Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 in a Scottish Cup First Round tie on
Saturday September 12th 1885 there was a disagreement between the match
referee - who thought 37 goals had been scored - and the Harp club
secretary who believed the score was 35-0. The ref accepted the lower
figure and the score was sent off to the Scottish FA with Dundee Harp
officials surely believing they had a record which would last for years.
Amazingly though on the same day in the same competition just 20 miles
away Arbroath beat Bon Accord 36-0 and they are still in the record books
as the top score in any first-class match in Britain. John Petrie’s 13
goals in that match also ranks as the top individual score in Britain.
Aberdeen side Bon Accord were in the competition by mistake. They were in
fact the Orion Cricket Club who mistakenly had received from the Scottish
FA an invitation that should have been sent to Orion FC to enter the
Scottish Cup. Taking the opportunity to try a different sport they adopted
the name Bon Accord, turning up at the match without proper playing kit
before being given a true footballing lesson. The recorded scoreline was
36-0 but the referee Dave Stormont had disallowed a number of good goals
to keep the scoreline to below 40.
seasons later Arbroath hosted the real Orion FC in a Scottish Cup First
Round tie – with the scoreline being a far more respectable 18-0!
On Saturday December 12th
1896 Arsenal - then Woolwich Arsenal - had to play two matches, one in the
Football League and one in the FA Cup. The reserves played at home to
Leyton in the FA Cup and won 5-0 but the first team travelled to mighty
Loughborough and lost 0-8 in a Second Division match which is still their
record League defeat. Match
report of that match.
many clubs can boast that their record victory was achieved in a
European tie, fewer still that 8 different players scored goals in that
victory. However that was achieved by Swansea City when they beat Sliema
Wanderers 12-0 in a European Cup-Winners Cup First Round First Leg match
on Wednesday 15th September 1982. The Welsh Cup winners goals against the
Maltese opposition were scored by Jeremy Charles (2), Jimmy Loveridge (2),
Colin Irwin, Bob Latchford, Dzemal Hadziabdic, Ante Rajkovic, Nigel
Stevenson plus an eleven minute hat-trick from substitute Ian Walsh.
total was also the highest score by a Welsh side in any European match and
after Swansea won the second leg 5-0 a fortnight later the aggregate score
of 17-0 was another record for a Welsh side.
Swindon Town could hardly have hoped for a better debut in the
Football League as in their first match in the competition, on Saturday
August 28th 1930, they defeated Luton Town 9-1. The result is still their
best League victory to this day. Mind you they soon came down to earth,
losing the return Third Division fixture at Luton, played a week later, 0-2.
record away victory in the top flight (First Division/Premier League) is
jointly held by Sunderland who won 9-1 at Newcastle on Saturday December
5th 1908 and Wolves who won 9-1 at Cardiff City on Saturday September 3rd
1955. The Newcastle defeat was
particularly embarrassing being against neighbours Sunderland. Amazingly
the scoreline was 1-1 at half-time and the defeat was the biggest by a club
who were to win the League title in that season.
The record number of
Football League goals scored in a single day is 209 scored on Saturday
January 2nd 1932 in 43 matches. That record was equalled on Saturday 1st
February 1936 when 209 goals were scored in 44 Football League matches.
The most goals scored in a single day in the top flight (First
Division/Premier Division) is 66 on Boxing Day 1963. All
The FA Youth Cup started in
the 1952/53 season with the 'Busby Babes' of Manchester United winning the
competition in each of the first five seasons. They set a goalscoring
record that still stands as early as the Second Round of the inaugural
1952/53 competition when they defeated Nantwich Town 23-0 at their former
Cliff training ground.
FA Youth Cup Finals.
The programme for the
Scottish Cup tie between Stirling
Albion and Selkirk played on Saturday December 8th 1984 included this bit
about the visitors - 'So
history has most certainly been created with a Border Amateur team
participating in the Scottish Cup proper for the first time. For Selkirk
FC today is their cup final.' Well
history was certainly made with Stirling winning 20-0, the highest score
in a senior match in Britain in the 20th Century. The score was 15-0 at
halt-time with 8 different Stirling players scoring the goals. Selkirk's
keeper Richard Taylor was given the ball as a souvenir.