“It was a mixture of comical and disbelief!”
The man himself summed it up perfectly. On 2nd February 2010, Administration-rocked Palace took on this Saturday's opponents Wolves in the FA Cup at Selhurst Park. Financial constraints meant attacking starlet Victor Moses was on his way out of the club and a position had become vacant up top.
Enter Danny Butterfield.
The right-back operated as a makeshift striker and netted a treble in six minutes and 48 seconds, the fastest hat-trick in the club's history!
The game has gone down in Palace legend. It's ridiculous, hilarious and outright incredible, as the scorer himself reflected when Palace TV caught up with him this week.
“Because it happened so quickly it was actually funny!" He said.
“Of course I enjoyed it and it’s something I treasure at the back of mind. I’m sure the record will be broken one day, but to be a part of the history at Palace and a club that was a massive part of my life for eight years was a real bonus.
“Alter the game Neil said ‘I told you you’d do it!’ It was typical Neil – who else would have put me up top? It was a free hit for me to do something on a night when there were no expectations on my shoulders... But I should have had a fourth!”
Watch the full interview with Butts below!