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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 February, 2004, 13:07 GMT
The hat-trick Hall of Fame
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Bournemouth's hat-trick hero James Hayter

Bournemouth's James Hayter claimed a place in history as well as the match ball with the fastest Football League hat-trick against Wrexham at Dean Court.

Hayter appeared as an 84th-minute subsititute with the Cherries 3-0 up - then doubled the tally with a personal treble in only two minutes and 20 seconds.

It beat Jock Dodd's previous league record for Blackpool against Tranmere in 1943 by 10 seconds.

The hat-trick is one of the game's true moments of glory - and there have been many types dotted throughout football's history.


The most memorable treble must be Sir Geoff Hurst's for England against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley.

Hurst is still the only man to achieve the feat, although it is also arguably the most contentious hat-trick of all-time.

The West Ham striker equalised an early West German goal when he head home Bobby Moore's free-kick - but the real drama came after the game on 30 July went into extra-time with the score locked at 2-2.

In the first period, Hurst swivelled on Alan Ball's cross and struck the bar, the ball bouncing down near the goal-line.

The goal was only awarded after the intervention of now legendary Russian linesman Tofik Bakhramov after consultation with Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst.

Hurst completed his hat-trick in the dying seconds as some Engllish fans celebrated prematurely, prompting BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme's immortal line "there are some people on the pitch. They think it's all over. It is now".

Hurst recalls: "My father-in-law told my wife that I was going to score a hat-trick in the final but I just thought it was highly amusing.

"It was quite quirky really that I managed to do it. It changed my life."


This distinction is held by Robbie Fowler, who scored a first half hat-trick in only four minutes and 32 seconds for Liverpool against Arsenal on Sunday 28 August 1994, aged just 19.

The goalkeeper on the receiving end was former England veteran David Seaman, who could only watch helplessly as the young Fowler confirmed his emerging talent, the mayhem starting in the 26th minute.

Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on the mark four times in 13 minutes after coming on as a substitute at Nottingham Forest in February 1999.

Solskjaer's remarkable feat meant United ran out 8-1 winners at The City Ground.


Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Ian St John was forging a reputation at Motherwell when he scored a hat-trick in only 150 seconds against Hibernian in August 1959.

It was a feat well-remembered by Bill Shankly when he paid 37,500 to take St John to Liverpool in the summer of 1961.

And just to prove he hadn't lost his touch, "The Saint" struck a dream treble on his debut in a Mersey derby against Everton in the Liverpool Senior Cup.


The unconfirmed quickest hat-tricks in history may have been scored by Magnus Arvidsson, for Hassleholm against Landskrona, Sweden, in 1995 in one minute 35 seconds.

Or perhaps Eduardo Maglioni, for Independiente against Giminasia de la Plata, Argentina in one minute 50 seconds in 1973


Bournemouth's Ted MacDougall re-wrote the record books by scoring NINE goals against Margate in the FA Cup first round on 20 November 1971.

It was a punishing day for Margate, who lost 11-0, at the hands of MacDougall, who later went on to play for Manchester United, West Ham and Norwich City.

And Manchester City had three hat-trick heroes in the 10-1 defeat of Huddersfield in the Second Division game at Maine Road on 7 November 1987.

Neil McNab put City ahead against the side managed by former England striker Malcolm MacDonald.

The procession was completed by hat-tricks from Tony Adcock, Paul Stewart and David White.

Stewart and White went on to have brief and less than illustrious England careers, while MacDonald's managerial career never truly recovered.


This was achieved by former West Ham and England defender Alvin Martin in the 8-1 home win against Newcastle United in April 1986.

Martin first scored against Martin Thomas, and struck again when he was replaced by Chris Hedworth.

The final irony came when Martin completed his hat-trick against striker Peter Beardsley, who had gone in as Newcastle's third keeper.

No doubt a lively topic of conversation when the pair were in Mexico on England duty for the World Cup later that year.


The great Paraguayan goakeeper Jose Luis Chilavert is almost inevitably the man in question, becoming the first goalkeeper to score three in a game, all from the spot for Argentine side Velez Sarsfield against Ferro Carril Oeste in a 6-1 win on 28 November 1999,


Alan Shearer put down a marker for his brilliant career with a hat-trick on his full debut for Southampton in the 4-2 win against Arsenal at The Dell on 9 April 1988.

It made the man who went on to captain England the youngest player ever to score a top-flight treble.

Teenager Shearer was Saints' hat-trick hero

Tony Cottee was Britain's most expensive player when he made a 2m move from West Ham United to Everton in 1988.

And he marked his debut in the season opener against Newcastle United in the grand marksman's manner with a hat-trick.

Cottee slammed home his first past Newcastle goalkeeper Dave Beasant - also making his debut - after only 34 seconds and added another before half-time.

He rounded Beasant to complete the dream debut treble in the second half as Everton ran out 4-0 winners.


Edu scored a treble in Arsenal's Champions League victory against Celta Vigo in Spain on 24 February 2004 - or at least the name did.

Arsenal's Edu opened the scoring before his Celta namesake restored equality. The Arsenal version added a brilliant second before the Gunners ran out 3-2 winners.

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