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Tuesday 20 May 2014

Numbers up: The career stats of a Man United legend

To mark the retirement from playing of Ryan Giggs here are his lesser-known facts and stats

Ryan Giggs' only two BPL penalties came against Spurs in the same match in April 2010

As we reflect on Ryan Giggs's glorious career following his retirement as a footballer on Monday, here are some little-known facts regarding the Manchester United midfielder who has made an unrivalled 632 Barclays Premier League appearances.  

The winner of the Best Player of the 20 Seasons Award is the most decorated player in the English game, having won 13 Barclays Premier League titles among myriad other honours.

  • Ryan Giggs has assisted 162 Barclays Premier League goals, more than any other player.
  • The team that Giggs played most often in the Barclays Premier League and not scored against was Leicester City (12 fixtures).
  • The Welshman only scored two goals in a combined 65 Barclays Premier League appearances against Manchester City and Arsenal.
  • The only teams Giggs did not taste victory against in the Barclays Premier League was Burnley.
  • He played Liverpool 38 times in the Barclays Premier League, more than any other team and equivalent to an entire season.
  • Giggs scored 10 Barclays Premier League goals against Tottenham Hotspur, more than against any other side.
  • Two of Giggs' Barclays Premier League goals against Spurs came from the penalty spot in the same match (April 2010). These were the only penalties Giggs scored in the competition.
  • Giggs' best run of scoring in consecutive Barclays Premier League matches was three in April 2003 and again in December 2004-January 2005.
  • Giggs holds the record for the most Barclays Premier League braces without ever scoring a hat-trick (11 – one more than Craig Bellamy, Niall Quinn and John Hartson).
  • Excluding 2013/14, Giggs played at least 20 matches in every single Premier League season.
  • Despite making 108 substitute appearances, the sixth-highest total in Barclays Premier League history, Giggs only ever scored three times after coming off the bench.
  • Twenty per-cent of Giggs's total Barclays Premier League goals (22 of 109) came in his first two seasons in the competition (nine in 1992/93 and 13 in 1993/94).
  • Only four teams (Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool) won more matches in the Barclays Premier League than the 407 Giggs did
  • Giggs faced 45 different opponents in the Barclays Premier League era, more than any other player
Ryan Giggs' BPL career stats
Season Apps Starts Goals Assists Goals/Match W D L Win %
1992/93 41 40 9 5 0.22 24 11 6 58.50%
1993/94 38 32 13 7 0.34 25 9 4 65.80%
1994/95 29 29 1 11 0.03 17 7 5 58.60%
1995/96 33 30 11 9 0.33 24 5 4 72.70%
1996/97 26 25 3 6 0.12 17 8 1 65.40%
1997/98 29 28 8 9 0.28 19 6 4 65.50%
1998/99 24 20 3 2 0.13 13 9 2 54.20%
1999/00 30 30 6 12 0.2 23 5 2 76.70%
2000/01 31 24 5 8 0.16 18 7 6 58.10%
2001/02 25 18 7 12 0.28 15 5 5 60.00%
2002/03 36 32 8 10 0.22 24 7 5 66.70%
2003/04 33 29 7 11 0.21 19 6 8 57.60%
2004/05 32 26 5 9 0.16 20 10 2 62.50%
2005/06 27 22 3 7 0.11 17 7 3 63.00%
2006/07 30 25 4 7 0.13 23 3 4 76.70%
2007/08 31 26 3 4 0.1 20 6 5 64.50%
2008/09 28 15 2 7 0.07 19 5 4 67.90%
2009/10 25 20 5 9 0.2 17 3 5 68.00%
2010/11 25 19 2 6 0.08 14 8 3 56.00%
2011/12 25 14 2 8 0.08 18 4 3 72.00%
2012/13 22 12 2 3 0.09 14 4 4 63.60%
2013/14 12 6 1 0 0 7 3 2 58.30%
Total 632 522 110 162 0.16 407 138 87 64.20%

For other stats about Ryan Giggs, go to his profile page and see the links on the right of the page.

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Key Points

  • Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs' playing career ended this week
  • Here are some little-known facts about the most decorated player in the Barclays Premier League
  • Did you know, Giggs played against Liverpool 38 times in the BPL, more than any other other team?