Saturday, August 8, 2015

8 August 2006 - Huddersfield Hits The Half-Million Mark

On 8 August 2006, Huddersfield Town winger Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored the 500,000th goal in Football League history, capping a 3-0 victory over League One rivals Rotherham United.

It took over 107 full seasons and 170,000 matches to reach the half-million milestone, which came late in the game on the second matchday of the season for both teams. Playing before a crowd of 10,161 at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium, the Terriers were already up 2-0 thanks to a Luke Beckett penalty kick (36') and a goal from Pawel Abbott (45'). Then, in the 79th minute, Taylor-Fletcher sent the record strike into the top left corner of the net from 25 yards out.

Taylor-Fletcher's goal was the 63rd of the day in a total of 32 league matches. It was also the first such milestone to be attributed to a specific individual, as the Football League's records did not identify scorers for the previous hundred-thousand marks.

In recognition of his achievement, the Football League presented a commemorative trophy to Taylor-Fletcher the next day.

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