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18 of the most unlikely individual goalscoring seasons ever

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10. Josh Morris (15 and counting, 2016/17)

  • Previous best: 8 (Fleetwood, 2014/15)
  • Best since: N/a

Scunthorpe's Morris had only scored his first professional goal in February 2014 after making his senior debut in November 2010, but demonstrated his threat in that successful loan spell at Fleetwood with eight goals from the wing. But this year he's reached new heights upon being re-united with Graham Alexander, scoring 15 goals in his first 22 games for the League One leaders who he joined from Bradford this summer. 

9. Adam Barrett (11, 2004/05)

  • Previous best: 4 (Bristol Rovers, 2003/04) 
  • Best since: 7 (Southend, 2007/08)

Wily campaigner Barrett has twice been named in the PFA League Two Team of the Season (and once for the League One edition) in his 17-year playing career. In one of those seasons – 2004/05, his very first at Southend as they won the fourth-tier play-offs – the stopper netted an impressive 11 goals from the back. 

Adam Barrett

8. Lee McCulloch (26, 2012/13)

  • Previous best: 14 (Wigan, 2004/05) 
  • Best since: 18 (Rangers, 2013/14)

Former winger-turned-centre-back McCulloch (not even James Milner is described as a 'utility player' on their Wikipedia page) thrived during Rangers' successful climb back to the Scottish top flight after financial irregularities saw them relegated to the third division. Despite playing at centre-back and central midfield throughout the season, McCulloch – a reliable goal contrbiuter during his seven seasons at Wigan from 2001-07 – managed a whopping 26 net-ripplers in all competitions. He followed that up in 2013/14 with another 17 in the second tier (one of which you can see below). 

7. Marco Materazzi (12, 2000/01)

  • Previous best: 7 (Carpi, 1996/97) 
  • Best since: 10 (Inter, 2006/07)

The man famed for receiving Zinedine Zidane's noggin to his chest in the 2006 World Cup Final was much more than a wind-up merchant. Materazzi – a Champions League winner with Inter in 2010, lest we forget – broke the Serie A record for goals from a defender in one season by notching 11 for Perugia from his centre-back slot – seven from the penalty spot (it should have been eight really – one came from a rebound off a missed spot-kick). 

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