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Brighton has undergone an incredible transformation in recent years from a League One team in 2010 to a stable team challenging for the European spots in the Premier League.

Over the years, no matter what division Brighton has been in, they have had attacking players who have scored the goals that have made the difference for the Seagulls.

However, who are Brighton’s all-time record goalscorers?

Tommy Cook (123 goals in 209 appearances in all competitions)

The forward stayed with the Seagulls from 1921 until 1930, scoring an impressive 123 goals in 209 appearances. Cook also played cricket for 15 years, representing Sussex.

The forward made history in 1925 when he became the first Brighton Hove Albion player to represent England at international level.

Glenn Murray (111 goals in 287 appearances in all competitions)

Murray is a club legend, having enjoyed two spells at the south coast club. His first spell with the Seagulls was from 2007 until 2011, and the second period was between 2016 and 2020.

The forward’s most prolific campaign was in 2016/17, when he scored 23 goals in the Championship, helping the club to promotion to the Premier League.

His 22 goals in season 2010/11 also helped the Seagulls earn promotion to the English second tier.

Kit Napier (99 goals in 291 appearances in all competitions)

The Scottish forward joined Brighton in 1966 from Newcastle United for a fee of £8,500. He played for the south coast club for six seasons and was prolific, scoring 99 goals in 291 appearances, 84 of which were in the old First Division.

His highest goal tally came in the 1967/68 season when he scored 28 goals. He finished as the Seagulls’ top goalscorer in five of his six seasons at the club.

Napier’s 19 goals in the third tier in season 1971/72 played a big part in his team winning promotion to the second tier.

Peter Ward (95 goals in 200 appearances in all competitions)

Ward joined Brighton in 1975 from Burton Albion for a fee of around £4000. The forward’s goals aided the Seagull’s promotion push to the top flight in the season 1978/79.

No Brighton player has scored more goals in a single season than Ward in the 1976/77 campaign, when he scored 36 goals.

He left the south coast club for Nottingham Forest in October 1980 for a fee of around £400,000.

However, he returned to Albion on loan in October 1982. His second spell lasted just four months, with Ward scoring twice in 16 league appearances. His second spell might have lasted longer if Forest had not refused to extend the temporary spell.

Bert Stephens (94 goals in 180 appearances in all competitions)

The outside forward joined Brighton from Brentford in 1935. He stayed with the club until 1948. Stephens enjoyed a prolific career with the Seagulls.

He actually scored 174 goals in his career with Albion in his career. However, only 94 of the goals came in official games, as the others came during wartime games, which don’t count towards the official records.

Stephens finished as Brighton’s top goalscorer in two seasons in 1936/37 when he scored 26 goals in all competitions, and 1938/39, having found the net 17 times.

Albert Mundy (90 goals in 167 appearances in all competitions)

The inside forward joined Brighton in 1953 from Portsmouth. He played for Brighton until 1958, proving to be lethal in front of goal for the team from the south coast.

Mundy’s stellar attacking prowess was proven by his finishing as the Seagulls’ top goalscorer for three seasons in a row from 1954 until 1957.

Bobby Zamora (90 goals in 162 appearances in all competitions)

Like Murray and Ward, Zamora enjoyed two separate spells at Brighton. The forward initially joined the Seagulls on loan from Bristol Rovers in season 1999/2000.

His six goals in six games persuaded Brighton to make the move a permanent one for a fee of around £100,000 in August 2000.

Zamora proved to be a bargain signing. He scored 28 goals in the fourth tier in his opening season before bagging the same number of goals in the third tier in the following campaign.

His goals helped the Seagulls to win back-to-back promotions. In the last season of his first spell, he scored 14 goals in 35 league appearances, but the Seagulls suffered relegation.

Zamora moved to Premier League Tottenham for a fee of around £1.5million. The forward enjoyed some success in the Premier League with West Ham, Fulham, and QPR.

However, the forward returned to Brighton for the final season of his career in 2015. He scored seven goals in 26 appearances in the Championship with the Seagulls.

On an individual basis, Zamora won the Player of the Year back-to-back in the fourth and third tier in seasons 2000/01 and 2001/02, respectively. He also won the Golden Boot in both seasons, in which his team won promotion.