Some footballers leave an everlasting impression on the minds of their fans, with their skills, passion and love for the club. In this article, we are going to have a look at 3 greatest players ever of each of the 20 Premier League Clubs.
These 3 greatest players of each club are not just picked from Premier League era but from all time. Sorting is done in alphabetical order, i.e. we start with Arsenal and end with Wolves. Here are our 3 greatest players ever of each of the 20 Premier League Clubs.
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3. Dennis Bergkamp
Bergkamp redefined football in England’s top division. His textbook technique, physical prowess and second-nature for picking out the killer pass made him the ultimate symbol of fantasy football.His arrival at the club was significant not only because he was an established international footballer who looked to have his best years ahead of him but also because he was a major contributor to Arsenal’s return to success after much decline in the mid-1990s.
Bergkamp plundered 120 goals in his time with Arsenal, making him the 10th highest goalscorer in the club’s history.With Arsenal he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cup trophies, and reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, which marked his last appearance as a player.
2. Tony Adams
Adams was the ultimate one-club man – a rarity in modern football – and a rock at the heart of Arsenal’s defence. He thrived as the leader of the famous Back Four, developing an instinctive understanding with his centre-back partner Steve Bould and full-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn. On an individual level, it’s hard to think of a more committed, more gutsy and more inspirational footballer in Arsenal’s history.
Fourteen years as captain, 669 appearances and 10 major trophies, including league titles in three different decades. He is the only player in English football history to have captained a title-winning team in three different decades.
It’s no surprise that ‘Mr. Arsenal’ is regarded as one of the greatest Arsenal players ever.
1. Thierry Henry
Arsenal’s club record scorer with 228 goals scored in just about every way possible.The Frenchman had exquisite technique, searing pace and surprising strength. And like the typical schoolboy superstar, he did pretty much everything for his team. Henry was the talisman, the dead-ball expert, the penalty-taker and the assist-maker.
The Frenchman was unplayable at times, capable of scoring from anywhere and terrorising defences all over the continent, especially when he drifted out left to pick up possession and run at retreating opponents.
He won two league titles, three FA Cups, four golden boots and five player of the year awards – he would be considered a great in any era.
2. Aston Villa
3 Peter Withe
Peter is the man who got that famous winning goal against Bayern Munich in the European Cup final in 1982. He spent five years at Villa, scoring 92 goals in 233 appearances. 20 of those came in the title winning season and he is a player who will always be remembered by the Villa fans.
2 Gordan Cowans
Cowans is regarded as a huge Legend at the club. He made more than 400 appearances for the club in three successful spells. He was known for his superb passing and is one of the most decorated players in the history of the club winning the League, League Cup, European Cup and the European Super Cup.
1 Charlie Aitken
It’s doubtful Charlie Aitken’s Aston Villa appearance record will ever be beaten. Aitken turned out 660 times, including 657 starts, during a remarkable claret and blue career between 1959 and 1976.
The Scottish defender established himself as Villa’s regular left back with his impeccably timed tackling a feature of his game.
His greatest achievements were the 1975 League Cup final win over Norwich at Wembley, the Third Division championship triumph in 1972 and promotion back to the top flight in 1975.
3. Eddie Howe
Much has been said about Howe’s tremendous managerial promise, and he is certainly one of the brightest talents in the English game, but little mention is ever made of what a glorious footballer he was. A centre-back blessed with Bobby Moore-like grace and the determination of Steve Bruce, Howe almost always looked a cut above the other 21 players on the pitch at League One level.
It’s rare for a defender to be so popular with a club’s younger supporters — normally a goal-getting striker or a flying winger would be the apple of their eye, but even most of the kids down at Dean Court would lap up Howe’s performances.
2. Steve Fletcher
Steve Fletcher holds the club record for most appearances, with 728 matches and scored 122 goals.The former striker made himself a firm favourite with the Cherries faithful over two spells and 728 appearances after first signing from hometown club Hartlepool United in 1992.
Later in his career, Fletcher enjoyed spells at Chesterfield and Crawley Town as well as a loan stint with Plymouth Argyle but insisted Dean Court had become his spiritual home.
