Ivan Toney ensured a remarkable Sky Bet Championship season had a record-breaking ending. The striker scored Brentford’s first goal in a 3-1 win over Bristol City on Saturday and, in doing so, grabbed his 31st of the season, more than any player has scored in the second tier since Guy Whittingham scored 42 for Portsmouth in 1992/93. It was, therefore, the most scored since the division was rebranded as the Championship.
The 31 goals enabled Ivan to join a select group of Brentford players and he has other records in his sights. In Brentford’s 94 EFL seasons so far, only six players have ever scored more than 30 goals in a season. Ivan is now only the second player to have done it in the top two tiers, and only the second in the last 60 years. No-one has done it twice. Those landmark seasons are outlined in a piece here with more facts and figures here. Some of those goals can be seen below.
Playmaker, the world's largest football database, has also looked at Ivan's record. Brentford FC has worked with Playmaker to share interesting stats about The Bees and wider football with fans. Some of their key stats can be seen below and more can be found here.
🎯Most goals in a Championship season (04/05-)— playmakerstats (@playmaker_EN) May 4, 2021
30⚽️: 🔥IVAN TONEY 20/21🔥, Glenn Murray 12/13
29⚽️: Teemu Pukki 18/19
28⚽️: Jordan Rhodes 12/13, Ross McCormack 13/14
27⚽️: R. Lambert 11/12, D. Murphy 14/15, C. Wood 16/17
26⚽️: A. Mitrovic 19/20#BrentfordFC pic.twitter.com/sDoyhaq8fD
👉 Players whose goals have won most #EFL points* (t4t; 20/21):— playmakerstats (@playmaker_EN) May 11, 2021
14 pts: 💥Ivan Toney, 💥Paul Mullin
12 pts: JCH, Scott Fraser, Ian Henderson
11 pts: Danny Johnson, Tom Nichols
10 pts: Ismaila Sarr, Kieffer Moore, Charlie Wyke
* Matchwinner +2pts / Goals that earned a point +1pt pic.twitter.com/GGwuauKUvZ