Since the days when we were hiding from the sun in caves, man has used numbers to give himself a sense of place in the world.
First, early man learned to count on his fingers then on his toes. But once he got passed 20, he was stuck. Then some cleverer men came up with numbers past 20. Then they came up with numbers past 100.
Numbers were useful in lots of different ways. They could be used to count items of food, people in your tribe, the number of legs you were missing because a bear had eaten one and a whole bunch of other things!
Nowadays, we haven’t got that much use for numbers. Computers do everything for us! But one thing we do like to do is use them when we talk about football! Nobody wins a match by ‘oh gee…a whole bunch of goals!’ They win by 1 or 2 or 3. And with the FA Cup 5th Round over and done with, what better time to celebrate the magic of numbers then by running down some of the figures involved in the magic of the cup!
1,569,797 – That’s how many people have come to watch the FA Cup so far this season, according to the FA.
446 – The number of goals scored in the Cup this season. The top-goalscorers with 6 each are Reading’s Matieu Manset and Leyton Orient’s Scott McGleish. Leyton Orient have managed to score 16 goals, whilst Hereford conceded the most at 10.
1,758 – The number of shots on target. The number of shots off target is slightly less at 1,622.
1,636 – There’s been over 1,500 corners in the Cup this year, but only 75 goals scored from headers.
2,906 – That’s how many fouls there’s been, roughly half of what occurs in a match between Rangers and Celtic. Of those fouls committed, we’ve seen 403 yellow cards, but only 30 reds. Mark Clattenburg can’t have refereed every match surely? Dover Athletic managed to commit the most fouls without getting punished; 22 in total.
4 – The number of penalties awarded to Sheffield Wednesday. They managed to score all 4.
So we’ve seen more fouls than goals, but more headed goals than red cards! And we don’t know who’ll win it. Numbers….they really do tell us nothing. At least that’s what I told my maths teacher when I only got a C on my GCSE’s….
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