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Wed Apr 23 16:07:35 SAST 2014

The fascinating facts and figures of the PSL

NICK SAID | 10 August, 2012 06:310 Comments

THE ABSA Premiership, which is entering its 17th season, continues to fascinate.

Some of the numbers behind the Premier League make for extraordinary reading, not least the records of two of its protagonists - Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

They are among the five clubs that have been ever-present in the competition since its inception in 1996.

Amazingly, after 504 matches, the two sides have identical records - 244 games won, 161 drawn and 99 lost in league action.

What team will be the first to record 100 losses remains to be seen, but it is some coincidence that they both sit on 893 points after all these years.

Here are some of the other numbers from the last 16 years of the Premier League:

Most games: 504 - Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows, Pirates, SuperSport United

Most wins: 251 - Sundowns

Most draws: 163 - Wits

Most losses: 171 - Swallows

Most goals for: 739 - Sundowns

Most goals against: 607 - Swallows

Most points: 893 - Chiefs, Pirates

Most title wins: 5 - Sundowns

Best season (34 games) - Sundowns (1998-99; P34 W23 D6 L5 GF70 GA26 PTS75)

Worst season (34 games) - Mother City (1999-00; P34 W2 D4 L 28 GF22 GA 85 PTS10)

Best season (30 games) - Kaizer Chiefs (2003-04; P30 W18 D9 L3 GF 39 GA 11 PTS63)

Worst season (30 games) - Mpumalanga Black Aces (2010-11; P30 W4 D3 L23 GF19 GA53 PTS15)

Biggest win: 8-1 - SuperSport vs Zulu Royals (2003-04)

Most goals scored in a season: 73 - Chiefs (2004-05)

Most goals conceded in a season: 85 - Mother City (1999-00)

Fewest goals scored in a season: 13 - Jomo Cosmos (2007-08)

Fewest goals conceded in a season: 11 - Chiefs (2003-04)

Oldest player at the start of 2012-13 season - Arthur Bartman (Chiefs) - 40

Youngest players at the start of the season - Sakhile Hlongwa (Chiefs), Siseko Manona (University of Pretoria) and Siyabonga Thwala (AmaZulu) - all 17.

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