PL25: The 26 Most Obscure Records & Landmarks

With the 26th edition of the English Premier League already underway, here’s a look at the 26 most obscure records and landmarks (as they stood prior to this weekend’s round of fixtures):

1 – Fabrizio Ravanelli is the only player to score a hat-trick on his Premier League debut. The Italian accomplished it in Middlesbrough’s 3-3 draw versus Liverpool on the opening day of the 1996-97 season.

1 – Niall Quinn was the first player to be sent off in the Premier League era.

2 – Bobby Zamora and Obafemi Martins are the only two players to have scored penalties with each of their feet.

3 – Nottingham Forest have been relegated from the Premier League on three occasions, finishing bottom of the table each time.

5 – Nathan Blake and Hermann Hreiðarsson have been relegated on more occasions than any other player (5 each).

6 – Six players have scored a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute. They are: Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Rob Earnshaw, Emmanuel Adebayor, Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith.

7 – There have been seven unique scorelines in Premier League history, as follows: Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town (4 March 1995), Portsmouth 7-4 Reading (29 September 2007), Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading (29 December 2007), Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic (22 November 2009) Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (28 August 2011), Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle United (29 December 2012), West Bromwich Albion 5-5 Manchester United (19 May 2013).

8 – Marcus Bent has played for more teams in the Premier League than any other player. His eight clubs in the top flight were: Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Everton, Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

10 – Ledley King’s goal versus Bradford City on December 9th 2000 after only 10 seconds is the quickest goal in Premier League history.

11 – Former Manchester United midfielder Simon Davies holds the record for most Premier League appearances without defeat. The Welshman made 11 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side between 1992-97, winning seven, drawing four. He is closely followed by Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus who made 10 appearances last season, winning seven, drawing three.

11 – Sunderland’s Sean Thornton is the Premier League’s unluckiest player. The Irishman made 11 appearances in the top flight during his career, losing every single game. What’s more, the Black Cats only scored four goals during his 945 minutes on the pitch, though he did score one of those goals himself.

17 – Bolton Wanderers’ Marvin Sordell has made the most Premier League appearances without winning a single game. Even more embarrassingly for the forward is that his team won 11 of the 21 matches he didn’t feature in!

25 – There have been 25 hat-tricks scored in the first half of Premier League matches.  The players to do this are: Andrew Cole (x2), Robbie Fowler, Tommy Johnson, Tony Yeboah, Ian Marshall, Chris Sutton, Andy Booth, Michael Owen (x2), Nicolas Anelka, Alan Shearer, Dean Windass, Dwight Yorke, Sylvain Wiltord, Fredi Bobic, Jermaine Pennant, Yakubu, Carlos Tevez, Robin van Persie, Luis Suárez, Sadio Mané, Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

30 – Of players to have made 250+ Premier League appearances, Didier Drogba has lost the fewest games (30).

47 – James Milner has scored in 47 different Premier League games and wasn’t on the losing side in any one of them.

55 – Premier League matches have been played at 55 different stadiums over the first 25 seasons. The 2017-18 season will see three new grounds used – Brighton & Hove Albion’s AMEX Stadium, Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium and Wembley Stadium.

86 – Everton have collected the most red cards in Premier League history.

100% – There are 99 players who have a 100% win record in Premier League history.  Of these, Manchester City’s Abdul Razak has made the most appearances (5).

113 – There have been 113 different nationalities represented in the Premier League.

200 – Mark Schwarzer holds the record for most Premier League defeats.  The Australian lost 200 of his 514 appearances.

210 – A total of 221 different managers have taken charge of at least one Premier League game – 154 of those were permanent and 67 caretakers.

1992 – On 18 April 2010, Portsmouth’s Lennard Sowah became the first player born after the Premier League was formed to start a Premier League match.

2000 – Angel Gomes became the first player born this millennium to make a Premier League appearance when he came on for Manchester United in their final game of the season on 21 May 2017.

3,039 – Wimbledon 1-3 Everton on Tuesday 26 January 1993 at Selhurst Park saw the record low Premier League attendance.

3,833 – There have been a total of 3,833 players make an appearance in the Premier League over the past 25 years.

10,000 – The 10,000th Premier League game will take place in February 2018 – currently scheduled to be a 3pm Saturday kickoff, but FA Cup replays could disrupt the fixture list to alter that.