Austin’s 11-goal haul puts him in an elite Clarets’ club
Charlie Austin has joined an elite band of Clarets strikers to grab 10 goals before the end of September.
Austin’s magnificent header in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Millwall left the country’s leading goalscorer on 11 for the campaign - just one goal short of the all-time record of 12 goals, scored by the prolific Ray Pointer, the ‘Blond Bombshell’, in August and September 1961.
However, Austin’s consolation is that he is now among a very select group.
Charlie nets another goal v Millwall
Only three times before, in club history, has a Burnley player hit ten senior goals before the end of September.
The first time a Burnley player achieved it was in 1928, when the club’s all-time record goalscorer, the legendary George Beel, hit ten in the first nine matches of a season that didn’t start until 25 August!
Pointer raised the bar in that 1961/62 campaign, and the only other Claret in history to reach double figures by this stage of a season was Peter Noble, who helped himself to eleven in August and September 1975 – including hat-tricks in successive home games.