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Hats off to Hitchens

Hats off to Hitchens

On this day in 1959, Gerry Hitchens scored five goals in an 11-1 demolition of Charlton Athletic at Villa Park.

Hitchens became only the fifth Villa player to score five in one game, while Bobby Thomson (2), Peter McParland (2), Ron Wylie and Jimmy MacEwan were also on target.

Heavy rain restricted the attendance to 21,291, but Villa were on a roll. 

They won their next two matches 5-0, Hitchens netting a hat-trick against Bristol City at Ashton Gate and two against Scunthorpe United on a day when the Villa Park attendance soared to over 37,000.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 14th November 1959