Mitrović sets new Championship goalscoring record as Fulham earn promotion

Aleksandar Mitrović breaks goalscoring record

Arthur Ferridge
20th May 2022
Twitter: @FootyAccums
Fulham FC’s Aleksandar Mitrović has enjoyed a historic season in the Championship this year, bagging 43 league goals in as many appearances, including three hat tricks and nine braces.

The Serbian striker sealed the record in the final home game of Fulham’s season, scoring twice in the late stages of an emphatic 7-0 home win which saw the West London club seal their third Championship victory and promotion back to the Premier League.

The record for most goals in the Championship was previously held by Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who claimed the crown on the final day of the 2020/21 season with 31 goals, powering Brentford back to the top flight for the first time since World War 2.

Mitrović, however, looked at Toney’s numbers and laughed, surpassing his tally after only 30 matches, 15 appearances fewer than the Brentford target man. Mitrović is a classic Championship player, known for turning up in the second tier while often faltering in the top flight, a habit he will aim to break in the 2022/23 season.

Mitrović has also surpassed Guy Whittinghams record for most goals in a second flight season. Set before the Championship rebrand in 2004, the Portsmouth striker’s record of 42 goals has stood since 1993 and looked to be out of reach before Mitrović stole it in the 92nd minute of the penultimate game of the season.

“I don’t try and think about the record but when you get close everybody starts talking so of course I wanted to break it… it was special.”

Aleksandar Mitrović

Fulham have been on dominant form for the majority of the season, winning 27 of their 45 matches and finishing 5 points clear of second placed Bournemouth with almost double their goal difference.

Their comprehensive victory over Luton was a hallmark of the season, their results including two other 7-0 victories away to Blackburn Rovers and Reading. They also managed to put six past both Bristol and Birmingham and scored five against Swansea in March.

The Cottagers will return to the Premier League for the fourth time, further establishing their reputation as the definitive yo-yo team after having been relegated four times since 2013. Norwich FC lead this coveted leaderboard, with 5 Premiership relegations to their name.

Their previous stint in the top flight lasted only one joyless season, which saw the Lilywhites finish 18th with only five wins and 28 points to their name, despite heavy investment in the squad.

Fulham fans will hope for a reversal of fortunes, however, and will be buoyed by their dominant Championship campaign.

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AUTHOR: Arthur Ferridge
Head of Sport, 2023/24. @rthur_ferridge on Twitter/X

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