Thursday 4 June, 2020

10 interesting facts you may not know about the Premier League

Manchester City celebrate their English Premier League title last season

Manchester City celebrate their English Premier League title last season

The 28th season of English Premier League kicked off August 9, 2019 and is set to conclude in May of next year.

In these early goings, Liverpool stands atop the table followed by Man City and Arsenal. Liverpool has also set a club record for successive Premier League wins with 12 in a row.

Now the most-watched sports league in the world, EPL formed back in 1992 when the clubs in the top flight Football League First Division left the over-century-old English Football League.

Over the years there have been countless memorable moments but today we take a look at some interesting facts about EPL you may not know about.

  1. The record for oldest player in Premier League history belongs to John Burridge who appeared for Manchester City when he was 43 years and 163 days old. According to the Professional Footballer’s Association, the average retirement age is 35.
  2. The youngest player on record is Harvey Elliott who was 16 years and 30 days old when he played for Fulham against Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 2019.
  3. Only two players have ever scored a hat-trick of headers in EPL: Duncan Ferguson for Everton against Bolton in 1997 and Salomon Rondon for West Brom against Swansea in 2016.
  4. The rarity of goalkeepers scoring goals has happened on five occasions in EPL: Peter Schmeichel was first for Aston Villa vs Everton in 2001; Brad Friedel came up the field and connected for Blackburn vs Charlton in 2004; Paul Robinson scored from a free kick from well within his own half for Tottenham vs Watford in 2007; Tim Howard scored from within his own box for Everton vs Bolton in 2012; as did Asmir Begovic for Stoke vs Southampton in 2013.
  5. Sebastien Bassong has the unfortunate record of having been relegated four times with three different teams: Newcastle in 2009, Wolves in 2012 and Norwich in 2014 and 2016.
  6. In terms of attendance for a single game, the record high came in 2018 at Wembley Stadium as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Arsenal 1 – 0 with a crowd 83,222 strong, a far cry from the record low of 3,039 at Selhurst Park in 1993 as Wimbledon lost 1 – 3 to Everton.
  7. Yaya Toure retired earlier this year with a perfect penalty record, scoring 11 from 11 attempts in EPL.
  8. In 508 appearances for Liverpool, Jamie Carragher scored only three goals. He unfortunately scored 3 own goals for Tottenham Hotspur alone in his career and a pair of own goals against Manchester United in a single match.
  9. Ryan Giggs holds the record as the Premier League’s most substituted player having been subbed off 134 times in his 632 appearances. Peter Crouch holds the subbed on record with 152.
  10. Mario Balotelli has only 1 assist in EPL despite 70 appearances. That assist helped Man City clinch their first title in 44 years in the final minute of the 2011-12 season.

We look forward to many interesting facts being added to the list this season. Download the SportsMax app to watch the Premier League games on the RUSH channel. Stream live games, check the latest stories or watch full games, highlights, reviews and much more on RUSH with Digicel the Caribbean Home of Sports.

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