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ON THIS DAY: ‘BOMBER’ BROWN HITS 159TH TOWN GOAL

27 April 2020

Town’s all-time top goalscorer scored his final goal on 27 April 1929

- Town’s all-time top goalscorer was born in 1903
- Brown played during the Club’s thrice champion seasons
- Learn more about the Club Legend who bagged 159 goals

George ‘Bomber’ Brown is an iconic name in Huddersfield Town’s history as he holds the record as the Club’s all-time top goalscorer.

He went on to score 159 goals for the Terriers between 1921 and 1929, scoring his final goal in blue and white on 27 April 1929.

Born in 1902 and hailing from Mickley in Northumberland, George Brown worked down the pits before he was signed by legendary manager Herbert Chapman in 1921 after a successful trial with the Club.

Brown made only six appearances in his first season with the Club, missing out on Huddersfield Town’s FA Cup Final win against Preston North End at Stamford Bridge as Town ended the 1921/22 season 14th in Division One.

Nicknamed ‘Bomber’ for his net-busting right foot, Brown’s second season at the Club followed similar suit making just 12 appearances and scoring six goals as Town ended the season in 3rd place.

It would be the first of the Thrice Champion seasons when the forward would start to hit form, replacing Charlie Wilson in attack to form a deadly strike partnership with Clem Stephenson.

The following two seasons, Town won the Division One title to become the first Club to be crowned Thrice Champions and finished runner-up the two seasons after that, with Brown’s goals playing a pivotal role during the Club’s most successful period in its history.

The 1925/26 season was the highlight of his career as he equalled Sam Taylor’s club record of 35 league goals over the course of a season, which included hat-tricks against Everton and Manchester City. Brown held that record for 86 years up until Jordan Rhodes surpassed it with 36 league goals during the 2011/12 League 1 season.

The Club’s all-time record goalscorer would be called up by England, being awarded nine caps for his country – eight whilst playing at Leeds Road – scoring five goals.

Having made 229 appearances for the Club and during the Club’s most successful period of history, George ‘Bomber’ Brown is undoubtedly one of the Huddersfield Town legends.

 


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