Date: 6th October 2016 at 10:56pm
Written by:

Which team has registered the best consecutive winning streaks across all competitions in the English game?

Many fans will be instantly thinking of the Manchester’s, maybe an Arsenal – and they certainly all feature, and of course Pep Guardiola’s start to life at Manchester City saw them almost equal Tottenham Hotspur’s record start to a season of eleven wins in a row, but they missed that given the three all draw with Celtic in the last Champions League Group game fixtures.

For Spurs, their eleven wins came in the league and it remains a record start to a season across all of Europe’s major league’s when they achieved that back in the 1960/61 season.

For Manchester City, their start to 2016/17 with ten wins included six Premier League matches, two Champions League qualifiers, one Group Stage game and a League Cup clash – and leaves them fifth in the table on ten.

Talksport only included English top flight games and major cup competitions in their statistics, and that leads to only a small number of clubs featuring in this.

Joint fourth are three clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

United won eleven games on the trot under Ron Atkinson between August 17 and September 28 back in 1985 and that was ten league wins along with a League Cup victory.

For the statto’s – they lost the Charity Shield to Everton having won the FA Cup the season before, and they did also lose to Everton during this run in the short lived ScreenSport Super Cup (a replacement for the loss of European games following UEFA’s ban after the Heysel Stadium disaster) and that’s not considered to be a major trophy.

Joining them on eleven are Liverpool who achieved their run twice, in 1989 with nine league and two FA Cup wins, and 2006 with nine league and two FA Cup wins also.

The first run came under Kenny Dalglish between February 18 and April 11, with the second run coming under Rafa Benitez between March 15 and May 7.

Finally in joint fourth, are Aston Villa.

They also won eleven in a row between March 20 and September 18 but back in 1897 and the run was also nine league and two FA Cup victories.

Everton are in third spot with a winning run of 12 games – all league – between March 24 and October 13 back in 1894. They ended that season in second place behind Sunderland.

In second spot are Tottenham Hotspur – who despite the eleven league wins referenced above at the beginning of the season, also took 13 league wins in a row between April 23 and October 1 back in 1960. By the end of the 1960/61 campaign they had won the first league and FA Cup double since Aston Villa achieved it in 1897.

And that leaves Arsenal in top spot according to the history books.

Having opened the 1987/88 campaign under George Graham with a defeat, they then racked up 14 straight victories – ten league and four League Cup wins – between September 12 and November 17 that year.

Arsenal also hold the record number of Premier League wins in a row back in 2002 – February 10 to August 18 and the first 13 wins helped them to the 2001/02 title, and the 14th took them above Spurs’ 13.