When Brentford kicked off their Emirates FA Cup campaign four weeks ago, Bryan Mbeumo set a new club record. Brentford beat Port Vale 4-1 in a third round draw in early January. Bryan came off the substitutes’ bench to score a hat-trick.
This earned him a series of awards and recognition. He was nominated for the Player of the Round award and was named to the Team of the Round. He has also been named in a five-man team in the tournament so far. Bryan also broke new ground as a Brentford FC player.
When he struck a penalty to complete his hat-trick at Vale Park, Bryan became the first player in our history to come off the substitutes’ bench and score three goals. It was introduced in the 62n/a minute and scored in three minutes. Within 25 minutes of his introduction, he scored a hat-trick.
Substitutes were first introduced to English football in the 1965/66 season. The first Brentford player to come on as a substitute was Hughie McLaughlin against Oldham Athletic in October 1965, while the first to come on and score was Billy Cobb, against Oxford United later that season. It happened under unusual circumstances when Cobb replaced injured goaltender Chic Brodie with Mel Scott taking his place between the sticks. Cobb came on and scored in a 5-1 win.
Goal-scoring substitutes aren’t uncommon, but FA Cup hat-tricks are. The last before Bryan to do so was Matt Harrold in a first-round draw against Gainsborough Trinity in 2003. It was over 20 years before that – Tony Mahoney in 1982 – the last was scored. Bryan has certainly innovated at Port Vale.
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