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Iconic Moments: Manchester 13-3 North London (August 2011)

On 28th August 2011, football fans were treated to two spectacular scorelines featuring four of the Premier League’s elite sides. It was a miserable day for North London but a memorable one for both Manchester clubs.

First, at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur faced a rampant Manchester City side and in particular, a confident Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian striker scored four goals as the Citizens cruised to an impressive 5-1 victory over Harry Redknapp’s stunned side. Having seen their first match postponed due to the recent riots in the capital, Tottenham had now conceded eight goals in two matches and finished August pointless and bottom of the table.

Later that afternoon, a beleaguered Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford having just sold Samir Nasri to Manchester City and faced a raft of injuries and suspensions. Although they had negotiated a tricky UEFA Champions League tie in midweek against Udinese, the Gunners folded dramatically at The Theatre of Dreams.

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick including two perfectly placed free-kicks and Ashley Young struck two long-range crackers. The final scoreline was an extraordinary 8-2 to Manchester United.

At the end of the day, the overall aggregate scoreline finished Manchester 13-3 North London.

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Great Goals: Robin van Persie – MANCHESTER UNITED vs. Aston Villa (April 2013)

In the summer of 2012, Robin van Persie was the finished article in terms of goalscoring ability. After several years of promise which had been stopped by injury, he’d sparkled as captain of Arsenal. The Dutchman struck 30 times in 2011-2012 to win the Golden Boot and sweep the main player awards for the season, despite the Gunners finishing 18 points behind champions Manchester City.

Van Persie elected not to sign a new contract that summer and with 12 months left only to run on his current deal, Arsenal had to cash in on their prized asset. Both Manchester clubs courted his services. Van Persie ultimately chose Manchester United.

In what turned out to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s swansong, he won the Golden Boot again, his one and only Premier League title and the Goal of the Season award for this spectacular volley on the night the Red Devils were crowned Premier League champions for a 13th time.

Wayne Rooney was provider with a delicious long ball over the top of the high defensive line Aston Villa were playing. Van Persie watched the ball all the way and connected first time as it dropped out of the night sky, thumping a beautiful volley beyond Brad Guzan. It was a picturesque goal and a fitting way to earn the Premier League prize back for Manchester United. For the record, RVP scored a hat-trick on the night in United’s 3-0 victory.

Iconic Moments: Rooney makes Manchester United history (January 2017)

When Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United in August 2004 from his boyhood club Everton, it was an opportunity for him to make his mark on the big stage on a regular basis. After a sensational European Championships for England that summer, Rooney continued where he left off with a hat-trick on his Red Devils debut in the UEFA Champions League against Fenerbahce.

Already England’s all-time record goalscorer, Rooney was closing in on another milestone and he achieved it in January 2017. With just two minutes of stoppage-time left away at Stoke City, Manchester United looked destined to lose the game 1-0. Rooney had other ideas.

This brilliant free-kick into the top corner of the net was his 250th goal for the club. It meant he surpassed the total by Sir Bobby Charlton to become Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer.

It was a moment of football history from one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever players. Rooney finished with 253 goals for the Red Devils before going back to Everton in the summer of 2017. He waved goodbye to the Premier League for good a year later, moving to the MLS to join D.C United.

Great Goals: Wayne Rooney – EVERTON vs. West Ham United (November 2017)

Wayne Rooney finished the 2017-2018 Premier League season as Everton’s top goalscorer. It would turn out to be his only season back with his boyhood club. Unloved by Sam Allardyce, Rooney elected to move on in the summer of 2018 after not receiving assurances over his first-team future by new boss, Marco Silva.

However, he did leave a lasting legacy on the campaign with this astonishing goal at home to West Ham United. It was the final match of David Unsworth’s difficult reign in interim charge but he finished in style, as Everton won 4-0. Rooney scored three of the goals. The strike to complete his hat-trick was a reminder of his world-class abilities at the peak of his powers.

West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart came rushing out of his goal to clear a long ball from the Everton defence. His clearance wasn’t the greatest but Rooney still had so much to do. From well inside his own half, Rooney’s first-time shot flew straight into the back of the empty net, capping a brilliant display with his first-ever hat-trick for Everton.

Hart was dropped by David Moyes after this display. Rooney would score just once more infront of his home supporters before moving to the MLS for a fresh start with DC United.

Premier League Rewind: 19th-21st August 2017

Results: Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United, AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Watford, Burnley 0-1 West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool FC 1-0 Crystal Palace, Southampton 3-2 West Ham United, Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal, Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea, Manchester City 1-1 Everton

The second weekend of the 2017-2018 Premier League season saw Manchester United steal an early march on all of their prospective title rivals. By the conclusion of the second round of fixtures, the Red Devils were one of only three teams to hold a 100% record.

Having thrashed West Ham United 4-0 on the opening weekend, Jose Mourinho’s side repeated the scoreline on their first away trip of the season which was in South Wales against Swansea City. The final score might have flattered them slightly but it came about through a devastating spell of three goals in the final 10 minutes. New striker Romelu Lukaku made it three goals in two matches and delightful finishes by Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial added to the glee of the supporters. Two games, two wins, two clean sheets, six points and eight goals scored. It was the perfect start for Mourinho in his second season in the Old Trafford dugout.

The other two sides still with a perfect record were slightly more unexpected in the shape of Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion. Huddersfield had made a dream start to their Premier League life. After beating Crystal Palace 3-0 a week earlier, Aaron Mooy’s marvellous long-range effort was enough to defeat Newcastle United in the Terriers’ first home match in the top-flight. Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion recorded their second successive 1-0 success, this time at Turf Moor away at Burnley. Hal Robson-Kanu made a dramatic contribution off the substitutes’ bench. First, he scored the winning goal after 71 minutes. 12 minutes later, he caught Matthew Lowton with his elbow and was duly sent off by referee Martin Atkinson. Little did the Baggies supporters realise at the time but this would be their last victory in the top-flight until mid-January.

After a shocking home defeat to Burnley, the pressure was already on championship-winning manager Antonio Conte and his shell-shocked Chelsea side when they travelled to Wembley Stadium for the first-ever Premier League match at the home of English football. Tottenham Hotspur were playing at Wembley for the season whilst their normal home was being redeveloped but it wasn’t a good start. They were defeated 2-1 by the champions. The hero was left-back Marcos Alonso, who scored both goals including a majestic free-kick. It looked like Chelsea had rediscovered their mojo.

On the Monday Night Football, Manchester City and Everton played out a stormy encounter at The Etihad Stadium which ended with the points shared and both teams finishing with 10 men. Wayne Rooney became only the second player in Premier League history to reach the milestone of 200 goals when he opened the scoring on a clinical counter-attack 10 minutes before half-time. The Citizens had Kyle Walker sent off on his home debut before half-time but put the pressure on and eventually found a way through with eight minutes left through a Raheem Sterling equaliser. Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin was also given his marching orders before the end of the match. This draw would turn out to be City’s only dropped points until New Years’ Eve.

Arsenal were once again beaten at their bogey ground. Jese made an instant impact at Stoke City. On-loan from Paris Saint-Germain, the Spaniard scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal lost at Stoke for the fifth time in 10 seasons. Former champions Leicester City scored the fastest goal of the campaign when Shinji Okazaki found the net inside a minute. Harry Maguire headed home on his debut in the second half as the Foxes defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0.

What else happened in August 2017?

  • One of the giants of the UK TV industry, Sir Bruce Forsyth passes away at the age of 89. His career in showbiz spanned an extraordinary 75 years with shows such as The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing.
  • At the age of 96, The Duke of Edinburgh carries out his final official engagement before retiring from public duty.
  • A four-year Renovation begins on Big Ben, meaning the chimes of the famous clock fall silent.
  • Two legends of the athletics track & field era bow out at the World Athletics Championships in London. Usain Bolt and Mo Farah both retire after the championships, with Farah moving into marathon running and Bolt hanging up his spikes for good.
  • 15 people are killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona; one is a seven-year old, with dual British-Australian nationality.
  • 108 people are killed in the United States as Hurricane Harvey strikes Houston. The total damage of the storm reaches $125 billion.
  • The UN Security Council unanimously approves fresh sanctions on North Korean trade and investment.

Iconic Moments: Rooney reaches 200 (August 2017)

In the summer of 2017, Wayne Rooney ended his 13-year association with Manchester United, where he’d won five Premier League titles and become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. He returned to his boyhood home, Everton. It was a signing that got fans excited at Goodison Park.

After making the dream return by scoring on his second home debut with a flying header to beat Stoke City on the opening weekend, Rooney had another milestone he was closing in on when he made his first visit back to Manchester.

Everton’s first away match of the season was at The Etihad Stadium and Rooney achieved a Premier League landmark in the 35th minute. From a sweeping counter-attack, Rooney made a late surging run into the box to meet Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s pass and sweep the ball into the back of the net. It was his 200th Premier League goal, becoming only the second player to achieve the feat after Alan Shearer.

Rooney’s goalscoring tally ended at 208 before waving goodbye to the Premier League in the summer of 2018. He will finish his playing career in the MLS, playing for DC United. He will go down as one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever players.

Iconic Moments: Manchester United’s record-breaking 19th title (May 2011)

When Sir Alex Ferguson arrived from Scotland in November 1986, his mission was to make Manchester United successful again.

In 2002, he famously said: “My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their ******* perch. And you can print that.”

Seven years after his arrival, Manchester United won their first top-flight title in 27 years and soon afterwards, league championship after league championship followed. When he arrived, Manchester United had only seven titles. By May 2011, they had drawn level with Liverpool on 18 top-flight championships.

They travelled to Ewood Park on the penultimate weekend of the 2010-2011 season looking to make history and claim not only a 12th Premier League title but a record-breaking 19th crown which would take them to the top of the list as England’s most successful club.

