This year, all football fans in England have a lot to celebrate: the Premier League has reached its 25th anniversary season. The FA Premier League was formed on May 27, 1992, working out of an office at the Football Association.
The inaugural members of the League were Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Utd, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wimbledon.
Over the last two decades and a half, 47 teams have played in the Premier League, with only Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Man Utd, and Spurs participating in all of the seasons. Over the years, the League has seen countless talented players emerge, bend it like the Beckhams, and retire or leave the country for bigger paychecks abroad. And it has seen an enormous quantity of talent flow into the clubs. This is just one of the ## facts you may not know about the Premier League, listed below.
Ryan Giggs, the substituted champion
No Premier League player has been substituted as many times as Ryan Giggs OBE, former Manchester United midfielder, and co-owner of Salford City F.C. Giggs signed his first professional contract in 1990 (on November 17th, which also happened to be his birthday). He stayed with the team for 24 years, appearing 672 times on the playfield, and scoring 114 goals for the Red Devils.
Aside from holding the record of having the longest Premier League playing career (7,934 days, without the years he played in First Division), he also holds the record for being the most substituted player in the League's history - a whopping 134 times.
Missed and scored the most
Striker Alan Shearer is well-known for any Premier League fan as he is the player who has scored the most goals during his career - 260 of them to be exact. But he holds two other records that seem to go head-on, too - he scored and missed the most penalties - 56 and 11 of them.
The young restless
James Philip Milner, one of Liverpool's most versatile players (he played on the wing, in the midfield, and left back, too), has made a name for himself during his youth career. He appeared in 46 of England's U-21 football team, a record at the time, and he set a new one - the youngest player to score in the Premier League (at the age of 16 years and 356 days).
Three's the charm
A hat-trick is not something you see in every match. And when the hat-trick consists of headers... well, that's something truly special. Only two players can pride themselves with such a performance: Everton's Duncan Ferguson (1997) and West Brom's Salomon Rondon (2016).
The biggest loser?
Last but not least, let's take a look at a negative record. Its holder is called Terence Fitzroy "Terry" Connor, former player and manager of the Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012. During his career as a manager, he took charge of 13 Premier League matches with the Wolves - four of them ended in a draw, and the rest in a loss.