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 number of seasons as top scorer[edit]

[1]

Rank Player Country Titles Clubs Years Ref
1 Jimmy Greaves  England
6
Chelsea 1959, 1961, Tottenham Hotspur 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969 1958-59, 1960-61, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1968-69 [2]
2 Steve Bloomer  England
5
Derby County 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1900–01, 1903–04 [3]
3 Thierry Henry  France
4
Arsenal 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06 [4]
4 John Campbell  Scotland
3
Sunderland 1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95
4 Gary Lineker  England
3
Leicester City 1985, Everton 1986, Tottenham Hotspur 1990 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90
4 Alan Shearer  England
3
Blackburn Rovers 1995, Newcastle United 1996, 1997 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97 [5]
7 Jack Southworth  England
2
Blackburn Rovers 1891, Everton 1894 1890–91, 1893–94
7 Albert Shepherd  England
2
Bolton Wanderers 1906, Newcastle United 1911 1905–06, 1910–11
7 David McLean  Scotland
2
Sheffield Wednesday 1911–12, 1912–13
7 Dixie Dean  England
2
Everton 1927–28, 1931–32
7 Jack Bowers  England
2
Derby County 1932–33, 1933–34
7 Tommy Lawton  England
2
Everton 1937–38, 1938–39
7 Ron Davies  Wales
2
Southampton 1966–67, 1967–68
7 Malcolm Macdonald  England
2
Newcastle United 1975, Arsenal 1977 1974–75, 1976–77
7 Alan Smith  England
2
Arsenal 1988–89, 1990–91
7 Michael Owen  England
2
Liverpool 1997–98, 1998–99 [6]
7 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink  Netherlands
2
Leeds United 1999, Chelsea 2001 1998–99, 2000–01 [6]
7 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast
2
Chelsea 2006–07, 2009–10 [6]
7 Robin van Persie  Netherlands
2
Arsenal 2012, Manchester United 2013 2011–12, 2012–13 [7][8]
7 Harry Kane  England
2
Tottenham Hotspur 2015–16, 2016–17 [9]
7 Mohamed Salah  Egypt
2
Liverpool 2017–18, 2018–19
21 John Goodall  England
1
Preston North End 1888–89
21 Jimmy Ross  Scotland
1
Preston North End 1889–90
21 John Campbell  Scotland
1
Aston Villa 1895–96
21 Fred Wheldon  England
1
Aston Villa 1897–98
21 Billy Garraty  England
1
Aston Villa 1899–1900
21 Jimmy Settle  England
1
Everton 1901–02
21 Sam Raybould  England
1
Liverpool 1902–03
21 Arthur Brown  England
1
Sheffield United 1904–05
21 Alex Young  Scotland
1
Everton 1906–07
21 Enoch West  England
1
Nottingham Forest 1907–08
21 Bert Freeman  England
1
Everton 1908–09
21 Jack Parkinson  England
1
Liverpool 1909–10
21 George Holley  England
1
Sunderland 1911–12
21 Harry Hampton  England
1
Aston Villa 1911–12
21 George Elliott  England
1
Middlesbrough 1913–14
21 Bobby Parker  Scotland
1
Everton 1914–15
21 Fred Morris  England
1
West Bromwich Albion 1919–20
21 Joe Smith  England
1
Bolton Wanderers 1920–21
21 Andy Wilson  Scotland
1
Middlesbrough 1921–22
21 Charlie Buchan  England
1
Sunderland 1922–23
21 Wilf Chadwick  England
1
Everton 1923–24
21 Frank Roberts  England
1
Manchester City 1924–25
21 Ted Harper  England
1
Blackburn Rovers 1925–26
21 Jimmy Trotter  England
1
Sheffield Wednesday 1926–27
21 Dave Halliday  Scotland
1
Sunderland 1928–29
21 Vic Watson  England
1
West Ham United 1929–30
21 Tom Waring  England
1
Aston Villa 1930–31
21 Ted Drake  England
1
Arsenal 1934–35
21 W. G. Richardson  England
1
West Bromwich Albion 1935–36
21 Freddie Steele  England
1
Stoke City 1936–37
21 Dennis Westcott  England
1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1946–47
21 Ronnie Rooke  England
1
Arsenal 1947–48
21 Willie Moir  Scotland
1
Bolton Wanderers 1948–49
21 Dickie Davis  England
1
Sunderland 1949–50
21 Stan Mortensen  England
1
Blackpool 1950–51
21 George Robledo  Chile
1
Newcastle United 1951–52
21 Charlie Wayman  England
1
Preston North End 1952–53
21 Jimmy Glazzard  England
1
Huddersfield Town 1953–54
21 Ronnie Allen  England
1
West Bromwich Albion 1954–55
21 Nat Lofthouse  England
1
Bolton Wanderers 1955–56
21 John Charles  Wales
1
Leeds United 1956–57
21 Bobby Smith  England
1
Tottenham Hotspur 1957–58
21 Dennis Viollet  England
1
Manchester United 1959–60
21 Derek Kevan  England
1
West Bromwich Albion 1961–62
21 Ray Crawford  England
1
Ipswich Town 1961–62
21 Andy McEvoy  Ireland
1
Blackburn Rovers 1964–65
21 Willie Irvine  Northern Ireland
1
Burnley 1965–66
21 George Best  Northern Ireland
1
Manchester United 1967–68
21 Jeff Astle  England
1
West Bromwich Albion 1969–70
21 Tony Brown  England
1
West Bromwich Albion 1970–71
21 Francis Lee  England
1
Manchester City 1971–72
21 Pop Robson  England
1
West Ham United 1972–73
21 Mick Channon  England
1
Southampton 1973–74
21 Ted MacDougall  Scotland
1
Norwich City 1975–76
21 Andy Gray  Scotland
1
Aston Villa 1976–77
21 Bob Latchford  England
1
Everton 1977–78
21 Frank Worthington  England
1
Bolton Wanderers 1978–79
21 Phil Boyer  England
1
Southampton 1979–80
21 Peter Withe  England
1
Aston Villa 1980–81
21 Steve Archibald  Scotland
1
Tottenham Hotspur 1980–81
21 Kevin Keegan  England
1
Southampton 1981–82
21 Luther Blissett  England
1
Watford 1982–83
21 Ian Rush  Wales
1
Liverpool 1983–84
21 Kerry Dixon  England
1
Chelsea 1984–85
21 Clive Allen  England
1
Tottenham Hotspur 1986–87
21 John Aldridge  Ireland
1
Liverpool 1987–88
21 Ian Wright  England
1
Arsenal 1991–92
21 Teddy Sheringham  England
1
Tottenham Hotspur 1992–93 [5]
21 Andrew Cole  England
1
Newcastle United 1993–94
21 Chris Sutton  England
1
Blackburn Rovers 1997–98
21 Dion Dublin  England
1
Coventry City 1997–98
21 Dwight Yorke  Trinidad and Tobago
1
Manchester United 1998–99
21 Kevin Phillips  England
1
Sunderland 1999–2000
21 Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands
1
Manchester United 2002–03 [10]
21 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal
1
Manchester United 2007–08 [11]
21 Nicolas Anelka  France
1
Chelsea 2008–09 [12]
21 Dimitar Berbatov  Bulgaria
1
Manchester United 2010–11 [13]
21 Carlos Tevez  Argentina
1
Manchester City 2010–11 [13]
21 Luis Suárez  Uruguay
1
Liverpool 2013–14 [14]
21 Sergio Agüero  Argentina
1
Manchester City 2014–15 [15]
21 Sadio Mane  Senegal
1
Liverpool 2018–19
21 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  Gabon
1
Arsenal 2018–19
  • 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.

