Manchester City have had some great strikers over the years, even when they were not as big club as they are now. All of them have a special place in the history of the club. So let us have a look at some of the greatest Manchester City strikers of all time.
Also including players who played as a forward but not as main striker. Here are the 10 greatest Manchester City strikers of all time –
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10. Uwe Rosler
In March 1994, Rösler joined Manchester City on an initial three-month loan following a successful trial in which he scored 2 goals.
After he signed permanently his influence continued to increase. He was magnificent in the 1994-95 season, scoring 22 goals in 38 games.His performance saved the club from relegation in 1994.
He scored 64 times in 176 games during a difficult period for the club, including relegation from the Premier League in 1996.
9. Tommy Browell
Signed from Everton in 1913,Tommy Browell was one of City’s greatest ever strikers. Two seasons into his time in Manchester, the outbreak of World War I suspended football for a four-year period. When matches resumed in 1919, Browell formed a prolific goalscoring partnership with Horace Barnes. In the 1920–21 season Manchester City finished runners-up in the league, and Browell set a career-best of 31 league goals.
He was later sold to Blackpool after City’s relegation in 1926.He is the seventh leading scorer in the club’s history with 137 goals, and would have even more if wartime games were taken in to consideration.
After his death in 1955, at the age of 62, Browell received the honour of having a street named after him in Manchester,near a street close to Maine Road.
8. Horace Barnes
In 1914 Manchester City purchased Barnes for £2,500.00 from Derby County. In his first season with the Manchester team he made 25 league appearances and scored 12 goals, helping the team to fifth in the first division, three points behind champions Everton.
He possessed a fearsome shot, and according to legend he once hit a free kick with so much force that it broke the goalkeeper’s wrist.
Barnes had a phenomenal goalscoring record for City, netting 125 goals in 235 appearances and was also the first City player to score at Maine Road.After spending ten years with the club,he was sold to Preston North End in 1924.
7. Shaun Goater
Goater moved to City at a turbulent point in their history ,with seven games of the 1997-98 season left and City flirting with relegation,Goater scored three goals in the remaining matches but this was not enough to prevent the club from being relegated to the third tier of English Football for the first time ever.
Disliked by the fans upon arrival, it wasn’t until the following season, where he scored 21 goals and helped City to promotion at the first time of asking, that his cult status began to develop.
His 29 goals the following campaign saw the club achieve back-to-back promotions and take City to the Premier League.
Shortly before the end of the 2002–03 season, Goater announced his intention to leave Manchester City when the season finished in order to seek regular first team football. In his final match for Manchester City, he was asked to captain the side in Manchester City’s final game at Maine Road.
He overall scored 103 goals in 212 league games across all divisons, a remarkable return on City’s £400,000 investment.
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6. Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez joined Manchester City in 2009,having spent two years with Manchester United.Tevez’s transfer was the begining for the successful club we see now. He raised expectations, not just those of the fans, but of the other players in the squad who were visibly lifted by his arrival.
He scored 73 goals in 148 games and led the team to the FA Cup in 2011, City’s first piece of major silverware in 35 years. He’d go on to help the club claim the Premier League title the following season, City’s first league trophy in 44 years.
After spending four years with the club he moved to Juventus in 2013.
5. Tommy Johnson
Johnson is the third leading goalscorer in City’s history with 166 goals, and holds the club record for most goals in a single season with 38 goals in 1928-29.
Johnson marked his debut in 1919 with a goal, but would take three more years to establish himself fully in the Blues’ starting line-up, forming an impressive partnership with Horace Barnes.
He was an incredibly popular figure with supporters, and his transfer to Everton in 1930 sparked protests and even a boycott on the terraces.
4. Eric Brook
Brook is regarded as one of Manchester City’s and England’s greatest ever players. Eric Brook was an unorthodox outside-left who often played in the centre-forward position if the occasion demanded.
In 1928 Brook and team-mate Fred Tilson were transferred to Manchester City for a combined fee of £6,000, the pair making their debuts on 17 March against Grimsby Town.Brook possessed a thunderous shot and was the natural penalty-taker for the team. He rarely missed a game and, with 178 goals for the Blues, he still remains the club’s second top scorer – incredible feat for a player who didn’t always played as the main striker.
Eric retired in 1940 following a motor accident and sadly passed away in March 1965.
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3. Francis Lee
Lee was an integral part of City’s most successful ever team. Manchester City manager Joe Mercer signed him for a club record transfer fee of £60,000 in 1967. His strength and tenacity were admired by fans, and he had an uncanny knack of “winning” penalties and converting them.
He made his Manchester City debut in a 2–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Maine Road, and scored his first Manchester City goal the following week at Fulham. In his first season at the club, he scored 16 League goals in 31 appearances, playing a crucial role in City’s push for the 1967–68 League Championship; Mercer described him as “the final piece of the jigsaw”.
The title was decided on the final day of the season, City requiring a win at Newcastle United. City won the match 4–3, Lee scoring one of the goals, and were crowned champions. The following season Lee was part of the Manchester City team which won the 1969 FA Cup.
Part of the suitably named ‘Holy Trinity’ of Bell, Summerbee and Lee, he remains one of the Club’s greatest players.
2. Peter Doherty
A pre-war hero, who many older fans argue was even better than Colin Bell and regarded him as the greatest Manchester City player ever.
Peter Doherty was not an out-and-out striker, but he played as a forward. He scored 82 goals in 134 appearances before the Second World War cut his career short. He also led the club to their first ever league title in 1936-37.
Joe Mercer, who played against Doherty while with Everton later claimed: “Of all the opponents I faced I particularly remember Doherty, who was unplayable on his day. He was built like a greyhound, very fast and elusive but with stamina, too. He had a Rolls-Royce engine in him.”
1. Sergio Aguero
Possibly the greatest player ever to pull on the City shirt, Sergio Aguero was signed by the club in 2011 smashing the Club record transfer fee. He announced his arrival with two goals from the bench against Swansea and has been breaking Club records ever since.
He wrote his name into City folklore with his title-winning goal in the 94th min against QPR, on the final day of his debut season. He is the highest South American scorer in the history of the Premier League, and reached 100 goals in the division faster than any player other than Alan Shearer.
Hee is the club’s highest goalscorer and also has the best ‘minutes per goal ratio’ in the history of the Premier League.
After his playing days are over, Man City should build a statue of him outside Etihad stadium.