Constable closes in on United's top three scorers

The Oxford Times: James Constable needs one goal to draw level with John Aldridge and Peter Foley James Constable needs one goal to draw level with John Aldridge and Peter Foley

James Constable will be hoping more than anyone that Oxford United’s games over the holiday period beat the weather as he attempts to break into the club’s all-time top three scorers list.

The striker is in a rich vein of form and a double in the 3-1 win at Exeter City on Boxing Day made it six goals in the last seven games.

The run has helped the U’s build some momentum and they will be desperate the gloomy weather forecasts do not put paid to their upcoming matches – with a trip to AFC Wimbledon up next on Saturday.

It is the 28-year-old’s best spell in front of goal for more than two years and he was delighted to play his part in the festive victory in Devon.

“It was nice to see them go in,” he said.

“I think the first one was a bit lucky, Tommy (Craddock) did brilliantly to challenge and half-block his marker.

“The second one I think the defender tried to clear with the header, but it just bounced into my path nicely.”

Constable now has nine goals for the campaign, taking him to 89 in all competitions for the club.

It means one more strike at AFC Wimbledon, where he scored last season, would bring him level with club legends John Aldridge and Peter Foley.

The former Shrewsbury hitman has said several times that overhauling Graham Atkinson’s all-time record of 107 goals is a big incentive.

Constable’s brace at Exeter actually took the number of goals he has scored in a U’s shirt to 92, above Aldridge and Foley, but the hat-trick he scored against Chester in 2009 was expunged after that club’s demise.

While individual targets are a factor, his main aim tomorrow will be to help United extend their strong run.

Chris Wilder’s side have not lost in their last eight games, although progress has been hindered slightly by four draws.

But there have been better signs in the last ten days and they will be looking for a third successive win tomorrow.

Constable is glad to be getting victories, especially on the road.

He said: “We’ve been unbeaten, but the amount of games we were drawing leaves you in a difficult position – you have to go and win games that you might normally think ‘we’d take a draw there’.

“But if you draw a lot of home games you need to get results elsewhere – it’s important we pick up as many wins we can at home and nick a couple away as well.”

He added: “It’s eight unbeaten for us and we just keep looking forward to the games coming up.”

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11:57am Fri 28 Dec 12

onthebench says...

Beano is already a legend at this club. Closing in on the all time highest goal scorer is a great feat in itself, but the fact that he has shown such loyalty at the club when so many people in all walks of life have absolutely none is so commendable. Thank you James Constable - you are a legend at OUFC.
Beano is already a legend at this club. Closing in on the all time highest goal scorer is a great feat in itself, but the fact that he has shown such loyalty at the club when so many people in all walks of life have absolutely none is so commendable. Thank you James Constable - you are a legend at OUFC. onthebench
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4:50pm Fri 28 Dec 12

oldun says...

All time!!! No way - many of his goals were non League goals. If you include non league goals - look in the Howland brothers Complete Record 1893-1989 - a guy called Machin got 60 in 1938-39 alone. It is not all - time - and if you look at seasons when United were in the League, Constable is not in the top six
All time!!! No way - many of his goals were non League goals. If you include non league goals - look in the Howland brothers Complete Record 1893-1989 - a guy called Machin got 60 in 1938-39 alone. It is not all - time - and if you look at seasons when United were in the League, Constable is not in the top six oldun
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6:46pm Fri 28 Dec 12

cleverswindler says...

Couldn't agree more Oldun, this is where statistics don't always tell the whole truth
Couldn't agree more Oldun, this is where statistics don't always tell the whole truth cleverswindler
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7:07pm Fri 28 Dec 12

OxRoxBox says...

David Pritchard I am sorry your report whilst wholly encouraging is the typical example of "lies, damned lies and statistics" on the fax of it true as a statistic when put into context of goals in the League and out then it bears no serious comparison. It is like saying One Direction are more successful than The Beatles on the basis of more Number Ones in their first year! There is no comparison in my opinion.
However If JC can can keep scoring then who knows? The trouble is the minute he gets to 25 in a season we will have to sell him.
Aldo is the King!
David Pritchard I am sorry your report whilst wholly encouraging is the typical example of "lies, damned lies and statistics" on the fax of it true as a statistic when put into context of goals in the League and out then it bears no serious comparison. It is like saying One Direction are more successful than The Beatles on the basis of more Number Ones in their first year! There is no comparison in my opinion. However If JC can can keep scoring then who knows? The trouble is the minute he gets to 25 in a season we will have to sell him. Aldo is the King! OxRoxBox
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8:06pm Fri 28 Dec 12

oldun says...

