Is Harry Kane’s Tottenham goalscoring record actually two goals SHORT of legend Jimmy Greaves? Records show Spurs have discounted two goals from the 1962 Charity Shield in their books, despite fanfare for Kane going level
- Harry Kane scored his 266th goal for Tottenham against Fulham on Monday
- Many believed this put him level on goals with club legend Jimmy Greaves
- It has since emerged that Greaves actually scored 268 goals for Tottenham
Harry Kane may still have work to do to match Jimmy Greaves’s number of goals for Tottenham, with records showing that the latter actually netted 268 times for the club during his illustrious career.
Kane scored his 266th goal for his boyhood club on Monday night in Spurs’ 1-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage, with many believing he had matched the mark set by Greaves.
However, it has since emerged that Greaves’s two strikes against Ipswich in the 1962 Charity Shield have not been included in Tottenham’s record books.
Harry Kane scored his 266th Tottenham goal in his side’s win at Fulham on Monday night
He is still two goals short of Jimmy Greaves’s record, according to the English National Football Archive database
1. Jimmy Greaves – 268 goals in 379 matches*
2. Harry Kane – 266 goals in 415 matches
3. Bobby Smith – 210 goals in 319 matches
4. Martin Chivers – 181 goals in 373 matches
5. Cliff Jones – 159 goals in 380 matches
*Includes Greaves’s two goals in the 1962 Charity Shield
They have been left on the English National Football Archive database, though, which has Greaves down as scoring 268 goals for the Lilywhites.
There is some dispute as to whether the Charity Shield, now known as the Community Shield, counts as a competitive fixture, but the historical database does suggest that Greaves has been short-changed, and that Kane is not level with him just yet.
Manchester United and Chelsea both view the Community Shield as a competitive game, and have included it when tallying their numbers for their record goalscorers.
Wayne Rooney’s 253 United goals includes his strike against Chelsea in the 2009 Community Shield, while Frank Lampard’s 211 also includes his goal from the same game.
Following his goal against Fulham, Kane was hailed by Jamie Carragher as Tottenham’s greatest ever player, but it seems that he is not the club’s greatest ever goalscorer for the moment.
That accolade looks likely to come later this season, given Kane’s goalscoring form so far this term.
He already has 18 goals in all competitions in 2022-23, with only Manchester City’s Erling Haaland having scored more in the Premier League.
Greaves (right) is widely recognised as one of the best finishers England has ever produced
It looks likely to be a matter of time before Kane goes past Greaves’s mark for Tottenham
There has been speculation linking Kane with a potential move to Manchester United in the summer, as he approaches the final year of his Tottenham contract.
Should he decide to move on at the end of the season, he would be limiting the time he has to go past Greaves’s mark.
But the 29-year-old has revealed that he is expecting to speak with Spurs about a new deal in the coming months, indicating that he may continue at the club beyond this season, giving himself plenty of time to go past Greaves to set a record that is going to be very difficult to beat in the future.
Kane’s next chance to add to his tally comes on Saturday when Spurs travel to Preston in the FA Cup, and he will then get the opportunity to score his 200th Premier League goal the following weekend as Antonio Conte’s men host Manchester City.
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