13 facts that prove just how ridiculous and unique this Premier League season was


If the simple fact that Leicester won the Premier League isn't strange enough for you already, we've compiled a list of facts that prove this really has been the most unique season in memory.

1. Leicester are the first first-time champions of England since Nottingham Forest in 1978.

Brian Clough and Nottingham Forest celebrate winning the league

2. East Midlanders Leicester are the first team outside of London and the North West to win the title in the Premier League era.

3. Leicester are the fourth different team to win the league in four years, after Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. It's just the second time in more than 40 years there have been four consecutive different champions.

Chelsea celebrate winning the league
(Nick Potts/PA)

4. Leicester finished 14th last season, which is the lowest position from which any club has ever gone on to win the Premier League the following year. In fact, no team had previously won the title having finished any lower than third the previous season.

5. Leicester are the first team from the Midlands to win the title since Aston Villa in 1981.

6. Neither of the top two in the Premier League finished in the top two last season. That's never happened before in the Premier League era.

Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater
(Nick Potts/PA)

7. Harry Kane is the first English top scorer in the Premier League since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000.

8. Claudio Ranieri brought the title to Leicester just 294 days after his appointment. That beats a Premier League record held by Jose Mourinho, who won the title 332 days after being named as Ranieri's successor at Chelsea in 2004.

Claudio Ranieri on the sidelines with Leicester
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

9. Four members of Chelsea's title-winning team from last season (Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Willian and Cesc Fabregas) each cost more on their own than the £24.1 million spent by Leicester on their entire first starting XI, according to transfermarkt.co.uk.

10. Chelsea finished 10th, which is the lowest the Premier League champions have ever gone on to finish in the following season. The previous lowest was seventh, by Blackburn in 1995/6 and Manchester United in 2013/14.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard on his knees
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS)

11. Relegated Aston Villa had been one of seven teams to play in the Premier League every year since its inception.

12. Sergio Aguero became the fifth player in Premier League history to score five in a single match in Manchester City's 6-1 defeat of Newcastle on October 3.

Sergio Aguero celebrates a hat-trick against Newcastle
(Jon Super/AP)

13. Sam Allardyce became just the third manager to manage five different Premier League clubs after taking the reins at Sunderland in October, following Harry Redknapp and Mark Hughes.