John Aldridge would have scored at least twice as many as Constable if he had played in the Conference and in Division Four . Foley would have got many more ditto Graham Atkinson who played many seasons in what is now called the Championship. Keep netting them JC - get up that tally of League Goals . 60 plus is our record for a player in a non league season - admittedly at a lower level than the Conference - but at that level Houghton got 43 (39 League) in 1961-62 . COYY - come on JC
John Aldridge would have scored at least twice as many as Constable if he had played in the Conference and in Division Four . Foley would have got many more ditto Graham Atkinson who played many seasons in what is now called the Championship. Keep netting them JC - get up that tally of League Goals . 60 plus is our record for a player in a non league season - admittedly at a lower level than the Conference - but at that level Houghton got 43 (39 League) in 1961-62 . COYY - come on JC oldun
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3:36pm Sat 29 Dec 12

onthebench says...

Did anyone actually read what I wrote? I said Beano was closing in on the highest all time goal scorer (this is a fact!). Oldun & Cleverswindler both need to re-read what I actually wrote. At no point did I say Beano was the "All Time" best goalscorer as you two gents incorrectly read! Clearly most of his goals have been scored in lower league or non league football because that is where we play now! To quote what I did say:- "......has shown such loyalty at the club........" That loyalty more than anything is why he is such a legend in my opinion. He always gives 100% to my club which I for one truly appreciate. For the record - my all time best goalscorer is John Aldridge. However, my favourite two players are Roy Burton (first) and Gary Briggs (second).
Did anyone actually read what I wrote? I said Beano was closing in on the highest all time goal scorer (this is a fact!). Oldun & Cleverswindler both need to re-read what I actually wrote. At no point did I say Beano was the "All Time" best goalscorer as you two gents incorrectly read! Clearly most of his goals have been scored in lower league or non league football because that is where we play now! To quote what I did say:- "......has shown such loyalty at the club........" That loyalty more than anything is why he is such a legend in my opinion. He always gives 100% to my club which I for one truly appreciate. For the record - my all time best goalscorer is John Aldridge. However, my favourite two players are Roy Burton (first) and Gary Briggs (second). onthebench
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3:53pm Sat 29 Dec 12

oldun says...

onthebench wrote:
Did anyone actually read what I wrote? I said Beano was closing in on the highest all time goal scorer (this is a fact!). Oldun & Cleverswindler both need to re-read what I actually wrote. At no point did I say Beano was the "All Time" best goalscorer as you two gents incorrectly read! Clearly most of his goals have been scored in lower league or non league football because that is where we play now! To quote what I did say:- "......has shown such loyalty at the club........" That loyalty more than anything is why he is such a legend in my opinion. He always gives 100% to my club which I for one truly appreciate. For the record - my all time best goalscorer is John Aldridge. However, my favourite two players are Roy Burton (first) and Gary Briggs (second).
Yep, I read it. How many did Machin get in total? Over 60 in 1938-39. Record scorer in League is a big deal. Love your fave players - mine are Langan and Hebberd
[quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: Did anyone actually read what I wrote? I said Beano was closing in on the highest all time goal scorer (this is a fact!). Oldun & Cleverswindler both need to re-read what I actually wrote. At no point did I say Beano was the "All Time" best goalscorer as you two gents incorrectly read! Clearly most of his goals have been scored in lower league or non league football because that is where we play now! To quote what I did say:- "......has shown such loyalty at the club........" That loyalty more than anything is why he is such a legend in my opinion. He always gives 100% to my club which I for one truly appreciate. For the record - my all time best goalscorer is John Aldridge. However, my favourite two players are Roy Burton (first) and Gary Briggs (second).[/p][/quote]Yep, I read it. How many did Machin get in total? Over 60 in 1938-39. Record scorer in League is a big deal. Love your fave players - mine are Langan and Hebberd oldun
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5:10pm Sat 29 Dec 12

cleverswindler says...

I also read your comments onthebench, and that's where Constable should have been today by the sound of it!
I also read your comments onthebench, and that's where Constable should have been today by the sound of it! cleverswindler
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