List of English football first tier top scorers

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The top tier in English football today is the Premier League, replacing the Football League First Division for the 1992–93 inaugural season. Since the 1888–89 season, the first year of top flight football, 110 different individual players have been named top scorer. Players from Tottenham Hotspur have been named top scorer more than players from any other club, appearing thirteen times on this list. Jimmy Greaves, the all-time top goal scorer in top flight history, won it four times whilst at Tottenham. Nineteen different nationalities are represented and although the vast majority of players are English, there were sixteen times where the top scorer in the First Division was Scottish. Since the Premier League started, the player (or players) is awarded the Golden Boot Trophy, for the most league goals in the season. In the Premier League era, Thierry Henry has won the Golden Boot more times than anyone else, winning this accolade four times, all with Arsenal.[1] Wayne Rooney, the Premier League's third highest goal scorer, does not appear on this list at all.

Once a rarity, a more widespread assortment of nationalities has achieved this success in recent years; in the 2018–19 season, it was shared between three players from different African countries, then in the 2021–22 season, Son Heung-min from South Korea finished level with Egypt's Mohamed Salah. Sergio Agüero won the award once, scoring 26 in the 2014–15 season. The Argentinian striker scored 184 goals between 2011 and 2021 to become the top foreign top flight goal scorer.[2]

Since the turn of the millennium only three Englishmen have won the award. In the 1999–2000 season Kevin Phillips won with 30 goals for Sunderland.[3] This was a record for most goals by a debut player, in a 38 match season, until Erling Haaland broke it in the 2022–23 season. Harry Kane won the golden boot in successive seasons when he scored 25 in 2015–16 and then 29 in the 2016–17 season. He won it again in the 2020–21 season with 23.[1] The third is Jamie Vardy; the Leicester City striker scored 23 goals in the 2019–20 season.[1] Everton striker Dixie Dean holds the record for most goals scored in a single season, with 60 goals in the 1927–28 season. Dean's 310 goals scored for Everton is still the record for most goals scored for one club, and Dean also still holds the records for most hat-tricks, overall and in a single season.[4]

Top scorers[edit]

By season[edit]

Jorge Robledo was the first foreign player to score the most goals in a season, 33 for Newcastle United in the 1951–52 season.

On six occasions Jimmy Greaves was the league top scorer: twice with Chelsea and later four with Tottenham Hotspur; however, Steve Bloomer[5] with five holds the record for one team. Thierry Henry is the record Premier League winner with four. Gary Lineker has won the honour three times, all with different clubs, the only player to do so.

In the 1951–52 season, Chile international Jorge 'George' Robledo became the first foreign player to score the most goals in a season, topping the list with 33 goals for Newcastle United.[6] He stood alone on this list for 47 years. For two consecutive years the award was won by the lowest total of goals ever, 18.[3] Englishmen Michael Owen, Dion Dublin and Chris Sutton won in the 1997–98 season.[7] Owen again won in the 1998–99 season,[7] but this time he was joined by Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke,[7] Trinidad and Tobago, the duo becoming the first foreign, league top scorers since Robledo. During this period however, two Republic of Ireland internationals, winger Andy McEvoy and striker John Aldridge, topped the scoring charts. McEvoy shared the most goals with Jimmy Greaves in the 1964–65 season while Aldridge top scored for Liverpool in the 1987–88 season. Both players, although non-British, do not appear on the top foreign goalscorers list published by the IFFHS[8] as well as many other reputable football websites. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) became the first African to win the award in 2006–07 season[7] and later Carlos Tevez, Luis Suárez and Sergio Agüero would add to the South American winners.[7] In 2018–19, two players from the same club both finished as top scorers for the first time, Sadio Mané, Senegal, and Mohamed Salah, Egypt, of Liverpool.[9] finished in another three way tie, joined by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Gabon. The 2021–22 season saw Son Heung-min become the first Asian winner; the South Korean international scored 23 goals, finishing level with Mohamed Salah.[3]

From the start of the Premier League, a golden boot trophy is presented to the top goalscorer. The first player to win this trophy was Teddy Sheringham,[7] then playing for Tottenham Hotspur. In the 1993–94 season Andy Cole scored 34 goals for Newcastle United, the highest number of goals in the Premier League era to win the award.[3] The following season Alan Shearer equalled it while playing for Blackburn Rovers. Both these records however, were set during a 42 match season. Since the Premier League was reduced down to 20 teams, Mohamed Salah held the record previously with 32 in a 38 match season for Liverpool until Norwegian striker Erling Haaland scored his 33rd goal for Manchester City in the 2022–23 season. Haaland's next goal saw him break the record of most goals scored in a season by a foreign player, ending Robledo's 71-year-old record.[10] Haaland finished the season with 36 goals, the highest goal amount since Ron Davies scored 37 for Southampton fifty-six years ago. However all these totals are dwarfed by the all time record holder, Everton legend Dixie Dean, who still holds the record for the most goals in a season with 60, set in the 1927–28 season.[11]

