When Ivan Toney slotted home a Bryan Mbeumo flick-on from a Henrik Dalsgaard pass on Saturday, it helped Brentford come from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1. The goal was also the 25th that Ivan has scored for The Bees since his summer move from Peterborough United. Those 25 goals have come in just 32 games, 31 starts, and enabled Brentford to set a 50-year EFL first.
As Bees fans will know, Ivan has become the third player in three seasons to breach the 25-goal mark in a season. Neal Maupay hit 25 Championship goals in 43 league games and notched 28 in 49 games in all competitions. This tally was the best in a single season for Brentford since Gary Blissett scored 29 in 1992/93 and Neal was the first player to score 25 league goals in one season since Steve Phillips, who scored 32 in 1977/78.
Last season, Ollie Watkins followed in Neal's footsteps. He scored 26 goals in the unusual campaign last term, 25 of which came as Brentford finished third in the Championship. No-one apart from Neal, Ollie and Steve have scored 25 league goals for The Bees since John O'Mara did so in 1971/72. Until Ivan.
Ivan has raced to 25 goals this season and has 13 more games to try and stretch his total but, after some research from Club staff, historians and football archivists, we think a record has already been set. According to our checks, no club has had three different players go past the 25-league goal mark in three successive seasons since the late 1960s when Southampton had a similar three-year period. Brentford's goal scoring trio have done what no three players have done for more than 50 years.