When it comes to English players, Newcastle United were part of a match in January 1994 when a record was set, which surely will never ever be beaten in the Premier League era.
These 26 seasons of Premier League football have never seen a game where all 22 players were English.
At Loftus Road on 16 January 1994 it came very close though.
Newcastle United were the visitors and won 2-1, on their way to finish an excellent third in the Premier League after promotion from the second tier.
16 January 1994
QPR 1 Newcastle United 2
Lee Clark (4 mins), Peter Beardsley (62 mins)
A crowd of 15,774 saw the following two teams line up, Kevin Keegan’s entire team were English, whilst QPR had 10, including future Magpies Les Ferdinand and Darren Peacock.
The only one to spoil a perfect set of 22 English players was QPR keeper, and Welshman, Tony Roberts.
The Newcastle United (unused) substitutes that day were Pavel Srnicek, Kevin Scott and Steve Watson, as everybody knows, Pavel was a Geordie, so a perfect 14 English players on show for NUFC.
The first Premier League game that didn’t include an English players in the starting 22 players, was amazingly (to me anyway) not until 15 years after that QPR v Newcastle match.
Talksport reporting that in 2009 Arsenal won 4-1 at Portsmouth with not an Englishman in sight on the pitch when the game kicked off.
With the trend growing ever stronger towards bringing in players from elsewhere, I don’t think we will ever again see 21 English players all out on the pitch together in the Premier League.
Also worth noting that six of Newcastle’s team that day in 1994 were also existing or future England internationals.
We might be waiting a little while before we also see that happening again…