SPORTSMAIL’S TOP 50 PREMIER LEAGUE HAT-TRICKS COUNTDOWN
Arsenal icon Thierry Henry is one of six players to have scored eight or more Premier League hat-tricks.
And one of those fine trios is the 13th best ever, according to DAN RIPLEY who continues the countdown in Sportmail’s top 50 Premier League hat-trick series.
In this 20-11 segment, we also remember fine efforts by Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, Tottenham Hotspur favourite Jurgen Klinsmann and the man who Henry replaced as Arsenal’s record marksman, Ian Wright.
Thierry Henry makes an appearance as Sportsmail’s search for the best PL hat-trick continues
20. Steven Naismith (EVERTON 3-1 Chelsea) — September 12, 2015
When this game kicked off one of the last things you could think of happening was Steven Naismith scoring a perfect hat-trick.
It wasn’t just because he had not scored a Premier League goal all season, nor that he had not scored a top flight goal at Goodison Park for seven months.
Above all it was because he was not even on the pitch. The Scottish striker was sent on for the injured Muhamed Besic in the ninth minute and almost immediately started to dismantle the champions.
A header was followed by a crisp left foot drive from 25 yards before Nemanja Matic clawed a goal back. But Naismith made the points safe for Everton with a right foot finish from an acute angle. These were his last goals for the Toffees before joining Norwich City the following January.
Goal times: 17, 22 and 82
Scotland’s Steven Naismith hit a perfect hat-trick to help Everton shoot down Chelsea in 2015
19. Romelu Lukaku (WEST BROMWICH ALBION 5-5 Manchester United) — May 19, 2013
You will be hard pressed to find a dead rubber more memorable than this. Sir Alex Ferguson headed to The Hawthorns for his final match as Manchester United manager with the title already in the bag.
All the attention was on Ferguson and his finale in the United hot seat after 26 years, and for a long time it was all going to script. United were 3-0 up and while Romelu Lukaku’s low bottom corner strike helped West Brom back towards 3-2, United soon restored their three-goal advantage.
But Lukaku was not done. With 10 minutes to play he pulled another goal back with a passing finish into the bottom corner, with Youssouf Mulumbu setting up a tense finale a minute later.
Lukaku did not even need ‘Fergie time’ to ruin the United boss’s big day after completing his treble from close range in an extraordinary ending to the greatest managerial career.
Goal times: 50, 80 and 86
He plays for them now but in 2013 Romulu Lukaku scored three against Manchester United
18. Andy Cole (MANCHESTER UNITED 9-0 Ipswich Town) — March 4, 1995
Ipswich Town were already looking doomed in their battle against relegation, but optimistic fans would have travelled to Old Trafford with a slither of hope having seen their side win the reverse fixture 3-2 earlier in the season.
But that was a Manchester United side without Andy Cole and by the time the teams met again the gulf in class was there to see. Cole became the first Premier League player to score five goals in one game as he ripped apart an ageing Tractor Boys side along with goals from Roy Keane, Paul Ince and a brace from Mark Hughes.
This total annihilation at Old Trafford remains the biggest winning margin ever recorded in a Premier League game… yet United were still pipped to the title by Blackburn Rovers.
Goal times: 19, 37, 53, 65 and 87
Andy Cole fired five goals past Ipswich in United’s record-breaking 9-0 victory back in 1995
17. Ian Wright (ARSENAL 4-1 Bolton Wanderers) — September 13, 1997
‘Just done it 179’. Except when Ian Wright took off his shirt to reveal the message that he had broken Cliff Bastin’s Arsenal goal scoring record, he had not.
The striker had only matched it with a precise finish across goal but his embarrassment was short-lived. Five minutes later Wright tapped home probably the easiest of his 185 Arsenal goals… before revealing the shirt again.
Wright continued to terrorise Bolton and completed a historic and perfect afternoon with a well placed volley into the bottom corner to ensure it was his hat-trick rather than his counting skills that stole the headlines.
Goal times: 20, 25 and 81
Ian Wright scored a hat-trick and became Arsenal’s record scorer by downing Bolton in 1997
16. Fredi Bobic (BOLTON WANDERERS 4-1 Ipswich Town) — April 6, 2002
Throughout the entire 2001-02 season Fredi Bobic scored just four league goals. The Germany striker spent half of it on loan at Bolton Wanderers and was largely anonymous in his 16-match run.
