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Seasonal Records: 2011-2012

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2010-2011 Premier League campaign. This was the most dramatic finale to any Premier League season as in its 20th campaign; Manchester City snatched the title away in stoppage-time from Manchester United in the most unbelievable fashion.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 28 5 5 93 29 +64 89
2 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 89 33 +56 89
3 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 +25 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 +25 69
5 Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 +5 65
6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 +19 64
7 Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 +10 56
8 Liverpool FC 38 14 10 14 47 40 +7 52
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 48 51 -3 52
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 8 17 45 52 -7 47
11 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 44 51 -7 47
12 Norwich City 38 12 11 15 52 66 -14 47
13 Sunderland 38 11 12 15 45 46 -1 45
14 Stoke City 38 11 12 15 36 53 -17 45
15 Wigan Athletic 38 11 10 17 42 62 -20 43
16 Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53 -16 38
17 Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66 -23 37
18 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 6 22 46 77 -31 36
19 Blackburn Rovers 38 8 7 23 48 78 -30 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 5 10 23 40 82 -42 25

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1066
European qualifiers Manchester City (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

Chelsea (UEFA Champions League)

Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Europa League)

Newcastle United (UEFA Europa League)

Liverpool FC (UEFA Europa League)

Longest winning run 8 games (Manchester United)
Longest unbeaten run 14 games (Manchester City)
Longest winless run 12 games (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Longest losing run 8 games (Wigan Athletic)
Highest attendance 75,627 (Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Lowest attendance 15,195 (Queens Park Rangers vs. Bolton Wanderers)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
PFA Young Player of the Year Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Football Writers’ Award Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
PFA Team of the Year Joe Hart, Leighton Baines, Kyle Walker, Fabricio Coloccini, Vincent Kompany, Scott Parker, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie
Manager of the Year Alan Pardew (Newcastle United)
Premier League Goal of the Season Papiss Cisse (Chelsea vs. NEWCASTLE UNITED)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Edin Dzeko (4) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City 1-5 28th August 2011
Wayne Rooney Manchester United vs. Arsenal 8-2 28th August 2011
Sergio Aguero Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic 3-0 10th September 2011
Wayne Rooney Bolton Wanderers vs. Manchester United 0-5 10th September 2011
Demba Ba Newcastle United vs. Blackburn Rovers 3-1 24th September 2011
Frank Lampard Bolton Wanderers vs. Chelsea 1-5 2nd October 2011
Andy Johnson Fulham vs. Queens Park Rangers 6-0 2nd October 2011
Robin van Persie Chelsea vs. Arsenal 3-5 29th October 2011
Demba Ba Stoke City vs. Newcastle United 1-3 31st October 2011
Yakubu (4) Blackburn Rovers vs. Swansea City 4-2 3rd December 2011
Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic 5-0 26th December 2011
Clint Dempsey Fulham vs. Newcastle United 5-2 21st January 2012
Robin van Persie Arsenal vs. Blackburn Rovers 7-1 4th February 2012
Peter Odemwingie Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. West Bromwich Albion 1-5 12th February 2012
Pavel Pogrebnyak Fulham vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 4th March 2012
Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC vs. Everton 3-0 13th March 2012
Carlos Tevez Norwich City vs. Manchester City 1-6 14th April 2012
Luis Suarez Norwich City vs. Liverpool FC 0-3 28th April 2012
Fernando Torres Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers 6-1 29th April 2012

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Robin van Persie Arsenal 30
2 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 27
3 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 23
4= Emmanuel Adebayor Tottenham Hotspur 17
4= Clint Dempsey Fulham 17
4= Yakubu Blackburn Rovers 17
7 Demba Ba Newcastle United 16
8 Grant Holt Norwich City 15
9 Edin Dzeko Manchester City 14
10= Mario Balotelli Manchester City 13
10= Papiss Cisse Newcastle United 13
12= Danny Graham Swansea City 12
12= Steven Fletcher Wolverhampton Wanderers 12
14= Frank Lampard Chelsea 11
14= Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur 11
14= Luis Suarez Liverpool FC 11
14= Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur 11
14= Daniel Sturridge Chelsea 11
19= Javier Hernandez Manchester United 10
19= Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur 10
19= Peter Odemwingie West Bromwich Albion 10
19= Peter Crouch Stoke City 10
19= Danny Welbeck Manchester United 9
19= Nikica Jelavic Everton 9
19= Steve Morison Norwich City 9

 

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal 28th August 2011
Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn Rovers 4th February 2012
Fulham 6-0 Queens Park Rangers 2nd October 2011
Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City 23rd October 2011
Norwich City 1-6 Manchester City 14th April 2012
Chelsea 6-1 Queens Park Rangers 29th April 2012
Fulham 0-5 Manchester United 21st December 2011
Manchester United 5-0 Wigan Athletic 26th December 2011
Bolton Wanderers 0-5 Manchester United 10th September 2011
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-5 Manchester United 18th March 2012

