Football records in England
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This article concerns football records in England. Unless otherwise stated, records are taken from the Football League or Premier League. Where a different record exists for the top flight (Football League First Division 1888–1992, and Premier League 1992–), this is also given.
- 1 National team
- 2 League
- 3 FA Cup
- 4 League Cup
- 5 FA Charity / Community Shield
- 6 All competitions
- 7 Attendance records
- 8 Total titles won (1871–present)
- 9 Managers
- 10 Footnotes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
- Most League titles: 20, Manchester United
- Most consecutive League titles: 3, joint record:
- Top flight title win at first attempt: 1961-62, Ipswich
- Most seasons in top flight overall: 114 seasons, Everton
- Most consecutive seasons in top flight: 90 seasons, Arsenal (1919–present, though no League football was played due to World War II between 1939 and 1945–46)
- Fewest seasons in top flight overall: 1 season, joint record, Glossop, Leyton Orient, Northampton, Carlisle United, Swindon and Barnsley have completed only one season in top flight in their history.
- Most participants from one place: During the three consecutive seasons 1919–1921, Lancashire had nine participants in the top-flight: Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Oldham Athletic,and Preston North End.
Although the county boundaries of Lancashire had changed by 2010-11 during the Premiership era there were eight participants in what was formerly the county of Lancashire: Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United,and Wigan Athletic. Thus the tradition of a high representation of teams in the highest echelons of British football from the North West of England continues to the present day.
- Most participants from one place: During the season 1989–1990, London had eight entrants in the top-flight: Arsenal, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Queen's Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wimbledon.
- City represented with most seasons in top flight: Liverpool. The city has always had a top flight member of either Everton or Liverpool.
- Most wins in the top-flight overall: 1863, Liverpool
- Most wins at home overall: 1341, Manchester United
- Most wins at home in top-flight overall: 1203, Liverpool
- Most wins away overall: 755, Manchester United
- Most wins away in top-flight overall: 667, Arsenal
- Most wins in a season: 33, Doncaster Rovers (Third Division North, 1946–47; final record P42 W33 D6 L3)
- Most wins in a top flight season: 31, Tottenham Hotspur (First Division, 1960–61; final record P42 W31 D4 L7)
- Most wins from start of a top flight season: 11, Tottenham Hotspur (First Division, 1960-61)
- Most consecutive wins: 14, joint record:
- Most consecutive wins without conceding a goal: 9, Stockport County (League Two between January 13, 2007 and March 3, 2007)
- Most consecutive home wins: 25, Bradford Park Avenue (Third Division North, 1926–27)
- Most consecutive home wins in top flight: 21, Liverpool (1972)
- Most consecutive away wins in top flight: 11, Chelsea (Premier League between April 5 and December 6, 2008)
- Fewest wins in a season: 1, joint record:
- 100% home win record in a season:
- Most draws overall in the top flight: 1106, Everton
- Most draws in a season: 23, joint record:
- Most consecutive draws: 8:
- Most losses overall in the top flight: 1506, Everton
- Most losses in a season: 34, Doncaster Rovers, (Third Division, 1997–98; final record P46 W4 D8 L34)
- Fewest losses: 0, joint record:
- Most consecutive losses:
- Most points overall in the top flight (mixed 3pts for a win and 2pts for win): 5437, Liverpool
- Most points in a season (2 points for a win): 74, Lincoln City (Fourth Division, 1975–76)
- Most points in a season (3 points for a win): 106, Reading (Championship, 2005–06)
- Most points in a season for a top-flight team (2 points for a win, 42 games): 68 (30 wins 8 draws), Liverpool (First Division, 1978–79)
- Most points in a season for a top-flight team (3 points for a win, 38 games): 95 (29 wins 8 draws), Chelsea (Premier League, 2004–05)
- Fewest points in a season (2 points for a win): 8, joint record:
- Fewest points in a season (3 points for a win): 11, Derby County (Premier League, 2007–08)
- Most points in a season while being relegated (2 points for a win): 41, Rotherham United (Third Division, 1972–73)
- Most points in a season while being relegated (3 points for a win): 54, joint record:
Games without a win
- Most consecutive league games without a win: 32, Derby County (Premier League/Championship, 22 September 2007 to 13 September 2008)
- Most league goals scored in a season: (134) Peterborough United (Fourth Division, 1960–61)
- Most top-flight goals scored in a season (42 games): 128, Aston Villa (First Division, 1930–31)
- Most goals scored in all competitions in a season by a top-flight side: 156, Manchester City (2013–14)
- Most top-flight goals scored in total: 6867, Everton.
