Lloyd-Williams celebrates his 33rd goal of the season at Carmarthen
GOLDEN SHOE - THE LEADING CONTENDERS
FC Nürnberg (GER)
FC Barcelona (ESP)
AS Roma (ITA)
Crystal Palace (ENG)
Villarreal CF (ESP)
Real Betis (ESP)
MARC Lloyd-Williams is the leading scorer in European football with 33 goals,
but will again miss out on the ESM Golden Shoe award because of the ranking system
Goals scored in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England are multiplied by two
to emphasise the difference in international performance level with other countries
receiving a multiplier of 1.5.
So Thierry Henry's 25 goals for Arsenal put him easily in the lead with a points
total of 50, leaving TNS marksman Jiws in equal tenth place.
The award was introduced first in 1967/8 by France Football magazine. No award
was made during the early years of the League of Wales, but Dave Taylor of Porthmadog
(now player/boss of Buckley Town) was Europe's leading scorer in 1993/4 with 43
European Sports Magazines reinstated the award in 1996/7 season when Barry Town's
Tony Bird scored most goals (42) but missed out due to the new coefficient system.
The same fate befell Lloyd-Williams in 2001/2 when his 47 goals in a season for
Bangor City was diluted by the ranking system.