500 Up For Sky Sports

Sky Sports will broadcast their 500th live match from The Football League tonight.

The landmark will be reached with the live coverage of West Ham v Leicester City and comes eight seasons after Sky Sports broadcast their first Football League match.

Hammers midfielder, Steve Lomas, then playing for Manchester City scored the first televised goal against Ipswich on 16 August 1996 and the goal tally has now risen to 1255 - an average of 2.51 per game. The highest amount of goals in one game is eight - Sunderland 4 - 4 Charlton Athletic in the 1998 Division One Play Off Final and Barnsley 7 - 1 Huddersfield Town during the 1998/99 season.

Kevin Phillips has been the top goalscorer from Sky Sports coverage with 11 goals and he is one of nine players to score a live televised hat-trick alongside Iwan Roberts (Wolves), Clive Mendonca (Charlton Athletic), Brett Angell (Stockport County), Shaun Goater (Man City), Louis Saha (Fulham), Jack Lester (Nottingham Forest), Paul Peschisolido (Sheffield United) and Dean Bowditch (Ipswich Town).

The most popular team for the Sky Sports cameras has been Ipswich Town, followed by Sheffield United and Wolves.

Commenting on the landmark, Football League Chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney said:  "Well done Sky on televising the 500th Football League game. I'm sure it will live up to the extremely high standard you have set in the previous 499.  We thank you for enabling so many people to see the high quality, exciting football that The Football League has on offer week in, week out."