List of Scotland national football team hat-tricks

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A head and upper shoulders shot of a statue of a footballer
Denis Law, who scored three hat tricks for Scotland, pictured here in a statue outside Old Trafford.

Since Scotland's first international association football match on 30 November 1872,[1] 31 players have scored three goals (a hat-trick) or more in a game. The first player to do so was John McDougall,[2][3] in a match against England on 2 May 1878.[1] The most goals scored by a single player in a match is four, which has occurred on eleven occasions, although some sources credit Hughie Gallacher with a fifth goal in the 1928–29 British Home Championship match against Ireland on 23 February 1929.[4][5] Denis Law is the only player to have scored four goals in a single match more than once. Robert Smyth McColl, Law and Gallacher are tied for the most number of hat-tricks for Scotland's international team, with three hat-tricks each.

The last player to score a hat-trick for Scotland was John McGinn, in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against San Marino on 13 October 2019.[6] McGinn, Steven Fletcher, Robert Snodgrass and James Forrest have all scored hat-tricks for Scotland during the 2010s.[7][8][9][10][6] The first of these hat-tricks ended a long wait for a Scotland hat-trick, as the previous one was registered when Colin Stein scored four goals in the 8–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Cyprus on 17 May 1969.[7][11]

Scotland have conceded seven hat-tricks in total, with the first one scored on 2 April 1955 by Dennis Wilshaw in a 1954–55 British Home Championship match against England.[12] Scotland had not conceded a hat-trick for the first 83 years of international matches, a total of 244 matches.[a] Nico Claesen of Belgium was the first player from outside the Home Nations to score a hat-trick against Scotland, in the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying match on 1 April 1987.[13] Scotland had only conceded four hat-tricks until the 2003–04 season when hat-tricks were scored against them in two successive matches, first by Ruud van Nistelrooy in a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying playoff match against the Netherlands, and then by Robert Earnshaw in a friendly against Wales.[14]

Hat-tricks for Scotland[edit]

Key
More than a hat-trick scored *
Table

Wartime internationals, not regarded as official matches, are not included in the list. The result is presented with Scotland's score first.

