The first player to score a hat-trick for India in an international football match was R. Lumsden, he achieved the feat in a friendly match against Australia on 24 September 1938, at the Sydney Showground, although India lost the match 5–4. This is the only instance when India have lost a game in which a player scored a hat-trick for the team. Lumsden was the only footballer to score a hat-trick for India before independence. Since independence in 1947, nine Indian players have scored a hat-trick in an international football match. No Indian player has scored more than three goals in a single game; the first player after independence to score a hat-trick for India was Sheoo Mewalal in a 4–0 victory over Burma in the 1952 Colombo Quadrangular Tournament. Sunil Chhetri is the only Indian footballer to have scored a hat-trick more than once; this is the most recent instance of an Indian player scoring a hat-trick in an international football match. Chhetri's first hat-trick came in the final of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup against Tajikistan, which helped India not only to win the cup but to qualify directly for the AFC Asian Cup in 2011, the first time in 27 years that the team reached the final tournament.
Neville D'Souza was the first Asian to score a hat-trick in the history of Olympic football. He achieved the feat in a 4–2 victory over Australia at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. With four goals in three matches, he not only finished the tournament as joint top-scorer but helped India become the first Asian team to reach the semi-finals of the tournament. Shabbir Ali scored the fastest hat-trick for the national team, he achieved the feat in a 3−1 victory over Indonesia on 16 August 1976, at the 1976 Merdeka Tournament. His goals came at the 33rd and 35th minutes of the match; as of 5 September 2019, India have conceded thirteen hat-tricks, the most recent being scored by Ashraf Nu'man in a 4–2 defeat by Palestine in a friendly match on 6 February 2013. Branko Zebec was the first player to score a hat-trick against India, scoring four times for Yugoslavia in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Two other players, Bader Al-Mutawa of Kuwait in a friendly fixture and Ismail Abdullatif of Bahrain in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, have scored four goals against India.
The only instance of India not losing a game after conceding a hat-trick occurred against Yemen in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification match on 4 May 2001, which ended in a 3–3 draw. As of 5 September 2019, ten players have scored a hat-trick for the national team. Only FIFA-recognized international matches by the India national football team have been considered in the following list. Result in the table lists India's goal tally first As of 5 September 2019, India have conceded thirteen hat-tricks in total. Result in the table lists India's goal tally first History of the India national football team India national football team at the Olympics India at the AFC Asian Cup Dey, Subrata. "Hat-tricks for India National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 October 2019. Aarhus, Lars. "Football tournament of the Olympic Games−Overview". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 November 2019. "Olympic football tournament final". FIFA. Retrieved 16 November 2019. Naskrent, Gwidon S. "The World Cup Archive". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
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Jack Stuart Connors is an English-born Irish footballer who plays for Dulwich Hamlet as a defender. Connors started his career in the youth system of Fulham before joining Dagenham & Redbridge in 2011 to sign a two-year scholarship. In 2012, he joined Isthmian League Premier Division side Hendon on work experience. After completing his scholarship, he signed a professional contract with Dagenham & Redbridge in 2013. Born in England, Connors has represented the Republic of Ireland at international level, featuring for the under-21 side. Born in the London Borough of Brent, Connors joined the youth system of Dagenham & Redbridge in 2011 on a two-year scholarship, having played for Fulham. In December 2012, Connors joined Isthmian League Premier Division side Hendon on work experience, his debut for the Greens came on 8 January 2013 in a 2–1 home defeat to Canvey Island. His first goal for Hendon came in his second appearance when he scored the winner in a 1–0 win against Kingstonian, his second goal for Hendon came in a 1–0 win over Leiston.
His final game for Hendon was in the final game of a 1 -- 0 away defeat to Lowestoft Town. In total, Connors made 19 appearances for Hendon scoring two goals. In July 2013, after he completed his scholarship, Connors signed a one-year professional contract with the Football League Two side after impressing manager Wayne Burnett, his professional debut for the Daggers came on 3 September 2013, in a 4–1 victory over Colchester United in the Football League Trophy first round at Victoria Road. Four days Connors made his league debut in a 1–1 draw with Exeter City. After an extended result in the Dagger's first team playing as left back, Connors signed a new three-year contract with the club on 31 October 2013. Connors went on to make 25 appearances in his maiden season, winning the Young Player of the Year award. In March 2016, after struggling to gain a place in the first team line-up, he was sent on loan to National League side Boreham Wood on loan until the end of the season. In May 2016 as his contract expired, he was released along with eleven players as Dagenham were relegated to the National League.
In the summer of 2016, Connors signed for Ebbsfleet United and helped them to earn promotion from the National League South. In April 2018, he scored his only goal for Ebbsfleet in a 1-1 draw against Torquay United. Connors qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland through his father. In May 2014, Connors received his first call-up to the under-21 side for the international friendly with Qatar in Aachen, Germany, he made his debut in that match. He made his competitive debut in September 2014, in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Germany, which ended in a 2–0 defeat; as of match played 27 April 2019 Jack Connors profile at Dagenham & Redbridge F. C. Jack Connors at Soccerbase