On-fire Austin up with club greats
Charlie Austin’s goal against Leeds was his 20th of the season in all competitions, achieved in just 17 games, and Charlie thus breaks the club record by becoming the quickest-ever Burnley player to reach 20 goals from the start of a season.
On only eight previous occasions in the club’s history has a Burnley player scored 20 goals before the end of December, and only once has that mark been reached before the end of November.
Andy Lochhead scored his 20th goal of the 1966-67 season on 26 November, 1966, reaching the 20-goal mark in style with all four of Burnley’s goals in a 4-2 win for the Clarets against Aston Villa at Turf Moor.
However Andy reached 20 goals in game number 25 and he would be the first to agree that, memorable as his record is, the true record has to be measured in achieving twenty goals in the fewest possible games.
However, we have to go back more than 100 years to find the true previous record and, as you might expect, it was set by another Turf Moor goalscoring legend.
In season 1911-12 the phenomenal Bert Freeman, in his first full season at Turf Moor, scored his 20th goal of the season on 23 December, 1911 in a 2-1 win against Wolves at Turf Moor. These were actually Bert’s first twenty goals for Burnley and they came in just 19 games.
Charlie’s next target is to break the club record of most goals scored from the start of a season by 31 December and that particular record was set by Jimmy Robson in 1960-61.
Jimmy hit 26 by the turn of the year, rounding it off in style with two goals on New Year’s Eve 1960 in a 5-3 win against Newcastle at Turf Moor.
Statistics provided by club historian Ray Simpson