Conor Washington scored the 50th hat-trick by a Peterborough United player in their Football League history at Scunthorpe on Saturday (November 28).
There have also been six instances of a player scoring four goals and one case of a player scoring five, Giuliano Grazioli in the club record 9-1 win at Barnet in Division Four in September 1998.
Unsurprisingly 1960s legend Terry Bly and Posh’s record Football League goal-scorer Jim Hall dominate the hat-trick charts. Both scored a hat-trick on five occasions and four goals in a game on two occasions.
Bly’s record was remarkable as he only played two full seasons for Posh between 1960 and 1962 before he was sold for a bargain £10,000 to Third Division rivals Coventry City. Bly scored 81 Football League goals for Posh in thos two seasons, including a club and Football League record of 52 in the Division Four title-winning season of 1960-61.
Peter Price and Wayne Andrews are the other two Posh players to have scored four goals in a game. Andrews managed it on his debut on loan from Watford in a 5-2 win over Barnet at London Road in Division Three in 1999. He only scored one other goal for Posh.
Other multiple hat-trick scorers for Posh were Robbie Cooke, John Cozens, Derek Dougan, John Fairbrother, Aaron Mclean, Peter McNamee, Peter Price, Tommy Robson and Ray Smith.
The last Posh player to score a Football League hat-trick before Washington was Nicky Ajose in a thrilling 4-3 home win over Notts County in League One in January, 2014.
Four players have scored hat-tricks for Posh in the second tier of the Football League. Tony Philliskirk achieved the feat in a 1993 win over Oxford, while Emile Sinclair (v Hull), Lee Tomlin (v Ipswich) and Dwight Gayle (v Blackburn) managed it more recently.
Alan Slough once scored a hat-trick of penalties in a 4-3 Division Three defeat at Chester in 1978, while 10 years later Steve ‘inchy’ Phillips claimed a hat-trick at Newport, but The Evening Telegraph had to pay for the matchball as the Welsh club were skint.
Aaron Mclean and George Boyd scored hat-tricks in the same League Two game against Accrington Stanley in 2008. Peter Price and hall scored hat-tricks in the same Division Four match against Barrow in 1971.
5 goals for Posh in a Football League match: Giuliano Grazioli.
4 goals: Terry Bly (2), Jim Hall (2), Peter Price, Wayne Andrews.
3 goals: Terry Bly (5), Jim Hall (5), Robbie Cooke (2), John Cozens (2), Derek Dougan (2), John Fairbrother (2), Aaron Mclean (2), Peter McNamee (2), Peter Price (2), Tommy Robson (2), Ray Smith (2), Nicky Ajose, George Boyd, Johnny Byrne, Peter Deakin, Dennis Emery, Colin Garwood, Dwight Gayle, Mick Gooding, Dave Gregory, Billy Hails, Gary Martindale, Craig Mackail-Smith, Leon McKenzie, Steve Phillips, Tony Philliskirk, Jimmy Quinn, Jim Rayner, Emile Sinclair, Alan Slough, Lee Tomlin, Conor Washington, Tommy Watson,
The greatest ever Posh hat-trick by David Farrell in a Division Three play off match against Barnet in May, 2000 is not in the above list which recognises achievements in regular season Football League matches only. Football League statisticians class play-off matches as ‘other’ games.