13 of the worst unwanted records in Premier League history

Arsenal v Leicester City - Premier League

Every player who starts out in the Premier League hopes to make history of some kind. 

Alan Shearer has gone down in the record books by scoring an unmatched 260 goals, while Ryan Giggs recorded 162 assists and with 13 titles, tasted more success than any other player.  

However, there's always the risk of being remembered for the wrong reasons. 

Whether that's for a lack of discipline, a knack for scoring own goals, or just an absolutely abysmal season - we're looking at you, Derby County - there are plenty of unwanted records which may not be beaten for some time. 

With that in mind, we've compiled an unlucky 13 of records the players and teams in question would rather forget. 

Spare a thought for Richard Dunne, who holds two. 

Most passes without an assist 

Jorginho hit 2,332 passes without setting up a teammate when Chelsea played Tottenham in March. Swansea's Leon Britton was the previous holder. 

Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

The most defeats for a player in a game where they've scored 

In 2017/18, Jamie Vardy endured defeat on NINE separate occasions for Leicester in games when he'd found the back of the net. Previously, the record was held by Matt Le Tissier and Charlie Austin, who had both scored in seven losses each. 

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final

Most own goals 

A famous - or should we say 'infamous' - statistic which is held by Richard Dunne. The Irishman was a stalwart of Manchester City's defence for nine years, scoring 10 goals in that time. The centre-back only ever managed seven at the right end of the pitch. 

Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers - Premier League

The team with the most shots on goal in a defeat 

Who else would manage 35 attempts and still lose 1-0 at home? It's Arsenal. Of course it is. West Ham's 1-0 triumph at the Emirates, courtesy of Bobby Zamora's strike, helped them to stay up. 

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The only team to let a four-goal lead slip 

There have been plenty of three-goal leads thrown away over the years, but four? Only Arsenal have managed that and they did it in one of the greatest Premier League games of all time. The Gunners were, at that time, title contenders and were stunned three minutes from time by Cheick Tiote's equaliser. 

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The player to hit the woodwork the most times 

Robin van Persie was denied by the uprights 44 times; perhaps it's not the *worst* record in the world, but the Dutchman can count himself incredibly unlucky. 

Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League

Shortest Premier League career

Local boy Joe Sheerin finally got to play for Chelsea in April 1997, coming on to replace Gianfranco Zola. In doing so, he embarked on the shortest Premier League career of all time, lasting just 60 seconds. He didn't play another minute despite staying at Stamford Bridge until 2000. 

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Biggest defeat 

You'd have to have a short memory not to recall this one. Southampton suffered a 9-0 humiliation at home to Leicester earlier this season, matching Ipswich's scoreline against Manchester United in 1995. 

Southampton FC v Leicester City - Premier League

Fewest points total 

Derby County have never returned after the embarrassment of earning just 11 points in the 2007/8 season. They won one game all season - against Newcastle - and their top scorer finished was Kenny Miller with a grand total of four league goals. 

Sunderland v Derby - Premier League

Worst transfer window 

Inexplicably, Tottenham became the only team in Premier League history to go an entire summer without signing a single player. To make matters worse, they then failed to buy anyone in January either. Some would argue they're still paying the price now. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - Premier League

The longest start to a season without scoring 

In 2017/18, Crystal Palace went no fewer than seven games without scoring a single goal. Bizarrely, it all came to an end when they beat Chelsea. 

Crystal Palace v Southampton - Premier League

Most red cards

City fans are going to have to explain to their grandchildren that Richard Dunne wasn't actually that bad. At least this unwanted record of eight red cards is one he shares with Duncan Ferguson and Patrick Vieira. 

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Quickest red card

Many Premier League fans probably remember Keith Gillespie as quite the volatile character and this might be why. It took him just 12 seconds to get sent off while playing for Sheffield United against Reading. Steven Gerrard famously came close to that with a red card just 38 seconds into a substitute appearance against Manchester United.

Reading v Sheffield United

As they say, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. At least they've all made their way into the history books one way or another. 

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