Top 10 fastest hat-tricks of all-time
Crystal Palace defender-cum-striker Danny Butterfield had a night to remember on Tuesday when he bagged a remarkable seven minute hat-trick to knock Wolves out of the FA Cup. Not at all bad for a man who had previously managed seven goals in eight years!
But where does his treble feat leave him in the pantheon of hat-trick bolters...
10) Jermaine Defoe (Tottenham v Wigan, November 22, 2009)
Butterfield's feat was matched earlier this season by Jermain Defoe, who scored the second fastest hat-trick in Premier League history as he feasted on Wigan's generous defence in the north Londonders' 9-1 win. The little England ace smashed in his treble between the 51st and 58th minutes and he gets the nod in our list over Butterfield on account of those three being just part of his five goal haul on the day.
9) Robbie Fowler (Liverpool v Arsenal, August 28, 1994)
Defoe's threesome was rapid, but Fowler still holds the Premier League honours. The man Anfield called 'God' certainly had divine inspiration on his side on this sunny afternoon against the Gunners as he smashed home three goals in just four minutes and 33 seconds. The Reds clearly decided that was enough and took the rest of the afternoon off as they strolled to a 3-0 win.
8) Nigel Clough (Nottingham Forest v QPR, December 13, 1987)
Brian Clough would have it he was the best striker in his family, but son Nigel was no slouch either. And 'Ol Big 'Ead couldn't match junior when it came to an argument about who scored the fastest hat-trick as the family bragging rights definitely belonged to the man dad used to call "our No.9" as he plundered three goals in four minutes for Forest against the Rs.
7) Graham Leggat (Fulham v Ipswich, December 26, 1963)
Former Scottish international Leggat can feel rightly proud of his haul of 127 goals in 254 league games for Fulham. And he can feel equally proud of his title as the holder of the fastest hat-trick of all-time in an English league game as the Cottagers made Ipswich choke on their Christmas pud by thrashing them 10-1 at Craven Cottage. Unsurprisingly, that is still the Londoners' record victory.
6) Willie Hall (England v Northern Ireland, November 26, 1938)
The Tottenham inside-forward scored five times in England's 7-0 win over the Irish, but it's the three goals in four minutes that made up part of that quintet that really make him stand out from the crowd. The reason? Come on, did you really have to ask, it's the fastest international hat-trick ever... innit?
5) Ian St John (Motherwell v Hibernian, August 15, 1959)
Before he was part of the hilarious(!) football comedy double act that was Saint & Greavsie (younger readers, ask your dads), St John was a typically lethal goal poacher, most famously with Liverpool in the 1960s. But before donning the famous red jersey, he tore up a few defences north of the border, never more effectively than when he grabbed three goals in two and a half minutes in a Scottish League Cup tie against Hibs - the fastest treble ever in Scottish football.
4) James Hayter (Bournemouth v Wrexham, February 24, 2004)
Now this is what you call a supersub! Bournemouth introduced James Hayter into the action in the 84th minute of a League One clash against Wrexham in 1984. Just 140 seconds later, he'd claimed the match ball for his own as he helped his side on the way to a resounding 6-0 win. A warning for all you in the habit of leaving games early though... James' parents, Mary and Richard, and his brother, Ben, missed his moment in the sun having left Dean Court ten minutes before the final whistle to catch the ferry back to the Isle of Wight.
3) Jimmy O'Connor (Shelbourne v Bohemians, November 19, 1967)
O'Connor scored 26 goals in 109 league appearances for Shels, a fair enough but not altogether startling return. But his feat against Bohemians was slightly more startling, we think you'll agree. And if you don't agree, well my friend, if three goals in two minutes and 13 seconds doesn't impress you, then we don't know what will. (See video below)
2) Eduardo Maglioni (Independiente v Gimmasia de la Plata, March 18, 1973)
Those of us at MirrorFootball Towers are big fans of Argentinian football. Actually, in truth, we're big fans of the sensational pitch battles that go on in said South American soccer-fest. So we can only imagine the carnage Maglioni's three goals in one minute and 50 seconds caused both on the field and in the stands. What a pity no-one was there to capture it for youTube!
1) Tommy Ross (Ross County v Nairn County, November 28, 1964)
For a long time it was believed that Jimmy O'Connor's treble (above) was the quickest hat-trick in British football. But that was before Ross' record came to light. He found the target three times in a quite remarkable 90 seconds as an 18-year-old back in 1964. But he never entered it for inclusion in the Guinness Book of Record as he believed there had to be two official timekeepers for it to stand. On the day of the match against Nairn at Dingwall, the referee was the only timekeeper.
“This has been going on for 40 years,” Ross said from his home near Inverness in 2004. “Other people have been scoring hat-tricks and I have been sitting there knowing I did it in 90 seconds. This sets the record straight at last and I am totally delighted.”