Southampton Top Scorers of all time

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Southampton have had hundreds of strikers so far but a few of them have had everlasting effect on the history of the Saints. Here is a look at the Southampton top scorers of all time.

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is one of the professional football clubs found in England, located in Southampton, Hampshire. Its matches are played in the

Premier League


The following is the list of Southampton top scorers of all time:

The home ground of Southampton has been ST Mary’s Stadium since 2001. Their nickname is ‘The Saints’.

Mick Channon

As the first person on the list and top of the highest goal scorers in Southampton of all time, we have Mick Channon. Micheal Roger Channon is an English former footballer born on 28 November 1948, in Orcheston, Wiltshire, England. He played as a striker for Southampton.

Channon also played for the English national team in the 1972 until 1977. In his professional career as a footballer and a great striker he made a total of 607 appearances.

He scored more than 250 goals in his career history but to fit in this category of Southampton highest goal scorers ever, he scored a total of 228 goals for The Saints.

Channon played for Southampton in his youth for a year until 1965 and his joining the team on senior side. He made his debut for the team while 17 in 1966. Within just three years he was already the main scorer of the club. He stayed there until 1977 with a total of 391 appearances.

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After two years of playing for

Manchester City

and being loaned to Cape Town City he returned to Southampton for 3 more years. He made an additional 119 appearances then. First when Channon joined Southampton, the club was in First Division but was relegated to the Second Division.


By the time Mick left to join Manchester City for the deal of

£300,000 in 1977, The Saints were still in Second Division. When he returned in 1979 the club was back in First Division.

Although he wasn’t able to score as many goals as he did before he managed to become first in the

top scorers in Southampton of all time

. His last honor was for Norwich City against Sunderland, which won the League Cup. This victory was Channon’s second and last domestic victory.

After that, he joined Portsmouth and later, he joined the Irish club, Finn Harps before his retirement from the games. After announcing his retirement, he started as an assistant trainer as his passion was always about horse racing. He got his license in 1990.

Matt Le Tissier

The second person on the list of Southampton top goal scorers ever is Matt Le Tissier. Matthew Paul Le Tissier born on 14 October 1968, in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey.

He was nicknamed by his fans as “Le God”. Le Tissier played for Southampton pretty much his whole professional club career. He started at Southampton in his youth career from 1985 until 1986. He stayed on senior side of Southampton until 2002, when he left for playing at Eastleigh and later at Guernsey in 2013.

He has 8 international appearances for the England national team which he earned in only 3 years. He also had 21 appearances for under21 national team.

The reason why he is second in

Southampton top goal scorers ever

is that he managed to score 209 goals while playing for the club. He also made a total of 540 appearances in his career.

He was a creative attacking midfielder with great technical skills. He had a good eye on the ball and could get in great attacking positions to perform strikes.

Le Tissier was the first midfielder who managed to score 100 goals in the Premier League. He holds a record for his highest scores from penalty kicks. Scoring 47 goals out of 48 attempts. He once was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990.

On 2 April 2000 Matthew made a last-minute penalty point for Southampton against Sunderland. This goal was his 100


goal that made him only the sixth player and first midfielder to reach this significant event. His last score for Southampton was against


on 19 May 2001.

His last appearance for the club was on 30 January 2002 against

West Ham

. On 29 March 2002, he announced his retirement from playing.

Bill Rawlings

Next person on the list of

all-time top goal scorers in Southampton history

is William Ernest Rawlings. He was an English professional football player born on 3 January 1896 in Andover, Hampshire in England. He used to play Centre-forward.

Rawlings started his career with Southampton in 1918. Southampton was in Southern League at that time and was elevated to the Football League in 1919. Rawlings scored 19 goals in Southern League in 1919-20.

He reached Southampton highest goal scorer eight times, in nine seasons from 1920 to 1928. He scored 32 goals. With doing so, Southampton won the Third Division South title in 1921-22. Rawlings’ deadly shootings and smart choice of tactics earned him two appearances for English national team in 1922.

The Saints even reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1925 and 1927 with Rawlings in their team. He built an attacking partnership with Arthur Dominy. In 1922-23, Southampton reached 11


- place in the Second Division and Dominy got the title of top-scorer of Southampton that season.

At the end of his career in Southampton he managed to score 193 goals in 364 appearances and to achieve the third-place in all-time top goal scorers in Southampton history. In 1928, he was playing for First Division in

Manchester United


He scored an additional 19 goals for the Red Devils with 35 appearances in one season. In November 1929, he signed for Port Vale. He only made 5 appearances with 2 scores before suffering from a severe ankle injury in 1929. He left Port Vale for New Milton when he fully recovered for 1930-31 season.

 Rawlings left for Newport in 1930 and played for another 3 years before retiring in 1933. William Rawlings died at the age of 76 on 25 September 1972 after 15 years of professional football career.

