Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is just one goal away from equalling Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s 12 year record for scoring in ten consecutive Premier League matches. With the Foxes’ next game coming against hapless Newcastle United, the 28-year-old has a fantastic chance of doing just that.
That statistic got this writer thinking: in the grand scheme of things, how does Van Nistelrooy’s (and potentially Vardy’s) achievement stack up? It is obviously a phenomenal feat in a division as competitive as the Premier League, but who has achieved above and beyond?
If there has been a better streak of scoring in professional scoring than that of Middlesbrough’s George Camsell, then this writer is yet to hear about it.
In 1927, he blasted an astonishing 29 goals in 12 consecutive games! He went on to score 63 goals in all competitions that season, and still boasts the best goals-to-game ratio of any player to turn out for England (18 goals in nine games). He is, without doubt, one of the best strikers to ever lace up a pair of boots.
Another English striker who has netted in ten consecutive ties is Jermain Defoe, and he completed the feat as a baby-faced 18-year-old whilst on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham.
His feat is not widely recognised at the highest level as it occurred in the third tier of English football.
There can’t be many more prolific streaks than the short run enjoyed by Jubilo Iwata striker Masashi Nakayama in the Japanese J League. He fired in FOUR consecutive hat-tricks – in the denominations of five, four, four and three – to record 16 goals in just four appearances in a mad run in April 1998.
And when thoughts of Nakayama simply being a one-hit wonder come to mind, just remember that he is also responsible for the quickest ever hat-trick in international football – 3 mins, 3 seconds – against Brunei.
Coen the Kanon
Whilst Vardy has bagged 12 goals in his nine game run, he’s still a long way behind Coen Dillen’s Eredivisie record of 20 goals in nine games.
Nicknamed ‘Her Kanon’ due to the power of his right boot, Dillen notched 43 goals that 1956/57 season; which is still a Dutch premier League record to this day.
The last place on our list goes to Gerd Muller, simply for the longevity of his feat. Der Bomber netted in 16 consecutive matches as 1969 turned into 1970, and the run actually covered six months due to the harsh winter causing many games to be postponed.