It was a nervy afternoon with just a single point required to seal the title and they fell behind to a Brett Emerton strike. However, with 17 minutes left, Paul Robinson’s foul on Javier Hernandez saw a penalty awarded by referee Phil Dowd after some consultation. Wayne Rooney kept his nerve to dispatch the spot-kick, level the game at 1-1 and ensured Manchester United made history.

It was a great achievement and Ferguson’s mission was well and truly complete.

Premier League Rewind: 26th December 2004

Results: Arsenal 2-0 Fulham, Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa, Crystal Palace 0-1 Portsmouth, Southampton 0-0 Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Newcastle United, Everton 2-1 Manchester City, Manchester United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers, Norwich City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City 2-0 Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion 0-5 Liverpool FC

The festive period in the Premier League has always been a joyous period for fans and on Boxing Day 2004, the action was as intense as ever.

Chelsea were the league leaders and were looking to protect or even increase their five-point advantage over the defending champions Arsenal. The Blues beat Aston Villa 1-0 on a cold lunchtime afternoon at Stamford Bridge. Damien Duff’s strike after 30 minutes was enough to keep Jose Mourinho’s team clear at the top of the table. Villa had now lost four of their last five outings and slipped into the realms of mid-table after a promising start to the campaign.

Arsenal kept the pressure on, digging in after a tricky November which had seen them drop points against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion and lose at Anfield to Liverpool FC. Thierry Henry opened the scoring in the 12th minute of their 2-0 victory over Fulham and Robert Pires added a second with both goals being set-up by Freddie Ljungberg. Fulham had lost 11 of their 18 league matches and were just four points clear of the relegation zone.

Considered as one of the relegation favourites at the start of the season, Everton had already reached the usual magical safety mark of 40 points when they defeated Manchester City 2-1. Tim Cahill scored for the second time in the season against the Citizens and although Robbie Fowler equalised on his return to Merseyside, Marcus Bent’s 63rd minute strike settled the contest. City’s defeat was confirmed by Christian Negouai’s late red card.

The team with no form whatsoever at this stage in the season were Bolton Wanderers. Since drawing at Stamford Bridge, Bolton went on a six-game losing streak. The fifth of these came at Old Trafford where Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes both scored in a 2-0 victory for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The only negative on the afternoon for United was Wayne Rooney being caught on-camera striking out at Bolton defender Tal Ben-Haim. Whilst there was a clear overreaction to the contact from the Israeli defender, Rooney was charged with violent conduct and eventually banned for three matches. Ferguson was livid with the charge, even though the club accepted his fate. He said the FA’s disciplinary system was “completely flawed” and “immoral.”

If Ferguson was annoyed, his former skipper, Bryan Robson was having a very tough Christmas. West Bromwich Albion were bottom of the table and had lost their last four games. With just one win all season, Baggies supporters were getting the sense of déjà vu. Relegation was looking likely if you went with history and a 5-0 home battering from Liverpool FC on Boxing Day made the situation even worse. Liverpool had only won once all season away from Anfield but took full advantage of the situation to record their biggest victory since Rafa Benitez became manager. John Arne Riise was the star with two goals and Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored his first Premier League goal in a full calendar year.

What else happened in December 2004?

  • The world is left stunned by the devastating Asian tsunami that strikes coastal areas of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand and the Maldives. This was triggered by an earthquake within the Indian Ocean. Over 200,000 people are killed.
  • After nearly four years in the role, David Blunkett resigns as Home Secretary.
  • £26.5 million is stolen from a Northern Bank in Belfast after one of the biggest robberies in modern day Britain.
  • Double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes is named as the 2004 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
  • The first series of ‘The X-Factor’ concludes with victory for Steve Brookstein.
  • 194 people are killed after a fire in a nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • France shows off the world’s tallest bridge. The Millau Viaduct is officially opened.

Seasonal Records: 2009-2010

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2009-2010 Premier League campaign. After three years of Manchester United dominance, Chelsea managed to wrestle the title back to the capital as Carlo Ancelotti achieved the league and FA Cup double in his first season as manager. Chelsea also became the first team to score 100 goals in a PL season.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Chelsea 38 27 5 6 103 32 +71 86
2 Manchester United 38 27 4 7 86 28 +58 85
3 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 83 41 +42 75
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 7 10 67 41 +26 70
5 Manchester City 38 18 13 7 73 45 +28 67
6 Aston Villa 38 17 13 8 52 39 +13 64
7 Liverpool FC 38 18 9 11 61 35 +26 63
8 Everton 38 16 13 9 60 49 +11 61
9 Birmingham City 38 13 11 14 38 47 -9 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 13 11 14 41 55 -14 50
11 Stoke City 38 11 14 13 34 48 -14 47
12 Fulham 38 12 10 16 39 46 -7 46
13 Sunderland 38 11 11 16 48 56 -8 44
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 9 19 42 67 -25 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 9 11 18 32 56 -24 38
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 9 20 37 79 -42 36
17 West Ham United 38 8 11 19 47 66 -19 35
18 Burnley 38 8 6 24 42 82 -40 30
19 Hull City 38 6 12 20 34 75 -41 30
20 Portsmouth* 38 7 7 24 34 66 -32 19