Date Goals Player Opponent Venue Competition Result Ref[a]
2 March 1878
3
John McDougall England England Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
7–2
[1]
13 March 1880
3
George Ker England England Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
5–4
[1]
12 March 1881
3
John Smith England England Kennington Oval, London Friendly
6–1
[15]
14 March 1885
3
Alex Higgins Ireland Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow 1884–85 British Home Championship
8–2
[15]
23 March 1885
3
Joseph Lindsay Wales Wales Acton Park, Wrexham 1884–85 British Home Championship
8–1
[15]
20 March 1886
3
Charles Heggie Ireland Ireland Ulster Ground, Belfast 1885–86 British Home Championship
7–2
[15]
24 March 1888
4*
William Dickson Ireland Ireland Solitude Ground, Belfast 1887–88 British Home Championship
10–2
[15]
9 March 1889
3
Willie Groves Ireland Ireland Ibrox Park, Glasgow 1888–89 British Home Championship
7–0
[15]
22 March 1890
4*
William Paul Wales Wales Underwood Park, Paisley 1889–90 British Home Championship
5–0
[15]
18 March 1893
3
John Barker Wales Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1892–93 British Home Championship
8–0
[16]
18 March 1893
4*
Jake Madden Wales Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1892–93 British Home Championship
8–0
[16]
19 March 1898
3
James Gillespie Wales Wales Fir Park, Motherwell 1897–98 British Home Championship
5–2
[16]
18 March 1899
3
Robert Smyth McColl Wales Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1898–99 British Home Championship
6–0
[16]
25 March 1899
3
Robert Smyth McColl Ireland Ireland Celtic Park, Glasgow 1898–99 British Home Championship
9–1
[16]
7 April 1900
3
Robert Smyth McColl England England Celtic Park, Glasgow 1899–1900 British Home Championship
4–1
[16]
23 February 1901
4*
Sandy McMahon Ireland Ireland Celtic Park, Glasgow 1900–01 British Home Championship
11–0
[17]
23 February 1901
4*
Robert Hamilton Ireland Ireland Celtic Park, Glasgow 1900–01 British Home Championship
11–0
[17]
1 March 1902
3
Robert Hamilton Ireland Ireland Grosvenor Park, Belfast 1901–02 British Home Championship
5–1
[17]
14 March 1908
4*
Jimmy Quinn Ireland Ireland Dalymount Park, Dublin 1907–08 British Home Championship
5–0
[17]
27 February 1926
3
Hughie Gallacher Ireland Ireland Ibrox Park, Glasgow 1925–26 British Home Championship
4–0
[4]
27 February 1928
3
Alex Jackson England England Wembley Stadium, London 1927–28 British Home Championship
5–1
[4]
27 October 1928
3
Hughie Gallacher Wales Wales Ibrox Park, Glasgow 1927–28 British Home Championship
4–2
[4]
23 February 1929
4*
Hughie Gallacher[b] Ireland Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1928–29 British Home Championship
7–3
[4]
26 May 1929
3
Alec Cheyne Norway Norway Brann Stadion, Bergen Friendly
7–3
[4]
26 May 1932
3
Neil Dewar France France Stade Olympique, Colombes Friendly
3–1
[18]
1 October 1949
3
Henry Morris Ireland Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1949–50 British Home Championship /
1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying
8–2
[19]
1 November 1950
4*
Billy Steel Ireland Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow 1950–51 British Home Championship
6–2
[19]
20 May 1951
3
George Hamilton Belgium Belgium Stade Heysel, Brussels Friendly
5–0
[12]
30 April 1952
3
Lawrie Reilly United States United States Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
6–0
[12]
8 May 1957
3
Jackie Mudie Spain Spain Hampden Park, Glasgow 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification
4–2
[20]
7 October 1961
3
Alex Scott Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1961–62 British Home Championship
6–1
[21]
7 November 1962
4*
Denis Law Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 1962–63 British Home Championship
5–1
[21]
4 June 1963
3
Denis Law[c] Norway Norway Brann Stadion, Bergen Friendly
3–4
[21]
7 November 1963
4*
Denis Law Norway Norway Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly
6–1
[21]
17 May 1969
4*
Colin Stein Cyprus Cyprus Hampden Park, Glasgow 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
8–0
[11]
29 March 2015
3
Steven Fletcher Gibraltar Gibraltar Hampden Park, Glasgow UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6–1
[7]
11 October 2015
3
Steven Fletcher Gibraltar Gibraltar Estádio Algarve, Faro UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6–0
[8]
4 September 2016
3
Robert Snodgrass Malta Malta Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5–1
[9]
20 November 2018
3
James Forrest Israel Israel Hampden Park, Glasgow 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
3–2
[10]
13 October 2019
3
John McGinn San Marino San Marino Hampden Park, Glasgow UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
6–0
[6]

Hat-tricks conceded by Scotland[edit]

Wartime internationals, not regarded as official matches, are not included in the list. The result is presented with Scotland's score first.

Scotland have conceded seven hat-tricks, four of which have been scored by players from the Home Nations.

Date Goals Player Opponent Venue Competition Result Ref[a]
2 April 1955
4*
Dennis Wilshaw England England Wembley Stadium, London 1954–55 British Home Championship
2–7
[12]
15 April 1961
3
Jimmy Greaves England England Wembley Stadium, London 1960–61 British Home Championship
3–9
[21]
19 May 1979
3
John Toshack Wales Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff 1978–79 British Home Championship
0–3
[22]
1 April 1987
3
Nico Claesen Belgium Belgium Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
1–4
[13]
19 November 2003
3
Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Netherlands Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying playoff
0–6
[14]
18 February 2004
3
Robert Earnshaw Wales Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Friendly
0–4
[14]
27 May 2012
3
Landon Donovan United States United States EverBank Field, Jacksonville Friendly
1–5
[23]

Notes[edit]

a A full list of Scotland results for 1872–1880, 1881–1890, 1891–1900, 1901–1910, 1911–1920, 1921–1930, 1931–1939, 1946–1950, 1951–1955, 1956–1960, 1961–1965, 1966–1970, 1971–1975, 1976–1980, 1981–1985, 1986–1990, 1991–1995, 1996–2001, 2002–2005, 2006–2010, 2011 are listed on the RSSSF website. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
b Hughie Gallacher is credited with Scotland's sixth goal in some sources.[4][5]
c This is Scotland's only hat-trick in a game that they lost.

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