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20 Seasons of the English Premier League

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7,846 500

Total games played

Manchester United are the only side to have managed 500 wins in the Premier League (most by a player: Ryan Giggs, 386)

20,589 1,020

Total goals scored (2.62 per game, most by a team: Manchester United 1,541, player: Shearer 260)

248

Red cards (most by a team: Blackburn 76, player: Ferguson, Vieira and Dunne, eight each)

22,666

Players to have played in the Premier League (most appearances – Giggs, 598)

Relegations from the Premier League (most: Crystal Palace, four)

4,558

Yellow cards (most by a team: Chelsea 1,224, player: Kevin Davies and Lee Bowyer, 99 each)

Premier League title winners (Manchester United 12, Arsenal and Chelsea three each, Blackburn and Manchester City, one each)

All data based on Opta definitions and correct at time of going to print.

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Teams to have played in the Premier League

Hat-tricks scored in the Premier League (most – Alan Shearer, 11)

3,111

Tottenham have conceded the most goals in the Premier League, the only team to ship over 1,000 (most by a player: David James, 665)

1,201 22,870 5

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Ever-present sides in the Premier League (Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham)

Clean sheets kept (most by a team: Manchester United 346, goalkeeper: David James, 169) Everton have lost the most games in Premier League history (most by a player: David James, 197)

Substitutions (most by a team: Chelsea 1,211, most subs on for a player: Kanu, 118, subs off: Solano, 132)


1,327 3,641

Goals scored from the penalty spot (most by a team: Chelsea, 83. Player: Alan Shearer, 56)

Home wins, 2,107 draws, 2,098 away wins in Premier League history

Aston Villa have drawn the most games in Premier League history (most by a player: David James, 158)

653

Own goals scored (most by a team: Everton, 36, player: Richard Dunne, 9)

five 6 100

Sides who have played just one season (Barnsley, Burnley, Blackpool, Swindon and Swansea)

Introduction The Premier League has brought us some stunning moments since its inception. The 20 seasons have seen 45 teams do battle in 7,846 games, scoring 20,589 goals. We’ve seen high drama, controversy and season after season of compelling action. To celebrate the 20 year milestone, the Premier League recently bestowed a series of awards, asking fans and experts to select the best season, game, player, manager, goal and more. We’ve had a look at the award winners in the way that only Opta can, and produced our own tribute to the players and teams that have captivated us for the past two decades. We’ve also taken a look at some of the Premier League’s leading marksmen, goalkeepers, play-makers and aggressors. No-one looks at football more closely than Opta. We delve into the details that others miss, to pull out the stories behind the numbers. We hope that you enjoy our unique take on the Premier League so far.

South America was the last continent (excluding Antarctica) to be represented in the Premier League – Adrian Paz for Ipswich in 1994/95 Swindon in 1993/94 are the only side to have conceded 100 goals in a Premier League season 20 seasons of the English Premier League as seen by Opta

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The Premier League’s Best Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson The winner of the “Best Manager” award in the Premier League’s 20 seasons award, Sir Alex Ferguson’s record in the competition is little short of staggering. Win Ratio

José Mourinho 120 games

70.8%

Sir Alex Ferguson 772 games

64.8%

Carlo Ancelotti 76 games

63.2%

Roberto Mancini 97 games

61.9%

Arsène Wenger 600 games

57.8%

Rafael Benítez 228 games

55.3%

Claudio Ranieri 146 games

52.1%

Kenny Dalglish 238 games

48.3%

Gianluca Vialli 94 games

47.9%

Roy Evans 184 games

47.3%

Key Win Draw Loss *Minimum two full seasons as manager

Only José Mourinho has managed a higher win % in the Premier League than Ferguson, whose longevity helps him stand even further apart from the pack. Having joined Manchester United in 1986/87, he has been in charge since, racking up his 500th Premier League win on the last day of the 2011/12 season at Sunderland, the next-most victories is Arsène Wenger (347) followed by Harry Redknapp (227). In 20 seasons of the Premier League, Ferguson has lifted the title on 12 occasions: Arsène Wenger (3) and José Mourinho (2) are the only other bosses to have done this more than once.

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The Premier League’s Best Season: 2011/12

On top of this fans saw 19 hat-tricks scored in 2011/12, the most in a 20-team Premier League season, while the title was won on goal difference for the first time in its history, and the first time in the English top-flight since 1988/89 when Arsenal pipped Liverpool. Incredibly, the drama lasted until the last kick of the season, when Manchester City became the first side EVER in the history of the Premier League to win a game that they were losing at the end of 90 minutes, equalising on 91:15 before getting the winner on 93:20.

