List of Scotland national football team hat-tricks

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Denis Law, who scored three hat tricks for Scotland, pictured here in a statue outside Old Trafford. Dennis law statue.jpg
Denis Law, who scored three hat tricks for Scotland, pictured here in a statue outside Old Trafford.

Since Scotland's first international association football match on 30 November 1872, [1] 30 players have scored three goals (a hat-trick) or more in a game. The first player to do so was John McDougall, [2] [3] in a match against England on 2 May 1878. [1] The most goals scored by a single player in a match is four, which has occurred on eleven occasions, although some sources credit Hughie Gallacher with a fifth goal in the 1929 British Home Championship match against Ireland on 23 February 1929. [4] [5] Denis Law is the only player to have scored four goals in a single match more than once. Robert Smyth McColl, Law and Gallacher are tied for the most number of hat-tricks for Scotland's international team, with three hat-tricks each.

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1872 Scotland vs England football match

The 1872 match between Scotland and England was the first ever association football official international match to be played. It was contested by the national teams of Scotland and England. The match took place on 30 November 1872 at West of Scotland Cricket Club's ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Scotland. The match finished in a 0–0 draw and was watched by 4,000 spectators.

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The last player to score a hat-trick for Scotland was James Forrest, in a UEFA Nations League match against Israel on 20 November 2018. [6] Forrest, Steven Fletcher and Robert Snodgrass have all scored hat-tricks for Scotland during the 2010s. [7] [8] [9] The first of these hat-tricks ended a long wait for a Scotland hat-trick, as the previous one was registered when Colin Stein scored four goals in the 8–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Cyprus on 17 May 1969. [7] [10]

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Scotland have conceded seven hat-tricks in total, with the first one scored on 2 April 1955 by Dennis Wilshaw in a 1955 British Home Championship match against England. [11] Scotland had not conceded a hat-trick for the first 83 years of international matches, a total of 244 matches. [a] Nico Claesen of Belgium was the first player from outside the Home Nations to score a hat-trick against Scotland, in the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying match on 1 April 1987. [12] Scotland had only conceded four hat-tricks until the 200304 season when hat-tricks were scored against them in two successive matches, first by Ruud van Nistelrooy in a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying playoff match against the Netherlands, and then by Robert Earnshaw in a friendly against Wales. [13]

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Hat-tricks for Scotland

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 Scotland's score first.