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
10 Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal 28th August 2011
8 Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn Rovers 4th February 2012
8 Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal 29th October 2011
8 Manchester United 4-4 Everton 22nd April 2012
8 Swansea City 4-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28th April 2012
7 Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City 23rd October 2011
7 Norwich City 1-6 Manchester City 14th April 2012
7 Chelsea 6-1 Queens Park Rangers 29th April 2012
7 Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur 26th February 2012
7 Fulham 5-2 Newcastle United 21st January 2012
7 Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Arsenal 17th September 2011
6 Fulham 6-0 Queens Park Rangers 2nd October 2011
6 Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City 28th August 2011
6 Manchester City 5-1 Norwich City 3rd December 2011
6 Bolton Wanderers 1-5 Chelsea 2nd October 2011
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-5 West Bromwich Albion 12th February 2012
6 Aston Villa 2-4 Chelsea 31st March 2012
6 Norwich City 4-2 Newcastle United 10th December 2011
6 Blackburn Rovers 4-2 Swansea City 3rd December 2011
6 Manchester City 3-3 Sunderland 31st March 2012

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Raheem Sterling Liverpool FC 1-2 Wigan Athletic 17 years, 3 months, 16 days 24th March 2012
Adam Henley Wigan Athletic 3-3 Blackburn Rovers 17 years, 5 months, 5 days 19th November 2011
Ross Barkley Everton 0-1 Queens Park Rangers 17 years, 8 months 15 days 20th August 2011
Bruno Andrade Wigan Athletic 2-0 Queens Park Rangers 17 years, 10 months, 25 days 27th August 2011
Anthony Forde Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 years, 10 days 26th November 2011
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal 18 years, 13 days 28th August 2011
Kerim Frei Swansea City 2-0 Fulham 18 years, 21 days 10th December 2011
Romelu Lukaku Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City 18 years, 3 months, 14 days 27th August 2011
Josh Vela Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Swansea City 18 years, 4 months, 7 days 21st April 2012
Connor Wickham Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle United 18 years, 4 months, 20 days 20th August 2011

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Brad Friedel Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Fulham 40 years, 11 months, 25 days 13th May 2012
Mark Schwarzer Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Fulham 39 years, 7 months, 7 days 13th May 2012
Ryan Giggs Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United 38 years, 5 months, 14 days 13th May 2012
Radek Cerny Arsenal 1-0 Queens Park Rangers 37 years, 10 months, 13 days 31st December 2011
Paul Scholes Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United 37 years, 5 months, 27 days 13th May 2012
Jussi Jaaskelainen Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 years, 8 months, 12 days 31st December 2011
Jody Craddock Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Sunderland 36 years, 4 months, 9 days 4th December 2011
Michel Salgado Sunderland 2-1 Blackburn Rovers 36 years, 1 month, 19 days 11th December 2011
Shay Given Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa 36 years, 23 days 13th May 2012
Thomas Sorensen Stoke City 2-2 Bolton Wanderers 35 years, 11 months, 1 day 13th May 2012

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Joe Hart Manchester City 17
2 Tim Krul Newcastle United 15
3= Brad Friedel Tottenham Hotspur 14
3= Michel Vorm Swansea City 14
5 David de Gea Manchester United 13
5= Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal 13
7= Tim Howard Everton 12
7= Pepe Reina Liverpool FC 12
9 Simon Mignolet Sunderland 11
10 Petr Cech Chelsea 10
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Great Goals: Cesc Fabregas – ARSENAL vs. Tottenham Hotspur (October 2009)

At the peak of his powers, Cesc Fabregas was one of the best midfielders in the world. Although he has gone on to achieve Premier League titles with Chelsea, it was his goalscoring prowess with Arsenal which made him such a wonderful player.

On North London Derby day in October 2009, Fabregas produced one of the finest solo goals in Premier League history. Arsenal had just gone 1-0 ahead in the 41st minute through a Robin van Persie goal from close-range. Directly from kick-off, Tottenham squandered possession and Fabregas punished them ruthlessly.

The Spaniard evaded three challenges and as Vedran Corluka started to close him down, he finished smartly into the bottom corner of the net. The defending might have been suspect from Spurs but Fabregas’ quality for this goal simply couldn’t be overlooked.

Arsenal won the game 3-0 but Tottenham would get their revenge with arguably, an even better strike in April 2010 from a Premier League debutant.

Premier League Rewind: 28th-30th September 2002

Results: Leeds United 1-4 Arsenal, Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Southampton, Charlton Athletic 1-3 Manchester United, Chelsea 2-3 West Ham United, Everton 2-0 Fulham, Manchester City 0-3 Liverpool FC, Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Middlesbrough, Birmingham City 0-2 Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Blackburn Rovers

Still undefeated at the start of the season, champions Arsenal were looking in irresistible form at the end of September 2002. The Gunners travelled to Elland Road to face Leeds United, aiming at more records and this performance demonstrated the growing gulfing gap that was emerging between the two sides.

Kanu’s opening goal after nine minutes ensured Arsenal had now scored in 47 successive top-flight matches, breaking a record that had stood for 71 years that had been held by Chesterfield. Kolo Toure’s header and a trademark Thierry Henry strike made it 3-0 just after half-time. Although Harry Kewell did pull a late consolation back for the hosts, Kanu’s second of the afternoon ensured a 4-1 win for Arsenal who blew Leeds apart. Terry Venables’ side had lost four of their first eight matches, whilst Arsenal maintained their two-point lead at the top.

