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Title: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: MrWhite on September 04, 2017, 04:10:16 AM
You know those weird little coincidences that crop up all the time? Like certain players always score against certain teams (Lukaku v West Ham, Suarez v Norwich), 'bogie' teams, and all the other little jinxes/ironies/big number proofs (depending on your philosophy on 'chance')

Come across a couple the last few days that I thought were worth sharing:

Seamus is one of our best ever bargain buys at £74k* (think everyone would agree with that  ;D) and last year was named in a Blue's 'all time bargain 11' along with alumni such as Big Nev (£530k*) and the only and only Mr Dean (£170k*). Coleman came from Sligo Rovers, who might seem like an unheard of little nobody - but were also the temporary home for Dixie in 1939 (still holds a record there for most goals in a single game).

*values converted into approximate equivalent value in today's money using http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/resources/inflationtools/calculator/default.aspx - it's just a bit of fun  :)

The year that Everton won the title on the back of Dixie's 60 goal record setting season, the runners up that year were Huddersfield town. You never know?  :laugh: Winning the league over 42 games with a mere 20 wins and 9 losses! How times have changed.


Friend of mine told me at the start of the 2010/11 season that we would win the league, based on the iron clad logic that Everton had (until then) invariably won the league every 24th year from the first (1891, 1915, 1939, 1963, 1987). I suppose it's no different from the idea that the dates of family birthdays and anniversaries somehow give you an 'edge' playing the lotto?  lolol
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Major Clanger on September 04, 2017, 08:48:43 PM
Huddersfield Town are the third "Town" team to play in the Premier League, after Ipswich and Swindon.

This question crops up in quizzes all the time, so a fair bit of updating is needed.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: SANA_DR0 on September 04, 2017, 11:38:18 PM
Mario Balotelli’s only assist in the Premier League was for Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal vs QPR.

2015/16 was the first time West Ham had recorded a positive goal difference in a top-flight season since 1985/86.

now the funky stuff

Alex Song has 27 siblings – 17 sisters and 10 brothers.

Dundee United have played and beaten Barcelona 4 times in professional fixtures, giving them a 100% win record.

Gary Lineker pooped his pants whilst playing against Ireland at the 1990 World Cup


The younger brother of Joey Barton, Michael, is a convicted murderer. He murdered his victim with an ice axe
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4477156.stm

David Ginola; His name is an anagram for Vagina Dildo.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: TheRam on September 04, 2017, 11:44:31 PM
What's the nearest football ground to the river Mersey?
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Jimmywhack on September 04, 2017, 11:56:34 PM
What's the nearest football ground to the river Mersey?
Stockport County isn't it?
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Bally on September 05, 2017, 02:00:29 AM
What's the nearest football ground to the river Mersey?
Stockport county for  now
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Bally on September 05, 2017, 02:00:57 AM
Stockport County isn't it?
What I get for not reading the whole thread.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Optimistic Blue on September 05, 2017, 02:36:54 AM
Steven Gerrard has never won the premier league

The closest he came was in the 2013/2014 season when Liverpool were leading the race with 3 games to go, after defeating city Gerrard made a speech to his team making sure he was in ear shot of the camera rallying his troops to proclaim "this does not fucking slip."

A few games later against Chelsea he slipped over giving the ball to Demba Ba allowing the Chelsea striker a clear run on goal to score the opening goal in a 2-0 loss for the reds.

Liverpool finished 2nd, and Gerrard retired a few years later with no premier league medal to his name
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Simon Paul on September 05, 2017, 02:37:49 AM
If you kick the ball into your own goal from a corner it isn't an own goal, the opposition get a corner
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Marky Mark and the funky on September 05, 2017, 02:43:27 AM
Steven Gerrard has never won the premier league

The closest he came was in the 2013/2014 season when Liverpool were leading the race with 3 games to go, after defeating city Gerrard made a speech to his team making sure he was in ear shot of the camera rallying his troops to proclaim "this does not fucking slip."

