The Stat-Smith: Week Two

Every week, David Smith will provide unusual, impressive, and sometimes obscure stats from the world of sport


Super Snub

The PFA team of the year was released last week. Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy were selected up front in a 4-4-2 formation, and Sergio Aguero can perhaps consider himself unlucky to miss out.

The Man City striker scooped the Golden Boot last season, and is now level with Jamie Vardy atop the scoring charts this season.

Amazingly, the Argentinian has NEVER been selected in a PFA team of the season.







Cheaper by the Dozen

Jon Jones made a winning return at UFC197, where he beat Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45). It was Jones’ first fight in 15 months, and marked his 12th consecutive win.

It was Jones’ first fight since his suspension in April 2015 following a hit and run incident.

Only one fighter, Anderson Silva, has recorded more consecutive victories (16) in the history of the UFC.

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Lone Survivor

An Anthony Martial winner handed Man United a 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup final on Saturday. It is the first time the Red Devils have reached the final since 2007, and will now face Crystal Palace at Wembley.

Jesse Lingard is the only United player who was at the club when they last won the FA cup in 2004.

He was 11 at the time!


Great Gavin

Dublin triumphed 2-18 to 0-13 over Kerry in the Division 1 final on Sunday.

The Dubs put the 14 man Kerry side to the sword, and the victory ensured the 9th title of the Jim Gavin era.

Gavin’s record as Dublin manager is impressive to put it mildly.

He has now managed Dublin 53 times between League and Championship and he has an 83 per cent win rate with 44 victories, three draws and six losses.


Magic Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez was crowned the PFA player of the Year on Sunday.

The Algerian cost Leicester just £400,000, and is the cheapest imported PFA Player of the Year for almost 15 years.

No PFA winning player since Aston Villa’s Paul McGrath in 1993 (also £400,000) cost as little as Mahrez.

Last year’s winner, Eden Hazard, cost Chelsea £32 million.



Until next week,

The Stat-Smith.

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