A Season in review – the record breakers
The Premier League curtain has fallen. 380 games have been played, 975 goals have been scored.
Chelsea were crowned champions while QPR, Burnley and Hull fell from the top flight. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero won the Golden Boot with 26 goals. Joe Hart took the Golden Glove with 14 clean sheets.
Then there were those that wrote their names into the Premier League history books. Our friends at Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have taken a look at the record breakers.
Angel Di Maria’s move from Real Madrid to Manchester United in August for £59.7 million saw the British transfer record broken, eclipsing the £50 million paid by Chelsea to Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.
On Boxing Day, Gareth Barry became the first Premier League player to receive 100 yellow cards in Everton’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke City. The midfielder surpassed both Lee Bowyer and Kevin Davies. Barry went on to collect a further five yellow cards ending the season with 105 in total.
In January, Everton’s Leighton Baines recorded his 45th Premier League assist and became the defender with the most Premier League assists ever after he set up Steven Naismith in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Goodison Park. The record was previously held by Graeme Le Saux. Since then he added another and now sits on 46.
John Terry became the highest scoring defender in Premier League history in May when he netted his 39th goal against Liverpool. The goal took him one clear of former Everton defender David Unsworth.
Also in May, Southampton forward Sadio Mane smashed Robbie Fowler’s 4 minute and 33 second hat-trick. A record that had stood for 21 years. The 23-year-old netted in the 13th, 14th and 16th minutes to complete his hat-trick in an unbelievable 2 minutes and 56 seconds.
On the final day of the season two records were broken. Peter Crouch netted his fifth headed goal of the season and 47th in total as Stoke beat Liverpool 6-1. The goal took Crouch one ahead of the previous record holder Alan Shearer.
The day also saw Chelsea finally handed the Premier League trophy after a record-breaking 274 days at the top of the table. The Blues surpassed the Manchester United side of 1993/94 who managed the feat for a total of 262 days.
The 2014/15 Premier League season was a significant one. A season of highs, lows, drama and records. A season that proved why football really is… the beautiful game.