List of Wales national football team hat-tricks

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Gareth Bale scored the most recent hat-trick for Wales, in March 2018 against China.

Wales played their first international association football match on 25 March 1876 against Scotland.[1] As of March 2018, fifteen Welsh international players have scored a hat-trick (three goals) or more in a game. The first player to achieve the feat was John Price who scored four goals against Ireland on 25 February 1882.[2] Other than Price, three other players have scored four goals during a match, Jack Doughty against Ireland in 1888, Mel Charles against Northern Ireland in 1962 and Ian Edwards against Malta in 1978.[2] No player has ever scored more than one hat-trick for Wales during their career.

Wales' first five hat-tricks were all scored against the same opposition, Ireland, before Trevor Ford scored three times against Belgium on 23 November 1949, also becoming the first Welsh player to score a hat-trick against a team not from the home nations.[2] As of March 2018, the most recent player to score a hat-trick for Wales was Gareth Bale, in a 2018 China Cup match against China PR on 22 March 2018.[3]

Wales have conceded 26 hat-tricks during their history,[a] the first being scored by Clement Mitchell in a friendly match on 3 February 1883 against England.[4] The first player to score a hat-trick against Wales from outside the home nations was Rajko Mitić for Yugoslavia on 21 May 1953.[5] Seven players have scored more than three goals in a single match against Wales, Joe Bambrick's six goals for Ireland during a 1929–30 British Home Championship match is the most goals scored by a player against Wales in a single match. Filippo Inzaghi of Italy is the most recent player to score a hat-trick against Wales, in a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying match on 6 September 2003.[6]

Hat-tricks for Wales[edit]

Key
More than a hat-trick scored *
Table

Wartime internationals, not regarded as official matches, are not included in the list. The result is presented with Wales' score first.

Date Goals Player Opponent Venue Competition Result Ref
25 February 1882
4*
John Price Ireland Ireland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Friendly
7–1
[7]
11 April 1885
3
Herbert Sisson Ireland Ireland Ulster Ground, Ballynafeigh 1884–85 British Home Championship
8–2
[8]
3 March 1888
4*
Jack Doughty Ireland Ireland Racecourse Ground 1887–88 British Home Championship
11–0
[9]
27 April 1889
3
Richard Jarrett Ireland Ireland Ulster Ground, Ballynafeigh 1888–89 British Home Championship
3–0
[10]
2 April 1906
3
William Green Ireland Ireland Racecourse Ground 1905–06 British Home Championship
4–4
[11]
23 November 1949
3
Trevor Ford  Belgium Ninian Park, Cardiff Friendly
5–1
[12]
20 April 1955
3
John Charles  Northern Ireland Windsor Park 1954–55 British Home Championship
3–2
[13]
25 September 1957
3
Des Palmer  East Germany Ninian Park, Cardiff 1958 FIFA World Cup qualifier
4–1
[14]
11 April 1962
4*
Mel Charles Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Ninian Park, Cardiff 1961–62 British Home Championship
4–0
[15]
3 April 1963
3
Cliff Jones Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1962–63 British Home Championship
4–1
[16]
25 October 1978
4*
Ian Edwards Malta Malta Racecourse Ground, Wrexham UEFA Euro 1980 qualifier
7–0
[17]
19 May 1979
3
John Toshack Scotland Scotland Ninian Park, Cardiff 1978–79 British Home Championship
3–0
[18]
9 September 1992
3
Ian Rush Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6–0
[19]
18 February 2004
3
Robert Earnshaw Scotland Scotland Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Friendly
4–0
[20]
22 March 2018
3
Gareth Bale China China PR Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning 2018 China Cup
6–0
[3]

Hat-tricks conceded by Wales[edit]

Wartime internationals, not regarded as official matches, are not included in the list. The result is presented with Wales' score first.

Date Goals Player Opponent Venue Competition Result Ref(s)
3 February 1883
3
Clement Mitchell England England Kensington Oval, London Friendly
0–5
[4]
23 March 1885
3
Joseph Lindsay Scotland Scotland Acton Park, Wrexham 1884–85 British Home Championship
1–8
[21]
4 February 1888
3
Fred Dewhurst England England Nantwich Road, Crewe 1887–88 British Home Championship
1–5
[4]
22 March 1890
4*
William Paul Scotland Scotland Underwood Park, Paisley 1890 British Home Championship
0–5
[21]
7 February 1891
4*
Olphert Stanfield Ireland Ireland Ulsterville, Belfast 1890–91 British Home Championship
2–7
[22]
18 March 1893
3
John Barker Scotland Scotland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1892–93 British Home Championship
0–8
[23]
18 March 1893
4*
Jake Madden Scotland Scotland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1892–93 British Home Championship
0–8
[23]
8 April 1893
3
Jack Peden Ireland Ireland Solitude, Belfast 1892–93 British Home Championship
2–7
[24]
12 March 1894
3
John Veitch England England Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1893–94 British Home Championship
1–5
[4]
16 March 1896
5*
Steve Bloomer England England Arms Park, Cardiff 1895–96 British Home Championship
1–9
[4]
19 March 1898
3
James Gillespie Scotland Scotland Fir Park, Motherwell 1897–98 British Home Championship
2–5
[23]
18 March 1899
3
Robert Smyth McColl Scotland Scotland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1898–99 British Home Championship
0–6
[23]
18 March 1901
4*
Steve Bloomer England England St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne 1900–01 British Home Championship
0–6
[25]
22 February 1902
3
Andy Gara Ireland Ireland Ninian Park, Cardiff 1901–02 British Home Championship
0–3
[26]
16 March 1908
3
Vivian Woodward England England Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1907–08 British Home Championship
1–7
[25]
27 October 1928
3
Hugh Gallagher Scotland Scotland Ibrox Park, Glasgow 1928–29 British Home Championship
2–4
[27]
20 November 1929
3
George Camsell England England Stamford Bridge, London 1929–30 British Home Championship
0–6
[28]
1 February 1930
6*
Joe Bambrick Ireland Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1929–30 British Home Championship
0–7
[29]
15 October 1949
3
Jackie Milburn England England Ninian Park, Cardiff 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifier
1950 British Home Championship
1–4
[30]
21 May 1953
3
Rajko Mitić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia JNA Stadium, Belgrade Friendly
2–5
[5]
22 September 1954
3
Todor Veselinović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Ninian Park, Cardiff Friendly
1–3
[31]
10 November 1954
3
Roy Bentley England England Wembley Stadium, London 1953–54 British Home Championship
2–3
[32][33]
4 November 1969
3
Luigi Riva Italy Italy Stadio Olimpico, Rome 1970 FIFA World Cup qualifier
1–4
[34]
9 November 1996
3
Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands Netherlands Philips Stadion, Eindhoven 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
1–7
[35]
20 August 1997
4*
Hakan Şükür Turkey Turkey Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
4–6
[36]
6 September 2003
3
Filippo Inzaghi Italy Italy San Siro, Milan 2004 UEFA European Championships qualifier
0–4
[6]

Notes[edit]

a Some sources attribute a hat-trick to Alex Smith during a 5–1 victory for Scotland on 15 March 1902.[37][38] However, others, including the Scottish Football Association, attribute two of his goals to other Scottish players.[39][40]

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