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Wednesday 25 September 2013

On this day in 1993: Efan Ekoku first to hit four

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Norwich striker setting a goalscoring record rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day – 25 September 1993 Everton 1-5 Norwich City

Efan Ekoku became the first player in the Barclays Premier League to score four goals. Having seen his side go behind to a 13th-minute strike by Paul Rideout, the Nigeria striker, who 10 days earlier had scored Norwich’s first goal in European competition, struck four times in succession between the 44th and 69th minutes to put his side in control. Chris Sutton added a fifth for Norwich.

The record of Ekoku lasted less than 18 months until Andrew Cole’s five goals for Manchester United against Ipswich Town on 4 March 1995. As a scoring landmark away from home it has yet to be beaten, but has been matched six times: Gianluca Vialli (1997), Jurgen Klinsmann (1998), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (1999), Michael Owen (2003), Andrey Arshavin (2009), Edin Dzeko (2011).

Ekoku scored 12 goals in the league for Norwich that season before moving to Wimbledon in October 1994. There he was on the scoresheet a further 37 times in 123 Barclays Premier League matches. Overall his league record is 160 appearances and 52 goals.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the first time in the competition's history that a player scored four goals in one match