Tottenham top scorers of all time
on 5 September 1882 by a group of schoolboys led by Bobby Buckle, Tottenham- Originally named Hotspur Football Club- founded. They had started their professional activities by playing friendly matches against other local clubs.
On 20 December 1895, the club became professional, and later on, in the summer of 1896, it was admitted to Division One of the Southern League. After twelve years in 1908, the club was elected into the Football League Second Division and won promotion to the First Division in their first season, and finished runners-up in their first year in the league.
All-time top goal scorers in Tottenham history
In the following article, we are to survey the top 20 Tottenham top scorers of all time and go through this old Premier League club.
Apparently, jimmy Greaves doesn't want to give up his ever first rank of Tottenham top scorers of all time.
James Peter Greaves was born on 20 February 1940. He started his football career in Chelsea in 1957 and had great performances there.
After a couple of years, in December 1961, Jimmy Greaves had a negotiation with Bill Nicholson and later on by a £99,999 contract he joined Tottenham– the unusual fee was intended to remove Greaves of the pressure of being the first £100,000 player in British football. His first game in the Spurs shirt was for the reserve team on 9 December 1961.
His professional life was full of honors and happy moments. He was England's fourth highest international goal scorer with 44 goals, the highest goal scorer in the history of English top-flight football (357 goals), and the seventh Chelsea highest goal scorers ever. He had also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else.
The legendary Greaves from 1961 till 1970 had 379 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 266 goals. His records indeed seem unwinnable.
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Smith was born on 22 February 1933 in Lingdale, North Riding of Yorkshire. When he was playing for Redcar Boys' Club, he had been chosen for Chelsea in 1950 and he was part of the 1954–55 brilliant team that won the First Division.
After five years, he had been spotted by the Spurs, and by a £18,000 contract, bobby joined Tottenham. Between 1955-1964 he had 317 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 208 goals. He is the second footballer on the list of Tottenham top scorers of all time. Bobby Smith after having suffered from a short-time illness passed away on 18 September 2010.
The third Tottenham top scorers of all time, is Harry Kane, the future of England.
Harold Edward Kane was born on 28 July 1993 in Walthamstow, London, and started playing soccer when he was so young. This professional English Striker believed that had inherited his sporting genes from his mother's side.
his football started in local clubs and then he joined the Arsenal youth academy when he was eight years old but just after one season, for being a bit overweight he was released from Arsenal which wasn't a good decision according to Arsène Wenger. His first trial for Tottenham was not successful but in his second try, he could join the Spurs. On 7 April 2014, Kane was given his first Premier League start for Tottenham, in a 5–1 win against Sunderland.
The PFA Young Player of the Year in 2014, since his early days at Tottenham till the present moment has 208 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 175 goals.
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Martin Harcourt Chivers was born on 27 April 1945. He started his football in Southampton and made his debut when he was seventeen on 8 September 1962 against Charlton Athletic. From 1963 till 64 he was a regular starter and was the club's joint leading goal scorer with 21 goals. At Southampton, he had won 12 England Under-23 caps. He scored a total of 106 goals in 190 appearances for The Saints.
But in January 1968, he decided to join Tottenham by a £125,000 contract that made him the country's most expensive player at that time. His Spurs debut against Sheffield Wednesday was in January 1968. His very first step with Tottenham was not that successful. By the presence of Spurs legends- Jimmy Greaves and Alan Gilzean- he had often been overlooked.
after two years at Tottenham, the 1970–71 season was the beginning of Martin Chivers' golden years, He played in all 58 competitive games and scored 34 times and at the end, the Spurs finished the season in third place. this prolific striker from 1968 till 1976 had 367 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 174 goals and with this record, he is the fourth Tottenham top scorers of all time.
This gifted welsh footballer is the fifth on the list of highest goal scorers in Tottenham of all time.
Clifford William Jones was born on 7 February 1935 in Swansea, Glamorgan, to a footballing family. His father Ivor; uncles Shoni, Emlyn, Bryn, and Bert; brother Bryn; and Cousin Ken were also all players. Being a footballer was their heritage! In 1952, when he was 17, he joined Billy McCandless' Swansea Town and became his brother counterpart. He stayed there for almost 6 years and in February 1958 by a £35,000 contract he joined Tottenham.
He made his debut for the club on 22 February 1958 in the away match against Arsenal at Highbury. His debut with the Spurs was a bit disappointing, he broke his leg in a tackle with Peter Baker during pre-season training in the summer of 1958, but he had a memorable comeback.
Having passed his recovery, he became a prolific goalscorer for the club, scoring 25 goals in all appearances in the 1959–60 season and later on considered as a key member of the double-winning team of the 1960–61 season, he scored 19 goals that season. He was likewise part of the unbeaten Spurs sides in the 1962 FA Cup Final and 1963 European Cup Winners Cup Final. From 1958 till 1968, he played for Tottenham and had 318 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 159goals.