Key
Player (X) Name of the player and number of times they were top scorer at that point (if more than one)
Indicates multiple top scorers in the same season
Indicates player also won the European Golden Shoe in the same season (since 1967–68)
§ Denotes the club were English champions in the same season
Steve Bloomer was the first player to score over 300 goals. He holds the record of most top scorer awards with one club with 5.
Season Player(s) Nationality Club(s) Goals
1888–89 John Goodall  England Preston North End§ 21
1889–90 Jimmy Ross  Scotland Preston North End§ 24
1890–91 Jack Southworth  England Blackburn Rovers 26
1891–92 John Campbell  Scotland Sunderland§ 32
1892–93 John Campbell (2)  Scotland Sunderland§ 31
1893–94 Jack Southworth (2)  England Everton 27
1894–95 John Campbell (3)  Scotland Sunderland§ 22
1895–96 Steve Bloomer  England Derby County 20
John Campbell  Scotland Aston Villa§
1896–97 Steve Bloomer (2)  England Derby County 22
1897–98 Fred Wheldon  England Aston Villa 21
1898–99 Steve Bloomer (3)  England Derby County 23
1899–1900 Billy Garraty  England Aston Villa§ 27
1900–01 Steve Bloomer (4)  England Derby County 23
1901–02 Jimmy Settle  England Everton 18
1902–03 Sam Raybould  England Liverpool 31
1903–04 Steve Bloomer (5)  England Derby County 20
1904–05 Arthur Brown  England Sheffield United 22
1905–06 Albert Shepherd  England Bolton Wanderers 26
1906–07 Alex Young  Scotland Everton 28
1907–08 Enoch West  England Nottingham Forest 27
1908–09 Bert Freeman  England Everton 38
1909–10 Jack Parkinson  England Liverpool 30
1910–11 Albert Shepherd (2)  England Newcastle United 25
1911–12 Harry Hampton  England Aston Villa 25
George Holley  England Sunderland
David McLean  Scotland Sheffield Wednesday
1912–13 David McLean (2)  Scotland Sheffield Wednesday 30
1913–14 George Elliott  England Middlesbrough 32
1914–15 Bobby Parker  Scotland Everton§ 35
1919–20 Fred Morris  England West Bromwich Albion§ 37
1920–21 Joe Smith  England Bolton Wanderers 38
1921–22 Andrew Wilson  Scotland Middlesbrough 31
1922–23 Charlie Buchan  England Sunderland 30
1923–24 Wilf Chadwick  England Everton 28
1924–25 Frank Roberts  England Manchester City 31
1925–26 Ted Harper  England Blackburn Rovers 43
1926–27 Jimmy Trotter  England Sheffield Wednesday 37
1927–28 Dixie Dean  England Everton§ 60
1928–29 Dave Halliday  Scotland Sunderland 43
1929–30 Vic Watson  England West Ham United 41
1930–31 Tom Waring  England Aston Villa 49
1931–32 Dixie Dean (2)  England Everton§ 44
1932–33 Jack Bowers  England Derby County 35
1933–34 Jack Bowers (2)  England Derby County 34
1934–35 Ted Drake  England Arsenal§ 42
1935–36 W. G. Richardson  England West Bromwich Albion 39
1936–37 Freddie Steele  England Stoke City 33
1937–38 Tommy Lawton  England Everton 34
1938–39 Tommy Lawton (2)  England Everton§ 35
1946–47 Dennis Westcott  England Wolverhampton Wanderers 37
1947–48 Ronnie Rooke  England Arsenal§ 33
1948–49 Willie Moir  Scotland Bolton Wanderers 25
1949–50 Dickie Davis  England Sunderland 25
1950–51 Stan Mortensen  England Blackpool 30
1951–52 George Robledo  Chile Newcastle United 33
1952–53 Charlie Wayman  England Preston North End 24
1953–54 Jimmy Glazzard  England Huddersfield Town 29
1954–55 Ronnie Allen  England West Bromwich Albion 27
1955–56 Nat Lofthouse  England Bolton Wanderers 33
1956–57 John Charles  Wales Leeds United 38
1957–58 Bobby Smith  England Tottenham Hotspur 36
1958–59 Jimmy Greaves  England Chelsea 33
1959–60 Dennis Viollet  England Manchester United 32
1960–61 Jimmy Greaves (2)  England Chelsea 41
1961–62 Ray Crawford  England Ipswich Town§ 33
Derek Kevan  England West Bromwich Albion
1962–63 Jimmy Greaves (3)  England Tottenham Hotspur 37
1963–64 Jimmy Greaves (4)  England Tottenham Hotspur 35
1964–65 Jimmy Greaves (5)  England Tottenham Hotspur 29
Andy McEvoy  Republic of Ireland Blackburn Rovers
1965–66 Roger Hunt  England Liverpool§ 29
Willie Irvine  Northern Ireland Burnley
1966–67 Ron Davies  Wales Southampton 37
1967–68 George Best  Northern Ireland Manchester United 28
Ron Davies (2)  Wales Southampton
1968–69 Jimmy Greaves (6)  England Tottenham Hotspur 27
1969–70 Jeff Astle  England West Bromwich Albion 25
1970–71 Tony Brown  England West Bromwich Albion 28
1971–72 Francis Lee  England Manchester City 33
1972–73 Pop Robson  England West Ham United 28
1973–74 Mick Channon  England Southampton 21
1974–75 Malcolm Macdonald  England Newcastle United 21
1975–76 Ted MacDougall  Scotland Norwich City 23
1976–77 Andy Gray  Scotland Aston Villa 25
Malcolm Macdonald (2)  England Arsenal
1977–78 Bob Latchford  England Everton 30
1978–79 Frank Worthington  England Bolton Wanderers 24
1979–80 Phil Boyer  England Southampton 23
1980–81 Steve Archibald  Scotland Tottenham Hotspur 20
Peter Withe  England Aston Villa§
1981–82 Kevin Keegan  England Southampton 26
1982–83 Luther Blissett  England Watford 27
1983–84 Ian Rush  Wales Liverpool§ 32
1984–85 Kerry Dixon  England Chelsea 24
Gary Lineker  England Leicester City
1985–86 Gary Lineker (2)  England Everton 30
1986–87 Clive Allen  England Tottenham Hotspur 33
1987–88 John Aldridge  Republic of Ireland Liverpool§ 26
1988–89 Alan Smith  England Arsenal§ 23
1989–90 Gary Lineker (3)  England Tottenham Hotspur 24
1990–91 Alan Smith (2)  England Arsenal§ 22
1991–92 Ian Wright  England 29[a]
1992–93 Teddy Sheringham  England 22[b]
1993–94 Andy Cole  England Newcastle United 34
1994–95 Alan Shearer  England Blackburn Rovers§ 34
1995–96 Alan Shearer (2)  England Blackburn Rovers 31
1996–97 Alan Shearer (3)  England Newcastle United 25
1997–98 Dion Dublin  England Coventry City 18
Michael Owen  England Liverpool
Chris Sutton  England Blackburn Rovers
1998–99 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink  Netherlands Leeds United 18
Michael Owen (2)  England Liverpool
Dwight Yorke  Trinidad and Tobago Manchester United§
1999–2000 Kevin Phillips  England Sunderland 30
2000–01 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (2)  Netherlands Chelsea 23
2001–02 Thierry Henry  France Arsenal§ 24
2002–03 Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands Manchester United§ 25
2003–04 Thierry Henry (2)  France Arsenal§ 30
2004–05 Thierry Henry (3)  France Arsenal 25
2005–06 Thierry Henry (4)  France Arsenal 27
2006–07 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast Chelsea 20
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Manchester United§ 31
2008–09 Nicolas Anelka  France Chelsea 19
2009–10 Didier Drogba (2)  Ivory Coast Chelsea§ 29
2010–11 Dimitar Berbatov  Bulgaria Manchester United§ 20
Carlos Tevez  Argentina Manchester City
2011–12 Robin van Persie  Netherlands Arsenal 30
2012–13 Robin van Persie (2)  Netherlands Manchester United§ 26
2013–14 Luis Suárez  Uruguay Liverpool 31
2014–15 Sergio Agüero  Argentina Manchester City 26
2015–16 Harry Kane  England Tottenham Hotspur 25
2016–17 Harry Kane (2)  England Tottenham Hotspur 29
2017–18 Mohamed Salah  Egypt Liverpool 32
2018–19 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  Gabon Arsenal 22
Sadio Mané  Senegal Liverpool
Mohamed Salah (2)  Egypt Liverpool
2019–20 Jamie Vardy  England Leicester City 23
2020–21 Harry Kane (3)  England Tottenham Hotspur 23
2021–22 Mohamed Salah (3)  Egypt Liverpool 23
Son Heung-min  South Korea Tottenham Hotspur
2022–23 Erling Haaland  Norway Manchester City§ 36