At the end of his career he managed to score a total of 198 goals and 377 appearances to gain the third place in

Southampton top scorers of all time


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Terry Paine

The fourth brilliant footballer on the list of top scorers in Southampton of all-time is Terry Paine. Terence Lionel Paine born on 23 March 1939 in Winchester, England is a former professional footballer. He is best known for his club record of over 800 appearances in 18 seasons with the Southampton club.

He was mainly a winger but he also played both as a midfielder and as a forward. Paine started his work with Winchester City club as a youth player at the age of 15. Later in 1956 he signed for Southampton and quickly became a regular winger. He made his debut for the team just a week before his 18


birthday against Brentford.

He actually didn’t score any goals in the 3-3 draw but everyone was impressed by his skill and ability in handling the ball at his feet. In 1960 he helped among others to win the club its only Third Division title.

Later on, he helped the club to reach the First Division. Paine played 19 times in International games for England and scored 7 goals for the nation. In 1963 after 4 years of playing for Under-23 he played in the England’s national team for the first time.

In 1974 he left Southampton -which was relegated to Second Division- for Hereford Untied which he made 111 appearances in. with Paine in their team, Hereford United reached the Third Division title for the first time and in 1966 they reached to the First Division.

He stayed there until 1977 then two years later he joined the Cheltenham Town team that he acted as a player-manager in. In his 18 seasons with the club he scored 187 goals with 816 appearances that made him 4



highest goal scorers in Southampton of all time


Terry Paine currently works as a football TV presenter on the digital satellite TV sports channel Supersport in South Africa.

George O’Brien

Number fifth from Southampton top scorers of all time is George O’Brien. He was a Scottish professional football player born on 22 November 1935. O’Brien grew up in Dunfermline, Scotland. He is mainly known for his career in Southampton club.

Although he played in other clubs before joining The Saints. He joined the Scottish football club, Dunfermline Athletic in 1952. He made 93 appearances there and scored 25 goals for the team. He left Dunfermline for the Leeds Untied in 1957.

In two years, he scored and additional 6 goals in 44 games in Elland Road. He played as an inside forward in Southampton where he moved to in 1959. He spent six years there and scored a total of 178 league goals in 277 games. In 1964-65, he was playing with an arthritic knee yet he managed to score 32 goals in 41 league games.

In 1965, when he caught hepatitis from his son, he only managed to score 11 goals in 16 appearances. A few months later, he was traded to Leyton Orient team with David Webb back to Southampton. George was “quite bitter” about the way they kicked him out even though it was his own idea to go despite many advising him to stay.

In that time, Bill Rawlings was the top scorer in Southampton of all time with 198 goals and O’Brien was 18 goals away. He blamed his poor performance on Terry Paine: “He

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never passed the ball to me, all day, preferring to show off to the selectors.” Despite these fights they remained good friends even after retirement.

Until his retirement he scored 180 goals in 281 appearances to become number 5 of Southampton top scorers of all-time list. After retirement he managed a number of bars in Southampton city called Star and Garter. After that he became a taxi-driver. Unfortunately, he died on 18 March 2020 at the age of 84 from dementia.

Derek Reeves

Derek Reeves was an English professional footballer who was born in Poole, Dorset, England on 27 August 1934. He played as a Centre-forward for Southampton and


& Boscombe Athletic in the Football League.

Reeves signed to join Southampton FC in 1954 after being discharged from National Service. He was mainly known for his heading abilities. Even though he was considered short in height he did amazingly in the penalty area. He played with Paine and Sydenham as his wings.

By the time he reached 39 League goals he was Southampton top goal scorer of all-time 4 times already. In January 1960, Reeves career was highlighted through a 5-1 win against Manchester City in the FA Cup. Over 2000 Southampton fans went to support Reeves for the four goals he scored.

As a response to their support said: “I was determined to run myself into the ground just to thank them for their wonderful support.” In December 1960, Southampton against Leeds game took place in The Dell in League Cup. Because of two long floodlight failures the games lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Due to long match, number of the injuries also increased that made the game become nine against ten. In those times goalkeeper subs were not allowed so Huxford was in the goal.

Derek Reeves scored all four goals of the game ending it 4-0. In 1962 he didn’t meet his required fee in the Second Division, therefore he moved to Bournemouth for £8,000.

However, he only scored 8 goals in 35 games he appeared in before moving to Worcester which is a non-league club in 1965. As the sixth highest goal scorers in Southampton of all-time, Reeves scored 173 goals in 311 League appearances. On 22 may 1995, he died in his hometown, Bournemouth at the age of 60.

Eric Day

The next brilliant footballer to mention as

Southampton highest goal scorers of all time

is Eric Charles Day. He was born on 6 November 1921 in Dartford, Kent. He played as a winger in Southampton. Funny enough he wasn’t supposed to be a footballer at all.

He studied a Watford Grammar School which he played rugby in. During the II World War he served as a Royal Air Force Commando in which he broke his arm. Day played football while he recovered and caught the eye of his physical trainer from army.