Like the men from north London, Liverpool FC were still unbeaten too and they responded later that afternoon with their own masterclass away from home. Manchester City had no answer for the Reds and in particular, Michael Owen. Owen had made an indifferent start to the 2002-2003 campaign, scoring just once and that was from the penalty spot against Newcastle United. However, he rediscovered his scoring touch on Liverpool’s last league visit to Maine Road. Owen scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 3-0 victory.

In total, there were seven away victories across the weekend, making a complete mockery of the term ‘home advantage.’ One of the most impressive performances came from Middlesbrough who ran out convincing 3-0 winners at White Hart Lane over Tottenham Hotspur. Massimo Maccarone, Geremi and Joseph Desire-Job all scored and Boro had quietly asserted themselves into the Premier League’s top three. Having topped the table themselves in August, Tottenham had dropped to sixth and lost three of their last four matches. It looked set to be another inconsistent season for Glenn Hoddle and his troops.

Although they hadn’t found their peak form yet, Manchester United were just six points off the early pacesetters. They recovered from a Claus Jensen blockbuster to defeat Charlton Athletic 3-1 at The Valley and record their first win away from Old Trafford in the season. Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy were all on-target for the visitors.

Chelsea dropped to fifth after losing their first Premier League match of the season. Once again, Paolo Di Canio was the man who caused them problems. Di Canio had taken a real liking to playing Chelsea throughout his career and he was at it again at Stamford Bridge, spearheading West Ham United to a 3-2 victory and their first win of the season. The maverick Italian scored twice, including the winner of September’s Goal of the Month but it wasn’t enough to lift the Hammers off the foot of the Premier League table.

Southampton remained in the bottom three after eight games after conceding a 90th minute equaliser to Youri Djorkaeff of Bolton Wanderers in a 1-1 draw between the sides at The Reebok Stadium. Lastly, Sunderland achieved a rare victory as David Bellion’s 70th minute goal defeated Aston Villa 1-0 at The Stadium of Light. The win would turn out to be Peter Reid’s final home match as manager. He parted company with the club 10 days later.

What else happened in September 2002?

  • The first anniversary of the September 11th 2001 attacks is marked by many services and memorials across the United States.
  • The body of the abducted British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is found in remote woodland near Hampshire.
  • An earthquake is felt in Dudley which causes minor structural damage but no injuries. It is the biggest earthquake to strike the UK in 12 years, registering 4.7 on the Richter scale.
  • Switzerland becomes a full member of the United Nations.
  • Serena Williams and Pete Sampras win the singles’ events at the US Open. In Sampras’ case, his win over Andre Agassi is his 14th Grand Slam – the last of his phenomenal career.
  • Team Europe claims back The Ryder Cup from the United States at The Belfry in the first tournament of the 21st century. It had been postponed in 2001 due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • ‘Top of the Pops’ airs its 2000th edition.

Iconic Moments: Fowler’s sportsmanship (March 1997)

Arsenal and Liverpool FC were among the title challengers to Manchester United in the 1996-1997 Premier League season. They went head-to-head in March 1997 with the loser of the game at Highbury likely to be knocked out of the title race.

Liverpool were already 1-0 ahead through Stan Collymore’s strike when the controversial moment in this game occurred and also, remarkable sportsmanship at the heat of battle. Liverpool defender Mark Wright played a long-ball through for Robbie Fowler. Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman came charging out of his goal and Fowler went over under his challenge. Referee Gerald Ashby gave a penalty.

Amazingly, Fowler tried to challenge the referee’s decision, insisting no contact had been made by Seaman and he simply skipped over the attempted tackle and his momentum saw him fall over. Despite his pleas, Ashby insisted he wasn’t changing his mind. Fowler did take the resultant spot-kick which was saved by Seaman. Unfortunately for the England no.1 goalkeeper, Jason McAteer hammered home the rebound and Liverpool went home with all three points, winning 2-1.

Fowler received a UEFA Fair Play certificate for his sportsmanship approach. In 2017, he told the Liverpool Echo: “It wasn’t a penalty and because he was my mate from the England side, I just said it wasn’t a pen.”

Shock Results: Arsenal 0-3 Middlesbrough (April 2001)

Goalscorers: Edu 34 OG, Silvinho 38 OG, Hamilton Ricard 58

Teams:

Arsenal: David Seaman, Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Silvinho, Edu (Sylvain Wiltord 46), Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg (Ray Parlour 75), Robert Pires, Kanu, Thierry Henry

Middlesbrough: Mark Schwarzer, Ugo Ehiogu, Jason Gavin, Dean Gordon, Steve Vickers, Paul Okon, Paul Ince, Christian Karembeu, Alen Boksic (Robbie Mustoe 89), Hamilton Ricard (Phil Stamp 79), Dean Windass

Referee: Paul Durkin, Attendance: 37,879

Arsenal went into this match in April 2001 knowing they were in the position of needing to win to stop Manchester United being crowned Premier League champions. Arsene Wenger’s side had little hope of catching the dominant Red Devils but a victory over struggling Middlesbrough would delay the inevitable for another week at least.

