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Throwback Thursdays: Alvin Martin’s Incredible Hat Trick


Scoring a hat trick while a difficult achievement it is very common in football, but very few players can score the hat trick that West Ham’s defender Alvin Martin scored against Newcastle.

In April of 1986, West Ham defeated Newcastle United 8-1 and Alvin Martin scored a hat trick in that match. The peculiar aspect of his hat trick is that all three goals were scored against three different goalkeepers, making him the only player to have scored three goals in one game against three different goalkeepers.

The West Ham defender scored his first goal against Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Thomas, who would end up being replaced by Chris Hedworth due to injury. Martin would then score against Hedworth, who would also be replace by Peter Beardsley near the end of the match, but with still time to play he would score his final goal against Beardsley, thus sealing his hat trick and having his name engraved in Premier League and world football history as the only player to achieve this feat.

He was a Hammer at heart, and to be able to set this remarkable feat wearing the kit of the club he loved must have been an honor for him. He played 20 years with West Ham and his final game was at the age of 37 on May 5th 1996 against Sheffield Wednesday.

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