Footballers appearing on calendars in years they never played for the club | Football

“I just went through my Arsenal 2021 schedule before throwing it away”, begins Gordon Forbes. “Mr. May, William Saliba, has not made an appearance for the club in 2021. Is there a higher profile participant on the calendar who has not played for his club in the same year? “

We’ll deal with this shortly, but first let Gordon show off his work: “Thanks mainly to Saliba (0.0 sub), Willian (eight, 12 pennies), Maitland-Niles (five, nine pennies) , David Luiz (16, one under) and Héctor Bellerín (17, one under) and with the post-summer contributions of Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Tierney and Pépé, I estimate that the 12 players of the calendar have not filled than 306 of the 784 available places (starting eleven and all substitutions) in 2021. With 39% of the playing places available, is this the least representative club calendar of all time? “

This additional question might be a question 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 have had the official 2018 club calendar 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 £ 142million. Likewise, Virgil van Dijk is featured in a composite image on the January page of Southampton’s 2018 offer having been confirmed as a Liverpool player on New Years Day.

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

Virgil van Dijk celebrates the goal scored for Liverpool on 5 January 2018, the month in which he was pictured on the official Southampton calendar. Photograph: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

We also unearthed some wonders of a match that appeared in 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 from Milan on January 22 which became a permanent transfer. And Wes Morgan (January on Leicester’s 2021 24-man schedule) made just one appearance – for eight minutes in the Foxes’ FA Cup final win over Chelsea – last year while Christian Fuchs ( May) has only played once – 15 minutes in the Cup against Brighton – in 2021.

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

Big ups and downs after Christmas Day (2)

In our festive edition we’ve broken down which teams have seen a remarkable turnaround in results after December 25, and Ásgeir Ingólfsson has a prime example from the land of fire and ice.

“As for the meltdowns in the second half of the season from the more distant leagues, let me introduce you to Þróttur from the Icelandic league. During the 2003 season, they led the standings at the midpoint with 18 points in nine games. They got just four points from the other nine games and ended up relegated (ninth out of 10 teams), although they were third after the 14th round. Plus, they had two of the top three scorers that summer.

Sacked after an abandoned match

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

Longest game in England

“Brighton and Hove Albion against Wolverhampton Wanderers need to be contenders for the longest possible game in the English leagues, in terms of the letters used (43 letters excluding ‘v’). An advance ?” asks Tom Biltcliffe.

It would appear 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 clash. “Havant & Waterlooville vs. Hampton & Richmond Borough in the National League South beat him by one character; even more (48) if you spell out the ampersands like with Brighton and Hove Albion, ”writes Steve Hyde.

Brighton v Wolves was a long meeting on the pitch last month when the game lasted over 100 minutes due to added time.
Brighton v Wolves was a long meeting on the pitch last month when the game lasted over 100 minutes due to added time. Photograph: 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 against Dunfermline Athletic (45 characters),” suggests Adam Anderson. “A potential clash at the start of the Scottish Cup between ICT and Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic (Scottish Lowland League) would also produce 47 characters.”

Knowledge Archive

“Dundalk scored after 12 seconds in the Irish League… after their opponents Derry kicked off”, wrote Sam Alanson in September 2014. “Is this the fastest goal ever scored by a team that did not shootdisabled? “

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

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

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

10.12 seconds. Bayern Munich v 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, he helped knock Madrid out of the Champions League.

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

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Can you help?

“What is the most goals scored for two teams combined in a draw at home and away in a season? I guess there are examples of 3-3 and 4-4, but are there some really big counts where they only got two points? John McDougall asks.

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

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

“Porto have won the Primeira Liga 29 times and the main national 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 other examples of trophy-laden teams with drought in a particular national competition?” “

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