But Bobic needed just one afternoon to become a hero among Trotters fans as he produced a hat-trick in a relegation battle with Ipswich Town that not only all but ensured his side’s survival but effectively doomed the Tractor Boys at the same time.
Come the end of the season it proved crucial. Bolton stayed up by four points but had they lost against Ipswich then Sam Allardyce’s team would have been relegated instead of Town. Four top half finishes across the next decade in the top flight followed for the Trotters while Ipswich have not been back since.
Goal times: 2, 30 and 38
Fredi Bobic scored four league goals in the 2001-02 season… three of them came in one game
15. Jurgen Klinsmann (Wimbledon 2-6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR) — May 2, 1998
With just two games of the season to play, Tottenham were still in serious relegation trouble sitting three points and two places above the bottom three when they travelled to Wimbledon.
Those concerns only increased when a Peter Fear brace saw Wimbledon come from behind to take the lead following a Les Ferdinand opener.
But from then on the game was all about Jurgen Klinsmann, who equalised before half-time before scoring three times in the opening 15 minutes of the second half to completely rip the game away from the Dons.
The German even played a back-heel assist for Moussa Saib for the sixth goal on an afternoon the White Hart Lane legend ensured Tottenham’s Premier League safety before his retirement in the summer.
Goal times: 41, 54, 58 and 60
14. Wayne Rooney (MANCHESTER UNITED 8-2 Arsenal) — August 28, 2011
One of the great injustices of this memorable Premier League encounter was that among the wreckage of an Arsenal defence and the fall-out of the club’s worst defeat since 1896 was a brilliant hat-trick from Wayne Rooney.
Granted the goal that sealed the treble was a penalty kick, but not even defensive walls could prevent the other two from flying into the top corners.
Rooney combined with Ashley Young for a pair of 23 yard free-kicks that left Wojciech Szczesny diving in vain for one and rooted to the spot for the other in a result that piled pressure on under fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. Even over seven years some things never seem to change.
Goal times: 41, 64 and 82 pen
Wayne Rooney took home the match ball after inspiring United’s 8-2 win over Arsenal in 2011
13. Thierry Henry (ARSENAL 4-2 Liverpool) — April 9, 2004
It had been a dreadful week for Arsenal. They had suffered defeat by Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final shortly after being dumped out of the FA Cup semi-final by Manchester United.
Inside five days, dreams of a treble and an unbeaten campaign were replaced with fears of leaving the season empty handed – and Liverpool were to visit Highbury next.
But enter Thierry Henry. The striker equalised after Sami Hyypia gave Liverpool an early lead, before Robert Pires also had to pull the Gunners level after a Michael Owen effort.
A minute later and Arsenal’s talisman changed the dynamics. Picking up the ball in the midfield, leaving Dietmar Hamann on the turf and skilfully evading two Liverpool defenders the striker then brilliantly found the bottom corner to put Arsenal back on track.
The hat-trick that soon followed was further proof that the previous week was a blip in form as the Gunners went on to claim the title unbeaten.
Goal times: 31, 50 and 78
Henry gave Jamie Carragher a torrid time as Arsenal beat Liverpool in their Invincibles season
12. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Nottingham Forest 1-8 MANCHESTER UNITED) — February 6, 1999
It is hard to recall a team being given such a harsh slap back into reality than the mauling Manchester United handed to Nottingham Forest during their last encounter 19 years ago.
Forest, battling relegation, went into the game with renewed hope. New manager Ron Atkinson had just ended a 19-league match winless run at Everton ahead of United’s visit to the City Ground.
But United were chasing a treble and form was playing out with 10 minutes to go as they led 4-1. Little did Forest realise the horror was only just starting.
Solskjaer had only been on the pitch nine minutes when he began scoring and at no point over the remainder of the game did Forest’s hapless defenders look like stopping the Norwegian.
United’s victory remains the biggest ever away win in a Premier League match and it showed the difference in class between treble winners and a side who would go on to finish bottom of the top flight. Forest have not been back since.