Boro turned up at Highbury firmly in a relegation battle. They were scrapping with Coventry City, Derby County and Manchester City, trying to protect their top-flight status. This was predicted to be nothing more than a routine victory for the home side but with a bit of luck and help, the visitors were about to upset the formbook in spectacular fashion.

In the televised lunchtime kick-off, Manchester United had defeated Coventry 4-2 so Arsenal needed to respond. Naturally, they made the faster start and could have been ahead inside the opening 10 minutes. Thierry Henry’s through ball split the Teesiders defensive line but Mark Schwarzer managed to thwart Kanu’s effort. Henry then sent a curling effort from distance just fractionally over the crossbar as Wenger’s side looked to stamp their authority. However, they were about to experience a nightmare four-minute spell that left any mathematical hopes they had of the championship in tatters.

In the 34th minute, Dean Windass made the most of a timid clearance from Arsenal captain Tony Adams. The forward tried his luck with what seemed like an ambitious drive from distance. Fortune favoured the ex-Bradford man as his shot came off the heel of Gunners defensive midfielder Edu and completely deceived David Seaman to give Middlesbrough the lead.

Everyone inside Highbury got the inkling this would be Middlesbrough’s day with their second goal which incredibly was another own goal. This time, it was fellow Brazilian Silvinho who was the culprit. Dean Gordon made one of his trademark runs from left-back. His cross into the box should have been cleared comfortably by Silvinho. However, he made a complete hash of a simple clearance and diverted the ball beyond Seaman’s sprawling dive. His face spoke volumes afterwards. Arsenal needed a miracle to stop the title being settled quicker than expected.

Despite having loads of possession, the hosts were lacking the clinical cutting edge. Kanu headed wide from close-range and trying to make up for his earlier error, Silvinho bent a free-kick just past Schwarzer’s post. If there was luck around Middlesbrough’s first two goals, there was nothing fortunate about the third. Colombian forward Hamilton Ricard linked up brilliantly with Alen Boksic and Ricard produced the telling finish past Seaman to put the result beyond doubt.

It was a rare Middlesbrough victory at Highbury and produced the platform for them to survive under the temporary guidance of ex-England boss Terry Venables. Arsenal finished runners-up for the third successive season but their trophy famine extended to three years.

Iconic Moments: The Battle of Old Trafford: Mark II (October 2004)

13 months after the explosive encounter at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal, the sides squared up to one another again. Arsenal had gone 49 games unbeaten in the Premier League. They were looking to make it 50 matches at the home of their most competitive rivals. They also knew that a victory here would virtually rule Manchester United out of the 2004-2005 title battle before the end of October.

Referee Mike Riley was going to be in for a difficult afternoon. He tried to allow the game to flow but there were sly fouls and challenges all day, with Rio Ferdinand lucky to escape punishment for hauling down Freddie Ljungberg in a goalscoring position. Ruud van Nistelrooy’s studs-up challenge on Ashley Cole also went unpunished on the day but the Dutchman would be charged and banned later by video authorities.

In the 73rd minute, the Red Devils won a controversial penalty as Wayne Rooney went down under Sol Campbell’s challenge. Replays showed that Rooney had made a complete meal out of the minimal contact between the two England internationals. After the demons of the previous season’s fixture, Van Nistelrooy did well to keep his nerve, send Jens Lehmann the wrong way and fire Sir Alex Ferguson’s side infront. In stoppage-time, Arsenal fell for the classic counter-attack with Alan Smith playing Rooney in to seal the three points for Manchester United and end Arsenal’s historic run.

In the tunnel after the match, tempers boiled over between staff of both clubs. A slice of pizza was thrown at Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by Cesc Fabregas, which wasn’t confirmed by the perpetrator until 2017 when he confessed on the Sky One panel show “A League of Their Own.” Wenger was fined £15,000 for comments made about Van Nistelrooy who himself was banned for three games for his challenge on Cole.

The Battle of Old Trafford: Mark I (September 2003)

For over a decade in the Premier League, the prime fixture was between Manchester United and Arsenal. Between the two teams, they have won 16 of the 25 Premier League titles since the creation of the league in 1992. There have been some tasty battles between the sides and none more so than this encounter in September 2003.

In a hard-fought encounter, chances were few and far between. Ryan Giggs hit the post from a free-kick, whilst Ashley Cole came closest for Arsenal with a shot that whistled just wide of the post. The first flashpoint arrived 10 minutes from the end of the game. Gunners captain Patrick Vieira clashed with Ruud van Nistelrooy and appeared to kick out at the Dutchman who dived out of the way to ensure contact wasn’t made. Perhaps Van Nistelrooy had made the most of the incident but Vieira could have no defence for his action. Steve Bennett promptly sent the Frenchman off for violent conduct.

Then in stoppage-time, Martin Keown hauled down Diego Forlan to the ground in the penalty area and Bennett awarded the Red Devils a spot-kick. Arsenal players were feeling aggrieved, especially with Van Nistelrooy who would take the penalty. If he scored, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side would win the match and go top of the table. However, he missed with his penalty beating Jens Lehmann but smashing the crossbar. At the full-time whistle, Keown lost complete control of his temperament, jumping all over Van Nistelrooy. Arsenal players let their emotions take over and many of their players started pushing and shoving Van Nistelrooy around like a rag doll. What followed were some unsavoury scenes with players from both sides squaring up to one another.

Arsenal were fined £175,000 and bans were handed out to Lauren, Ray Parlour, Keown and Vieira whilst Ashley Cole was fined for verbal abuse. Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo were fined from Manchester United for their part in the fracas after the final whistle.

For the record, the match did end 0-0 and was the closest Arsenal came to defeat in their historic ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003-2004.

Seasonal Records: 2008-2009

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2008-2009 Premier League campaign. Liverpool FC put in a mighty challenge for the championship but for the third successive year, Manchester United prevailed to make it 18 league championships, levelling the scores with their North West rivals.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester United 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90
2 Liverpool FC 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 9 15 45 45 0 51
9 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 42 45 -3 51
10 Manchester City 38 15 5 18 58 50 +8 50
11 Wigan Athletic 38 12 9 17 34 45 -11 45
12 Stoke City 38 12 9 17 38 55 -17 45
13 Bolton Wanderers 38 11 8 19 41 53 -12 41
14 Portsmouth 38 10 11 17 38 57 -19 41
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 10 11 17 40 60 -20 41
16 Sunderland 38 9 9 20 34 54 -20 36
17 Hull City 38 8 11 19 39 64 -25 35
18 Newcastle United 38 7 13 18 40 59 -19 34
19 Middlesbrough 38 7 11 20 28 57 -29 32
20 West Bromwich Albion 38 8 8 22 36 67 -31 32

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 942
European qualifiers Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League)

Chelsea (UEFA Champions League)

Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

Everton (UEFA Europa League)

Aston Villa (UEFA Europa League)

Fulham (UEFA Europa League)

Longest winning run 11 games (Manchester United)
Longest unbeaten run 21 games (Arsenal)
Longest winless run 14 games (Middlesbrough)
Longest losing run 6 games (Blackburn Rovers & Hull City)
Highest attendance 75,569 (Manchester United vs. Liverpool FC)
Lowest attendance 14,169 (Wigan Athletic vs. West Ham United)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
PFA Young Player of the Year Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Football Writers’ Award Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC)
PFA Team of the Year Edwin van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Nemanja Vidic, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ashley Young, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres
Manager of the Year David Moyes (Everton)
Premier League Goal of the Season Glen Johnson (PORTSMOUTH vs. Hull City)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa vs. Manchester City 4-2 17th August 2008
Emmanuel Adebayor Blackburn Rovers vs. Arsenal 0-4 13th September 2008
Robinho Manchester City vs. Stoke City 3-0 26th October 2008
Nicolas Anelka Chelsea vs. Sunderland 5-0 1st November 2008
Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC vs. Aston Villa 5-0 22nd March 2009
Andrey Arshavin (4) Liverpool FC vs. Arsenal 4-4 21st April 2009

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Nicolas Anelka Chelsea 19
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 18
3 Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC 16
4= Robinho Manchester City 14
4= Fernando Torres Liverpool FC 14
6= Wayne Rooney Manchester United 12
6= Dirk Kuyt Liverpool FC 12
6= Frank Lampard Chelsea 12
6= Darren Bent Tottenham Hotspur 12
10= Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 11
10= Robin van Persie Arsenal 11
10= Jermain Defoe Portsmouth & Tottenham Hotspur 11
10= Ricardo Fuller Stoke City 11
10= Kevin Davies Bolton Wanderers 11
10= John Carew Aston Villa 11
16= Robbie Keane Liverpool FC & Tottenham Hotspur 10
16= Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal 10
16= Kenwyne Jones Sunderland 10
16= Carlton Cole West Ham United 10
16= Amr Zaki Wigan Athletic 10
16= Matt Taylor Bolton Wanderers 10
16= Peter Crouch Portsmouth 10
16= Benni McCarthy Blackburn Rovers 10
16= Djibril Cisse Sunderland 10
25 Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 9

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Manchester City 6-0 Portsmouth 21st September 2008
Manchester United 5-0 Stoke City 15th November 2008
West Bromwich Albion 0-5 Manchester United 27th January 2009
Liverpool FC 5-0 Aston Villa 22nd March 2009
Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea 18th October 2008
Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland 1st November 2008
Hull City 0-5 Wigan Athletic 30th August 2008
Newcastle United 1-5 Liverpool FC 28th December 2008
Manchester City 5-1 Hull City 26th December 2008
Manchester United 4-0 West Bromwich Albion 18th October 2008

