Wood joins exclusive club of players with a Boxing Day hat-trick

26 Dec 2023
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest

We look at the Forest striker's rare achievements after his treble against former club Newcastle

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With his hat-trick against his former club Newcastle United, Chris Wood not only fired Nottingham Forest to their first win under new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and boosted the club's bid for safety, he also joined an exclusive group of players.

Wood became just the seventh player in Premier League history to score a treble on Boxing Day, and the first for six years, since Harry Kane did so for Tottenham Hotspur in a 5-2 win against Southampton in 2017.

PL players to score Boxing Day hat-trick
Player Club Opponent Year
Thierry Henry Arsenal Leicester 2000
Kevin Phillips Sunderland Bradford 2000
Robbie Fowler Leeds Bolton 2001
Dimitar Berbatov Man Utd Wigan 2011
Gareth Bale Spurs Aston Villa 2012
Harry Kane Spurs Southampton 2017
Chris Wood Nott'm Forest Newcastle 2023

It was one of many rare feats that Wood achieved with his goals at St James' Park.

The 32-year-old became only the second Forest player to score a Premier League hat-trick, after Kevin Campbell in 1996.

He is also only the fourth player to score a hat-trick against a former club, after Andy Cole against Newcastle, Marcus Bent against Blackburn Rovers and Joshua King against Everton.

Furthermore, Wood scored more goals at St James' Park today than he did in 18 Premier League appearances there as a Newcastle player. He only scored one top-flight home goal for the Magpies.

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