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Highest scoring League encounters

Post by Alan McCabe » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:20 am

A detail I found in Robin Marwick's excellent Albion Rovers History 'The Boys from the Brig' had me thinking as to what the record is for the most goals accumulated between two sides over two league meetings.

He lists that in the Scottish Federation of 1892-93, effectively one of the two leading league competitions below the single-tier Scottish League at that time, the following two results occurred :

13 August 1892 (at Brockville Park) Falkirk 5 Albion Rovers 12
1 October 1892 (at Meadow Park) Albion Rovers 12 Falkirk 3

That was a total of 32 goals in the two league meetings!

It would take some doing to better that I imagine, but there may be some obscure double-header staged somewhere in the dim and distant past that eclipses even this?

I would draw the line at Junior level in this regard though as some amateur leagues have occasionally thrown up some ridiculous results between hopelessly mismatched sides.

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Post by John Meffen » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:35 pm

I dinnae like to talk about it!!!!!!!

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:09 pm

In Division Two 1937-38, Edinburgh City drew 3-3 with East Fife on 4th September while East Fife won the return 13-2 @ Bayview on 11th December. In the same season, St.Johnstone beat Hamilton Accies 6-3 @ Muirton Park on 21st August but Accies won the return on 15th September by 8-3.

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Post by GMartin » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:25 pm

Take a wee look at the second division 1894/95, take your pick :) , also 1976/77, Sept 25, Falkirk 1 Dundee 6, Jan 22nd Falkirk 0 Dundee 8, can't remember the Falkirk manager at the time, but sure he said before the January game " There will be no repeat of the scoreline like the last time the clubs met here", he was right :D

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Post by John Meffen » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:03 pm

I said, I dinnae want to talk about it!!!

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:43 pm

21 or more goals in league encounters

1st number is games played

Albion Rovers East Stirlingshire 2003-04 4 27
Albion Rovers Gretna 2004-05 4 27

Dundee United Edinburgh City 1934-35 2 25
Forfar Athletic Kings Park 1938-39 2 25
Berwick Rangers Peterhead 2007-08 4 25

Ayr United Celtic 1975-76 4 24
Celtic Hamilton Academical 1986-87 4 24
Aberdeen Celtic 1999-00 4 24

Clyde Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1997-98 4 23

Kilmarnock Port Glasgow Athletic 1905-06 4 22
Falkirk Hamilton Academical 1943-44 2 22
Albion Rovers Cowdenbeath 1977-78 3 22
Partick Thistle St Johnstone 1984-85 3 22
Clydebank[4] Morton 1991-92 4 22
Queen of the South Stirling Albion 1995-96 4 22
Albion Rovers Ross County 1997-98 4 22
Morton Queen of the South 2001-02 4 22
Alloa Athletic Partick Thistle 2005-06 4 22

Partick Thistle Thistle 1893-94 2 21
Broxburn United East Stirlingshire 1925-26 2 21
Edinburgh City Queen of the South 1931-32 2 21
East Fife Edinburgh City 1937-38 2 21
Clyde Heart of Midlothian 1940-41 2 21
Ayr United Motherwell 1976-77 4 21
Celtic Morton 1984-85 4 21
Dundee Hamilton Academical 1986-87 4 21
Albion Rovers Montrose 1994-95 4 21
Forfar Athletic Montrose 1996-97 4 21
Montrose Ross County 1997-98 4 21
Montrose Ross County 1998-99 4 21
East Fife Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1998-99 4 21
Motherwell Rangers 1999-00 4 21
Elgin City Montrose 2003-04 4 21
East Stirlingshire Stirling Albion 2003-04 4 21
Arbroath Brechin City 2004-05 4 21
East Stirlingshire Stenhousemuir 2004-05 4 21
Albion Rovers East Stirlingshire 2007-08 4 21
Livingston Stirling Albion 2007-08 4 21
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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:46 pm

