Craigroyston defeated by two hat-tricks from players called Garry Thomson

Players with the same name each scored a hat-trick for East of Scotland League side Thornton Hibs to defeat Craigroyston at the weekend.

Monday, 30th November 2020, 3:38 pm
Thornton had Garry Thomson and Garry Thomson to thank for the goals against Craigroyston
Thornton had Garry Thomson and Garry Thomson to thank for the goals against Craigroyston

The rare feat came in a 6-2 win for the visitors to St Mark’s Park in Conference A of the Central Taxis East of Scotland First Division.

Garry Thomson, and Garry Thomson, were both on target three times each and what’s more the duo even combined to lay on the other’s second goal to register an assist each too during the rout which lifted the Hibs into fifth in the table and left the home side ninth after eight games.

Once the Thomson twins had sent Craig Gilbert’s visitors 6-0 ahead the home side pulled consolations back in the closing stages through Gavin Pettigrew and Ryan Robertson says the match report in our sister title, Fife Today.

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And, predictably, after such a freak occurence the goal-scoring Garry’s could not be separated by the selectors of the man of the match award, so the prize was shared by both hat-trick heroes for their respective trebles.

While hat-tricks for the same named players is unique – same-named players at clubs are not so unusual.

Among the best-known examples, former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele briefly shared a dressing room with midfielder Moussa Dembele at Fulham, while in the 1990s Coventry City had two Paul Williams on their books.

Just last year Queen’s Park Rangers sold Matt Smith to Millwall, before signing another player of the same name, on the same day, from Manchester City.

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