By number of seasons as top scorer[edit]

As of 15 January 2023[12]
Rank Player Titles Club(s) Years Ref.
1 England Jimmy Greaves
6
Chelsea 1959, 1961, Tottenham Hotspur 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969 1958–59, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1968–69 [13]
2 England Steve Bloomer
5
Derby County 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1900–01, 1903–04 [5]
3 France Thierry Henry
4
Arsenal 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06 [14]
4 Scotland John Campbell
3
Sunderland 1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95
England Gary Lineker
3
Leicester City 1985, Everton 1986, Tottenham Hotspur 1990 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90
England Alan Shearer
3
Blackburn Rovers 1995, 1996, Newcastle United 1997 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97 [15]
England Harry Kane
3
Tottenham Hotspur 2015–16, 2016–17, 2020–21 [16]
Egypt Mohamed Salah
3
Liverpool 2017–18, 2018–19, 2021–22
9 England Jack Southworth
2
Blackburn Rovers 1891, Everton 1894 1890–91, 1893–94
England Albert Shepherd
2
Bolton Wanderers 1906, Newcastle United 1911 1905–06, 1910–11
Scotland David McLean
2
Sheffield Wednesday 1911–12, 1912–13
England Dixie Dean
2
Everton 1927–28, 1931–32
England Jack Bowers
2
Derby County 1932–33, 1933–34
England Tommy Lawton
2
Everton 1937–38, 1938–39
Wales Ron Davies
2
Southampton 1966–67, 1967–68
England Malcolm Macdonald
2
Newcastle United 1975, Arsenal 1977 1974–75, 1976–77
England Alan Smith
2
Arsenal 1988–89, 1990–91
England Michael Owen
2
Liverpool 1997–98, 1998–99 [17]
Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
2
Leeds United 1999, Chelsea 2001 1998–99, 2000–01 [17]
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba
2
Chelsea 2006–07, 2009–10 [17]
Netherlands Robin van Persie
2
Arsenal 2012, Manchester United 2013 2011–12, 2012–13 [18][19]
  • Bold shows players currently playing in the Premier League.
  • Italics show players still playing professional football.

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.

Rank Club Titles Seasons
1 Tottenham Hotspur
13
1957–58, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1968–69, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2020–21, 2021–22
2 Everton
12
1893–94, 1901–02, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1914–15, 1923–24, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1977–78, 1985–86
Arsenal
12
1934–35, 1947–48, 1976–77, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2011–12, 2018–19
4 Liverpool
11
1902–03, 1909–10, 1965-66, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2021–22
5 Sunderland
8
1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1911–12, 1922–23, 1928–29, 1949–50, 1999–2000
6 Derby County
7
1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1900–01, 1903–04, 1932–33, 1933–34
Aston Villa
7
1895–96, 1897–98, 1899–1900, 1911–12, 1930–31, 1976–77, 1980–81
Chelsea
7
1958–59, 1960–61, 1984–85, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
Manchester United
7
1959–60, 1967–68, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2012–13
10 West Bromwich Albion
6
1919–20, 1935–36, 1954–55, 1961–62, 1969–70, 1970–71
Blackburn Rovers
6
1890–91, 1925–26, 1964–65, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
12 Bolton Wanderers
5
1905–06, 1920–21, 1948–49, 1955–56, 1978–79
Southampton
5
1966–67, 1967–68, 1973–74, 1979–80, 1981–82
Newcastle United
5
1910–11, 1951–52, 1974–75, 1993–94, 1996–97
Manchester City
5
1924–25, 1971–72, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2022–23
16 Sheffield Wednesday
3
1911–12, 1912–13, 1926–27
Preston North End
3
1888–89, 1889–90, 1952–53
18 Middlesbrough
2
1913–14, 1921–22
West Ham United
2
1929–30, 1972–73
Leeds United
2
1956–57, 1998–99
Leicester City
2
1984–85, 2019–20
22 Sheffield United
1
1904–05
Nottingham Forest
1
1907–08
Stoke City
1
1936–37
Wolverhampton Wanderers
1
1946-47
Blackpool
1
1950–51
Huddersfield Town
1
1953–54
Ipswich Town
1
1961–62
Burnley
1
1965–66
Norwich City
1
1975-76
Watford
1
1982–83
Coventry City
1
1997–98

By nationality[edit]

Country Titles
 England
90
 Scotland
16
 France
5
 Netherlands
5
 Wales
4
 Egypt
3
 Republic of Ireland
2
 Northern Ireland
2
 Ivory Coast
2
 Argentina
2
 Chile
1
 Trinidad and Tobago
1
 Portugal
1
 Bulgaria
1
 Uruguay
1
 Senegal
1
 Gabon
1
 South Korea
1
 Norway
1

Top 50 all-time top scorers[edit]

All time record goal scorer Jimmy Greaves who scored 357 goals in 516 matches. He is the record holder of top scorer awards with six and record league goalscorer for Tottenham Hotspur still, with 220.

The Football League Division One from 1888 through to the end of the 1991–92 season and now the Premier League, make up the top tier in English football. During these 135 years three players have scored over 300 goals, with another 25 scoring over 200 goals. A further three players were a goal shy, finishing on 199 goals. The first was Sheffield Wednesday's Andrew Wilson[20] whose career was interrupted by World War I but went onto make 501 appearances. In the mid-sixties, Bobby Smith[21] retired after scoring 23 in 74 for Chelsea and 176 in 271 for Tottenham, and finally ten years later, England legend Sir Bobby Charlton,[22] left Manchester United after making 606 appearances.

Derby County forward Steve Bloomer was the first player to score over 300 goals, his record of 314 stood for over half a century. In 14 years, he scored 240 goals in 376 matches in his first stint at Derby County before moving to Middlesbrough where he scored 59 in 125 games for the Boro.[5][23] After five years on Teesside, he returned to Derby who were in the second division then. He spent two years in the second division scoring 38 goals before the Rams won promotion. In his final two seasons he scored a further 15 goals in 34 matches, a total of 255 in 410 appearances for Derby County. Everton striker Dixie Dean came very close to breaking the record, he scored 349 league goals all for Everton, however 39 were scored in the second division, leaving him 4 goals behind. Bloomers' achievement was finally surpassed when Jimmy Greaves broke the record scoring 357 goals, playing for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. For Chelsea he scored 124 goals in 157 appearances, only Frank Lampard 147,[24] Roy Bentley 130,[24] and Bobby Tambling 129[24] have scored more top flight goals for Chelsea. Greaves moved on to Tottenham Hotspur where, to this day, remains Tottenham's top league goalscorer after scoring 220 goals in 321 appearances.[25] His top flight career ended at West Ham United, where he scored 13 in 38 matches.[26]

In the Premier League era, Alan Shearer[3] sits top, but even with his full tally of 283 goals, he is still left trailing. Four more "modern day" players, who have played in the Premier League make the list, Wayne Rooney,[3] the third highest Premier League goalscorer with 208 goals for Everton and Manchester United, is 22nd. Liverpool legend Ian Rush[3] is the 14th highest scorer in the history of top flight football, but his Premier League tally is only 48 goals, ranking him 132nd. Another player to lose goals is Tony Cottee,[3] who sits in 18th place. His last 78 goals gives him a current PL ranking of 59. Apart from these three, a further 20 players, who have scored 100 or more goals, have lesser totals. Ranked 44th, Lee Chapman[27] scored 177 goals, the same as Frank Lampard and two more than Thierry Henry, but his last 23 goals sees him in 342nd place in the Premier League.[3] Peter Beardsley[28] and Matt Le Tissier[29] (jointly ranked 71st), both scored 161 goals, 11 more than Michael Owen who is tenth on the PL list. Beardsley is in 89th position with 58 goals in the Premier League while a lack of centurions, assists Le Tissier's ranking. Losing 61 goals improves his overall position, ranked 34th in the Premier League with 100 goals.[3]

Before moving to Bayern Munich in August 2023, the most recently active player in the Top 50 was ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane,[3] whose goal tally is 213, ranking him second in the Premier League. Kane scored 30 goals last season to move above players such as Dennis Viollet,[30] Ray Charnley[31] who both had 190 goals, Peter Harris,[32] who scored 192 goals for Portsmouth, Stan Mortensen[33] who scored 197 goals for Blackpool, George Elliott[34] who scored 198 goals for Middlesbrough and the three players mentioned above who all scored 199 goals. Kane, currently ranked 19th, became only the 28th player in 135 years of league football to join the elite 200 club.

First Division/Premier League top 50 goalscorers[12][35]

Rank Player Years Goals Apps Ratio Club Goals/Appearances
1 England Jimmy Greaves 1957–1971 357 516 0.69 Chelsea 124/157 - Tottenham Hotspur 220/321 - West Ham Utd 13/38
2 England Steve Bloomer 1892–1914 314 535 0.59 Derby County 255/410 - Middlesbrough 59/125
3 England Dixie Dean 1924–1938 310 362 0.86 Everton
4 England Gordon Hodgson 1925–1940 288 455 0.63 Liverpool 233/359 - Aston Villa 4/15 - Leeds United 51/81
5 England Alan Shearer 1988–2006 283 559 0.51 Southampton 23/118 - Blackburn Rovers 112/138 - Newcastle Utd 148/303
6 England Charlie Buchan 1912–1928 258 481 0.53 Sunderland 209/379 - Arsenal 49/102
7 England David Jack 1920–1934 257 476 0.54 Bolton Wanderers 144/295 - Arsenal 113/181
8 England Nat Lofthouse 1946–1960 255 452 0.56 Bolton Wanderers
9 England Joe Bradford 1921–1935 248 410 0.60 Birmingham City
10 Scotland Hughie Gallacher 1925–1938 246 355 0.69 Newcastle Utd 133/160 - Chelsea 72/132 - Derby Co. 38/51 - Grimsby Town 3/12
11 England Joe Smith 1908–1927 243 416 0.59 Bolton Wanderers
12 England George Brown 1921–1935 240 366 0.65 Huddersfield Town 142/213 - Aston Villa 79/116 - Leeds United 19/37
13 England George Camsell 1921–1939 233 337 0.69 Middlesbrough
14 Wales Ian Rush 1980–1998 232 515 0.45 Liverpool 229/469 - Leeds United 3/36 - Newcastle United 0/10
15 Scotland David Herd 1954–1970 222 412 0.53 Arsenal 97/166 - Manchester United 114/202 - Stoke City 11/44
16 England Harry Hampton 1904–1922 219 357 0.61 Aston Villa 215/339 - Birmingham City 4/18
17 England Billy Walker 1919–1933 214 478 0.44 Aston Villa
England Tony Cottee 1982–2001 214 548 0.39 West Ham United 115/279 - Everton 72/184 - Leicester City 27/85
19 England Harry Kane 2012– 213 320 0.67 Tottenham Hotspur 213/317 - Norwich City 0/3
20 Scotland Dave Halliday 1925–1933 211 257 0.82 Sunderland 156/166 - Arsenal 8/15 - Manchester City 47/76
21 England Geoff Hurst 1959–1975 210 519 0.40 West Ham United 180/411 - Stoke City 30/108
22 England Ronnie Allen 1950–1961 208 415 0.50 West Bromwich Albion
England Wayne Rooney 2002–2018 208 491 0.42 Everton 25/98 - Manchester United 183/393
24 England Bobby Gurney 1926–1944 205 348 0.59 Sunderland
25 England Arthur Chandler 1925–1935 203 309 0.66 Leicester City
England Vic Watson 1923–1936 203 295 0.69 West Ham United
27 England Harry Johnson 1919–1931 201 313 0.64 Sheffield United
Scotland Denis Law 1960–1974 201 377 0.53 Manchester City 30/68 - Manchester United 171/309
29 Scotland Andrew Wilson 1900–1920 199 501 0.40 Sheffield Wednesday
England Bobby Smith 1950–1965 199 345 0.58 Chelsea 23/74 - Tottenham Hotspur 176/271
England Bobby Charlton 1956–1975 199 606 0.33 Manchester United
32 England George Elliott 1909–1925 198 327 0.61 Middlesbrough
33 England Stan Mortensen 1946–1959 197 317 0.62 Blackpool
34 England Peter Harris 1946–1960 192 468 0.41 Portsmouth
35 England Dennis Viollet 1953–1967 190 391 0.49 Manchester United 159/259 - Stoke City 31/132
England Ray Charnley 1954–1972 190 359 0.53 Blackpool
37 England Tommy Thompson 1947–1964 187 354 0.53 Newcastle United 4/16 - Aston Villa 67/149 - Preston North End 116/189
England Andy Cole 1992–2007 187 415 0.45 Played for 8 clubs - see stats below
39 England Jack Bowers 1928–1939 186 255 0.73 Derby County 167/203 - Leicester City 19/52
40 Argentina Sergio Aguero 2011–2021 184 275 0.67 Manchester City
41 England Tony Brown 1963–1980 179 459 0.39 West Brom
England Teddy Sheringham 1988–2007 179 521 0.34 Millwall 20/64 - Nott'm Forest 14/42 - Spurs 97/236 - Man Utd 31/104 - Portsmouth 9/32 - West Ham 8/43
43 England Ginger Richardson 1928–1946 178 269 0.66 West Brom
44 England Lee Chapman 1979–1995 177 508 0.35 Played for 8 clubs - see stats below
England Frank Lampard 1995–2015 177 609 0.29 West Ham United 24/148 - Chelsea 147/429 - Manchester City 6/32
46 England Billy Hibbert 1906–1922 175 387 0.45 Bury 99/178 - Newcastle United 46/139 - Bradford City 26/53 - Oldham Athletic 4/17
Northern Ireland Derek Dougan 1957–1975 175 458 0.38 Blackburn R. 26/59 - Leicester City 35/68 - Wolves 86/247 - Portsmouth 9/33 - Aston Villa 19/51
France Thierry Henry 1999–2012 175 258 0.68 Arsenal
49 England Jack Rowley 1937–1957 173 351 0.49 Manchester United
England Peter Dobing 1955–1973 173 509 0.34 Blackburn R. 60/120 - Manchester City 31/82 - Stoke City 82/307
Andy Cole Arsenal 0/1 - Newcastle United 43/58 - Manchester United 93/195 - Blackburn Rovers 27/83 - Fulham 12/31 - Manchester City 9/22 - Portsmouth 3/18 - Sunderland 0/7
Lee Chapman Stoke City 34/99 - Arsenal 4/23 - Sunderland 3/15 - Sheffield Wednesday 63/149 - Nottingham Forest 15/48 - Leeds United 50/118 - West Ham United 7/40 - Ipswich Town 1/16

As shown below in the player records, Lee Chapman holds the record of most top flight clubs scored for with 8. Andy Cole played for 8 clubs also, but only scored for 6. Marcus Bent is another player to play for 8 different top flight clubs, again only scoring for 6.[36] Steve Claridge has played for sixteen different league clubs, but only with Leicester City has he played in the top division, scoring 12 in 49 appearances.[37] A name that does not appear on the top scorer list is Arthur Rowley, the record holder for the most goals in league football, scoring 434 goals in 619 league games. Arthur's brother Jack Rowley scored 173 goals for Manchester United and is ranked 49th, shown above. Arthur however didn't play much top flight football in his career, but he did score 51 goals in 95 matches. In one season at Fulham he scored 8 in 34 appearances and then later hit 43 in 61 appearances over two seasons for Leicester City.[38]

Clubs top scorer in top tier[edit]

The start of the Football League saw 12 teams become the founding members of the first ever league season in 1888–89. These were Accrington, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Everton, Preston North End, Aston Villa, Derby County, Notts County, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.[39] Since then a total of sixty five different clubs have played at the top level, with only three premier league players breaking club records set in the football league. Thierry Henry beat the 150 scored by Cliff Bastin for Arsenal.[40] Roy Bentley who scored 130 goals for Chelsea[24] was surpassed by Frank Lampard, while Sergio Aguero overtook the 147 Eric Brook scored for Manchester City.[41] Matt Le Tissier scored in both the First Division and the Premier League to become Southampton's top scorer, exceeding the 134 goal record set by Welshman Ron Davies.[42] The Premier League's top three goalscorers, who all have scored over 200 goals, fail to appear. Alan Shearer finished nine goals adrift of Blackburn's Ted Harper[43] and finished two short of Geordie legend Jackie Milburn,[44] while Wayne Rooney was sixteen short of Bobby Charlton's record. Harry Kane requires another 7 goals to break Jimmy Greaves Tottenham record. Crystal Palace are the only club whose top scorer is still currently playing, Wilfried Zaha so far has 68 goals to his name.[3]

Glossop statistics currently unavailable.

Club Player Name Goals Years
Accrington Scotland Billy Barbour 33 1888–1890
Arsenal France Thierry Henry 175 1999–2007,2012
Aston Villa England Harry Hampton 215 1904–1920
Barnsley England Neal Redfearn 10 1991–1998
Birmingham City England Joe Bradford 248 1920–1935
Blackburn Rovers England Ted Harper 121 1923–1934
Blackpool England Stan Mortensen 197 1941–1955
Bolton Wanderers England Nat Lofthouse 255 1946–1960
Bournemouth Norway Josh King 48 2015–2021
Bradford City Scotland Frank O'Rourke 63 1920–1921
Bradford Park Avenue Scotland David McLean 49 1919–1922
Brentford Scotland Dave McCulloch 85 1935–1938
Brighton & HA Republic of Ireland Michael Robinson 37 1980–1983
Bristol City Scotland Sam Gilligan 44 1904–1910
Burnley England George Beel 142 1923–1932
Bury England Billy Hibbert 99 1906–1911
Cardiff City Wales Len Davies 117 1919–1931
Carlisle United England Joe Laidlaw 12 1972–1976
Charlton Athletic England Charles Vaughan 91 1946–1953
Chelsea England Frank Lampard 147 2001–2014
Coventry City England Dion Dublin 61 1994–1998
Crystal Palace Ivory Coast Wilfried Zaha 68 2010–
Darwen England John McKnight 11 1893–1894
Derby County England Steve Bloomer 255 1891–1914
Everton England Dixie Dean 310 1925–1937
Fulham Scotland Graham Leggat 106 1958–1966
Grimsby Town Wales Pat Glover 117 1929–1939
Huddersfield Town England George Brown 142 1921–1929
Hull City Croatia Nikica Jelavic 13 2014–2015
Ipswich Town Scotland John Wark 107 1974–1990
Leeds United Scotland Peter Lorimer 151 1962–1979
Leicester City England Arthur Chandler 203 1923–1935
Club Player Name Goals Years
Leyton Orient England Dave Dunmore 11 1961–1964
Liverpool England Gordon Hodgson 233 1925–1936
Luton Town England Gordon Turner 101 1949–1964
Manchester City Argentina Sergio Aguero 184 2011–2021
Manchester United England Bobby Charlton 199 1956–1973
Middlesbrough England George Camsell 233 1925–1939
Millwall Republic of Ireland Tony Cascarino 22 1987–1990
Newcastle United England Jackie Milburn 150 1946–1957
Northampton Town England Bobby Brown 9 1963–1966
Norwich City England John Deehan 48 1981–1986
Notts County England Trevor Christie 41 1979–1984
Nottingham Forest Wales Grenville Morris 152 1898–1913
Oldham Athletic England Joe Walters 35 1912–1919
Oxford United Republic of Ireland John Aldridge 38 1984–1987
Portsmouth England Peter Harris 193 1946–1960
Preston North End England Tom Finney 164 1946–1960
Queens Park Rangers England Les Ferdinand 80 1987–1995
Reading Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle 19 2005–2009
Sheffield United England Harry Johnson 201 1916–1931
Sheffield Wednesday Scotland Andrew Wilson 199 1900–1920
Southampton England Matt Le Tissier 161 1986–2002
Stoke City England Freddie Steele 140 1933–1949
Sunderland England Charlie Buchan 209 1911–1925
Swansea City Ivory Coast Wilfried Bony 27 2013–2019
Swindon Town Norway Jan Age Fjortoft 12 1993–1995
Tottenham Hotspur England Jimmy Greaves 220 1961–1970
Watford England Luther Blissett 70 1975–1988
West Bromwich Albion England Ronnie Allen 208 1950–1961
West Ham United England Vic Watson 203 1920–1935
Wigan Athletic Colombia Hugo Rodallega 24 2009–2012
Wimbledon England John Fashanu 103 1986–1994
Wolverhampton Wanderers England Johnny Hancocks 158 1946–1957

Top five scorers by nationality[edit]

With 149 goals, Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is currently the highest African goalscorer and the highest active scorer overall.

