Author: Andrew Younger
Published: 14:46 16/11/2014
Before Aguero and Dzeko came along, the likes of Colin Bell and Eric Brook were the players to get the City fans cheering as their goals contributed to a lot of Manchester City’s success as a club. With the current crop of City players being written off by the bookies to win the title this year, revel in some City nostalgia by taking a look back at our five greatest goalscorers:
5. Billy Meredith – 152 Goals
In two spells at the club Meredith amassed 152 goals in a City career that totalled 15 years. Meredith scored 151 of these goals in his first spell at the club between 1894-1906 before joining city rivals Manchester United. Meredith rejoined City in 1921 after 11 seasons at United, but only managed to notch one solitary F.A Cup goal in three seasons before retiring in 1924.
4. Joe Hayes – 152 Goals
Hayes was best known for his exploits in the F.A Cup during the 1950’s where his goals helped Manchester City reach the final in 1955, where they lost to Newcastle before going one better in 1956. Hayes scored the opener in a 3-1 final win over Birmingham, his only major honour during his time at the club. Hayes remained a regular goal scorer throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s until a knee injury in 1963 forced him to limit his time on the pitch.
3. Colin Bell – 153 Goals
Nicknamed ‘The King of the Kippax’, Colin Bell is widely regarded as the best player to wear the City shirt. When trying to persuade Bell to join City from Bury in 1966, assistant manager Malcolm Allison misled other clubs by claiming that Bell ‘can’t head, can’t pass, he’s hopeless’. The plan worked and the rest, as they say, is history. Bell scored over 150 goals for City in 13 years, winning a host of major honours including the F.A Cup in 1969, First Division in 1968 and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970.
2. Tommy Johnson – 166 Goals
Tommy Johnson still holds the club record for most goals scored in a single league season after scoring 38 times in the 1928-29 season. It was always clear Johnson had this type of ability after he scored twice on his debut for the club in 1919. In 1923, Johnson scored a goal in the first game to be played at Maine Road against Sheffield United and would continue to score goals until the club sold him to Everton for £6,000 in 1930, a decision which would spark protests by Manchester City fans.
1. Eric Brook – 177 Goals
Brook arrived two years before Johnson left and took up the scoring responsibilities upon his departure. Brook and Johnson both scored 158 league goals for the club, but Brook’s tally of 19 in the F.A Cup sees him trump his ex teammate. Brook won the F.A Cup in 1964 and his 20 league goals in 1937 helped fire City to the first division title.