Based on Spurs' database, Jermain Defoe is the sixth Tottenham top scorers of all time.
Jermain Colin Defoe was born on 7 October 1982 in Beckton, Greater London and started his football as a kid in Sunday league team Senrab, well known in London for producing players such as Lee Bowyer, John Terry, Ashley Cole, and Ledley King, and then in 1997, joined the FA National School of Excellence at Lilleshall, Shropshire, as a 14-year-old teenage.
In 1999, he took a controversial decision and joined West Ham United- a professional club- and made his first-team debut in a League Cup match against Walsall in September 2000. 4 four years later, west ham accepted Tottenham's offer in the January transfer window. Defoe joined Tottenham in February 2004 by an initial fee of £6 million contract, rising to £7 million depending on "specific performance criteria".
Defoe registered his arrival at Tottenham with a goal on his debut in the 4–3 home win over Portsmouth in February 2004; his great performances were proven in his very first step. He was a member of the Spurs for almost a decade; between 2004-2014 he had 363 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 143 goals.
The seventh Tottenham top goal scorers of all time, is indeed a veteran.
George Samuel Hunt was born on 22 February 1910 in Mexborough, Yorkshire, and started his football career in local clubs. After some unsuccessful trial for different clubs, he joined Chesterfield from Barnsley-based club Regent Street Congregational in 1929.
But he didn't stay there that much, just after a year this great footballer, in June 1930 by a £1,500 contract joined Tottenham. He had spent seven seasons with the Spurs and as a prolific goal scorer was the club's top scorer for three consecutive seasons, from 1931–32 to 1933–34, and his 32 league goals in 1932–33 helped Tottenham gain promotion to the First Division. George Hunt from 1930 till 1937 had 198 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 138 goals.
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the great Duck is the eighth Tottenham top scorers of all time.
Leonard Stanley Duquemin was born on 17 July 1924 and he was the first famous footballer to come from the Channel Islands-an archipelago in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. He started his football with a single appearance in Colchester United in 1946. Later that year he joined Tottenham and for more than a decade, he played for the Spurs.
he was also known as 'Reliable Len' for his hard work rather than for being a stylish player and due to his technique and great performances he made a change in the style of football played in the Post War period. Between 1946 till 1957 he had 307 appearances in Tottenham and scored 134 goals. He also won the League Championship in 1951 with the Spurs.
The ninth rank on the list of Tottenham top scorers of all time belongs to Scottish professional footballer.
Alan John Gilzean was born on 22 October 1938. He started his football career with the local side Coupar Angus Juniors and then he signed his first professional contract with Dundee in February 1957. In December 1964, he had been transferred to Tottenham by a £72,500 contract and made his debut a week later.
little by little he found his proper position in the team and as a creative forward created an effective goal-scoring partnership beside stream favorite Jimmy Greaves, and together they were referred to by fans as the "G-Men". From 1964 till 1974 he had 439 appearances in Tottenham and scored 133 goals.
Alan Gilzean had been suffering from a brain tumor and passed away on 8 July 2018.
The tenth Tottenham top scorers of all time, is a footballer who is rewarded with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Edward Paul Sheringham was born on 2 April 1966. When he was 16, he began his professional career at Millwall in 1982 and quickly became a first choice selection at Millwall and during the late 1980s formed a remarkable partnership with Tony Cascarino. He was the club's top goals corer in four seasons. In 1992, despite his good position in his former club, he decided to join Tottenham. His brilliant debut with the spurs was the proof of his decision.
He had a victorious start to his career at the club by being the Premiership's top goal scorer in its inaugural season, he had scored 22 goals. Sheringham was so popular with the Tottenham fans and by the mid-1990s was strongly proved as one of the most highly-rated strikers in the Premiership. This great soccer player between 1992-2003 made 277 appearances in Tottenham and scored 124 goals.
The next footballer on the list of Tottenham highest goal scorers of all time is the well-known Irish soccer player.
Robert David Keane was born on 8 July 1980 in the Tallaght suburb of Dublin. He began his football career with local club Fettercairn, later on at the age of 10 he joined the Dublin schoolboy team, Crumlin United, where his brilliant football talent had been explored and soon got offers from two famous clubs, Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He preferred Wanderers over the former, concluding that it would be harder to break into the first team at Liverpool.
Before joining Tottenham, he had already played in 4 other clubs. In 2002 by a £7 million contract, he joined the Spurs. At that time, manager- Glenn Hoddle- said that" Keane was ideally suited to Tottenham and could make White Hart Lane his "spiritual home" for years to come". This fabulous footballer from 2002 till 2011 made 306 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and scored 122 goals.
