BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: World Cup 2002  
Sport Front Page
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
League of Wales
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Other Sports
Special Events
Sports Talk
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
Around The UK: 
N Ireland

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather

  Saturday, 1 September, 2001, 23:19 GMT 00:19 UK
Hat-trick heroes
Geoff Hurst scores against West Germany at Wembley
Sir Geoff scored the most famous hat-trick in history
After Michael Owen's treble sinks Germany, BBC Sport Online focuses on six memorable hat-tricks scored by England in competitive matches.

19 October 1960: Jimmy Greaves
England 9-0 Luxembourg, World Cup qualifier, Luxembourg

The charismatic striker claimed a hat-trick in England's demolition against the European minnows.

Greaves, who had moved to Italian side AC Milan three months earlier, hit 44 goals in his 57 appearances in an England shirt.

30 July 1966: Sir Geoff Hurst
England 4-2 West Germany, World Cup final

Possibly the most famous hat-trick in footballing history.

Jimmy Greaves in action for England
Jimmy Greaves: Three against Luxembourg

Hurst became the first - and only - player to score three goals in a World Cup final.

And he achieved the feat in front of a packed Wembley crowd against deadly rivals West Germany.

His third goal prompted the immortal lines from commentator Kenneth Wostenholme: "Some people are on the pitch, they think it's all is now."

11 May 1975: Malcolm MacDonald
England 5-0 Cyprus, European Championships, Wembley

The former Newcastle and Arsenal striker became the first - and to this day only - England player to have scored five goals in one match for his country.

Pressure was building on then England manager Don Revie after England's goalless draw against Portugal the previous November.

But "Supermac" soon restored faith with a superlative one-man performance against the shell-shocked Cypriots at Wembley.

14 November 1984: Bryan Robson
England 8-0 Turkey, World Cup qualifier, Istanbul

Although Turkey had yet to establish themselves as a nation to be reckoned with, England still managed to record a comprehensive victory in Istanbul.

Gary Lineker against Poland
Lineker: Crucial hat-trick in Mexico
Leading the English charge was Bryan Robson, or "Captain Marvel" as he was commonly dubbed.

The Manchester United man made his familiar and characteristic runs from midfield, scoring a well-deserved hat-trick amid the Turkish heat.

Tony Woodcock and John Barnes chipped in with two goals each, with Viv Anderson claiming England's other goal.

16 October 1986: Gary Lineker
England 3-0 Poland, World Cup, Monterrey

Gary Lineker became the first player to emulate Sir Geoff Hurst's feat of scoring a hat-trick during the World Cup finals.

England's campaign began in the worst possible fashion, losing 1-0 to Portugal in their first match, then drawing 0-0 with Morocco days later.

But a typically clinical - and predatory - Lineker first-half hat-trick brought England right back into contention.

His three goals helped Lineker to become the top scorer in the tournament with six goals.

1 September 2001: Michael Owen
Germany 1-5 England, World Cup, Munich

Michael Owen scored a sensational treble to sink Germany in a World Cup qualifier.

All three goals were set up by Liverpool team-mates, and confirmed the 21-year-old Owen's status as one of the top strikers in the game.

It also helped complete a remarkable turnaround for an England side who had lost at home to Germany less than a year earlier.

World Cup qualifier: Germany v England

Germany 1-5 England

Post-match features

McNulty in Munich








E-mail this story to a friend

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales