Aleksandar Mitrovic: Who's scored more goals in an English season?

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 2021/22 campaign is now forever etched into footballing folklore.

Following Fulham‘s final match of the season away at Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon, which they lost 4-0, the former Newcastle striker has finished on 43 Championship goals.

To score that number of goals in the modern era is frankly absurd, especially when you remember that the previous record in the division was 31 goals, set by Brentford‘s Ivan Toney in 2020/21.

Mitrovic’s enormous tally will likely not be equalled by another player for a long, long time.

So, the question that remains is; who has managed to score more goals during a single season in one of England’s top four divisions?

Well, the answer is quite a few players.

According to a detailed document by the folks over at RSSSF, 18 players in the long history of the English game have rippled the back of the net 44 or more times in a season.

Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic with the Championship trophy
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham lifts the Sky Bet Championship Trophy as Players of Fulham celebrate winning the Sky Bet Championship and promotion to the Premier League after the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Luton Town at Craven Cottage on May 02, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Let’s take a look at who they are…

The players who have scored more than 43 goals in an English season

Jimmy Cookson (Chesterfield, 1925/26) – 44 goals

Albert Whitehurst (Rochdale, 1926/27) – 44 goals

Dixie Dean (Everton, 1931-32) – 44 goals

Tom Bamford (Wrexham, 1933/34) – 44 goals

Arthur Rowley (Leicester City, 1956/57) – 44 goals

Kevin Hector (Bradford Park Avenue, 1965/66) – 44 goals

Jimmy Hampson (Blackpool, 1929/30) – 45 goals

Peter Simpson (Crystal Palace, 1930/31) – 46 goals

Derek Dooley (Sheffield Wednesday, 1951/52) – 46 goals

Alf Lythgoe (Stockport County, 1933/34) – 46 goals

David Morris (Swindon Town, 1926/27) – 47 goals

Tom Waring (Aston Villa, 1930/31) – 49 goals

Clarrie Bourton (Coventry City, 1931/32) – 49 goals

Terry Bly (Peterborough United, 1960/61) – 52 goals

Joe Payne (Luton Town, 1936/37) – 55 goals

Ted Harston (Mansfield Town, 1936/37) – 55 goals

George Camsell (Middlesbrough, 1926/27) – 59 goals

Dixie Dean (Everton, 1927/28) – 60 goals

Everton legend William 'Dixie' Dean
1928: Prolific goal scorer of Everton Football Club, Dixie Dean (1906 – 1980) pictured before a match against West Ham United. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

It’s been over 50 years since a player finished an English season with more goals than Mitrovic in 2021/22, the last to do so being Hector with Bradford Park Avenue in 1965/66.

Mental, right? We really watched history unfold in front of our eyes at Craven Cottage this season.

Dean’s record of 60 goals in a single season is likely to remain unbroken for the rest of the time, as that number is just beyond ridiculous.

Even the GOATs Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had to settle for 50 and 48 goals respectively in their finest league campaigns.

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