JORDAN RHODES has joined Dave Mangnall and Alf Lythgoe in a top trio of prolific Town goal-getters.
They are the only players ever to score five in a game for the club, with all three nap hands coming in the course of 6-0 victories.
Magnificent Mangnall did it in the top-flight triumph over Derby in November 1931.
Town’s other scorer was George McLean, another top-notch frontman whose broken leg sustained against Manchester City in March 1934 led to the recruitment of Lythgoe seven months later.
Born in Nantwich in 1907, Lythgoe was a late developer, playing for non-league sides Whitchurch, Congleton, Sandbach and Ashton National after being released by Crewe, who deemed him too small to make in impact in the Football League.
He was 25 when given a second chance in the senior game by Stockport – and didn’t he take it?
Nineteen goals in his first season was impressive, but provided only a hint of what was to come.
The following campaign, 1933-34, he set a Division III North record of 46, and started the 34-35 season by netting five against Southport on the opening day.
He had bagged 15 and was attracting interest from a string of clubs by the time County accepted Town’s £3,500 bid in October 1934.
The step up to Division I (the original version) proved no problem for a player who scored on his debut (a 4-0 home win against Sheffield Wednesday) and went nap for the second time that season against Blackburn at Leeds Road in April 1935.
Capped by the Football League (against the Irish League in October 1935), Lythgoe netted 46 goals in 79 Town appearances – the tallies would surely have been more had it not been for a couple of nasty knee injuries – before returning to Stockport in March 1938, so losing out on the chance of an appearance in that year’s FA Cup final (Town lost 1-0 to Preston at Wembley).
Lythgoe, who reached a final County haul of 110 goals in all competitions, later had a stint as manager of leading non-league club Altrincham.
Like Lythgoe, Wigan-born Mangnall had to be persistent to win his chance in league football, having been rejected by both Town and Rotherham as a junior.
He played a handful of games for Doncaster as an amateur, but returned to non-league football and was working as a miner when Leeds signed him in 1927.
Sensing his potential, Town paid £3,000 top sign him in December 1929, and were rewarded with an astonishing 73 goals in 90 games, including a club-record 42 in 1931-32.
Mangnall joined Birmingham in February 1934 and later played for West Ham, Millwall, whom he helped reach the FA Cup semi-finals in 1937 and win the Division III South title a year later, and QPR.
After amassing 141 goals in 218 league games, he had an eight-year stint as QPR manager, bringing the Division III South title to the West London club in 1948.