Well, this was bound to happen.
Following my last post about nostalgia, I was contacted by Andrew Voerman of Stuff.co.nz who let me know he was working on a stats update for the NZFC using a copy of the ASB_Premiership_Media_Guide_Web_2011-12_v2 and Soccerway. I started digging and came up with the last issue of the ASB_Premiership_Media_Guide_2013-14, issued before the 2013-14 season began.
Here is the current list of NZFC centurions. Jake Butler and Aaron Scott could hit 200 appearances in the 2017/18 season.
There are also four players who will be hitting the hundreds this season; Cory Chettleburgh (99), Emiliano Tade (94), Sean Lovemore (92) and Angel Berlanga (90) are all within striking distance, literally in the case of the first three, of making the list.
Speaking of strikers, those in bold are still playing in the NZFC, those in italics are playing elsewhere.
As you can see, both Emiliano Tade (94 games/61 goals) and Aaron Clapham (115 games/61 goals) have the chance to overtake the longstanding record set by Allan Pearce (144 games/70 goals), also passing the prodigious Keryn Jordan (69/62 goals) as they go. With the season upping its fixture list to 18 games, it’s also possible a return to his 2015/16 form could see Ryan De Vries climb the list as well.
Then there’s also the games per goal ratios. Only Allan Pearce, the record holder, scores every other game which is testament to his longevity up front. Meanwhile of the other centurions, credit must go to Aaron Clapham for scoring a goal just under every other game from midfield.
But the big news here actually lies further down. Tom Jackson may not be troubling the top five at the moment, but it’s clear that the rate he is scoring goals at, it may not be long. He shares almost the same goals per game ratio as Keryn Jordan, widely regarded as the best striker the competition has ever seen. Certainly one to look out for this season
As the NZFC ticks into its fourteenth edition, this time under the weighty name of the ISPS Handa Premiership, keep an eye out for Jake Butler knocking off the big 200 and the race for the All Time Top Scorer record between Clapham and Tade.
Authors Note: I recognise that there may be errors in Soccerway’s records, and if you have any information which can improve the quality of this data – please get into the comments with it.
Categories: NZ Men's National League
John Palethorpe lives in South Auckland which is very far away from Fratton Park and Champion Hill. Having been told there was no football in New Zealand, he was delighted to find that there is.