Many different nationalities have played in English top flight football throughout the years. The tables below show the top five highest scorers from their respective country. As shown in the list above, the top English and Scottish goal scorers can be seen.

Of the home nation countries, Premier League players are well short of the overall records. Northern Ireland's top Premier League scorer is Iain Dowie who scored 33 of his 57 goals in the Premier League. The top Welsh goal scorer is Ryan Giggs who scored 114 goals, 109 in the Premier League while Duncan Ferguson with 68 goals is the top Scottish goal scorer in the Premier League. All well short of the record totals by Derek Dougan, Ian Rush and Hughie Gallacher.

The Republic of Ireland top scorer is Jimmy Dunne who played for both versions of the Ireland team in the 1930s the Republic of Ireland and. The second is Robbie Keane, who scored all his 126 goals in the Premier League, but ended with 10 goals less than record holder Frank Stapleton.[45] A different story with the rest of the world, made up predominately of Premier League players only. South American Jorge Robledo's record remains from the fifties, currently the joint third highest goalscorer. Craig Johnston has been overtaking by Premier League Oceanic players while Lindy Delapenha also, has lost his Caribbean record. However, South African duo Stuart Leary and Berry Nieuwenhuys records remain intact from decades ago. American Roy Wegerle has dropped to second in the United States and Canada scorers. The European and African top scorers are all from the Premier League era.

When Dwight Yorke scored a hat-trick for Manchester United against Leicester City, on Sunday 17 January 1999,[46] he became the top foreign scorer. With this treble he moved onto 84 top-flight goals, surpassing the previous record of 82, set by Chilean Jorge Robledo in 1953.[47] Later that year on Saturday 18 December 1999, Yorke scored twice for Manchester United in a 4-2 away win at West Ham United.[48] His first goal that day saw him become the first foreign player to score 100 top flight goals.[49] This was his 27th league goal for Manchester United, after scoring 73 previously for Aston Villa. As of the end of the 2022–23 season, his 136 goals ranks him as the fifth-highest foreign goalscorer, behind Sergio Agüero's 184, Thierry Henry's 175, Robin van Persie's 144 and Mohamed Salah's 144.

As of the end of the 2022–23 season.

Northern Ireland

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Derek Dougan 175 458 0.38 1957–1975 Blackburn Rovers (26/59), Leicester City (35/68), Wolverhampton Wanderers (86/247), Portsmouth (9/33), Aston Villa (19/51) [50]
2 Jimmy Dunne 153 201 0.76 1926–1937 Sheffield United (143/173), Arsenal (10/28) [51]
3 George Best 137 361 0.38 1963–1977 Manchester United [52]
4 Billy Gillespie 127 448 0.28 1910–1933 Sheffield United [53]
5 Jimmy McIlroy 126 519 0.24 1950–1967 Burnley (116/439), Stoke City (10/80) [54]

Republic of Ireland[55]

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Frank Stapleton 136 458 0.30 1974–1995 Arsenal (75/225), Manchester United (60/223), Derby County (1/10) [45]
2 Robbie Keane 126 349 0.36 1997–2012 Coventry City (12/31), Leeds United (13/46), Tottenham Hotspur (91/238), Liverpool (5/19), West Ham United (2/9), Aston Villa (3/6) [56]
3 Niall Quinn 109 399 0.27 1983–2002 Arsenal (14/67), Manchester City (66/193), Sunderland (29/139) [57]
4 Johnny Giles 91 479 0.19 1959–1976 Manchester United (10/99), Leeds United (80/343), West Bromwich Albion (1/37) [58]
5 John Aldridge 88 147 0.60 1985–1989 Oxford United (38/64), Liverpool (50/83) [59]

Wales

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Ian Rush 232 515 0.45 1980–1998 Liverpool (229/469), Leeds United (3/36), Newcastle United (0/10) [60]
2 Trevor Ford 169 324 0.52 1946–1961 Aston Villa (60/120), Sunderland (67/108), Cardiff City (42/96) [61]
3 Grenville Morris 152 332 0.38 1897–1913 Nottingham Forest [62]
4 Mark Hughes 149 531 0.28 1980–2002 Manchester United (120/345), Chelsea (25/95), Southampton (2/52), Everton (1/18), Blackburn Rovers (1/21) [63]
5 Roy Vernon 145 315 0.46 1955–1970 Blackburn Rovers (22/51), Everton (101/176), Stoke City (22/88) [64]

Europe (excluding UK & Republic of Ireland)

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 France Thierry Henry 175 258 0.68 1994–2012 Arsenal [3]
2 Netherlands Robin van Persie 144 280 0.51 2004–2015 Arsenal (96/194), Manchester United (48/86) [3]
3 Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 127 288 0.44 1997–2007 Leeds United (34/69), Chelsea (69/136), Middlesbrough (22/58), Charlton Athletic (2/25) [3]
4 France Nicolas Anelka 125 364 0.34 1996–2014 Arsenal (23/65), Manchester City (37/89), Chelsea (38/125), Liverpool (4/20), Bolton Wanderers (21/53), West Bromwich Albion (2/12) [3]
5 Belgium Romelu Lukaku 121 278 0.44 2011–2022 West Bromwich Albion (17/35), Everton (68/141), Manchester United (28/66), Chelsea (8/36) [3]

South America

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Argentina Sergio Agüero 184 275 0.67 2011–2021 Manchester City [3]
2 Argentina Carlos Tevez 84 202 0.42 2006–2013 West Ham United (7/26), Manchester United (19/63), Manchester City (58/113) [3]
3 Chile George Robledo 82 146 0.56 1949–1953 Newcastle United [6]
Brazil Roberto Firmino 82 256 0.32 2015–2023 Liverpool [3]
4 Brazil Gabriel Jesus 70 187 0.37 2017- Manchester City (58/159), Arsenal (12/28) [3]
5 Uruguay Luis Suarez 69 110 0.63 2011–2014 Liverpool [3]

Africa[65]

