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New Data Reveals Greater Manchester Produces the Highest-Scoring Footballers

Every corner of the country is home to football legends who have gone down in the history books as some of the best – but which county in England has produced the players who have scored the most goals? 

 

Well, the team at Bookmakers have the answers. They have revealed the counties in England which produce footballers that have scored at least 200 goals in the English football league (including Premier League and the Football League).  

 

The team took 103 English footballers who scored 200 goals or more, then researched their birth towns and placed them into a county. These are the counties with the highest numbers: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County 

 

 

 

 

Number of highest-scoring footballers from the county 

 

 

 

 

Greater Manchester  

 

 

11 

 

 

 

 

West Midlands 

 

 

10 

 

 

 

 

Greater London 

 

 

9 

 

 

 

 

Tyne and Wear 

 

 

8 

 

 

 

 

Merseyside 

 

 

7 

 

 

 

 

South Yorkshire 

 

 

7 

 

 

 

 

Derbyshire 

 

 

6 

 

 

 

 

Gloucestershire 

 

 

6 

 

 

 

 

County Durham 

 

 

5 

 

 

 

 

North Yorkshire 

 

 

3 

 

 

 

 

Nottinghamshire 

 

 

3 

 

 

 

 

Cumbria 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Hampshire 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Kent 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Leicestershire 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Lincolnshire 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Northumberland 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

West Yorkshire 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Wiltshire 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Bedfordshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Cambridgeshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Cheshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

East Riding of Yorkshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Essex 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Hertfordshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Lancashire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Oxfordshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Shropshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Somerset 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Staffordshire 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Worcestershire 

 

 

1 

 

Greater Manchester takes first place as the county with the most footballers to score 200 goals or more, with 11. These include Jimmy Hampson, born in Little Hulton, who scored 290 goals and David Jack, born in Bolton, who scored 260 goals. Other players born in Greater Manchester who have scored more than 200 or more goals include Peter Dobing, Geoff Hurst and Francis Lee. 

 

Ten footballers that have scored 200 goals or more were born in West Midlands, the second highest on the light. These include Arthur “The Gunner” Rowley, born in Wolverhampton and scored 434 goals, and Joe Smith, born in Dudley and scored 315 goals. Other players from West Midlands who have scored more than 200 or more goals include Steve Bull and Bob Latchford. 

 

Nine of the highest-scoring footballers were born in Greater London. Those who have scored 200 or more goals include Harry Morris, who was born in Spitalfields and scored 289 goals and Arthur Chandler, born in Paddington and scored 281 goals. Other top-scoring players born in Greater London include Harry Kane, Ian Wright and Tony Cottee.  

 

Tyne and Wear is in fourth place, with eight footballers. Some of these footballers include Alan Shearer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, who has scored 283 goals, Pop Robson, born in Sunderland, with 265 and Stan Mortensen, born in South Shields, who has scored 225.

 

Merseyside and South Yorkshire are tied on seven, while six footballers who have scored 200 or more goals were born in Derbyshire and Gloucestershire. 

 

The team at Bookmakers also analysed which English footballers have scored the most goals ever. Arthur Rowley is the English footballer who has scored the most, with 434 goals throughout his career. 

 

See the complete list below: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footballer 

 

 

 

 

Number of goals scored  

 

 

 

 

Birthplace (town/city) 

 

 

 

 

Birthplace (County) 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Rowley 

 

 

434 

 

 

Wolverhampton 

 

 

West Midlands 

 

 

 

 

Dixie Dean 

 

 

379 

 

 

Birkenhead 

 

 

Merseyside 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Greaves 

 

 

357 

 

 

Manor Park 

 

 

Essex 

 

 

 

 

Steve Bloomer 

 

 

352 

 

 

Cradley 

 

 

Worcestershire 

 

 

 

 

George Camsell 

 

 

345 

 

 

Framwellgate Moor 

 

 

County Durham 

 

 

 

 

John Aldridge 

 

 

329 

 

 

Liverpool 

 

 

Merseyside 

 

 

 

 

Joe Smith 

 

 

315 

 

 

Dudley 

 

 

West Midlands 

 

 

 

 

John Atyeo 

 

 

314 

 

 

Dilton Marsh 

 

 

Wiltshire 

 

 

 

 

Vic Watson 

 

 

312 

 

 

Girton 

 

 

Cambridgeshire 

 

 

 

 

Harry Bedford 

 

 

308 

 

 

Calow 

 

 

Derbyshire 

 

 

 

 

Harry Johnson 

 

 

305 

 

 

Ecclesfield 

 

 

South Yorkshire 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Holton 

 

 

293 

 

 

Oxford 

 

 

Oxfordshire 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Hampson 

 

 

290 

 

 

Little Hulton 

 

 

Greater Manchester 

 

 

 

 

Harry Morris 

 

 

289 

 

 

Spitalfields 

 

 

Greater London 

 

 

 

 

Ray Crawford 

 

 

289 

 

 

Portsmouth 

 

 

Hampshire 

 

 

 

 

Ernie Hine 

 

 

288 

 

 

Barnsley 

 

 

South Yorkshire 

 

 

 

 

Tom Keetley 

 

 

284 

 

 

Derby 

 

 

Derbyshire 

 

 

 

 

Alan Shearer 

 

 

283 

 

 

Newcastle upon Tyne 

 

 

Tyne and Wear 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Chandler 

 

 

281 

 

 

Paddington 

 

 

Greater London 

 

 

 

 

George Brown 

 

 

276 

 

 

Birmingham 

 

 

West Midlands 

 

Dixie Dean takes second place, with 379, while Jimmy Greaves is third with 357.  

 

Steve Bloomer scored 353, George Camsell 345, and John Aldridge scored 329.

 

A spokesperson from Bookmakers said: “Talented footballers have been born in every corner of England, yet some counties are producing more than others. It’s interesting to see which areas of the country have the highest figures. We hope the next generation of footballers will be inspired by this research, wherever they may live.” 

https://www.bookmakers.bet/fco 

Olivia McHugh
Olivia McHugh
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