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Top 5 highest goal scorers in FA cup

In this article, we take a look at the top 5 goal scorers in the FA Cup. The long standing record as the most prolific goalscorer in FA Cup history belongs to Notts County forward Harry Cursham scoring 49 goals.

Arkya Mitra
Last updated: 21.01.2022
Top 5 highest goal scorers in FA cup

In this article, we take a look at the top 5 goal scorers in the FA Cup. The long standing record as the most prolific goalscorer in FA Cup history belongs to Notts County forward Harry Cursham scoring 49 goals.


 

5. Jermain Defoe- 19 goals

The archetypal penalty box poacher, Defoe would score regularly during a lengthy career in English football that saw him star for the likes of West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland.


Despite never lifting the trophy, Defoe would twice finish as the FA Cup’s top scorer in a single season, firstly during his stint at Upton Park in 2001/02 before repeating the feat as a Spurs player three seasons later.


Currently playing out the twilight years of his career at Scottish side Rangers, Defoe’s record in the FA Cup stands at 19 goals, his impressive tally coming in just 37 appearances.

 

4. Wayne Rooney- 22 goals

Having made his impression as the greatest goalscorer in the history of both Manchester United and England, Wayne Rooney would also shine in the FA Cup, scoring 22 goals and winning the trophy for the first time in 2016 after twice losing previous finals.


The 34-year-old’s hopes of adding to his haul were thought to be over after a switch to MLS side DC United in 2018, but after returning to English football with Derby County could now climb these rankings further, starting with the Rams’ third-round tie at Crystal Palace this weekend.

 

3. Frank Lampard- 26 goals

Frank Lampard’s goal record is quite simply remarkable, made even more impressive by the fact the Chelsea legend played in midfield. Only three players have ever scored more Premier League goals than the former England international, whilst only two have outscored him in the FA Cup.

Throughout his illustrious career at Stamford Bridge Lampard would lift the trophy on four occasions, scoring in the final victory over Everton at Wembley in 2009.


That goal would be part of a tally of 26 FA Cup goals over 15 seasons, Lampard now aiming to become the 18th man to win the trophy as both a player and manager having been appointed as Chelsea boss this season.

 

2. Ian Rush - 35 goals

Liverpool legend Rush enjoyed some of the best moments of his career in the FA Cup, winning the trophy three times and scoring in each final during a dominant era for the Merseyside club.


The Welshman would score twice to down Merseyside rivals Everton in the 1986 final, before repeating the feat three years later against the same opposition in an emotional final occasion just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster.


Rush would score in a FA Cup final for the third time against Sunderland in 1992, part of a tally of 35 goals the forward would register during a career that saw him become Liverpool’s all-time record goalscorer.

 

1. Harry Cursham- 49 goals

The long standing record as the most prolific goalscorer in FA Cup history belongs to Notts County forward Harry Cursham, the former England international scoring 49 goals in just 44 appearances for the club during the late 1800’s.


His record includes a six-goal haul in an 11-1 win against Wednesday Strollers in 1881, the talented sportsman – who also represented Nottinghamshire at cricket – scoring prolifically across 12 FA Cup seasons.

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