Inspired by Leicester City’s memorable and comprehensive 9-0 Premier League demolition of Southampton in October 2019, this final part of the ASRV Fiendish Quarantine Quiz is all about high-scoring games. There seem to have been a lot of these in the last few years – you’ll find most of them here, alongside some real classics from the past!
And in the meantime, my dear readers, I hope you are all staying safe and staying at home…
1) We’ll start with the grandaddy of all thrashings – the famous 1885 first-round Scottish Cup match between Arbroath and Bon Accord. The scoreline is still technically the largest winning margin in the professional game – what was it?
2) On the same day as Arbroath played Bon Accord, and less than twenty miles away, another high-scoring Cup match was played out between Dundee Harp and Aberdeen Rovers. What was the official final score there?
3) Prior to the 2019 Southampton v Leicester game, scoring nine for no reply had only happened once before in the Premier League. That was back in 1995 when poor old Ipswich Town were on the receiving end of a thrashing meted out by which club?
4) Leicester’s Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy each scored a hat-trick that October night, another event that had only happened on one previous occasion in the EPL. That was in May 2003, when Arsenal beat Southampton (yep, them again!) 6-1. Who scored those two hat-tricks for the Gunners?
5) In November 2009, Tottenham Hotspur put nine past Wigan Athletic in the Premier League. Which (still active) highly prolific goalscorer and much-loved modern Spurs legend scored five in that game, including bagging a hat-trick in only seven minutes?
6) Almost fifty years earlier, in February 1960, Spurs won an FA Cup tie 13-2. This remains their all-time record win, although I am sure the opposition would rather forget the experience! Who did they comprehensively knock out of the Cup in this game?
7) During the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, the United States beat Thailand by a record-breaking 13 goals to nil in their first group game. Who scored five in that match?
8) In December 2019, Arsenal Women beat Bristol City Women 11-1, setting a record for the highest-scoring game in the FAWSL. Which Arsenal striker also broke her own record in that game with an astonishing six goals and four assists before being subbed off?
9) The previous record for the highest-scoring game in the FAWSL had been a 9-0 victory for Liverpool in August 2013 against which famous and groundbreaking Yorkshire side?
10) November 2019 saw the Italian Under-18 side Invictasauro beat Marina Calcio 27-0, which caused a bit of moral and ethical controversy amongst officials of the winning club. What happened to Invictasauro’s manager as a result of this scoreline and the ensuing debate?
11) In January 2019, Manchester City scored nine in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final against a League One side who were definitely punching above their weight in the competition that season. The result led to some debate about the ‘fairness’ of big clubs beating smaller opposition by such margins. Who were City’s well-defeated opponents in this game?
12) In April 2001, the Australian national side broke international records by scoring 53 goals over two matches only two days apart in their qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup. Which TWO countries were clearly not having a g’day against the Aussies?
13) The 2014 World Cup produced a game which, although comparatively low scoring compared to some of the matches mentioned here, came as just as much of a shock. Which revered multiple World Cup winners completely lost the plot in their semi-final against Germany and conceded an absolutely unheard-of seven goals?
14) However, this wasn’t the highest-scoring game in a World Cup finals – that came in a 1982 group stage match, when El Salvador were beaten 10-1 by which grand old European footballing nation?
15) We’ll end with what is probably the most incredible scoreline in football history. Halloween 2002 was a spooky experience for the Madagascan team SO L’Emyrne, who lost their league game against AS Adema by 149 goals to nil. Yep, that’s 149-0. Really. While this is undoubtedly a record, it’s not technically an official one. Why?