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The Iron Vault: League Hat-trick Heroes #2

3 June 2021

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.

1953-54 Apr 10, 1954 Tranmere Rovers H W3-1 Gregory (3)

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 rewind back to hat-trick number two which came almost four years after the first, with Jack Gregory notching a trio of strikes at the Old Show Ground to seal a home win over Tranmere Rovers.


With five games still to be played, Scunthorpe United reached their highest-ever points total in Northern Section football - a tribute to the steady progress the club has made since getting into the league in 1950.

They reached their objective with a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers at the Old Show Ground on Saturday - a convincing win, despite one spell in which they looked like losing an early-won grip on the game.


Jack Gregory, United's quick-thinking inside left, scored all three of the goals to register the first league hat-trick by a Scunthorpe player this season. The only other player to score three in a match in this campaign is Jack Haigh, who got three in the first round FA Cup rout of Boston United way back in November of last year. 

Gregory deserved his goals because of his persistent habit of hanging around in the open space and taking what chances came his way. 
Much of the credit for the first goal goes to Gordon Brown. His quick through-pass gave Gregory all the time in the world to collect the ball and shoot past Payne as the Tranmere goalkeeper came out. 
The other two goals were the result of splendid co-operation with Mosby. Both were headed through from the right winger's crosses, the first was a full length dive, and the second with a flick which just changed the direction of the ball sufficiently to glide it into the corner of the net.

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