The week in numbers: w/e 27/11/11

Gary Speed, 1969-2011. RIP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

42 – Age of Gary Speed, the Wales manager and former Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United midfielder, who hanged himself at his own home at the weekend. Speed made nearly 700 appearances for his various clubs, was the first man to play in 500 Premier League games and was capped 85 times for Wales, more than any other outfield player. Appointed manager of his country in December last year, he won five of his ten games in charge, including four of the last five. He is survived by a wife and two sons.

2 – In the third Test in Mumbai, India and the West Indies played out only the second ever match (in 2,019 completed Tests) to finish as a draw with the scores level (also Zimbabwe vs England, 1996). Ravichandran Ashwin, who had scored 103 in India’s first innings, was run out attempting what would have been a winning second run on the final ball of the match as India finished on 242/9 after being set 243 for victory. (There have also been two tied Tests, where both teams completed both their innings with their total scores equal.)

5 – In compiling 590 in their first innings, the West Indies became only the sixth team ever to have their top six batsmen all score at least 50. (It was the first time the Windies have ever achieved the feat.) Darren Bravo was the only one to complete a century, however, as he top-scored with 166.

Federer's 100th career final brought him his sixth ATP World Finals win (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

6Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-7 6-3 to win the ATP World Tour Finals for a record sixth time, surpassing Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl. It was Federer’s 70th career title in his 100th final, and he has beaten different men in each of his World Tour Finals victories: Tsonga, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.

1,262Dimitar Berbatov‘s goal in Manchester United’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Benfica was his first goal in 1,262 minutes in the competition, breaking a scoring drought which stretched back to his goal against Celtic in October 2008.

1Real Madrid became the first team ever to score four times in the opening 20 minutes of a Champions League game as they pummeled Dinamo Zagreb 6-2. Zagreb’s goals only came in the final 10 minutes after Madrid had extended their lead to 6-0 midway through the second half.

7Valencia became the first Spanish team – and only the tenth overall – to score seven or more goals in a single Champions League match, as they beat Genk 7-0. Roberto Saldado scored a hat-trick.

15Sebastian Vettel set a new Formula 1 record with his 15th pole position of the season at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. The previous record of 14 was set by Nigel Mansell in 1992, although this came at a time when the F1 calendar only comprised 16 races.

Webber finally won his first GP of the season at the final race in Brazil (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

1Mark Webber claimed victory ahead of Vettel to take his first win since the 2010 Hungarian GP, having previously finished on the podium nine times this season.

13Harlequins extended their perfect start to the season, beating Newcastle 39-8 to make it 13 wins from 13 games – and nine out of nine in the Aviva Premiership.

4 – Four goals were scored in six minutes of stoppage time at the end of Alfreton Town’s 3-2 Blue Square Premier win over Hayes and Yeading. Alfreton led 1-0 after 90 minutes.

5 – British boxers won five gold medals (three men’s, two women’s) and one bronze at the Olympic test event at London’s ExCel Centre on Sunday.

The Premier League in numbers

2Norwich and Blackburn remain the only two teams who have yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Norwich beat QPR 2-1, while Blackburn went down 3-1 at Stoke.

Nine shots on target for Adebayor

9 – Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor had nine shots on target in the 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion. Seven of the Premier League’s 20 sides have failed to manage this number in any of their games this season.

12 – Number of seconds which had elapsed at the Britannia Stadium before Blackburn fans started chanting “Kean out!” in protest against under-fire manager Steve Kean. Under his leadership, Blackburn have won just three out of their last 27 league games.

31Thomas Vermaelen became the 31st player in Premier League history to score a goal and an own goal in the same game. in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Fulham. Swansea’s Danny Graham is the only other player to have done so this season.

14 – Including their three substitutes, Arsenal used 14 different nationalities against Fulham – no other team has ever done this in a Premier League fixture.

15Manchester City‘s 1-1 draw at Liverpool was the first time in 15 league games they had failed to score at least twice.

11Swansea‘s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa was the 11th goalless game in the Premier League this season. Six of them have involved at least one of these two sides.

6 – The goalless draw was Swansea‘s sixth clean sheet this season, the joint-highest with Manchester United.

The NFL in numbers

1 – The Baltimore Ravens’ 16-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the first game in NFL history in which two brothers had faced each other as opposing head coaches. John Harbaugh (Ravens) beat younger brother Jim (49ers) after his side sacked San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith nine times in a defense-dominated game.

Harvin had a big day despite the Vikings' loss (image courtesy of

104 – Minnesota’s Percy Harvin caught a 39-yard touchdown on fourth down and returned a kickoff 104 yards to the Atlanta three-yard line, but the Vikings nonetheless lost 24-14 to the Falcons.

17 – The Green Bay Packers‘ 27-15 win over the Detroit Lions moved them to 11-0 and was their 17th straight win (including playoffs).

12 – The Carolina Panthers snapped a 12-game road losing streak as they won 27-19 in Indianapolis. The Colts dropped to 0-11.

6 – Sebastian Janikowski kicked six field goals as the Oakland Raiders beat the Chicago Bears 25-20. The Bears started backup quarterback Caleb Hanie, who threw three interceptions.

Peterson has scored four times on punt returns in 2011 (image courtesy of

4 – Arizona’s Patrick Peterson tied the NFL record with his fourth punt return touchdown of the season as the Cardinals beat the St Louis Rams 23-20. He is only player ever to record four punt return TDs of 80 or more yards in the same season.

29Matt Prater kicked a 37-yard field goal with just 29 seconds remaining in overtime to prevent a tie and give the Denver Broncos a 16-13 win over the San Diego Chargers. It was the sixth straight loss for San Diego.

45 – The Kansas City Chiefs failed to find the endzone in a 13-9 defeat by the Pittsburgh Steelers, extending their touchdown-less sequence to more than nine quarters covering 45 offensive possessions.

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


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3 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 27/11/11

  1. Very sorry to have missed the end of that India/West Indies match, Tim.

    Hard to get up much enthusiasm for Australia/New Zealand this week, though the Kiwis will be no pushovers, particularly with our new week in numbers.

    1 Number of tests played by new sensation Pat Cummins before getting injured

    5 Number of players from South Africa series unavailable through injury

    9 Number of new test capped Australians during 2011

    2-3 Number of new test caps to be handed out on Thursday

    I still have a bat in the corner of the room. Perhaps I should go down to the park and have a net in case I get the call from the selectors during the summer.

    • Tim says:

      I hadn’t realised you were carrying so many walking wounded! There’s definitely a chance you might get a game if you bring your kit.

  2. Oh, and Tim, I thought you may be interested in this thoughtful article about Peter Roebuck. I can’t think of a scenario for his death that isn’t a tragedy, and we’ll miss him on the radio and in print this summer.

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