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Eight footballing facts you may not know – but you really should

Knowledge is power.

We all think we know a fair bit about football, right?

With 92 clubs in the Football League alone, can anyone say with any degree of certainty that they know everything about our game on these Isles?

I think not.


So, with that in mind – here is some fairly obscure information you can add to your library of random football knowledge.

1 – Harry Kewell is Notts County’s manager

Bad day mate?

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Bad day mate?

This was news to us, and well, most people who don’t support Notts County.

The 40-year-old Aussie took the reigns in Robin Hood country earlier this year.

While the former Liverpool man might have the pedigree, it doesn’t appear to be filtering down into his squad.

They sit in 22nd in League 2 with 13 points from 16 games.

2 – Sunderland’s average attendance is 3x greater than Monaco’s

Through thick and thin

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Through thick and thin

Yep, the Black Cats are still being cheered on all the way down in League 1.

While the Monaco stadium only holds 18,000 – they are averaging just 9,200 per game.

Sunderland’s 30,000 average is short of the 48,000 capacity at the Stadium of Light but the ratio is impressive nonetheless.

It is also worth noting that Sunderland’s League 1 rivals Portsmouth have doubled Monaco’s average attendance.

3 – Man City scored just ten goals at home in an entire season

It was a bad year for all the fans in the Etihad

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It was a bad year for all the fans in the Etihad

It is hard to believe the way Pep Guardiola has them dismantling teams, but this is amazingly true.

In 2006/7 City managed just ten goals at home in the league, they failed to score in their last eight games at the Etihad.

To this day, it remains a Premier League record.

With Paul Dickov and Darius Vassell up top, you do wonder how Stuart Pearce didn’t manage the kind of records Guardiola achieved last season.

4 – Wolves has the loudest fans in the Premier League

Noisy beggars

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Noisy beggars

Those Wolves have got a loud howl at the Molineux.

So far this season, they have averaged a sound level of 85 decibels (whatever that means.)

There has been a fair amount to cheer for the Wanderers with draws against Everton and Man City along with two wins against Burnley and Southampton enough to get the fans roaring at the Molineux.

5 – Mario Balotelli only has one Premier League assist

A record only Mario could get

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A record only Mario could get

Even for a man with Balotelli’s taste for the abnormal, the statistic is ridiculous.

It becomes even more amazing when you remember the goal it was that he assisted.

Only super Mario could save his one assist for the most famous goal in the league’s history – Sergio Aguero’s winner against QPR.

The firework enthused striker played 70 games in England’s top flight, scoring 21 times, and not one of his goals was as important as that assist.

6 – Crawley have the worst away support in the country

Home support doesn’t look much better either

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Home support doesn’t look much better either

This is definitely not a record to be proud of.

The average away attendance for the Reds is a mere 122 – taking the wooden spoon off Morecambe from last season.

For a club so close to London and the transport links that provides, Crawley’s barmy army need to up their game.

7 – Gareth Bale’s holds a crazy Premier League record

A mixed day for Gareth Bale

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A mixed day for Gareth Bale

There was a time when this international superstar was the best in the league.

He is less well known for holding this bizarre Premier League record.

Bale once: Scored, assisted a goal, scored an own goal and got booked in one game.

It happened against Liverpool at White Hart Lane back in 2012.

Bale assisted Aaron Lennon’s first goal, before scoring a 25 yard free kick.

That was clearly not eventful enough for the pacey winger who then scored a goal for Liverpool, before getting booked for diving.

All in a day’s work.

8 – Sheffield Wednesday have the best away support in the Championship

Sheffield Wednesday average 2,790 away fans for their trips up and down the country.

See how it’s done Crawley?

The Owls travel in masses, coming in just ahead of Stoke and Bolton – finally disproving the ‘Leeds would have took more’ line you can’t seem to avoid online.

So there we have it.

Eight unrelated and arguably unimportant footballing facts to brighten up your week.