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Sunday 28 December 2014

Brad Friedel and other incredible Premier League records

Most consecutive Premier League appearances: 310
Brad Friedel's incredible run, which stretched from 14 August 2004, ended this weekend when manager Andre Villas-Boas selected Hugo Lloris in goal, ahead of the American, for Tottenham's game against Aston Villa.
However the all-time record for consecutive league appearances is held by Tranmere Rovers midfielder Howard Bell, who made 375 consecutive starts between 1946 and 1955 (401 including 26 FA Cup appearances).
Most consecutive Premier League appearances: 310 Brad Friedel's incredible run, which stretched from 14 August 2004, ended this weekend when manager Andre Villas-Boas selected Hugo Lloris in goal, ahead of the American, for Tottenham's game against Aston Villa. However the all-time record for consecutive league appearances is held by Tranmere Rovers midfielder Howard Bell, who made 375 consecutive starts between 1946 and 1955 (401 including 26 FA Cup appearances).
Most consecutive Premier League wins: 14 Arsenal ended the 2001-02 season in style, with 13 consecutive league wins stretching from 10 February until the end of the season as they won a league and cup double. Their run ended in the second game of the next season when they drew 2-2 with West Ham. The 14-game streak equalled the all-time league record jointly held by Manchester United (Second Division, 1904–05), Bristol City (Second Division, 1905–06) and Preston North End (Second Division, 1950–51).
Most consecutive Premier League games without a win: 32 Derby County picked up several unwanted records during their disastrous 2007–08 campaign – their one win remains the least by any team in a Premier League season. However their 32-game winless streak, an all-time league record, remains the worst, particularly as it could be extended should Derby ever return to the top flight.
Most consecutive Premier League home games undefeated: 86 Chelsea's incredible four and a half-year unbeaten Premier League run, which began under Claudio Ranieri on 21 February 2004 and ended three managers later under Luiz Felipe Scolari with a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on 26 October 2008, is also the all-time league record. Jose Mourinho, who was manager for 60 of those undefeated matches, enjoyed a run of 150 unbeaten home games with four different clubs, from February 2002 to March 2011.
Fastest Premier League hat-trick: 4 minutes 33 seconds Robbie Fowler's incredible hat-trick for Liverpool against Arsenal on 28 August 1994, which started with a cool finish from eight yards out and ended 273 seconds later with a tap-in to an open goal, remains the fastest ever in the Premier League. Unbelievably, Fowler does not hold the all-time league record, which was broken in 2004 by James Hayter who scored three times in two minutes and 20 seconds after coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for AFC Bournemouth against Wrexham on 23 February 2004.
Longest consecutive run without conceding a goal: 14 games Edwin van der Sar went an amazing 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal during Manchester United's 2008–09 campaign, which is also an all-time league record.
Longest-serving Premier League manager: Sir Alex Ferguson Fergie's 25 years at the helm of Manchester United, from 6 November 1986 to now, make him the longest-serving manager in the Premier League, although he has a long way to go if he wants to break the all-time record, held by Fred Everiss, who spent 46 years in charge of West Bromwich Albion between 1902-1948.
Shortest-serving Premier League manager (excluding caretakers): Les Reed Appointed as Charlton Athletic manager after Iain Dowie's sacking on 14 November 2006, Reed lasted just 41 days, leaving the club by mutual consent on 24 December. During that time he managed only one win. However Reed's six-week spell in charge is by no means an all-time record. That dubious honour goes to Leroy Rosenior who was made Torquay United manager on 17 May 2007 only to be relieved of his position 10 minutes later when the club was sold to new owners.
Most consecutive league matches scored in: 10 Ruud van Nistelrooy holds the record for the longest scoring streak, netting for Manchester United in every game from their 2-0 win over Fulham on 22 March 2003 to their 2-1 win over Newcastle the next season on 23 August 2003. The all-time league record is held by Dixie Dean, who scored in 12 consecutive games for Everton in Division Two in 1930-31.
Longest unbeaten Premier League run: 49 games Unsurprisingly Arsenal's 'Invincibles' hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League with a streak that started on May 7, 2003 and ended on October 24, 2004. However they are some way off the all-time longest unbeaten run in English senior football, which is AFC Wimbledon's 78 game streak, between 26 February 2003 and 4 December 2004 helping them to win back to back promotions.

Brad Friedel's incredible run of 310 consecutive starts in the Premier League, spanning eight-years and three clubs, came to an end at the weekend.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas instead opted to start Sunday's match against Aston Villa with summer signing Hugo Lloris.

Here, we reflect on the American's record and look at some other runs achieved in the Premier League era.

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