Club Titles Seasons
1 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
1 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
3 Tottenham Hotspur
11
1957–58, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1968–69, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93, 2015–16, 2016–17
4 Liverpool
9
1902–03, 1909–10, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19
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
6 Aston Villa
7
1895–96, 1897–98, 1899–1900, 1911–12, 1930–31, 1976–77, 1980–81
6 Chelsea
7
1958–59, 1960–61, 1984–85, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
6 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
10 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
12 Southampton
5
1966–67, 1967–68, 1973–74, 1979–80, 1981–82
12 Newcastle United
5
1910–11, 1951–52, 1974–75, 1993–94, 1996–97
15 Manchester City
4
1924–25, 1971–72, 2010–11, 2014–15
16 Sheffield Wednesday
3
1911–12, 1912–13, 1926–27
16 Preston North End
3
1888–89, 1889–90, 1952–53
18 Middlesbrough
2
1913–14, 1921–22
18 West Ham United
2
1929–30, 1972–73
18 Leeds United
2
1956–57, 1998–99
22 Sheffield United
1
1904–05
22 Nottingham Forest
1
1907–08
22 Stoke City
1
1936–37
22 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1
1946-47
22 Blackpool
1
1950–51
22 Huddersfield Town
1
1953–54
22 Ipswich Town
1
1961–62
22 Burnley
1
1965–66
22 Norwich City
1
1975-76
22 Watford
1
1982–83
22 Leicester City
1
1984–85
22 Coventry City
1
1997–98

By nationality[edit]

Country Titles
 England
88
 Scotland
16
 France
5
 Netherlands
5
 Wales
4
 Egypt
2
 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

All-time topscorers with over 200 goals[edit]

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

Rank Name Years Matches Goals Ratio
1 Jimmy Greaves 1957–1972 516 357 0.69
2 Steve Bloomer 1892–1914 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 355 246 0.69
11 Joe Smith 1908–1927 410 243 0.59
12 George Brown 1921–1935 366 240 0.65
13 George Camsell 1921–1939 337 233 0.69
14 Ian Rush 1980–1998 515 232 0.45
15 David Herd 1954–1970 412 222 0.53
16 Harry Hampton 1904–1922 357 219 0.61
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
21= Wayne Rooney 2002–2018 476 208 0.44
23 Bobby Gurney 1926–1944 348 205[16] 0.59
24 Arthur Chandler 1925–1935 309 204 0.66
25 Vic Watson 1923–1932 295 203 0.68
26= Denis Law 1960–1974 377 201 0.53
26= Harry Johnson 1919–1931 313 201 0.64

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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