1. Ted MacDougall
MacDougall was a prolific goalscorer who had two spells at Bournemouth, scoring 142 goals in 215 appearances and winning seven full international caps for Scotland. In an FA Cup tie for Bournemouth, in November 1971, he scored nine goals in an 11–0 win against Margate.
He once said, “When it came to goalscoring, I was utterly single-minded. I never fetched the ball – you had to deliver it to me, preferably on a silver tray about five yards out.”
Now 70, MacDougall regards Bournemouth as his team – and they regard him as their favourite son.
4. Brighton & Hove Albion
3. Mark Lawrenson
Lawrenson joined Brighton & Hove Albion from Preston in 1977 for £100,000. Ironically, they outbid Liverpool who also showed interest in the 19-year-old Lawrenson. Lawrenson made his Brighton debut on 20 August 1977 in a 1–1 draw against Southampton at The Dell. He settled in at the Goldstone Ground and made 40 league appearances by the end of his first season of the club.
Lawrenson went on to make 152 league appearances by the end of the 1980–81 season. However the club entered a financial crisis in 1981 and Lawrenson was forced to leave the club to make funds available. A number of clubs were interested in signing Lawrenson after his resilient performances for both Preston and Brighton, but it was Liverpool manager Bob Paisley who, finally, secured his signature.
2. Peter Ward
Ward joined Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. in 1975 for a fee of £4000.He spent 5 years with the club scoring 79 goals in 178 league apps.
During the 1976–77 season, he scored 36 goals, beating the club record and winning him the golden boot. He is still revered by Brighton fans who sing a song dreaming of a team in which every player is Peter Ward: ‘We all live in a Wardy Wonderland.’ After finishing second in Division Two in 1978–79, Brighton were promoted to the old Football League First Division.He left for Nottingham Forest in 1980.
1. Bobby Zamora
If one place in this side was guaranteed, it was Bobby Zamora leading the line. One of, if not the greatest player of any era to play for Brighton and Hove Albion, Zamora was the main reason for the success of the early part of the last decade, breaking the thirty goal a season mark two years running and then still managing to hit 15 in a season in which he missed half in Division One. A well deserved place for arguably the best player to play at Withdean.
3. George Beel
Beel was a professional footballer who played as a centre forward. He is regarded as the best centre forward in Burnley’s history and holds their records for the highest number of goals in a season and the highest number of league goals ever.
He spent nine years at Turf Moor, where he scored 187 goals in 337 games in all competitions for the Clarets, being their top goal-scorer in six of those seasons and runner-up in another two.
2. Jimmy Adamson
Adamson, a right-half, joined Burnley in January 1947 after playing non-league football in his native Ashington and working as a miner. His early career was interrupted by national service, which he completed with the Royal Air Force, meaning his debut had to wait until February 1951, when Burnley played away to Bolton Wanderers. He played once for the England B team, but never made the full England side.
He was an ever-present as Burnley won the First Division in 1959–60 and captained the side to the 1962 FA Cup Final which they lost against Tottenham Hotspur. He was also named Footballer of the Year in 1962.
Adamson formed a midfield partnership with inside-forward Jimmy McIlroy, around which much of Burnley’s creative play was centred.
1. Jimmy Mcllroy
Mcllroy is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of Burnley, having played 497 matches for the “Clarets” and scoring 131 goals.
He was dubbed as the ‘Brain’ of Burnley and was a very composed passer of the ball only releasing it when he was sure of finding a team-mate. His neat footwork made him a crowd favourite at Turf Moor and indeed for the Northern Ireland national team where he made 55 caps.He helped Burnley win the First Division in 1959–60 and reach the FA Cup Final in 1962, losing 3–1 to Tottenham Hotspur.
After 497 matches for the “Clarets” scoring 131 goals, McIlory was allowed to leave for Stoke City for a cut price £25,000, which came as a shock to the Burnley fans who branded chairman Bob Lord ‘insane’.
