We all love football nuggets – those fun facts and startling stats that range from the quirky to the quintessential and back again. The return of the Premier League heralds another batch of fresh nuggets…

20/09 Monday Morning Nuggets -Matchweek 5

  1. Brentford registered their first PL away win as well as their first PL red card vs Wolves
  2. Sadio Mane scored for 9th consecutive game vs Palace matching Robin van Persie’s run vs Stoke
  3. Lucas Digne’s own goal at Villa Park was Everton’s 54th in PL history – the most by any club
  4. In beating West Ham, Manchester United extended their unbeaten PL away record to 29
  5. Thiago Silva’s opening goal vs Spurs was 600th goal Tottenham have conceded at home in PL (only Everton with 617 & West Ham with 614 have let in more)
  6. Chelsea’s win at Tottenham was their 6th consecutive away win in a London derby, in those games they have scored 12 goals and conceded one
  7. Norwich’s 3-1 loss at home to Watford was their 15th consecutive PL defeat, in those 15 games they have let in 38 goals and scored just 3 (2 of which have been vs Watford).

13/09: No reds for the Clarets

Burnley enter tonight’s game at Goodison, having gone 96 PL matches without a red card #EVEBUR

12/09: Salah joins the 100 Club

Mo Salah becomes 30th player to reach 100 PL goals, now alongside Le Tissier. He becomes second African to do so after Didier Drogba, who is on 104 goals.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 5

Arsenal’s worst disciplinary season was in 1998/99, when they received seven red cards – Martin Keown & Emmanuel Petit two each, while Lee Dixon, Gilles Grimandi & Patrick Vieira got one each.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 4

Since Mikel Arteta took over in December 2019 Arsenal have had ten red cards in Premier League – David Luiz three, Xhaka two, and one each for Aubameyang, Nketiah, Pepe, Gabriel and Leno.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 3

Arsenal are the only club to have had a player sent off in every single Premier League season. Nigel Winterburn received their first red card on 31 January 1993 against Liverpool and they have had a total of 55 players dismissed in 30 seasons.

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards Part 2

It was Xhaka’s fourth red card since his move to North London in 2016. He is now 4th= alongside Tony Adams for Arsenal red cards in Premier League – see table below

  1. Patrick Vieira  8
  2. Martin Keown 6
  3. Laurent Koscielny 5
  4. Tony Adams / Granit Xhaka 4

31/08: Arsenal’s 99 Problems/Red Cards

Granit Xhaka’s dismissal in the 35th minute of Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat at The Etihad, was The Gunners’ 99th red card in the Premier League. They are now one ahead of Everton in the race to be the first club to 100.

22/08: After today’s win at The Emirates Chelsea (2070) are only 2 points behind Arsenal (2072) in all-time Premier League table #ARSCHE

16/08 Home Comforts

With fans back this w/e, the PL home win percentage shot up to 70% compared to 25% in last season’s MW1. Only 3 away wins out of 10 compared to 6 out of 8 in 2020/21. Coincidence? Also not one draw in either season’s opening weekends.

14/08: The C5

Players whose surname begins with C have scored more opening goals of a Premier League season than any other letter. The five will be revealed shortly.

04/07: England the Clean

After five clean sheets, England are the first team to qualify for the Euros semi-finals without conceding a goal. *Between 1960 & 1976 there were only 4 teams who went straight to semi-finals, in 1980 there were no semi-finals.

03/07: Euros OG stats Part 3

There have only been two occasions when a team has scored two OGs in a single Euros match. They came just four days apart – 19th June Portugal vs Germany, 23rd June Slovakia vs Spain.

