Wales hat trick heroes
* Paging through the results I learned that Robert Earnshaw's hat-trick is the 15th for Wales. Incredibly, he is also the 15th different hat-trick hero for Wales. So, if Earnie could pull off another hat-trick he'd be the first Wales player ever to do it twice. How likely is that though? After all, he'll reach the advanced age of 23 on April 6!
* Five of the 15 hat-tricks have been scored at Ireland's expense, the last of the five occurring in 1906. In fact, all of the first five hat-tricks were scored against Ireland. Another three have come against Northern Ireland.
* Ninian Park has seen four of the hat-tricks, Toshack's against Scotland the last, in 1979. By the way, that last hat-trick for a Wales player against Scotland was also the only one against the Scots before Earnie's last night.
Here's the list:
1882 - J. Price, four goals v Ireland at the Racehorse Ground, Wrexham, on February 25.
1885 - H. Sisson, three goals v Ireland at Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, on April 11.
1888 - J. Doughty, four goals v Ireland at the Racehorse Ground, on March 3.
1889 - R. H. Jarrett, three goals v Ireland at Ballynafeigh Park, on April 27.
1906 - A. W. Green, three goals v Ireland at the Racehorse Ground, on April 2.
1943 - G. Lowrie, three goals v England at Wembley Stadium, London, on February 27.
1949 - Trevor Ford, three goals v Belgium at Ninian Park, Cardiff, on November 23.
1955 - John Charles, three goals v Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast, on April 20.
1957 - D. Palmer, three goals v East Germany at Ninian Park, on September 25.
1962 - Mel Charles, four goals v Northern Ireland at Ninian Park, on April 11.
1963 - Cliff Jones, three goals v Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, on April 3.
1978 - I. Edwards, four goals v Malta at the Racehorse Ground, on October 25.
1979 - John Toshack, three goals v Scotland at Ninian Park, on May 19.
1992 - Ian Rush, three goals v the Faroe Islands at Arms Park, Cardiff, on September 9.
2004 - Robert Earnshaw, three goals v Scotland at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on February 18.