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Seasonal Records: 2007-2008

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2006-2007 Premier League campaign. The title race went down to the wire but it was Manchester United who made it back-to-back title successes, beating Chelsea to the league title and the UEFA Champions League.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester United 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87
2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
3 Arsenal 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83
4 Liverpool FC 38 21 13 4 67 28 +39 76
5 Everton 38 19 8 11 55 33 +22 65
6 Aston Villa 38 16 12 10 71 51 +20 60
7 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 13 10 50 48 +2 58
8 Portsmouth 38 16 9 13 48 40 +8 57
9 Manchester City 38 15 10 13 45 53 -8 55
10 West Ham United 38 13 10 15 42 50 -8 49
11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 13 14 66 61 +5 46
12 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 45 65 -20 43
13 Middlesbrough 38 10 12 16 43 53 -10 42
14 Wigan Athletic 38 10 10 18 34 51 -17 40
15 Sunderland 38 11 6 21 36 59 -23 39
16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 10 19 36 54 -18 37
17 Fulham 38 8 12 18 38 60 -22 36
18 Reading 38 10 6 22 41 66 -25 36
19 Birmingham City 38 8 11 19 46 62 -16 35
20 Derby County 38 1 8 29 20 89 -69 11

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1002
European qualifiers Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

Chelsea (UEFA Champions League)

Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League)

Everton (UEFA Cup)

Manchester City (UEFA Cup)

Portsmouth (UEFA Cup)

Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Cup)

Aston Villa (UEFA Intertoto Cup)

Longest winning run 8 games (Manchester United)
Longest unbeaten run 21 games (Chelsea)
Longest winless run 32 games (Derby County)
Longest losing run 8 games (Reading & Wigan Athletic)
Highest attendance 76,013 (Manchester United vs. West Ham United)
Lowest attendance 14,007 (Wigan Athletic vs. Middlesbrough)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
PFA Young Player of the Year Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
Football Writers’ Award Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
PFA Team of the Year David James, Gael Clichy, Rio Ferdinand, Bacary Sagna, Nemanja Vidic, Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ashley Young, Emmanuel Adebayor, Fernando Torres
Manager of the Year Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
Premier League Goal of the Season Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur vs. ARSENAL)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal vs. Derby County 5-0 22nd September 2007
Benjani Portsmouth vs. Reading 7-4 29th September 2007
Yakubu Everton vs. Fulham 3-0 8th December 2007
Roque Santa Cruz Wigan Athletic vs. Blackburn Rovers 5-3 15th December 2007
Marcus Bent Wigan Athletic vs. Blackburn Rovers 5-3 15th December 2007
Dimitar Berbatov (4) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Reading 6-4 29th December 2007
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United vs. Newcastle United 6-0 12th January 2008
Benjani Portsmouth vs. Derby County 3-1 19th January 2008
John Carew Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United 4-1 9th February 2008
Fernando Torres Liverpool FC vs. Middlesbrough 3-2 23rd February 2008
Mikael Forssell Birmingham City vs. Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 1st March 2008
Fernando Torres Liverpool FC vs. West Ham United 4-0 5th March 2008
Frank Lampard (4) Chelsea vs. Derby County 6-1 12th March 2008
Emmanuel Adebayor Derby County vs. Arsenal 2-6 28th April 2008
Afonso Alves Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City 8-1 11th May 2008

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 31
2= Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal 24
2= Fernando Torres Liverpool FC 24
4 Roque Santa Cruz Blackburn Rovers 19
5= Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham Hotspur 15
5= Yakubu Everton 15
5= Benjani Portsmouth & Manchester City 15
5= Robbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur 15
9 Carlos Tevez Manchester United 14
10 John Carew Aston Villa 13
11= Wayne Rooney Manchester United 12
11= Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur & Portsmouth 12
13= Nicolas Anelka Bolton Wanderers & Chelsea 11
13= Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC 11
13= Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 11
13= Michael Owen Newcastle United 11
17= Frank Lampard Chelsea 10
17= Dean Ashton West Ham United 10
17= Dave Kitson Reading 10
20= Gareth Barry Aston Villa 9
20= Obafemi Martins Newcastle United 9
20= Stewart Downing Middlesbrough 9
20= Mikael Forssell Birmingham City 9
24= Didier Drogba Chelsea 8
24= Joleon Lescott Everton 8

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City 11th May 2008
Everton 7-1 Sunderland 24th November 2007
Manchester United 6-0 Newcastle United 12th January 2008
Chelsea 6-0 Manchester City 27th October 2007
Liverpool FC 6-0 Derby County 1st September 2007
Derby County 0-6 Aston Villa 12th April 2008
Chelsea 6-1 Derby County 12th March 2008
Arsenal 5-0 Derby County 22nd September 2007
Derby County 0-5 West Ham United 10th November 2007
Derby County 2-6 Arsenal 28th April 2008

