• The modern-day Championship was formed in 2004

  • The average Championship salary is an estimated £29,000 per week

  • David Nugent is the most prolific goal scorer in Championship history with 121 goals

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Widely regarded as the toughest league in English football, the Championship is one of the most competitive divisions for football betting punters.

The gruelling 46-match schedule is heavy on any side but that can often contribute to some unpredictable, high-scoring encounters.


When it comes to the Championship top scorers standings, the numbers are relatively low compared to other major European leagues due to the league’s late formation.

This is not a reflection on the standard of attacking play but merely as a direct result of the best Championship players often earning a chance in the Premier League.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck into the Championship all-time top scorer charts. Who is the most prolific striker in England’s second tier? Scroll down and take a look…

Championship All-Time Top Scorers List:

  1. David Nugent – 121

  2. Ross McCormack – 120

  3. Jordan Rhodes – 114

  4. Billy Sharp – 114

  5. Lewis Grabban – 97

  6. Chris Martin – 97

  7. Daryl Murphy – 93

  8. Darius Henderson – 87

  9. Troy Deeney – 84

  10. Dexter Blackstock – 84

Most Goals In A Championship Season:

The numbers vary depending on the period you look at. If you look at former Division One statistics, Guy Whittingham leads the way with 42 goals but we’re starting from 2004.

Glenn Murray has been earning his keep in the Premier League for several years now but he holds the record for most goals in a single Championship season.

Back in 2012/13, Murray led the line for Crystal Palace and the striker bagged an impressive 30 goals as the Eagles clinched promotion to England’s top flight via the playoffs.

Youngest Championship Goal Scorer:

Former Birmingham City winger Jude Bellingham holds the record for the youngest scorer in Championship history.

The Borussia Dortmund star was just 16 years and 62 days old when he scored a crucial goal in Birmingham’s 2-1 victory over Stoke City in August 2019.

Bellingham is one of the best young football players on the planet and he could be key to Dortmund’s chances of success in years to come.

Oldest Championship Goal Scorer:

According to Transfermarkt, Teddy Sheringham is the oldest player to score a Championship goal.

Sheringham was 41 years and 239 days old when he scored for Colchester United in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Known famously for his role in Manchester United’s treble success in 1999, Sheringham also has a spot in the Championship scorer record books with that effort in December 2007.

Top Championship Goal Scorer Award:

Just one player has won the Championship top scorer award on more than one occasion since 2004 and that is Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker thrived during his time at Molineux, scoring 61 goals in 177 appearances for the club.

Perhaps more impressively, Ebanks-Blake clinched the top Championship scorer accolade in back-to-back seasons and that feat is yet to be matched.

Championship Top Scorers By Season:


European All-Time Top Scorers:

*Credit for the main photo belongs to Rui Vieira / AP Photo


FIRST PUBLISHED: 31st March 2021

About the Author
Alex McMahon Sport

Alex is a sports betting tipster, specialising in Premier League football, the Champions League and horse racing.

He loves placing a weekly accumulator on the football at the weekend and dreams of landing the big winner that will take him back to Las Vegas.

As well as writing sports betting tips for 888sport since 2015, Alex has produced content for several international media companies, such as Goal.com and The SPORTBible.