In the recent 20 seasons awards, the 2011/12 season was voted the best-ever, and in terms of action, this was a fair reflection. Last season saw more goals per game than any other in the competition’s history, and the most in any English top-flight campaign since 1968/69. Three of the four Premier League seasons with the most goals per game have been the last three campaigns, as the trend towards more strikes continues.

Goals per Game

Goals

92/93* 2.65 1,222

93/94* 2.59 1,195

94/95* 2.59 1,195

95/96 2.60 988

* 462 games played instead of 380

96/97 2.55 970

97/98 2.68 1,019

98/99 2.52 959

99/00 2.79 1,060

00/01 2.61 992

01/02 2.63 1,001

02/03 2.63 1,000

03/04 2.66 1,012

04/05 2.57 975

05/06 2.48 944

06/07 2.45 931

07/08 2.64 1,002

08/09 2.48 942

09/10 2.77 1,053

10/11 2.80 1,063

11/12 2.81 1,066


The Premier League’s Best Team: Arsenal’s Invincibles Longest Premier League Unbeaten Runs

“We’ve been remarkably consistent, haven’t lost 49

07/05/03 - 16/ 10/04 40

23/ 10/04 - 29/ 10/05

23/ 12 /07 - 18 / 10/08

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26 / 12 /98 - 25/09/99

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11/04/ 10 - 01 /02 / 11

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Goals

% Goals to Shots

2003/04

73

2003/04

2004/05

72

2004/05

2008/09

68

Total Passes 2004/05 2008/09 2011/12

14.1% 13.7% 17.7%

2011/12

To the left are some details of Arsenal’s last title-winning season compared to other recent champions.

Goals Conceded 17,752

26

2003/04

16,808

2004/05

19,421 20,860

Overall Pass Completion %

15 24

2008/09

29

2011/12

2003/04

80.9%

2003/04

4,702

81.5%

2004/05

4,639

2008/09

83.0%

2008/09

85.9%

2011/12

The Gunners were leaders in many categories in the 2003/04 season, though interestingly were only second in terms of total passes, despite their reputation, behind Manchester United. However their high pass completion rate, especially in the final third, made the difference. The Chelsea side of 2004/05 set a new record of most points won in a single season thanks to only conceding a competition record 15 goals from just 84 shots on target faced (little over two per game).

Passes in Final Third

2004/05

2011/12

Chelsea between October 2004 and October 2005 are the only other team to have gone the equivalent of a full season unbeaten (40 games), with their run starting on the same weekend that Arsenal’s ended in a 2-0 reversal at Old Trafford.

15.5%

2008/09 93

2011/12

2003/04

In 2003/04, Arsenal achieved a feat unheard of in the English top-flight since 1888/89 (Preston North End) by going a full season unbeaten. They eventually extended their run to 49 consecutive games without a defeat, by far the longest of its kind in the Premier League.

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26 /02 /95 - 06/ 11 /95

have entertained people who just love football.” Arsène Wenger, 2004

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23/ 12 /01 - 06/ 10/02

a game and we have played stylish football. We

6,386 6,658

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The Premier League’s Best Game: Manchester United 4 - 3 Manchester City Rooney 2’

Fletcher 80’

52’ Bellamy 90’ Bellamy

Sunday, 20th September 2009

Owen 90+6’

Referee: Martin Atkinson | Attendance: 75,066

Foster Evra Ferdinand Vidic O’Shea (23 Carrick 90+3’) Anderson Giggs (25 Valencia 62’) Park Fletcher ( 07 Owen 78’) Berbatov Rooney

12 03 05 15 22 08 11 13 24 09 10

GK DF DF DF DF MF MF MF MF FW FW

Corners

11 15

40.5%

0

16

Red Cards

14

Territory

0 26

Tackles

78.9%

72.4%

Passing Succ.

8

Shots On Target

4

10

Shots Off Target

4

6

Blocked Shots

1 0

Saves

4

Post

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United had 24 shots to City’s 11, and 59.5% of the possession, a domination that is highlighted in the average positions of the two teams, where all but three of United’s players spent more time in City’s half than their own, compared to just two for their visitors.

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13 8

22 5

15

12

2 8

01 02 03 19 28 07 08 18 34 32 39

Given Richards Bridge Lescott Toure Ireland Wright-Phillips Barry De Jong (17 Petrov 83’) Tevez Bellamy

Ryan Giggs

1 11

GK DF DF DF DF MF MF MF MF FW FW

Mark Hughes

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Average Positions

After battling back from a goal down twice before, Craig Bellamy looked to have given City a point by scoring with five seconds of normal time remaining to make it 3-3. However a Michael Owen strike five minutes and 27 seconds into injury time saw United take all three points.

35.9%

2

Yellow Cards

0

64.1%

1

Offsides

2 Possession

Voted the Premier League’s best match, the Manchester derby of September 2009 saw Manchester City travel to Old Trafford looking to extend their perfect start to the season (four wins from four).

1

Fouls

59.5%

Sir Alex Ferguson

06

16’ Barry

HT

Fletcher 49’

28

19 34 7 18

3 39

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United’s win was in large part down to their evergreen winger Ryan Giggs (11), who assisted three goals in the game. The 20 seasons “Best Player” set up 10 shots in this match, one of only three occasions all season in which a player created over 10 chances in a single game, underlining why he has assisted more goals in Premier League history than any other player.


The Premier League’s Best Goal: Wayne Rooney v Manchester City With both sides still pushing for the title, the Manchester derby of 12th February 2011 was always going to be special. However few would have foreseen the moment of genius that saw Wayne Rooney cap an impressive Manchester United move with an incredible overhead kick in the 78th minute to hand his side all three points. 10 5

Rooney’s goal followed a move of 14 passes that saw all but one of United’s outfield players (Chris Smalling) involved before the explosive finish, more than earning the accolade of “Best Goal” in the Premier League’s 20 seasons awards.

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9 9

3

15

17

10 9

18 24

18 22

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Wayne Rooney Premier League Career Statistics 3

14

19

317

13 13

457 111

510

115

Shots On Target

Right-Footed Goals

Goals Inside Box

Shots Off Target

Left-Footed Goals

Penalties

Blocked Shots

Headed Goals

Direct Free Kicks (Outside Box) Goals Outside Box

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The Premier League’s Best Save: Craig Gordon v Bolton Wanderers FC Until Manchester United signed David De Gea, Craig Gordon’s £9million transfer fee was the highest ever paid for a goalkeeper by a British club. Despite this, he enjoyed mixed fortunes at the Black Cats only playing 88 Premier League games and keeping 19 clean sheets in that time.

Top Stoppers from French side Rennes in 2004 – a better rate than any other goalkeeper in the competition’s history. Cech has also managed the best minutes per goal conceded ratio, conceding a goal every 127 minutes, 40 seconds on average, and over 20 minutes longer than any other goalkeeper’s average.

Petr Cech has proved to be a wonderful signing for Chelsea as he enters his ninth season at the club, and the numbers back up the claim that he is one of the best goalkeepers to have played in the Premier League era. The Czech ‘keeper has averaged a clean sheet every two games in the Premier League since his transfer to Chelsea

Games/Clean Sheets Petr Cech José Reina Edwin Van der Sar Peter Schmeichel The undoubted highlight of his time at The Stadium of Light was this stunning save against Bolton Wanderers, subsequently voted as the Best Save in Premier League history. Games Played................................................................................................................................. 88 Minutes Played .................................................................................................................... 7,897 Saves ....................................................................................................................................................... 264 Goals Conceded ....................................................................................................................... 127 Save Percentage ............................................................................................................... 67.4% Save Percentage (in box) .................................................................................... 58.7% Save Percentage (out box) ................................................................................ 85.6% Catches ................................................................................................................................................ 109 Punches .................................................................................................................................................... 61 Drops ............................................................................................................................................................... 7 Penalties Faced ............................................................................................................................. 15 Penalty Goals Conceded ................................................................................................ 13 Penalties Saved ............................................................................................................................. 0

Minutes/Goals Conceded 2.00

Petr Cech

2.12 2.37 2.42

David Seaman

2.46

Carlo Cudicini

2.48

127:40 mins

José Reina

107:15 mins

Jens Lehmann

106:1 mins

David Seaman

105:40 mins

Manuel Almunia

98:58 mins

Carlo Cudicini

97:49 mins

Manuel Almunia

2.53

Peter Schmeichel

96:09 mins

Jerzy Dudek

2.54

Jerzy Dudek

Ed de Goey Mark Bosnich

2.62

Ed de Goey

2.68

Edwin Van der Sar

95:47 mins 94:40 mins 91:50 mins

* Only players with 100 PL apps or more considered.

David James still remains the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets, however, totalling 169 in his 18-season Premier League career. Petr Cech has some way to go to be at the top of this ranking, with 41 fewer than former England ‘keeper James.

