Progression of Scotland association football goalscoring record

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This is a progressive list of football players who have held or co-held the record for goals scored for the Scotland national football team. The list begins with Henry Renny-Tailyour and William Gibb, who both scored in the 42 defeat by England in March 1873. The first official international game, contested by the same teams in November 1872, had finished goalless. The record is shared by Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish, with 30 goals each.

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For the early decades, records of players appearances and goals were often considered unreliable. RSSSF and IFFHS have spent much effort trying to produce definitive lists of full international matches, and corresponding data on players' international caps and goals. Using this data, the following records can be retrospectively produced. Note that, at the time, these records may not have been recognised.

Record

Player Goals Date Opponent Score Notes
Renny-Tailyour, Henry Henry Renny-Tailyour 1 8 Mar 1873  England 24
Gibb, William William Gibb 1 8 Mar 1873  England 24
MacKinnon, Angus Angus MacKinnon 1 7 Mar 1874  England 21
Anderson, Frederick Frederick Anderson 1 7 Mar 1874  England 21
McNeil, Henry Henry McNeil 1 6 Mar 1875  England 22
Andrews, Peter Peter Andrews 1 6 Mar 1875  England 22
McNeil, Henry Henry McNeil 2 4 Mar 1876  England 30
McNeil, Henry Henry McNeil 3 25 Mar 1876  Wales 40
Ferguson, John John Ferguson 3 3 Mar 1877  England 31 Ferguson scored two goals in this match to equal McNeil.
McNeil, Henry Henry McNeil 5 2 Mar 1878  England 72 McNeil scored two goals in this match.
Ferguson, John John Ferguson 5 23 Mar 1878  Wales 90 Ferguson scored two goals in this match to equal McNeil.
MacKinnon, Billy Billy MacKinnon 5 5 Apr 1879  England 45 MacKinnon scored two goals in this match to equal Ferguson and McNeil.
Smith, John John Smith 6 12 Mar 1881  England 61 Smith scored a hat-trick in this match to overtake Ferguson, MacKinnon and McNeil.
Ker, George George Ker 7 14 Mar 1881  Wales 51 Ker scored two goals in this match to overtake Smith.
Ker, George George Ker 9 11 Mar 1882  England 51 Ker scored two goals in this match.
Ker, George George Ker 10 25 Mar 1882  Wales 50
Smith, John John Smith 10 15 Mar 1884  England 10 Jointly with Ker.
McColl, Robert Smyth Robert Smyth McColl 10 25 Mar 1899  Ireland 91 McColl scored a hat-trick in this match to equal Ker and Smith.
McColl, Robert Smyth Robert Smyth McColl 13 7 Apr 1900  England 41 McColl scored a hat-trick in this match.
Hamilton, Robert Robert Hamilton 13 26 Mar 1904  Ireland 11 Jointly with McColl.
Hamilton, Robert Robert Hamilton 15 6 Mar 1911  Wales 22 Hamilton scored two goals in this match.
Gallacher, Hughie Hughie Gallacher 18 23 Feb 1929  Ireland 73 Gallacher scored five goals in this match to overtake Hamilton. [1] [2] [3] [note 1]
Gallacher, Hughie Hughie Gallacher 20 26 Oct 1929  Wales 42 Gallacher scored two goals in this match.
Gallacher, Hughie Hughie Gallacher 22 22 Feb 1930  Ireland 31 Gallacher scored two goals in this match.
Gallacher, Hughie Hughie Gallacher 24 18 May 1930  France 20 Gallacher scored two goals in this match.
Law, Denis Denis Law 23 10 Apr 1965  England 22 Jointly with Gallacher.
Law, Denis Denis Law 24 23 May 1965  Poland 11
Law, Denis Denis Law 25 2 Apr 1966  England 34
Law, Denis Denis Law 26 22 Oct 1966  Wales 11
Law, Denis Denis Law 27 15 Apr 1967  England 32
Law, Denis Denis Law 28 6 Nov 1968  Austria 21
Law, Denis Denis Law 29 26 Apr 1972  Peru 20
Law, Denis Denis Law 30 20 May 1972  Northern Ireland 20
Dalglish, Kenny Kenny Dalglish 30 14 Nov 1984  Spain 31 Jointly with Law.

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Notes

  1. Some sources incorrectly credit Gallacher with scoring four goals in the match including inconsistencies on the Scottish FA web pages.

References

  1. "Twelve Top Facts". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. "Scotland - International Matches 1921-1930". www.rsssf.com. RSSSF. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. Hughie Gallacher goals for Scotland www.qosfc.com