West Ham Top Scorers – 1920 to Present day

West Ham Top Scorers

Welcome to the West Ham top scorers list of all time. We have a look at the most prolific scorers during the Hammers teams history.

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In West Ham United’s 124-year history, some of the most prolific West Ham top scorers came not very long after its inception in 1895.

1. Vic Watson

Vic Watson West Ham Top Goal ScorersThe biggest of them all and towering above everyone else was Vic Watson.

In his career spanning for 1920 to 1926 Watson featured in 505 games for the Hammers in which he scored an astonishing 326 goals that included 13 hat-tricks.

298 of those goals came from League games and the remaining 28 in FA Cups.

2. Sir Geoff Hurst, MBE

Next in line among West Ham top scorers is probably their most famous – Sir Geoff Hurst, MBE.

Sir Geoff Hurst scoring for EnglandIn his 500 games for the East London club across all forms of competition, Hurst recorded 242 goals. More notably, the Lancashire footballer was not just part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup but was also a goal scorer in the final game against Germany which the Three Lions won 4-2.

In fact, Hurst with his three goals in that memorable game scored a hat-trick and still remains the only man to do so in a World Cup final.

=3. John Dick and Jimmy Ruffell

None have come close to the prolific Watson or Hurst with the third-highest scorers John Dick and Jimmy Ruffell long way below with 166 goals.

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27. Mark Noble

Among the contemporary lot is Mark Noble who is still around after an astonishing count of 472 games for the Hammers, a near-record in itself for the side.

Since the time of his advent into the East London club in 2004-05 at the age of 17, Noble has featured in 16 seasons straight, where he has managed to rack up as many as 57 goals.

16. Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole scored 68 goals from his 293 appearances and ranks at No 16 in the West Ham Top Goal Scorers table.

When it comes to goal-scoring in the post-2000 era, none can match the feats of the towering 6ft3in Croydon-born Carlton Cole. In his decade long stint with West Ham from 2006-2015, Cole notched up a tally of 68 goals from his 293 outings for the Hammers, the most fruitful seasons being the 2010-11 & 2011-12 ones where he got 26 alone.

31. Paolo Di Canio

It would be a shame not to mention Paolo Di Canio, the Italian-born forward who was associated with clubs ranging from Juventus, Inter Milan, Napoli to Lazio but spent the most productive years of 21-year career with the Hammers.

In a career spanning 670 games, he featured in 141 of those for West Ham for whom he scored as many 51 goals during the period 1998 to 2003.

Trevor Sinclair

Trevor Sinclair was another who spent six seasons with the Hammers spanning years from 1997 to 2003 and notching up 38 goals from the 206 games he played for the club before venturing out to Manchester City.

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Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll is also among the more notable names of West Ham greats, spending seven seasons with the Hammers and getting 34 goals from his 142 appearances between 2012 and 2019 before moving out to rejoin his old club Newcastle in August this year.

Chelsea legend and current coach is one who started and spent the earlier years of his career (1995-2001) with West Ham, featuring in as many as 187 games for the club and notching up an impressive tally of 39 goals.

West Ham Top Scorers Table

The following is a list of 30 top goal scorers for West Ham United till date.

PlayerWest Ham Career PeriodsTotal Goals
Vic Watson1920 - 1935326
Geoff Hurst1959 - 1972252
John Dick1953 - 1962166
Jimmy Ruffell1921 - 1937166
Tony Cottee1983 - 1988146
Johnny Byrne1961 - 1967107
Pop Robson1970 - 1974104
Trevor Brooking1967 - 1984102
Malcolm Musgrove1953 - 1963100
Martin Peters1962 - 1970100
David Cross1977 - 198297
Ray Stewart1979 - 199184
Syd Puddefoot1912 - 1921207
Trevor Morley1989 - 199570
Paul Goddard1980 - 198769
Carlton Cole2006 - 201368
Vivian Gibbins1923-193263
Julian Dicks1988 - 199361
Bill Robinson1948 - 5261
Frank McAvennie1985 - 198760
Billy Bonds1967 - 198859
Clyde Best1969 - 197658
Stan Earle1924 - 193258
Jackie Morton1931 - 193957
Len Goulden1933 - 1945132
Marlon Harewood2003 - 200755
Mark Noble2004 - present55
Jim Barrett, Sr.1924 - 194368
John Sissons1962 - 197053
Terry Woodgate1938 - 195374
Paolo Di Canio1999 - 200351
Tommy Yews1923 - 193351
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