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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
JA
1928-38
11
12
1.09
HA
1903-09
8
5
0.63
SJ
1961-67
12
7
0.58
S.
1947-51
9
5
0.56
DJ
1946-50
9
5
0.56
WB
1913-30
25
13
0.52
JC
1961-66
12
6
0.50
WJ
1954-62
15
7
0.47
JA
1959-67
24
10
0.42
WJ
1951-58
12
5
0.42
DJ
2000-13
95
36
0.38
OM
1887-97
30
11
0.37
WJ
1963-72
23
8
0.35
CJ
1986-92
38
13
0.34
PJ
1954-62
34
10
0.29
AE
1933-47
17
5
0.29
J.
1887-99
24
7
0.29
JM
1984-95
46
12
0.26
G.
1964-77
37
9
0.24
K.
2006-date
37
9
0.24
NJ
1982-89
38
9
0.24
WW
1950-61
26
6
0.23
P.
1992-01
26
6
0.23
I.
1990-99
59
12
0.20
GJ
1977-86
63
12
0.19
AD
1958-73
43
8
0.19
J.
1951-65
55
10
0.18
WL
1951-63
56
9
0.16
KJ
1987-95
42
6
0.14
GP
1990-02
51
7
0.14
WR
1978-86
41
5
0.12
HM
1971-84
64
7
0.11
WJ
2002-11
46
5
0.11
J.
1991-02
52
5
0.10
S.
2005-date
68
5
0.07
ME
1991-04
71
5
0.07
SB
1972-86
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
BJ
1912
1
1
1.00
TL
1936
1
1
1.00
A.
1902
3
3
1.00
G.
1895
1
1
1.00
JA
1936
1
1
1.00
S.
1957
1
1
1.00
C.
1980
1
1
*1.00
J.
1912-13
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.
1936-37
3
2
0.67
J.
1886-89
3
2
0.67
J.
1912-20
5
3
0.60
J.
1928-32
7
4
0.57
S.
1926-28
4
2
0.50
L.
1984-87
2
1
0.50
S.
1932
2
1
0.50
W.
1966
2
1
0.50
W.
1911-12
2
1
0.50
WC
1962-66
2
1
0.50
S.
1933
2
1
0.50
J.
1899
2
1
0.50
W.
31-1932
2
1
0.50
JR
1886
2
1
0.50

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