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3. Peter Osgood
Forty years before Chelsea signed Didier Drogba, Stamford Bridge had another king, that too a local youngster rising through the youth academy. Peter Osgood, or ‘The Wizard Of Os’ as he was fondly remembered as, was a magical forward who was a major reason behind Chelsea’s rise to prominence in the early 1970s. Before Roman Abramovich pumped millions into the club, the 70s were the most successful years for Chelsea, with their talismanic forward in blistering form. He became one of the few players who scored in every round of the FA Cup, as Chelsea marched to the final in 1970. In the final replay at Old Trafford, he scored a brilliant diving header to level the score as Chelsea went on to win 2-1 to win the first ever FA Cup in their history.
Osgood continued his prolific form in big matches next season as well, scoring in both legs of the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup against the mighty Real Madrid, giving Chelsea a taste of European success for the first time ever. These trophies mean Osgood will forever have a place in the hearts of Chelsea fans all over the world, and there is a huge ‘Born Is The King’ banner at Stamford Bridge as a tribute to the great forward.
Sadly passed away in 2006 but has been honoured by the club with a statue outside Stamford Bridge.We didn’t thought twice to put him in top 3 among the best Chelsea players ever.
2. John Terry
A strong, tenacious, commanding and physical defender, Terry excels in the air and is known for his aggressive tackling, positioning, leadership and his ability to read the game.
He recently left Chelsea after 19 years with the club. The centre-back has captained Chelsea through their most successful period, winning five league titles, five FA Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.
1. Frank Lampard
An £11 million signing from West Ham, where his time was overshadowed by accusations of nepotism and taunts about his weight, Lampard proved his class and professionalism over 13 trophy-laden seasons at Stamford Bridge. Possessed of a high IQ on and off the field, Lampard was everything a modern midfielder should be, but it was his goalscoring ability that stood out.
He comfortably broke double figures for 10 straight seasons, scoring 20-plus in five of those, and passed Bobby Tambling’s all-time club record in May 2013.
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7. Crystal Palace
3. Ian Wright
He signed for Palace in 1985, aged 22. In six years at Palace, Wright scored 117 goals in 277 games for the club, making him the third highest scorer in Palace history, and the highest since the 1930’s. In 2005, Wright was named Palace’s ‘Player of the Century’. He left the club in 1991 for Arsenal, where too he went on to become a club legend.
2. Peter Simpson
Simpson made his Crystal Palace debut in the fifth game of the 1929-30 season against Norwich City and scored a hat-trick, and by March of that season, had scored 27 goals in 27 league and cup games. This alerted the big clubs of the time to his talent, and a transfer away from Selhurst Park seemed certain.
However, the Palace directors put a huge price-tag on his contract, and no move came. He finished the season, and improved on his record up until March, finally having netted 36 times in 34 games. He scored overall 165 goals in 195 apps for the club.
1. Jim Cannon
Signed in 1970, the Scottish defender has made more appearance for The Eagles than any other player, with over 660 appearances during his 15 seasons at Selhurst Park.Cannon was with the Eagles between 1973 and 1988 and scored on his debut against Chelsea.
In 2005, Cannon was voted into Palace’s Centenary XI, and was only just pipped to “The Player of The Century” award by Ian Wright.
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3. Kevin Ratcliffe
One of the best Everton players ever, Kevin Ratcliffe was known for his superb defending skills which included some tough tackling and helped him gain a reputation as a hard man.
The Welshman international was a product of Everton’s distinguished youth academy. And by the age of 22, he had already firmly established himself in the Toffees’ first team.
He was made Everton captain by Howard Kendall in 1983 at the tender age of 23. Whilst captain, Ratcliffe led Everton to one of their most successful spells in the club’s history, winning the 1984 FA Cup Final, the League Championship in 1984–85 and1986–87 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1984–85.
2. Neville Southall
Undoubtedly one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation, Neville Southall will always be considered as one of Everton’s best ever players.
The legendary shot stopper was signed by iconic Everton manager Howard Kendall for £150,000 which proved to be a bargain as Southall soon rivalled Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton for the title of the best goalkeeper in England. The Welshman was an integral part of Everton in their glory days which saw them win two First Division titles, two FA Cups, four Community Shields and one League Cup.
Southall also picked up loads of personal awards for his goalkeeping skills which included him being included in the PFA Team Of The Year four consecutive times along with being named as one of the greatest players of the 20th Century by World Soccer.
