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“I just went through my Arsenal 2021 calendar before throwing it away”, begins Gordon Forbes. “Mr May, William Saliba, has made no appearances for the club in 2021. Is there a higher-profile fixture on the calendar who hasn’t played for his club in the same year?”

We’ll get to that shortly, but first let Gordon show how it works: “Thanks mainly to Saliba (0.0 cents), Willian (eight, 12 cents), Maitland-Niles (five, nine cents), David Luiz (16, one substitute) and Héctor Bellerín (17, one substitute) and with post-summer contributions from Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Tierney and Pépé, I estimate that the 12 players on the calendar have only fulfilled 306 of the 784 places available (starting eleven and all replacements) in 2021. With 39% of playing places available, is this the least representative club calendar of all time?

This additional question might be one for readers to answer next week, but thanks to the January transfer window, we’ve found a few examples that help answer the original question. All the Liverpool fans who had the official club calendar 2018 Reportedly saw Philippe Coutinho watching them from the wall in January, a month in which he never played for the club and left for Barcelona for around £142m. Similarly, Virgil van Dijk features in a composite image on the January page of Southampton’s 2018 bid having been confirmed as a Liverpool player on New Year’s Day.

Andy Carroll was Newcastle’s Mr February on their 2011 wall chart after playing the final game of his first stint at his boyhood club on December 27, 2010 before joining Liverpool. And two years later, Demba Ba was the face of January 2013, a month when he was in top form… for Chelsea.

Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring for Liverpool on January 5, 2018, the month in which he was on Southampton’s official schedule. Photography: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

We also unearthed some wonders of a match appearing on the schedule. Fikayo Tomori was pictured alongside Reece James for August in Chelsea’s official 2021 calendar, meaning his club appearances (one in the FA Cup on January 10 against Morecambe) matched those on the wall chart thanks to a loan in Milan on January 22 which has become permanent. to transfer. And Wes Morgan (January on Leicester’s 24-man 2021 calendar) made just one appearance – for eight minutes in the Foxes’ FA Cup final victory over Chelsea – last year while Christian Fuchs (May) has only played the same once – 15 minutes in the Cup against Brighton – in 2021.

Wes Morgan has appeared the same number of times on the Leicester pitch (once) as he has on the club's 2021 schedule.
Wes Morgan has appeared the same number of times on the Leicester pitch (once) as he has on the club’s 2021 schedule. Photo: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC/Getty Images

Great rises and falls after Christmas Day (2)

In our festive edition we’ve detailed the teams that had a remarkable turnaround in results after December 25, and Ásgeir Ingólfsson has a great example from the land of fire and ice.

“As for second half season slumps in leagues further afield, I present to you Þróttur from the Icelandic league. They only got four points from the other nine games and ended up being relegated (ninth out of 10 teams), although they were third as late as after round 14. In addition, they had two of the top three scorers that summer.

Sacked after an abandoned match

Yes, they have Richard. “Dennis Greene left Boston after a draw for the FA Trophy at Witton Albion (after losing 1-0 at halftime),” writes Christian James. “We had lost 9-2 the previous week.” And Alun Thomas has this: “It’s not an abandoned game, but Sunderland sacked Malcolm Crosby in February 1993 after the pool panel ruled they lost a postponed game to Tranmere.”

England’s longest game

“Brighton and Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers must be a contender for the longest game possible in the English leagues, in terms of letters used (43 letters without ‘v’). A lead? asks Tom Biltcliffe.

It looks to be the longest meeting of two clubs in England’s four professional leagues, Tom, but if we dive into the lower leagues we can find a longer game. “Havant & Waterlooville v Hampton & Richmond Borough in the National League South beats it by one character; even more (48) if you spell the ampersands in full like with Brighton and Hove Albion,” writes Steve Hyde.

Brighton v Wolves was a long encounter on the pitch last month when the game went 100 minutes due to injury time.
Brighton v Wolves was a long encounter on the pitch last month when the game went 100 minutes due to injury time. Photography: Simon Dack/TPI/Shutterstock

“I know Tom’s question was aimed at the English leagues, but if you expand it to include the Scottish leagues, you can have Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic (45 characters),” offers Adam Anderson. “A potential Scottish Cup clash at the start of the round between ICT and Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic (Scottish Lowland League), would also produce 47 characters.”

Knowledge Archive

‘Dundalk scored after 12 seconds in the League of Ireland…after their opponents Derry had kicked off’, wrote Sam Alanson in September 2014. “Is this the fastest goal ever scored by a team that didn’t kickstopped?”

The short answer to this question is no. But we had several responses from which we compiled the following quick top four, including the fastest goals in FA Cup, Champions League and World Cup history:

9 seconds: Roda v Den Haag, October 2011. Den Haag took the lead nine seconds after the home side kicked off, but that didn’t help them much: they lost the game 5-2. Thanks to Stephan Wijnen for the tip.

9 seconds: Reading v West Brom, February 2010. “Nine seconds were enough for the home side to take the lead,” we reported. Albion had kicked off and the ball was passed quickly to right-back Gianni Zuiverloon, but the Dutchman delayed, allowing Jimmy Kébé to steal possession and then guide a low shot under the goalkeeper. aim. Hats off to Adam Roberts for the encore.

10.12 seconds. Bayern Munich versus Real Madrid, March 2007. Hats off to Joe Foley for this one. Roy Makaay’s goal remains the fastest in the Champions League and, as an added bonus, it helped knock Madrid out of the Champions League.

10.80 seconds. South Korea versus Turkey, July 2002. The World Cup third place play-off, Hong Myung-bo is a little too relaxed with his first touch, and Hakan Sukur leaps. Yaad Ilani suggested that one.

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Can you help ?

“What is the greatest total of goals for two teams combined both home and away in a season? I suppose there are examples of 3-3 and 4-4, but are there any there really big tallies where they only got two points?” asks John McDougall.

“I was interested to read that Celtic captain Callum McGregor won all 14 finals he appeared in for the Hoops,” writes David Shearan. “Has anyone bettered this record?”

Has a game played on December 31 ever been so late that it ended in the New Year? Or did a match start and end in different calendar years for another reason?

— Kari Tulinius (@Kattullus) January 4, 2022

“Raheem Sterling has scored 18 goals for England, all in competitive matches,” notes Yasin Uddin. “Are there other players with similar records and which player has the most international goals without increasing his stats in friendlies?”

With Dover bottom of the National League on -8 points, having played half their games and therefore on track to reach just -4 by the end of the season, I was wondering if any team had already ended a season on negative points? And if several did, what’s the highest league to see it?

— Ed Coe (@edcoe) January 4, 2022

“Porto have won the Primeira Liga 29 times and the main domestic cup 17 times, but have yet to win the Portuguese League Cup (which admittedly only started in 2007) after losing four finals,” writes Niall McVeigh. “Are there any other examples of trophy-laden teams with a drought in a particular domestic competition?”

Sometimes players unintentionally kick a ball backwards and kick a corner. How far have they gone? For example – although it hardly seems possible – did an attacking corner turn into a defensive corner because of a bad kick?

— Suat Başar Çağlan (@caglan_suat) January 4, 2022