REUBEN Reid is now Argyle’s most prolific goalscorer for 20 seasons.The 25-year-old Bristolian netted his 20th strike of the season in last Tuesday’s Devon Expressway Derby.
In doing so, he became the first Pilgrim to claim 20 goals in a campaign since midfielder Steve Castle found the net 22 times in the 1993-94 season.
Only three other times in the last 30 years has an Argyle payer scored 20 or more times, and, on all three coccasions, the player was the same one: Tommy Tynan.
Reuben drew level with Tommy’s 1986-87 mark when he converted a 45th-minute penalty in the midweek defeat by Exeter.
Tommy also scored 26 goals in the 1988-89 season and a massive 32 goals in the 1984-85 campaign.
In fact, Tommy was the Pilgrims’ leading scorer on five occasions in all, netting 19 goals in 1987-88 and 18 in 1989-90, making the club’s leading scorer in six of the seven seasons between 1983-90.
Two of Reuben’s current Argyle team-mates have also been the club’s leading scorer. Paul Wotton’s prowess from penalties and free-kicks helped him top the goal charts in 2004-05 (with 13 goals) and 2005-06 (9), while Jason Banton’s six strikes last season earned him top spot.
Other notable Pilgrims who have been the club’s leading scorer since Tommy hit his 32 are: Adrian Littlejohn, whose 18 goals in 1995-96 helped Argyle win promotion; David Friio, who spearheaded the 2003-04 Division 2 title triumph with 15 goals; and Graham Coughlan, whose 11 goals made him joint-top scorer with Friio in the record-breaking 2001-02 Third Division championship success.