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Imps score 2500th away Football League goal

17 February 2020

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When Anthony Scully opened his City goalscoring account at Accrington on Saturday he not only became the 670th different (Aaron Lewis quickly became the 671st known) Football League scorer for City but his strike was the 2500th time City have scored away from home.

R (possibly Robert) Cameron opened our account in the very first Football League match in 1892 and it has taken 2252 games to reach the milestone.

Including Saturday’s result, we have scored eight in an away game once, six on four occasions, five on 16 occasions, four goals 52 times, three on 163 trips, two 448 times and once 797 times with 771 away days being goalless.

Two players have scored four goals away from home with Harry Roberts at Carlisle in 1930 matched by Jamie Forrester at Mansfield in 2006 both games ending 4-2 with a further 24 hat tricks being scored.

Seasonally 1900/01 saw the fewest goals as 17 away trips saw just four goals scored whilst in a 23 match season 1978/79, 1986/87 and 1998/99 all saw just 15 scored.  The 1930/31 Imps were the most prolific away from Sincil Bank striking 42 times in 21 games, one more than the title winners of 1931/32 (in 20 games) and 1951/52 (in 23 games).

Our most prolific visits have been to Darlington where 54 trips have seen City score 73 times followed by Stockport with 67 goals in 50 visits and Doncaster with 66 goals in 52 visits.

At the other end of the scale, we never scored on visits to Middlesbrough Ironopolis (only played there once!) and haven’t scored on either visit to the current Newport side although we did manage 17 goals at the original Newport side. Of the clubs we have visited more than ten times we’ve managed just four goals in 12 trips to Derby County and five in 11 trips to Wolves.

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