Bill Luckett was a former player in Southampton, he recommended Day to Arthur Dominy the club’s caretaker-manager. He was a guest player for Southampton before he became a regular.

The next morning that he was selected as a guest player, he scored his first Southampton goal but it wouldn’t count in official records because he was sent back to war duties.

In 1946, however, he had a hat-trick as his official debut. In 1947-48 season in FA Cup he scored twice in a 3-2 win against Blackburn Rovers. He made the number 7 shirt his own for six seasons. In 1952-53 season, he switched his position to Centre-forward against Blackburn Rovers once again with a hat-trick.

 He said he felt more confident and “in the game” playing the forward position as he was always waiting for passes as a winger. In his 11 years in the club he managed to score a total of 158 league goals in 422 games which made him seventh on the Southampton’s list of top scorers of all time.

He stayed in Southampton until 1957. After that he moved to his hometown in Kent to play for a non-league club, Gravesend & Northfleet.

Fred Harrison

The eighth on the list of

Southampton top scorers of all time

is Frederick Harrison. Harrison was an English footballer born on 2 July 1880 in Winchester, England. He played the forward position in the 1900s for many clubs. He started his career with hometown clubs Fitzhugh Rovers and Bitterne Guild on youth side.

Joe Turner discovered him and recommended him to Southampton directors: “He is a fast goal-getter with a deadly shot.” He made his debut for Southampton in 1900-01 Southern League championship season. He was accompanied with the Turners as his wingers.

After their first foreign tour of Belgium, Austria and Hungary which has 44 goals in six matches, Harrison made 15 league goal appearances with five goals. He later replaced Joe Turner and became team’s left winger.

After an injury and many games lost, he moved to Centre-forward and scored five goals in a game against Wellingborough Town on 7 March 1903. Although he only had 13 appearances, he finished the season as the Southampton highest goal scorer of all-time with 17 goals. In 1903-04 season he was a regular Centre-forward for Southampton.

He made a hat-trick in a 5-1 win against Northampton Town on 7 December. He finished 1903-04 season again as highest goal scorers in Southampton of all-time with 27 goals in 32 league appearances. In the next season Fred Harrison suffered from an illness and struggled to be as successful as before but the next two season’s he gained his strength back and became the club’s top scorer again with 12 goals.

He was sold to Fulham club in 1907 as Southampton was a financial failure, but he was Southampton top goal scorer more than once in his remaining seasons at the club.

After Fulham he struggled to find a club to stay in. He changed clubs constantly, from West Ham United to Bristol City which he only played 15 games.

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Harrison is not the top of the list but he has successfully made the list and is in 8


place of the Southampton top scorers of all time. He has made 156 goals and 249 league appearances.

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Arthur Dominy

Arthur Albert Dominy, the footballer star, who even his youth career was phenomenal is our next Southampton top scorer of all time. The English footballer was born on 11 February 1893 in South Stonham, Southampton. He is definitely among Southampton highest goal scorers ever.

He started his youth career in Weston Grove then Peartree Athletic and Bitterne Guild. He played for Bitterne Guild only a season in 1911-12 yet he scored 50 goals for them. Southampton paid

£15 for him to be transferred. He became the top scorer in the Southern League in 1913-14.

Dominy scored 30 goals in 37 games. But he was soon stopped because of the World War I. He was employed at Harold & Wolff shipyard during the war and only made guest appearances for Southampton, Arsenal and Rangers.

After the war he was back at his full-time career in 1919. He was accompanied with Bill Rawlings as his striking partner. In 1920, in victories over Southend United, Newport County, Charlton Athletic, and Northampton Town, Dominy scored 2 goals in each of the matches.

He had a total of 13 goals at the end of the season. His partnership with the Saints ended in 1926.  He made 392 appearances and scored 155 goals to gain the ninth place in the list of Southampton top scorers of all time. He died on 23 September 1974 at the age of 81 in Mitcham, Surrey, England.

Ron Davies

Ronald Tudor Davies, the last person on our list of Southampton top scorers of all time was born on 25 May 1942 in Holywell, Flintshire, and Wales. The Welsh footballer, played mostly as a Centre-forward in many clubs as well as the Welsh national team.

He started his career in Chester team in 1959. He was mainly known as a header of the team. He made his debut for the Saints in a 5-0 victory over Workington in March 1960.

Davies was placed on the transfer list which he didn’t like very much so he replied by scoring four goals in the next match against Southport in October 1962. He signed a contract for

£12,200 to join Luton Town but the club was relegated then he moved to Norwich City with a £35000 fee.

He was only 21 when he made his international debut for Wales on 15 April 1964. Davies moved to Southampton in 1966 and stayed there until 1973. He scored 37 goals in 41 games. It was more than any other players had ever made in the division.

After Southampton, Davies changed 7 clubs until 1979. He reached the tenth place of

Southampton top scorers of all time

with 153 goals in 281 games. He died at the age of 70 on the eve of his birthday in 2013.


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