The Fastest Hat-tricks in Football History
September 17, 2015
From an attacking perspective, scoring a hat-trick remains one of the most popular personal achievements among players and fans alike. There have been a number of incredible hat-tricks throughout the years, from Wayne Rooney’s debut treble against Fenerbache in 2004 to Robbie Fowlers’ lightning-quick burst against Arsenal in the 1993-1004 season, we have enjoyed some memorable scoring feats from some of the world’s best strikers.
From the Football League to the Champions League: The Fastest Hat-tricks
Perhaps the most memorable hat-tricks are the quickest ones, and there have been some rapid trebles in the history game. Here are the quickest from the EPL, the Football League and the European Champions League: –
The EPL: Sadio Mane (Southampton v Aston Villa, 2015)
For more than 20 years, Robbie Fowler’s hat-trick against Arsenal in 1994 was the fastest in EPL history. This record was eclipsed at the tail-end of last season by Southampton forward Sadio Mane, however, who plundered three goals in just two minutes and 56 seconds during the Saints’ 6-1 thrashing of Aston Villa. The first half treble beat Fowler’s previous record by nearly 90 seconds, and it may never be beaten again through the course of EPL competition.
The Football League: James Hayter (Bournemouth v Wrexham, 2004)
While the fastest ever hat-trick was scored by Ross County’s Tommy Ross against Nairn County in just one minute and 30 seconds, the English Football League record belongs to James Hayter. The experienced and prolific forward struck his treble in just two minutes and 20 seconds, helping his club to an astonishing and unlikely victory. Incredibly, Hayter only entered the action as a substitute with six minutes to go, making his achievement even more remarkable and one that is also likely to stand the considerable test of time.
The Champions League: Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb, 2011)
The record for the fastest ever Champions League hat-trick is clocked at a relatively leisurely seven minutes, with these goals also being spaced out either side of half-time during a group contest between Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb in 2011. The man responsible for these strikes was Bafetimbi Gomis (now at Swansea City), who struck twice at the end of the first half and early on in the second. It is more than likely that this record will be broken at some point in the future, especially given the quality of forward players usually on show throughout Europe’s premier competition.