1. Dixie Dean
Without a doubt, Dixie Dean is Everton’s best player of all time. With a total of 383 goals, Dixie Dean still holds the record as Everton’s top scorer. During his 12-year career Dixie Dean became the Merseyside club’s top goal scorer with 383 goals in all competitions and still holds the English national record of most goals in a season with 61 goals in the 1927-1928 season. On the foot of the Dixie Dean statue outside Goodison Park are the words ‘Footballer, Gentleman, Evertonian’. No words could summarise this great man better.
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9. Leicester City
3. Gary Lineker
Lineker began his football career at Leicester City,making his senior debut in 1979.However, he became a regular player in 1981–82, scoring 19 goals in all competitions that season. Although Leicester missed out on promotion, they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and clinched promotion a year later as Lineker scored 26 times in the Second Division. In 1983–84, he enjoyed regular First Division action for the first time and was the division’s second highest scorer with 22 goals, although Leicester failed to finish anywhere near the top of the league. He was the First Division’s joint top scorer in 1984–85 with 24 goals.
Lineker never received even a yellow card in his professional career. He made 194 league apps for Leicester scoring 95 goals.
2. Steve Walsh
Walsh spent most of his career at Leicester City after joining from Wigan in 1986. Brian Little made Walsh Leicester’s club captain in 1992 and started playing him as a striker even though he was a defender. He went on to score 15 goals that season including one in the Division 1 play-off final against Swindon Town at the end of the season.
In 1993–94 he scored twice as Leicester won the final and promotion to the Premier League over Derby County, having missed much of that season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Peter Taylor let Walsh leave Leicester in 2000, ending his spell at Filbert Street after 14 years.
1. Gordon Banks
Banks is best known for being the man between the sticks when England won the World Cup in 1966, Banks’ club career was spent largely with Leicester City and Stoke City.
He spent eight years with Leicester and played in four cup finals for the club, as they were beaten in the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup finals, before winning the League Cup in 1964 and finishing as finalists in 1965. During this time he established himself as England’s number one goalkeeper, and played every game of the nation’s 1966 World Cup victory.
Despite this success, he was dropped by Leicester and sold on to Stoke City for £50,000 in April 1967.
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3. Ian Rush
Ian Rush is a retired Welsh striker,he played for Liverpool F.C. from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996, and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions during his two spells at the club. At international level he made 73 appearances for the Wales national football team and remains the record goalscorer for his country with 28 goals between 1980 and 1996.
He scored at will, but there was so much more to him. His honours include five league championships and a European Cup,earning him a place among Liverpool legends.
2. Kenny Dalglish
Magician, genius, king,call him what you want. He was one of the best Liverpool players ever if not the best.
With 172 goals scored for Liverpool, King Kenny is probably most remembered for his European Cup clinching goal in the 1978 final.
He seemed to play football in the future, knowing exactly where his team-mates would be and the perfect ball to play. He represented the club with class on and off the field.
He also managed Liverpool and earned fame for himself there too.He won 13 trophies as a player and 6 trophies as a manager.Many would put him at no.1 position among ‘Liverpool legends’ and no one would argue that.
1. Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard just pips Dalglish as Liverpool’s greatest ever player. What he achieved, often in far more inferior sides, was astonishing. His passion for the club was unmatched. Many big clubs wanted him in his prime, but he stayed loyal to Liverpool.
A local lad who has risen through the ranks to lead his beloved club to a Champions League crown, two FA Cups and three League Cups.
Gerrard has scored over 150 goals during his 14 years with the first team. He is surely the greatest player to ever don the Reds jersey.
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11. Manchester City
3. Bert Trautmann
Bert Trautmann was a German professional footballer who played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.He made 508 apps for the club which is 4th highest.
Trautman served with the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, and was captured by British forces towards the end of the conflict and transferred to a prisoner-of-war camp in Lancashire. City’s decision to sign an ex-German paratrooper in 1949 sparked mass protests but over time Trautman’s performances won the City fans over. He firmly established himself in City folklore in the 1956 FA Cup final, when he broke his neck fifteen minutes from full-time. Incredibly, he continued playing and was able to collect his winner’s medal.
2. Colin Bell
Arguably the greatest among Man City legends,Colin Bell has a stand named after him at the Etihad Stadium.A magnificent goal-scoring midfielder who covered every inch of the field and knew how to tackle, too. Won the First and Second Division titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in his time at the club.
