Fans are only just realising why it's called a hat-trick in football
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Ever wondered why it's called a hat-trick in football? Well, here's why as it's actually derived from another sport.
A hat-trick consists of a player scoring three goals in a single game. If a player scores two goals in one match, they are described as being on a hat-trick.
It's the peak output of a goal-scoring player, but the term didn't actually come from football.
The term hat-trick came from cricket. Yes, cricket! It was used when a bowler took three wickets from three consecutive balls.
In a piece about the origins of football jargon, the BBC wrote: "The phrase came from cricket, and was used when a bowler took three wickets from three consecutive balls. The club would give the bowler a hat to celebrate this achievement."
What's more, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it was first used in 1858 after English cricketer H.H. Stephenson took three wickets in three consecutive balls.
After his impressive feat, fans held a collection for Stephenson and presented him with a hat bought with the proceeds.
The Chelmsford Chronicle used the term in print for the first time in 1865.
Football wasn't the only sport to adopt the term hat-trick as hockey, Formula 1, rugby and water polo also came on board.
So, the next time your favourite player scores a hat-trick, you'll know the meaning of the term having originated from cricket.
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