8 June 2014

Northern Ireland's Players' Goalscoring Ratios


What is the absolute measure of a goalscorer; total goals or goals to game ratio? Certainly, in Ireland's early days of international football it was difficult for a player to build up a significant number of caps as there were generally only three matches per season, and so some of the more prolific players of this era get forgotten when only totals are analysed. Some more recent players may have had their international careers curtailed by injury, by a falling-out with the "management" or because they were over-looked in favour of the "bigger names" of their era.

Scoring ratios for Northern Ireland players with more than five international goals...
Player

Career
Caps
Goals
Ratio
J.A.
1928-1938
11
12
1.09
H.A.
1903-1909
8
5
0.63
S.J.
1961-1967
12
7
0.58
S.
1947-1951
9
5
0.56
D.J.
1946-1950
9
5
0.56
W.B.
1913-1930
25
13
0.52
J.C
1961-1966
12
6
0.50
W.J.
1954-1962
15
7
0.47
J.A.
1959-1967
24
10
0.42
W.J.
1951-1958
12
5
0.42
D.J.
2000-2013
95
36
0.38
O.M.
1887-1897
30
11
0.37
W.J.
1963-1972
23
8
0.35
C.J.
1986-1992
38
13
0.34
P.J.
1954-1962
34
10
0.29
A.E.
1933-1947
17
5
0.29
J.
1887-1899
24
7
0.29
J.M.
1984-1995
46
12
0.26
G.
1964-1977
37
9
0.24
K.
2006-date
37
9
0.24
N.J.
1982-1989
38
9
0.24
W.W.
1950-1961
26
6
0.23
P.
1992-2001
26
6
0.23
I.
1990-1999
59
12
0.20
G.J.
1977-1986
63
12
0.19
A.D.
1958-1973
43
8
0.19
J.
1951-1965
55
10
0.18
W.L.
1951-1963
56
9
0.16
K.J.
1987-1995
42
6
0.14
G.P.
1990-2002
51
7
0.14
W.R.
1978-1986
41
5
0.12
H.M.
1971-1984
64
7
0.11
W.J.
2002-2011
46
5
0.11
J.
1991-2002
52
5
0.10
S.
2005-date
68
5
0.07
M.E.
1991-2004
71
5
0.07
S.B.
1972-1986
88
5
0.06

Other players with a goalscoring ratio of 0.50 or above...
Player

Career
Caps
Goals
Ratio
H.
1927
1
2
2.00
B.J.
1912
1
1
1.00
T.L.
1936
1
1
1.00
A.
1902
3
3
1.00
G.
1895
1
1
1.00
J.A.
1936
1
1
1.00
S.
1957
1
1
1.00
C.
1980
1
1
*1.00
J.
1912-1913
2
2
1.00
D.
1939
1
1
1.00
F.
1924
1
1
1.00
A.
1896
1
1
1.00
J.
1955
1
1
1.00
T.
1891
1
1
1.00
N.
1936-1937
3
2
0.67
J.
1886-1889
3
2
0.67
J.
1912-1920
5
3
0.60
J.
1928-1932
7
4
0.57
S.
1926-1928
4
2
0.50
L.
1984-1987
2
1
0.50
S.
1932
2
1
0.50
W.
1966
2
1
0.50
W.
1911-1912
2
1
0.50
W.C.
1962-1966
2
1
0.50
S.
1933
2
1
0.50
J.
1899
2
1
0.50
W.
1931-1932
2
1
0.50
J.R.
1886
2
1
0.50

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