Former Brighton & Hove Albion striker reaches 30 goals for the season

Former Brighton striker Stephen Dobbie hit his 30th goal of the season yesterday.

Stephen Dobbie.
Stephen Dobbie.

Dobbie, 35, who now features in the Scottish Championship for Queen of the South, has netted four hat-tricks this season and has scored 30 goals in only 26 matches. He might have reached the 30-goal mark sooner had a hamstring injury not ruled him out for much of December.

His 30th goal of the season came in a 2-1 win at Inverness yesterday. The victory moved Queen of the South up to fifth in the table.

Dobbie was a deadline-day signing for Albion back in 2012 but did not quite make the impression on the South Coast that he has north of the border.

He was restricted to just five starts for the Seagulls and netted just twice in 15 matches in total. He scored a last-minute winner against Peterborough in a 1-0 win at the Amex, with his other goal coming from the penalty spot away to Wolves four days later.

The forward left Albion to join arch rivals Crystal Palace, initially on loan in January 2013, before making the move permanent that summer.

He then went on to play for Blackpool, Fleetwood and Bolton, before moving back to Scotland where he started his career.

Since returning to Queen of the South in August 2016, Dobbie has scored 85 goals in 110 games. He netted 54 times in 97 matches in his first spell for the club from 2007 to 2009.

His form this season has him out-score some of the biggest names in the world. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has 21 goals this season, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 times for Juventus and Tottenham striker Harry Kane has struck 19 goals.