Top goal scorers in English football's First Division / Premier League, 1888-2019

In the English Premier League, the Golden Boot is awarded to the player(s) who scored the most league goals throughout the season. Since the 1888-89 season, the year of the first top flight season in English football, 107 different individuals have been named "top goal scorer" over 120 seasons. In the 2018-19 season, the Golden Boot was shared between Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Liverpool duo Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah (the previous season's solo winner), with all three players tallying 22 league goals each. This was the third time in Premier League history where the award was shared by three people (previously in 1997-98 and 1998-99), and the only other time there were three names at the top of the list was in the 1911-12 season.

Premier League records

Current records are generally given in the context of the past 25 years, as the total number of games was reduced from 42 to 38 per season in 1995 (in the Premier League's fourth season). The record for most goals scored since this change was set by Mohamed Salah, who netted 32 times in 2017-18, beating the previous record of 31 goals, which was set by Alan Shearer, and matched by Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez. In the Premier League era, Thierry Henry has won the Golden Boot more times than anybody else, winning this accolade four times in five seasons with Arsenal. Wayne Rooney, who is the Premier League's second highest goal scorer of all time (behind Alan Shearer) does not appear on this list at all.

All-time records

Outside of the Premier League era, Jimmy Greaves has been the top scorer in England more times than any other player, appearing at the top of the list six times between 1958 and 1969, in his career with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs. Derby County's Steve Bloomer finished five seasons as the league's top scorer between 1895 and 1904. The highest ever tally in a single season was sixty goals, which was scored by Everton's Dixie Dean in the 1927-28 season. Greaves, Bloomer and Dean are also the three top goal scorers of all time in the English league, with 357, 314 and 310 goals respectively.

Players from Arsenal and Everton have been named top scorer more than any other club, appearing twelve times each on this list, closely followed by Tottenham, who appear eleven times. 17 different nationalities are represented here, and while the vast majority of players are English, there were 16 times where the top scorer in the First Division was Scottish, while a much wider variety of nationalities are represented in recent years (the Golden Boot is currently held by players from three African nations). This season, Leicester's Jamie Vardy is currently on course to collect the Golden Boot, although Sergio Agüero's tally has surged in recent weeks.

Top goal scorers in English football's First Division and Premier League from 1888/89 to 2018/19, by season

