On This Day: McKinnon Bags Everton's First Hat-Trick


Exactly 129 years ago today, in 1888, Archibald McKinnon became the first player to score an Everton hat-trick.

The Scotsman fired in his treble in a 6-2 First Division win over Derby County in front of nearly 8,000 fans at the Club’s then home, Anfield - a week after netting in a 4-2 victory over the same opponents.

According to reports from the time, Everton dominated the game and Derby goalkeeper Joseph Marshall "did very well to keep the scoring below six".

McKinnon’s first came in the 20th minute from a close-range header, with his next two arriving in quick succession in the 53rd and 58th minutes.

The win moved Everton up two places to fourth in the table, though they would eventually finish the campaign down in eighth.

McKinnon’s four goals in eight days against Derby would be his only ones for the Club. He finished his Toffees career with four goals in just six outings.

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