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3 goals in only England appearance


You might think that scoring 3 goals on your first appearance for England would presage a glittering future in international football. Or at least a second cap. Here are 5 men who scored 3 on debut but were never called upon again...

Albert Allen 1888
The Aston Villa inside forward was 21 years old when he made his sole England appearance. He was drafted into the team to travel to Ireland in place of Neville Cobbold.
Allen scored England's 2nd, 3rd and 4th goals in a 5-1 win in the rescheduled match at Ulster Cricket Ground on 07.04.88.
His top class football career was ended by ill health in 1891.

Jack Yates 1889
Yates began his career at Accrington and won the FA Cup with Blackburn Olympic in 1883. At the time he was a cotton weaver (legalized professionalism was 2 years away). Following a return to Accrington Yates joined Burnley in 1888. He was 28 when he was awarded his cap in the match against Ireland at  Anfield on 02.03.89. Yates, playing at outside left, scored  the 2nd, 3rd and 6th goals as England won 6-1.
 England's selection was weakened due to the fact that 4 FA Cup ties were played on this day (featuring Preston North End, The Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanders, West Bromwich Albion  and  AstonVilla).

Walter Gilliat 1893
Gilliat (who later became a reverend) was an Old Carthusian and Oxford Blue (1892). 
The  23 year old played at inside left for England against Ireland at Wellington Road on 25.02.93. Gilliat was called up the day before the match when Cunliffe Gosling withdrew with an injury. England fielded 7 debutants, including G.O Smith. 
Gilliat scored the first 3 of England's goals (in the 8th,18th and 30th minutes) in a 6-1 win.

John Veitch 1894
Old Westminsters' 24 year old inside left came into the England side that faced Wales at The Racecourse, Wrexham  on 12.03.94. England won 5-1 with Veitch getting the 1st, 3rd and 4th goals. Contemporary reports suggest that the first and second of his goals were of a particularly high quality.

Frank Bradshaw 1908
Vivian Woodward scored 4 goals in England's resounding win over Austria in Vienna on 08.06.08. The Wednesday's 24 year old centre forward Frank Bradshaw bagged 3 in an 11-1 win.

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