03/07: Euros OG stats Part 2

Only twice before in Euros history have there been more than one OG at a tournament – in 2004 (2), in 2016 (3). Four tournaments had one OG each – 1976 (the first OG), 1996, 2000 & 2012. Four tournaments had one OG each – 1976 (the first OG), 1996, 2000 & 2012. The other nine had none…2/3

03/07: Own Goals reach double figures

Denis Zakaria’s own goal in last night’s quarter-final was 10th in this year’s European Championship. In the previous 15 tournaments between 1960 and 2016 there were 9 in total. Here are some OG stats… 1/3

02/07: Z

Zakaria becomes first player beginning with Z to ever score an OG at the Euros

26/06: 100 Up

Pessina’s goal is 100th of this tournament, in 2016 the 100th goal wasn’t scored until the last quarter-final.

23/06: Own Goals Galore

Dubravka’s own goal is the 7th in the tournament so far and the third by a keeper, the same as in the last 5 tournaments.

22/06: 100%

Three teams have 100% records from the group stages. Belgium have done so for 1st time at the Euros, Italy for 2nd time (previously in 2000) & Netherlands for 3rd time (2000 & 2008). Altogether a dozen teams have won all their Group games but only two have gone on to win tournament – France 1984 & Spain 2008.

20/06: Both Ends

Guerreiro became 5th player to score both an own goal and one at the right end at a Euros tournament. The others were Ondrus, Czechoslovakia 1976 (in same game); Govedarica, Yugoslavia 2000; Tudor, Croatia 2004; McAuley, Northern Ireland 2016.

19/06: Unlucky 13

Ruben Dias’ own goal was the 13th in European Championship Finals and Portugal became the first team to concede two in tournament’s history. Four minutes later Guerreiro’s own goal meant that Portugal became the first to concede two OGs in a Euros game.

19/06: Firing Blanks

Last night was England’s 6th goalless draw in European Championship Finals, only Italy with 8 have had more.

17/06: Don’t Call it a Comeback

There have been no comeback wins in 16 matches so far. In 2016, the first win after falling behind came in Match 16 when England beat Wales 2-1.

15/06: Germany: 50 Up

Tonight Germany will become the first nation to reach 50 matches in European Championship finals, Spain have made the next most appearances with last night’s game against Sweden their 41st.

15/06: Poles Apart

Poland not only received the first red card of the tournament when Krychowiak was dismissed in the second half against Slovakia but also scored the second own goal when Mak’s shot bounced off Szczesny.

14/06: Three’s a Crowd

In the first seven matches four teams have scored 3 goals, by contrast in 2016 no team scored more than twice in all twelve 1st round matches.

12/06: Forza Italia

Italy’s three goals last night was the most scored by a team in an opening Euros match since Czechoslovakia scored three in 1976 and two of those were in extra time. #Euro2020

11/06: Italy – Turkey 21 years on.

Turkey meet Italy tonight, the only time the teams have met at the Euros was also in the opening game on 11th June in 2000. Antonio Conte scored the first goal, Inzaghi converted a penalty to win it for Italy 2-1. Both teams qualified from the group.

11/06: An eye-opener

The very first match in the European Championships ended in a 5-4 win for Yugoslavia over France in 1960. No other match has produced so many goals since – read more about this on The Football Mine blog –

24/05/21: Keeper

It was apt that Kasper Schmeichel should score the 1,001st Premier League own goal yesterday as the very first was scored by a keeper for an East Midlands club –

23/05/21: Finders Keepers

Hugo Lloris will make his 298th Premier League appearance for Spurs against Leicester and will be one behind record holder Darren Anderton.

23/05/21: Hammered

West Ham and Arsenal have scored 4 own goals this season – the joint most. West Ham will finish above Arsenal for the first time in Premier League.

23/05/21: Marching on Together

Leeds become the fourth successive promoted club to finish in the top half of Premier League after Newcastle 10th in 2018/19, Wolves 7th in 2018/19 & Sheffield United 2019/20.

23/05/21: Goal-shy Cottagers

Fulham have scored only 9 league goals at home this season. Previous record held equally between Man City 2006/07 & Huddersfield 2018/19 with 10.

