By Rugba Johnson Barovbe
St. Totteringham’s day is a great day of joy for Arsenal fans as they are reminded that they are usually better than their London rivals, Tottenham. It is the day in a season where it is no longer numerically possible for Tottenham to finish above Arsenal in the Premier League table.
This season’s St. Totteringham’s day came with Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates on April 28th, 2014.
Here are 5 interesting facts about this season’s momentous occasion:
1) This is the earliest occurrence of St. Totteringham’s day in 5 seasons; this season is the earliest since 2008/09 which occurred on April 11th 2009 after 32 premiership games played out of 38. It seems that Arsenal is getting better at widening the gulf between themselves and Tottenham.
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2) This counts the 19th season in a row that the Gunners have finished above Spurs; Arsenal have been celebrating St. Totteringham’s day since 1995/96. At this rate, the bookies should keep higher returns for those betting against the odds of St. Totteringham’s day occurring since it is more likely to happen than not.
3) This counts as only the second time that St Totteringham’s day occurred in the Emirates; Since Arsenal started playing at the Emirates stadium, this season’s St Totteringham’s day is the second time that it has occurred on the home soil. The other time that it occurred at the Emirates stadium was during the 2009/10 season when Arsenal defeated Fulham 4-0 on the last day of the campaign.
4) This is only the third time in a decade that it has occurred on home soil; counting from the 2003/04 season, St Totteringham’s day has only been achieved at home thrice (including this year’s). The first was at Highbury in the 2005/06 season on May 7th, 2006. The second time was at the Emirates stadium in the 2009/10 season. Interestingly enough, both the first and the second times this decade were both on the last day of the Premier League.
5) 4th Position is the most common finish for St. Totteringham’s day for over a decade; It is most likely that Arsenal will finish fourth this season and if this happens, it will be the sixth time that the Gunners have finished in fourth position since the 2003/04 season. Arsenal finished fourth in the 05/06, 06/07, 08/09, 10/11 and 12/13 campaigns. Furthermore, since Arsenal’s 18 year unbeaten run in the St. Totteringham’s day tradition in the 1995/96 season, Arsenal have finished first thrice and outside the top four just once.
Happy St Totteringham’s Day everyone!