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RETRO FOOTBALL CLIP: One Of The Quickest Hat-tricks In Champions League History - By Who?

RETRO FOOTBALL CLIP: One Of The Quickest Hat-tricks In Champions League History - By Who?
By Conor Neville

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Blackburn Rovers' brief flirtation with Champions League football in 1995-96 is forgotten by most football fans, a fact which pleases many people, most notably Blackburn Rovers supporters.

It was an era when English teams suffered in Europe - Arsenal being schooled by Benfica, Leeds losing to Rangers, Manchester United losing to the likes of Galatasaray and IFK Gotheburg - and they struggled to get to grips with European competition again after their five year exile.

Blackburn's efforts in 1995-96 probably represented the nadir as they finished bottom in a group containing Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw and Rosenborg.

However, their campaign did at least finish with a flourish with a 4-1 spanking of Rosenborg in front of a half-full Ewood Park. And we witnessed the record for the quickest Champions League hat-trick in history, a record which stood for another sixteen years until 2011.

Noted feminist Mike Newell banged in three goals in the space of nine minutes to ensure his place in Champions League history. This was more goals than he had managed in the entirety of Blackburn's triumphant 1994-95 season. Three more in fact.

After 30 minutes Blackburn and Rosenborg were tied at 1-1. By 40 minutes, thanks to Newell, it was now 4-1.

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His record stood for a whole 16 years until Dynamo Zagreb lay down for Lyon in the final group game in 2011-12 and Bafetimbi Gomis nabbed a hat-trick with goals either side of half-time.

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