Troy Deeney first Watford player in 31 years to score 20 league and cup goals in successive seasons

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Troy Deeney achieved something no other Watford player has managed in 31 years on Saturday – and one more league goal will see the striker join an even more select Hornets club.

Deeney’s quick-fire brace at the start of the second half in the 4-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday saw him reach 20 goals in all competitions for the second successive season, ensuring he became the first Hornets player to reach that milestone since Luther Blissett in 1983.

Despite being the club’s record scorer, Blissett never scored 20 league goals in back-to-back seasons. But one more goal in the Hornets’ final eight games of the campaign will see Deeney become the first player to achieve that landmark since Cliff Holton in 1961.

Holton is one of only three players in Watford’s history to score at least 20 league goals in consecutive seasons following George James and Frank McPherson.

There have been 52 occasions when a player has scored 20 or more league and cup goals for Watford in a season and Deeney is one of eight to achieve it in at least two campaigns.

Along with Lane, Holton, McPherson and James, Tommy Barnett and Charlie Hare also scored 20 competitive goals in two different seasons for the club, while Blissett achieved the feat four times.

Deeney’s double at Hillsborough means he has now scored 55 league and cup goals since moving to Vicarage Road, meaning he is equal 20th on the club’s all-time list alongside Paul Wilkinson and Stewart Scullion. The next player in his sights is Gary Porter, who netted 56 times for the Hornets.

This article was researched using www.watfordfcarchive.com

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4:32pm Mon 31 Mar 14

not a regular says...

Here's to 20 more next season, please Troy.
Here's to 20 more next season, please Troy. not a regular
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5:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

hogweed says...

Well done Troy.

Hog out
Well done Troy. Hog out hogweed
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7:45pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Berko Horn says...

My maths is not brilliant, but I thought 46 was a lower number than 55! Do we mean 56 for Gary Porter? I know the clocks have just gone back, but nothing else surely!?
My maths is not brilliant, but I thought 46 was a lower number than 55! Do we mean 56 for Gary Porter? I know the clocks have just gone back, but nothing else surely!? Berko Horn
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8:49pm Mon 31 Mar 14

GarstonHorn says...

Another 10 goals in 8 league games and 3 play off games is doable
Another 10 goals in 8 league games and 3 play off games is doable GarstonHorn
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11:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Roger Joslyn says...

I like it GarstonHorn.......

6th place totals: 12/13 Leicester 68, 11/12 Cardiff 75, 10/11 Forrest 75, 9/10 Blackpool 70.

8 games left, max 24pts puts us on 76. It ain't over 'till the...........

Oh well we can dream.
I like it GarstonHorn....... 6th place totals: 12/13 Leicester 68, 11/12 Cardiff 75, 10/11 Forrest 75, 9/10 Blackpool 70. 8 games left, max 24pts puts us on 76. It ain't over 'till the........... Oh well we can dream. Roger Joslyn
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3:58pm Tue 1 Apr 14

WFCinexile says...

Well done Troy Deeney. Up there with Blissett and Holton, two absolute legends, really goes to show what a good achievement it is.
Well done Troy Deeney. Up there with Blissett and Holton, two absolute legends, really goes to show what a good achievement it is. WFCinexile
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