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 –
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.