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🦁 The best stats from 1996/97 in the Premier League: Shearer at it again but this time as a Magpie
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🦁 The best stats from 1996/97 in the Premier League: Shearer at it again but this time as a Magpie

Back down memory lane we go, this time it's the 1996/97 season of the Premier League where we fix our focus. 

Here are the best facts, figures and stats to impress your friends.

📊 OPTA highlights from EPL 1996/97

  • Man United won their fourth Premier League title from the opening five years of the competition, lifting the trophy with just 75 points – still to this day, the fewest number of points ever needed to win the competition.
  • Along with suffering relegation on the final day of the campaign, Middlesbrough finished as runners-up in both the FA and League Cup, just the second side to lose both domestic cup finals in the same season after Sheffield Wednesday in 1992-93.
  • Alan Shearer ended his first season with Newcastle with 25 Premier League goals; winning the Golden Boot in the competition for the third and final time - doing so three years on the bounce (1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97).
  • The opening day of the 1996-97 Premier League season remains the only campaign to see more than one hat-trick on the first day of a season (Fabrizio Ravanelli v Liverpool and Kevin Campbell vs Coventry). 
  • On 17th August 1996, Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli became - and remains - the only player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick on their debut in the competition, netting a treble versus Liverpool.
  • In December 1996, Aston Villa’s Andy Townsend nets against Southampton at The Dell to score the Premier League's 5000th goal. 
  • Against Coventry in January 1997, Eric Cantona became the first player to reach 50 Premier League assists, in what was his 143rd appearance in the competition. The Frenchman would go on to finish the season with a league-high 12 assists.

We'll be back tomorrow with more stats, trivia, quizzes and more from the Premier League and indeed the rest of the world.