- Most home league goals scored in a season: 87, Millwall (Third Division South, 1927–28)
- Most away league goals scored in a season: 60, Arsenal (First Division, 1930–31)
- Most consecutive games scoring: 55, Arsenal (Premier League, 19 May 2001 – 30 November 2002)
- Most consecutive games without scoring: 11, Coventry City (Second Division, 1919–20) and Hartlepool United (League Two, 1992–93)
- First league goal awarded by goal-line technology: scored by Edin Džeko in the 14th minute of the Premier League game between Manchester City and Cardiff City on 18 January 2014. The game was officiated by Neil Swarbrick who consulted his watch when Cardiff defender Kevin McNaughton quickly cleared the ball away just after it entered the goal.
- Record win: 13–0, joint record:
- Record win in top division: 12–0, joint record:
- Record away win: Port Vale 0–10 Sheffield United (Second Division, 10 December 1892)
- Record away win in top flight: by 8 goals, joint record
- Most goals in a game: 17, Tranmere Rovers 13–4 Oldham Athletic (Third Division North, 26 December 1935)
- Highest scoring draw: 6–6, joint record:
- Most double figure league wins by a team: 5, Birmingham City (12–0 v Walsall, 17 December 1892; 10–2 v Manchester City, 17 March 1894; 10–1 v Blackpool, 2 March 1901; 12–0 v Doncaster Rovers, 11 April 1903; 11–1 v Glossop, 6 January 1915) (all Second Division)
- Most goals scored by a losing side: 6 by Huddersfield Town losing 7–6 to Charlton Athletic (21 December 1957)
- Most red cards in a single match:
- Most red cards in a career (individual): 13, joint record:
- Fastest red card: 13 seconds, Kevin Pressman (Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 13 August 2000)
- Fastest yellow card: 5 seconds, Vinnie Jones (Manchester City F.C. v Sheffield United, 21 March 1992) 
- Fastest red card for a substitute on the field of play: 0 seconds, joint record:
Both players came on as a substitute and elbowed/pushed an opponent before the game had been restarted.
- Highest transfer fee received: £86 million:
- Highest transfer fee paid: £89 million:
- Most titles won by an individual player: 13, Ryan Giggs
- Most career league appearances: 1,005 (849 in First Division), Peter Shilton (1966 to 1997)
- Most career league appearances by an outfield player: 931, Tony Ford (1975 to 2002)
- Most career league appearances at one club: 770, John Trollope (Swindon Town, 1960 to 1980)
- Most career top-flight league appearances at one club: 672, Ryan Giggs (Manchester United, 1991 to 6 May 2014)
- Most career consecutive league appearances: 375, Harold Bell (Tranmere Rovers), 1946 to 1955 (401 consecutive club games including 26 FA Cup appearances)
- Oldest player: Neil McBain, 51 years and 20 days (for New Brighton v. Hartlepool United, 1947)
- Youngest player: Reuben Noble-Lazarus, 15 years and 45 days (for Barnsley v. Ipswich Town, 30 September 2008)
- Most career league goals: 434, Arthur Rowley (619 matches, for West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town, 1946 to 1965)
- Most career top-flight goals: 357, Jimmy Greaves (516 matches, for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, 1957 to 1971)
- Most consecutive top flight league matches scored in: 12, Jimmy Dunne, for Sheffield United between 24 October 1931 and 1 January 1932, for a total of 18 goals.