23/05/21: Red faces at Brighton

Brighton have received most red cards in PL this season – 6: Dunk (2), Bissouma, Lamptey, Maupay & White.

23/05/21: Villa join the Thousand club

Villa’s match against Chelsea will be their 1,000th in Premier League, they become the 7th club to reach this landmark.

22/05/21: Tangerine Dream

After last night’s 3-3 draw with Oxford, Blackpool have now scored three goals in their last five Play-Offs semi-final legs.

20/05/21: Up, up and away

After last night’s results there have now been 150 away wins compared to 137 home wins this season. With only 10 matches remaining this means that for the first time in Premier League history away wins will outnumber home wins.

18/05/21: Come on my Old Son

Roy Hodgson will bow out on Sunday as the oldest manager in Premier League history, aged 73 years 288 days. The three oldest managers all have names ending in son as Roy Hodgson is followed by Bobby Robson and then Alex Ferguson.

17/05/2021: Six of the best

This weekend six players scored debut goals for their clubs in Premier League – Tella for Southampton, Carvalho for Fulham, Benrahma for West Ham, Mitchell for Palace, Alisson for Liverpool and Jebbison for Sheffield United.

16/05/21: Saints’ home comforts

Continuing the trend of strong away performances, there have only been two home wins in the last ten Premier League matches and both of those were 3-1 victories for Southampton over London opponents – Palace & Fulham.

14/05/21: Reds break through 800 barrier

Liverpool’s 4-2 victory over Man United was not just Klopp’s first at Old Trafford, but also saw The Reds’ goal difference reach 800 – the 4th club to do so.

10/05/2021: Down, down, down

With Fulham’s relegation confirmed by their loss to Burnley tonight it means for the first time in Premier League history that all three clubs have been relegated with three games remaining.

09/05/21: Boing Boing

West Brom’s 5th relegation from Premier League confirmed with the loss at The Emirates tonight, so alongside Norwich the Baggies have been relegated the most times in PL history.

02/05/21: Away the Lads Part II

Yesterdays’ victories for Man City and Aston Villa saw away wins reach 130 this season, already surpassing the record of 128 for an entire season. There have been 124 home wins and for first time in Premier League history there could be more away wins than home.

25/04/21: Away the lads

Burnley’s emphatic win at Molineux is 128th away victory in Premier League this season, which matches the highest total in an entire season – 1992/93 & 2018/19.

23/04/21: Oh No Leno

Bernd Leno’s own goal tonight was 998th in Premier League history and he becomes 51st keeper to do so.

21/04: Penalty record

Tottenham’s penalty this evening was 106th in PL season, equalling the record total set in 2009/10 & matched in 2016/17.

20/04/21: Home comforts

After the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge Matchweek 32 (albeit with only 7 games) becomes the first round of matches this season without an away win.

11/04/21: Away comforts

United’s victory at Tottenham is fifth away win so far this weekend & 123rd this season. That is more than the total in all but two entire PL seasons, both of which in 1992/93 & 2018/19 saw 128.

09/04/21: Fulham Fall out

Fulham’s loss tonight was their 100th at home in Premier League & their 250th overall.

07/04/21: Canaries on song

With Norwich set fair for promotion the Canaries will become the first club to have six separate spells in the Premier League.

06/04/21: Up, Up and Away

Not only did Match Week 30 see the number of away wins exceed last season’s total of 116 but also it was the first Match Week this season when every away team scored.

04/04/21: Century of spot kicks

Burnley’s early penalty at Southampton is 100th of the season and only 6 short of the record for a Premier League season, which was set in 2009/10 & matched in 2016/17.

03/04/21: The Story of the Blues

With victory tonight Man City go ahead of Everton in all-time Premier League points total with 1,524.

03/04/21: Three times unlucky

Jagielka’s own goal at Elland Road is Sheffield United’s third this season, they join Arsenal, Newcastle, West Brom, West Ham and Wolves as having scored most own goals in Premier League this season.

