“Since 1981 Plymouth Argyle have come to Gillingham 16 times, lost 14 times and drawn only twice.” sighs Paul Roberts. “Can any other club beat this pathetic run of bogey away results?”
“Paul should feel thrilled that he is not a traveling Luton fan,” writes James (unfortunately no last name). “We’ve had a lot of duff streaks but four of them beat Plymouth’s pretty good record at Gillingham and a fifth could catch up very soon. Coventry: Our worst run was 19 games without a win from 1931 to the final win in 1987 (14 losses, five draws). Liverpool: has never won 18 attempts but has drawn eight. Manchester United: We won our first game with them when they were Newton Heath in 1897. Since then 17 defeats in a row. Sunderland: We have an active 17-game streak up there that goes back to 1975. Includes 14 losses and three draws. QPR: If we don’t win on Loftus Road next season, there will be 16 away games without a win in this series – until 1986; I had previously had 14 trot visits with 13 defeats and one draw between 1925 and 1948. “
We recently covered Everton’s 22 year sterile streak at Anfield. That may sound insignificant compared to Luton’s unsuccessful 124-year streak at Old Trafford, but the number of winless games (23, consisting of 13 losses and 10 draws) was actually larger than any of the Hatters’ miserable runs above.
“May I present Fulham’s record at Turf Moor?” Burnley fan Chris Rawson beams. On April 21, 1951, Clement Attlee was Prime Minister, New Brighton had its final season in the Football League and Fulham won 2-0 at Burnley in the First Division. Since then, the Cottagers have traveled north 31 times to play at Turf Moor, 28 times in the league and three times in the Cup. Your recording is: W0 D6 L25… F22 A74. Not a happy hunting ground. “
Meanwhile Richard Askham appears and cheers: “The fans of Huddersfield Town are happy that Derby is up. We could try to improve our record there next season. Since Denis Law scored two goals in a 4-2 win on the baseball field in 1957-58, Town has drawn four and lost 21 in league and cup games. Although QPR has finally won in Forest in recent years, I think their record there has been far worse than even ours in Derby. “It was Richard. Between January 13, 1934, when the clubs met for the first time, and December 22, 2018, when Toni Leistner gave QPR a 1-0 championship win, the Hoops went 34 games without a win (20 defeats, 14 draws). It’s a longer, barren streak than Fulham’s at Turf Moor, though the number of Cottager losses makes it arguably the most diabolical away day against a comparable team.
Descent in the same city in the same season
“Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday are both relegated this season.” begins Tom Derbyshire. “When was the last time both clubs from a city with two clubs were relegated in the same season? For professional clubs only.”
Kirk Burton takes us to Edinburgh to tell a story of twofold suffering in the not-too-distant past. “Hearts and Hibs were both relegated from the Scottish Premier League in the 2013-14 season, which means three of the biggest Scottish clubs were in the second division in 2014-15 (they were joined by Rangers, who both finished third behind them occupied). “
The Robins and Gas were both eliminated from the same division in the same season – and it was especially painful for Ted Keene. “I took my 10-year-old son to his first game on August 29, 1980 – a 0-0 derby tie between Bristol City and Bristol Rovers at Ashton Gate. The second leg was also 0-0 and both were relegated to Division Three in May 1981. Of course, my son became an Aston Villa fan that year. In September 1989 the Ashton Gate Derby was another wonderful 0-0. This time both teams were promoted back to Division Two. “
Fans in Ankara have also seen the low of a double drop this season. “Ankaragücü and Gençlerbirliği both relegated from the Turkish Super League this weekend,” reports Önder Susam. Gençlerbirliği had to win his last game to survive, but an 87th-minute Benik Afobe winner for Trabzonspor confirmed his relegation.
Benik Afobe in action last weekend for Trabzonspor against Gençlerbirliği, who was relegated with city rivals Ankaragücü. Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Stages named after women (2)
We have a few more reasons to add to last week’s list …
“Does Southampton count in St. Mary’s?” asks Patrick Cleary. And Nicholas Hamilton would like to add a 16th-century queen who found a gruesome end to the mix. “I would have thought that the now obsolete Boleyn Ground in Upton Park could get a mention,” he writes. “The Rayo Vallecano site was named Estadio Teresa Rivero between 2004 and 2011 after the wife of the previous owner, Jose María Ruiz Mateos,” adds Don Lorenzo.
“You also missed the Estadio Verónica Boquete de San Lázaro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which was renamed in 2018 in honor of the captain of the Spanish women’s national team,” tweeted Ben Janeson. “In the stadium is SD Compostela, currently in the third division (most recently 1997-98 in La Liga). To the best of my knowledge, it is the only stadium named after a female soccer player as opposed to a royal / political figure or a random, notable person. “
There is also the Ester Roa Rebolledo municipal stadium in the city of Concepción, Chile. She was a former mayor of the city. pic.twitter.com/QamSUId5dC
– Cecilia Lagos (@CeciliaLagos) May 12, 2021
And Johan van Slooten adds: “The The home stadium of the Dutch Eerste Divisie team Almere City FC is part of the Fanny Blankers Koen-Park in the city of Almere. The city is relatively new (with its first houses built in the mid-1970s) long after Koen’s Olympic successes in 1948. “
“Have the Rangers ever defeated Borussia Dortmund 8-0?” Aeneas9 asked himself in August 2005.
Close to it, but it was actually Borussia Mönchengladbach that suffered this particular disgrace in the 1961 Cup Winners’ Cup, the opening year of the competition. Ralph Brand scored a hat trick. The Rangers took three more in the second leg and won a total of 11-0. They reached the final that year and were the first Scottish club to reach this stage of European competition. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a happy ending for the Gers, who beat Fiorentina 4-1 over two legs.
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“Arsenal have managed to end a high-profile men’s season in every position except the 15th. Are there any teams in the world that have succeeded anywhere in the same division? Asks Graham Clayton.
Jimmy Glass and Alisson are two goalkeepers who scored a goal when their team was drawing a league game. Do other goalkeepers do the same when they draw a league game?
– Derek Brosnan (@DerekBrosnan) May 18, 2021
“Has a team ever lost a game by refusing to restart the game with a kick-off,” said Kári Tulinius.
“Giorgos Giakoumakis will (by far) be the top scorer in the Eredivisie, but his team, VVV-Venlo, sealed relegation with one game,” wrote Willem Cleven. “Has a Golden Boot winner suffered such a shameful fate?”
By the time they ruined it on the last day of the season, Oldham had hit and conceded the most in the second division (72-81, Cambridge hit 73). When was this the last time in a major / EFL league? @ TheKnowledge_GU
– Chris Bickley (@ ChrisBickley1) May 12, 2021
“Aymeric Laporte has decided to move international alliances from France to Spain, as the former has never cut it at the highest level. However, he has a total of 51 caps for France in different age groups. Is this the highest number of junior appearances for someone who has never been capped at the senior level? “Muses Chai from Atlanta.
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