Pompey’s last six hat-trick heroes

Benjani celebrates as he plunders a hat-trick against Reading in 2007
Benjani celebrates as he plunders a hat-trick against Reading in 2007

Marc McNulty walked away from Fratton Park with the match ball following last night’s superb treble in the 6-0 romp over York City.

Here we delve into the archives and have a look at the six most recent entries into Pompey’s prestigious hat-trick club.

November 24, 2015

Pompey 6 York City 0

Marc McNulty bagged a 19-minute hat-trick as Paul Cook’s side ran riot against 10-man York.

The Sheffield United loanee, who hadn’t previously netted at Fratton Park, had been recalled to the starting line-up for the fixture against the League Two strugglers.

February 21, 2015

Cambridge United 2 Pompey 6

Matt Tubbs has a habit of scoring against Cambridge United and once again taunted the Abbey Stadium faithful with a superb treble.

Although possessing one of the worst away records in the Football League, Andy Awford’s side were devastating, with Jed Wallace helping himself to five assists.

May 3, 2014

Pompey 3 Plymouth Argyle 3

Richie Barker’s final signing as Pompey manager was Danny Hollands and the midfielder marked the last match of his Charlton loan spell with a hat-trick.

His goals arrived during a 15-minute spell stretching either side of half-time, yet Conor Hourihane’s last-gasp leveller denied Andy Awford’s men victory on the final day of the campaign.

October 31, 2009

Pompey 4 Wigan Athletic 0

Aruna Dindane completed a treble against Wigan with a last-minute penalty at Fratton Park.

The Ivory Coast international, on loan from Lens, was in inspired form, with Frederic Piquionne grabbing the other, although two games later manager Paul Hart was sacked.

January 19, 2008

Pompey 3 Derby County 1

Benjani helped himself to hat-trick in what proved to be his final Fratton Park Premier League match before a switch to Manchester City.

It took his tally to 12 goals in 25 games that season for Harry Redknapp’s side, who would go on to win the FA Cup and finish eighth in the Premier League.

September 29, 2007

Pompey 7 Reading 4

Fratton Park hosted the highest-ever scoring Premier League game, with Benjani bagging a superb hat-trick.

Hermann Hreidarsson, Niko Kranjcar, Sulley Muntari and an Ivar Ingimarsson own goal completed the goal fest which is still treasured by Pompey fans to this day.