- Most goals in a season: 60, Dixie Dean (39 matches, for Everton 1927–28)
- Most goals in a game: 10, Joe Payne (for Luton Town v. Bristol Rovers, 13 April 1936)
- Most goals in a top-flight game: 7, Ted Drake for Arsenal v. Aston Villa (away), 14 December 1935
- Fastest goal: 3.5 seconds, Colin Cowperthwaite (for Barrow v. Kettering Town, 1979)
- Fastest goal on a League debut: 7 seconds, Freddy Eastwood (for Southend United v. Swansea City, 16 October 2004)
- Fastest hat-trick (time between first and third goals): 2 minutes 21 seconds, James Hayter (for AFC Bournemouth v. Wrexham, 23 February 2004)
- Fastest goal by a substitute: 6 seconds, Nicklas Bendtner (for Arsenal v. Tottenham Hotspur, 22 December 2007)
- Most own goals in one season: 5, Bobby Stuart (Middlesbrough, 1934–35)
- Most hat-tricks in one season: 9, George Camsell (Middlesbrough, 1926–27)
- Most career hat-tricks: 37, Dixie Dean (Tranmere Rovers, Everton, 1923–1937)
- Longest goalkeeping run without conceding a goal: 1,311 minutes, Edwin van der Sar (for Manchester United, 2008–09)
- Youngest goalscorer: Ronnie Dix, 15 years and 180 days (for Bristol Rovers v. Norwich City, 3 March 1928)
- Youngest top-flight goalscorer: Jason Dozzell, 16 years and 57 days (for Ipswich Town v. Coventry City, February 1984)
- Youngest hat-trick goalscorer: Trevor Francis, 16 years and 317 days (for Birmingham City v. Bolton Wanderers, 20 February 1971)
- Most wins: 12:
- Most consecutive wins: 3, joint record:
- Most appearances in a final: 19:
- Most appearances without winning: 4, Leicester City (1949, 1961, 1963, 1969)
- Most appearances without losing: 5, Wanderers (1872, 1873, 1876, 1877, 1878)
- Biggest win: 6 goals: Bury 6–0 Derby County, (1903)
- Most goals in a final: 7:
- Most goals by a losing side: 3:
- Most defeats in the final: 8, Everton (1893, 1897, 1907, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2009)
- Most wins: 7, Ashley Cole (Arsenal) (2002, 2003, 2005) & (Chelsea) (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
- Most appearances: 9, Arthur Kinnaird (Wanderers) (1872–73, 1874–75, 1875–76, 1876–77, 1877–78) & (Old Etonians) (1878–79, 1880–81, 1881–82, 1882–83)
- Most goals (one final): 3, Billy Townley (Blackburn Rovers) (1890), James Logan (Notts County) (1894) & Stan Mortensen (Blackpool) (1953)
- Most goals (all finals): 5, Ian Rush (Liverpool)
- Most finals scored in: 4, Didier Drogba (Chelsea) (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
- Youngest FA Cup finalist: Curtis Weston (Millwall), 17 years and 119 days
- Youngest player to score in an FA Cup Final: Norman Whiteside (Manchester United), 18 years and 19 days
- Oldest player: Billy Hampson, 41 years and 257 days (for Newcastle United v. Aston Villa, 1923–24)
- Most FA Cup goals scored: 844: Aston Villa.
- Most FA Cup goals conceded: 539: Aston Villa.
- Highest FA Cup goal difference: +305: Aston Villa.
- Most FA Cup games played: 440: Arsenal.
- Most FA Cup games won: 236: Manchester United.
- Most FA Cup games lost: 128: Notts County.
- Most FA Cup games drawn: 103: Arsenal.
- Biggest win: Preston North End 26–0 Hyde (First Round, 15 October 1887)
- Biggest away win: Clapton 0–14 Nottingham Forest (First Round, 17 January 1891)
- Most clubs competing for trophy in a season: 763 (2011–12)
- Longest tie: 660 minutes (6 matches in total), Oxford City v. Alvechurch (Fourth Qualifying Round, 1971–72; Alvechurch won the sixth match 1–0)
- Longest penalty shootout: 20 penalties each, Tunbridge Wells v. Littlehampton Town (Preliminary Round Replay, 31 August 2005; Tunbridge Wells won 16–15)
- Most rounds played in a season: 9, joint record:
- Brighton & Hove Albion (1932–33: 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–5th Rounds)
- New Brighton (1956–57: Preliminary, 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–4th Rounds)
- Blyth Spartans (1977–78: 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–5th Rounds)
- Harlow Town (1979–80: Preliminary, 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–4th Rounds)
- Most games played in a season: 13, Bideford (1973–74: one First Qualifying, two Second Qualifying, five Third Qualifying, four Fourth Qualifying and one First Round)
- Fastest goal: 4 seconds, Gareth Morris (for Ashton United v. Skelmersdale United, 17 September 2001)
- Most consecutive games without defeat: 22, Blackburn Rovers (1884–1886)
- Most consecutive games without defeat: (Excluding defeat by penalty shoot-out) 29, Chelsea (2009–13)
- Fastest hat-trick: 2 min 20 sec, Andy Locke (for Nantwich Town v. Droylsden, 1995)
- Most Career Goals: 49, Henry "Harry" Cursham (Notts County between 1877 and 1888).
- Most goals by a player in a single FA Cup season: 19, Jimmy Ross (for Preston North End, 1887-88).
- Most goals by a player in a single FA Cup game: 9, Ted MacDougall (for AFC Bournemouth in 1971)
- Scoreline: Two examples of teams scoring 7 goals and not winning – Dulwich Hamlet 8–7 St Albans City (Fourth Qualifying Round Replay, 22 November 1922), and Dulwich Hamlet 7–7 Wealdstone (Fourth Qualifying Round, 16 November 1929).
