Premier League Facts And Figures
The English Premier League or Premiership.Call it what you will. Well it has been going for 20 years now and is about to start its 21st season in this incarnation since taking over as the top league in England from the First Division.
Here are just a few facts and figures and biggest names to have featured and starred in the league over those years.
The league has been extremely good for Manchester United,having won 12 out of 20 titles. The change to the Premiership changed the course of Manchester United. They won the first championship in 1992/93 and hadn’t won the old First Division since 1967.
The opposite is true of Liverpool. They had won 10 of the last 17 First Division titles but none since the start of the Premier League.
ALEX FERGUSON is the only manager to be in charge for every season in the Premier.
MANCHESTER UNITED 12
BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
So far no English manager has been in charge of a winning club. The victorious managers have been ALEX FERGUSON,ARSENE WENGER,JOSE MOURINHO,CARLO ANCELOTTI,KENNY DALGLISH and ROBERTO MANCINI.
The nationalitiesfor league winning managers have been Scottish-13
So far a total of 45 clubs have played in the league.
RYAN GIGGS has played and scored in every Premiership season of its existence.
He has won the most titles. Playing in all of Manchester Uniteds 12 wins.
MOST GAMES PLAYED
Giggs has played in the most games in the Premiership.Here is the chosen few who have played 500 games or more
RYAN GIGGS 598 GAMES
DAVID JAMES 573 GAMES
GARY SPEED 535 GAMES
FRANK LAMPARD 520 GAMES
EMILE HESKEY 510 GAMES
SOL CAMPBELL 504 GAMES
Others who are still playing and who could reach 500 appearances this season are Phil Neville,Jamie Carragher,Paul Scholes and Mark Schwarzer.
MOST GOALS SCORED
Alan Shearer is a long way out in front. Here are the players to have scored 150 or more.
ALAN SHEARER 260
ANDY COLE 187
THIERRY HENRY 176
ROBBIE FOWLER 163
FRANK LAMPARD 151
Of players still playing Michael Owen is on 149 and Wayne Rooney is on 144.
MOST HAT-TRICKS SCORED
Alan Shearer is also top of the list for the amount of hat-tricks (3 or more) scored in the premiership
ALAN SHEARER 11
ROBBIE FOWLER 9
MICHAEL OWEN/THIERRY HENRY 8
FIVE GOALS IN A GAME
4 Players have scored 5 goals during a game.
ANDY COLE Cole was the first player to score 5 in a premiershipgame in a 9-0 win for Manchester United against IpswichTown on 4 March 1995
ALAN SHEARER Shearer scored 5 in Newcastle Uniteds 8-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on 19 September 1999.
JERMAIN DEFOE Scored his 5 for Tottenham Hotspur in a 9-1 victory over Wigan Athletic on 22 November 2009.
DIMITAR BERBATOV Scored 5 for Manchester United against Blackburn Rovers in a 7-1 victory on 27 November 2010.
First hat-trick was by ERIC CANTONA while he was a Leeds United player in a 5-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur on 25 August 1992.
The quickest hat-trick was scored by Liverpools ROBBIE FOWLER against Arsenal in 4 and a half minutes in 1994.
FIRST EVER GOAL
First ever premiership goal was scored by Sheffield Uniteds one time England forward BRIAN DEANE on 15 August 1992 when he scored after 5 minutes in a 2-1 win against Manchester United.
TOP SCORERS FOR A SEASON
The top scorers in any season of the premier league has been 34 and it happened in consecutive seasons.
ANDY COLE 34 GOALS 1993/94 season
ALAN SHEARER 34 GOALS 1994/95 season
MOST TIMES FINISHED AS TOP SCORER
Two major stars have finished as top league scorers on most occasions,winning the golden boot for this achievement 7 times between them.
THIERRY HENRY 4 2001/02, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06
ALAN SHEARER 3 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97