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
8 Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham Hotspur 29th October 2008
8 Liverpool FC 4-4 Arsenal 21st April 2009
7 Manchester United 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur 25th April 2009
7 Manchester United 4-3 Hull City 1st November 2008
7 Chelsea 4-3 Bolton Wanderers 11th April 2009
6 Manchester City 6-0 Portsmouth 21st September 2008
6 Newcastle United 1-5 Liverpool FC 28th December 2008
6 Manchester City 5-1 Hull City 26th December 2008
6 Aston Villa 4-2 Manchester City 17th August 2008
6 Aston Villa 4-2 Bolton Wanderers 13th December 2008
6 Manchester City 4-2 West Bromwich Albion 19th April 2009
6 Aston Villa 3-3 Everton 12th April 2009
5 Manchester United 5-0 Stoke City 15th November 2008
5 West Bromwich Albion 0-5 Manchester United 27th January 2009
5 Liverpool FC 5-0 Aston Villa 22nd March 2009
5 Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea 18th October 2008
5 Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland 1st November 2008
5 Hull City 0-5 Wigan Athletic 30th August 2008
5 Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool FC 14th March 2009
5 Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea 10th May 2009

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Jose Baxter Everton 2-3 Blackburn Rovers 16 years, 6 months, 9 days 16th August 2008
Jack Wilshere Blackburn Rovers 0-4 Arsenal 16 years, 8 months, 12 days 13th September 2008
Jack Rodwell Everton 2-3 Blackburn Rovers 17 years, 5 months, 5 days 16th August 2008
Chris Wood Blackburn Rovers 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 17 years, 5 months, 17 days 24th May 2009
Federico Macheda Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa 17 years, 7 months, 14 days 5th April 2009
Aaron Ramsey Blackburn Rovers 0-4 Arsenal 17 years, 8 months, 18 days 13th September 2008
Aaron Doran Liverpool FC 4-0 Blackburn Rovers 17 years, 10 months, 29 days 11th April 2009
Danny Welbeck Manchester United 5-0 Stoke City 17 years, 11 months, 20 days 15th November 2008
Kazenga Lualua Newcastle United 1-5 Liverpool FC 18 years, 18 days 28th December 2008
Callum McManaman Wigan Athletic 1-0 Portsmouth 18 years, 29 days 24th May 2009

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Dean Windass Manchester City 5-1 Hull City 39 years, 8 months, 24 days 26th December 2008
David James Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Portsmouth 38 years, 9 months, 7 days 9th May 2009
Tugay Blackburn Rovers 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 38 years, 9 months 24th May 2009
Dean Kiely Blackburn Rovers 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 38 years, 7 months, 14 days 24th May 2009
Edwin van der Sar Manchester United 0-0 Arsenal 38 years, 6 months, 17 days 16th May 2009
Brad Friedel Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United 38 years, 6 days 24th May 2009
Dwight Yorke Sunderland 1-2 Manchester United 37 years, 5 months, 8 days 11th April 2009
Mike Pollitt Wigan Athletic 1-1 Liverpool FC 36 years, 10 months, 30 days 28th January 2009
Mark Schwarzer Fulham 0-2 Everton 36 years, 7 months, 18 days 24th May 2009
Linvoy Primus Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland 35 years, 8 months, 4 days 18th May 2009

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Edwin van der Sar Manchester United 22
2 Pepe Reina Liverpool FC 20
3 Petr Cech Chelsea 19
4 Tim Howard Everton 17
5= Manuel Almunia Arsenal 15
5= Mark Schwarzer Fulham 15
7 Brad Friedel Aston Villa 13
8 Heurelho Gomes Tottenham Hotspur 12
9= Chris Kirkland Wigan Athletic 11
9= Thomas Sorensen Stoke City 11

Premier League Rewind: 22nd-23rd October 2005

Results: Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Birmingham City, Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City, Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan Athletic, Fulham 2-0 Liverpool FC, Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth 1-2 Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United 3-2 Sunderland, Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United 2-1 Middlesbrough, Everton 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea went into the 22nd-23rd October 2005 weekend defending a 100% record. Nine teams had tried; nine teams had failed to take any points off Jose Mourinho’s champions, who were already threatening to turn the title race into a one-team demonstration. The Blues were nine points clear of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and had conceded just three goals in their opening nine matches.

They travelled to bottom of the table Everton at Goodison Park and only the most hopeful of Toffees’ supporters expected nothing else but another win for the defending champions. Everton were up for the fight though and keen to prove that their lowly position was a false indication of their talents. They led at half-time through a James Beattie penalty. Frank Lampard equalised although there were question marks about the legality of the throw-in from Asier del Horno in the build-up to the goal. Didier Drogba then had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside as Everton held on for a 1-1 draw and ended the Blues’ perfect start to the campaign.

It was a London 1-2-3 at the end of the weekend. Alan Curbishley’s Charlton Athletic continued to punch above their weight and maintained their perfect start away from The Valley. Their fifth consecutive victory on their travels was achieved at Fratton Park, coming from behind to defeat Portsmouth 2-1. Second half goals from Darren Ambrose and Dennis Rommedahl cancelled out Dario Silva’s first goal for Portsmouth, leaving the south coast side just a point clear of the bottom three.

Tottenham dropped to third but still recorded a fine 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United. An inch-perfect free-kick by Jermaine Jenas in the 72nd minute saw Spurs earn a deserved point at the Theatre of Dreams. Home form was a concern for Sir Alex Ferguson, whose side had won just once at home from their four outings on their own patch so far.

It was a weekend where the London clubs took the headlines. Arsenal celebrated Thierry Henry’s achievement as the club’s all-time top goalscorer after his exploits in the UEFA Champions League earlier in the week in Prague. Henry played a part in one of the strangest incidents of the season as the Gunners squeaked past Manchester City 1-0 at Highbury. Robert Pires scored a penalty to settle the match but it was a second spot-kick that caused the biggest talking point. It appeared Pires had attempted to roll the ball forwards to Henry to finish what should have been a clever move first pioneered in the 1980s by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. Unfortunately, Pires scuffed the ball which moved off the spot and a free-kick was given to the opposition by referee Mike Riley. It was lucky for all parties that Arsenal did claim the three points.

24 hours later, West Ham United beat Middlesbrough 2-1 with a ghost own goal from Boro defender Chris Riggott. The referee’s assistant judged Riggott’s deflection from Paul Konchesky’s free-kick had crossed the line. Replays showed clearly that Mark Schwarzer had prevented this and even West Ham’s opening goalscorer Teddy Sheringham admitted afterwards that the ball hadn’t crossed the line by some distance. Boro boss Steve McClaren was not amused.

In a massive Tyne & Wear Derby, Emre’s glorious free-kick helped Newcastle United to a vital 3-2 victory over Sunderland which kept the Black Cats in the bottom three and gave some much-needed relief to under-fire Newcastle boss Graeme Souness.

Another manager also under pressure was Birmingham boss Steve Bruce. His team continued to underperform and a 2-0 loss in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off to Blackburn Rovers kept them firmly planted in the bottom three, with just Sunderland and Everton below them. It was a position the Birmingham supporters would get used to as the season progressed.

What else happened in October 2005?

  • Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
  • Daniel Craig is announced as the sixth official James Bond actor.
  • The European Court of Human Rights rules the United Kingdom’s ban on voting rights for prisoners is unlawful.
  • An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale occurred in Kashmir, Pakistan, killing over 175,000 people.
  • Southend Pier, in the East of England, is devastated by a fire.
  • British playwright Harold Pinter is confirmed as the 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • NTL, the largest British cable television company, announces its multi-billion pound purchase of Telewest, creating one of the largest companies in the British media industry.

Great Goals: Cuco Martina – SOUTHAMPTON vs. Arsenal (December 2015)

Cuco Martina would only score one goal in his Premier League career for Southampton. However, he will never score a better goal than the one he managed on Boxing Day 2015 against Arsenal. The full-back connected with a fierce curling shot that with a searing swerve, completely defeated Petr Cech.

The man from Curacao made the most of a timid headed clearance from Per Mertesacker. It was one of those strikes that was certain to hit the back of the net from the moment it left Martina’s boot.

It started a Boxing Day horror show for Arsenal, who went on to lose this fixture 4-0. Martina now plays for Everton in the top-flight, having joined the club from St Mary’s in the summer of 2017.

Memorable Matches: Arsenal 4-0 Everton (May 1998)

Goalscorers: Slaven Bilic 6 OG, Marc Overmars 28, 57, Tony Adams 89

Teams:

Arsenal: David Seaman, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Emmanuel Petit (David Platt 44), Patrick Vieira, Ray Parlour, Marc Overmars, Nicolas Anelka (Ian Wright 72), Christopher Wreh (Steve Bould 80)

Everton: Thomas Myhre, Slaven Bilic (John Oster 46), John O’Kane (Gareth Farrelly 46), Craig Short, Carl Tiler, Dave Watson, Michael Ball, Don Hutchinson, Peter Beagrie (Mickael Madar 46), Nick Barmby, Duncan Ferguson

Referee: Gerald Ashby, Attendance: 38,269

At the end of February 1998, most bookmakers stopped taking bets on the title after Manchester United won at Chelsea to establish a 13-point lead on the chasing pack. However, Arsenal had games in hand and had been plugging away at United’s lead. A 1-0 win at Old Trafford in March had really got their fans believing and they were now cantering towards their first Premier League crown.

Arsene Wenger’s side hosted Everton who were desperate for points at the wrong end of the table. Bolton’s victory over Crystal Palace 24 hours earlier had put Howard Kendall’s Toffees into the bottom three. Arsenal knew that a 10th successive Premier League victory would hand them their first top-flight title since 1991. However, they were missing the influential Dennis Bergkamp whose season had been ended by a hamstring injury five nights earlier against Derby County.

It was set to be a party at Highbury and playing in gorgeous sunshine, Everton were simply no more than bystanders to a day of immense celebrations in the capital. Just six minutes had been played when Arsenal went into the lead. From a free-kick on the right-hand side, Slaven Bilic headed the ball into his own net, under pressure from Arsenal skipper Tony Adams. The Gunners were getting closer and closer to the main prize in English football.

