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20-20-20 vision!

Posted on 19 May 2017  - 10:30

Our six-shooters created Club history at Leicester City on Thursday night.

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Heung-Min Son's first goal of his double in the sublime 6-1 win against the Foxes took him to 21 goals for the season (14 in the Premier League) and means that for the first time, we have three players hitting 20-plus goals in all competitions in one campaign.

Harry Kane's four-goal salvo moved him beyond 30 goals again (26 in the Premier League, 32 in total) while Dele Alli already has 21 (17 in the Premier League).

We've had some close calls before. Not surprisingly, the 'double' season of the First Division title and FA Cup in 1960-61 saw four players approaching 20 goals, but only two got over the line in top-scorer Bobby Smith (33) and Les Allen (27). Cliff Jones was a goal away on 19 while Terry Dyson hit 17.

Our UEFA Cup winning campaign of 1971-72 saw goals galore led by Martin Chivers on 42, including his famous double in the UEFA Cup Final first leg at Wolves. Alan Gilzean followed him in with 21 but Martin Peters was just short on 17.

That was the case again in more recent times when Dimitar Berbatov (23) and Robbie Keane (21) went past 20 in 2006-07 but Jermain Defoe was two goals short on 18.

Multiple 20-plus goalscorers in a season:
1919-20 - Bliss 33, Cantrell 21, Grimsdell 15
1932-33 - Hunt 36, Evans 29, O'Callaghan 15
1959-60 - Smith 30, Jones 25, Allen 15
1960-61 - Smith 33, Allen 27, Jones 19, Dyson 17
1961-62 - Greaves 30, Jones 24, Smith 15
1962-63 - Greaves 42, Jones 22, White 13
1966-67 - Greaves 31, Gilzean 21, Saul 7
1971-72 - Chivers 42, Gilzean 21, Peters 17
1972-73 - Chivers 33, Peters 24, Gilzean 11
1980-81 - Archibald 25, Crooks 22, Hoddle 15
1983-84 - Archibald 28, Falco 21, Roberts 10
1994-95 - Klinsmann 29, Sheringham 23, Barmby 11
1995-96 - Sheringham 24, Armstrong 22, Fox 6
2006-07 - Berbatov 23, Keane 21, Defoe 18
2007-08 - Berbatov 23, Keane 23, Defoe 8
2016-17 - Kane 32, Dele 21, Son 21