Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is doing wonders & stands today as one of the most elite clubs in the top flight of English football.
Over the course of its history many talented players have played for the club. Some of these players left an everlasting impression on the club by scoring numerous goals and some are still doing so. With Sergio Aguero all set to become top Goalscorer in Man City’s history, let us have a look at Manchester City top 10 goalscorers of all time.
5. Joe Hayes [152 goals] [ 354 apps] (1953-1965)
In August 1953 he had a trial with Manchester City, and made his debut two months later against Tottenham. The teenage Hayes appeared in the 1955 FA Cup Final, but finished on the losing side. 12 months later Manchester City reached the final again, and Hayes scored the first goal in a 3-1 win. Hayes was a regular goalscorer in the late 1950s and early 1960s, until a knee injury occurring in September 1963 had a noticeable effect on his abilities, after which first team opportunities became limited. He was transferred to Barnsley in 1965.
He had a serious knee injury prematurely ended his stay with the Club, Joe Hayes would probably have been City’s all-time top goal-scorer. Just 26 short of Eric Brook’s record of 178, Hayes was a poacher supreme and scored one of the goals in the 1956 FA Cup final victory over Birmingham City.
4. Colin Bell [153 goals] [501 apps] (1966 -1979)
Colin Bell remains one of the greatest players to have ever played for City. With his limitless energy, skill and all-round ability, he was the beating heart of one of the most successful Manchester City sides ever.
Bell was signed by Joe Mercer from Bury on 16 March 1966 after the club finally managed to raise the necessary £45,000 asking price. It took Malcolm Allison’s constant criticism in the stands at Gigg Lane to discourage the hordes of scouts watching the youngster, as England’s most respected coach reeled off one made-up deficiency about Bell after another. It gave City long enough to raise the funds needed and he went straight into the side that won the Second Division Championship and, from there on, he made the No. 8 shirt his own from 1966–67 to mid-November 1975.
3. Tommy Johnson [166 goals] [354 apps] (1919-1930)
Tommy Johnson holds the record for League goals scored for City in one season with a grand total of 38.Johnson marked his debut in 1919 with a goal, but would take three more years to establish himself fully in the Blues’ starting line-up, forming an impressive partnership with Horace Barnes.
2. Sergio Aguero [176 goals] [260 apps]
Manchester City smashed the Club record transfer fee to bring him to Manchester and he announced his arrival with two goals from the bench against Swansea and has been breaking Club records ever since.
He wrote his name into City folklore with his title-winning goal against QPR in his debut season.He is the highest South American scorer in the history of the Premier League, and reached 100 goals in the division faster than any player other than Alan Shearer.On 6 January 2017, in an FA Cup game against West Ham United, he scored his 154th goal for Manchester City, overtaking Colin Bell to become City’s third highest scorer.
1. Eric Brook [178 goals] [494 apps]
Brook is regarded as one of Manchester City’s and England’s greatest ever players.Eric Brook was an unorthodox outside-left who often popped up in the centre-forward position if the occasion demanded.
In 1928 Brook and team-mate Fred Tilson were transferred to Manchester City for a combined fee of £6,000, the pair making their debuts on 17 March against Grimsby Town.Brook possessed a thunderous shot and was the natural penalty-taker for the team. He rarely missed a game and, with 178 goals for the Blues, he has remained at the top of the goal-scoring chart for 76 years – an incredible record for a winger.
Eric retired in 1940 following a motor accident and sadly passed away in March 1965.
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