English records are


Oldham Athletic Tranmere Rovers 1935-36 2 22

Blackburn Rovers Derby County 1890-91 2 21

Burton Swifts Walsall 1893-94 2 20
Charlton Athletic Plymouth Argyle 1960-61 2 20
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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:52 pm

27 goals

Sat 04 Oct 2003 Albion Rovers 5 East Stirlingshire 0
Sat 13 Dec 2003 East Stirlingshire 3 Albion Rovers 4
Tue 09 Mar 2004 Albion Rovers 5 East Stirlingshire 1
Sat 24 Apr 2004 East Stirlingshire 1 Albion Rovers 8

at 07 Aug 2004 Gretna 6 Albion Rovers 0
Sat 23 Oct 2004 Albion Rovers 2 Gretna 6
Sat 20 Nov 2004 Gretna 6 Albion Rovers 2
Sat 07 May 2005 Albion Rovers 0 Gretna 5

25 goals

Wed 28 Nov 1934 Dundee United 9 Edinburgh City 6
Sat 15 Dec 1934 Edinburgh City 2 Dundee United 8

Sat 08 Oct 1938 Kings Park 11 Forfar Athletic 3
Sat 08 Apr 1939 Forfar Athletic 5 Kings Park 6

Sat 01 Sep 2007 Peterhead 4 Berwick Rangers 3
Sat 10 Nov 2007 Berwick Rangers 1 Peterhead 2
Sat 19 Jan 2008 Peterhead 9 Berwick Rangers 2
Sat 29 Mar 2008 Berwick Rangers 2 Peterhead 2
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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:00 pm

Sat 06 Sep 1890 Derby County 8 Blackburn Rovers 5
Sat 03 Jan 1891 Blackburn Rovers 8 Derby County 0

Sat 06 Jan 1894 Walsall 3 Burton Swifts 4
Sat 24 Feb 1894 Burton Swifts 8 Walsall 5

Wed 25 Dec 1935 Oldham Athletic 4 Tranmere Rovers 1
Thu 26 Dec 1935 Tranmere Rovers 13 Oldham Athletic 4

A symmetry about this one

Mon 26 Dec 1960 Charlton Athletic 6 Plymouth Argyle 4
Tue 27 Dec 1960 Plymouth Argyle 6 Charlton Athletic 4
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Post by Scottish » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:05 pm

Sat31March1928 wrote:English records are Oldham Athletic Tranmere Rovers 1935-36 2 22
That was inside 24 hours! Oldham won 4-1 at home on Xmas Day and Tranmere won 13-4 on Boxing Day.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:02 pm

Bell of Tranmere scored 9 two weeks after Ted Drke scored 7 for Arsenal.
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Post by Scottish » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:14 pm

Sat31March1928 wrote:Bell of Tranmere scored 9 two weeks after Ted Drke scored 7 for Arsenal.
The individual scoring record was set in the league's first season by James Ross for Preston v Stoke on October 6th 1888 when he scored all of his team's seven goals. That stood (though equalled by AJ Whitehurst of Bradford City in 1929 then by Drake) for 47 years till 'Bunny' Bell broke it. Yet the new record lasted for less than four months when Joe Payne of Luton scored ten on his debut. Payne's record has stood for almost 74 years!

Ironically, Bell missed a penalty in the match v Oldham.

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Post by ScottishFA » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:15 pm

Here's another Scottish one:

Scottish League Cup section matches, 47/48

16 August 1947, Queen of the South 8, St Mirren 1
6 September 1947, St Mirren 7, Queen of the South 1

OK, so it was 'only' 17 goals in total, but is this the biggest turnround in results in Scottish football history?

