Scott Spencer’s third hat trick of the season last Saturday, prompted a quick look through the records to see which other players had achieved this feat. I mistakenly tweeted that this was the first time a player had scored a hat trick of hat tricks in a season since Simon Yeo in 2000/01. In fact, the last player to do this was none other than Scott Spencer himself, back in 2011/12!
Of the current squad, only two other players have scored three in a game, Ayrton Bevins in the 4-1 win at Ramsbottom earlier in the season and Reece Gray against Chadderton in last season’s 8-0 win.
Going back through the database, the full list of players who have bagged three hat tricks in a single season are…
Scott Spencer – 2015/16
Scott Spencer – 2011/12
Simon Yeo – 2000/01
Simon Yeo – 1999/2000
Simon Yeo – 1998/99
Malcolm O’Connor – 1987/88
Malcolm O’Connor – 1986/87
John Timmons – 1984/85
Saturday’s hat trick v Ramsbottom was Scott Spencer’s sixth for the club, currently Simon Yeo leads the way with nine.
*The database is currently complete to 1977/78 only, Earlier goalscoring feats are more than possible!