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Egypt Mohamed Salah 149 243 0.60 2013– Chelsea (2/13), Liverpool (147/230) [3]
2 Senegal Sadio Mané 111 263 0.42 2014–2022 Southampton (21/67), Liverpool (90/196) [3]
3 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba 104 254 0.41 2004–2012 Chelsea [3]
4 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 97 242 0.40 2005–2016 Arsenal (46/104), Manchester City (15/34), Tottenham Hotspur (35/92), Crystal Palace (1/12) [3]
5 Nigeria Yakubu 95 252 0.38 2003–2012 Portsmouth (28/67), Middlesbrough (25/73), Everton (25/82), Blackburn Rovers (17/30) [3]

Oceania

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Australia Mark Viduka 92 240 0.38 2000–2009 Leeds United (59/130), Middlesbrough (26/72), Newcastle United (7/38) [3]
2 Australia Harry Kewell 57 274 0.21 1993–2008 Leeds United (45/181), Liverpool (12/93) [3]
3 Australia Tim Cahill 56 226 0.25 2004–2012 Everton [3]
4 New Zealand Chris Wood 55 198 0.28 2009– West Bromwich Albion (0/3), Leicester City (1/7), Burnley (49/144), Newcastle United (4/35), Nottingham Forest (1/9) [3]
5 Australia Craig Johnston 46 254 0.18 1977–1988 Middlesbrough (16/64), Liverpool (30/190) [66]

United States and Canada

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 United States Clint Dempsey 57 218 0.26 2007–2013 Fulham (50/189), Tottenham Hotspur (7/29), [3]
2 United States Roy Wegerle 55 274 0.21 1986–1995 Luton Town (10/45), Queens Park Rangers (29/75), Coventry City (9/53), Chelsea (3/23), Blackburn Rovers (4/22) [67]
3 United States Brian McBride 36 148 0.24 2002–2008 Everton (4/8), Fulham (32/140) [3]
4 Canada Tomasz Radzinski 35 194 0.18 2001–2007 Everton (25/91), Fulham (10/103) [3]
5 United States Christian Pulisic 20 98 0.20 2018– Chelsea [3]

Caribbean

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke 136 423 0.32 1989–2009 Aston Villa (73/231), Manchester United (48/92), Blackburn Rovers (12/60), Birmingham City (2/13), Sunderland (1/27) [3]
2 Jamaica Michail Antonio 63 231 0.27 2008– West Ham United [3]
3 Jamaica Robbie Earle 59 283 0.21 1991–2000 Wimbledon [3]
4 Jamaica Jason Euell 56 261 0.21 1995–2007 Wimbledon (22/105), Charlton Athletic (34/139), Middlesbrough (0/17) [3]
5 Jamaica Lindy Delapenha 50 151 0.33 1948–1958 Middlesbrough (50/144), Portsmouth (0/7) [68]

South Africa

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Stuart Leary 76 173 0.44 1951–1957 Charlton Athletic [69]
2 Berry Nieuwenhuys 74 236 0.31 1933–1947 Liverpool [70]
3 Benni McCarthy 37 120 0.31 2006–2011 Blackburn Rovers (37/109), West Ham United (0/11) [3]
4 Shaun Bartlett 24 123 0.20 2000–2006 Charlton Athletic [3]
5 Steven Pienaar 20 214 0.09 2007–2017 Everton (20/189), Tottenham Hotspur (0/10), Sunderland (0/15) [3]

Central America

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 Mexico Javier Hernandez 53 158 0.34 2010–2019 Manchester United (37/103), West Ham United (16/55) [3]
2 Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope 50 156 0.32 1997–2004 Derby County (23/72), West Ham United (12/35), Manchester City (15/49) [3]
3 Bermuda Clyde Best 47 186 0.25 1969–1976 West Ham United [71]
4 Mexico Raúl Jiménez 40 137 0.30 2018– Wolverhampton Wanderers (40/135), Fulham (0/2) [3]
5 Guyana Carl Cort 28 111 0.25 1996–2004 Wimbledon (16/73), Newcastle United (7/22), Wolverhampton Wanderers (5/16) [3]

Asia

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs Ref.
1 South Korea Son Heung-min 111 278 0.38 2015– Tottenham Hotspur [3]
2 Turkey Muzzy Izzet 34 248 0.14 1996–2006 Leicester City (33/222), Birmingham City (1/26) [3]
3 Israel Yossi Benayoun 31 194 0.16 2005–2014 West Ham United (8/75), Liverpool (18/92), Chelsea (1/8), Arsenal (4/19) [3]
4 Israel Ronny Rosenthal 25 162 0.15 1990–1997 Liverpool (21/74), Tottenham Hotspur (4/88) [72]
5 Turkey Tuncay Şanlı 20 127 0.16 2007–2012 Middlesbrough (15/67), Stoke City (5/44), Bolton Wanderers (0/16) [3]

Excluded centurions[edit]

Peter Beardsley scored 88 goals for Newcastle United, 46 for Liverpool, 25 for Everton and 2 for Bolton Wanderers. 161 goals in 470 league appearances would rank Beardsley 10th in the Premier League top scorers list.

Former Leeds United legend Johnny Giles in a 2016 interview published in the Irish Independent states "What other sport wipes out 100 years of records and standards and decides that Alan Shearer was the first player to score 100 goals for two clubs when Jimmy Greaves did it decades before? In no other sport in England is there such a casual disregard and disrespect for the achievements of players who inhabit the archives..."[73]

In the 135 year history of football in England, a total of 256 players have scored 100 or more goals in the top flight.[74] Son Heung-min in the 2022–23 season became the latest player to reach a century of goals, all scored for Tottenham Hotspur.[75] That figure includes the 34 players in the Premier League 100 club, leaving 222 players excluded from the records shown today, those centurions among the 104 years of history "wiped out".

Out of those 256 centurions, 24 players played either side of the 1992 rebranding of the top tier in English football. Seven of those players would be among the first players included in the premier league 100 club, those records easily available. The other seventeen players would be included among the neglected records. The records of those other 222 players who have all scored 100 or more goals, are not as easily, or readily available as the 34 players who have, since 1992. The tables below show the seventeen players who scored a century of top flight goals and the seven who have a lesser total, after the 1992 launch of the Premier League, never seen among the Premier League era records.

