Top Scorers

Reading's all-time top scorer list (minimum 50 goals) is as follows:

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Trevor Senior      154  18  14   5  191    1    7   0.528
 2. Jimmy Wheeler      143  15   2   8  168    1    4   0.371
 3. Ron Blackman       158   9   0   0  167    0   11   0.696
 4. Tony MacPhee        90   9   0   5  104    1    6   0.689
 5. Tommy Tait          79  14   0  10  103    1    4   0.613
 6. Denis Allen         84   6   5   0   95    1    2   0.252
 7. Jimmy Quinn         71   5  12   6   94   15    0   0.435
 8. Douggie Webb        81   9   2   1   93    0    4   0.456
 9. Les Chappell        78   7   5   0   90    5    7   0.391
10. Pat Earles          68   6  11   0   85    1    0   0.299
11. Joe Bailey          77   5   0   0   82    1    4   0.408
12. Maurice Edelston    70  10   0   0   80    3    2   0.359
13. Tommy Dixon         63   6   0   7   76    0    4   0.531
14. Allen Foster        67   6   0   0   73    5    2   0.462
15. Jimmy Whitehouse    61   3   0   3   67    0    2   0.295
16. Nicky Forster       59   2   4   2   67    2    3   0.312
17. Stuart Lovell       58   2   5   2   67    3    1   0.252
18. George Harris       57   4   5   0   66   13    1   0.423
19. Dave Kitson         56   2   4   0   62    8    3   0.390
20. Gordon Cumming      51   8   2   0   61   10    1   0.184
21. Kerry Dixon         51   0   0   6   57    1    3   0.432
22. Kevin Doyle         55   1   0   0   56    5    2   0.346
23. Jamie Cureton       50   2   1   2   55    3    2   0.433
24. Frank Richardson    44  11   0   0   55    3    2   0.534
25. Stuart Beavon       44   3   2   6   55   15    0   0.114
26. Jack Palethorpe     54   0   0   0   54    0    6   0.844
27. Joe McGough         50   3   0   1   54    0    0   0.340
28. Shane Long          44   7   1   2   54    9    0   0.266
29. Robin Friday        46   2   5   0   53    2    1   0.393
30. Michael Gilkes      43   1   6   2   52    2    1   0.107
31. Pat Terry           42   4   6   0   52    1    1   0.448

In addition to those listed here, Tony MacPhee scored 216 goals and Maurice Edelston 103 goals in wartime games (1939-46), taking their totals to 320 and 183, respectively. All 67 of Allen Foster's league goals and 60 of Joe Bailey's were in the Southern League.

In this, and all scorer lists, LG gives the number of League goals, FA the number of FA Cup goals, LC the number of League Cup goals, and MI the number of goals in other competitions. ALL gives the total number of goals. PEN gives the total number of penalties, HAT gives the total number of hat-tricks, and RATE gives the strike rate.

Ron Blackman is the leading League scorer. Trevor Senior holds both the FA Cup and League Cup records. Tommy Tait holds the record for other competitions, having scored ten goals in the Division 3 South Cup.

For appearance information, see here. For information on the current squad, see here, and for all players since 1990, see here.

Strike Rates

The highest strike rates (goals per game, minimum five goals at 0.500 goals per game) are as follows. Only games since 1920 are included, a number of players from the Southern League era having comparable rates.

                      GAMES   GOALS    RATE
 1. David Lee             5       5   1.000
 2. Frank Newton         34      31   0.912
 3. Jack Palethorpe      64      54   0.844
 4. Rod Williams         15      12   0.800
 5. Hugh Davey           66      49   0.742
 6. Ron Blackman        240     167   0.696
 7. Tony MacPhee        151     104   0.689
 8. Ralph Allen          11       7   0.636
 9. Arthur Bacon         73      45   0.616
10. Tommy Tait          168     103   0.613
11. Ted Harston          19      11   0.579
12. Frank Richardson    103      55   0.534
13. Tommy Dixon         143      76   0.531
14. Trevor Senior       351+11  191   0.528
15. Sammy Chung          25      13   0.520
16. Jimmy Liddle         79      41   0.519

David Lee was a central defender on loan from Chelsea in 1991-92. He also scored an own goal in an action-filled loan spell.

The record for the lowest strike rate for an outfield player belongs to Jack Smith who failed score in 242 games (195 in the Southern League). In the Football League era, Bill Davies (226 games) and Ron Moyse (201 games) both failed to break their duck in over 200 games.

Note I need to work out a formula for strike rate that takes substitute appearances into account. At present a substitute appearance counts the same as a starting appearance. Probably the only fair way would be to calculate the actual number of minutes played.

Most in a Season

The records for a single season are as follows:

                                    LG  FA  LC  MI  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Trevor Senior (D4 1983-84)      36*  1   4   0   41    0    2   0.820
 2. Ron Blackman (D3S 1951-52)      39+  1   0   0   40    0    4   0.870
 3. Ron Blackman (D3S 1950-51)      35   5   0   0   40    0    3   1.026
 4. Jimmy Quinn (D2 1993-94)        35*  0   2   3   40    6    0   0.727
 5. Jimmy Wheeler (D3 1960-61)      31   3   0   1   35    0    1   0.778
 6. Tony MacPhee (D3S 1946-47)      32   2   0   0   34    0    3   0.755
 7. Tommy Dixon (D3S 1957-58)       24   2   0   7   33    0    1   0.635
 8. Tommy Dixon (D3S 1956-57)       29   3   0   0   32    0    3   0.681
 9. Kerry Dixon (D3 1982-83)        26+  0   0   6   32    1    3   0.780
10. Trevor Senior (D3 1985-86)      27+  4   0   0   31    0    2   0.564
11. Tony MacPhee (D3S 1938-39)      25   1   0   5   31    1    1   0.633
12. Arthur Bacon (D2 1930-31)       29   1   0   0   30    0    2   0.857
13. Jamie Cureton (D2 2000-01)      26   1   1   2   30    0    2   0.566
14. Jack Palethorpe (D3S 1932-33)   29   0   0   0   29    0    4   0.879
15. Ron Blackman (D3S 1953-54)      28   1   0   0   29    0    0   0.630
16. Martin Butler (D2 2000-01)      24   2   0   2   28    0    1   0.518
17. Les Chappell (D3 1973-74)       24   1   3   0   28    0    4   0.609

Trevor Senior and Jimmy Quinn's efforts (marked *) made them the top scorers in the entire Football League (league goals only). In addition, Ron Blackman, Kerry Dixon and Trevor Senior were top scorers in their respective Divisions (marked +). Jamie Cureton also scored one goal (a penalty) for Bristol Rovers in 2000-01. Tony MacPhee's total in 1938-39 includes four in the final of the Division 3 South Cup, which had been held over from the previous season. Unfortunately, MacPhee's best years coincided with the Second World War, when he scored 22, 45, 23, 35, 35, 28, and 30 in successive seasons between 1939-40 and 1945-46. Maurice Edelston also scored 29 in the last season.

Ron Blackman's strike rate of 1.026 (40 goals in 39 games) in 1950-51 has only been bettered by Hugh Davey who scored 13 goals in 12 games in 1927-28 before being transferred to Portsmouth, giving a strike rate of 1.083.

Bill Johnstone and Frank Richardson both scored nine FA Cup goals in 1926-27. Trevor Senior scored six League Cup goals in 1986-87. Tommy Tait scored six Division 3 South Cup goals in 1938-39.

Most in a Game

The record for a single match is six by Arthur Bacon in the 7-3 win over Stoke in 1930-31 and by Dick Pegg in the 11-0 win over Chesham Generals in the FA Cup qualifying rounds in 1900-01. Ron Blackman scored five in the 7-0 win over Brighton in 1950-51 and again in the 5-2 win over Southend in 1951-52. Kerry Dixon scored four against Doncaster in 1982-83, but still ended on the losing side in a 5-7 defeat. Tommy Tait also scored all four in the 4-6 defeat against Crystal Palace in the Division 3 South Cup in 1938-39.

Ron Blackman holds the record of 11 career hat-tricks (2 fives, 2 fours and 7 threes). He also holds the individual record of four in a single season (1951-52, 5, 4, 4, 3) along with Jackie Palethorpe (1932-33, 4, 3, 3, 3) and Les Chappell (1973-74, 4, 3, 3, 3). Tony MacPhee scored sixteen wartime hat-tricks to add to the six he scored in peace time. He also scored five hat-tricks in season 1942-43 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3) and four in season 1940-41 (4, 3, 3, 3).

The record total in a single season is seven in 1932-33. In addition to Jackie Palethorpe's four, Alex Ritchie, Jimmy Liddle and George Johnson each scored one.

Most in Consecutive Games

Arthur Bacon holds the record for scoring in successive League matches, his double hat-trick in 1930-31 being the eighth on the bounce. This was equalled by Trevor Senior in 1984-85, although he was out injured between the seventh and eighth games. The first seven included a run of five games in which he and Dean Horrix both scored.

Penalties

Reading's all-time top penalty taker is Ray "Bomber" Reeves, who scored 21 of his 32 goals from the spot. He is followed by Stuart Beavon, Jimmy Quinn and Darren Caskey with 15 each.

The record for a single season by a single player is nine by Jack Lewis in 1951-52 and by Darren Caskey in 1999-2000. The overall record is eleven in 2010-11 when Shane Long hit seven and Ian Harte four.

The record for a single game is two on numerous occasions. For example, John Murray scored two against Walsall in 1976-77 and missed a third. Reading were also awarded three penalties against Barnsley in 2011-12 but only scored once. Ian Harte and Noel Hunt saw their efforts saved by Tykes keeper Luke Steele before Hal Robson-Kanu netted the third. Despite finishing as champions, the Royals only converted 2 out of 8 penalties during that season.

For details on penalty shoot-outs, see here.

Own Goals

In 1963-64 Reading beat Colchester 5-3 with two goals being scored by the opposition. John Fowler and Keith Rutter were the unlucky men. This was repeated in the FA Cup tie at Preston in 2003-04, when Michael Jackson and Claude Davis put into their own net in a 3-3 draw.

Three opposition players have scored own goals for Reading on more than one occasion: Ian Richardson of Notts County (1998-99 and 2000-01), Chris Lucketti of Bury (1995-96 and 1997-98), and Matthew O'Mahoney of Bristol Rovers (1937-38 and 1938-39).

The most own goals scored by opposition players in a season is five in 1936-37, 1963-64 and and 1964-65. The most scored by Reading players is nine in 1970-71.

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