*Portsmouth were docked 10 points for entering administration in February 2010

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1053
European qualifiers Chelsea (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester City (UEFA Europa League)

Aston Villa (UEFA Europa League)

Liverpool FC (UEFA Europa League)

Longest winning run 6 games (Arsenal & Chelsea)
Longest unbeaten run 12 games (Birmingham City)
Longest winless run 14 games (Sunderland)
Longest losing run 7 games (Portsmouth)
Highest attendance 75,316 (Manchester United vs. Stoke City)
Lowest attendance 14,323 (Wigan Athletic vs. Portsmouth)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
PFA Young Player of the Year James Milner (Aston Villa)
Football Writers’ Award Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
PFA Team of the Year Joe Hart, Richard Dunne, Patrice Evra, Branislav Ivanovic, Thomas Vermaelen, Darren Fletcher, Cesc Fabregas, James Milner, Antonio Valencia, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney
Manager of the Year Harry Redknapp (Tottenham Hotspur)
Premier League Goal of the Season Maynor Figueroa (Stoke City vs. WIGAN ATHLETIC)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Jermain Defoe Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 19th August 2009
Yossi Benayoun Liverpool FC vs. Burnley 4-0 12th September 2009
Robbie Keane (4) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley 5-0 26th September 2009
Fernando Torres Liverpool FC vs. Hull City 6-1 26th September 2009
Aruna Dindane Portsmouth vs. Wigan Athletic 4-0 31st October 2009
Jermain Defoe (5) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wigan Athletic 9-1 22nd November 2009
Wayne Rooney Portsmouth vs. Manchester United 1-4 28th November 2009
Carlos Tevez Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers 4-1 11th January 2010
Wayne Rooney (4) Manchester United vs. Hull City 4-0 23rd January 2010
Darren Bent Sunderland vs. Bolton Wanderers 4-0 9th March 2010
Frank Lampard (4) Chelsea vs. Aston Villa 7-1 27th March 2010
Carlos Tevez Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic 3-0 29th March 2010
Salomon Kalou Chelsea vs. Stoke City 7-0 25th April 2010
Didier Drogba Chelsea vs. Wigan Athletic 8-0 9th May 2010

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Didier Drogba Chelsea 29
2 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 26
3 Darren Bent Sunderland 24
4= Carlos Tevez Manchester City 23
4= Frank Lampard Chelsea 22
6= Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur 18
6= Fernando Torres Liverpool FC 18
6= Cesc Fabregas Arsenal 15
6= Emmanuel Adebayor Manchester City 14
10= Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 13
10= Louis Saha Everton 13
10= Florent Malouda Chelsea 12
10= Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 12
10= Nicolas Anelka Chelsea 11
10= Andrey Arshavin Arsenal 10
16= Craig Bellamy Manchester City 10
16= John Carew Aston Villa 10
16= Cameron Jerome Birmingham City 10
16= Hugo Rodallega Wigan Athletic 10
16= Carlton Cole West Ham United 10
16= Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC 9
16= Robin van Persie Arsenal 9
16= David Dunn Blackburn Rovers 9
16= Kenwyne Jones Sunderland 9
25 Kevin Doyle Wolverhampton Wanderers 9

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic 22nd November 2009
Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic 9th May 2010
Chelsea 7-0 Stoke City 25th April 2010
Chelsea 7-1 Aston Villa 27th March 2010
Chelsea 7-2 Sunderland 16th January 2010
Everton 1-6 Arsenal 15th August 2009
Burnley 1-6 Manchester City 3rd April 2010
Liverpool FC 6-1 Hull City 26th September 2009
Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn Rovers 24th October 2009
Wigan Athletic 0-5 Manchester United 22nd August 2009

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
10 Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic 22nd November 2009
9 Chelsea 7-2 Sunderland 16th January 2010
8 Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic 9th May 2010
8 Chelsea 7-1 Aston Villa 27th March 2010
8 Arsenal 6-2 Blackburn Rovers 4th October 2009
8 West Ham United 5-3 Burnley 28th November 2009
7 Chelsea 7-0 Stoke City 25th April 2010
7 Everton 1-6 Arsenal 15th August 2009
7 Burnley 1-6 Manchester City 3rd April 2010
7 Liverpool FC 6-1 Hull City 26th September 2009
7 Aston Villa 5-2 Burnley 21st February 2010
7 Sunderland 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27th September 2009
7 Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City 20th September 2009
7 Manchester City 4-3 Sunderland 19th December 2009
6 Manchester City 5-1 Birmingham City 11th April 2010
6 Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton Wanderers 7th November 2009
6 Everton 5-1 Hull City 7th March 2010
6 Arsenal 4-2 Bolton Wanderers 20th January 2010
6 Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal 12th September 2009
6 Burnley 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 9th May 2010