DateGoalsPlayerOpponentVenueCompetitionResultRef [a]
2 March 1878
3
John McDougall Flag of England.svg England Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
7–2
[1]
13 March 1880
3
George Ker Flag of England.svg England Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
5–4
[1]
12 March 1881
3
John Smith Flag of England.svg England Kennington Oval, London Friendly
6–1
[14]
14 March 1885
3
Alex Higgins Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow 1885 British Home Championship
8–2
[14]
23 March 1885
3
Joseph Lindsay Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Acton Park, Wrexham 1885 British Home Championship
8–1
[14]
20 March 1886
3
Charles Heggie Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Ulster Ground, Belfast 1886 British Home Championship
7–2
[14]
24 March 1888
4*
William Dickson Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Solitude Ground, Belfast 1888 British Home Championship
10–2
[14]
9 March 1889
3
Willie Groves Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Ibrox Park, Glasgow 1889 British Home Championship
7–0
[14]
22 March 1890
4*
William Paul Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Underwood Park, Paisley 1890 British Home Championship
5–0
[14]
18 March 1893
3
John Barker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1893 British Home Championship
8–0
[15]
18 March 1893
4*
Jake Madden Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1893 British Home Championship
8–0
[15]
19 March 1898
3
James Gillespie Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Fir Park, Motherwell 1898 British Home Championship
5–2
[15]
18 March 1899
3
Robert Smyth McColl Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1899 British Home Championship
6–0
[15]
25 March 1899
3
Robert Smyth McColl Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Celtic Park, Glasgow 1899 British Home Championship
9–1
[15]
7 April 1900
3
Robert Smyth McColl Flag of England.svg England Celtic Park, Glasgow 1900 British Home Championship
4–1
[15]
23 February 1901
4*
Sandy McMahon Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Celtic Park, Glasgow 1901 British Home Championship
11–0
[16]
23 February 1901
4*
Robert Hamilton Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Celtic Park, Glasgow 1901 British Home Championship
11–0
[16]
1 March 1902
3
Robert Hamilton Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Grosvenor Park, Belfast 1902 British Home Championship
5–1
[16]
14 March 1908
4*
Jimmy Quinn Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Dalymount Park, Dublin 1908 British Home Championship
5–0
[16]
27 February 1926
3
Hughie Gallacher Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Ibrox Park, Glasgow 1926 British Home Championship
4–0
[4]
27 February 1928
3
Alex Jackson Flag of England.svg England Wembley Stadium, London 1928 British Home Championship
5–1
[4]
27 October 1928
3
Hughie Gallacher Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Ibrox Park, Glasgow 1928 British Home Championship
4–2
[4]
23 February 1929
4*
Hughie Gallacher [b] Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1929 British Home Championship
7–3
[4]
26 May 1929
3
Alec Cheyne Flag of Norway.svg Norway Brann Stadion, Bergen Friendly
7–3
[4]
26 May 1932
3
Neil Dewar Flag of France.svg France Stade Olympique, Colombes Friendly
3–1
[17]
1 October 1949
3
Henry Morris Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1950 British Home Championship /
1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying
8–2
[18]
1 November 1950
4*
Billy Steel Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow 1951 British Home Championship
6–2
[18]
20 May 1951
3
George Hamilton Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Stade Heysel, Brussels Friendly
5–0
[11]
30 April 1952
3
Lawrie Reilly Flag of the United States.svg United States Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
6–0
[11]
8 May 1957
3
Jackie Mudie Flag of Spain.svg Spain Hampden Park, Glasgow 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification
4–2
[19]
7 October 1961
3
Alex Scott Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1962 British Home Championship
6–1
[20]
7 November 1962
4*
Denis Law Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1963 British Home Championship
5–1
[20]
4 June 1963
3
Denis Law [c] Flag of Norway.svg Norway Brann Stadion, Bergen Friendly
3–4
[20]
7 November 1963
4*
Denis Law Flag of Norway.svg Norway Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
6–1
[20]
17 May 1969
4*
Colin Stein Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Hampden Park, Glasgow 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
8–0
[10]
29 March 2015
3
Steven Fletcher Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar Hampden Park, Glasgow UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6–1
[7]
11 October 2015
3
Steven Fletcher Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar Estadio Algarve, Faro UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6–0
[8]
4 September 2016
3
Robert Snodgrass Flag of Malta.svg Malta Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5–1
[9]
20 November 2018
3
James Forrest Flag of Israel.svg Israel Hampden Park, Glasgow 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
3–2
[6]

Hat-tricks conceded by Scotland

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

Scotland have conceded seven hat-tricks, four of which have been scored by players from the Home Nations.

Home Nations The individual nations within the United Kingdom

The Home Nations, or Home Countries, refer collectively to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and in certain sports include the whole island of Ireland. The term "Home Nations" is used in this second sense partly because Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have a unified association structure in certain sports, such as the Irish Rugby Football Union and Cricket Ireland. Formerly, the term was applied in general in this same wider sense, such as the period between 1801 and 1922, when the whole island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. The synonymous "Home Countries" is also sometimes used.

DateGoalsPlayerOpponentVenueCompetitionResultRef [a]
2 April 1955
4*
Dennis Wilshaw Flag of England.svg England Wembley Stadium, London 1955 British Home Championship
2–7
[11]
15 April 1961
3
Jimmy Greaves Flag of England.svg England Wembley Stadium, London 1961 British Home Championship
3–9
[20]
19 May 1979
3
John Toshack Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff 1979 British Home Championship
0–3
[21]
1 April 1987
3
Nico Claesen Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
1–4
[12]
19 November 2003
3
Ruud van Nistelrooy Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying playoff
0–6
[13]
18 February 2004
3
Robert Earnshaw Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Friendly match
0–4
[13]
27 May 2012
3
Landon Donovan Flag of the United States.svg United States EverBank Field, Jacksonville Friendly match
1–5
[22]

Notes

a A full list of Scotland results for 18721880, 18811890, 18911900, 19011910, 19111920, 19211930, 19311939, 19461950, 19511955, 19561960, 19611965, 19661970, 19711975, 19761980, 19811985, 19861990, 19911995, 19962001, 20022005, 20062010, 2011 are listed on the RSSSF website. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
b Hughie Gallacher is credited with Scotland's sixth goal in some sources. [4] [5]
c This is Scotland's only hat-trick in a game that they lost.

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