Colin Bell is the first name that comes to our mind when we talk about Manchester City legends.Known quite simply as The King amongst City fans, Bell is loved and adored at the club. He joined the club from Bury in 1966 after being watched by Assistant Manager Malcolm Allison on a number of occasions.He left the club in 1979 after spending thirteen years with Manchester City.
1. Sergio Aguero
Not many people would argue that Sergio Aguero is the greatest player ever to wear the Man City’s jersey.The Argentina striker arrived in the summer of 2011, scored two fine goals on his debut and, in the most dramatic of circumstances and with the final kick of the season, secured the club’s first title in 44 years.City might build a statue of that moment outside Etihad someday.
He has scored over 160 goals for Man City in the Premier League. So often this man comes to rescue City in times of trouble, his goals have helped elevate the club to new heights and their current standing in the game is largely owed to Sergio Leonel Aguero.
12. Manchester United
3. Ryan Giggs
Giggs is the most decorated footballer in English history, with 168 goals in 963 appearances.
He started as a fearless winger with pace to burn and ended almost a quarter of a century later as a midfield mainstay, a leader and a future manager in the making. In between times Ryan Giggs won a record 34 trophies including 13 Premier League titles.
2. George Best
“Pele Good, Maradona Better, George Best”
This quote isn’t said without reason. True to the words, George Best was probably the greatest player to have the graced the Old Trafford pitch. Speed, balance, vision, superb close control, the ability to create chances and score from seemingly impossible situations tells half the story. The other half was a uncontainable zest for the game as it should be played, a ceaseless trickery and joy. Pelé, for his part, dubbed United’s no.7 “the greatest player in the world.”
1. Bobby Charlton
Just 16 months after making his United debut Bobby Charlton lost eight of his team-mates in the Munich air tragedy, an experience that he still thinks about every single day. Yet he still went on to score 249 goals in 758 appearances for the club which now goes hand in hand with his name.
During 17 years of devoted service playing for the Red Devils, Charlton won three league titles and an European Cup.This Man Utd legend is also part of the ‘Holy Trinity’.
13. Newcastle United
3. Jimmy Lawrence`
Lawrence spent 14 seasons as United’s first-choice goalkeeper and won three Championship medals during his Tyneside stay.Durable and consistent, along with John ‘Jock’ Rutherford and Colin Veitch, he was one of only three players to take part in all of United’s Edwardian era successes.
He played with Newcastle for eighteen years after joining the Tyneside club in 1904 and still holds the record for making the most appearances for them – 432 league appearances,496 matches in total.
2. Jackie Milburn
Milburn played two trial matches at St James’ Park as a 19-year-old in 1943. In the second of these, he scored six second half goals.Milburn made his competitive debut in the FA Cup in the 1945–46 season .On 18 October 1947, Milburn wore the number nine shirt for the first time as he was given the Centre-Forward’s role and scored a hat-trick.
In total, Milburn played in three FA Cup winning finals for United; 1951, 1952 and 1955. By the time Milburn left Newcastle in 1957, he had become the highest goalscorer in Newcastle United’s history.He remained so until he was surpassed by Alan Shearer in February 2006.
Milburn remains Newcastle’s second highest goalscorer, having scored 200 competitive goals.He was finally granted a testimonial ten years later after leaving the club, in 1967.In 397 games for the club,Milburn scored 200 goals.
1. Alan Shearer
As a player, Shearer was often styled as a classic English centre-forward, owing to his strength, physical stature, heading ability and strong shot, which enabled him to be highly prolific goalscorer.
It was in July 1996 when the Magpies beat Manchester United to Shearer’s signature, smashing the world transfer record to bring him home.As they had done for the bulk of his career, the goals continued to flow for Shearer, and in the first of his ten seasons at St. James’ Park, he scored 28 goals – forming a lethal partnership with Les Ferdinand.
He went on to become Newcastle’s and the Premier League’s record goalscorer.He scored 206 goals for the club,of which 49 were scored with his head.He is arguably the best striker the Premier League has ever seen.
14. Norwich City
3. Ron Ashman
Ron Ashman was a long-serving player for Norwich. Originally with Peterborough, he signed professional terms with Norwich in January 1946. He made 662 appearances for the Canaries, first of all as a striker then as a wing-half.
He was the captain of the Norwich team that reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1959 as a third division side, won promotion to the second division in 1960 and won the Football League Cup for the first time in 1962. He became Norwich manager in December 1963, having acted up as such the previous year. He lasted in this position until June 1966.
2. Martin Peters
A winner of the 1966 World Cup with England, Martin Peters spent the twilight of his career at Carrow Road. Known as “the complete midfielder” as he could pass the ball well with either foot, was good in the air and difficult to mark because of his movement. A free kick specialist, Peters was described by England manager Sir Alf Ramsey, after a game against Scotland in 1968, as being “ten years ahead of his time”.
In the five years from March 1975 to August 1980, Martin played 232 games for the Canaries scoring fifty times. Twice the player-of-the-year at Carrow Road, Martin’s vision and ability helped the Canaries secure a regular spot in English Football’s top flight. In 1978, whilst still a Norwich City player, Peters was awarded an MBE for services to association football. He was inducted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2002. He is a must in any list of greatest Norwich City footballers ever.
1. Kevin Keelan
Kevin Keelan is undeniably one of Norwich City’s greatest legends. A first choice keeper from 1963 through to 1980, Kevin made 673 first team appearances in goal for Norwich City. This tally consists of 571 league appearances, 32 FA Cup ties, 57 League Cup matches and 14 competitive others.
He was twice City Player of the Year and played for the City side which lost the 1973 League Cup Final to Tottenham Hotspur. It is most unlikely that Norwich will ever again see such commitment and longevity from any other player.
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15. Sheffield United
3. Phil Jagielka
Jags was an integral part of the team that reached two semi-finals and later won promotion to the Premier League. Phil stuck around longer than he had to when the big boys came calling- ensuring a special place in the hearts of the Lane faithful. Magic moments like his 30 yard injury time blockbuster against Leeds and the emergency goalie skills that kept Arsenal at bay, will always stay in the memories of the fans.
2. Alan Woodward
Local lad, powerful shot, pace, nifty wing play, great dead ball striker and premature greyness: what’s not to love? In the eyes of the faithful, Woody was a cross between Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray. During a 15 year career he clocked up over 500 appearances
1. Tony Currie
The biggest attendance at Bramall Lane in the 1986/87 season saw a Sunday afternoon game in which Sheffield United’s 1972 promotion side took on Dennis Waterman’s Showbiz XI for Tony Currie’s testimonial. It was a chance for the youngsters to pay tribute to the great man. Currie is arguably the finest player ever to pull on the red and white stripes.
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3. Terry Paine
Paine made over 800 appearances (a club record) in 18 seasons with the club.
After joining the club in 1956 ,he quickly became a regular for the team as a right-sided winger, and was also on occasion played on the left-wing, in the centre of midfield, or up front. In 1960 he was a part of the squad which won the club’s only Third Division title, and in 1966 helped the club to its first promotion to the First Division. Paine left Southampton in 1974, after the club was relegated back to the Second Division.
2. Mick Channon
With a total of 228 goals, Mick Channon is Southampton’s top scorer of all time. The striker played for Southampton for fifteen years, helping the club win the FA Cup in 1976, the only major trophy ever claimed by the club. In addition to performing brilliantly at club level, Channon also showed good performance at national team level. He became one of the most remarkable players in England national football team in the 1970s, scoring 21 goals in 46 appearances.
1. Matt Le Tissier
Le Tiss, or ‘Le God’, as Southampton fans often refer to him as, spent his entire professional career on the south coast, spanning 16 years and seeing him score 209 goals in 531 games. Le Tissier is the second highest scorer in Southampton history and won the clubs Player of the Year award on three occasions.
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17. Tottenham Hotspur
3. David Mackay
Mackay was a physically imposing, but also creative midfielder who was the catalyst for the longest period of success in Spurs history.During a nine-year spell he won the league twice , the FA Cup three times, and the Cup Winners Cup once, collecting 22 Scotland cpas all the while.