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Jack Robinson Hull City 0-0 Liverpool FC 16 years, 8 months, 7 days 9th May 2010
Lennard Sowah Portsmouth 0-0 Blackburn Rovers 17 years, 7 months, 11 days 3rd April 2010
Jack Wilshere Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham City 17 years, 9 months, 15 days 17th October 2009
Louis Moult Burnley 1-1 Stoke City 17 years, 9 months, 24 days 10th March 2010
Frank Nouble Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 West Ham United 17 years, 10 months, 22 days 15th August 2009
Jose Baxter Everton 2-0 Manchester City 17 years, 11 months, 9 days 16th January 2010
Jeffrey Bruma Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn Rovers 17 years, 11 months, 11 days 24th October 2009
Mark Cullen Hull City 0-1 Sunderland 18 years, 3 days 24th April 2010
Phil Jones Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Chelsea 18 years, 1 month 21st March 2010
Liam Cooper Liverpool FC 6-1 Hull City 18 years, 1 month, 23 days 26th September 2009

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
David James Portsmouth 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 years, 8 months, 30 days 1st May 2010
Edwin van der Sar Manchester United 4-0 Stoke City 39 years, 6 months, 10 days 9th May 2010
Brad Friedel Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn Rovers 38 years, 11 months, 21 days 9th May 2010
Maik Taylor Manchester City 5-1 Birmingham City 38 years, 7 months, 7 days 11th April 2010
Graham Alexander Burnley 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 years, 6 months, 29 days 9th May 2010
Mike Pollitt Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic 38 years, 2 months, 10 days 9th May 2010
Marcus Hahnemann Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Sunderland 37 years, 10 months, 24 days 9th May 2010
Mark Schwarzer Arsenal 4-0 Fulham 37 years, 7 months, 3 days 9th May 2010
Kevin Phillips Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City 36 years, 9 months 25th April 2010
Ryan Giggs Manchester United 4-0 Stoke City 36 years, 5 months, 10 days 9th May 2010

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1= Petr Cech Chelsea 17
1= Pepe Reina Liverpool FC 17
3 Brad Friedel Aston Villa 15
4= Heurelho Gomes Tottenham Hotspur 13
4= Paul Robinson Blackburn Rovers 13
6= Edwin van der Sar Manchester United 12
6= Thomas Sorensen Stoke City 12
6= Mark Schwarzer Fulham 12
9= Shay Given Manchester City 11
9= Tim Howard Everton 11

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.

Iconic Moments: Farewell White Hart Lane (May 2017)

Tottenham Hotspur supporters bid an emotional farewell to the ground they’d called home for 118 years. In total, White Hart Lane had hosted 2,533 competitive Spurs matches and also staged England international matches on occasion. They had collected a host of fantastic memories.

The final day saw Manchester United visit and Tottenham win 2-1 with goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane. Although Wayne Rooney scored the final goal at the ground for the Red Devils, this result secured Spurs’ best-ever result in the league table since 1963. They also went through their final season at their traditional home unbeaten; winning 17 of their 19 Premier League matches.

Afterwards, some of Tottenham’s most iconic players from down the years were part of a farewell ceremony that took place. Demolition work on the stadium began the following day and by August 2017, the last visual part of White Hart Lane had been removed.

Tottenham have played their home games at Wembley Stadium in 2017-2018. Construction work is in progress for Tottenham to move to a new stadium with an estimated capacity of 61,000 for next season with the new stadium being built on the current site instead of moving elsewhere.

The Clubs: Everton

All data correct upto 16th April 2018

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
996 360 286 350 1298 1261 +37 1366 26

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Tim Howard 354
Leon Osman 352
Leighton Baines 330
Phil Jagielka 311
David Unsworth 302
Tony Hibbert 265
Phil Neville 242
Duncan Ferguson 239
David Weir 235
Tim Cahill 226

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Romelu Lukaku 68
Duncan Ferguson 60
Tim Cahill 56
Kevin Campbell 45
Leon Osman 44
David Unsworth 33
Leighton Baines 29
Kevin Mirallas 29
Paul Rideout 29
Tony Cottee 28

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Everton 7-1 Southampton 16th November 1996 1996-1997
Everton 7-1 Sunderland 24th November 2007 2007-2008
Everton 6-0 West Ham United 8th May 1999 1998-1999
Everton 5-0 Middlesbrough 17th February 1999 1998-1999
Everton 5-0 Sunderland 26th December 1999 1999-2000
Everton 5-0 West Ham United 29th September 2001 2001-2002
Everton 6-2 Swindon Town 15th January 1994 1993-1994
Everton 6-2 Sunderland 1st November 2015 2015-2016
Everton 5-1 Hull City 7th March 2010 2009-2010
Everton 4-0 Middlesbrough 26th December 1995 1995-1996

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Arsenal 7-0 Everton 11th May 2005 2004-2005
Everton 1-6 Arsenal 15th August 2009 2009-2010
Manchester City 5-0 Everton 9th December 2000 2000-2001
Chelsea 5-0 Everton 5th November 2016 2016-2017
Newcastle United 6-2 Everton 29th March 2002 2001-2002
Everton 1-5 Norwich City 25th September 1993 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Everton 2nd April 1994 1993-1994
Manchester United 5-1 Everton 4th December 1999 1999-2000
Manchester City 5-1 Everton 15th May 2004 2003-2004
Arsenal 5-1 Everton 3rd February 2018 2017-2018

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Howard Kendall 2 4th December 1993
Mike Walker 2 5th November 1994
Joe Royle 3 27th March 1997
Howard Kendall 1 10th May 1998
Walter Smith 4 10th March 2002
David Moyes 12 19th May 2013
Roberto Martinez 3 12th May 2016
Ronald Koeman 2 23rd October 2017
Sam Allardyce 1  

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Everton 1-0 Liverpool FC 11th December 2004 40,552 2004-2005
Everton 2-1 Manchester City 26th December 2004 40,530 2004-2005
Everton 0-2 Manchester United 27th August 1997 40,479 1997-1998
Everton 2-0 Newcastle United 7th May 2005 40,438 2004-2005
Everton 0-1 Chelsea 12th February 2005 40,270 2004-2005
Everton 2-3 Liverpool FC 16th April 2001 40,260 2000-2001
Everton 2-2 Newcastle United 16th September 2003 40,228 2003-2004
Everton 0-3 Liverpool FC 30th August 2003 40,200 2003-2004
Everton 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22nd November 2003 40,190 2003-2004
Everton 3-4 Manchester United 7th February 2004 40,190 2003-2004

 

Intro

Everton are one of only six teams to have been a Premier League ever-present and when they play on the final day of the 2017-2018 season, they will reach 1000 Premier League games. The Toffees have endured a rollercoaster ride for their supporters. Final day escapes from relegation in 1994 and 1998 mixed in with a highest finish of fourth place under David Moyes’ stable time at the club in 2005. Sam Allardyce is the current boss and the former England manager has guided them to safety after a rocky start to the current campaign.

 

1992-1993

Everton recorded their lowest league finish in over a decade as they never made any telling impact in the inaugural Premier League season. They finished only 13th and just four points clear of the relegation zone. A 2-1 Merseyside Derby victory at Goodison Park in December with Peter Beardsley scoring the winner was the main highlight of the season for the supporters.

 

1993-1994

Victories over Southampton, Manchester City and Sheffield United took Everton briefly top of the table after three matches. The spark had fizzled out though for Howard Kendall and he ended his second spell at his beloved Goodison in early December after just one victory in eight games.

He was replaced by Norwich City boss Mike Walker but he couldn’t stop the slide. Just one win in 10 matches saw Everton start the final day of the season in the bottom three. Things looked grim at home to Wimbledon when they trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes. Two goals from Graham Stuart and a Barry Horne blockbuster saw the Toffees rescue the match and their season. Results elsewhere meant Everton avoid relegation…just. They finished 17th but it was much closer than any fan would have liked.

 

1994-1995

The Merseysiders made their worst-ever start to a season, failing to win any of their first 12 games. Despite a 1-0 win over West Ham United in early November, the board ran out of patience with Mike Walker. Days after a goalless draw at former club Norwich, he was sacked and replaced by former goalscoring great Joe Royle – who ended his long association with Oldham Athletic in the process.

The squad looked like a bunch of broken men but Royle fixed things quickly with his ‘Dogs of War’ approach. Clean sheets were kept in five successive matches and victories over Liverpool FC, Chelsea and Leeds United took Everton out of the bottom four. Champions Manchester United were beaten in late February by a towering Duncan Ferguson header and survival was clinched in the club’s penultimate match of the season when a scrappy Paul Rideout effort defeated Ipswich Town.

Rideout would provide the silver lining to the season too with his winner in the FA Cup final against Manchester United. European football would return to Goodison Park for the first time since the Heysel disaster of 1985 which had seen a blanket ban on English clubs competing in Europe.

 

1995-1996

Royle and Everton built on their excellent end to the previous season, finishing sixth and just two points shy of a top four finish. This was despite losing star striker Duncan Ferguson for just over a month after he was sentenced to a spell in jail for head-butting an opponent during his time with Rangers in Scottish football. Andrei Kanchelskis starred with 16 goals in his first season on Merseyside.

 

1996-1997

Everton finished 19 points off their 1995-1996 tally and nine places lower too after a difficult season which saw Joe Royle resign as first-team manager at the end of March. Captain Dave Watson steered the club to safety but there were few highs. Kanchelskis was sold to Fiorentina during the campaign but Everton did record their joint-biggest Premier League victory, thumping Southampton 7-1 in November.

 

1997-1998

Howard Kendall returned for a third spell as manager after preferred target Andy Gray elected to extend his contract with Sky Sports. However, financial problems were growing and the fans’ frustration at owner Peter Johnson’s lack of investment meant Kendall would be in for the toughest season of his managerial career.

