Sunday, August 24, 2008

English Top Scorers in the Premiership since 1998/1999

It's been a while since an Englishman has led the English Premier League in scoring, going way back to 99/00 when Sunderland's Kevin Phillips led the league with 30 goals. That total was also good for a European Golden Boot award with Phillips being the only Englishmen to achieve that accomplishment to date. Phillips total is also the last time a player from outside of the Big Four clubs led the league in scoring.

In recent seasons, Englishmen have been off the goal scoring pace by quite a wide margin. Will any English player be able to turn that around this season? Bent? Agbonlahor? Ashton? Defoe? Lescott :)? etc..?

The numbers list the top scorer followed by the top English scorer for each season.



2007/2008
31 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

12 - Jermain Defoe (T-11th; Tottenham/Portsmouth)
12 - Wayne Rooney (T-11th; Manchester United)

2006/2007
20 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

14 - Wayne Rooney (4th; Manchester United)

2005/2006
27 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

18 - Darren Bent (3rd; Charlton)

2004/2005
25 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

21 - Andrew Johnson (2nd; Crystal Palace)

2003/2004
30 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

22 - Alan Shearer (2nd; Newcastle United)

2002/2003
25 - Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)

23 - James Beattie (3rd; Southampton)

2001/2002
24 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

23 - Alan Shearer (T-2nd; Newcastle)

2000/2001
23 - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea)

19 - Marcus Stewart (2nd; Ipswich Town)

1999/2000
30 - Kevin Phillips (1st; Sunderland)

1998/1999
18 - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United)

18 - Michael Owen (T-1st; Liverpool)

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