Not that it did them much good, they both lost all their other section matches and finished joint bottom of their group - with Queens also contriving to lose 9-0 at Pittodrie and 4-0 at Fir Park.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:52 pm

8 goal or more 'swings' where the goal difference was 3 or more in both games. All competitions

season P totG posgd neggd gddiff teams
1947-48 2 17 7 6 13 Queen of the South St Mirren

1948-49 3 18 7 5 12 Airdrieonians Dumbarton

1946-47 2 13 3 8 11 Arbroath Dumbarton
1965-66 2 17 5 6 11 Airdrieonians Albion Rovers

1955-56 2 12 4 6 10 Brechin City Morton
1960-61 2 14 7 3 10 East Fife East Stirlingshire

1942-43 3 15 5 4 9 Airdrieonians Motherwell
1947-48 3 16 5 4 9 Dundee Third Lanark
1948-49 3 17 4 5 9 East Fife Heart Of Midlothian
1949-50 2 13 3 6 9 Airdrieonians Dundee United
1956-57 3 13 6 3 9 Celtic Dunfermline Athletic
1961-62 3 18 4 5 9 East Stirlingshire Queens Park
1964-65 2 9 6 3 9 Dundee Motherwell
1976-77 2 11 4 5 9 Falkirk Stranraer
1977-78 3 13 3 6 9 Dumbarton Hamilton Academical

1892-93 2 12 3 5 8 Clyde Dumbarton
1908-09 2 12 5 3 8 Aberdeen Third Lanark
1925-26 2 14 3 5 8 Queens Park St Johnstone
1933-34 3 12 5 3 8 Arbroath East Stirlingshire
1942-43 2 8 5 3 8 Airdrieonians Partick Thistle
1944-45 3 15 4 4 8 Clyde Falkirk
1945-46 2 12 4 4 8 Celtic Clyde
1946-47 3 16 5 3 8 Airdrieonians Albion Rovers
1951-52 2 10 4 4 8 Dundee Motherwell
1952-53 3 14 3 5 8 Arbroath Dunfermline Athletic
1952-53 5 31 5 3 8 Aberdeen Motherwell
1958-59 3 17 3 5 8 Dundee United Morton
1973-74 2 8 3 5 8 East Fife Motherwell
1974-75 3 15 3 5 8 Albion Rovers Falkirk
1975-76 2 10 3 5 8 Forfar Athletic Queens Park
1976-77 2 8 3 5 8 East Fife Stranraer
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Post by Sat31March1928 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:19 am

Games

swing matchstring (No column name)
13 Sat 06 Sep 1947 St Mirren 7 Queen of the South 1 Queen of the SouthSt Mirren1947-48
13 Sat 16 Aug 1947 Queen of the South 8 St Mirren 1 Queen of the SouthSt Mirren1947-48

12 Sat 02 Oct 1948 Dumbarton 5 Airdrieonians 0 AirdrieoniansDumbarton1948-49
12 Sat 11 Sep 1948 Airdrieonians 8 Dumbarton 1 AirdrieoniansDumbarton1948-49
12 Sat 19 Mar 1949 Airdrieonians 3 Dumbarton 1 AirdrieoniansDumbarton1948-49

11 Wed 01 Sep 1965 Albion Rovers 8 Airdrieonians 2 AirdrieoniansAlbion Rovers1965-66
11 Wed 18 Aug 1965 Airdrieonians 6 Albion Rovers 1 AirdrieoniansAlbion Rovers1965-66
11 Sat 12 Oct 1946 Dumbarton 8 Arbroath 0 ArbroathDumbarton1946-47
11 Sat 21 Sep 1946 Arbroath 4 Dumbarton 1 ArbroathDumbarton1946-47

10 Sat 03 Sep 1955 Brechin City 4 Morton 0 Brechin CityMorton1955-56
10 Sat 20 Aug 1955 Morton 7 Brechin City 1 Brechin CityMorton1955-56
10 Sat 10 Dec 1960 East Fife 8 East Stirlingshire 1 East FifeEast Stirlingshire1960-61
10 Sat 27 Aug 1960 East Stirlingshire 4 East Fife 1 East FifeEast Stirlingshire1960-61

9 Sat 13 Aug 1949 Airdrieonians 5 Dundee United 2 AirdrieoniansDundee United1949-50
9 Sat 27 Aug 1949 Dundee United 6 Airdrieonians 0 AirdrieoniansDundee United1949-50


