Jordan Rhodes, Sheffield Wednesday and hat-tricks: A look back at a host of terrific trebles

A Sheffield Wednesday hat-trick is a relatively rare thing.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 10:56 pm
Jordan Rhodes was the hero in Sheffield Wednesday's 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday

And as Jordan Rhodes contorted to seal his third in their a rampant 4-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, he became the first man since Derek Dooley back in 1951 to score an first-half away treble, that time at West Ham United.

But who has scored more recent trios and what of Rhodes’ penchant for match balls?

Let’s take a look at a few interesting facts around the forward, the Owls and hat-tricks.

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Saturday's stunning treble was the 11th hat-trick of Jordan Rhodes' career. He has scored 208 goals in all competitions at senior league level, contributing 37 assists.
Rhodes' effort was the first Owls hat-trick since that of Atdhe Nuhiu, who bagged three in a stunning 5-1 win over Norwich City in May 2018.
You don't have to look too far into the annals of history for Rhodes' last hat-trick. He bagged three in Norwich City's 4-3 Carabao Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers last season, while on loan from Wednesday.
Former Wednesday goal getter Andy Booth scored one of only two Owls Premier League hat-tricks, netting three in a memorable 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers back in November 1997.
The other Premier League treble came via an unlikely source - fan favourite Chris Bart-Williams. He bagged three in a 5-2 win over Southampton in April 1993.
Saturday's return isn't perhaps the most memorable Rhodes hat-trick in a match involving Wednesday. His four-goal return for Huddersfield at Hillsborough in December 2011 is lauded as one of the finest individual displays by an opposition player in recent years in a famous 4-4 draw.
On-loan Preston forward Neil Mellor took home two match balls in as many weeks back in 2011. His treble in the 4-1 Football League Trophy win over Hartlepool was followed up by three headed goals at MK Dons in the league 10 days later.
Rhodes' first career hat-trick came as far back as January 2009, when on loan with League Two Brentford from Ipswich. He provided all the goals in a 3-1 away win at Shrewsbury and announced himself onto the professional stage.
December 2004 saw Steven MacLean in fine form, and it was the Edinburgh-born striker that hit a hat-trick against Doncaster Rovers at Bell Vue.
Dutch forward Gerald Sibon bagged his only Wednesday treble in a 5-2 win over Queens Park Rangers back in December 2000.