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Tuesday, 08 September 2009

Forgotten* Football Facts #6

67% of English fans reckon that the greatest player that ever played the game was one that they can never have seen playing live and so base their judgement on journalistic reports, friends, family or unrepresentative TV highlights.

Only 24% of fans at grounds built in the last 10 years would rather go back to their original stadium.

The exceptions were fans of Coventry and Southampton who probably associate poor results with their new ground.

83% of fans mis-remember the first game they attended.

During his time in America George Best was reported to have considered taking up baseball as he was tired of the football 'circus'.

91% of fans who support a team that is a direct rival to their father's team have a specific story attached to the reason behind this cardinal act of disloyalty.

Chelsea's transfer ban will mean that the average age of the team will be the highest of any title winners for 117 years if the Pensioners prevail in 2009/10.

Hotly disputed penalties are nothing new, a Denis Law tumble in the 1963 Manchester derby saw City and not United relegated after Albert Quixall coverted the spot-kick.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United after reading of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole's 'relaxation' techniques in Cheshire.

Rafa Benitez decided to grow a beard as a tribute to the popular cricket statistician Bill Frindall, after listening to Test Match Special during the 2005 Ashes series.

*The things you find down the back of the sofa

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