Jonson joins an elite group of free-scoring Posh strikers

Top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris joined an elite group of Posh strikers when reaching 25 Football League goals for the season with a hat-trick in last weekend’s 7-0 romp over Accrington Stanley at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:36 am
Jonson Clarke-Harris completes his hat-trick for Posh against Accrington. Photo: Joe Dent/

Only five Posh players have reached that mark in 61 years as a Football League club.

Terry Bly managed it twice in the first two seasons in the early 1960s and he has been followed by Peter Price, Aaron Mclean, Craig Mackail-Smith and most recently Jack Marriott. Ivan Toney was robbed of his chance of joining that select group as he was stranded on 24 League One goals when the 2019-20 season was ended nine games early.

The next target for Clarke-Harris is 30 goals in a League season. Only Bly has previously reached that number, for the all-conquering Fourth Division title-winning side of 1960-61.

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Jack Marriott was the last Posh player to score 25 League goals in a season.

The 25 goal men: 52 Terry Bly (1960-61), 29 Terry Bly (1961-62), 28 Peter Price (1971-72), 29 Aaron Mclean (2007-08),

27 Craig-Mackail-Smith (10/11), 27 Jack Marriott (2017-18).

Clarke-Harris has also become just the sixth player in Posh history to score two hat-tricks in the same Football League season.

Bly managed it six times in 1960-61 (including two lots of four goals in a game) and Price (1971-72), Jim Hall (1972-73), Robbie Cooke (1981-82) and Mclean (2007-08) also achieved an impressive feat.