9 Sat 06 Mar 1943 Airdrieonians 5 Motherwell 0 AirdrieoniansMotherwell1942-43
9 Sat 16 Jan 1943 Airdrieonians 3 Motherwell 1 AirdrieoniansMotherwell1942-43
9 Sat 27 Mar 1943 Motherwell 5 Airdrieonians 1 AirdrieoniansMotherwell1942-43

9 Sat 15 Dec 1956 Celtic 3 Dunfermline Athletic 1 CelticDunfermline Athletic1956-57
9 Sat 15 Sep 1956 Dunfermline Athletic 3 Celtic 0 CelticDunfermline Athletic1956-57
9 Wed 12 Sep 1956 Celtic 6 Dunfermline Athletic 0 CelticDunfermline Athletic1956-57

9 Sat 03 Sep 1977 Hamilton Academical 6 Dumbarton 0 DumbartonHamilton Academical1977-78
9 Sat 25 Feb 1978 Dumbarton 1 Hamilton Academical 1 DumbartonHamilton Academical1977-78
9 Wed 31 Aug 1977 Dumbarton 4 Hamilton Academical 1 DumbartonHamilton Academical1977-78

9 Wed 12 Aug 1964 Motherwell 3 Dundee 0 DundeeMotherwell1964-65
9 Wed 26 Aug 1964 Dundee 6 Motherwell 0 DundeeMotherwell1964-65

9 Sat 09 Aug 1947 Dundee 5 Third Lanark 0 DundeeThird Lanark1947-48
9 Sat 20 Mar 1948 Third Lanark 1 Dundee 4 DundeeThird Lanark1947-48
9 Sat 30 Aug 1947 Third Lanark 5 Dundee 1 DundeeThird Lanark1947-48

9 Fri 29 Apr 1949 East Fife 5 Heart Of Midlothian 1 East FifeHeart Of Midlothian1948-49
9 Sat 09 Oct 1948 Heart Of Midlothian 6 East Fife 1 East FifeHeart Of Midlothian1948-49
9 Sat 18 Sep 1948 East Fife 4 Heart Of Midlothian 0 East FifeHeart Of Midlothian1948-49

9 Sat 02 Sep 1961 Queens Park 7 East Stirlingshire 2 East StirlingshireQueens Park1961-62
9 Wed 20 Sep 1961 East Stirlingshire 5 Queens Park 1 East StirlingshireQueens Park1961-62
9 Wed 27 Sep 1961 Queens Park 1 East Stirlingshire 2 East StirlingshireQueens Park1961-62

9 Wed 18 Aug 1976 Stranraer 5 Falkirk 0 FalkirkStranraer1976-77
9 Wed 25 Aug 1976 Falkirk 5 Stranraer 1 FalkirkStranraer1976-77

8 Sat 01 Nov 1952 Aberdeen 5 Motherwell 1 AberdeenMotherwell1952-53
8 Sat 09 Aug 1952 Motherwell 5 Aberdeen 2 AberdeenMotherwell1952-53
8 Sat 21 Feb 1953 Aberdeen 5 Motherwell 5 AberdeenMotherwell1952-53
8 Sat 23 Aug 1952 Aberdeen 0 Motherwell 1 AberdeenMotherwell1952-53
8 Wed 25 Feb 1953 Motherwell 1 Aberdeen 6 AberdeenMotherwell1952-53

8 Sat 06 Feb 1909 Third Lanark 4 Aberdeen 1 AberdeenThird Lanark1908-09
8 Sat 30 Jan 1909 Aberdeen 6 Third Lanark 1 AberdeenThird Lanark1908-09

8 Sat 19 Oct 1946 Albion Rovers 1 Airdrieonians 5 AirdrieoniansAlbion Rovers1946-47
8 Sat 25 Jan 1947 Albion Rovers 3 Airdrieonians 0 AirdrieoniansAlbion Rovers1946-47

