A Trivial Matter - Hat Tricks
A quick read-bite looking at some of the hat tricks Spurs have scored over the years in competitive matches.
Currently Harry Kane sits joint 4th in our all time hat trick chart.
The leader is unsurprisingly Jimmy Greaves, with 15, George Hunt and Bobby Smith both have 12 while Harry has 10, along with Cliff Jones and Johnny Morrison.
I've double checked these figures and as usual different databases give varying conclusions, see note.
Gareth Bale, Jimmy Cantrell and Frank Osbourne all scored hat tricks in games Spurs lost and all were away from home. While Dave Mackay, Len Duquemin and George Hunt all scored one in the games we drew, and all were all home.
Our 207 hat tricks have come against 80 different teams. With Leicester leading the way with 10, Southampton have 9 and Wolves 8.
The old division one saw us hit 91 and division 2, 39. The next favourite competition is the FA CUP with 27. The PL currently has 22.
The first four hat tricks all came in the FA Cup. The first from Clements in 1896 as we beat Old St Stephens 4-0. Sandy Brown scored our first away from home in the 1901 Cup run at Preston and then became the first man to score two hat tricks when he achieved our first four goal haul in the semi final V Aston Villa.
Cliff Jones scored the first European trio in the game V Gornik 1961. Cliff is also the highest placed man on the chart without a four goal match. Four men have netted five goal games, Ted Harper, Jermain Defoe, Alf Stokes and Les Allen.
When Les scored his five (and his only hat trick) it in came in the record score 13-2 over Crewe in 1960. That match also saw Jones and Smith hit three, the only time three men have done it in a game.
Our first away European hat trick was Gilzean's in Keflavik which was also the first ever scored in the UEFA Cup competition. Terry Dyson again 1960 scored the only one we had recoded V Arsenal.
The first league hat trick came from Billy Minter in March 1910 at home to Blackburn.
Our last four hat tricks have come from Kane and all away. The last home one was Son V Millwall last year.
Kane and Chivers have both scored two in European.
Way back we before league action our first known hat trick was Jack Jull in 1884 and he also got our first five goal game in 1889. Randall having picked up the first four goal trick in 1885.
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Note - Morrison's includes one scored at the start of the 39/40 season but the League was cancelled after three games and most sources have deleted this game from the records.
We also had a number of hat tricks expunged from the records in our Southern League days.
I have not included those scored during the war years as these are not normally classed as ‘first class fixtures’ My notes cross checked and thanks to Phil Sour, Bob Goodwin, THFC and My Football Facts.
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