North West Counties League Premier Division club Winsford United’s Charlie Weir set what is believed to be a club….
….record with a hat-trick in 4 minutes against Stockport Sports on Saturday.
Weir struck in the 16th, 17th and 20th minute of the game at the Stockport Sports Village, prompting a look at the history books to see if this feat broke any records.
As far as the NWCFL is concerned, these types of records are always a little bit difficult to verify with 100% accuracy, as detailed records from the early years of the league are not always available for certain clubs.
However, in more recent times the record for the fastest hat-trick is currently held by Kevin Towey, who scored after 30 seconds, 2 minutes and 3 minutes for Runcorn Linnets in the amazing 8-5 win at Stone Dominoes in a Premier Division game on Saturday, 15th October 2011, and thereby edging out Charlie’s hat-trick by around a minute.
League statistician Paul Cowburn has had a quick trawl through the record books, and after these two hat tricks, the next quickest appears to be a hat trick by Andy Sensale for Ramsbottom United on the 1st November 2008, when he scored after 71, 73 & 76 minutes against Atherton Collieries in a 4-0 win at the Riverside.
While it seems Weir has to be content with second place in NWC history for the fastest ever hat-trick, according to long-serving Blues secretary Bob Astles, it does appear that he has set a new club record.
“Charlie joined the club from Sheffield FC where they insisted on playing him at left-back – a role that he didn’t relish”, said Astles. “He has also been a defender at Belper Town, but he joined Winsford on the promise that he was to play up front and he has looked a natural in that position, with his strength on the ball being his main asset.
“I certainly cannot remember a quicker hat-trick by a Winsford player.”