He was part of the double winning side of 1960-61, took the FA Cup for a second straight season in 1961-62 and won the European Cup Winner Cup in 1962-63.He was the rock of the most successful Tottenham side ever.
2. Jimmy Greaves
Spurs highest goal scorer. Greaves struck an incredible 266 times in 380 games for Spurs on the way to winning two FA Cups and the Cup Winners Cup.Greaves finished as top League goalscorer in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1969.
His record of finishing top goalscorer for six seasons has never been matched and he is still a welcome figure around the club to this day.He even managed to pick up a World Cup winners medal in that time too.He is one of the greatest Spurs legends.
1. Danny Blanchflower
Blanchflower is regarded as the best Tottenham player of all time.
One of the leaders and most decorated players of the great Tottenham side of the fifties and sixties, Blanchflower captained Spurs to a league and FA Cup double in 1961. He also lifted the Cup Winners’ Cup and was twice named Player of the Year while at the club.In his day, Blanchflower was a brilliant midfielder, general of the pitch and tactician of the game.
”Football is about glory,’ the late Danny once said. ‘It is about doing things in style and with a flourish.
3. Tony Coton
Tony Coton started his professional career at Birmingham City in 1978.Birmingham were relegated from the First Division at the end of the next season, but Coton found his way back into the top flight with a transfer to Watford, for a sum of £300,000. He soon replaced Steve Sherwood in Watford’s goal and at the end of his second full season at Vicarage Road he won the Hornets’ Player of the Season and Display of the Season awards, the latter for a clean sheet against Liverpool.
He remained with the club even after their relegation from the First Division in 1988. He went on to become Watford Player of the Season for an unprecedented third time in 1989–90. Coton later became the second player to be inducted into Watford’s Hall of Fame, behind club legend Luther Blissett.
2. John Barnes
Barnes joined Watford from non-league Sudbury Court at the age of 17 in 1981 and was quickly parachuted into the first-team at Vicarage Road.Over the next six years, Barnes made 296 appearances for the Hornets, scoring 85 goals.
Watford won promotion to the top flight in Barnes’ first season and beat Manchester United on their way to a League Cup quarter-final too.
In 1982/83, Watford’s first ever season of top-flight football, they stunned everyone by finishing second behind Liverpool and Barnes was a pivotal figure with 10 league goals and numerous assists.
He is universally regarded as the best black player to have represented England and his goal against Brazil in the Maracana in 1984 remains iconic.He’s probably the most skillful player to wear the Watford shirt.
1. Luther Blisset
In his time at Watford,Blisset helped them win promotion from the Fourth Division to the First Division. Blissett holds Watford’s all-time records for appearances and goals, having played 503 games and scored 186 goals.
Blissett and his team mates made the headlines in the 1982–83 season as they surprised many by proving successful in the First Division. Watford briefly led the league in the autumn, before finishing second to Liverpool and qualified for the UEFA Cup. In Watford’s first ever First Division season, Blissett was the division’s top goalscorer that season with 27 goals.
19. West Ham United
3. Billy Bonds
After signing from Charlton as a young full-back, Bonds went on to make a record 793 appearances for the Hammers in a spell at the club stretching over 20 years. Grit and determination is something West Ham supporters have always been fond of, and it is possible that this derives from Bonds. After Bobby Moore left for Fulham, Bonds’ natural leadership made him the obvious successor to the captain’s armband, and this was an honour he held down for many years to come.
After the departure of Bobby Moore in March 1974, Bonds was appointed to the captaincy and led the club to an FA Cup final victory over Fulham in 1975 and to the final of the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup despite a groin injury that interrupted the latter half of the 1974–75 season and part of the 1975–76 season. Manager Greenwood moved Bonds from midfield to the back four as centre-half alongside Tommy Taylor shortly before the end of the 1976–77 season, where he was able to come out from defence with the ball.
He experienced relegation with West Ham at the end of the 1977–78 season but led West Ham to a second FA Cup victory over First Division club Arsenal in 1980, becoming the only West Ham captain to lift the FA Cup on two occasions. In 1980–81, he led West Ham to the final of the League Cup, which was lost to Liverpool after a replay, and to promotion back to the First Division.