Goal times: 80, 87, 90 and 90
11. Robbie Earnshaw (Charlton Athletic 1-4 WEST BROMWICH ALBION) — March 19, 2005
West Bromwich Albion would only win one away game in the 2004-05 Premier League season but it would ultimately kick start their campaign with a four-match unbeaten run in their battle against relegation.
But it needed a super-sub to get the job done. The scores were locked at 1-1 at The Valley when Robbie Earnshaw came off the bench with 26 minutes to play. Nine minutes later he headed the Baggies in front to begin his single handed destruction of the Addicks.
West Brom would go on to secure survival on the final day of the season, becoming the only team to beat the drop having been bottom at Christmas.
Goal times: 73, 84 and 90 pen
Robbie Earnshaw (right) scored a hat-trick that helped keep West Bromwich Albion up in 2005
BEST PL HAT-TRICKS COUNTDOWN
50. Kevin Lisbie (CHARLTON 3-2 Liverpool) — 2003
49. Paul Kitson (Charlton Athletic 4-4 WEST HAM) — 2001
48. Cristiano Ronaldo (MAN UNITED 6-0 Newcastle) — 2008
47. Dion Dublin (Southampton 1-4 ASTON VILLA) — 1998
46. Harry Kane (Leicester City 1-6 TOTTENHAM) — 2017
45. Peter Crouch (LIVERPOOL 4-1 Arsenal) — 2007
44. Clive Mendonca (CHARLTON 5-0 Southampton) — 1998
43. Jermain Defoe (TOTTENHAM 9-1 Wigan) — 2009
42. Callum Wilson (West Ham 3-4 BOURNEMOUTH) — 2015
41. Teddy Sheringham (PORTSMOUTH 4-0 Bolton) — 2003
40. Andrei Kanchelskis (MAN UNITED 5-0 Man City) — 1994
39. Tore Andre Flo (Tottenham1-6 CHELSEA) — 1997
38. Duncan Ferguson (EVERTON 3-2 Bolton ) — 1997
37. Robert Pires (ARSENAL 6-1 Southampton) — 2003
36. Dirk Kuyt (LIVERPOOL 3-1 Man United) — 2011
35. Steven Gerrard (LIVERPOOL 3-0 Everton) — 2012
34. Tony Yeboah (Wimbledon 2-4 LEEDS ) — 1995
33. Sergio Aguero (MAN CITY 6-1 Newcastle) — 2015
32. Stan Collymore (LEICESTER 5-2 Sunderland) — 2000
31. Peter Odemwingie (Wolves 1-5 WEST BROM) — 2012
30. Didier Drogba (CHELSEA 8-0 Wigan Athletic) — 2010
29. Mark Viduka (LEEDS 4-3 Liverpool) — 2000
28. Alan Shearer (NEWCASTLE 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday) —1999
27. David Bentley (BLACKBURN ROVERS 4-3 Manr United) — 2006
26. Kevin Nolan (NEWCASTLE UNITED 5-1 Sunderland) — 2010
25. Eric Cantona (LEEDS UNITED 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur) — 1992
24. Michael Owen (Newcastle United 1-4 LIVERPOOL) — 1998
23. Andy Carroll (WEST HAM UNITED 3-3 Arsenal) — 2016
22. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (CHELSEA 4-0 Tottenham) —2002
21. Andrei Arshavin (Liverpool 4-4 ARSENAL) — 2009
20. Steven Naismith (EVERTON 3-1 Chelsea) — 2015
19. Romelu Lukaku (WEST BROM ALBION 5-5 Man United) — 2013
18. Andy Cole (MAN UNITED 9-0 Ipswich) — 1995
17. Ian Wright (ARSENAL 4-1 Bolton) — 1997
16. Fredi Bobic (BOLTON 4-1 Ipswich) — 2002
15. Jurgen Klinsmann (Wimbledon 2-6 TOTTENHAM) — 1998
14. Wayne Rooney (MAN UNITED 8-2 Arsenal) — 2011
13. Thierry Henry (ARSENAL 4-2 Liverpool) — 2004
12. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Nottingham Forest 1-8 MAN UNITED) — 1999
11. Robbie Earnshaw (Charlton 1-4 WEST BROM) — 2005