Premier League Final-Day Hat-Tricks: A Breakdown | The Analyst

Premier League final-day hat-tricks. We’ve only seen 13 in the history of the competition, so we look back at the rare occasions they’ve been scored.


From the studio that bought you a breakdown of opening weekend Premier League hat-tricks comes the long-awaited sequel – final day Premier League hat-tricks.

The final day of the campaign tends to bring about more goals than most other weekends, as teams and players really let their hair down. Sit back, as we take you through the 13 hat-tricks scored across the final weekend of Premier League action from seasons past.

1992-93: Rod Wallace and Matt Le Tissier

8 May 1993 saw a phenomenal 47 goals scored across nine Premier League games, a record for a single day of action in the competition that stands to this day.

Six of those goals were scored by Leeds’ Rod Wallace and Southampton’s Matt Le Tissier – but oddly enough neither player ended up on the winning side. Each of the 12 previous hat-tricks scored in 1992-93 had been scored by a player on the winning team, but Leeds were held 3-3 at Coventry and Southampton lost 4-3 at Oldham – the latter (coupled with Crystal Palace’s defeat at Arsenal) securing the Latics’ place in the top flight for another season.

For poor old Le Tiss, it was the first of two times he’s scored three times and lost in the Premier League – accounting for 40% of the total times it’s happened: must be a conspiracy, right?

Scoring a Premier League Hat-Trick and Ending on the Losing Side

Matt Le Tissier: Southampton 3-4 Oldham Athletic (8 May 1993)
Matt Le Tissier: Southampton 3-4 Nottingham Forest (19 August 1995)
Dion Dublin: Coventry City 3-4 Sheffield Wednesday (4 December 1995)
Dwight Yorke: Aston Villa 3-4 Newcastle United (30 September 1996)
Roque Santa Cruz: Blackburn Rovers 3-5 Wigan Athletic (15 December 2007)

2002-03: Freddie Ljungberg

Fast forward 10 years for the next closing day hat-trick, as Arsenal’s Freddie Ljungberg scored three in a 4-0 win at already-relegated Sunderland.

This was Arsenal’s third hat-trick in two games, after Robert Pires and Jermaine Pennant each netted three times against Southampton in their previous match, while this was also the second match in their record 49-game unbeaten run. But despite Ljungberg becoming the first Swedish player to net a Premier League treble, the headlines were all about Thierry Henry.

The Frenchman set up all three of Ljungberg’s goals, the third of four occasions one player has assisted another for a hat-trick in the competition. It also brought Henry’s seasonal assist tally to 20, which, coupled with his 24 goals, saw him become the only Premier League player to both score and assist 20 or more goals in a single campaign.

Players to Assist a Teammate for 3+ Goals in a Premier League Game

Mike Newell for Alan Shearer – Blackburn Rovers vs Coventry City (23 September 1995)
Stan Collymore for Robbie Fowler – Liverpool vs Arsenal (23 December 1995)
Thierry Henry for Freddie Ljungberg – Arsenal vs Sunderland (11 May 2003)
Harry Kane for Son Heung-minTottenham Hotspur vs Southampton (20 September 2020)

2003-04: Yakubu Ayegbeni

Portsmouth enjoyed a fine debut Premier League season in 2003-04. Finishing 13th and well clear of the relegation places, Pompey were also one of two teams that Arsenal’s Invincibles side failed to beat in the Premier League.

They finished the season with a 5-1 win against Middlesbrough, with Nigerian striker Yakubu netting four of those – the only player to net four goals in a game on the closing day. It was the first of Yakubu’s four Premier League hat-tricks, while he’s one of just five players to score a treble for three different clubs in the competition.

Players to Score Hat-Tricks for Three Different Premier League Clubs

Kevin Campbell: Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Everton
Les Ferdinand: QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham
Teddy Sheringham: Tottenham, Manchester United, Portsmouth
Nicolas Anelka: Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea
Yakubu Ayegbeni: Portsmouth, Everton, Blackburn

2005-06: Thierry Henry

Another Arsenal entry next and having assisted a hat-trick on the closing day of the 2002-03 campaign (see above), it was Henry’s turn to score one this time.

Having been unbeaten league champions two years before, Arsenal were in danger of missing out on the Champions League in 2005-06 as they went into their last ever game at Highbury in fifth place and a point behind arch rivals Tottenham. However, some bad lasagne and a Thierry Henry masterclass saw Arsenal overtake Spurs to finish fourth.

It was the last of Henry’s eight Premier League hat-tricks, all of which were scored at Highbury. Only Sergio Agüero (nine) has since scored more hat-tricks at a specific venue.


2007-08: Afonso Alves

The final day of 2007-08 saw Middlesbrough beat Manchester City 8-1 in what at the time was the biggest margin of victory and highest-scoring game on the final day of a Premier League campaign. (It wasn’t the biggest final-day win for long… more on that below.)

Afonso Alves had scored just three goals in his first 10 Premier League games, but here doubled his seasonal tally as he became the first Brazilian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.

It was Sven-Göran Eriksson’s final game in charge of City, in what was their final season before Sheikh Mansour came to town in his Lamborghini…

Brazilian Players to Score a Premier League Hat-Trick

2009-10: Didier Drogba

Chelsea went into the final game of 2009-10 needing to beat Wigan to secure their third Premier League title in what was their first season under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Blues had scored 95 goals after 37 games and became the first side to net 100 goals in a single season in the competition thanks to an 8-0 win in this game. Their 100th league goal of the season came from Didier Drogba – the first of his three in the match as he took home the Premier League Golden Boot award with 29 goals.

2010-11: Somen Tchoyi

Remember the name – it will hold you in good stead in football quizzes for years to come. Somen Tchoyi scored all three goals for West Bromwich Albion as they came from 3-0 down to earn a point at Newcastle.

Tchoyi, who became the first player from Cameroon to score a Premier League hat-trick, doubled his seasonal tally with his treble and went on to score just one further Premier League goal. He’s one of the lowest scorers in the history of the competition who managed to bag a hat-trick.

Premier League Hat-Trick Scorers with the Fewest Overall Goals in the Competition

Fredi Bobic: 4 goals overall, 1 hat-trick
Shinji Kagawa: 6 goals overall, 1 hat-trick
Gordon Strachan: 7 goals overall, 1 hat-trick
Somen Tchoyi: 7 goals overall, 1 hat-trick
Aruna Dindane: 8 goals overall, 1 hat-trick
Clive Mendonca: 8 goal overall, 1 hat-trick
Ferran Torres: 9 goals overall, 1 hat-trick

2012-13: Kevin Nolan and Romelu Lukaku

First – Kevin Nolan for West Ham against Reading. It was the second of his two Premier League hat-tricks, and he’s the only player to have scored one for two promoted sides, following his treble for Newcastle against Sunderland in 2010-11.

Now – the main event. West Bromwich Albion hosted Manchester United in what was legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game in charge of the Red Devils.

United had already won the Premier League title and led 3-1 at half-time in what was looking like a routine victory to send Fergie off in style. Then on came loanee-striker Romelu Lukaku, who, within five minutes of coming on at half-time, made it 3-2. Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez then made it 5-2, before Lukaku added two more either side of a Youssuf Mulumbu strike to earn an unlikely comeback, and the only 5-5 draw in Premier League history.

Just six days after turning 20, Lukaku became the fifth player to score a Premier League hat-trick as a substitute, with this being achieved just twice more since.

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