BANTAMS boss Graham Alexander has finally lost an incredible record he held for over a decade, to a Bradford native no less.

By scoring the opening goal in Rangers’ 3-1 Scottish Premiership win over Hibernian at the weekend, Bradford-born James Tavernier is now the highest-scoring defender in British football history.

Tavernier now has 131 career goals, one more than Alexander, who netted his 130th with the final touch of his career, his last-gasp free-kick earning Preston a 2-2 draw against Charlton in April 2012.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Graham Alexander mulling over losing his proud goal-scoring record (probably).Graham Alexander mulling over losing his proud goal-scoring record (probably). (Image: Thomas Gadd.)

The City manager now drops to seventh on the all-time top scoring defenders list, with Tavernier up to sixth.

Former Barcelona superstar Ronald Koeman leads the way by a mile, scoring an astonishing 253 career goals from defence.

Argentina’s World Cup winning captain Daniel Passarella is second, having netted 175 times.

The other three men ahead of both Tavernier and Alexander are Fernando Hierro (163), Laurent Blanc (153) and Sergio Ramos (142*).

*Since the original article in November, Ramos has scored seven goals for Sevilla in all competitions.