Wallace chasing Pompey goal-scoring record

Jed Wallace
Jed Wallace
  • Wallace has joint-highest tally by a Pompey midfielder in post-war history
  • Most goals in a campaign by any Blues player since Yakubu in 2004-05

Jed Wallace will tomorrow have the opportunity to add a Pompey record to his name.

Entering the final fixture of the season, the 21-year-old has so far netted 17 times.

That draws him level with Joe Laidlaw in terms of the most goals scored by a Pompey midfielder in a post-war season.

Netting against York tomorrow will ensure Wallace will stand alone, an outstanding achievement for somebody so young.

Laidlaw also scored 17 times during the 1979-80 campaign when Frank Burrows’ side clinched promotion to Division Three.

That established him as joint top-scorer with Colin Garwood, who had moved to Aldershot with three months of the season remaining.

In addition, that year Laidlaw was presented with The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season in recognition of his superb season.

It’s a trophy Wallace is also firmly in the running for, with the recipient to be announced on pitch before kick-off against York.

Regardless, the former Lewes youngster has netted 17 goals in 49 matches, with Pompey facing a tough task to keep him this summer as Fulham, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton monitor his progress.

Wallace’s tally is already the most by any Pompey player since 2004-05.

During that season, Yakubu also registered 17 goals, albeit over 35 games, in his final season at Fratton Park before moving to Middlesbrough in the summer 2005.

The Nigerian international recorded 19 goals in 43 matches the previous year – 2003-04 – in Pompey’s first Premier League campaign.

Of course, nobody has come close to Svetoslav Todorov’s total in the 2002-03 Division One promotion season.

Toddy netted 26 times in 48 matches, yet ultimately injuries would unfortunately restrict him to only six more goals for the Blues.

Meanwhile, Wallace has now been leading Pompey scorer for the past two seasons, following seven goals last term.

It remains to be seen whether tomorrow represents a Fratton farewell for the midfielder.

Although contracted until the summer of 2017, he is eager to play at a higher level, yet Pompey remain stranded in League Two.

The Blues will undertake a lap of appreciation shortly after the final whistle against the Minstermen.

And for Wallace it could be a goodbye clutching a Pompey record.