Matt Le Tissier, despite not having his first 61 goals for Southampton included, is ranked 34th in the Premier League. He scored the same number of goals as Peter Beardsley, however, his 100 goals he scored from 1992 places him in the Premier League records, where as Beardsley is among the 222 excluded centurions, not among any records shown on Sky Sports. The goal-scoring career of Manchester United stalwart Bryan Robson is very nearly entirely erased, the same with Alan Smith, the Leicester City and Arsenal striker. John Wark, the Ipswich Town and Liverpool midfielder scored 135 goals, which would make him the 14th highest goal scorer in the Premier League. The Scottish midfielder is ahead of Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard while Robson would be sitting alongside Dion Dublin and Sadio Mané, just outside the top 20. Many other player records also fail to show their full career goal statistics because of the changeover. These include Manchester United forward Brian McClair who had 70 of his 88 goals deducted.[76] Paul Goddard scored 82 goals but is shot down to only 3[77] while England midfielder Steve Hodge has 3 goals also, not his full 79.[78] Gary Bannister also had 70 goals removed, 78 reduced to 8 goals.[79] Former England left back Stuart Pearce is shown with 20 goals and not the 63 he scored, mostly at Nottingham Forest.[80] David Platt does not have his 45 goals he scored for Aston Villa included, only the 13 he scored for Arsenal.[81] Chris Waddle loses his entire career records for both Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, his 10 goals for Sheffield Wednesday and his solitary Sunderland goal are all that's included.[82]

17 players who all scored 100 or more goals, scoring in both Division 1 & Premier League

Player Total Years Div. 1 Prem Ref.
Goals Matches
Ian Rush 232 515 1980–1998 184 48 [60]
Tony Cottee 214 548 1982–2001 136 78 [83]
Lee Chapman 177 508 1979–1995 154 23 [27]
Peter Beardsley 161 470 1979–1999 103 58 [28]
Mark Hughes 149 531 1980–2002 85 64 [63]
Alan Smith 149 425 1982–1995 141 8 [84]
John Barnes 142 538 1981–1999 114 28 [85]
Graeme Sharp 139 419 1980–1997 123 16 [86]
John Wark 135 467 1975–1997 122 13 [87]
Mick Harford 123 389 1980–1998 104 19 [88]
Dean Saunders 114 386 1982–2001 69 45 [89]
Bryan Robson 111 527 1975–1997 109 2 [90]
Nigel Clough 111 378 1984–1997 91 20 [91]
Niall Quinn 109 399 1983–2002 50 59 [92]
John Fashanu 106 282 1978–1995 86 20 [93]
Kevin Campbell 106 394 1988–2007 23 83 [94]
Rod Wallace 101 359 1987–2004 56 45 [95]

Total goals of players included in the Premier League 100 club

Player Total Years Div. 1 Prem Ref.
Goals Matches
Alan Shearer 283 559 1988–2006 23 260 [96]
Teddy Sheringham 179 521 1988–2007 33 146 [97]
Les Ferdinand 169 401 1986–2005 20 149 [98]
Ian Wright 165 315 1985–1999 52 113 [99]
Matt Le Tissier 161 443 1986–2002 61 100 [100]
Dwight Yorke 136 423 1989–2009 13 123 [101]
Ryan Giggs 114 672 1990–2014 5 109 [102]

Player Records[edit]

All records listed below pertain to league matches played in Division 1 and/or the Premier League only.

Most goals: 357 - Jimmy Greaves in 516 matches for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United (1957-1971)[103]

Most goals in a season:

Most goals in a debut season:

Most goals in a match: 7 Ted Drake for Arsenal v Aston Villa (away) 14 December 1935[108]

Most hat-tricks: 30 Dixie Dean Everton 1923–1937[4]

Most hat-tricks in one season: 8 Dixie Dean 1931-32[109]

Youngest goalscorer: Jason Dozzell 16 years and 57 days for Ipswich Town v Coventry City, February 1984)[110]

Youngest hat-trick goalscorer: Alan Shearer 17 years 240 days for Southampton v Arsenal April 8, 1988.[111] (Trevor Francis 16 years and 317 days was in Division 2)

Oldest goalscorer: Billy Meredith, 47 years, 8 months, 17 days for Manchester City v Burnley April 15, 1922.[112] Also FA Cup oldest goalscorer, aged 49.[113]

Most consecutive league matches scored in: 15 Stan Mortensen, Blackpool 1950-51[114]

Most clubs scored for: 8 Lee Chapman[27] (Stoke City, Sheffield Wed. Leeds Utd, Arsenal, Sunderland, Nott'm Forest, West Ham Utd, Ipswich Town)

Consecutive hat-tricks: 3[115]

  • Frank Osborne, Tottenham Hotspur 1925 v Liverpool, Leicester City, West Ham United
  • Tom Jennings, Leeds United 1926 v Arsenal, Liverpool (4), Blackburn Rovers
  • Dixie Dean, Everton 1927/28 1928/29 v Burnley (4), Arsenal, Bolton Wanderers (2 end of season,1 opening day of new season)
  • Jack Balmer, Liverpool 1946 v Portsmouth, Derby County (4), Arsenal

Most hat-tricks for one team in a match: 3 Alf Spouncer, Enoch West and Bill Hooper Nott'm Forest, in their record breaking 12–0 home win over Leicester City on April 21, 1909.[116]

Most penalties scored: 56 Alan Shearer (from 67 taken for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, 1992–2006)[117]

Most penalties scored in 1 season: 13 Francis Lee, Manchester City 1971–72[118]

Hat-trick of penalties:

Most own goals in one season: 5 Bobby Stuart (Middlesbrough 1934–35)[122]

Fastest goal by a substitute: 6 seconds, Nicklas Bendtner for Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, 22 December 2007)[123]

Most consecutive Top Scorer awards: 3

Most top scorer awards with different clubs: 3 Gary Lineker (Leicester City 1985, Everton 1986, Tottenham Hotspur 1990)

100 goals for two different clubs: 3[124]

  • David Jack 1919–34 (Bolton Wanderers 144 – Arsenal 113)
  • Jimmy Greaves 1957–1970 (Chelsea 124 – Tottenham Hotspur 220)
  • Alan Shearer 1992–2006 (Blackburn Rovers 112 – Newcastle United 148)

Fastest player to reach 100 goals: Dave Halliday in 101 games for Sunderland.[125]

Players to score over 30 league goals in four consecutive seasons: Dave Halliday, 1925–26 to 1928–29.[125] Halliday scored at least 35 goals in each of those four seasons.[125]

Most league appearances: Peter Shilton 849 (1966–1997)[126]

Most league appearances by an outfield player: John Hollins 714 (1963–1983)[127] (62 goals - Chelsea 47, Q.P.R 6, Arsenal 9)

Most league appearances at one club: Ryan Giggs 672 for Manchester United, 2 March 1991 to 6 May 2014)[128]

Most titles won by an individual player: 13 Ryan Giggs[128]

Team goals:

Most goals scored in total: 7,195 Everton in 4,670 matches.[129] (Liverpool 7,190 in 4,286)

Most goals scored in a season:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 5 goals in 8 appearances for Crystal Palace, 24 goals in 30 appearances for Arsenal
  2. ^ 1 goal in 3 appearances for Nottingham Forest, 21 goals in 38 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur

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