Today we’ll break down some of the weekend’s stories with the magic numbers behind them.
March 11th, 2013
5 – The number of red cards shown to Wingate & Finchley players in Saturday’s abandoned game against Thurrock in the Ryman Premier League, called off at about the 84-minute mark. This relegation six-pointer took a bad turn when, with one player already having been dismissed for the home side for retaliation, another conceded a penalty and was sent off; the penalty was scored. With a third red card following shortly after it’s been suggested that two further incidents were instigated just to get the game abandoned; with one kicking away a ball after the whistle and a fifth player simply abusing the referee. It’s assumed that Wingate & Stanley will be heavily fined; a decision on whether to replay the game is yet to be made.
17 – Barcelona claim that Lionel Messi has broken a world record by scoring in 17 consecutive league games – bettering the achievement of Pole Teodor Pewterek in the 1930s for Ruch Chorzow; last year’s Polish league runners-up. FIFA have yet to verify this claim to fame. Thanks mainly to Messi’s efforts – he has scored more goals this season than 16 other La Liga teams – Barca is 14 points clear at the top of the league.
X – the mysterious date on which the FA Cup sixth-round replay between Chelsea and Manchester United will be held. Having played catch-up all season thanks to European and World Club Cup commitments – they knocked Leeds out of the League Cup a full week after the rest of the round’s ties had been decided – their busy schedule has so far prevented them from booking a date at Stamford Bridge. The winners of this tie will face Man City at Wembley on the weekend of 13 and 14 April.