List of English football first tier top scorers

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A list of English football first tier top scorers from 1888 (as the Football League First Division) to the present (as the Premier League).

Top scorers[edit]

By player[edit]

[1]

Rank Player Country Titles Years Ref
1 Jimmy Greaves  England
6
1958/1959, 1960/1961, 1962/1963, 1963/1964, 1964/1965, 1968/1969 [2]
2 Steve Bloomer  England
5
1895/1896, 1896/1897, 1898/1899, 1900/1901, 1903/1904 [3]
3 Thierry Henry  France
4
2001/2002, 2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2005/2006 [4]
4 John Campbell  Scotland
3
1891/1892, 1892/1893, 1894/1895
4 Gary Lineker  England
3
1984/1985, 1985/1986, 1989/1990
4 Alan Shearer  England
3
1994/1995, 1995/1996, 1996/1997 [5]
7 Jack Southworth  England
2
1890/1891, 1893/1894
7 Albert Shepherd  England
2
1905/1906, 1910/1911
7 David McLean  Scotland
2
1911/1912, 1912/1913
7 Dixie Dean  England
2
1927/1928, 1931/1932
7 Jack Bowers  England
2
1932/1933, 1933/1934
7 Tommy Lawton  England
2
1937/1938, 1938/1939
7 Ron Davies  Wales
2
1966/1967, 1967/1968
7 Malcolm Macdonald  England
2
1974/1975, 1976/1977
7 Alan Smith  England
2
1988/1989, 1990/1991
7 Michael Owen  England
2
1997/1998, 1998/1999 [6]
7 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink  Netherlands
2
1998/1999, 2000/2001 [6]
7 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast
2
2006/2007, 2009/2010 [6]
7 Robin van Persie  Netherlands
2
2011/2012, 2012/2013 [7][8]
7 Harry Kane  England
2
2015/2016, 2016/2017 [9]
21 John Goodall  England
1
1888/1889
21 Jimmy Ross  Scotland
1
1889/1890
21 John Campbell  Scotland
1
1895/1896
21 Fred Wheldon  England
1
1897/1898
21 Billy Garraty  England
1
1899/1900
21 Jimmy Settle  England
1
1901/1902
21 Sam Raybould  England
1
1902/1903
21 Arthur Brown  England
1
1904/1905
21 Alex Young  Scotland
1
1906/1907
21 Enoch West  England
1
1907/1908
21 Bert Freeman  England
1
1908/1909
21 Jack Parkinson  England
1
1909/1910
21 George Holley  England
1
1911/1912
21 Harry Hampton  England
1
1911/1912
21 George Elliott  England
1
1913/1914
21 Bobby Parker  Scotland
1
1914/1915
21 Fred Morris  England
1
1919/1920
21 Joe Smith  England
1
1920/1921
21 Andy Wilson  Scotland
1
1921/1922
21 Charlie Buchan  England
1
1922/1923
21 Jimmy Trotter  England
1
1926/1927
21 Wilf Chadwick  England
1
1923/1924
21 Frank Roberts  England
1
1924/1925
21 Ted Harper  England
1
1925/1926
21 Dave Halliday  Scotland
1
1928/1929
21 Vic Watson  England
1
1929/1930
21 Tom Waring  England
1
1930/1931
21 Ted Drake  England
1
1934/1935
21 W. G. Richardson  England
1
1935/1936
21 Freddie Steele  England
1
1936/1937
21 Mick Channon  England
1
1973/1974
21 Dennis Westcott  England
1
1946/1947
21 Ronnie Rooke  England
1
1947/1948
21 Willie Moir  Scotland
1
1948/1949
21 Dickie Davis  England
1
1949/1950
21 Stan Mortensen  England
1
1950/1951
21 George Robledo  Chile
1
1951/1952
21 Charlie Wayman  England
1
1952/1953
21 Jimmy Glazzard  England
1
1953/1954
21 Ronnie Allen  England
1
1954/1955
21 Nat Lofthouse  England
1
1955/1956
21 John Charles  Wales
1
1956/1957
21 Bobby Smith  England
1
1957/1958
21 Dennis Viollet  England
1
1959/1960
21 Derek Kevan  England
1
1961/1962
21 Ray Crawford  England
1
1961/1962
21 Andy McEvoy  Ireland
1
1964/1965
21 Willie Irvine  Northern Ireland
1
1965/1966
21 George Best  Northern Ireland
1
1967/1968
21 Jeff Astle  England
1
1969/1970
21 Tony Brown  England
1
1970/1971
21 Francis Lee  England
1
1971/1972
21 Pop Robson  England
1
1972/1973
21 Ted MacDougall  Scotland
1
1975/1976
21 Andy Gray  Scotland
1
1976/1977
21 Bob Latchford  England
1
1977/1978
21 Frank Worthington  England
1
1978/1979
21 Phil Boyer  England
1
1979/1980
21 Peter Withe  England
1
1980/1981
21 Steve Archibald  Scotland
1
1980/1981
21 Kevin Keegan  England
1
1981/1982
21 Luther Blissett  England
1
1982/1983
21 Ian Rush  Wales
1
1983/1984
21 Kerry Dixon  England
1
1984/1985
21 Clive Allen  England
1
1986/1987
21 John Aldridge  Ireland
1
1987/1988
21 Ian Wright  England
1
1991/1992
21 Teddy Sheringham  England
1
1992/1993 [5]
21 Andrew Cole  England
1
1993/1994
21 Chris Sutton  England
1
1997/1998
21 Dion Dublin  England
1
1997/1998
21 Dwight Yorke  Trinidad and Tobago
1
1998/1999
21 Kevin Phillips  England
1
1999/2000
21 Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands
1
2002/2003 [10]
21 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal
1
2007/2008 [11]
21 Nicolas Anelka  France
1
2008/2009 [12]
21 Dimitar Berbatov  Bulgaria
1
2010/2011 [13]
21 Carlos Tevez  Argentina
1
2010/2011 [13]
21 Luis Suárez  Uruguay
1
2013/2014 [14]
21 Sergio Agüero  Argentina
1
2014/2015 [15]

By club[edit]

Coventry City and Stoke City are the only clubs with top league scorers whose teams have never finished in the top three.

