his standing within the England goalscoring hierarchy, it seems quite
strange that the next new entry in the Spurs Top Twenty League
Goalscorers Chart will, pop-pickers, purge Gary Lineker from the table.
Nonetheless when this event does occur, weíll still remember
that Linekerís 67 goals came in just 3 seasons, including a
magnificent 28 goals in 35 games in a poor, poor 91-92 side.
An average of 22 goals a season ainít bad these days.
Just as a
latter-day hero may soon disappear, looking further up the list, its
slightly ironic to see which of the strikers from the great side of the
early eighties is present. Its
Mark Falco, and not the men who kept him out of the team for so long,
Archibald and Crooks, who figures in the list. Even further up, Teddy Sheringhamís presence is testament
to the fact that a healthy tally of goals is still viable for the modern
While appearance tables are often dominated by players from
successful eras (such as the 60s), this is not the case with the League
Goalscorers Chart, where there is a fair spread from across the
generations. This reflects
that fact that there can only be so many players claiming the goals at
any given moment as well as the fact that the game averaged more goals
prior to the seventies.
other famous strikers with an excellent White Hart Lane goalscoring
pedigree (such as Ted Harper, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Clive Allen) join
Archibald and Crooks in being missing, the tableís overall make up is
unsurprising. The leading goalscorers throughout the decades are featured,
but there are a number of notable entries including Glenn Hoddle, who
scored 88 goals from midfield, and Jimmy Dimmock who notched 12 more
from the wing. Even more
impressive are the goal grabbing exploits of Cliff Jones, who is 3rd
in the table with 135 goals, despite the fact that he was also a winger.
This is not only indicates the manís skill and loyalty, but
also the excellence and quality of Bill Nicholsonís side in the 60s.
article can pass without mention of the man himself, Jimmy Greaves, the
greatest goalscorer in the history of British football (let us not
forget that every single one of his 357 League goals was scored in top
flight football). Greavesí record of 220 League goals (let alone his overall
Spurs tally of 268 goals) trounces the Goonersí embarrassing overall goalscoring record (a meagre 178 in all competitions when
Ian Wright broke it in 1998).
football is more defensive, and with increasing numbers of European
games, squad systems and bigger substituteís benches meaning modern
players play fewer League games, itís unlikely that Jimmy Greavesí
record will ever be surpassed. I
can live with that.