- Youngest player: Andy Awford, 15 years and 88 days (for Worcester City v. Boreham Wood, Third qualifying round, 1987–88),
- Youngest goalscorer: Sean Cato, 16 years and 25 days (for Barrow Town v. Rothwell Town, 2011–12)
- Youngest goalscorer (proper rounds): George Williams, 16 years, 2 months and 5 days (for MK Dons v. Nantwich Town, 2011–12)
- Most wins (team): 8, Liverpool (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2012)
- Biggest win in a final: 5 goals: Swansea City 5–0 Bradford City (2013)
- Most goals in a final (Since one off match): 5 goals (joint record)
- Most appearances (team): 12, Liverpool
- Most wins (individual): 5, Ian Rush (Liverpool, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1994–95)
- Most defeats in a final: 5, Arsenal (1968, 1969, 1988, 2007, 2011)
- Most appearances without winning: 2:
- Lowest ranked winners: Queens Park Rangers, Swindon Town – Third Division (now Football League One)
- Lowest ranked finalists: Rochdale – Fourth Division (now Football League Two) and Bradford City (Football League Two)
- Fastest goal in League Cup Final: 45 seconds, John Arne Riise (Liverpool v. Chelsea in 3–2 defeat, 2005)
- Biggest win (single match): 10–0, joint record:
- Biggest win (aggregate): by 11 goals, joint record:
- Liverpool 13–2 Fulham (10–0 First leg & 3–2 Second leg, 1986)
- Bury 1–12 West Ham United (1–2 First leg & 0–10 Second leg, 1983)
- Liverpool 11–0 Exeter City (5–0 First leg & 6–0 Second leg, 1981)
- Watford 11–0 Darlington (8–0 First leg & 3–0 Second leg, 1987)
- Everton 11-0 Wrexham (5-0 First leg: Away & 6-0 Second leg: Home, 1990)
- Most career goals: 49, joint record:
- Most goals in a single match: 6, Frankie Bunn (for Oldham Athletic v. Scarborough, 25 October 1989, in their 7–0 win)
- Most goals by a losing side: Reading (5), Reading v. Arsenal, 30 October 2012 in their 5–7 defeat (after extra time)
- Most goals by a side without winning: Dagenham and Redbridge (6), Brentford v. Dagenham and Redbridge, 11 August 2014 in a 6-6 draw (Brentford won 4-2 on penalties).
FA Charity / Community Shield
- Most wins (team): 21 (17 outright, 4 shared), Manchester United (1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016)
- Most appearances (team): 30, Manchester United (1908, 1911, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016)
- Record scoreline: Manchester United 8–4 Swindon Town in 1911
- Most wins (individual): 9, Ryan Giggs all outright wins (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013)
- Most appearances (individual): 15, Ryan Giggs of Manchester United (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
- Most defeats (individual): 6, Ryan Giggs (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009)
- Most consecutive wins: 4, Everton (1984, 1985, 1986 (shared), 1987)
- Most consecutive defeats: 4, Manchester United (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
- Most consecutive appearances: 6, Manchester United (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
- Most consecutive appearances (individual): 6, Ryan Giggs (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
- Fastest century of goals scored during a Premier League season (in fewest no. of games played): 103 goals scored in 34 games by Manchester City in season 2013-14. Previous record: 100 goals scored in 42 games by Chelsea in season 2012-13 (excludes games played / goals scored in FA Community Shield (1/2), UEFA Super Cup (1/1) and FIFA Club World Cup (2/3)).
- Fastest century of goals scored during a Premier League season (in elapsed calendar days): 103 goals scored on 18 January 2014 by Manchester City in season 2013-14. Previous record: 100 goals scored on 21 February 2013 by Chelsea in season 2012-13 (excludes games played / goals scored in FA Community Shield (1/2), UEFA Super Cup (1/1) and FIFA Club World Cup (2/3)).
