The week in numbers: w/e 6/2/11

Torres cost Chelsea a British transfer record £50m

50,000,000 – Fee paid (in pounds) by Chelsea for Spain striker Fernando Torres, setting a new British transfer record. It is the fourth biggest transfer ever.

11 – Career Premier League goals scored by Andy Carroll, for whom Liverpool paid Newcastle £35m to sign.

16Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 courtesy of a Lionel Messi hat-trick, setting a new La Liga record of 16 consecutive wins.

2 – Crashes suffered by British cycling sprinter Mark Cavendish so far this season, after he crashed in the prologue at the Tour of Qatar yesterday. He has yet to win in 2011.

Bobridge broke Boardman's iconic 4km pursuit record

4:10.534 – Time clocked by Australia’s Jack Bobridge for the four-kilometre individual pursuit at the Australian National Track Championships, breaking Chris Boardman‘s 15-year-old world record by 0.58s.

10 – Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt was handed a ten-year ban for spot-fixing by the ICC. Teammates Mohammed Asif and Mohhamed Amir were handed seven and five-year bans respectively.

137 – Runs scored by Jonathan Trott as England lost the sixth one-day international against Australia. It was the third highest ODI score by an England batsman abroad (David Gower 158 vs New Zealand, 1982/83; Graham Gooch 142 vs Pakistan, 1987/88).

The Premier League week in numbers

1West Ham‘s 3-1 win at Blackpool in midweek was their first away win of the season.

A fast start from Rooney

54Wayne Rooney scored after just 54 seconds in Manchester United‘s 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

43 – Goals scored in this weekend’s Premier League games, the most ever in one round since the division was reduced to 20 teams in 1995/96.

8 – Penalties scored in Saturday’s eight games, breaking the previous record of six for a single day.

1Arsenal became the first team in the Premier League to fail to win after leading 4-0 as they drew 4-4 at Newcastle.

23West Bromwich Albion‘s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City was their 23rd consecutive game without keeping a clean sheet.

16 – West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo was subsequently sacked yesterday morning, becoming the 16th league manager to be dismissed in the 44 days since Christmas.

Pantsil completed a hat-trick of own goals

3John Pantsil scored his third own goal of the season in Fulham‘s 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, tying the Premier League record for a single season.

2Carlos Tevez became only the second player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick on his birthday (his 27th), after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in March 2004.

4Stoke City defeated Sunderland 3-2, the fourth consecutive time they have beaten them at the Britannia Stadium by a one-goal margin.

29Wolves‘ 2-1 win over Manchester United’s ended their unbeaten league run at 29 games.

2 – Both Manchester United’s defeats this season have been against clubs at the bottom of the Premier League table – Wolves on Saturday and West Ham in the Carling Cup.

1 – Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge made them the first club to do the double over Chelsea since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

The Super Bowl in numbers

4 – The Green Bay Packers‘ 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ was their fourth Super Bowl win in five attempts.

8 – This was the eighth straight year in which seven or fewer points separated the two teams in the fourth quarter.

2 – The Packers joined the 2005 Steelers as the only number six seeds to win a Super Bowl. (They are the sixth wild card team overall to win a Super Bowl, and the third team to do so after winning three road playoff games.)

21 – Points scored by the Packers off Pittsburgh’s three turnovers.

36 – In confirmation that the modern NFL is a pass-focused league, the two teams combined for just 36 rushing attempts, a record low. Green Bay ran the ball just 13 times, tying the record for the fewest rushing attempts by one team in a Super Bowl.

7 – Pittsburgh’s LaMarr Woodley recorded a sack for an NFL record seventh straight game.

14 – Green Bay won the pre-game coin toss, the 14th consecutive time the NFC team has won the toss at the Super Bowl.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times@InfostradaLive@StatManJon and


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4 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 6/2/11

  1. Nicely done.

    Very sad to see di Matteo sacked when West Brom’s next matches are Home to Wolves & West Ham, and away to Stoke & Birmingham. Especially the first two are proper ‘6-pointers’ and will almost certainly make or break our season. Wigan have games against Liverpool, Man U, Man City, Spurs and Chelsea in the next month or so. It may be wishful thinking, but 7 points from those 4 games could see us take major steps against 3 relegation rivals.

    Now we’ll probably get Big Sam or Nice Guy Roy, although maybe they’ll help us to Win Ugly rather than Lose Pretty…

    • Tim says:

      Roy would probably do a good job, though, given the way he rescued Fulham in a similar situation? It’s so tight at the bottom of the table that all it will take is a couple of wins to catapult you to relatively heady heights, although breaking that run of 23 games without a clean sheet would probably help …

  2. txtmstrjoe says:

    Good, tense game all throughout for the Super Bowl, I’d say.

    My dad and I were watching, and he stuck the fork into the Steelers before the end of the first half, before Pittsburgh scored their first touchdown. I told him there’s a whole other half left to play, and Green Bay will run into a dry spell either through a refocused Steelers defense or Mike McCarthy’s conservative play calling in the second half.

    Darn it if it didn’t happen that way! Steelers had a good rally in the third quarter, but that fumble recovery saved the game for the Packers. I was apoplectic that they didn’t even go for the touchdown but once on their final drive (three passes, only one of which was thrown towards the end zone). In my opinion, if they had really wanted to score a touchdown on their final drive, they could have, and that would have practically ended the game (Pittsburgh would have been behind by two scores) with practically no time remaining.

    I had a good feeling McCarthy would become more conservative in the second half; he did the same against the Bears. I really think he let his foot off the throttle in the second half offensively.

    Fun game to watch! And a great read, as always.

    • Tim says:

      Wise words. It was similar to last year’s game in that one team jumped out early, only to be pegged back in the third quarter – thanks in large part to Sean Payton’s gutsy call with the “Ambush” onside kick.

      Agree that Green Bay went off the boil in the second half, although oddly what they really needed to do was run the ball a bit more. It wasn’t until I read back through the game-book that I realised they had called 16 straight passing plays. On their final drive it was a tricky balance – I guess McCarthy had half an eye on the clock as well as the score, and it shows how much he trusted his defense that he felt they could keep the Steelers out of the endzone on the final possession. A flawed win, but the Packers came up with the big plays on defense when they really needed them, and Rodgers was outstanding at QB – so a worthy win nonetheless.

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