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The Iron Vault: League Hat-trick Heroes #40

24 April 2020

We continue to take a look back at the hat-tricks that have been scored for the Iron since their admission to the league in 1950.

At the time of writing, there have been 41 trebles netted by United players in league games and we're going to delve into the Iron Vault to remember them and, if applicable, following the subsequent career of the player who scored it.

2013-14 Feb 22, 2014 Portsmouth H W5-1 Syers (3), Winnall, Madden

The Iron's very first hat-trick as a league side came in their 11th game in Division Three North as Ted Gorin bagged all three strikes in a home win against Accrington Stanley.

For this issue though, we fast-forward to hat-trick number 40 which came 64 years after the first, with David Syers notching a trio of strikes at Glanford Park during an unbeaten run which spanned 28-games.


The Iron stunned Portsmouth and their strong travelling contingent, putting five past them in what was a dominant and clinical display with plenty of firepower on offer.

Paddy Madden scored his first of 60 goals for the club, while Sam Winnall continued his fantastic season with another strike, but the afternoon belonged to Dave Syers, who bagged a hat-trick on the day and secured himself as a shrewd piece of January business to gain his services permanently after an impressive loan spell preceded it.


It would not only be five goals for the Iron on the day, but for the trebble-scorer, it was five goals against Portsmouth for Syers over the course of the season.

Indeed, he was heavily involved in the 2-1 win at Fratton Park back in the November as he notched both goals on what was Russ Wilcox's first game in charge of the side, and the beginning of the incredible 28-game World Record unbeaten run.


United took just six minutes to break the deadlock in this one with Pompey initially clearing a left-winged corner, but the Iron attacked again and Syers swept home his and the Iron's first of the afternoon following the help of a wicked deflection.

Another massive deflection almost gifted a second for both just three minutes later, but this time the ball ricocheted wide of the post.

United had to wait until the 36th minute for the second goal, despite end-to-end football in the minutes that sandwiched the strikes. Winnall would get this one following breath taking combination play and a sweeping finish into the far corner of the net.

The result was placed beyond all doubt before the interval when Syers drilled home the third. Madden teed him up two minutes before half-time on the edge of the box before Syers took one touch to control and slammed the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot.

3-0 became 4-0 three minutes after half-time when Madden got his first for the club from close range after David Mirfin saw his shot saved.

The hat-trick was complete on 55 minutes as Hakeeb Adelakun unselfishly squared to Syers after getting himself into a goalscoring position, with the easiest of the three seeing him take home the matchball.

5-0 with 35 minutes to play, the score could have been anything, but in actual fact Pompey got a consolation four minutes from time with Drennan heading home.

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