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HIGH-SCORING GAMES

Of the 4376 Football League games City have been involved in only 15 have seen 10 or more goals scored and with the last occasion way back in November 1953 we are perhaps overdue another one!

Ten goals in a game has occurred on eight occasions with the first being our record away win in the Football League when we ran out 8-2 winners at Rotherham Town's Clifton Grove on December 2nd 1893. Don Lees (3), John Chadburn (2), John Irving, Albert Flewitt and an own goal were the men on target for City.

November 16th 1895 was the next 10-goal game and again it is a unique result in our history as we drew 5-5 at Newton Heath. Alec Smith (2), Jimmy Frettingham, William Gillespie and Jimmy Burke were the City scorers.

An injury to goalkeeper Jack Kendall played a part in the first of our three games to finish 9-1. Away at Wigan Borough on March 3rd 1923 he left the field after 30 minutes with us already trailing 2-0 and replacement George Greaves let in a further seven. William Morton scored our consolation. Billy Glover scored five of Wigan's goals, the first time any player had done so against us.

Both our other two 9-1 scorelines have happened at Sincil Bank. A crowd of 7,086 witnessed Frank Keetley score six times (all six in the second half, the first time anyone had achieved the feat in the Football League to that point) against Halifax Town on January 16th 1932. Harold Riley (2) and Allan Hall were the other scorers. The final 9-1 bizarrely happened 27 years to the day after the Wigan game, March 3rd 1951. Accrington Stanley were the victims as 10,745 saw hat-tricks by Johnny Garvie and Andy Graver, a brace for Roy Finch and one from Willie Windle secure the points.

The other three games to see 10 goals have all finished 7-3 and we have lost them all! Christmas Day 1926 didn't see Rochdale hand out any presents to City's debutant 'keeper Rueben Chambers as they put seven past him. Two from Stanley Sayer and one from Billy Dinsdale were all City could muster in reply.

On September 15th 1928 City again suffered in the north west as Stockport County won easily. In one of those strange quirks that football is famous for the City 'keeper that day was Len Hill who had been stood between the sticks for Rochdale less than two years earlier! Joe Smith became the second player to score five against us with Charlie Bosbury, Harry Pringle and Andrew York scoring for us.

The final 7-3 was at Sealand Road, Chester on November 14th 1936. Dan McPhail was in goal and our consolation goals came from Harry Raw, John Campbell and an own goal.

Three games have seen 11 goals scored with two defeats of 9-2 and an 8-3 victory.

The first 9-2 is still Darlington's record Football League win and happened on January 7th 1928. Darlington players Tom Ruddy and Harry Lees both scored three past Len Hill (again!), the first time two opponents had scored hat-tricks in the same game against us. Billy Dinsdale and Harry Andrews scored for us.

An attendance of 30,343 witnessed our humiliation at Filbert Street on November 21st 1953 as Derek Hines scored five for Leicester City. Jerry Lowery was the Imps' keeper and Ernie Whittle and Andy Graver scored our goals.

The only 8-3 game we have been involved in was at Sincil Bank on November 12th 1938 and Wrexham were the victims. Hat-tricks apiece by James Wilson and Joe Clare plus one apiece from George Whyte and debutant Walter Ponting did the damage.

Three times the crowd have seen 12 goals in a City game with the first at Luton Town's previous home of Dunstable Road on December 18th 1897. Six different Town players scored and with one scorer untraced that may have been seven! William Wilkinson was the City 'keeper and goals from Horace Fletcher, William Ross and Arthur Hulme didn't matter.

An 8-4 scoreline at Accrington Stanley on May 31st 1947 (we still had to play twice in June to finish the season!) saw Tommy Cheetham become the first Imp to score a hat-trick but still finish a loser. Jimmy Hutchinson scored the other, Don Footitt was the 'keeper and the crowd was just 2,504.

The other 12 goal game needs little detail as it was our record Football League win over Crewe Alexandra at Sincil Bank on September 29th 1951. Andy Graver became the second Imp to score six in a game with Harry Troops, George Johnson, Horace Green, Ernie Whittle and Jimmy Grummett completing the rout. Crewe's keeper Dennis Murray was making his Football League debut and only played one further game.

No Football League games have had 13 goals in but one has had 14 and it occurred way back on March 23rd 1895.

As usual we were struggling, especially away from home with our previous 13 trips seeing 12 defeats and 55 goals conceded. Manchester City were in mid-table but had scored 36 goals in 11 games at Hyde Road. Around 3,000 turned up no doubt expecting a home win and they weren't disappointed. Evan Roberts was the City 'keeper and he ended up being beaten 11 times as Wally McReddie became the first opponent to score four against us with Sandy Rowan, Billy Meredith, Pat Finnerhan all scoring two and Bob Milarvie one. Our goals came from Don Lees, Frank Smallman and an own goal.

10 OR MORE GOALS IN A LEAGUE GAME
 

Date

Opponents

Ven

Competition

Res

Crowd

02/12/1893

Rotherham Town

a

FL Division 2

8-2

23/03/1895

Manchester City

a

FL Division 2

3-11

16/11/1895

Newton Heath

a

FL Division 2

5-5

18/12/1897

Luton Town

a

FL Division 2

3-9

03/03/1923

Wigan Borough

a

FL Division 3N

1-9

25/12/1926

Rochdale

a

FL Division 3N

3-7

8,921

07/01/1928

Darlington

a

FL Division 3N

2-9

8,365

15/09/1928

Stockport County

a

FL Division 3N

3-7

10,924

16/01/1932

Halifax Town

h

FL Division 3N

9-1

7,086

14/11/1936

Chester

a

FL Division 3N

3-7

8,343

12/11/1938

Wrexham

h

FL Division 3N

8-3

5,314

31/05/1947

Accrington Stanley

a

FL Division 3N

4-8

2,504

03/03/1951

Accrington Stanley

h

FL Division 3N

9-1

10,745

29/09/1951

Crewe Alexandra

h

FL Division 3N

11-1

11,269

21/11/1953

Leicester City

a

FL Division 2

2-9

30,343

10 OR MORE GOALS IN OTHER FIRST CLASS GAMES
 

Date

Opponents

Ven

Competition

Res

Crowd

07/04/1890

Leek

h

Midland League

10-2

21/11/1891

Newton Heath

a

Football Alliance

1-10

12/10/1895

Peterborough

a

FA Cup Rd 1 Qual

13-0

04/09/1915

Sheffield United

h

War League

7-3

29/11/1930

Barrow

h

FA Cup Rd 1

8-3

3,800

13/12/1930

Scarborough

a

FA Cup Rd 2

4-6

6,318

11/11/1939

Grimsby Town

a

War League

3-7

14/09/1940

Sheffield United

h

War League

9-2

27/12/1941

Doncaster Rovers

h

War League

9-3

04/04/1942

Nottingham Forest

h

War League

6-5

18/12/1943

Notts County

h

War League

8-5

16/12/1944

Doncaster Rovers

a

War League

2-9

27/01/1945

Sheffield United

a

War League

2-10

 

 

 

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