The Premier League is 25. Here’s 25 facts and figures to celebrate

August 15 marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Premier League season.

Tom White looks at 25 facts and figures to sum up the 25 years of the rebranded competition.

1 - the first ever Premier League goal was scored by Brian Deane, for Sheffield United against Manchester United on August 15, 1992.

2 - two teams have won the Premier League on just one occasion - Blackburn in 1994-95 and Leicester in 2015-16.

3 - Alan Shearer scored 30 Premier League goals in a season on three occasions - 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96.

4 - the record for most promotions to, and most relegations from, the Premier League. Crystal Palace and Sunderland fall into both categories, sharing the promotion honours with Leicester and West Brom and the relegation record with Middlesbrough and Norwich.

5 - five goalkeepers have scored Premier League goals - Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Asmir Begovic.

6 - number of teams to have won the Premier League - Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Blackburn and Leicester.

7 - players to have scored 30 or more Premier League goals in a season - Shearer, Andy Cole, Kevin Phillips, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez.

8 - years since a team last won back-to-back titles - United in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

9 - the biggest win in the Premier League came when Manchester United beat Ipswich 9-0 in March 1995.

10 - Richard Dunne’s record tally of Premier League own goals.

11 - Derby’s record low points total in the 2007-08 season.

12 - most goals scored by one Premier League team against another in a season. Blackburn beat Nottingham Forest 7-0 and 5-1 in 1995-96 while Tottenham won 9-1 and 3-0 against Wigan in 2009-10.

13 - record number of Premier League winner’s medals won by Ryan Giggs during his career with Manchester United.

14 - Arsenal’s record Premier League winning run, between February and August 2002.

15 - Chelsea’s title-winning side in 2004-05 conceded a record low 15 goals.

16 - three players have scored Premier League goals aged 16, with James Vaughan holding the record as the youngest scorer at 16 years and 274 days when he netted for Everton against Crystal Palace on April 10, 2005. James Milner and Wayne Rooney are the others.

17 - England manager Gareth Southgate scored 17 goals in his Premier League career as a defender and midfielder with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

18 - record points margin by which Manchester United won the title in the 1999-2000 season.

19 - the number of teams to have played at least 10 seasons in the Premier League. Stoke will this season become the 20th.

20 - Sunderland’s record losing run in the Premier League - their last 15 games of their 2002-03 relegation season and their first five in 2005-06 upon their top-flight return.

21 - the most Premier League seasons as a manager. Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United at the competition’s inception and remained at the helm until 2013. Arsene Wenger took charge of Arsenal in October 1996 so will reach 21 years in charge during this season.

22 - the original number of teams in the league. It was cut to 20 ahead of the 1995-96 season.

23 - Jermain Defoe has scored a record 23 Premier League goals as a substitute.

24 - goals scored by Jamie Vardy as he fired Leicester to their stunning title success in the 2015-16 season.

25 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 25,000th goal in Premier League history, for Manchester United against Swansea in November 2016.


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