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
11 Portsmouth 7-4 Reading 29th September 2007
10 Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading 29th December 2007
9 Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City 11th May 2008
8 Everton 7-1 Sunderland 24th November 2007
8 Derby County 2-6 Arsenal 28th April 2008
8 Wigan Athletic 5-3 Blackburn Rovers 15th December 2007
8 Chelsea 4-4 Aston Villa 26th December 2007
8 Tottenham Hotspur 4-4 Chelsea 19th March 2008
8 Tottenham Hotspur 4-4 Aston Villa 1st October 2007
7 Chelsea 6-1 Derby County 12th March 2008
6 Manchester United 6-0 Newcastle United 12th January 2008
6 Chelsea 6-0 Manchester City 27th October 2007
6 Liverpool FC 6-0 Derby County 1st September 2007
6 Derby County 0-6 Aston Villa 12th April 2008
6 Newcastle United 1-5 Manchester United 23rd February 2008
6 Aston Villa 5-1 Birmingham City 20th April 2008
6 Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Fulham 26th December 2007
6 Blackburn Rovers 4-2 Reading 20th October 2007
6 Portsmouth 4-2 Birmingham City 12th March 2008
6 Manchester City 4-2 Bolton Wanderers 15th December 2007

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Jack Rodwell Sunderland 0-1 Everton 16 years, 11 months, 27 days 9th March 2008
Kazenga Lualua Newcastle United 0-0 Bolton Wanderers 17 years, 1 month, 9 days 19th January 2008
Martyn Waghorn Sunderland 0-4 Manchester United 17 years, 11 months, 3 days 26th December 2007
Gareth Bale Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur 18 years, 1 month, 10 days 26th August 2007
Adel Taarabt Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Derby County 18 years, 2 months, 25 days 18th August 2007
Freddie Sears West Ham United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers 18 years, 3 months, 17 days 15th March 2008
Paris Simmons Derby County 0-4 Reading 18 years, 4 months, 9 days 11th May 2008
Theo Walcott Arsenal 2-1 Fulham 18 years, 4 months, 27 days 12th August 2007
Daniel Sturridge Derby County 1-1 Manchester City 18 years, 4 months, 29 days 30th January 2008
Armand Traore Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool FC 18 years, 5 months, 28 days 5th April 2008

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Jens Lehmann Arsenal 1-0 Everton 38 years, 5 months, 24 days 4th May 2008
Kasey Keller Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham 38 years, 5 months, 12 days 11th May 2008
Gary Speed Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Wigan Athletic 38 years, 3 months, 1 day 9th December 2007
David James Manchester City 3-1 Portsmouth 37 years, 8 months, 19 days 20th April 2008
Tugay Birmingham City 4-1 Blackburn Rovers 37 years, 8 months, 17 days 11th May 2008
Edwin van der Sar Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester United 37 years, 6 months, 12 days 11th May 2008
Brad Friedel Birmingham City 4-1 Blackburn Rovers 36 years, 11 months, 23 days 11th May 2008
Maik Taylor Birmingham City 4-1 Blackburn Rovers 36 years, 8 months, 7 days 11th May 2008
Alan Stubbs Derby County 2-6 Arsenal 36 years, 6 months, 22 days 28th April 2008
Dwight Yorke Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal 36 years, 6 months, 8 days 11th May 2008

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Pepe Reina Liverpool FC 18
2 David James Portsmouth 16
3= Edwin van der Sar Manchester United 15
3= Petr Cech Chelsea 15
5 Tim Howard Everton 14
6 Chris Kirkland Wigan Athletic 12
7 Manuel Almunia Arsenal 11
8 Scott Carson Aston Villa 9
9= Brad Friedel Blackburn Rovers 8
9= Robert Green West Ham United 8
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Iconic Moments: A Fratton thriller (September 2007)

On the face of it, Portsmouth vs. Reading in September 2007 didn’t sound like a very exciting game to the neutral. However, these sides put on a real thriller at Fratton Park. They still hold the record for the most goals scored in a Premier League match of 11.

There were nine different scorers in the match. The exception was Benjani. Portsmouth’s forward, who couldn’t find the back of the net in his early period with the club, hit the jackpot. The Zimbabwean scored a hat-trick although the goalkeeping from Marcus Hahnemann was not the best on the day.

For the record, the other scorers were Stephen Hunt, Dave Kitson, Hermann Hreidarsson, Niko Kranjcar, Shane Long, Sulley Muntari from the penalty spot and two own goals by Ivar Ingimarsson and Sol Campbell. Portsmouth won the game 7-4 and David James saved a penalty from Nicky Shorey.

Reading boss Steve Coppell tried to put a positive spin on events afterwards, commenting: “It’s difficult to analyse a match like that and if you try you will be there a very long time…we scored four goals away from home and had a chance for another with a penalty. We played a full part in the game – I don’t think many teams will come here this season and score four.” 

Portsmouth would record their best Premier League finish of eighth and won the FA Cup at the end of the season. Reading were relegated on the final day of the campaign.

Whilst the defending by both teams was horrendous, this still goes down as an unforgettable contest in the Premier League archives.