Saturday, October 10, 2015

10 October 2009 - Now That's Getting His Head In The Game

On 10 October 2009, Huddersfield Town defeated Exeter City 4-0 with a record performance from striker Jordan Rhodes (pictured). Rhodes scored a header-only hat-trick in a span of 8 minutes, 23 seconds - the fastest time anyone has accomplished that feat in an English match.

Playing before a home crowd of 13,438 at Galpharm Stadium, the Terriers went up 1-0 when forward Lee Novak scored in the 17th minute. The visitors squandered a couple of opportunities for an equalizer when Rhodes doubled the lead with a near-post header in the 44th minute. After the break, he picked up where he had left off, scoring another header in the 49th minute, then another in the 52nd--three goals in a span of just over 8 minutes.

He was denied another goal only by Huddersfield manager Lee Clark, who replaced him in the 64th minute with forward Theo Robinson.


  1. The previous record for the quickest headed hat-trick in Football League history was held by Dixie Dean, who scored a headed hat-trick in 10 minutes in his incredible title-winning season with Everton in 1927-28, when he scored 60 goals in a season.

  2. I wrote about Dixie Dean here: