Elliott's 3 goal debut 'a rare and beautiful thing'

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    Elliott Charles' stunning hat-trick on New Year's Day started the year off right for the Beavers, humbling Middlesex rivals Wealdstone on their own turf.

    However, a discussion with the club historian Les Rance has shown that Elliott's debutant hat-track is a rare event in the history of Hampton as a Senior club.

    Les has been digging in the records and discovered, to the best of his knowledge, it could be only the second 3 goal performance on debut by a Hampton player.

    The only other occurance that he's been able to find happened all the way back in the 60's.

    Against BAC Weybridge in the quarter-final of the 1967-68 Southern Combination Cup, Dave Boothman scored three on his first senior appearance in a Hampton shirt, coming out of the reserves for the match back on 27th September 1967.

    The match ended with a 3-0 victory for the Beavers that night, but unfortunately they tumbled out of the competition the following May in a 2-0 semi-final replay defeat against Staines Town.

    Dave Boothman didn't make many appearances for the Beavers, just 5 in total but scoring 6 times; Les believes that in the following spring, he went on to join Brentford, playing as an amateur at Griffin Park.

    Photo (c) Ben Harrison-Hyde

    Updated 08:03 - 3 Jan 2018 by Rob Overfield
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