Top goal scorer(s)Premier LeagueFirst Division
2018/19 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)22-
2017/18
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
32-
2016/17
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
29-
2015/16
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
25-
2014/15
Sergio Agüero (Man City)
26-
2013/14
Luis Suárez (Liverpool)
31-
2012/13
Robin van Persie (Man Utd)
26-
2011/12
Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
30-
2010/11
Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd), Carlos Tevez (Man City)
20-
2009/10
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
29-
2008/09
Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea)
19-
2007/08
Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd)
31-
2006/07
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
20-
2005/06
Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
27-
2004/05
Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
25-
2003/04
Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
30-
2002/03
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd)
25-
2001/02
Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
24-
2000/01
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea)
23-
1999/00
Kevin Phillips (Sunderland)
30-
1998/99
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds)
18-
1997/98 - Dion Dublin (Coventry), Michael Owen (Liverpool), Chris Sutton (Blackburn)18-
1996/97
Alan Shearer (Newcastle)
25-
1995/96
Alan Shearer (Blackburn)
31-
1994/95
Alan Shearer (Blackburn)
34-
1993/94
Andy Cole (Man Utd)
34-
1992/93
Teddy Sheringham** (Forest/Tottenham)
22-
1991/92
Ian Wright** (Arsenal/Palace)
-29
1990/91
Alan Smith (Arsenal)
-23
1989/90
Gary Linekar (Tottenham)
-24
1988/89
Alan Smith (Arsenal)
-23
1987/88
John Aldridge (Liverpool)
-26
1986/87
Clive Allen (Tottenham)
-33
1985/86
Gary Linekar (Everton)
-30
1984/85
Kerry Dixon (Chelsea), Gary Linekar (Leicester)
-24
1983/84
Ian Rush (Liverpool)
-32
1982/83
Luther Blissett (Watford)
-27
1981/82
Kevin Keegan (Southampton)
-26
1980/81
Peter Withe (Aston Villa), Steve Archibald (Tottenham)
-20
1979/80
Phil Boyer (Southampton)
-23
1978/79
Frank Worthington (Bolton)
-24
1977/78
Bob Latchford (Everton)
-30
1976/77
Malcolm Macdonald (Arsenal), Andy Gray (Aston Villa)
-25
1975/76
Ted MacDougall (Norwich)
-23
1974/75
Malcolm Macdonald (Newcastle)
-21
1973/74
Mick Channon (Southampton)
-21
1972/73
Pop Robson (West Ham)
-28
1971/72
Francis Lee (Man City)
-33
1970/71
Tony Brown (West Brom)
-28
1969/70
Jeff Astle (West Brom)
-25
1968/69
Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham)
-27
1967/68
Ron Davies (Southampton), George Best (Man Utd)
-28
1966/67
Ron Davies (Southampton)
-37
1965/66
Willie Irvine (Burnley)
-29
1964/65
Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham), Andy McEvoy (Blackburn)
-29
1963/64
Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham)
-35
1962/63
Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham)
-37
1961/62
Ray Crawford (Ipswich)
-32
1960/61
Jimmy Greaves (Chelsea)
-32
1959/60
Dennis Viollet (Man Utd)
-32
1958/59
Jimmy Greaves (Chelsea)
-36
1957/58
Bobby Smith (Tottenham)
-38
1956/57
John Charles (Leeds)
-33
1955/56
Nat Lofthouse (Bolton)
-27
1954/55
Ronnie Allen (West Brom)
-29
1953/54
Jimmy Glazzard (Huddersfield), Johnny Nicholls (West Brom)
-29
1952/53
Charlie Wayman (Preston)
-24
1951/52
George Robledo (Newcastle)
-33
1950/51
Stan Mortensen (Blackpool)
-30
1949/50
Dickie Davis (Sunderland)
-25
1948/49
Willie Moir (Bolton)
-25
1947/48
Ronnie Rooke (Arsenal)
-33
1946/47
Dennis Westcott (Wolves)
-37
1939/40 - 1945/46
Break due to Second World War
--
1938/39
Tommy Lawton (Everton)
-35
1937/38
Tommy Lawton (Everton)
-38
1936/37
Freddie Steele (Stoke)
-39
1935/36
W. G. Richardson (West Brom)
-31
1934/35
Ted Drake (Arsenal)
-42
1933/34
Jack Bowers (Derby)
-34
1932/33
Jack Bowers (Derby)
-35
1931/32
Dixie Dean (Everton)
-44
1930/31
Tom Waring (Aston Villa)
-49
1929/30
Vic Watson (West Ham)
-41
1928/29
Dave Halliday (Sunderland)
-43
1927/28
Dixie Dean (Everton)
-60
1926/27
Jimmy Trotter (Sheffield Wed)
-37
1925/26
Ted Harper (Blackburn)
-43
1924/25
Frank Roberts (Man City)
-28
1923/24
Wilf Chadwick (Everton)
-28
1922/23
Charlie Buchan (Sunderland)
-30
1921/22
Andy Wilson (Middlesbrough)
-31
1920/21
Joe Smith (Bolton)
-38
1919/20
Fred Morris (West Brom)
-37
1915/16 - 1918/19
Break due to First World War
--
1914/15
Bobby Parker (Everton)
-35
1913/14
George Elliot (Middlesbrough)
-32
1912/13
David McClean (Sheffield Wed)
-30
1911/12 - David McClean (Sheffield Wed), George Holley (Sunderland), Harry Hampton (Aston Villa)-25
1910/11
Albert Shepherd (Newcastle)
-25
1909/10
Jack Parkinson (Liverpool)
-30
1908/09
Bert Freeman (Everton)
-38
1907/08
Enoch West (Forest)
-27
1906/07
Alex Young (Everton)
-28
1905/06
Albert Shepherd (Bolton)
-26
1904/05
Arthur Brown (Sheffield Utd)
-22
1903/04
Steve Bloomer (Derby County)
-20
1902/03
Sam Raybould (Liverpool)
-31
1901/02
Jimmy Settle (Everton)
-18
1900/01
Steve Bloomer (Derby County)
-23
1899/00
Billy Garraty (Aston Villa)
-27
1898/99
Steve Bloomer (Derby County)
-23
1897/98
Fred Wheldon (Aston Villa)
-21
1896/97
Steve Bloomer (Derby County)
-22
1895/96
John J. Campbell (Aston Villa), Steve Bloomer (Derby)
-20
1894/95
Johnny Campbell (Sunderland)
-22
1893/94
Jack Southworth (Everton)
-27
1892/93
Johnny Campbell (Sunderland)
-31
1891/92
Johnny Campbell (Sunderland)
-32
1890/91
Jack Southworth (Blackburn)
-26
1889/90
Jimmy Ross (Preston)
-21
1888/89
John Goodall (Preston)
-21
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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

1888 to 2019

Supplementary notes

*Number of games per season:
1888/89-1890/91: 22
1891/92: 26
1892/93-1897/98: 30
1897/98-1904/05: 34
1905/06-1914/15: 38
1919/20-1994/95: 42
1995/96-present: 38

**In the 1991/92 season, Ian Wright scored five goals for Crystal Palace before he was sold to Arsenal (where he scored a further 24 goals). In the 1992/93 season, Teddy Sheringham scored one goal for Nottingham Forest before he was sold to Tottenham Hotspurs (where he scored a further 21 goals)).

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