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Football has a million and one stories and just as many facts and figures. Here are a few of them - the record-breaking, unusual and bizarre.

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RECORD GOALS SCORED IN ONE DAY

On Saturday January 2nd 1932 a new record was set for the most goals scored in the Football League on a single day. In all 209 goals were scored in 43 matches - 56 in the First Division (11 matches), 53 in Division 2 (11 matches), 43 in Division 3 North (10 matches) and 57 in Division 3 North (11 matches). The results -

First Division
Birmingham 4 - 0 Everton
Chelsea 4 - 0 Middlesbrough
Derby County 5 - 0 Blackpool
Grimsby Town 1 - 4 Huddersfield Town
Leicester City 3 - 8 Aston Villa
Liverpool 4 - 2 Newcastle United
Portsmouth 2 - 1 Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday 5 - 1 Blackburn Rovers
Sunderland 2 - 5 Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion 1 - 0 Arsenal
West Ham United 3 - 1 Bolton Wanderers
Second Division
Bradford City 9 - 1 Barnsley
Burnley 1 - 3 Southampton
Bury 2 - 1 Bristol City
Chesterfield 1 - 3 Stoke City
Leeds United 3 - 2 Swansea Town
Manchester United 0 - 2 Bradford Park Avenue
Millwall 4 - 3 Notts County
Nottingham Forest 3 - 2 Charlton Athletic
Port Vale 2 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
Preston North End 2 - 3 Oldham Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 3 Wolverhampton W.
Third Division (North)
Accrington Stanley 3 - 0 Rochdale
Barrow 7 - 1 Walsall
Carlisle United 3 - 2 Hartlepool United
Darlington 0 - 6 Lincoln City
Gateshead 4 - 0 New Brighton
Halifax Town 2 - 2 Hull City
Rotherham United 2 - 0 Southport
Stockport County 1 - 0 Doncaster Rovers
Tranmere Rovers 2 - 2 York City
Wrexham 2 - 4 Crewe Alexandra
Third Division (South)
Bristol Rovers 4 - 1 Bournemouth
Cardiff City 5 - 0 Northampton Town
Clapton Orient 2 - 2 Watford
Coventry City 5 - 5 Fulham
Exeter City 4 - 1 Thames
Gillingham 4 - 0 Southend United
Luton Town 6 - 1 Reading
Norwich City 2 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Queens Park Rangers 1 - 2 Brentford
Swindon Town 5 - 2 Mansfield Town
Torquay United 3 - 1 Crystal Palace

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On Saturday February 1st 1936 the above record was equalled with 209 League goals being scored in 44 matches (one more match). There were 46 goals in the First Division (11 matches), 46 in the Second Division (11 matches), 68 in the Third Division North (11 matches) and 49 in the Third Division South (11 matches) The results -  

First Division
Arsenal 1 - 0 Stoke City
Birmingham 4 - 2 Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers 1 - 2 Huddersfield Town
Brentford 5 - 0 Wolverhampton W.
Derby County 1 - 3 Aston Villa
Everton 5 - 2 Middlesbrough
Leeds United 1 - 2 Grimsby Town
Portsmouth 1 - 2 Manchester City
Preston North End 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland 3 - 3 Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion 6 - 1 Liverpool
Second Division
Bradford Park Avenue 1 - 4 Nottingham Forest
Burnley 3 - 0 Bradford City
Charlton Athletic 1 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
Fulham 3 - 1 Newcastle United
Hull City 1 - 3 Barnsley
Leicester City 4 - 1 Blackpool
Manchester United 4 - 0 Southampton
Port Vale 1 - 5 Tottenham Hotspur
Sheffield United 3 - 2 Norwich City
Swansea Town 2 - 0 Doncaster Rovers
West Ham United 6 - 0 Bury
Third Division (North)
Accrington Stanley 5 - 2 New Brighton
Chester 12 - 0 York City
Crewe Alexandra 5 - 6 Chesterfield
Darlington 4 - 2 Wrexham
Gateshead 1 - 1 Rotherham United
Halifax Town 4 - 2 Oldham Athletic
Lincoln City 5 - 1 Rochdale
Southport 3 - 1 Barrow
Stockport County 2 - 0 Carlisle United
Tranmere Rovers 4 - 2 Mansfield Town
Walsall 6 - 0 Hartlepools United
Third Division (South)
Aldershot 0 - 0 Bristol City
Bournemouth 4 - 4 Cardiff City
Bristol Rovers 5 - 2 Northampton Town
Clapton Orient 3 - 0 Southend United
Coventry City 6 - 1 Queens Park Rangers
Gillingham 2 - 2 Exeter City
Luton Town 2 - 1 Reading
Newport County 0 - 2 Brighton & Hove Albion
Notts County 3 - 1 Crystal Palace
Swindon Town 1 - 6 Watford
Torquay United 1 - 3 Millwall

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The festive spirit was certainly evident on Boxing Day 1963 when a 'mere' 157 goals were scored in the 39 matches played in the four divisions of the Football League that day.

