Wigan Athletic made light work of Hull City in the Championship as they looked to strengthen their bid to remain in the division with an emphatic 8-0 victory, having scored 7 of the goals in the first half.
As if the game had been scripted, the Latics had left the best goal until their last one as Kieran Dowell secured an impressive hat-trick with an effort that would leave plenty of jaws dropping to the floor – and not because he made it 8-0 with an incredible 25 minutes still left on the clock.
The attacker volleyed a ball into him into the corner of the net leaving goalkeeper, George Long, with absolutely nothing he could do but stand in admiration. Perhaps the Tigers were lucky there were no fans in the stadium as well.
Now, football matches with huge scorelines can be as fun as it is for those with a Tangier login, however it can also be a really humiliating experience for the players and the club on the receiving end of such a display.
There have been some scores that have a place on FIFA or PES, rather than in the real game, whilst there are other results that would not look out of place in sports such as Cricket, Basketball or American Football.
So, what are the other biggest results to have happened across the world of football?
Preston North End 26-0 Hyde United 1887
Preston North End, to this day, still have the record for the biggest scoreline in an FA Cup match, having beaten Hyde United 26-0 in 1887 on their way to the final. However, they unfortunately lost that match to West Bromwich Albion and had to settle for runners-up of the 1888 tournament.
Villarreal 27-0 Navata 2009
One of the more modern records to have been set in regards to high-scoring fixtures, Villarreal were simply no match for Navata in 2009. The two sides may have been competing in a ‘Friendly‘, however the Yellow Submarine were taking no prisoners ahead of their upcoming campaign.
Tahiti 30-0 Cook Islands 1971
30-0 equates to a goal every three minutes on average. Sounds like something from a match on FIFA. Tahiti managed to smash 30 past the Cook Islands in the 1971 edition of the South Pacific Games.
Australia 31-0 American Samoa 2001
Perhaps one of the most famous big-scoring game to have ever been produced, Australia smashed American Samoa 31-0 in 2001. It became well-known amongst football fans as it was in a competitive match-up to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Archie Thompson bagged a record 13 goals in the game (a record he actually has to share with another player) and Australia were then deemed too good to compete in this part of the world and were re-classified as a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers 1885
You know you’re in trouble when the referee has lost count of the number of goals to have been scored. The official of the game had noted that Dundee Harp had actually notched up 37 goals, however the club’s secretary had written down just 35. Whether in good spirit or just because the total was lower, 35 was the score to be recorded and noted down in the history books.
A.S Adema 149-0 Stade Olympique L’Emyrne 2002
149-0; a score that would not be out of place on a cricket field and nowhere else, right? Wrong. A.S Adema ran out 149-0 winners against Stade Olympique L’Emyrne in 2002, although they had a helping hand.
The eventual losers of the tie would score own goals throughout the entirety of the game as a method of protest against the decisions the referee had been making. Adema had to play the role of onlookers against one of Madagascar’s previous league champions.