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Ranking Tottenham Hotspur's Top Goal-Scorers in History

Updated: Feb 14

Tottenham Hotspur, one of the top and all-time storied clubs in English football has witnessed some legendary goal-scorers gracing its hallowed turf. These strikers have left an enduring legacy through their prolific goal-scoring exploits and have become immortalised in the hearts of passionate Tottenham fans.

This enduring connection between the players and supporters adds a unique dimension to the rich history of the North London club.

Below Are The Tottenham All-Time Top Goal-scorers Who Have Thrilled and Captivated Fans For Decades

1. Harry Kane [280, 2010 - 2023]

At the summit stands a modern icon, a talismanic figure once adorned in the Lilywhites jersey – Harry Kane. The English striker, a product of Tottenham's youth academy, became synonymous with goal-scoring excellence over 13 years, from 2010 to 2023. Kane found the net a staggering 280 times in 435 appearances before making a notable move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2023. His clinical finishing, aerial prowess, and ability to score from virtually any position on the field have left an indelible mark, making him a true legend in North London and beyond. Explore more about this football maestro with these interesting Harry Kane facts.

2. Jimmy Greaves [266, 1961 - 1970]

While Kane's exploits are recent, the history of Tottenham's goal-scor­ing greats stretches back to the 1960s with the illustrious Jimmy Greaves. From 1961 to 1970, Greaves netted an impressive 266 goals in 379 appearances. Greaves' predatory instincts inside the penalty box, combined with his poise and clinical precision, make him a timeless figure in the hearts of Tottenham faithful.

3. Bobby Smith [208, 1955 - 1964]

Bobby Smith, a name that resonates with the old White Hart Lane faithful, secures the third position on the list. The bustling centre-forward found the net 208 times in 317 appearances between 1955 and 1964. Smith's physicality, coupled with a keen eye for goal, played a pivotal role in Spurs' success during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

4. Martin Chivers [174, 1968 - 1976]

The 1970s introduced another prolific striker in Martin Chivers. A towering presence, Chivers scored 174 goals in 367 appearances from 1968 to 1976. Known for his powerful headers and lethal right foot, Chivers played a crucial role in Tottenham's triumphs, including the UEFA Cup victory in 1972.

5. Cliff Jones [154, 1958 - 1968]

Winger Cliff Jones, who graced the pitch from 1958 to 1968, secured the fifth position in the goal-scoring hierarchy. With 154 goals in 378 appearances, Jones was renowned for his pace, dribbling ability, and knack for finding the back of the net. He remains an iconic figure in Tottenham's history, epitomising the flair of that era.

6. Son Heung-min [145, 2015 - Present]

Moving to the present day, the sixth spot belongs to a South Korean sensation – Son Heung-min. Since he arrived in 2015, Son has delighted fans with his flair and goal-scoring prowess. Predominantly a winger but often occupying the no. 9 role following the departure of Harry Kane under manager Ange Postecoglou, he has, as per the latest statistics, notched up an impressive 145 goals in 375 appearances, showcasing his versatility as both a goal-scorer and a provider. Explore more about this football maestro by delving into these intriguing Heung Min Son facts.

7. Jermain Defoe [143, 2004 - 2008, 2009–2014]

Securing the seventh spot is Jermain Defoe, a prolific striker during the early 2000s, with an impressive tally of 143 goals in 363 appearances spanning two spells at the club: from 2004 to 2008 and 2009 to 2014. Defoe's lethal finishing and predatory instincts inside the box endeared him to the passionate Tottenham fans throughout his tenure at the club.

8. George Hunt [138, 1930 - 1937]

The eighth position takes us back to the 1930s, with George Hunt's contribution to Tottenham's goal-scoring history. Hunt, who played from 1930 to 1937, scored 138 goals in 198 appearances. His goal-scoring exploits set the foundation for the club's success in subsequent years.

