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U's Close In On 3000th League Goal

One for our stat lovers as Oxford United approach a small landmark....

31 October 2018

Oxford United are just two goals away from another small landmark for the club.

The U’s celebrated their 125th Anniversary against Shrewsbury Town last Saturday and Marcus Browne’s third goal in the 3-0 win was goal number 2,998 in the Football League for the club.

Will they score number 3,000 this Saturday when they travel to Scunthorpe United?

Graham Atkinson

United's first ever league goal was scored by record scorer Graham Atkinson in the club’s first ever league game, away at Barrow on 18th August 1962.

Atkinson tops the league scorers for United, whose top ten league goal scorers are:

Graham Atkinson 77
John Aldridge 72
Peter Foley 71
Paul Moody 63
Joey Beauchamp 63
John Shuker 46
James Constable 45
John Durnin 44
Paul Simpson 43
Tony Jones 42

John Aldridge with Malcolm Shotton

United’s 1000th goal came from iconic skipper Malcolm Shotton (above with John Aldridge) away at Carlisle in September 1981 while the honour of scoring goal 2,000 belongs to an opposition player: Richard Graham scored an Own Goal in United ‘s 3-1 home win over Oldham Athletic in February 1997!

Other goalscoring feats for the U’s include:

Most goals in a season: 91 (1983/84)
Fewest goals in a season: 34 (1968/69)

Four goals in a match

Tony Jones Newport County H 22/9/62
Arthur Longbottom Darlington H 26/10/63
Richard Hill Walsall A 26/12/88
John Durnin Luton Town H 14/11/92
Tom Craddock Accrington Stanley H 20/10/12

And finally, you know that mythical ‘20 goal a season striker’. We have only ever had three of them!

John Aldridge

Top 11 scorers by season:

John Aldridge 30 1984/85
John Aldridge 23 1985/86
Colin Booth 23 1964/65
Paul Moody 21 1994/95
Peter Foley 19 1977/78
Graham Atkinson 19 1965/66
Steve Biggins 19 1983/84
Kemar Roofe 18 2015/16
NIgel Jemson 18 1996/97
Paul Moody 17 1995/96
Paul Simpson 17 1990/91

Who will have the honour of scoring goal number 3,000? 

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