Holt’s scoring rate up with Norwich City’s best

Grant Holt is on course to establish himself as one of the great goal scorers in Norwich City history.

The inspirational skipper took his tally to 44 in just 77 games at the weekend when he slid in to score a dramatic late, late winner against Reading to keep City bang in the Championship promotion hunt.

The goal moved him above such Canaries legends as Dale Gordon and Chris Sutton in the all-time scoring ranks – and pushed him closer to a place in the top 20.

And while he has a long way to go to catch the likes of club leading scorer Johnny Gavin and Terry Allcock – whose tallies both reached three figures – it's Holt's goal ratio which is so impressive and up there with some of the best in the club's history.

In little more than a season and a half he has scored at a rate of a goal every 1.75 games - one every 157 minutes.


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Gavin, a right-winger, took nine years and 338 appearances to accumulate 132 goals - that's a goal every 2.56 games - while on the other side of the coin, Percy Varco, an out-and-out centre forward, struck once every 1.38 games, bagging 47 in his two seasons at City.

Holt is still 16-1 with Ladbroke's to finish the season as the division's top scorer - behind the likes of Watford's Danny Graham, Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd, and Adel Taarabt, of Queens Park Rangers.

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But if the 29-year-old - a summer buy from Shrewsbury in 2009 - can crack the 20-goal barrier for a second time then manager Paul Lambert will be a happy man.

'The big thing about Grant, he is an old fashioned-type centre forward,' said Lambert. 'He has been brought up the old school way and he isn't going to change – I think what you see is his strength, that's the way he plays.'

That style has put him in joint 26th place in the list of all-time scorers, although all those in the list made more appearances than he currently has to his name.

If he maintains his scoring rate, then he could add another eight goals to his tally to pass the 20-goal mark - although that would still leave him just outside the list of the top-20 City scorers of all time.

Holt's career goal tally since he moved out of non-league in 2002 stands at 143 in 349 games - for Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale, Nottingham Forest, Shrewsbury and now City. That's an overall ratio of a goal every 2.44, but while he was prolific at Rochdale and Shrewsbury, his form as a Canary is the best of his life, even though this is by far the longest stint he has had as a Championship player.

• NORWICH CITY's TOP MARKSMEN

• LEADING SCORERS

1 Johnny Gavin (1949-58) 132

2 Terry Allcock (1958-69) 127

3 Iwan Roberts (1997-2004) 96

4 Robert Fleck (1987-92, 95-98) 84

5 Jack Vinall (1933-37) 80

6 Ralph Hunt (1955-58) 72

7 John Deehan (1981-86) 70

8 Les Eyre (1946-51) 69

9 Ron Davies (1963-66) 66

9 Jimmy Hill (1958-63) 66

9 Ted MacDougall (1973-76) 66

12 Noel Kinsey (1947-53) 65

13 Ken Burditt (1931-36) 61

14 Roy Hollis (1948-52) 59

15 Kevin Drinkell (1985-88) 57

15 Ken Foggo (1967-72) 57

15 James Jackson (1923-27) 57

18 Ron Ashman (1947-63) 56

19 Tommy Bryceland (1962-69) 55

20 Hugh Curran (1966-69) 53

26= Grant Holt (2009-present) 44

• STRIKE RATE

1 Percy Varco (1927-29) 47 goals (one every 1.38 games)

2 David Ross (1905-07) 49 (1.45)

3 GRANT HOLT (2009-present) 44 (1.75)

4 Roy Hollis (1948-52) 59 (1.81)

5 Ralph Hunt (1955-58) 72 (1.83)

6 Ron Davies (1963-66) 66 (1.90)

7 Ted MacDougall (1973-76) 66 (2.09)

8 James Jackson (1923-27) 57 (2.09)

9 Jack Vinall (1933-37) 80 (2.26)

10 Hugh Curran (1966-69) 53 (2.34)

11 William Warnes (1933-37) 49 (2.41)

12 Johnny Gavin (1949-58) 132 (2.56)

13 Kevin Drinkell (1985-88) 57 (2.63)

14 John Deehan (1981-86) 70 (2.84)

15 Ken Burditt (1931-36) 61 (2.84)

16 Les Eyre (1946-51) 69 (2.91)

17 Jimmy Hill (1958-63) 66 (2.95)

18 Terry Allcock (1958-69) 127 (3.06)

19 Iwan Roberts (1997-2004) 96 (3.19)

20 Ken Foggo (1967-72) 57 (3.53)

(Featuring players with 44 goals or more)

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