With Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal return of 249 in the weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Reading, here’s a list of the clubs and players in positions 31 to 50 in the overall table.
Whilst the England skipper’s achievements in terms of his goal return are to be applauded, he doesn’t even get near the top ten when it comes to all time goals scored going back to the inception of the game – and not just the rebranding to the Premier League in 1992 – but he is in the set above this portion of the overall table.
The legwork – as compiled by Sky Sports – is particularly interesting when you look at the clubs who earn their place in those positions as the more modern day fan will look twice at some of the clubs, and there will even be fans of those clubs who don’t naturally recognise their highest ever goalscorers’ name.
Some are clearly more recognisable than others though and their names won’t be as much of a surprise.
Newcastle United top this set with Alan Shearer’s return of 206 goals between 1996 and 2006 and it closes out with Burton Albion’s Ritchie Barker on 157 across his two spells at the club in the 1960’s, but whilst being dominated more by clubs who find themselves lower in the football pyramid there are still plenty of familiar names with the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Crystal Palace to just pick three out at random.
Unlike the 11 to 30 portion of the table, this 31 to 50 positions are filled entirely by players who have long since hung up their boots.
Here’s the full list – 31 to 50.
1968-75, 79-81, 84-86
1975-83, 84-88, 92-93
Queens Park Rangers
Ernest ‘Pat’ Glover
With the propensity for players to move around more and represent different clubs over the years of their playing career in the modern game, in all honesty it’s highly unlikely that anybody will ever make a dent in the top 50 list now in the years to come, as being the nearest to the top ten sitting on 249 for Wayne Rooney, it’s still a long way to 306 and at 31 years old but often deployed slightly deeper now many will question if he can get close to the 300 mark in the remaining years of his career – and that assumes he remains with United until he hangs up his boots in any event.
Whilst the top 50 might not change in the coming years, at least the stats showing 18,498 goals in total from the 92 all time top scorers from 1892 will grow.
For those clubs and players who take positions 1 through to 10 please Click Here.
For those clubs and players who take positions 11 through to 30 please Click Here.
Finally, to complete the set, for those clubs and players who take positions 51 through to 74 please Click Here.
For some clubs and players in the full list they are tied on position with the number of goals scored, and whilst the list is goals scored across all competitions a few players have their goal tally taken from league competition only.
Obviously the table is based on the current make up of the Premier League and Football League so other clubs and their all time top scorer miss out in the 2016/17 version.