August 16, 2010 3 Comments
5 – None of the five league clubs Martin O’Neill has managed has sacked him – he has left each of them on his own terms (Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa).
40 – O’Neill won 40% of his games in charge of Aston Villa, 1% fewer than the much-derided (and much less well-funded) John Gregory.
9.78 - Time recorded by Tyson Gay in winning the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in London on Friday night. It is the fastest time in the world this year.
11 – Andy Roddick has fallen to number 11 in the ATP men’s singles rankings, meaning the USA do not have a player in the top ten for the first time since 1973.
210 - In his first match since losing at Wimbledon in June, Roger Federer beat Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets at the Rogers Open in Toronto to record his 210th match victory in ATP Masters tournaments, moving him ahead of Andre Agassi in the all-time winners list.
1 – Andy Murray‘s 7-5 7-5 win over Federer in the final of the Rogers Open last night was his first tournament win of 2010.
42 – Age of Antonio Pettigrew, the 1991 400 metres world champion, who was found dead on Tuesday in his car with sleeping pills next to him at the University of North Carolina, where he was a coach. He leaves a wife and son.
31 – Age of Adam Stansfield, the Exeter City striker who died from bowel cancer on Tuesday.
62 - Age of Markus Liebherr, Swiss businessman and owner of Southampton FC, who died on Wednesday.
The Premier League week in numbers
89:36 – Time on the clock when Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina inadvertently bundled the ball into his own net to gift Arsenal the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw at yesterday.
1,200 – Reina’s own goal was Arsenal’s 1,200th Premier League goal.
6 – Didier Drogba has scored six goals in his last two Premier League starts, with his hat-trick against West Brom coming after he had bagged three in Chelsea‘s 8-0 win over Wigan on the final day of last season.
7 - Drogba became the seventh player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend since the inception of the Premier League (before which, as we all know, football didn’t really exist, did it?), but the first to do so on the opening Saturday since Dion Dublin in 1997, when he scored three for Coventry against … Chelsea. He is also only the fourth player to score consecutive Premier League hat-tricks.
14 – Chelsea have scored 14 goals without conceding in their last two league games (8-0 vs Wigan, 6-0 vs West Brom).
12 – Wigan have conceded 12 goals without scoring in their last two league games (0-8 vs Chelsea, 0-4 vs Blackpool).
4 – Blackpool only had four shots in their debut Premier League game – and their first top-flight game since 1971 – at Wigan, but scored from all four.
19 – Both Fulham and West Ham have now gone 19 Premier League games – the equivalent of an entire season – without an away win.
26 – West Brom’s defeat at Stamford Bridge broke a run of 26 consecutive games in which they had scored.
697 – This weekend saw the 697th Premier League game for the division’s seven ever-present clubs: Man U, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton.