Since Ron Saunders first dragged the Canaries scratching and pecking into England’s top football division in 1972 several hundred players have represented the club – including many dozens of strikers.
But which of these strikers was the best? Who managed to hit the back of the net most frequently? In short, who was the most prolific?
Ranked by a simple goals per game ratio, the following table ranks in descending order the scoring effectiveness of all those strikers who have played more than a handful of games for our club.
Obviously, there are some caveats. The internet-sourced data is as accurate as I can find but if there are errors please let me know and I’ll endeavour to update the chart.
Also, the figures don’t take into account any mitigating circumstances. For example, players who regularly came on as a substitute and rarely played 90 minutes (eg. Lee Power or Dennis Srbeny), or those who sometimes played in positions other than striker (eg. Dion Dublin or Chris Sutton).
Also, many prolific scorers such as Hugh Curran and Ken Foggo have been omitted as they were considered wide-players rather than centre-forwards.
Hopefully, there’s the odd little surprise here and there and some names you may have forgotten. But ultimately, the longevity of a scoring career is the true mark of a prolific player.
Short bursts may mislead on occasion. As the old saying goes: ‘There are lies, there are damned lies, and then there are statistics!’
How many of the top ten would you have guessed?