The top tier of professional football in England, many lovers of the beautiful game regard the Premier League as the best domestic competition around. A division that is steeped in history and followed by supporters around the world, it’s also a competitive league full of behemoths and has an array of interesting facts from some of English football’s most legendary players.

Brian Deane scored the first ever Premier League goal 

Turning out for Sheffield United at the time, striker Brian Deane made history by scoring the first ever Premier League goal in a memorable 2-1 over Manchester United, a side who are currently priced at 13/1 to finish in the top 4 this season when looking at Premiership betting odds. While United’s decline in recent times has been evident, the Red Devils were a formidable force back then, making Deane’s strike even more impressive.

Mario Balotelli’s only assist was for Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal

When looking back at some of the Premier League’s most iconic moments, they don’t get much bigger than Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal against QPR. Quite remarkably given his attacking prowess at the time, the goal was also Mario Balotelli’s only Premier League assist in a Manchester City shirt.

Ryan Giggs has been substituted more times than any other player (134)

There aren’t many bigger legends at Manchester United than Ryan Giggs. The flying Welsh winger clearly expended a lot of energy, resulting in him being officially the most substituted player of all-time in the league with 134 substitutions to his name.

Alan Shearer is the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer

While the likes of Brian Deane will go down in the history books as the first professional to find the back of the net in England’s top flight, Alan Shearer will be remembered for scoring more goals than anyone else. The former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker was lethal in front of goal, scoring 260 times during 441 appearances in the competition.

Shearer has also missed the most Premier League penalties 

Speaking of Alan Shearer, the Newcastle United legend also has a rather unwanted label he’ll want to forget about, namely his record for missing the most Premier League penalties. With 11 failed attempts to his name, Shearer wasn’t the most reliable penalty taker we’ve ever seen, although he did supplement those misses by hammering home 56 other chances from the spot.

Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, and Kevin Davies are the only players to score, assist, and score an own goal in a single Premier League game

The definition of a mixed bag on a football pitch, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, Tottenham favourite Gareth Bale, and Bolton hero Kevin Davies are the only players to find the back of the net at the right end of the pitch, score an own goal in the wrong end of the pitch, and then contribute with an assist for one of their teammates to score.

Gareth Barry has made the most Premier League appearances

A consummate professional who was a reliable figure in the midfield engine room for the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Everton, Gareth Barry has officially made the most Premier League appearances in the history of the competition. The former England international made a staggering 653 appearances during a strong career and was an ever-present figure in the teams he turned out for.

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Last Update: March 18, 2024