Harry Kane in August, and 11 more weird streaks and hoodoos

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9. Worse for Rodwell

Forget Bale, though: Jack Rodwell started 39 Premier League matches - 37 for Sunderland - without tasting victory until the Black Cats' 4-0 win at Crystal Palace in February 2017 – a match in which he came off at half-time. The last time he'd celebrated a victory came a whopping 1,370 days before that, while playing for Manchester City against West Brom (May 7, 2013).  

The previous winless run record was joint-held by former Derby players Darren Moore and Kenny Miller, plus current Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton (29 matches). 

It must have been a pre-match pep talk from David Moyes what did it. "Today I said to him, ‘It’s about time you started to take a grip of games. You’re going to have to stand up. You’re not a boy any more. Get over it, start getting on it. Isn’t it time you started to show you are a top player?’" the Scot claimed post-match. Rodwell remained a bit-part player as the Black Cats sunk into the Championship, though, and hasn't yet played in 2017/18 under new manager Simon Grayson.

"But I still play for Sunderland"

10. Proper play-off pain

Lincoln City currently are finally back in the Football League after six seasons away, but in the mid-noughties they were firm promotion contenders in the fourth tier. The Imps reached five consecutive play-offs between 2002 and 2007, but were unsuccessful in all of them.

Their misery was compounded in 2010/11 when they were relegated after three stagnant seasons outside the top seven. It’s not quite all doom and gloom, though – they still need another three defeats to match Brentford and Sheffield United's jointly held record of eight play-off appearances without ever winning the final. 

Lincoln City play-offs

"Lads, it's happening again..."

11. Game No.2, beat the Toon

Some will say it’s fate, others coincidence, but up until David Moyes's arrival at Sunderland, the previous four Black Cats bosses had lost their first game in charge and then beaten north-east rivals Newcastle in their second. Most managers would want to avoid a local derby so soon into their tenure but Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce have all enjoyed early brownie points. Thanks to the Magpies' relegation in 2015/16 there was no chance for Moyes to exact the same punishment, though. 

Paolo Di Canio Sunderland manager

Paolo, Gus, Dick and Sam have been Sunderland's Toon troopers

12. Arubinha’s frog

In 1937, Brazilian side Andarai were drubbed 12-0 by powerhouses Vasco da Gama. So distraught was Andarai’s goalkeeper Arubinha after the defeat that he prayed for Vasco not to win another championship for 12 years – one for each of the goals he'd conceded. 

The story goes that Arubinha then buried a frog under the pitch at Sao Januario, as the creatures were said to have mystical powers. Ten seasons later Vasco hadn’t won another title, so they ordered the entire pitch to be dug up and relaid in a bid to banish the frog's crushing curse. Incredibly, it worked – the following campaign, Vasco were crowned national champions once more.

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