STRIKER English was one of the most prolific forwards ever to play for Rangers, having spent two years at the club from 1931 to 1933.

To this day, he still holds the record for the most league goals scored by a Light Blues player in a single season.

English found the net 44 times in the 1931-32 championship, a campaign in which Gers struck 118 times in total but still missed out on the title by five points to Motherwell.

In total, the Irish forward scored 64 times in just 72 games for the Ibrox outfit and his was an incredible strike-rate.

Sadly his career was overshadowed by his part in the incident which led to the death of Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson in September 1931.

As he chased a through ball from Jimmy Fleming in the Old Firm derby, English went to shoot but his knee collided accidentally with the keeper’s head.

Thomson suffered serious injuries to his skull and died in hospital a few hours after the match.

English was cleared of any blame in a consequent enquiry but never fully recovered from what happened and was severely traumatised.

He soon moved to Liverpool for £8,000 but retired at the age of 28, describing the latter stages of his career as ‘seven years of joyless sport’.

English’s own life was cut tragically short in 1967 when he died from motor neurone disease at the age of 58.

The former striker’s family donated a bowl in his name to the club in 2009 and it is now presented annually to the club’s leading goalscorer.

Placed inside the accolade is a small ball for each goal English scored in that 1931-32 campaign.

Kris Boyd was the inaugural recipient of the Sam English Bowl, having scored 31 times in the 2008/09 SPL and Scottish Cup-winning season.

(1931-1933)

Appearances: 72

Honours: One League Championship (1932-33), one Scottish Cup (1931-32)