The Most Impressive Premier League Statistics

The domestic football season has drawn to a close and once again Manchester City ended the season on top for a fourth consecutive title. It was City’s sixth title in seven years which whilst being good for those of a sky blue persuasion, it is undoubtedly boring for the neutral.

That’s not a slight on Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side it’s just that we’ve seen this movie several times before (well five times in the past six years to be precise). Manchester City will again head into next season as the team tipped to win the title according to the Premier League odds. With that in mind we thought we’d put together a fun piece detailing some of the most impressive and bizarre statistics and records of the Premier League era to distract us from City’s relentless march to the title – read on to find out what we’ve picked…

49 – Longest Unbeaten Run

It’s not all doom and gloom for Arsenal fans. Whilst they watch the best side they’ve seen in Islington since 2004 get pipped to the post again and again by Manchester City, they can at least console themselves with the memory of The Invincibles.

Starting on May 7th 2003, Arsenal went all the way until October 24th 2004 without losing a league game. Impressive.

101 – Most Yellow Cards in a Season

Leeds United had a reputation for being a dirty team in the 1970s and 1980s so it’s surprising to see that their 2021/22 team under Marcelo Bielsa – a man known for his sportsmanship – hold the record for most yellow cards in a single season.

20 – Fewest Goals Scored in a Season

The fans that turned up to Pride Park week in and week out in the 2007/08 season are deserving of a medal. Not only did they cheer on a team with just 1 win and 11 points to their name all season, but they supported a team who only mustered 20 goals in 38 league games.

Special mention to Sheffield United 2020/21 who are the joint holders of that ignominious record.

4 – Promotion Survivalists

Only four times in Premier League history have all three of the promoted teams managed to avoid relegation back to the Championship the following season. They were:

Blackburn, Bolton & Fulham (2001/02)

Norwich, QPR & Swansea (2011/12)

Brighton, Newcastle & Huddersfield (2017/18)

Bournemouth, Fulham & Nottingham Forest (2022/23)

7-4 – Highest Scoring Game

In September 2007 Reading travelled to Portsmouth for what would surely be one of the last games on Match of the Day. Well, that wasn’t to be the case as both teams put on an absolute barnstormer of a game with Pompey coming out on top of an 11 goal thriller.

86 – Longest Unbeaten Home Run

Things might not be good for Chelsea right now but they used to be, particularly from 2004 – 2008 when they were winning trophies galore and embarking on an incredible 86 game unbeaten run at home.

29 – Longest Unbeaten Away Run

This one doesn’t quite feel right. From February 17th, 2020 to September 19th, 2021 Manchester United did not lose a single away game in the league. Unfortunately for Red Devils fans, this was the only thing of note that they had to boast about during this time.

10 – Most Own Goals

Jamie Carragher you are safe, it’s not you. The record for most Premier League own goals goes to former Manchester City stalwart Richard Dunne who notched 10 strikes in his own net.

15 years, 181 days & 43 years, 162 days – Youngest and Oldest Players

On September 18th, 2022 Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player in Premier League history when he made his debut for Arsenal against Brentford. At the other end of the spectrum, Manchester City’s John Burridge became the oldest player in the Premier League on May 14th, 1995.

204 – Most Subbed on Player

Over a career that took in the likes of Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton James Milner made a whopping 204 appearances from the bench.

123 – Most Yellow Cards

Did Pep Guardiola create the inverted full-back role after watching Gareth Barry migrate from left-back to central midfield in a career that started at Villa Park and ended at the Hawthorns? Who knows? What we do know is that Gareth Barry holds the record for most yellow cards in Premier League history.

8 - Most Red Cards

What better way to finish off this article than with a roll call of shame? Here are the three players who share the record for most red cards in Premier League history: Duncan Ferguson, Patrick Vieira and Richard Dunne (this article hasn’t made good reading for Mr Dunne…)

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