9. Len Duquemin [134, 1946 - 1957]

Len Duquemin, a name resonating with the post-war era, secured the ninth spot. From 1946 to 1957, Duquemin scored 134 goals in 307 appearances. His goal-scoring prowess contributed significantly to Tottenham's rebuilding phase after the challenges posed by World War II.

10. Alan Gilzean [133, 1964 - 1974]

The top 10 concludes with the Scottish forward Alan Gilzean, who graced White Hart Lane from 1964 to 1974. Gilzean's elegant style and clinical finishing saw him score 133 goals in 439 appearances, leaving an enduring legacy in the hearts of Tottenham fans.

11. Teddy Sheringham [150, 1992 - 1997, 2001 - 2003]

As we delve deeper into the top 20, names like Teddy Sheringham and Robbie Keane emerge. Sheringham, who played in two separate spells from 1992 to 1997 and 2001 to 2003, netted 150 goals in 219 appearances. His intelligent movement and ability to score crucial goals endeared him to the fans, and he remains one of Tottenham's all-time greats.

12. Robbie Keane [2002 to 2008, 2009 to 2011]

Robbie Keane, an Irish striker with a penchant for flair and celebration, secured the twelfth spot. Playing in two separate spells from 2002 to 2008 and 2009 to 2011, Keane amassed 148 goals in 343 appearances. Keane's charismatic style and jubilant celebrations made him a beloved figure at White Hart Lane.

13. Les Bennett [117, 1946 - 1954]

Les Bennett, a post-war hero, secured the thirteenth position with 117 goals in 294 appearances from 1946 to 1954. Bennett's contributions during the challenging years after World War II played a crucial role in shaping the club's future.

14. Jimmy Dimmock [112, 1919 - 1931]

The enigmatic Jimmy Dimmock, a player whose prime extended from 1919 to 1931, scored 112 goals in 438 appearances, showcasing both his longevity and consistent goal-scoring ability. His enduring impact on the field has solidified his legacy as a revered figure in Tottenham Hotspur's football history.

15. Glenn Hoddle [110, 1975 - 1987]

Glenn Hoddle, an attacking midfielder known for his elegance on the ball, showcased remarkable versatility. In a role beyond the conventional, Hoddle scored 110 goals in 478 appearances from 1975 to 1987, with unequalled passing ability and a magical touch, making him an invaluable asset to the team.

16. Herbert Bliss [104, 1912 - 1922]

Herbert Bliss, a goal-scorer from the early 20th century, secured the sixteenth spot with 104 goals in 215 appearances from 1912 to 1922. Bliss's contributions during the club's formative years set the stage for future success.

17. Billy Minte [101, 1908 to 1919]

Billy Minter, a name echoing from the early 1900s, secured the seventeenth spot. Minter scored 101 goals in 263 appearances from 1908 to 1919, leaving an indelible mark on Tottenham's early history.

17. John Alfred Morrison [101, 1933 - 1939]

Tied in the seventeenth position is John Alfred Morrison, who played from 1933 to 1939, scoring 101 goals in 154 appearances. Morrison's goal-scoring exploits during the interwar years showcased the resilience and spirit of the team.

19. Taffy O'Callaghan [98, 1927 - 1935]

The nineteenth spot belongs to "Taffy" O'Callaghan, who scored 98 goals in 263 appearances from 1927 to 1935. O'Callaghan's contributions during the late 1920s and early 1930s played a pivotal role in shaping Tottenham's identity.

20. Mark Falco [89, 1979 - 1986]

Mark Falco, a striker from the late 20th century, rounds up Spurs' all-time top scorers list with 89 goals in 217 appearances from 1979 to 1986. Falco's goal-scoring contributions during a challenging period for the club demonstrate his commitment and importance to the team.

In conclusion, the Tottenham top scorers of all-time list represent diverse talents spanning different eras. From the clinical finishing of Harry Kane to the flair of Jimmy Greaves and the longevity of players like Jimmy Dimmock, each name on this list has contributed to the rich history of Tottenham's history. As the club continues to evolve, these goal-scoring legends serve as a testament to the enduring excellence at the North London club.

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