21/03/21: Magpies sick of Seagulls

Brighton have scored three goals on three occasions this season, two of those have come in 3-0 wins over Newcastle.

14/03/21: The Seagulls make a point away from home

In 70 Premier League away games Brighton have scored 59 goals and collected 59 points.

13/03/21: Clark’s gift to former club

Ciaran Clark’s own goal last night against his old club Villa was Newcastle’s first of the season but the 34th they have conceded in the Premier League.

08/03/21: Away the lads

Tottenham’s victory over Palace last night was the 100th home win in Premier League this season, compared to 108 away wins. The most away wins in a 20-club season is 128 in 2018/19 when there were 181 home wins. At current rate of 40% there will be 150 away wins.

05/03/21: Drawing level on clean sheets.

Palace’s 0-0 draw with Man United on Wednesday was their 113th in the Premier League and it was also their 113th clean sheet.

03/03/21: Double century for Blades

Tonight’s win over Aston Villa was Sheffield United’s 200th Premier League point.

02/03/21: Own Goal Treble

Dendoncker’s OG tonight is the third that Wolves have conceded this season in Premier League, alongside Arsenal & West Brom, they have let in the most in 2020/21.

02/03/21: Goals drying up

The 10 matches in MatchWeek 26 only produced 18 goals, which is the lowest total from a full round this season. There have now been 686 goals at a rate of 2.66 per game, which is only 12th highest in Premier League history.

01/03/21: Blades self-inflicted wounds

Liverpool’s second goal in yesterday’s match at Bramall Lane was the first own goal Sheffield United have conceded in the Premier League for 15 years. The last one was by Phil Jagielka in September 2006. Jagielka was substituted last night just before Bryan’s own goal.

28/02/21: Old Gold’s 400

Lascelles’ goal for Newcastle last night was the 400th conceded by Wolves in the Premier League.

27/02/21: Goals mean Points

West Brom’s 1-0 win over Brighton means they have now scored 289 Premier League goals at home and have collected 289 points in those games.

23/02/21: Marching on Together

Leeds’ victory over Southampton tonight was their 200th in the Premier League, becoming the 13th club to reach that milestone.

23/02/21: Seagulls – 200 and counting

Crystal Palace’s very late winner last night was the 200th goal that Brighton have conceded in the Premier League.

21/02/21: Mersey misery over

Everton’s 2-0 victory yesterday was not only their first win over Liverpool since 2010 and first at Anfield since 1999 but also it’s the first time Everton have won the second meeting of the Merseyside clubs in a Premier League season. Previously they had drawn 15 and lost 13.

17/02/21: Singing the Blues

After their 3-1 loss tonight Everton become the first club to concede 1,400 Premier League goals.

16/02/21: Paying the Penalty

West Ham’s penalty against Sheffield United was the 84th of the season and that is more than the total awarded in 19 of the previous 28 seasons.

15/02/21: Case for the Defence

On only five occasions have reigning Premier League champions finished outside top 3 in following season – Leicester 12th in 16/17, Chelsea 10th in 15/16, Blackburn 7th in 95/96, Man United 7th in 13/14 and Chelsea 5th in 17/18.

07/02/21: Away the Lads

Chelsea’s victory at Bramall Lane was the 90th away win this season, which is as many as the entire 2010/2011 season.

04/02/21: Home discomfort

In their last four matches at Anfield Liverpool have lost two and drawn two, collecting just two points. Only Fulham, Newcastle and West Brom, with one each, have fewer points in their last four home games.

03/02/21: Gunners seeing red

Bernd Leno’s dismissal at Molineux was not only Arsenal’s second in the match but also 98th in the Premier League, they are now tied with Everton for the most red cards. With five sendings-off this season The Gunners look red hot favourites to reach 100 first.

