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Inspired By Bolasie: Seven Palace Hat-Tricks

14 April 2015


Yannick Bolasie entered the history books on Saturday afternoon, becoming the first Crystal Palace player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.

No player had ever hit three goals in a top flight game for the Eagles, during the modern era of the English top flight. until Bolasie's 11 minute period in the second half at the Stadium of Light..

The winger created the Eagles' first goal, with Glenn Murray heading home his deflected cross minutes after half-time.

Bolasie then scored with a prodded effort, which slipped beyond Costel Pantilimon, to start of his historic hat-trick. He then lobbed the Romanian for his second and persevered to prod home his third to set the celebrations going.



To celebrate Bolasie's brilliant afternoon on Wearside, here are seven other memorable hat-tricks scored by players representing the Red and Blue, in honour of the Eagles' number seven:

Kevin Phillips vs Hull City, 4-2 (5/3/2013)

The veteran striker hit three goals either side of half-time during an eight minute 37 second period, registering the quickest league hat-trick of any Palace player ever.

The goals also made Super Kev the Eagles' oldest ever goalscorer aged 39 years and 7 months, though he would later beat that in the Play Off Final - scoring a penalty at the age of 39 years and 10 months.

Dougie Freedman vs Grimsby Town, 5-0 (5/3/1996)

Freedman previously held the record for the club's fastest hat-trick, scoring three in 11 minutes during the 5-0 win over Grimsby.

Interestingly, his record was beaten by Phillips' treble against Hull on exactly the same date 17 years later.

Andrew Johnson vs Brighton, 5-0 (26/10/2002)

The striker's first treble for the Red and Blue army came at home to rivals Brighton, as the Eagles went on to a 5-0 victory against the Seagulls in south London.

He then scored another against Walsall in the following game!

Danny Butterfield vs Wolves, 3-1 (2/2/10)

Makeshift striker Butterfield scored the fastest ever hat-trick for the Eagles in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay at home to Wolves.

The right-back scored with his head, right foot and his left to complete a perfect hat-trick in 6 minutes 48 seconds in the second half, as the Eagles flew into the next round.


Peter Simpson vs Exeter, 7-2 (4/10/1930)

Incredibly, Simpson scored not one but two hat-tricks against Exeter in 1930. The Eagles all-time top goalscorer, with 165 in 195 appearances, hit six goals in the 7-2 victory.

He also holds the record for the most hat-tricks scored for the club, with 20 in all competitions.

Ian Wright vs Wimbledon, 3-0 (4/5/1991)

Wright hit all three in the away win over The Dons at the start of the 1990s, including one of his greatest ever strikes for the club - a 40 yard lob.

Wright and Mark Bright vs Southend, 8-0 (25/9/90)

Both Wright and Bright scored hat-tricks in the 8-0 drubbing of Southend in the League Cup, our highest ever score in the competition.

The duo went on to score over 200 goals between them in Red and Blue, sitting third (Wright with 117) and fourth (Bright with 113) in the club's all-time top scorers list.

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