Records are there to be broken but there are some records in football which may never be beaten.
Earlier this week we listed 10 incredible Premier League records that are unlikely to be broken, including the smallest title-winning margin (0 points, 8 goal difference), lowest attendance (3,039) and fastest Premier League hat-trick (Sadio Mane in 2 minutes, 56 seconds).
But what are the records at the Premier League’s current 20 clubs that will ‘never be broken’?
There are some absolutely cracking records in this list. Let’s take a closer look at them…
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Record: League matches without defeat (49)
Between May 2003 and October 2004, Arsenal’s legendary ‘Invincibles’ side famously went 49 consecutive top-flight league games unbeaten.
This extraordinary achievement is likely to stand for decades, if not centuries.
The Gunners’ run came to an end following a controversial 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Record: Fewest league goals scored in a season (27)
The 2015/16 season was absolutely disastrous for Aston Villa, who picked up just 17 points from 38 games, scoring 27 goals and conceding 76 in the process.
They won a pitiful three matches and finished 17 points behind 19th-placed Norwich City.
They’ve bounced back since and are in much better shape these days.
Highest league position (9th in Premier League)
Wouldn’t be so sure about this one. As long as Bournemouth have Eddie Howe in charge, anything is possible.
The Cherries, who finished ninth in the Premier League table during the 2016/17 season, are currently in the same position at the time of writing.
It won’t be easy to seal a top-half finish again this season because competition is so fierce but write them off at your peril.
Record: Biggest ever defeat (18-0 v Norwich)
This game basically shouldn’t count, but it happened and the record is likely to stand forever.
Brighton travelled to Norwich with just five players on Christmas Day 1940 (one year into the Second World War) and the rest of their team was reportedly made up of Norwich reserves and spectators.
The final score was 18-0. Norwich clearly weren’t feeling very festive that afternoon.
Record: Youngest first-team player in Europe (Dwight McNeil - 18 years, 253 days)
The thinking here is that Burnley are unlikely to qualify for Europe again any time soon - and not just the fact that Dwight McNeil was very young when he appeared for the Clarets against Aberdeen in August 2018.
The 19-year-old winger went on to become the first teenager to ever start a Premier League game for Burnley (aged 18 years, 284 days) a month later.
At 19 years, 38 days (on December 31, 2018) he became the first teenager to score a Premier League goal for the club.
Record: Most consecutive league appearances (Frank Lampard - 164 league games)
Frank Lampard didn’t miss a single Premier League game between 13 October 2001 and Boxing Day 2005 - a run spanning 164 games.
This is testament to the way Lampard kept himself in top physical condition through hard work on the training ground, as well as the professionalism he showed in his every day life away from the pitch.
Record: Youngest ever player (John Bostock - 15 years, 287 days)
You don’t hear of many 15-year-olds starting matches these days - but as the old adage goes: if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
At the age of 15 years and 287 days, John Bostock became Crystal Palace’s youngster ever player when he was sent on for the final 20 minutes against Watford at Selhurst Park.
A week later, aged 15 years and 295 days, Bostock became the youngest ever Palace player to start a game when he appeared against Cardiff City.
The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Toulouse.
Record: Most goals in a season (Dixie Dean - 60)
Long before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were born, Dixie Dean was busy scoring goals for fun with Everton.
His best tally was a remarkable 60 league goals in 39 games for the Toffees during the 1927-28 season.
"People ask me if that 60-goal record will ever be beaten,” Dean famously told reporters after setting the record. “I think it will. But there's only one man who'll do it. That's the fellow that walks on the water. I think he's about the only one.”
Record: Longest odds to win a Premier League title (5,000/1)
Bizarrely, a number of punters won big money after putting a few quid on Leicester City winning the 2015/16 Premier League title before a ball was kicked that season - even though it seemed utterly impossible.
One thing’s for sure: the bookies won’t be offering odds of 5,000/1 on any team winning the top-flight after Leicester’s heroics.
Record: Fastest hat-trick (Robbie Fowler - Four minutes, 33 seconds)
Robbie Fowler’s rapid hat-trick against Arsenal in August 1994 is still a Liverpool club record - even though Mane scored a faster hat-trick while playing for Southampton.
We can think of a better record that won’t be beaten…
Most points without winning a Premier League title (97)
Only Manchester City have recorded a better points tally than Liverpool (97) during the entire Premier League era - and they won the title on both occasions.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were so, so unlucky to miss out on the main prize last season.
Record: Oldest ever player (Billy Meredith - 49 years, 245 days)
The legendary Billy Meredith, who made over 300 appearances for both Manchester City and Manchester United, played until he was almost 50 years old.
Imagine a 49-year-old playing for City these days. It will never happen again.
Record: Most appearances (Ryan Giggs - 963)
Sir Bobby Charlton made 758 appearances for Man Utd and is second on the list. Ryan Giggs made an astonishing 963 appearances over the course of 23 years.
The Welshman won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues, scoring 168 games in the process.
Record: Biggest ever win (13-0 v Newport)
Newcastle United recorded their biggest ever win (a 13-0 victory over Newport County) back in 1946.
Len Shackleton scored six goals in the rout.
These days Newcastle fans are delighted if their players score two goals in a game.
Record: Most international caps while at the club (Wes Hoolahan - 42)
The Irish Guy, HITC’s YouTuber, was clearly forced to scrape the barrel to find this stat.
Wes Hoolahan making 42 international appearances while at Norwich City is a record that should - at some point - be broken. But it might be a while before it happens.
Record: Lowest attendance (4,014 v Nottingham Forest)
Back in April 1935, Sheffield United recorded their lowest official league attendance: a second division clash against Nottingham Forest.
Just 4,014 people turned up at Bramall Lane that day.
Record: Fastest ever goal (Shane Long - 7.69 seconds)
Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history in April 2019, scoring against Watford after just 7.69 seconds.
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"The manager said to make a quick start and put them under pressure," Long said. "It's a nice record to have."
Record: Most goals in a single game (10-4 v Everton)
Tottenham have been involved in some high-scoring matches, but their 10-4 win over Everton in the old Division One back in October 1958 is a record that stands today.
Bobby Smith scored four of Spurs’ goals that day, with the others coming from Alfie Stokes (2), Tommy Harmer, Terry Medwin, George Robb and John Ryden.
Incredibly, this was actually the legendary Bill Nicholson's first match in charge of Spurs.
Record: Most goals in a single season (Cliff Holton - 42)
Cliff Holton was prolific during his three-year spell at Watford, netting 84 goals in 120 games.
Forty-two of those goals were scored during the 1959/60 league season and it’s hard to see another Watford player ever breaking this particular record.
He netted a total of 48 goals this season, cementing his place in Watford folklore in the process.
Record: Record goalscorer (Vic Watson - 326 goals)
Nobody has come close to troubling Vic Watson’s West Ham record since he left the Hammers in 1935.
The former England international, who passed away in 1988, netted 326 goals during a 15-year spell.
World Cup hero Geoff Hurst is second on the list with 252 goals.
Record: Longest-serving manager (Jack Addenbrooke - 36 years, 10 months)
This is one of the most impressive records of the entire list.
Jack Addenbrooke managed Wolves for an incredible 36 years and 10 months between August 1885-June 1922.
He sadly died shortly after leaving Wolves, who were guided to two FA Cups wins under Addenbrooke’s management, but will always be remembered as a true club legend.News Now - Sport News