A high scoring football game can be very offensive

With the large score lines across sport in the last few days, City\Arsenal, Spurs\Liverpool, it got us thinking, how do these score lines compare to drubbings from the past.

Arsenal losing 6-3 away to Manchester City at the weekend naturally brings comparisons to a similar result for the same team travelling to the same part of the country, and a good place to start.



Manchester United 8 – 2 Arsenal : 2011/12

It was, and still is, Arsenal's worst defeat since 1896. Arsenal sent out a makeshift side which was ravaged by injuries and suspensions but this should be no excuse at the very top of the game for a club such as Arsenal.

It was the perfect response for United to a Manchester City 5 – 1 Tottenham result earlier in the same day.

Manchester City ended up winning the title on goal difference.

Manchester United  1 – 6  Manchester City : 2011/12

Manchester United’s worst home defeat since 1955 would have been hard to swallow from any opponent, but the magnitude of the event was maximized fully by the fact that it was bitter rivals Manchester City, again, that inflicted such.

It was the first time United had conceded 6 goals at home since 1930.

United were reduced to 10 men when Evans was sent off early in the second half but City's superiority was such that they never looked in trouble from the second that they took the lead.

Tottenham Hotspur 9 – 1 Wigan Athletic : 2009/10

This was and still is Tottenham’s biggest winning margin in the top flight. Jermaine Defoe also became the first player since 1999 to score 5 goals in a game.

Crazily enough, Wigan only came in 1-0 down at the interval after a Peter Crouch header in the 9th minute. However, what ensued in the second half was Wigan’s worst league defeat in the clubs history.

Tottenhams pressure eventually came good after 51 minutes, and although a glimmer of hope when Wigan made it 2-1 just 6 minutes later, the gulf in squads finally came through and Tottenham ran away with the game with ease.


Manchester United 9 – 0 Ipswich Town : 1994/95

The record win in the Premier League happened during the 1994-95 season on March 4th.

Ipswich had beaten Manchester United 3-2 at home earlier in the season however after 15 minutes when Roy Keane gave United the lead, the game was effectively over.

Andy Cole became the first player to score 5 goals in a Premier League game, although it has now since been equaled by Alan Shearer – for Newcastle United against Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999; Jermain Defoe – for Tottenham Hotspur against Wigan Athletic in November 2009; and Dimitar Berbatov – for Manchester United against Blackburn Rovers in November 2010.

Ipswich goalkeeper Forrest actually then went on to concede a further seven goals against Manchester United, playing for West Ham United in a 7–1 defeat in April 2000.

What is the highest scoring game of football in history?

If you haven’t heard this scoreline before, you would do very well to hazard a guess close. Although it was not all that it seemed on paper.

The event occurred after a 2-2 draw between rivals Stade Olympique de L’emyrne and AS Adema of Madagascar in 2002, which resulted in the referees awarding a penalty causing SOE to lose the game, and the league title.

As a form of protest for being, as they believed, robbed of the title, the players purposefully scored 149 goals into their own net at the next game as spectators stormed the ticket booths demanding refunds. Besides being very confused at first, the opposing team eventually stood around in good humor at the planned stunt. 

The result? Besides losing 149-0 and breaking the previous record from 1885 of 36-0, the SOE coach was suspended along with several of his players and captain.

*All images courtesy of http://www.premierleague.com

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