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Keeping it clean!

Posted on 18 January 2010  - 12:00

Saturday's clean sheet against Hull City equalled the club record of five consecutive league games and six consecutive league and cup matches without conceding a goal.

Keeping it clean!

Saturday's clean sheet against Hull City equalled the club record of five consecutive league games and six consecutive league and cup matches without conceding a goal.

The current run stretches back to Kevin Doyle's third-minute goal for Wolves at the Lane and now stands at 627 minutes, our fourth best ever in terms of minutes played without conceding a goal.

Here are the stats....


The six clean sheets in league and cup matches is our first since December, 1994/January, 1995.

Back then a six-match span from December 17 to January 7 saw us draw 0-0 at Everton, win 2-0 at Norwich, draw 0-0 with Crystal Palace, beat Coventry 4-0, Arsenal 1-0 and a 3-0 home win versus Altrincham in the FA Cup.

Our present record of 690 minutes was set during September and October, 1970 with 3-0 wins over Swansea City (League Cup), Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Dunfermline (Texaco Cup), another 4-0 win over the Scottish club and a 2-0 victory versus Manchester City.

The run started when George Armstrong scored the second of Arsenal's two goals in the 23rd minute of a 2-0 loss at Highbury on September 5, 1970 and continued until Derby's Hinton scored a late penalty equaliser in the 83rd minute of a 1-1 draw on October 3, 1970.

The 1981 sequence from September 26 to October 17 comprised 1-0 wins over Manchester City and Manchester United (League Cup), 3-0 victories versus Ajax (Cup-Winners' Cup) and Nottingham Forest, plus 2-0 scorelines against Stoke and Sunderland.

Between January 31 and February 25 1987 we recorded FA Cup wins over Crystal Palace (4-0) and Newcastle (1-0), League Cup victories over West Ham (5-0) and Arsenal (1-0) and league wins against Southampton (2-0) and Leicester (5-0).

The club record of six league and cup matches without conceding a goal has now been achieved six times:
690 minutes September/October, 1970
639 minutes September/October, 1981
632 minutes January/February, 1987
627 minutes December, 2009/January, 2010
603 minutes December, 1994/January, 1995
600 minutes January/February, 1923


The current run of five consecutive league clean sheets equals the club record and currently sits third in our all time list at 537 minutes.

We last went five Premiership games without conceding a goal between January 13 and February 10, 2001.

That sequence included consecutive goalless fixtures with Everton and West Ham away and Southampton and Charlton at home and ended with a 1-0 victory at Manchester City.

We also recorded a five match sequence between November 21 and December 16, 1995, recording 1-0 away wins at Middlesbrough and Wimbledon, goal-less games at Chelsea and at home to Everton plus a 1-0 home win over QPR.

We only achieved a five match sequence twice during our Football League days from 1908 until 1992. Our last five league games of season 1966-67 saw us register 1-0 wins over Southampton and Sunderland, 2-0 wins versus West Ham and Sheffield United and a goalless draw at Liverpool.

Between January 24 and March 22, 1987 we played five consecutive home league fixtures defeating Aston Villa 3-0, Southampton 2-0, Leicester 5-0 and Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool both 1-0.

602 minutes November/December, 1995
576 minutes January to March, 1987
537 minutes December, 2009/January, 2010
536 minutes January/February, 2001
534 minutes April/May, 1967
513 minutes December, 1994/January, 1995

With thanks, as always, to Club Historian Andy Porter...