Club Titles Seasons
1 Everton
12
1893/1894, 1901/1902, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1914/1915, 1923/1924, 1927/1928, 1931/1932, 1937/1938, 1938/1939, 1977/1978, 1985/1986
2 Arsenal
11
1934/1935, 1947/1948, 1976/1977, 1988/1989, 1990/1991, 1991/1992, 2001/2002, 2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2011/2012
2 Tottenham Hotspur
11
1957/1958, 1962/1963, 1963/1964, 1964/1965, 1968/1969, 1980/1981, 1986/1987, 1989/1990, 1992/1993, 2015/2016, 2016/2017
4 Sunderland
8
1891/1892, 1892/1893, 1894/1895, 1911/1912, 1922/1923, 1928/1929, 1949/1950, 1999/2000
5 Derby County
7
1895/1896, 1896/1897, 1898/1899, 1900/1901, 1903/1904, 1932/1933, 1933/1934
5 Aston Villa
7
1895/1896, 1897/1898, 1899/1900, 1911/1912, 1930/1931, 1976/1977, 1980/1981
5 Chelsea
7
1958/1959, 1960/1961, 1984/1985, 2000/2001, 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010
5 Manchester United
7
1959/1960, 1967/1968, 1998/1999, 2002/2003, 2007/2008, 2010/2011, 2012/2013
5 Liverpool
7
1902/1903, 1909/1910, 1983/1984, 1987/1988, 1997/1998, 1998/1999, 2013/2014
10 West Bromwich Albion
6
1919/1920, 1935/1936, 1954/1955, 1961/1962, 1969/1970, 1970/1971
10 Blackburn Rovers
6
1890/1891, 1925/1926, 1964/1965, 1994/1995, 1995/1996, 1997/1998
12 Bolton Wanderers
5
1905/1906, 1920/1921, 1948/1949, 1955/1956, 1978/1979
12 Southampton
5
1966/1967, 1967/1968, 1973/1974, 1979/1980, 1981/1982
12 Newcastle United
5
1910/1911, 1951/1952, 1974/1975, 1993/1994, 1996/1997
15 Manchester City
4
1924/1925, 1971/1972, 2010/2011, 2014/2015
16 Sheffield Wednesday
3
1911/1912, 1912/1913, 1926/1927
16 Preston North End
3
1888/1889, 1889/1890, 1952/1953
18 Middlesbrough
2
1913/1914, 1921/1922
18 West Ham United
2
1929/1930, 1972/1973
18 Norwich City
2
1946/1947, 1975/1976
18 Leeds United
2
1956/1957, 1998/1999
22 Sheffield United
1
1904/1905
22 Nottingham Forest
1
1907/1908
22 Stoke City
1
1936/1937
22 Blackpool
1
1950/1951
22 Huddersfield Town
1
1953/1954
22 Ipswich Town
1
1961/1962
22 Burnley
1
1965/1966
22 Watford
1
1982/1983
22 Leicester City
1
1984/1985
22 Coventry City
1
1997/1998

By nationality[edit]

Country Titles
 England
88
 Scotland
16
 France
5
 Netherlands
5
 Wales
4
 Ireland
2
 Northern Ireland
2
 Ivory Coast
2
 Argentina
2
 Chile
1
 Trinidad and Tobago
1
 Portugal
1
 Bulgaria
1
 Uruguay
1

All-time topscorers with over 200 goals[edit]

Only goals in first level of championship (First Division then Premiership) are considered.[1]

Rank Name Years Matches Goals Ratio
1 Jimmy Greaves 1957–1972 516 357 0.69
2 Steve Bloomer 1892–1910 536 314 0.59
3 Dixie Dean 1924–1938 362 310 0.86
4 Gordon Hodgson 1925–1940 456 287 0.63
5 Alan Shearer 1988–2006 559 283 0.51
6= David Jack 1920–1934 476 257 0.54
6= Charlie Buchan 1912–1928 482 257 0.53
8 Nat Lofthouse 1946–1960 452 255 0.56
9 Joe Bradford 1921–1935 410 248 0.60
10 Hughie Gallacher 1925–1938 355 247 0.70
11 Joe Smith 1908–1927 410 243 0.59
12 George Brown 1921–1935 366 240 0.65
13 George Camsell 1921–1935 ? 235 ?
14 Ian Rush 1980–1998 515 232 0.45
15 David Herd 1954–1970 412 222 0.53
16 Harry Hampton 1904–1922 ? 219 ?
17= Billy Walker 1919–1933 478 214 0.44
17= Tony Cottee 1982–2000 548 214 0.39
19 Dave Halliday 1925–1933 257 211 0.82
20 Geoff Hurst 1959–1975 519 210 0.40
21 Ronnie Allen 1950–1961 415 208 0.50
22 Bobby Gurney 1926–1944 348 205[16] 0.59
23 Arthur Chandler 1925–1935 309 204 0.66
24 Vic Watson 1923–1932 295 203 0.68
25= Denis Law 1960–1974 377 201 0.53
25= Harry Johnson 1919–1931 313 201 0.64

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