- Most consecutive penalty shoot out wins: 9 by Bradford City between 6 October 2009 and 11 December 2012 
- Football League Cup (5th Round), 11 December 2012, Bradford City beat Arsenal 3-2 on penalties (score 1-1 after extra time)
- FA Cup (2nd Round Proper replay), 13 November 2012, Bradford City beat Northampton Town 4-2 on penalties (score 3-3 after extra time)
- Football League Cup (4th Round), 30 October 2012, Bradford City beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 on penalties (score 0-0 after extra time)
- Football League Trophy (2nd Round), 9 October 2012, Bradford City beat Hartlepool United 3-2 on penalties (score 0-0 after normal time)
- Football League Trophy (Quarter-finals), 8 November 2011, Bradford City beat Sheffield United 6-5 on penalties (score 1-1 after normal time)
- Football League Trophy (2nd Round), 4 October 2011, Bradford City beat Huddersfield Town 4-3 on penalties (score 2-2 after normal time)
- Football League Trophy (1st Round), 30 August 2011, Bradford City beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 on penalties (score 0-0 after normal time)
- Football League Trophy (Quarter-finals), 10 November 2009, Bradford City beat Port Vale 5-4 on penalties (score 2-2 after normal time)
- Football League Trophy (2nd Round), 6 October 2009, Bradford City beat Notts County 3-2 on penalties (score 2-2 after normal time)
- Fastest penalty awarded: 6 seconds. Chester FC v Witton Albion - 13 December 2016. Referee Joseph Johnson awarded a penalty when Blaine Hudson upended Tolani Omotola after 6 seconds.
- Record attendance: 126,047 – Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United played at Wembley FA Cup Final (28 April 1923).
- Record attendance at club ground: 121,919 – Aston Villa v Sunderland played at Crystal Palace FA Cup Final (19 April 1913).
- Record home attendance: 85,512 – Tottenham Hotspur v Bayer Leverkusen played at Wembley UEFA Champions League (2 November 2016).
- Record home attendance at own stadium: 84,569 – Manchester City v Stoke City played at Maine Road FA Cup R6 (3 March 1934).
- Record league attendance: 83,260 – Manchester United v Arsenal played at Maine Road First Division (17 January 1948).
- Record league attendance at own stadium: 82,905 – Chelsea v Arsenal played at Stamford Bridge First Division (12 October 1935).
- Record attendance at new Wembley: 89,874 – Portsmouth v Cardiff FA Cup Final (17 May 2008).
Total titles won (1871–present)
|Domestic competitions organised by The FA|
|PL||Premier League (1992–present), Football League First Division (old 1888-1992)|
|FAC||Football Association Challenge Cup|
|FLC||Football League Cup|
|FMC||Full Members Cup (Defunct)|
|FACS||Football Association Community Shield|
|European competitions organised by UEFA|
|ICFC||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (Defunct) (Not organised by UEFA, but recognised as the unofficial predecessor to the UEL and acknowledged by FIFA as a major trophy)|
|UCL||UEFA Champions League, former European Champion Clubs' Cup|
|UCWC||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (Defunct)|
|UEL||UEFA Europa League, former UEFA Cup|
|USC||UEFA Super Cup|
|UIC||UEFA Intertoto Cup (Defunct)|
|IC||UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup (Defunct) (Predecessor to FCWC)|
|Intercontinental competition organised by FIFA|
|FCWC||FIFA Club World Cup|
(Sorted by overall titles. Use sorting button to change criteria)
Bold shows that the team received the most trophies.
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|Brighton & Hove Albion||–||–||–||–||1||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1|
The figures in bold represent the most times this competition has been won by an English team.
Shared Community Shield results listed as wins.
# Although not organised by UEFA, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup is included here under UEFA as it is the official predecessor to the UEL.
* Although organised by UEFA (and CONMEBOL), the Intercontinental Cup is included here under FIFA for being the predecessor to the FCWC.
- Longest-serving manager at one club: Fred Everiss, 46 years (West Bromwich Albion 1902–1948)
- Shortest-serving manager at one club (excluding caretakers): Leroy Rosenior, 10 minutes (Torquay United, 17 May 2007)
- Most trophy wins: Sir Alex Ferguson, 38 (Manchester United)
- Most League title wins: Sir Alex Ferguson, 13 (Manchester United)
- Most FA Cup wins: Arsene Wenger, George Ramsay, 6 (Arsenal) (Aston Villa)
- Most League Cup wins: 4, joint record:
- Most FA Charity/Community Shield wins: Sir Alex Ferguson, 10 (9 outright, 1 shared) (Manchester United)
- Most Intercontinental Cup / FIFA Club World Cup wins: Sir Alex Ferguson, 2 (Manchester United)
- Most European Cup / UEFA Champions League wins: Bob Paisley, 3 (Liverpool)*
- Most Inter-Cities Fairs Cup / UEFA Cup / Europa League wins: Don Revie, 2 (Leeds United)
- Most top-flight League game wins: Sir Alex Ferguson, 625 games (Manchester United)
- Most European Cup / UEFA Champions League game wins: Sir Alex Ferguson, 110 games (Manchester United)
(*) This is also a joint overall European record.
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