Monthly Archives: May 2012

Relegation Trivia

Although the greatest drama occurred at the top of the table on the final day of the season, there was a lot of tension for QPR and Bolton supporters before the London club prevailed, ensuring that none of the promoted clubs were immediately relegated

As always, this is likely to be the end of Premier league football for many of the oldest players on relegated teams. Three of the players who suffered the drop figure in the all-time top 40 appearances in the Premiership

Kevin Davies, a target man rather than out and out striker, is also 31st on the all-time Premier League goalscorers
One of the most accomplished players to suffer relegation is Paul Robinson, Blackburns captain-goalkeeper and 41 times capped for England. In fact, this is the fourth relegation of his career a category he is nearly tops.

Signing Nathan Blake proved to be a bit of a bad omen as there has only been one season (Blackburn in 2001/2 when he only played three games before being transferred) when he did not have to plan a Championship season for the forthcoming year

Four players have suffered relegation in all three seasons of their Premiership career: Dougie Freedman, Alan Rogers, Jimmy Phillips,and Gavin Ward. The latter two were teammates in Bolton’s 1995/6 and 1997/8 relegation years

There have been the odd occasion when a player has played for more than one relegated club in a season. The first was Mark Robins, who featured equally for Norwich and Leicester in 1994/5. David Nugent – one of the few players to record a scoring-as-substitute effort in his only game for England – was one of many players leaving in Portsmouth’s 2009/10 fire sale but he went to the frying pan that was Burnley. Steven Kabba has the unfortunate distinction of playing for two relegated sides in his only year at the top; after seven substitute apps for the 2006/7 Sheffield United side relegated on goal difference he moved to a Watford team that ended 10 points worse off.

Pujols drought

With my team, the Blue Jays, in town, I fully expected Albert Pujols to end his drought immediately and strike his first Home Run for the Angels. However, Brendan Morrow put on a masterful display and Pujols was reduced to showing his skill in a nifty double play

In regular season games, Pujols has now gone 32 games withought bothering the bleachers – the worst run of his career


Well of course, by the end of the series, Pujols – after a rest day – finally delivered. However, it does ensure that the graph is up to date in it’s main feature for some time

He has hit in consecutive games 97 times in his illustrious career and, interestingly, has droughts for every number in the range one to twenty-two. The previous outlier of 27 games was as recent as April/May last season so it will be intriguing to see if this pattern continues next year

The recent power outage also included only his second ever five game hitless streak, with the only previous occurrence at the tail end of his debut season of 2001.

With only 20 hits in 23 games, his rate of hitting in April was also the lowest monthly rate of any of the 67 months in which he has recorded at least 10 appearances

He has only failed to record a mean of less than a hit per game on three other occasions. At the other end of the scale, he recorded 51 hits in June 2003 and had a spell of 57 between 29 May and 29 June