Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

ON THIS DAY: GTF MAKES EFL HISTORY

8 August 2020

Attacker brought up an English Football League milestone 14 years ago

- Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored the EFL’s 500,000th goal
- Strike rounded off a 3-0 Town win over Rotherham United
- Watch the landmark moment back!

On this day 14 years ago, Gary Taylor-Fletcher made history by scoring the English Football League’s 500,000th goal during Huddersfield Town’s 3-0 win over Rotherham United.

The goal, a blistering strike into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area, was a fitting way to round off a perfect evening’s work from Town in a Yorkshire derby with the Millers back in August 2006.

Just three days after a narrow opening day defeat to start the 2006/07 League 1 season away to Gillingham, Peter Jackson’s Town side were looking for an immediate reaction against Rotherham to get their season up and running.

By half-time, the Terriers were 2-0 up in their first home game of the campaign. After Luke Beckett’s opener from the spot, Pawel Abbott turned in Danny Adams’ free kick to double Town’s lead on the stroke of half-time.

After the break came the goal of the match and the landmark moment in EFL history, as Town made it a three-goal lead on 79 minutes.

A Rotherham clearance was intercepted by Taylor-Fletcher on his chest and after a few bounces forward, the ball sat up nicely for him to strike it on the half-volley from the right side of the penalty area’s edge, finding the far top corner with an effort worthy of bringing up any landmark.

It was the midfielder’s second goal in the season’s opening two games and the milestone-hitting 500,000th goal in EFL history.

The strike is arguably the standout from Taylor-Fletcher’s 26 goals for the Club across two years at the John Smith’s Stadium between 2005 and 2007.

Watch the landmark strike back below!


Advertisement block