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When people speak about top goalscorers in football, they’ll often speak of players that have been involved in the Premier League and Bundesliga. But with the English Championship being the second-highest tier in English football, there are still some seriously impressive goalscoring records out there. Throughout the information below, we’d like to touch upon some players that have managed to hit the back of the net a remarkable number of times. And specifically, we will be speaking about the top 5 players that have scored the most goals in a Championship season.
Most Goals in a Championship Season – a quick overview
It’s always exciting to look back through the Championship top scorers and find out what made them so special, so let’s not waste any more time and get right into it.
Top 5 players with the most goals in a Championship season
Ivan Toney is arguably the greatest player to ever put on a Brentford shirt, and we don’t say that lightly. As it happens, Ivan Toney tops the list for the Championship top scorers, in terms of the most goals in a season that is. And the best part is that Toney set this record recently, in the 2020/2021 season, hitting the back of the net an impressive 31 times. Needless to say, this helped Brentford considerably in their promotion efforts to the Premier League, where Toney will now get a chance to test his striking abilities against many of the best clubs in the world.
This man was another incredible striker to have competed in the Championship, and he is second on our list of most goals in a Championship season. Murray actually held the record of 30 goals in a single season right the way through until the record was broken by Ivan Toney in 2020/2021 – sorry Glenn! But then again, scoring 30 goals in just one season is still an incredible feat, and Crystal Palace fans will not soon forget the contributions he made during that record-breaking 2012/2013 season. Sadly, Murray has now retired from professional football as of May 21, so he won’t get a chance to come back and try to take over Toney!
Back in the 2018/2019 season, Pukki managed to hit home 29 goals in a single season – putting him agonizingly close to equaling Murray’s record of 30 goals. Then again, this makes him one of the Championship top scorers in terms of single-season contributions, and although he’s not at the top of the list – he must be pretty pleased with his efforts. Given that Norwich City has since been promoted to the Premier League, in pole position we might add, it’s pretty cool that Pukki will now get a chance to join Toney in testing his skills within top-flight English football.
Adam Armstrong is actually tied with two other guys on 28 goals in a single Championship season, and this record is actually a really intriguing one. Armstrong managed to achieve this record in the exact same season that Toney set the all-time record, which makes the 2020/2021 Championship season one of the most there has ever been from a goalscoring perspective. Armstrong achieved this feat while playing for Blackburn Rovers, although amazingly, Blackburn didn’t even come close to the playoffs. As you can see, Armstrong is a very talented and quite prolific goalscorer, and who knows – maybe he’s considering a move in this year's transfer period?
Back in the 2013/2014 season, McCormack was the absolute saviour for Leeds United. Each and every time he put on his boots he looked like he was going to score, and he is firmly fixed as one of the Championship top scorers with 28 goals in just one season. But even with these performances, McCormack didn’t manage to get Leeds into the Premier League – this only occurred in the 2019/2020 season. Since this amazing feat, McCormack has bounced around quite a few clubs, and given that he now plays for Aldershot Town, we have a feeling that he won’t be breaking this record for the remainder of his career.
Bonus – Jordan Rhodes
We had to stick Jordan Rhodes into the mix really, especially since he fell just short of the top 5 with 27 goals in a single season to his name. And it just so happens that Rhodes managed to achieve this in the 2012/2013 season, therefore pushing Glenn Murray all the way until the end. Ultimately, Murray came out on top with 3 more goals than Rhodes in that season, but it was a pretty awesome battle nonetheless. These days, Rhodes plays for Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but when he achieved this record he was playing for Blackburn Rovers.
Guys who could break these records in the coming seasons
As the saying goes, records are there to be broken. So, as impressive as these records are for the current Championship top scorers, there are a couple of players whom we feel could go on to break such records. Here they are:
The 20/21 Championship season saw goalscoring like no other – with the top three scorers all being part of our top 5 list. However, the 4th in line was Kieffer Moore, scoring 20 goals for Cardiff City during that campaign. Sure, this is quite a few goals away from topping the goal-scoring table, but should Moore have a phenomenal season – he could start to challenge for the most goals in a Championship season. Only time will tell, but if he stays healthy, it’s possible.
Following on from Fulham’s recent relegation from the Premier League, Mitrovic could well dust off his Championship scoring boots in style. In fact, during the 19/20 season, Mitrovic hit home 26 goals for the club, so he could easily push the boundaries over the coming seasons in search of getting Fulham back into the Premier League.