James Vaughan can put his name up with the two top goalscorers in Huddersfield Town’s history today.

The £600,000 former Norwich and Everton frontman heads to Blackburn aiming to add to a tally of nine goals in as many games so far this season after setting Mark Robins’ men on their way to Tuesday’s 2-1 Championship home win over Charlton with his neat header in first-half stoppage time.

 

Now the man who bagged a hat trick in the 5-1 home win over Bournemouth can set one club best by becoming the quickest to double figures in terms of dates, with the current earliest to reach 10 goals being Andy Booth, who got to the milestone on September 24 of the 1994-95 Division II (now League I) promotion campaign.

While Booth had played three Coca-Cola (League) Cup ties by that date, the first 10 of his 30 goals that season all came in the league. Helped by a hat trick in the 3-0 win at Plymouth, double figures were reached via two goals in the 4-3 derby victory at Bradford City, Booth’s 12th game that term.

Now club ambassador, Booth is the third-highest scorer in Town’s history on 150.

And both those above him, George Brown (159) and Jimmy Glazzard (154) have also been fast out of the blocks.

In terms of matches played, ‘Bomber’ Brown is the second quickest to get 10 goals, beginning 1925-26, the season Town completed their celebrated hat trick of league titles, at an average of one a game.

He was also helped by a hat trick, in the 3-2 Goodison Park victory over Everton, with his 10th goal (out of 35 that season) came in the 4-0 derby win over Leeds over at Elland Road on October 17.

An intriguing fact about Brown, whose nickname derived from the power and accuracy of his right foot, was that had it not been for a miners’ strike in May 1921, he might never have played professional football!

Huddersfield Town 1925-26 (shortly before they clinched the first ever hat trick of English League football titles) Back row, from left: Harry Cawthorne, Tommy Wilson, Roy Goodall, Ted Taylor, Willie Watson, Billy Smith. Front, from left: Alex Jackson, George Brown, Willie Devlin, Clem Stephenson, Sam Wadsworth
Huddersfield Town 1925-26 (shortly before they clinched the first ever hat trick of English League football titles) Back row, from left: Harry Cawthorne, Tommy Wilson, Roy Goodall, Ted Taylor, Willie Watson, Billy Smith. Front, from left: Alex Jackson, George Brown, Willie Devlin, Clem Stephenson, Sam Wadsworth
 

Working down the pit at his native Mickley, up in Northumberland, he was earning relatively good money, but when it dried up during the strike, he approached then-Town manager Herbert Chapman for a trial, and the rest, as they say, is history, with Aston Villa, Burnley, Leeds and Darlington later benefiting from his scoring prowess.

Glazzard, who also moved into football from mining (at Altofts, near Wakefield), was noted for his heading ability (he was often supplied by Vic Metcalfe), and he twice got to 10 goals in a hurry.

In 1952-53, the season Town made an immediate return to the top flight and Glazzard scored 31 in all, he managed it in 12 matches (October 11) and the following campaign, when the side finished third in the original Division I and Jimmy totalled 29, he did it in 11 (September 26).

Jimmy Glazzard
Jimmy Glazzard
 

Others strikers to start a season firing on all cylinders are Jordan Rhodes (2011-12, 12 games, October 22 and 2009-10, 14 games, October 10), Pawel Abbott (2005-06, 16 games, October 15), Ian Robins (1979-80, 15 games, October 6) and Dave Hickson (1956-57, 13 games, October 13).

But as for the fastest ever to 10 goals, step forward George McLean, who managed it in just nine top-flight matches in 1933-34, when Town finished second to Manchester City.

The Scotsman who started out at his hometown club Forfar Athletic and was originally brought South by Bradford Park Avenue, achieved his Town feat with the help of four doubles, the last of them in a 4-3 top-flight loss against Aston Villa in Birmingham on October 7.

McLean wasn’t quite so prolific over the rest of a season in which he suffered a broken leg in the March. He finished with 20 goals in a Town career total of 46 scored between 1930 and 1935, when he rejoined Forfar.