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The Iron Vault: League Hat-trick Heroes #41

26 May 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.

2016-17 Sep 27, 2016 Walsall A W4-1 Morris (3), Bishop

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 arrive at hat-trick number 41 which came 66 years after the first, with Josh Morris notching a trio of strikes at the Banks's Stadium during an impressive goalscoring run for the midfielder which, at one point, saw the new signing top the charts in Europe.


Morris entered the game already on eight goals for the season in all competitions, having last netted in the previous game, which was a 2-2 draw at home to high-flying Sheffield United.

The game against the Saddlers was about to get off to the best possible start when a penalty was awarded to United following a handball. Up stepped Morris to convert, to make it 1-0, and he was celebrating less than two minutes later once more as he stabbed home the rebound from close range following a save from the goalkeeper, denying Tom Hopper.


Erhun Oztumer would get one back for the hosts before the break, but Neal Bishop established the two-goal advantage just after half-time when he steered in a low shot from 25-yards. The stage was then set for Morris to complete his treble as he picked up the ball square from Scott Wiseman on the right, taking one touch to set the ball up on his left foot before expertly placing the ball into the top corner.

It was a familiar scoreline in the Midlands, with the Iron winning 4-1 at Walsall for the third time in four visits.


That hat-trick took Morris into double figures for the season, onto an impressive 11 goals in September. He would go onto to notched the winner at Bury that weekend, before another long range strike against Northampton in the following match.

Match winners throughout, he did go through a dry patch in December, but would return with a vengence when 2017 came round, against scoring the winner against Bury before lodging the goal of the season away at Northampton with another goal which sealed maximum points for Scunthorpe. That would be backed up once more with another winner in the following game, this time against Port Vale.

Morris would end his debut season at Scunthorpe with 20 goals to his name, his best career return.

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