02/02/21: Leaky Baggies

West Brom have conceded at least one goal in their last eleven games, their last clean sheet was when they beat Sheffield United 1-0 at the end of November.

01/02/21: Red hot

Salah’s first goal against West Ham yesterday was Liverpool’s 1,900th in the Premier League. Only Manchester United with 2,092 and Arsenal with 1,927 are ahead of them in all-time scoring charts.

31/01/21: Missing spots

It has now been twenty matches since the last penalty was awarded in Man City’s game against Villa. This is a marked difference as previously penalties were being awarded on average once every 2.5 games.

28/01/21: Ever-600-Ton

Tielemans’ equaliser for Leicester last night was the 600th Premier League goal Everton have conceded at home and they become the first club to reach that landmark, just pipping West Ham who are on 598.

27/01/21: Hawthorns Horror

After their 5-0 loss to Manchester City, West Brom have become the first Premier League club to concede at least three goals in five consecutive home games. They have conceded 22 goals and scored one in those five games.

17/01/21: The 800 Away club

Mason Mount’s late winner at Craven Cottage last night was Chelsea’s 800th away goal in the Premier League and they become the third club to do so.

15/01/21: Famine after Feast

In the truncated MW18 only 8 goals were scored in 6 games and goals per game average in 2020/21 falls to 2.76 that is 9th of the all-time list. For the first time this season no side scored more than 2 goals.

13/01/21: Milestones

After Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Turf Moor their overall PL goal difference stands at +1,110, Arsenal have the next best with +841. While Everton’s 2-1 victory at Molineux was their 400th in the Premier League, they are seventh club to reach this milestone.

08/01/21: Mind the Gap

The gap between league leaders Liverpool and Leeds in 12th position currently stands at 10 points. At this stage last season 10 points was the gap between Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City, while 12th-placed Burnley were a whole 28 points behind.

03/01/21: 1,500 up for City

De Bruyne’s goal against Chelsea was Manchester City’s 1,500th in the Premier League and they become the sixth club to reach that milestone.

02/01/21: Evens

After the 3-3 draw at the AmEx, Brighton have played 131 matches in Premier League and collected 131 points while Wolves have played 123 PL matches away from home and scored 123 goals.

30/12/20: Goals drying up

After PL MW16 goals per game stand at 2.80 and this season’s ratio has dropped below previous record of 2.82 in 2018/19 for the first time.

29/12/20: Albions United

After Tuesday’s losses both Brighton & Hove Albion [130 points in 130 games] and West Bromwich Albion [472 points in 472 games] have collected exactly one point for each Premier League match they have ever played.

28/12/20: A Spot of Bother Part II

Leicester’s penalty at Selhurst Park was the 62nd awarded this season, which is more than were awarded in all 462 games of the first PL Season.

27/12/20: Level Blades

Yesterday’s 1-0 loss at home to Everton means Sheffield United have now played 175 games in their PL history and have scored 175 goals.

24/12/20: Homesickness

This season’s PL home win % is 37 with only four clubs winning more than half their home matches. In last 13 seasons, home win percentage has never been lower than 40 and average was 46%.

23/12/20: A Spot of Bother

So far there have been 59 penalties awarded in the Premier League. If this rate continues there will be over 160 penalties this season, smashing the current record by over 50.

22/12/20: Goals Galore

399 Premier League goals have been scored after 137 games this season at a rate of 2.91 goals per game, which is marginally ahead of the previous record of 2.82 goals per game set in 2018/19.

21/12/20: A Level Playing Field at Turf Moor

Chris Wood’s goal in their 2-1 win over Wolves was Burnley’s 241st in the Premier League in their 241st Premier League match.

20/12/20: Red Mist

John Lundstram’s dismissal against Brighton was the 200th for a Premier League club beginning with S.

19/12/20: Palace Massacre

Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Selhurst Park was Palace’s worst ever league home defeat. The Eagles’ worst ever league away defeat was also at the hands of Liverpool 9-0 in September 1989

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