8 Sat 28 Sep 1946 Airdrieonians 6 Albion Rovers 1 AirdrieoniansAlbion Rovers1946-47
8 Sat 20 Mar 1943 Airdrieonians 5 Partick Thistle 0 AirdrieoniansPartick Thistle1942-43
8 Sat 27 Feb 1943 Partick Thistle 3 Airdrieonians 0 AirdrieoniansPartick Thistle1942-43

8 Mon 02 Sep 1974 Albion Rovers 1 Falkirk 2 Albion RoversFalkirk1974-75
8 Sat 21 Sep 1974 Albion Rovers 4 Falkirk 1 Albion RoversFalkirk1974-75
8 Wed 04 Sep 1974 Falkirk 6 Albion Rovers 1 Albion RoversFalkirk1974-75

8 Sat 04 Oct 1952 Arbroath 4 Dunfermline Athletic 1 ArbroathDunfermline Athletic1952-53
8 Sat 09 Aug 1952 Arbroath 0 Dunfermline Athletic 5 ArbroathDunfermline Athletic1952-53
8 Sat 23 Aug 1952 Dunfermline Athletic 3 Arbroath 1 ArbroathDunfermline Athletic1952-53

8 Sat 03 Feb 1934 East Stirlingshire 1 Arbroath 1 ArbroathEast Stirlingshire1933-34
8 Sat 07 Oct 1933 Arbroath 6 East Stirlingshire 1 ArbroathEast Stirlingshire1933-34
8 Wed 07 Feb 1934 Arbroath 0 East Stirlingshire 3 ArbroathEast Stirlingshire1933-34

8 Sat 02 Mar 1946 Celtic 4 Clyde 0 CelticClyde1945-46
8 Sat 23 Mar 1946 Clyde 6 Celtic 2 CelticClyde1945-46

8 Sat 17 Dec 1892 Dumbarton 6 Clyde 1 ClydeDumbarton1892-93
8 Sat 26 Nov 1892 Clyde 4 Dumbarton 1 ClydeDumbarton1892-93

8 Sat 10 Mar 1945 Clyde 1 Falkirk 2 ClydeFalkirk1944-45
8 Sat 16 Sep 1944 Clyde 5 Falkirk 1 ClydeFalkirk1944-45
8 Sat 31 Mar 1945 Falkirk 5 Clyde 1 ClydeFalkirk1944-45

8 Sat 16 Aug 1958 Dundee United 1 Morton 4 Dundee UnitedMorton1958-59
8 Sat 18 Apr 1959 Dundee United 4 Morton 1 Dundee UnitedMorton1958-59
8 Sat 30 Aug 1958 Morton 6 Dundee United 1 Dundee UnitedMorton1958-59

8 Sat 13 Oct 1951 Dundee 5 Motherwell 1 DundeeMotherwell1951-52
8 Sat 19 Apr 1952 Motherwell 4 Dundee 0 DundeeMotherwell1951-52

8 Wed 15 Aug 1973 Motherwell 5 East Fife 0 East FifeMotherwell1973-74
8 Wed 22 Aug 1973 East Fife 3 Motherwell 0 East FifeMotherwell1973-74

8 Sat 14 Aug 1976 East Fife 3 Stranraer 0 East FifeStranraer1976-77
8 Wed 01 Sep 1976 Stranraer 5 East Fife 0 East FifeStranraer1976-77

8 Sat 09 Aug 1975 Queens Park 5 Forfar Athletic 0 Forfar AthleticQueens Park1975-76
8 Sat 18 Oct 1975 Forfar Athletic 4 Queens Park 1 Forfar AthleticQueens Park1975-76

8 Sat 06 Feb 1926 St Johnstone 7 Queens Park 2 Queens ParkSt Johnstone1925-26
8 Sat 26 Sep 1925 St Johnstone 1 Queens Park 4 Queens ParkSt Johnstone1925-26
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