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Season 2010/11

Tevez targets Shaun Goater and Francis Lee

  • 21 February 2011 15:47
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Bravo, Carlos Tevez! City's gifted Argentine goal machine reached his half-century for the club with a typically-cool finish in the FA Cup replay against Notts County.

So the Blues fans' idol has rattled in 50 goals in just 73 matches, a prolific strike rate by anybody's high standards - but Captain Fantastic still has a long way to go to challenge City's all-time greats.

The club has been blessed with some great goalscorers, most recently Shaun Goater, whose insatiable appetite earned him a song of his own, but the daddy of them all ruled rival penalty boxes before the Second World War.

Eric Brook was signed from Barnsley in 1928 in a deal that also landed Freddie Tilson from Oakwell for an all-in £6,000. Rarely can the club have made such a wise investment in the transfer market.

Tilson helped City to a League title and the 1934 FA Cup - scoring both goals against Portsmouth at Wembley - and hit 132 goals in 273 games before joining Northampton. But it was Brooks who was to fire his way into history.

Brooks, an unorthodox left-winger, knocked in 178 goals for City - 159 of them in the League - with a consistency that endeared him to the fans and hoisted him to the top of the club's all-time goalscoring list.

 

He was versatile too, filling in at left-back in an Old Trafford derby and deputising as emergency goalkeeper against Grimsby, Chelsea and Arsenal

Brooks won 18 England caps despite having the misfortune to play in the same era as Arsenal great Cliff Bastin, but in 1933-34 he figured in all four of England's matches and scored in every one.

Second in City's all-time top ten is Tom "Tosh" Johnson, whose 38 goals in 39 First Division matches in 1928-28 still stands as the best-ever League return in one season by a Blues player.

That brilliant haul included five in a 6-2 win at Everton and a hat-trick against Bolton - Brook scored 14 and Tilson 12 during that campaign as City finished eighth - and Johnson's final tally in 354 games was 166 goals.

Sixties and Seventies hero Colin Bell is third in the rankings. "Nijinsky" scored 153 goals in almost 500 games on his way to winning League, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup-winners' Cup honours as well as 48 England caps.

Joe Hayes stands fourth on 152, Billy Meredith fifth with 151, and Francis Lee, goalscoring hero of the Joe Mercer/Malcom Allison era, is sixth-highest with 146 in his seven seasons at Maine Road.

There have been other, more transitory, heroes with an admirable strike rate as well. Denis Law scored 37 goals in 77 matches during two spells wearing City blue, while Brian Kidd's 57 in 127 games bears close examination.

And Bermudian hit man Goater fully justified the Kippax anthem of "Feed the Goat and he will score" by snapping up 101 goals in just 184 games, celebrating his 50th in a derby and later being awarded the MBE. Back of the net!

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