Newcastle United and the Actim Index

We saw the article on Charles N’Zogbia when he zoomed up to 3rd place in the Actim index. So we’ve been looking at the index and we do know that Sam is very keen on the index to gage players performances.

So we’re going to take a lot more notice of this index from now on – and of course are only interested in Newcastle United players.

We think it’s very interesting to see where players position in the index.


Charles N’Zogbia – third most effective player in Premiership to date according to Actim ratings

First of all here’s what the Actim Index is – directly from their site.

Actim Stats are a collection of team, player and match statistics.

They are derived from all the actions that take place during a match, including goals, shots on target, corners, fouls, offsides, passes, tackles, blocks and clearances. The raw data can be used to generate a wide range of tables and statistics such as player profiles, team and player head-to-heads and form guides.
PA Sport gathers match data for every Barclays English Premier League, Coca-Cola Championship and Scottish Premier League game.
The data is gathered by two methods – real-time match analysis and the study of video footage. The real-time analysis is conducted by ex-professional footballers that report on action at the grounds as it happens. Further, more detailed analysis is obtained by studying videos of the matches.

Here are the tables that Actim Index keeps for the English Premier League and these are the latest as of 25th September, 2007.

Top 10 players
	Name		Team 	  	Index Score
1 	F Fabregas 	Arsenal 	182
2 	E Adebayor 	Arsenal 	136
3 	C N'Zogbia 	Newcastle       131
4 	N Anelka 	Bolton		121
5 	N Kanu 		Portsmouth	118
6 	M Etherington 	West Ham 	118
7 	J Utaka 	Portsmouth 	113
8 	R Ferdinand 	Man Utd 	109
9 	B Elano 	Man City 	107
10 	F Lampard 	Chelsea 	107

Top 5 goalkeepers
	Name 		Score 	Rank	Team
1 	K Schmeichel 	104 	12	Man City
2 	E Van der Sar 	90 	22	Man Utd
3 	S Harper 	86 	28	Newcastle
4 	J Reina 	81 	42 	Liverpool
5 	M Hahnemann 	78 	47 	Reading
Top 5 defenders
	Name 		Score	Rank	Team
1 	R Ferdinand 	109 	8 	Man Utd
2 	G Clichy 	105 	11 	Arsenal
3 	J Lescott 	93 	19 	Everton
4 	N Vidic 	91 	21 	Man Utd
5 	W Brown 	87 	24 	Man Utd

Top 5 midfielders
	Name 		Score	Rank 	Team
1 	F Fabregas 	182 	1 	Arsenal
2 	C N'Zogbia 	131 	3 	Newcastle
3 	M Etherington 	118	6	West Ham
4 	J Utaka		113 	7	Portsmouth
5 	B Elano 	107 	9 	Man City

Top 5 strikers
	Name 		Score 	Rank 	Team
1 	E Adebayor 	136 	2 	Arsenal
2 	N Anelka 	121 	4 	Bolton
3 	N Kanu 		118 	5 	Portsmouth
4 	F Torres 	92 	20 	Liverpool
5 	A Voronin 	85 	32 	Liverpool

Now here’s a list of the Newcastle players that are in the top 100 in overall performance – we’d like to see as many of our players in here as possible and with good Actim ratings.

Name 		Score 	Rank
N'Zogbia 	131 	3
Harper 		86 	28
Milner 		85 	31
Viduka 		76 	55
Geremi 		70 	78
Taylor   	68   	87 

Here are the top 100 rated players in the Premier League to date.

Other interesting positions for Newcastle fans:

  • Sibierski is ranked 14th with 101 points – knew we should have kept him
  • Petr Cech is ranked lower than Harper – Petr’s rank is 48th with 78 points
  • Michael Chopra is ranked 50th with 76 points
  • Some fella from Wigan, Titus Bramble is ranked 64th with 74 points – ever heard of him?
  • Bellamy is ranked 72nd on 72 points

Comments very welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Tripp

    Sep 29, 2007 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Interesting that we have players across all the position groups. The Zog needs to use a mirror when he gets out the clippers. Kids these days.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 29, 2007 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #2

    See Zog is classed as midfield in the table although he’s generally played at fullback this season.

    Not complaining, happy Enrique’s playing fullback now allowing Zog to play on wing.

    Also expect to see Barton shoot up this table when he returns to fitness!

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 29, 2007 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Tripp – good point on Zog’s hair 😀
    Hey – we were just as bad!

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 29, 2007 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Lamsley Mag – yes we never though about that in putting the article together. I had problems with the HTML – but learning all the time.
    If Zog was classed as defender – he’d be number 1 beating Ferdiannd by 22 points – maybe that would make the full French team selectors take note – what a player he’s been for us this season – hope it lasts all season
    We agree about Barton – that’s why Sam was so keen on Joey.


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