Austin Joins Illustrious 'Gang of Four'
Over the festive period, Charlie Austin reached another milestone during this incredible goal-scoring season.
When Charlie scored the opening goal against Derby County at Turf Moor on Boxing Day, his 20th in the League this season made him only the fourth Burnley player in the club’s history to reach the 20 league goal mark before the turn of the year.
The last time it happened, and the only other occasion since the War, was 52 years ago almost to the day, when Jimmy Robson scored his 20th league goal of the 1960-61 season on 27 December 1960 in a 3-0 win at Everton.
Charlie beat Robson’s post war record by just one day, but took 23 league games to get there, as against only 21 games for Jimmy.
This phenomenal record has actually been achieved on only four other previous occasions, with just two of Turf Moor’s goalscoring legends involved.
Burnley’s overall goalscoring record-holder George Beel did it no less than three times, scoring his 20th league goal of the season on Christmas Day in both 1926 and 1928, in his 22nd game on each occasion.
On New Years Eve 1927 he also achieved it, having taken just 21 games.
We have to go back more than 100 years to find the overall club record and it is still held by the prolific Bert Freeman in his first full season at Turf Moor. Freeman scored his 20th goal of the season on 23 December 1911 in a 2-1 win against Wolves at Turf Moor.
Astonishingly it was just his 19th game of the season.
Ray Simpson, Burnley FC Club Historian