November 1971: A Hat-Trick of Hat-tricks from SuperMac!


by Karl Hofer.

On November 20th 1971, Third Division side Bournemouth thrashed the Southern League’s Margate 11-0 in the First Round of the FA Cup. Bournemouth’s hero that day was Scottish forward Ted MacDougall who scored no less than nine of the Cherries’ eleven goals.

The club was still known as Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic when MacDougall joined them in the summer of 1969 from York City for £10,000. The Cherries were relegated to Division Four despite the 21 league goals scored by ‘SuperMac’ that season, but under new manager John Bond they bounced back at the first opportunity and were doing well in the Third Division when they faced Margate in the FA Cup.

MacDougall wasted no time by scoring five goals in the first half alone. Not satisfied with that MacDougall went on to score another four after the break, despite the Margate manager asking Bond jokingly to substitute the forward at halftime.

ted_macdougallThe Cherries went on to face Walsall in the Third Round. Presumably they took note of SuperMac’s performance against Margate and decided to mark him, as he was unable to get on the score-sheet and they were eliminated 1-0.

MacDougall moved to Manchester United in September 1972 when he was signed by Frank O’Farrell for a transfer fee of £200,000, but despite scoring on his debut he was unable to settle at the club. He played for a variety of other clubs, including West Ham, Norwich and Southampton, before a second stint at Bournemouth. He also represented Scotland on seven occasions, finding the net three times. After turning out for a number of non-league sides he hung up his boots for good in 1984 and is now coaching the Atlanta Silverbacks in the United States.

His 9 goals in a game by a single player is still an FA Cup record.


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