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On The Goal Trail: Facts & Figures

24 September 2014

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JON Obika netted in his fourth consecutive game last night at Newport County.

Town historian, Paul Plowman, has been busy this morning digging out the facts to see whether or not that was a new Swindon Town goalscoring record for a Town debutant. He found out the following:

Swindon's all-time record goalscorer, Harry Morris, also netted in his first four games. Morris went on to score in 11 successive League games. Minus Cup matches and it leaves him with eight successive games in 1926/27 - which he beat the next season with nine (September-November 1927).

Gordon Williams scored in his first four in 1946/47 - the first competitive season after the war - but he had already played in 1945/46. Morris Jones was a 'near miss' in 1947/48: he scored in five of his first six (drawing a blank in the fourth game).

Scoring in any four matches consecutively has been done regularly. Most recently, both Charlie Austin and Billy Paynter in December-January 2009/10. Paynter actually scored in seven consecutive League games (excluding FA Cup), but four of those were penalties.

Tommy Mooney scored in his next five after failing to register on his debut.

So, Obika needs to score at Barnsley at the weekend to set a new record.

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