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Record Scorer

19 July 2012

Albion’s record goalscorer is Tommy Cook and he has eight Albion hat-tricks to his name too…

Cook hit a magnificent 123 goals in 209 games and was top scorer in 1923/24, 1924/25 and 1927/28.

Amazingly, the potent striker started his career at centre-back before moving to midfield, but there was no turning back once Cook made the transition to centre forward.

Cook was also the first Brighton & Hove Albion player to win an England cap and on top of all of his exploits for the Albion, Cook went on to score 20,198 runs for Sussex County Cricket Club over a sixteen year career.

In 1929 Cook’s passion for cricket saw him move to South African to take up a cricket- coaching post but his affiliation with Albion had not finished. Although he never returned to play for the club, he did make a comeback as manager in 1947.

Sadly for the Cook, he was unable to be as successful at the helm as he was in the box and after a fans demonstration following a 4-0 home defeat to Walsall, the writing was on the wall. A week later Leyton Orient consigned Albion and Cook to another defeat, which signalled the end to his managerial reign.

Tragically, between his playing and managerial stints at Brighton, Cook was involved in a horrific plane crash after he had enlisted with the Royal South African Air Force due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

Cook was the sole survivor and spent months in hospital rehabilitating but the truth was he never fully recovered from the mental scars of the accident and suffered with terrible nightmares and bouts of depression afterwards.

Sadly the Albion legend passed away aged just 48 but his impact on Brighton & Hove Albion will remain forever.

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