Everton didn’t even manage an attempt on-goal in the first half and went 2-0 down before the half-hour mark. Peter Beagrie lost possession and Marc Overmars ran at a frightened backline. His shot had too much power for Norwegian goalkeeper Thomas Myhre, who got a decent hand on the effort but saw the ball squirm over the line. Had it not been for a couple more decent saves from Myhre to deny Christopher Wreh and Ray Parlour, the scoreline could have been even worse at half-time for the visitors. The only minor negative for Wenger was an injury to Emmanuel Petit which meant he was withdrawn before half-time, to be replaced by David Platt.

Kendall made a triple substitution at half-time but it simply didn’t make any difference to the match. The championship was heading to Arsenal Football Club and they were going to do it in style. The outstanding Overmars burst past Everton captain Watson on 57 minutes, leaving him in his wake before stroking a shot across Myhre’s bows to make it 3-0. The fitting finale was still to come though. Substitute Steve Bould played a wonderful ball over the top of the defence and his centre-back partner Adams had made a surge forward. Picked out by Bould, he delivered an emphatic finish to produce the perfect ending to a sensational afternoon for the Arsenal faithful.

Everton did avoid relegation on the final day of the season on goal difference but this was Arsenal’s day as Adams hoisted the Premier League trophy aloft around half an hour after the final whistle. Their long summer party could now begin as they became only the third team to win the Premier League.

Premier League Files: Richard Wright

Premier League Career: Ipswich Town (1995, 2000-2001), Arsenal (2001-2002), Everton (2002-2006)

In total, Richard Wright made 111 Premier League appearances and won the league title with Arsenal in 2001-2002. However, he only retired from the game in 2016, nearly a decade after his last appearance in the Premier League with Everton. A former England international, Wright seemed more than happy to fulfil the back-up goalkeeper role which considering his rapid rise through the ranks at Ipswich Town, is a sad indictment of his career.

Born not far away from Portman Road, Wright served his apprenticeship with the Tractor Boys and signed a professional contract in January 1995. Four months later, he was thrust into the Premier League limelight for the first time, making his debut as a 17-year-old in a 2-0 victory over Coventry City. By then, Ipswich’s relegation to Division One had already been confirmed but it was a good opportunity for Richard to get a brief experience of top-flight football. George Burley kept him in-goal for their final two Premier League games that season which ended in defeats at home to Everton and away to Sheffield Wednesday.

He remained Ipswich’s first-choice goalkeeper throughout the next five campaigns as they toiled away in the second-tier, often being the bridesmaids but never the brides in the play-offs. In 2000, they finally cracked it and the play-off final win over Barnsley was an eventful afternoon for Wright. He conceded a penalty for fouling Craig Hignett but would save the resultant spot-kick from Darren Barnard. Later, he would play a part in Richard Naylor giving Ipswich the lead which they would hold onto, eventually prevailing 4-2.

In total, Wright played 240 times for Ipswich’s first-team and was one of their leading stars in their return to the Premier League which saw the club finished an unexpected fifth in the table and earn qualification for the UEFA Cup. That was despite being involved in an unfortunate collision with Aston Villa’s Luc Nilis during a match in September 2000 which would see the Belgian never play professional football again.

It was in this period that he won both his senior international caps for England, playing in friendlies against Malta and Netherlands. He went to the 2000 European Championships, serving as the expected third-choice position behind more experienced keepers David Seaman and Nigel Martyn.

He would become club teammates with Seaman just one year later when he decided to make the bold move to Arsenal for £2 million. Arsene Wenger saw him as the man who could be Seaman’s long-term successor, even if that meant taking some short-term pain of giving up regular first-team football. He effectively replaced Alex Manninger in this role. He made 12 Premier League appearances, enough for him to win a title winners’ medal but by the end of the season, he had slipped to third-choice behind youth product Stuart Taylor after some error-strewn displays. He managed to punch the ball into his own net during a home loss to Charlton Athletic in November 2001 and was even subbed at half-time of another dismal showing away to Deportivo La Coruna in the UEFA Champions League.

When Seaman signed a contract extension, Wright knew he needed to leave a difficult season at Highbury behind him and joined Everton for £3.5 million in the summer of 2002. His debut was not good, making another blunder to allow Les Ferdinand of Tottenham Hotspur to score in the 2-2 draw between the sides. However, he redeemed himself a week later, saving Kevin Phillips’ penalty to earn Everton all three points away at Sunderland. He played 33 times and helped the Toffees finish seventh in the final standings.

David Moyes brought Nigel Martyn in as goalkeeping cover in 2003 but when Richard needed knee surgery after a match against Newcastle United in September, he would miss the rest of the campaign. In truth, he would rarely figure again in the Premier League. Martyn put in some inspirational individual displays so even when Wright was fit to return, Moyes stuck with Martyn as his first-choice goalkeeper. He would play just 24 more times in the league for Everton and any further action was restricted to appearances in cup football.

His last outing in the Premier League came in November 2006, conceding three goals in a 3-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Released at the end of the season, he only enjoyed one more campaign as a goalkeeper playing regular football and that was back with Ipswich Town in 2008-2009. Wright became a back-up for the likes of Sheffield United, Southampton and Preston North End. He would actually spend four years on the books of Manchester City but never played a first-team match for the Citizens. At the age of 38, he called time on his career in May 2016.