The former Second World War soldier is among the all-time top goal scorers in Tottenham history.
Leslie Donald Bennett was born on 10 January 1918. in May 1939 when he was a 21-year-old boy, he joined Tottenham. The quick-thinking, energetic inside forward was an important part of the push and run side of the 1950s. between 1946–1954, he had 294 appearances and scored 117 goals. Les Bennet passed away on 29 April 1999.
The footballer, who scored the winning goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1921 FA Cup Final, is the 13th on the list of Tottenham top goal scorers ever.
James Henry Dimmock was born on 5 December 1900 in Edmonton. Before his debut as an amateur for Tottenham Hotspur in 1916 he played junior football for Park Avenue and Gothic Works. He can be considered as one of the first footballers in England since, during First World War, he played for Clapton Orient and Edmonton Ramblers.
On 4 October 1919, he made his debut for the spurs in a match at Lincoln City. Dimmock was the only player in the club's history to play 400 league games and score 100 league goals. He also remains the youngest Tottenham player to appear in an FA Cup Final. His mazy runs and trickery made him so popular. between 1919-31 he had 438 appearances and scored 112 goals. This memorable footballer passed away on 23 December 1972.
The current television pundit and the former professional footballer is one of the highest goal scorers in Tottenham of all time.
Hoddle was born on 27 October 1957 in Hayes, Middlesex. Before being one of the Tottenham influential footballers, he was a big fan of the Spurs. Time passed and at the age of 12, on 17 April 1974, he joined the club as a junior. He made his Spurs first-team appearance as a 17-year-old against Norwich City on 30 August 1975.
Tottenham's former midfielder, who is known for his tactical intelligence and work-rate and also considered as one of the most gifted and creative English footballers of his generation, between 1975–1987 made 490 appearances and scored 110 goals.
Herbert Bliss was born on 29 March 1890. He is one of the most former members of the Spurs. he was famous for his speed, accurate passing, and riffling shots on goal.
This inside forward by a £10 contract on 12 April 1912 joined Tottenham and with 215 appearances and 104 goals is situated on the 15th rank of top scorers in Tottenham of all time.
John Alfred "Johnny" Morrison was born on 26 March 1911. His football debut was in a non–league Bostall Heath and later on, he played for Kent side Callenders Athletic.
In 1931 he joined Tottenham and as a center forward he made 154 appearances and found the net on 104 times in all competitions up to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. With this record, he is situated as 16th Tottenham top goal scorers ever.
William James Minter was born on 16 April 1888 in Woolwich and as an amateur started his football career at Norwich City, and then at Woolwich Arsenal in 1905.
After three years, in March 1908 he joined the Spurs and ended his career with the lily whites. for a long time, he was the top scorer of the club until the record was broken by Jimmy Dimmock in 1930. Now with the record of 101 goals in 263 appearances, he is the 17th Tottenham highest goal scorers ever.
The 18th rank of the highest goal scorers in Tottenham of all time is occupied by an Asian footballer. Son Heung-min was born on 8 July 1992 in Chuncheon, Gangwon.his father, Son Woong-Jung is a retired football player. he joined FC Seoul Reserves and Academy and due to his excellent techniques and performances, he found his way into Tottenham.
On 28 August 2015 by a £22 million five-year contract, he joined the Spurs and became the most expensive Asian player in football history. The top Asian goalscorer in both Premier League and Champions League history, up to this moment had 229 appearances and scored 85 goals.
The 19th top scorers in Tottenham of all time, is a Welsh former international footballer who played as a winger.
Terence Cameron Medwin was born on 25 September 1932 in Swansea, Glamorgan, and started his football in his home-town team Swansea Town in 1951–52. After four years in May 1956, by a £25,000 contract, he joined the Spurs and played there until 1963, when a broken leg forced his unexpected retirement. During this time, he had 215 appearances and scored 72 goals.
This Danish professional footballer is the 20th highest goal scorers in Tottenham of all time.
Christian Dannemann Eriksen was born on 14 February 1992 in Middelfart, Denmark, and as his father was interested in football. Eriksen's father was also one of the coaches at the time. His football debut was with the academy of local side Middelfart G&BK. but destiny led him towards the professional world of football.
After a two-year-experience in Ajax, On 30 August 2013 by the confirmation of Tottenham authorities, he joined the Spurs, and exactly on his debut season, he became the club's Player of the Year. between 2013–2020 he had 305 appearances and scored 69 goals.
The list of Tottenham top scorers of all time is not limited to these 20 footballers. There are also some other brilliant soccer players whose performances and goals strengthen the roots of this reputable club and certainly, in the near future, this list would change.