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Hall of Fame - Goalscorers


Players that have scored 10 or more goals for (Northern) Ireland's Senior team:

Rank

Player

Career

Caps

St

Sb

Gls

Ratio

1

David Healy

2000-13

95

83

12

36

0.38

2

Kyle Lafferty

2006-21

85

55

30

20

0.24

3

Billy Gillespie *

1913-30

25

25

-

13

0.52

4

Colin Clarke

1986-92

38

34

4

13

0.34

5

Steven Davis

2005-22

116

124

10

13

0.11

6

Joe Bambrick

1928-38

11

11

-

12

1.09

7

Jimmy Quinn

1984-95

46

31

15

12

0.26

8

Iain Dowie

1990-99

59

51

8

12

0.20

9

Gerry Armstrong

1977-86

63

56

7

12

0.19

10

Olphie Stanfield

1887-97

30

30

-

11

0.37

11

Johnny Crossan

1959-67

24

24

-

10

0.42

12

Peter McParland

1954-62

34

34

-

10

0.29

13

Jimmy McIlroy

1951-65

55

55

-

10

0.18

14

Billy Bingham **

1951-63

56

56

-

9

0.16

Hattricks or better: 

Player

Date

Opposition

Result

Gls

Joe Bambrick

01/02/1930

Wales

W 7-0

6

Olphie Stanfield

07/02/1891

Wales

W 7-2

4

John Peden

08/04/1893

Wales

W 4-3

3

Andy Gara

22/02/1902

Wales

W 3-0

3

Harold Sloan

02/04/1906

Wales

D 4-4

#3

Billy McAdams

26/10/1960

W.Germany

L 3-4

3

Johnny Crossan

07/05/1965

Albania

W 4-1

3

George Best

21/04/1971

Cyprus

W 5-0

3

Colin Clarke

11/09/1991

Faroe Islands

W 5-0

3

David Healy

06/09/2006

Spain

W 3-2

3

David Healy

24/03/2007

Liechtenstein

W 4-1

3

* Many sources have credited Ireland's first goal in the 2-1 win over Wales on 19 January 1914 to Sam Young, it has since been established that Gillespie was the scorer, and that his career total was 13, not 12 as widely accepted.
** Some sources list Bingham as having scored ten goals, but a goal against Spain in 1958 credited to him was more likely scored by Wilbur Cush.
# Some sources list Sloan as having scored only two goals in this match, crediting his second to Jimmy Maxwell.

Northern Ireland Players to have reached double figures for other Northern Ireland teams:

Senior Women
  • Rachel Furness (33 goals)
  • Simone Magill (16 goals)
  • Kirsty McGuinness (10 goals)
  • Hubert Barr (11 goals)
  • Kevin McGarry (11 goals) (includes 1 hattrick)

Top Goalscorers by Competition:

Finals

FIFA World Cup

 

UEFA Euros

#

Gls

Players

 

#

Gls

Players

1

5

Peter McParland

 

= 1

1

Gareth McAuley

2

3

Gerry Armstrong

 

1

Niall McGinn

3

2

Billy Hamilton

 

Qualifiers

FIFA World Cup

 

UEFA Euros ±

#

Gls

Players

 

#

Gls

Players

1

9

David Healy

 

1

13

David Healy

= 2

5

John Crossan

 

2

10

Kyle Lafferty

5

Gerry Armstrong

 

3

7

Iain Dowie

5

Stevn Davis

 

UEFA Nations League

5

Kyle Lafferty

 

#

Gls

Players

 

= 1

1

Will Grigg

 

1

Corry Evans

 

1

Gavin Whyte

 

1

Paddy McNair

 

1

Josh Magennis

 

1

Liam Boyce

Other Matches

British Championships

 

Minor Tournaments *

#

Gls

Players

 

#

Apps

Players

1

13

Billy Gillespie

 

1

1

Iain Dowie

2

12

Joe Bambrick

 

3

11

Olphie Stanfield

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Matches

 

#

Gls

Players

 

1

14

David Healy

 

2

5

Kyle Lafferty

 

3

4

James Quinn

 

± includes matches in European Nations Cup; * includes matches in the Canada Cup, Carling Nations Cup and Copa Antel.

See also:
Goalscorers by Ratio
Debut Goalscorers
NI Scorers in the Football League
NI Scorers in the Scottish League
Post-War Penalties


Comments

Anonymous said…
Have you a section on players who have scored on their debut? I think there has been quite a few, of the top of my head: Healy, McCartney, Mulryne, Magilton, Sproule on his full debut as well and I'm sure there are many more?
jcd said…
Good question! I know that there's got to be loads so I'll look into it and post the results soon.
Anonymous said…
Great work, thanks for compiling that list. There was a lot more than I imagined. I must say its an excellent resource base you've created here and makes for great reading. Keep up the good work.