But included in that figure was a record 66 goals for matches on a single day in the top flight of the League. The most goals that day came in the match at Craven Cottage where Fulham beat Ipswich Town 10-1, which was the last time a club scored double figures in the top flight. The First Division results for Boxing Day, Thursday December 26th 1963 were as follows -

Blackpool 1 - 5 Chelsea
    Durie           Venables,, Murray
        Attendance: 17,563           Bridges 2, Houseman
Burnley 6 - 1 Manchester United
    Lochhead 4           Herd
    Morgan 2               Attendance: 35,766
Fulham 10 - 1 Ipswich Town
    Leggat 4, Howfield 3,           Baker
    Cook, Robson,            
    Mullery               Attendance: 19,374
Leicester City 2 - 0 Everton
Keyworth 2     Attendance: 30,004
Liverpool 6 - 1 Stoke City
    St John, Hunt 4,              
    Arrowsmith               Attendance: 49, 942
Nottingham Forest 3 - 3 Sheffield United
    Wignall, Vowden,           Jones 2, Allchurch
    Storey-Moore               Attendance: 23,916
Sheffield Wednesday 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
    Dobson 2, Pearson               Attendance: 31,301
West Bromwich Albion 4 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur
    Kaye, Clarke,           Greaves 2, Smith, Jones
    Fudge, Howe               Attendance: 37,189
West Ham United 2 - 8 Blackburn Rovers
    Byrne 2           Pickering 3, Douglas,
          Attendance: 20,500           McEvoy 3, Ferguson
Wolverhampton W. 3 - 3 Aston Villa
    Wharton, Crawford 2           Pountney, Crowe,
          Attendance: 27,569           Hateley
                 

Two days after those matches were played - on Saturday December 28th 1963 - several of the heavily beaten clubs found themselves playing the same opposition in the reverse fixtures...with some interesting results. So two days after beating Ipswich 10-1 Fulham lost 4-2 to the same opposition at Portman Road, West Ham beat Blackburn 3-1 at Ewood Park and Manchester United had their revenge over Burnley with a 5-1 victory at Old Trafford.

                 

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The most goals scored in the Premier League on a single day was back on the final Saturday of the first Premier League season - Saturday May 8th 1993. As far as the Premier League was concerned the only issue still to be decided on that day was the third relegation spot. Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough were already doomed to the drop and in the battle to avoid joining them Oldham Athletic won and Crystal Palace lost so the Londoners lost that battle on goal difference. So the goals flowed with 47 goals being scored in the 9 matches -
 

Arsenal 3 - 0 Crystal Palace
    Wright, Dickov,            
    Campbell               Attendance: 25,225
  Blackburn Rovers 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
    Sherwood                Attendance: 14,956
  Coventry City 3 - 3 Leeds United
    Williams, Quinn,           Rod Wallace 3
    Ndlovu               Attendance: 19, 591
  Ipswich Town 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest
    Milton, Whitton           Clough
                    Attendance: 22,093
  Liverpool 6 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur
    Rush 2, Barnes 2           Sheringham, Sedgley
    Harkness, Walters               Attendance: 43,385
  Manchester City 2 - 5 Everton
    White, Curle           Jackson, Beagrie 2,
        Attendance: 25,180           Beardsley, Radosavljevic
  Middlesbrough 3 - 3 Norwich City
    Falconer, Wilkinson,           Ekoku 2, Johnson
    Hendrie               Attendance: 15,155
  Oldham Athletic 4 - 3 Southampton
    Pointon, Olney,           Le Tissier 3
    Ritchie, Halle               Attendance: 14,597
  Sheffield United 4 - 2 Chelsea
    Scott, Rogers,           Lee, Townsend
    Whitehouse 2               Attendance: 24,850
                 

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The above all relate to records for the highest goals scored in a single day. The low-point for goals scored in the top division in a single day was on Saturday April 28th 1923. Not quite a full programme -  20 of the 22 First Division sides played - but in those 10 matches only 10 goals were scored, none of them from an away side.
 

Arsenal 2 - 0 Sheffield United
Birmingham 1 - 0 Burnley
Blackburn Rovers 0 - 0 Chelsea
Cardiff City 2 - 0 Oldham Athletic
Everton 1 - 0 Preston North End
Huddersfield Town 1 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City 0 - 0 Newcastle United
Stoke 0 - 0 Liverpool
Sunderland 2 - 0 Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion 1 - 0 Middlesbrough
             

With results like that it is perhaps not surprising that there was pressure to alter the laws to encourage more attacking football. That pressure won the day and at the start of the 1925/26 there were dramatic changes... (goals and goalscorers)

The missing match that day? It was because Bolton were playing Second Division West Ham United in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, the first match to be played at the ground. The official attendance was 126,047 with perhaps 200,000 turning up at the stadium (the match was not all-ticket). So there was some excitement around!