169

David James Petr Cech

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The Premier League’s Best Quote: “I will love it if we beat them. Love it. ” I’ve kept really quiet but I’ll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that. You can tell him now, we’re still fighting for this title and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and Kevin Keegan, 1996 get something. And I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it.

Towards the end of January 1996, it looked as if Newcastle United had the Premier League title already wrapped up little over the half-way mark. Kevin Keegan’s Magpies were 12 points clear at the top of the table and looked unassailable.

Premier League Table January 21st 1996 Pos. 1 2 3

Team Newcastle United Liverpool Manchester United

12 points is the biggest deficit a team has ever made up to win the Premier League, followed by Arsenal recouping 11 points in the 1997/98 season, and below it is possible to see the key moments where the campaign was won and lost.

P 23 23 23

W 17 12 12

D L 3 3 6 5 6 5

F 45 46 41

A GD Pts 19 +26 54 21 +25 42 27 +14 42

5 4 6

2 1

3

Premier League Table May 5th 1996 Pos. 1 2 3

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Newcastle are 12 points clear of Manchester United after 23 games. 2

Newcastle lose 0-2 at West Ham, starting a dire run. 3

Newcastle lose 4-3 in dramatic circumstances at Anfield, giving the advantage to Manchester United.

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Team Manchester United Newcastle United Liverpool

P 38 38 38

W D 25 7 24 6 20 11

L 6 8 7

F 73 66 70

A GD Pts 35 +38 82 37 +29 78 34 +36 71

4 Manchester United lose 3-1 at Southampton and Newcastle win against Aston Villa, putting them three points behind the Reds with a game in hand. 5 Newcastle win 1-0 at Leeds, putting them three points behind Manchester United with two games left to the Red Devils’ one, leading to Keegan’s infamous “I would love it” speech. 6

Two draws from their final two matches sees Newcastle give the title to Manchester United, in what is now the most famous example of Alex Ferguson’s “mind games”.


Hotshots The Premier League’s Best Minutes per Goal Ratios Goals Scored

Papiss Demba Cissé

Sergio Agüero

Thierry Henry

Mario Balotelli

Ruud van Nistelrooy

13 85.6 23 113.0 175 121.8 19 126.9

Javier Hernández

23 128.8

Robin van Persie

96 138.5

Hernán Crespo

20 140.7

Edin Dzeko

Fernando Torres

Each of the last three seasons has seen at least 100 penalties taken in the Premier League, something that had happened just once in the previous 11. Given the increasing importance of spot-kicks, a decent specialist is key for every team – especially given that last season saw the lowest percentage of penalties scored of any campaign since 2001/02 (72%). Below are the top six penalty takers in the Premier League since 1998/99.

Minutes per Goal

95 128.2

16 146.4 72 146.6

The Premier League’s Best Penalty Takers

94.7% Conversion

Danny Murphy

94.1%

James Beattie Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

92.9% 92.0%

Thierry Henry Mikel Arteta 2011/12 was a season that saw a number of new strikers burst onto the Premier League scene. Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero started the season in fine form, netting eight goals in his first five games in the English top-flight, before Newcastle’s Papiss Demba Cissé took over the mantle in January with a recordequalling 11 goals in his first 10 appearances. The two new Premier League additions currently boast the best minutes per goal ratios in Premier League history (minimum of 10 goals scored), with another of Manchester City’s recent signings, Mario Balotelli, in fourth place on the list, behind Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

Recent European Champion Fernando Torres has dropped down the list following a poor run of form at Chelsea. The former Atletico Madrid man scored a Premier League goal every 121 minutes on average at Liverpool, but this has dropped to every 381 minutes since his move to Stamford Bridge.

90.9% 90.2%

Frank Lampard

With a conversion rate of nearly 95%, Danny Murphy has been the most reliable penalty taker of recent seasons, though in terms of volume, Frank Lampard has a strong claim to being the best, scoring 37 of 41 in the Premier League. Leighton Baines has taken the most without missing (eight). At the other end of the scale there are some men you would not want stepping up to the spot: Juan Pablo Ángel Jermain Defoe Steed Malbranque

50.0% 57.1% 60.0%

Kevin Phillips

61.1%

Michael Owen

66.7%

Wayne Rooney

68.4%

Over the last 14 seasons, Juan Pablo Ángel has one of the poorest conversion rates, and it is interesting to note that four of the bottom six are England internationals: Jermain Defoe, Kevin Phillips, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney.

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Pass Masters As Spain emerge as the dominant force in world football with their tiki-taka style of play, Opta take a look at the most prolific passers in the Premier League over the last few seasons.

Chances Created per 90 Minutes

Passes per 90 Minutes

Pass Completion %

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86.4%

86.2%

86.1%

86.0%

85.6%

Ricardo Carvalho

Ashley Cole

Luka Modric

86.4% Bacary Sagna

Kieron Dyer

87.9% William Gallas

Michael Essien

88.0% John Terry

58.41 Claude Makélélé

88.3%

59.51 Kerimoglou Tugay

Paul Scholes

59.60 Luka Modric

89.5% 60.09 Alexandre Song

John Obi Mikel

61.30 Michael Essien

68.59

John Obi Mikel

61.61

70.27

Xabi Alonso

Michael Carrick

71.62

70.98

Francesc Fábregas

* Last 10 seasons only

Paul Scholes

2.01 Thierry Henry

2.22

2.15

Jermaine Pennant

Robin van Persie

2.31

Antonio Valencia

Luka Modric

2.36

2.31

Steven Gerrard

Ryan Giggs

T. Henry

2.37

A. Shearer

Mikel Arteta

90

89

M. Le Tissier

Francesc Fábregas

96 D. Anderton

74

102

100 T. Sheringham

F. Lampard

Andy Cole

103

D. Bergkamp

S. McManaman 103

107

105

D. Beckham

R. Giggs

194

2.50

Premier League Assists

Frank Lampard

2.93

For sheer creativity it is another Manchester United stalwart, Ryan Giggs, who has led the way in the last decade.

2.84

It is of little surprise that the two players to have made the most passes per 90 minutes over the last 10 seasons in the Premier League are both key components of the Spanish side that has won the last two Euros and the last World Cup, Cesc Fábregas and Xabi Alonso. In terms of passing accuracy though, only the defensive midfielder John Obi Mikel is ahead of England’s Paul Scholes, who tends to play a more attacking game than his Chelsea counterpart.


That’s Gotta Hurt 2011/12 was a season of surprises in the Premier League. Manchester City won their first top-flight title since 1968, all three promoted sides survived relegation for the first time in a decade, and five players committed more fouls than Kevin Davies. Prior to last season, the Bolton frontman had topped the Premier League fouls count in seven of the previous eight campaigns, finishing second to John Carew in the other (2007/08). In 2011/12, however, the burly striker started just 21 games and committed 58 fouls, a total beaten by five other Premier League players including Norwich City’s Grant Holt, who topped the list with 89 offences. Interestingly, league-wide the foul count has been gradually reducing since its peak in 2002. Last season saw an average of just 21.9 fouls committed per game, significantly the lowest rate since 1999.

Fouls per Game 2005/06

28.6

2006/07

27.4

2007/08

26.5

2008/09

25.4 26.3

2009/10 2010/11 2011/12

24.3 21.9

2003/04 Kevin Davies

98

2004/05

107

2005/06

116

Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies

2006/07 Kevin Davies & Michael Brown

2007/08 John Carew

91 100

2008/09

117

2009/10

121

2010/11

123

Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies

2011/12 Grant Holt

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Before his 27-minute cameo against Swansea in January 2012, Thierry Henry had scored against every opponent he had faced in the Premier League (34/34). Gary Bull is now the only player who can claim this, scoring in his only game for Forest v Crystal Palace in January 1995

Fabrizio Ravanelli is the only player to have scored a hat-trick on his Premier League debut (August 1996 – Middlesbrough v Liverpool)

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Five players have scored own goals on Premier League debuts – Chris Swailes, Jacob Laursen, Richard Johnson, Martin Cranie and Dean Ashton

Manchester United benefitted from 10 opposition own goals in 2009/10 – no other side has ever benefitted from more than six in a single season. “Own goals” was their second-top scorer in this campaign Alan Shearer holds the record for most hat-tricks in a single season (five in 1995/96)

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Between January 1st – May 22nd 2011, Robin van Persie scored in nine consecutive Premier League matches away from home; a new record Jamie Carragher has scored as many goals for Tottenham (3) as he has for Liverpool in the Premier League

1992

31st October 2009 saw the most-ever red cards on a single day in the Premier League

Thierry Henry is the only player to score more than 100 goals in a single Premier League stadium (Highbury)

Lennard Sowah was the first player to play a Premier League game who was born after the competition started when he played for Portsmouth on 3rd April 2010 against Blackburn

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Gareth Bale was the only player to be booked more than once for simulation in 2011-12 (twice)

8th May 1993 saw 47 goals scored, the most on a single day in the Premier League


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