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1953's Hat-Trick Hero: Stan Mortensen

Still The Only Player To Score An FA Cup Final Treble at Wembley

7 November 2019

When you delve into the FA Cup record books, Blackpool's Stan Mortensen proudly occupies two spots with his career achievements.

The Seasiders' hero, who scored 222 goals in tangerine (197 in the league), netted in 12 consecutive rounds of the competition between 1945 and 1950, then became the first and only player to hit a hat-trick in an FA Cup final at Wembley, when the club lifted the trophy in 1953. 

Back in May, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling almost matched the record, with many initially believing that he did. However, a strike from team-mate Gabriel Jesus had already crossed the line prior to Sterling touching the ball.    

Morty's hat-trick goal actually came from a thunderous free-kick, though he almost didn't take the shot on. 

"I put the ball down, walked back away from the goal and I saw big Eddie Shimwell running up the park to the far post. I thought, in my own mind, that I’m going to chip this ball to the far post and Eddie will probably get his head to it," Mortensen admitted. 

"When I turned round again to run to the ball a Bolton Wanderers player had gone off one end of the line to the other end of the line. I could see the post standing right up towards these players and I changed my mind. I took one of those thousand to one chances where I just cracked the ball."

The goal, which was the pick of the bunch that afternoon at Wembley, levelled the scores at 3-3 against Bolton and spurred Blackpool on to find a winner three minutes later, as Bill Perry netted in added time. 

Mortensen's own achievements weren't just limited to Blackpool, though. Capped 25 times for England, he scored 23 goals for his country, including four on his debut against Portugal. Only three players hold a better goals-per-game ratio for the Three Lions.

In fact, he also provides the answer to an England quiz question, given that he was the first player to score an England goal at a World Cup finals tournament. 

It was some career. 

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