Hayter's disbelief at fastest hat-trick

  • February 25, 2004

James Hayter is celebrating scoring the fastest hat-trick in Football League history after a stunning contribution as a substitute in Bournemouth's 6-0 home win over Wrexham in Division Two.

The 24-year-old took just two minutes and 20 seconds to claim his amazing treble after coming on as an 84th-minute substitute last night.

'It got quite late on in the game and I did not think I would get on, so to come on and score three goals is unbelievable really,' said Hayter, whose shot for the third hit the post before the ball crossed the line.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: 'The keeper left quite at lot of room at the far post and I hit it where I wanted.

'My heart was in my mouth a little bit when the ball came off the post, but it was nice to get the hat-trick.'

Hayter, though, was not quick enough to beat the world record.

James O'Connor of Shelbourne Football Club in Dublin notched up his treble in just two minutes 14 seconds against Bohemians on November 19, 1967.

The previous League record was held by Ephraim `Jock' Dodds of Blackpool, against Tranmere in 1943, and Gillingham's Jimmy Scarth, versus Leyton Orient in 1952, who both netted three times in two and a half minutes.

Fastest Hat-tricks


2mins 14secs: James O'Connor, for Shelbourne against Bohemians, 1967

INTERNATIONAL - 3mins 15secs: Masashi Nakayama, for Japan against Brunei, 2000

PREMIER LEAGUE - 4mins 30secs: Robbie Fowler, for Liverpool against Arsenal, 1994

FA CUP - 2mins 20secs: Andy Locke, for Nantwich against Droylsden, 1995 (first qualifying round). 3mins 30secs: Gary Talbot, for Chester against Crewe, 1965 (first round proper)

SCOTTISH - 2mins 30secs: Ian St John, for Motherwell against Hibernian, 1959 (League Cup)

UNOFFICIAL - 1min 35secs: Magnus Arvidsson, for Hassleholm against Landskrona, Sweden, 1995. 1min 50secs: Eduardo Maglioni, for Independiente against Giminasia de la Plata, Argentina, 1973


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