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DATE: Tuesday 24th February 2004 | FINAL SCORE: 6-0
GOALS: S Purches 3, W Cummings 45, W Feeney59, J Hayter 86, 86, 88
The Cherries were leading promotion hopefuls Wrexham 3-0 and with six minutes to go Supa Fletch was given a rest with James Hayter coming on to make history.
His hat-trick is recognised as one of the fastest of all-time, but not the fastest, that honour goes to James O’Connor, who scored his hat-trick in 2mins 14secs for Shelbourne against Bohemians in 1967
THE STARTING 11
BOURNEMOUTH 6 WREXHAM 0
WHAT JAMES HAYTER SAID
“Sean O’Driscoll had already made a couple of substitutions, so I thought I wouldn’t get on. But as I came on, Fletch told me there was a lot of space and I could get a couple of goals.
“I only had four or five touches the whole time I was on, and three of them were goals!
“I didn’t realise until afterwards in the changing room when someone said it could have been one of the quickest ever.”
WHAT THE PRESS SAID
The 140-second hat-trick
“Whatever James Hayter does in the rest of his career, he’ll never forget last night. Hayter took just two minutes and 20 seconds to score a hat-trick – the fastest in league history – in Bournemouth’s crushing 6-0 win against Wrexham in the Second Division.” THE GUARDIAN
Hayter hist fastest treble
“Bournemouth’s James Hayter scored the fastest hat-trick in Football League history – two minutes and 20 seconds.” BBC SPORT