

Plus: the first live game on Sky; the shortest fixture; and the highest scoring opening weekend. Send questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“In recent years the reigning Premier League champions have been featured on TV in the UK during the first weekend of the season, but this year Chelsea’s match with Burnley is a Saturday 3pm kick-off,” writes Mike Coxon. “When was the last time a reigning champion wasn’t on TV the first weekend of the season? For my money it would be the famous Wimbledon v Manchester United game featuring that goal from David Beckham.”

Well, it did involve a famous contribution from a United No7, but it wasn’t Beckham. The last time this occurred was in 2003-04, when Manchester United beat Bolton 4-0. The game is remembered for a dazzling debut by the teenage substitute Cristiano Ronaldo, who had signed from Sporting Lisbon a few days earlier. The live matches on Sky and Premiership Plus that weekend were newly promoted Portsmouth v Aston Villa, Leeds v Newcastle and Liverpool v Chelsea (who had just been bought by Roman Abramovich).

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