In English football
has been used to refer to either the Preston North End
team of the 1880s,
or the Arsenal
team of the 2003-04
season. In both cases,
the teams won the top division of English football unbeaten, the
only two times this has occurred in English football history.
invincible was first applied to Preston in 1883 by a
correspondent from Blackburn as a 'sneer' in relation to
their Scottish professionals.
Preston's achievement of winning the League
unbeaten in 1888-89
was further enhanced by
winning the FA Cup
without conceding a goal,
making them the first team to achieve the
. Preston's final record in the league was 18 wins, 4
draws and 0 losses, out of 22 games total. Out of the five teams to
have completed the Double, Preston remain the only ones to have
done so unbeaten.
Arsenal then emulated Preston's unbeaten run in the 2003-2004
season going unbeaten for all 38 games, almost twice as many league
games as Preston had played. However Arsenal's 2003-04 side did not
win the FA Cup in the same season, only reaching the semi-finals.
Their final record for the 2003-2004 league campaign stood at 26
wins, 12 draws and 0 losses, out of 38 games total, an unbeaten run
not matched in any single season by any team in an English league
division. Arsenal ended the run 49 league games unbeaten, also a
national record. The Premier League commissioned a special gold
version of the Premiership
to commemorate Arsenal's unbeaten season.