Progression of Scotland association football goalscoring record

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This is a progressive list of football players who have held or co-held the record for goals scored for the Scotland national football team. The list begins with Henry Renny-Tailyour and William Gibb, who both scored in the 4–2 defeat by England in March 1873. The first official international game, contested by the same teams in November 1872, had finished goalless. The record is shared by Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish, with 30 goals each.

Criteria[edit]

For the early decades, records of players appearances and goals were often considered unreliable. RSSSF and IFFHS have spent much effort trying to produce definitive lists of full international matches, and corresponding data on players' international caps and goals. Using this data, the following records can be retrospectively produced. Note that, at the time, these records may not have been recognised.

Record[edit]

Player Goals Date Opponent Score Notes
Renny-Tailyour, HenryHenry Renny-Tailyour 1 8 Mar 1873  England 2–4
Gibb, WilliamWilliam Gibb 1 8 Mar 1873  England 2–4
MacKinnon, AngusAngus MacKinnon 1 7 Mar 1874  England 2–1
Anderson, FrederickFrederick Anderson 1 7 Mar 1874  England 2–1
McNeil, HenryHenry McNeil 1 6 Mar 1875  England 2–2
Andrews, PeterPeter Andrews 1 6 Mar 1875  England 2–2
McNeil, HenryHenry McNeil 2 4 Mar 1876  England 3–0
McNeil, HenryHenry McNeil 3 25 Mar 1876  Wales 4–0
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson 3 3 Mar 1877  England 3–1 Ferguson scored two goals in this match to equal McNeil.
McNeil, HenryHenry McNeil 5 2 Mar 1878  England 7–2 McNeil scored two goals in this match.
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson 5 23 Mar 1878  Wales 9–0 Ferguson scored two goals in this match to equal McNeil.
MacKinnon, BillyBilly MacKinnon 5 5 Apr 1879  England 4–5 MacKinnon scored two goals in this match to equal Ferguson and McNeil.
Smith, JohnJohn Smith 6 12 Mar 1881  England 6–1 Smith scored a hat-trick in this match to overtake Ferguson, MacKinnon and McNeil.
Ker, GeorgeGeorge Ker 7 14 Mar 1881  Wales 5–1 Ker scored two goals in this match to overtake Smith.
Ker, GeorgeGeorge Ker 9 11 Mar 1882  England 5–1 Ker scored two goals in this match.
Ker, GeorgeGeorge Ker 10 25 Mar 1882  Wales 5–0
Smith, JohnJohn Smith 10 15 Mar 1884  England 1–0 Jointly with Ker.
McColl, Robert SmythRobert Smyth McColl 10 25 Mar 1899  Ireland 9–1 McColl scored a hat-trick in this match to equal Ker and Smith.
McColl, Robert SmythRobert Smyth McColl 13 7 Apr 1900  England 4–1 McColl scored a hat-trick in this match.
Hamilton, RobertRobert Hamilton 13 26 Mar 1904  Ireland 1–1 Jointly with McColl.
Hamilton, RobertRobert Hamilton 15 6 Mar 1911  Wales 2–2 Hamilton scored two goals in this match.
Gallacher, HughieHughie Gallacher 17 23 Feb 1929  Ireland 7–3 Gallacher scored four goals in this match to overtake Hamilton.[1][2][note 1]
Gallacher, HughieHughie Gallacher 19 26 Oct 1929  Wales 4–2 Gallacher scored two goals in this match.
Gallacher, HughieHughie Gallacher 21 22 Feb 1930  Ireland 3–1 Gallacher scored two goals in this match.
Gallacher, HughieHughie Gallacher 23 18 May 1930  France 2–0 Gallacher scored two goals in this match.
Law, DenisDenis Law 23 10 Apr 1965  England 2–2 Jointly with Gallacher.
Law, DenisDenis Law 24 23 May 1965  Poland 1–1
Law, DenisDenis Law 25 2 Apr 1966  England 3–4
Law, DenisDenis Law 26 22 Oct 1966  Wales 1–1
Law, DenisDenis Law 27 15 Apr 1967  England 3–2
Law, DenisDenis Law 28 6 Nov 1968  Austria 2–1
Law, DenisDenis Law 29 26 Apr 1972  Peru 2–0
Law, DenisDenis Law 30 20 May 1972  Northern Ireland 2–0
Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish 30 14 Nov 1984  Spain 3–1 Jointly with Law.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources credit Gallacher with scoring five goals in the match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hugh Gallacher". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sat 23 Feb 1929 Northern Ireland 3 Scotland 7". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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