A few games later against Chelsea he slipped over giving the ball to Demba Ba allowing the Chelsea striker a clear run on goal to score the opening goal in a 2-0 loss for the reds.

Liverpool finished 2nd, and Gerrard retired a few years later with no premier league medal to his name

Weird? No. Strange? No. Interesting? No. What you have described belongs in a thread titled something like "Ways football occasionally ensures justice is served" ;)
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: blob on September 05, 2017, 03:11:07 AM
If you kick the ball into your own goal from a corner it isn't an own goal, the opposition get a corner

not having that...or is there some quirky explanation?
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Jimmywhack on September 05, 2017, 03:13:06 AM
not having that...or is there some quirky explanation?
You'd have to give it some welly like
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: velimski on September 05, 2017, 03:15:43 AM
There's absolutely no need for that rule because I'm certain it has never happened or ever will.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Jimmywhack on September 05, 2017, 03:18:07 AM
There's absolutely no need for that rule because I'm certain it has never happened or ever will.
I've played on some pitches where the wind could come into effect
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Major Clanger on September 05, 2017, 03:21:11 AM
There's absolutely no need for that rule because I'm certain it has never happened or ever will.

Not on a full-size pitch, but it's easier to adapt the rules to smaller pitches with that one already in.

Plus the rule also mentions free kicks, and that has definitely happened.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: velimski on September 05, 2017, 03:21:12 AM
I've played on some pitches where the wind could come into effect

It would require wind yes, but I'd be amazed if it's ever happened.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Jimmywhack on September 05, 2017, 03:22:20 AM
It would require wind yes, but I'd be amazed if it's ever happened.
Aye me too
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: velimski on September 05, 2017, 03:28:03 AM

Plus the rule also mentions free kicks, and that has definitely happened.

Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: Major Clanger on September 05, 2017, 03:35:45 AM
Wikipedia to the rescue:

Quote
In a 1983–84 English Third Division match, Millwall were incorrectly credited with a goal against Wimbledon rather than a corner, when Wally Downes' free-kick backpass eluded an off-guard Dave Beasant.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: MrWhite on September 16, 2017, 05:22:51 PM
Jermain Defoe has scored against 36 different Premier League clubs.
Title: Re: Weird, Strange and/or Interesting football facts
Post by: SANA_DR0 on September 16, 2017, 10:10:53 PM
Jari Litmanen is the only footballer to have played international football in 4 separate decades.

Giuseppi Bergomi played in four different World Cups but never in a single World Cup qualifier

Eight of France’s top-10 most capped players were on the field at the same time during the Euro 2000 final.

Derby hold the record for the biggest FA Cup Final defeat (6-0 by Bury), and the biggest home defeat by a non-league team (6-1 by Boston).

Eidur Gudjohnson is the only player to come on in an international game as a substitute for his own father, Arnór, in a friendly vs Estonia.

The longest football club name in the world is:

Nooit opgeven altijd doorgan, Aangenaam door vermaak en nuttig door ontspanning, Combinatie Breda.
More commonly known as Dutch Eerste Divisie side NAC Breda.
The full name of NAC Breda translates to: Never give up always keep going pleasant through entertainment and useful through relaxation combination Breda.

Barcelona won just 1 La Liga title between 1960 and 1985.

The highest ever attendance at Old Trafford is 76,962. For an FA Cup semi-final. Between Wolves and Grimsby Town in March 1939.

Denmark won the 1992 European Championship after failing to qualify. Yugoslavia was disqualified and the Danish team was announced that they were allowed to participate only 10 days before the start of the tournament.

Real Madrid played against their B team in the 1980 Copa Del Rey final. Madrid’s first team won 6-1. The match was staged at The Bernabeu.

The first British player to win the Champions League (after it was rebranded in 1992) was Paul Lambert in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund.

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson’s first and last goals at Celtic Park were both AGAINST Celtic (first was an own goal, his last was for Barcelona against Celtic).

John Terry (39) has scored more league goals than Andres Iniesta (34)