Frank Lampard joined a very select group of players last night, hitting his 150th Premier League goal in the 1-1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
And, whilst the result has major significance in the Blues’ fight to finish in the final Champions League qualification places, it was the individual achievement of one of England’s finest central midfielders that has captured the imagination.
Lampard is the only non-forward to achieve such a goalscoring feat in his career, and we remember all the players to surpass the magical milestone…
Frank Lampard – 150 goals (West Ham United & Chelsea)
Whilst Lampard’s first professional goal came on loan at Swansea City, he found his shooting-boots with West Ham during six years as a professional at the club.
Sold to Chelsea for around £11 million, Lampard has been hitting the back of the net for over a decade with the Blues, reaching double figures in nine consecutive seasons with the club behind the strikers.
His goals have also led to three titles.
Robbie Fowler – 163 goals (Liverpool, Leeds United & Manchester City)
A football icon on Merseyside, Fowler was an instant hit at Anfield when he broke onto the scene in the 1993-94 season. He spent eight years with the Reds as a professional, leaving for Leeds United and then Manchester City before a brief return to his boyhood club in 2006.
In total, Fowler notched 183 goals in 369 total appearances for Liverpool, and 32 top-flight league goals away from the place he was known as ‘God’.
Thierry Henry – 176 goals (Arsenal)
A one-club man during his time in England, Arsene Wenger signed the talented Frenchman from Juventus in 1999 after the 34-year-old failed to settle into life away from AS Monaco.
He had no such problem at Arsenal though, with Wenger transforming the winger into a free-scoring forward who’d smash club records during his first eight years at Highbury.
And, after spells with Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls, Henry returned in January to add two more league goals to his tally on loan at the Emirates Stadium.
Andy Cole – 187 goals (Newcastle United, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City & Portsmouth)
‘Goal King’ Cole enjoyed spells at six different clubs in the English top flight, but enjoyed great success in the early stages of his career at Newcastle before earning a move to Manchester United.
During his time at Old Trafford, Cole notably won the treble alongside strike-partner Dwight Yorke.
After leaving the Red Devils, he notched a further 51 goals at the highest level, spending three seasons at Ewood Park before one year with each of his final three clubs in the Premier League.
Alan Shearer – 260 goals (Blackburn Rovers & Newcastle United)
The former England captain’s goal tally stands alone in the Premier League, almost a century clear of Cole in second place.
After cutting his teeth at Southampton in the old First Division, Shearer moved to Blackburn in 1992, and would help owner Jack Walker realise his dream with a title under the guidance of Kenny Dalglish.
A £15 million move to Newcastle United followed in 1996, and the BBC pundit struck 148 times in the league for the Toon, becoming a legend at St. James’ Park in the process.