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Sep 2, 2007
Rye Sussex
Can you believe that we've only scored 5 goals in a league game at Roots Hall twice in the last twenty years.

The last time was over ten years ago against QPR in Feb 2007 5-0 when Kev put two stoppage time goals past Roycie and the time before that was against Bournemouth 5-3 in March 1998 after the game being 0-0 at half time.
The next time was only a season earlier when we thrashed the subsequent champions, Bolton, 5-2 in one of only four defeats they suffered all season. You may have spotted that at the end of each of those season we got relegated!!

It's almost 25 years since we last got 6 - Mooney hat-trick in October 93 against Oxford 6-1.

The last 7 came against Workington in March 1968 - nearly 50 years ago . Doesn't time fly.

In the eighties, we managed 6 fives and one 6 - The 6 against Brentford in October 83 -oh and we got relegated at the end of the season.

In the seventies we got 8 fives, including two in two days at Easter 1973,( that's just 4 less than we've scored in 11 home games so far this season)

And in the sixties - I started watching in March 59, we got six 5s, six 6s, and two 7s. In each season we got at least one 5,6 or 7 until 69/70 - when we let a 5 in at home to Notts County!

So what about the 4s. We have scored 4 at home only once (Bury two years ago) since March 2012, when we put 4 past Jack Butland (will he be England's number 1 in Russia in the summer?).

In fact we haven't got 3 in game at home in the last 14 games. Between 24 March 2014 and Dec18 2015 we couldn't even manage a 3, in 37 consecutive games, including the whole of the promotion season 2015/16. This compares with the 71/72 promotion season when in 11 of 23 games we scored at least 3 goals.

Last season was so much more enjoyable as we managed seven 3s at Roots Hall - the most for nearly 30 years when we got four 3s and three 4s in 1987/88.

I think these stats show the stark reality of how football has gone from scoring more than the opposition to conceding less. Less technically exciting football, fewer goals, fewer goalmouth incidents fewer saves from the goal keepers.

The excitement comes from games being closer- you can always concede a penalty in the last minute and lose!

3s are 5s of 50 years ago and 4s the 6s if you get my drift. I should count my chickens when we score 2 at home!

Why can't we just score some goals and cheer me up!!

Get rid of clean sheet mentality and play with some forwards!
These dark afternoons mean I spend much too much time browsing record books and reminiscing of the good old days.:omg: