On 8 August 2006, Huddersfield Town winger Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored the 500,000th goal in Football League history, capping a 3-0 victory over League One rivals Rotherham United.
It took over 107 full seasons and 170,000 matches to reach the half-million milestone, which came late in the game on the second matchday of the season for both teams. Playing before a crowd of 10,161 at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium, the Terriers were already up 2-0 thanks to a Luke Beckett penalty kick (36') and a goal from Pawel Abbott (45'). Then, in the 79th minute, Taylor-Fletcher sent the record strike into the top left corner of the net from 25 yards out.
Taylor-Fletcher's goal was the 63rd of the day in a total of 32 league matches. It was also the first such milestone to be attributed to a specific individual, as the Football League's records did not identify scorers for the previous hundred-thousand marks.
In recognition of his achievement, the Football League presented a commemorative trophy to Taylor-Fletcher the next day.