Like 1994, Everton went into the final day of the season in the drop zone. A 1-1 draw at home to Coventry City was enough to ensure their safety on goal difference from Bolton Wanderers. There was great joy and relief on the pitch at the final whistle but Kendall wouldn’t be staying. He resigned and would be replaced in the off-season by Walter Smith.

 

1998-1999

Peter Johnson’s tumultuous reign as Everton chairman ended in December, quitting after a row with Walter Smith over the controversial sale of Duncan Ferguson to Newcastle United for £7 million. Smith had enjoyed plenty of success in Scotland with Rangers but couldn’t replicate that in his first season at the helm in England. Everton finished 14th and only the goals of on-loan signing Kevin Campbell in the season’s closing weeks avoided another huge scrap with relegation.

 

1999-2000

Smith’s second season as Everton manager was better and the Toffees spent much of the campaign in the top half of the table. However, a final day home defeat to Middlesbrough saw them finish a slightly underwhelming 13th. Campbell signed permanently and was top scorer with 12 goals and Everton finished with a positive goal difference thanks to huge margin wins over Sunderland and West Ham United.

 

2000-2001

Paul Gascoigne joined the Everton ranks but he was past his best and Everton endured another poor season. They finished a tame 16th in the table, eight points clear of the bottom three. The fans continued to feel frustrated by the lack of progress but Duncan Ferguson did return to the club after 18 months at Newcastle, scoring twice on his home debut return against Charlton Athletic.

 

2001-2002

Two wins and a draw saw Everton top of the table in August but Walter Smith managed just five more victories from the next 26 games. After a calamitous quarter-final exit to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, the board sacked the manager in March. He was replaced by Preston North End boss David Moyes. He managed four victories from his nine games to keep the club clear of any relegation danger. They ended 15th.

 

2002-2003

2002-2003 was Everton’s 100th season in the top division, becoming the first club to achieve this feat. It was also the season that saw Wayne Rooney make his huge breakthrough, becoming an England debutant by the end of it. Rooney scored a brilliant late goal to end Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten league run in October and David Moyes’ side were a challenger for the Champions League positions. Three losses in their last four games meant they missed out on European football altogether but a 7th placed finish was seen as major progress for the supporters after years toiling at the wrong end of the table.

 

2003-2004

After all the promise of the previous season, it looked like it might be a false dawn again. Everton mustered just nine victories and a final day 5-1 mauling at the hands of Manchester City saw the Toffees finish a dreadful 17th in the table, just six points clear of relegated trio, Leicester City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

2004-2005

Many pundits tipped Everton for relegation in pre-season and a boardroom battle between Bill Kenwright and Phillip Carter raged throughout the summer. Marcus Bent was the only close-season arrival whilst the likes of David Unsworth, Steve Watson, Tomasz Radzinski and boy wonder Wayne Rooney all departed.

The Toffees lost 4-1 on the opening weekend at home to Arsenal but a siege mentality resolve gathered over the club and they completely defied expectations all season. Despite selling Thomas Gravesen to Real Madrid in the January transfer window, Everton secured a Champions League qualification spot, finishing fourth with 61 points. It meant they finished above Liverpool FC for the first time in the Premier League Years. Tim Cahill was the Player of the Season, scoring 11 times in his debut campaign at this level.

 

2005-2006

Eight matches into the 2005-2006 season and Everton were propping up the table, with just three points and seven defeats. A 1-1 draw with runaway league leaders Chelsea saw a revival in fortunes but back-to-back 4-0 losses over Christmas by Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa ensured Everton went into 2006 in the bottom three.

The fans needn’t have worried. Everton lost just four games in the second half of the season and rallied to finish in 11th place but struggled for goals all season. They hit the back of the net just 34 times in 38 matches.

 

2006-2007

In an attempt to solve the goalscoring conundrum, David Moyes signed Andy Johnson from Crystal Palace in the summer and Johnson produced a solid 11-goal return. Everton showed much better consistency and there was an enjoyable 3-0 home victory in the Merseyside Derby in September. Everton finished in sixth place – which ensured qualification for next season’s UEFA Cup.

 

2007-2008

David Moyes’ reputation as one of the finest managers in England continued as Everton amassed 65 points and finished fifth in the table. In fact, they were fourth in the table with 10 games left to play but arch-rivals Liverpool FC’s late surge in form saw them overtake their neighbours before the season’s end. Yakubu enjoyed a prolific first season at Everton, scoring 15 Premier League goals whilst Sunderland were destroyed 7-1 in November which is the club’s joint-biggest Premier League victory.

 

2008-2009

Despite limits on resources, Everton broke their transfer record in late August to acquire the talents of Marouane Fellaini from Standard Liege for £15 million. A difficult start to their home form meant Everton didn’t launch a top-four challenge. Louis Saha’s late winner over Fulham in November galvanised their domestic season. Everton finished fifth for the second successive season.

 

2009-2010

Many key players were missing from Everton’s line-up in the first half of the season, with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka and Yakubu missing due to long-term injuries. This played a part in a tricky start to the season. Everton were just 16th at Christmas and only two points clear of relegation danger.

However, they were one of the form sides in the second half of the season, losing just two of their last 24 matches. This included impressive victories over Chelsea and Manchester United. Everton finished in eighth place. Their slow start ensured European football would elude them for the following season.

 

2010-2011

Traditional slow starters Everton failed to win a top-flight game until early October when they beat Birmingham City 2-0. There was a memorable Derby victory over Liverpool FC and a fourth successive victory at Eastlands against Manchester City but these were three of just four victories in the first half of the season. Again, form improved after Christmas with just two losses from their last 12 matches to ensure a final finishing position of seventh.

 

2011-2012

Everton’s Premier League campaign was delayed by a week due to the London riots forcing a postponement of their scheduled starting match at Tottenham Hotspur. Again, they made a slow start but a nine-game unbeaten sequence at the end of the season ensured back-to-back seventh place finishes. Even better for the supporters was the rarity of finishing above Liverpool FC in the final standings, even though the Reds won both Merseyside Derby encounters. The winter arrival of Nikica Jelavic boosted the team and he scored nine times, including twice in a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford in April.

 

2012-2013

2012-2013 was a very consistent season for Everton, who began with a tremendous 1-0 victory over Manchester United with an inspired display from Marouane Fellaini. Two stoppage-time goals defeated Tottenham Hotspur in December and reigning champions Manchester City were beaten 2-0 in March. Everton finished in sixth position and above Liverpool in the table for the second successive season.

However, too many draws and a horrible display in the FA Cup quarter-finals which saw them lose 3-0 to Wigan Athletic saw many supporters disappointed. On 9th May, David Moyes confirmed he would be leaving after 11 years at the helm as manager. He was taking the vacancy being created by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at Manchester United.

 

2013-2014

For the first time since 2002, Everton started a Premier League campaign without David Moyes as their manager. Roberto Martinez filled the vacancy and believed Everton could qualify for the UEFA Champions League within three years. They nearly achieved it in his successful first season. Everton finished with their highest points tally (72) and a fifth-place finish.

Martinez inspired Everton to their best sequence of results in their Premier League history with a run of seven successive victories before a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace which meant their chances of beating Arsenal to fourth place all but disappeared. There was a joyous league double over Manchester United and a home success over Chelsea too. Romelu Lukaku made an immediate mark in his debut season as an Everton player. On-loan from Chelsea, Lukaku finished with 15 goals and would join permanently in the summer.

 

2014-2015

After all the promise and excitement of Martinez’s debut campaign, Everton showed a huge degree of inconsistency in 2014-2015. By the end of the calendar year, they had the second worst defensive record in the league and had made the most individual errors resulting in goals in Europe’s top five leagues. The Toffees finished in a disappointing 11th place and a massive 25 points off their final 2013-2014 tally.

 

2015-2016

Despite reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions, league form again failed to sparkle for Everton. There were some better results. Steven Naismith came off the bench to score a hat-trick in an early season 3-1 victory over champions Chelsea and Arouna Kone also recorded a treble in a 6-2 beating of Sunderland in November.

Too many draws and a dreadful home record blighted Everton’s challenge for a top six finish. After the Sunderland victory, just four more home triumphs were recorded and 55 goals were leaked as mistakes from the previous season weren’t learned from.

A Merseyside Derby mauling at Anfield in April really cranked up the pressure on Martinez and after a similar kind of display in a 3-0 loss to Sunderland, Bill Kenwright had little option but to sack him before the final game of the season. For the second successive campaign, Everton finished only 11th.

 

2016-2017

Ronald Koeman was chosen as Martinez’s successor as he left Southampton and Everton made some radical improvements to finish seventh and a whopping 15 points clear of the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, they were eight points shy of sixth-placed Manchester United which meant they were almost in their own division.

Lukaku became the club’s highest all-time Premier League top goalscorer and finished with 25 goals, only denied the Golden Boot by a final week masterclass from Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who scored eight times in his last three matches. In fact, Everton never relinquished seventh place in the table after a Boxing Day victory at outgoing champions Leicester City.

 

2017-2018

Money was thrown at a real push for the top four positions with Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson among the new arrivals. There was also an emotional return for Wayne Rooney, who returned to the club in a deal which saw Romelu Lukaku depart in the other direction for Manchester United.

Rooney began well with the winner at home to Stoke City on the opening day, followed by his 200th Premier League strike in a draw with Manchester City. Two months later though, Ronald Koeman was out of a job. Everton won just two matches in their first nine games and slipped into the bottom three after a 5-2 humbling by Arsenal at Goodison Park. Kenwright axed Koeman 24 hours later.

After David Unsworth filled the position for a month in an interim spell and a prolonged chase for Marco Silva failed, the Toffees abandoned their ambitious approach and went back to basics. Sam Allardyce arrived at the helm and guided Everton away from any relegation danger. With four games left, they sit ninth in the table but a string of turgid displays away from Merseyside has left supporters unhappy. It remains unclear if Allardyce will start next season as the club’s manager.