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Cymru Premier goal greats in deadly form – Draper sets new club record

Rhys Griffiths. Picture: Getty Images

There has been some interesting activity in the Cymru Premier League all-time top 10 goalscorers list over the past week.

Rhys Griffiths, second in the standings, turned back the clock when he was on target twice for Penybont in a 4-0 win at Haverfordwest County to move up to 271 in total.

Griffiths, 40, is still 48 goals behind leader Marc Lloyd-Williams, but it was nice to see the former Plymouth Argyle front man boosting his tally in his role as player-manager of Penybont.

One chart where Rhys sits at No 1 is the most league goals for a single Welsh Premier club – his remarkable haul of 180 goals in 181 appearances for Llanelli has him top of the pile.

Rhys also holds the record for the most Golden Boot awards – seven, all in a row.

Elsewhere this week, Michael Wilde of Connah’s Quay Nomads edged one goal closer to becoming the fourth CPL player to reach 200 by finding the net in his team’s 3-1 win over Caernarfon. Wilde is on 191.

Chris Venables’ goal for Bala last weekend put him on 180 in all, while Greg Draper became The New Saints’ all-time highest marksman in the WPL when his nap hand in a 10-0 drubbing of Flint Town United vaulted him up to 156 for the club. He overtook previous No 1 Saints goal-getter Wilde on 154.

Greg said after the game he has 200 in his sights and few would bet against him. All of his 156 to date have come in a TNS shirt.

The New Saints’ Greg Draper celebrates scoring another goal for the club (Photo by Barrington Coombs/PA Images via Getty Images)

Welsh Premier League all-time goalscorers list (up to Oct 7, 2020)

1 Marc Lloyd Williams 319
2 Rhys Griffiths 271
3 Lee Hunt 209
4 Michael Wilde 191 *
5 Chris Venables 180 *
6 Chris Summers 177
7 John Toner 161
8 Graham Evans 157
9 Greg Draper 156 *
10 Stuart Rain 150

Season-by-Season top scorers

2019/20

Chris Venables (Bala Town) 22

2018/19

Greg Draper (The New Saints) 27

2017/18

Greg Draper (The New Saints) 22

2016/17

Jason Oswell (Newtown) 22

2015/16

Chris Venables (Aberystwyth Town) 20

2014/15

Chris Venables (Aberystwyth Town) 28

2013/14

Chris Venables (Aberystwyth Town) 24

2012/13

Mike Wilde (The New Saints) 25

2011/12

Rhys Griffiths (Llanelli) 24

2010/11

Rhys Griffiths (Llanelli) 25

2009/10

Rhys Griffiths (Llanelli) 30

2008/09

Rhys Griffiths (Llanelli) 31

2007/08

Rhys Griffiths (Llanelli) 40

2006/07

Rhys Griffiths (Llanelli) 30

2005/06

Rhys Griffiths (Port Talbot Town) 28

2004/05

Marc Lloyd Williams (TNS) 34

2003/04

Andy Moran (Rhyl) 27

2002/03

Graham Evans (Caersws) 24

2001/02

Marc Lloyd Williams (Bangor City) 47

2000/01

Graham Evans (Caersws) 25

1999/2000

Chris Summers (Cwmbran Town) 28

1998/99

Eifion Williams (Barry Town) 28

1997/98

Eifion Williams (Barry Town) 40

1996/97

Tony Bird (Barry Town) 42

1995/96

Ken McKenna (Conwy United) 38

1994/95

Frank Mottram (Bangor City) 31

1993/94

David Taylor (Porthmadog) 43

1992/93

Steve Woods (Ebbw Vale) 29

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