Football Points Records: Who Tops It?

March 17, 2022

Football Points Records: Who Tops It?


Premier League players must battle ferociously in a bid to put points on the board over the course of a long and gruelling season. It is widely regarded as the most competitive competition world football, making some of these Premier League points records all the more remarkable:

Most Points

Manchester City finished the 2017-18 with a record-breaking haul of 100 points. Pep Guardiola’s men picked up 32 wins, four draws and just two defeats from 38 games, and they finished a record 19 points clear of their closest rivals, Manchester United. Their success was largely down to their attacking prowess, as Man City banged in 106 goals during that campaign. No Premier League team has ever been so lethal in front of goal. Sergio Aguero led the charge with 21 goals, while Raheem Sterling chipped in with another 18. City also had the best defensive record in the league that season, with just 27 goals conceded, making them very worthy champions.

Most Points Without a Title

Man City finished the following season with 98 points, leaving them just one point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s marauding Liverpool side. The Reds’ tally of 97 points was the third highest total in Premier League history, and it would have seen them win the title in almost any other season, but it was not enough to outgun Man City that year. Liverpool made up for it in 2019/20 by ending their 30-year title drought, but Man City returned to the ascendancy last season. They are engaged in yet another furious two-horse race this time around, with City the slight favourites in the spread betting, and it will be fascinating to see who prevails.

Fewest Points When Winning the Title

Man Utd only needed 75 points to win the Premier League title in the 1996-97 season. Nowadays you would be lucky to finish third with that sort of tally, but it was enough to see Sir Alex Ferguson’s team finish seven points clear of second-place Newcastle. The Red Devils won just 21 games that season, and they conceded 44 goals, but they were still the best side in the country.

Most Home Points

Four teams share the record for the most home points in a Premier League season: Chelsea in 2005-06, Man Utd in 2010-11, Man City in 2011-12 and Liverpool in 2019-20. They all managed 55 out of a possible 57, which is seriously impressive. All four teams won the league, underscoring the importance of turning your home season into a fortress.

Most Away Points

Man City picked up 50 points on the road in their record-breaking 2017-18 season. They were not scared of anyone, dropping just seven points on their travels and picking up big wins at grounds such as Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, the Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane. The heaviest win of them all was at Vicarage Road, where they thumped Watford 6-0.

Fewest Points

Derby County set an unwanted record for the fewest points in a Premier League season when they ended up with just 11 in 2007-08. The Rams only won a single game – a 1-0 victory over Newcastle in the opening stages of the campaign. They then embarked on a disastrous 32-game winless streak. They ended the season with a plethora of grim records: the most defeats (29), the fewest goals scored (20), the most goals conceded in a 38-game season (89), the longest run without a win (32 matches), and the earliest relegation, as they were out of contention on 29th March.

Fewest Home Points

The record for the fewest home points in a season goes to Sunderland. The Black Cats accumulated a mere seven points at the Stadium of Light in 2005-06. Even the hapless Derby team circa 2007-08 managed eight home points. Sunderland finished rock bottom of the table that season, 23 points adrift of safety, but they picked up 15 points on the road to finish with a more respectable tally than Derby.

Fewest Away Points

This is another dismal record for Derby, who could only secure three points on the road over the course of the 2007-08 season. The Rams drew with Fulham, Newcastle and Birmingham away from home, and lost their other 16 away games. They actually took four points off Newcastle that season, which was 36% of their entire haul.

Most Points When Relegated

Crystal Palace hold the record for the most points when relegated. The Eagles earned 49 points in 1992-92, which was the inaugural Premier League season, but still went down. They were level with rivals Oldham, but they had a slightly inferior goal difference. It is interesting to note that Palace were only 10 points behind Liverpool, who finished sixth in an extremely congested table. There were 22 teams in the league back then, so each team played 42 games. In the years since the Premier League implemented a 38-game season, West Ham hold the record for the highest points total when relegated. The Hammers earned 42 points in 2002-03 – when they had Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Paulo Di Canio in their ranks – but they were still relegated after finishing two points behind Bolton.

Fewest Points When Avoiding Relegation

West Brom only managed 34 points in 2004-05, but it was still enough to beat the drop. The Baggies finished one point ahead of Crystal Palace and Norwich, and two clear of bottom club Southampton, in a very tense relegation battle. They beat Portsmouth 2-0 on the final day of the season, becoming the first team to survive despite being bottom at Christmas.

Most Points After Achieving Promotion

Newcastle and Nottingham Forest share the record for the most Premier League points in the season immediately after securing promotion to the top flight. The Magpies earned 77 points in 1993-94, while Forest matched that feat the following year. In a 38-game season, Ipswich hold the record for the most points earned by a newly promoted club, as they had 66 points in 2000-01, finishing fifth. Newcastle and Nottingham Forest both finished third.