His midfield partnership with Trevor Brooking was well-balanced and his tough style made him a firm fan favourite with the West Ham crowd.He was voted ”Hammer of the year” four times in his career.Bonds passed Bobby Moore’s club record of appearances in 1982–83 and ‘officially’ retired in May 1984. He also later managed the club between 1990 and 1994.
2. Trevor Booking
Trevor Brooking was an FA Cup winner in 1975 and 1980 for West Ham. The midfielder, who played 528 times for the club, won 4 Hammer of the Year trophies in 1972 and won it three times consecutively in 1976-1978. In 2009 a stand at Upton Park was named after Brooking.
When the Hammers were relegated, Brooking showed indescribable loyalty by pledging to stay with the team, and he did so for the rest of his career. He has even made a brief comeback as manager on 2 occasions in times of trouble, and only lost 1 game.
1. Bobby Moore
Bobby Moore captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time, and was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he had ever played against.
He has a statue outside the home of English football, Wembley Stadium. Apart from captaining England to World Cup glory in 1966, he was also a hero for West Ham, winning the FA Cup (1963/64), the UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1964/65) and the International Soccer League (1963/64).
Bobby Moore brought leadership, passion and great defensive instincts to West Ham. He won many individual awards during his 16-year-career at the Hammers, such as, Ballon D’Or Runner Up (1970), FWA Footballer of the Year (1964) and winning Hammer of the Year a staggering 4 times (1961, 1963, 1968, 1970). He also made it into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007.
His legacy at West Ham lives on, he has a stand named after him at the London Stadium (which he also had at the Boleyn Ground) and his iconic, No. 6, shirt has been retired out of respect for Moore after his tragic death with bowel and liver cancer in 1993, which is why the Bobby Moore Foundation started.
3. John Richards
John Richards scores Wolverhampton Wanderers’ winner in the 1975 League Cup final at Wembley
One England cap never did this prolific scorer anything near justice. He made his debut in February 1970 in a 3-3 at Albion. He formed a superb partnership with Derek Dougan, but it was 1971-72 before he established himself as a regular first-team member, scoring 16 goals in 48 games and gaining a UEFA Cup runners-up medal.
The following season he was the country’s leading goal scorer with 33 league and cup goals and another three in the Texaco Cup. At the end of that season he won his cap when he played in a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland.
In 1974 he scored the winning goal in Wolves 2-1 win over Man City in the League Cup Final and in 1976-77 he helped Wolves win the Second Division Championship.
In 1980 he was a member of the Wolves side that beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the League Cup Final. He went on to score 194 goals in 486 games.
2. Kenny Hibbitt
A goal-scoring midfielder with an eye for goal he spent 16 years with Wolves from 1968-1984 when he departed for Coventry City.
Hibbitt enjoyed an excellent record of 114 goals in 570 appearances for Wolves. He joined in November 1968 for a paltry £5,000 from Bradford Park Avenue.
He won two League Cup Winners medals in 1974 and 1980 and also helped Wolves win promotion from the Second Division in 1977 and 1983. He also lined up in the 1972 UEFA Cup Final against Spurs.
1. Steve Bull
Quite simply the greatest goalscorer in the club’s history. Joining from Albion in November, 1986, he joined a side struggling in the Fourth Division and about to crash out of the FA Cup to non-League Chorley. In 1987/88 he started out on the road to legendary status.
Wolves stormed to the Fourth Division Championship and also enjoyed a trip to Wembley where they beat Burnley to win the Sherpa Van Trophy.
Bull scored 34 league goals, three in the FA Cup, three in the Littlewoods Cup and 12 in the Sherpa Van Trophy giving him a monumental total of 52.
The following season saw him score four hat tricks and two four goal hauls as Wolves swept to the Third Division title. This time he ended the term with 50 goals.
The feat of scoring at least 50 goals in two successive seasons remains unique in English football. In May 1989 he came on a substitute at Hampden Park and scored against Scotland. In all he won 13 full caps, eight of them after coming on as substitute, and he scored four goals.
In 1992, Bull broke the Wolves goalscoring record set by John Richards, when he netted his 195th goal for the club. In February, 1998, he scored his 300th goal. A knee injury eventually forced to hang up his boots in the summer of 1999 at the age of 35.