For eighteen months HotspurHQ tracked Jermain Defoe’s climb to 5th on the Tottenham all-time goalscoring from May, 2012 when he scored in the final game of the season to his last goal for Spurs ahead of his transfer to FC Toronto.
Jermain Defoe’s two goals against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup took him to 5th on Tottenham’s all-time goal scoring list with 139 goals. He has moved ahead of George Hunt, a striker who played for Spurs in the 1930s. Six goals from three starts this season was an impressive way to move into the Top 5 on the Tottenham All-time Goalscoring list where he finds himself behind four Tottenham ‘Legends’. He added four more goals which brought his total to 143, his last being at home to Crystal Palace in January, 2014.Tottenham’s all-time goal scoring record
HotspurHQ has been following his progress since last season as he moved from 10th at the start of the season to 6th on 135 goals. Last season, having been given the opportunity of a regular starting place in the Spurs team, Defoe repaid manager, Andre Villas-Boas’ faith in him by scoring consistently until Boxing Day. The Goal Watch stalled after that with his goal against Manchester City being his only goal for Tottenham in the second half of the season. He overtook two Tottenham favourites last season, Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham while the two strikes against Tbilisi put him ahead of two Tottenham Legends, Alan Gilzean and Len Duquemin. Two goals against Tromso put him level with Hunt and the double against Villa in the Capital One Cup makes him 5th on the Spurs records.
The goal against Manchester City last season was his 21st Premier League goal as a substitute, a record, as usual scoring within 8 minutes of coming on.
Jermain Defoe’s Current Total of Goals for Tottenham: 143
May, 2012 v Fulham (h) PL – Goal No. 118 (10th on Tottenham Record)
20th October, 2012 v Chelsea (h) PL - Goal No. 123 (9th – passing Robbie Keane)
8th November, 2012 v Maribor (h) EL - Goal No. 126 (8th – overtaking Teddy Sheringham*)
[*The third goal of Defoe's hat-trick against Maribor in the Europa League took him past Teddy Sheringham]
25th November, 2012 v West Ham United (h) PL – Goals No. 127 & 128
1st December, 2012 v Fulham (a) PL – Goals No. 129 & 130
6th December, 2012 v Panathinaikos (h) EL – Goal No. 131**
[**Defoe now has 16 in European competitions for Spurs, second behind Martin Chivers on 22]
26th December, 2012 v Aston Villa (a) PL – Goal No. 132 [400th League appearance]
21st March, 2013 v Manchester City (h) PL – Goal No. 133 [21st in PL as a substitute] (Equal with Alan Gilzean)
29th August, 2013 v Dinamo Tbilisi (h) EL – Goals No. 134 & 135
19th September, 2013 v Tromso IL (h) EL – Goals No. 136 & 137
24th September, 2013 v Aston Villa (a) CC – Goals No. 138 & 139
3rd October, 2013 v Anzhi (a) EL – Goal No. 140
24th October, 2013 v FC Sheriff (a) EL – Goal No. 141
7th November, 2013 v FC Sheriff (h) EL – Goal No. 142
11th January, 2014 v Crystal Palace (h) PL – No. 143
Current Total: 143
Who Lies Ahead?
4th Cliff Jones (1958 – 68): 159
3rd Martin Chivers (1967 – 76): 174
2nd Bobby Smith (1955 – 64): 208
1st Jimmy Greaves (1961 – 70): 266
Defoe’s next target on Tottenham’s all time goal scoring list is Cliff Jones. Further progress up the list would require Defoe to strike a rich vein of goalscoring form this season and next with Cliff Jones a further 20 goals ahead. At the rate he’s been scoring this season, by the time Spurs reach the final of the Europa League he might be closer to Jones than we think.
Congratulations to Jermain Defoe on moving into 5th place on Spurs’ all-time goalscoring record.