Arsenal were on a bit of a roll as the 1930-31 season started. A run of eight wins and two draws in the opening ten games, the last of which was a Charity Shield victory over Sheffield Wednesday, set them in good stead for the campaign which lay ahead.
Although he failed to find the net in the opening day win over Blackpool, Jack Lambert made up for lost time with hat-tricks against Bolton and Sunderland amongst the eleven goals he scored in the subsequent five games.
On this day against Birmingham City, Lambert completed a unique hat-trick of hat-tricks, for all three of the trebles were scored in away matches. Inside the opening four weeks of the season. He would also score three times at Leicester and Middlesbrough as Arsenal charged towards the League title.
After this match, Lambert had to wait until November before scoring another hat-trick, grabbing four in the 7 – 2 win over Racing Club in the annual Charity match. Of course, it was in Paris. In fact he would not score a hat-trick in a home match until 22nd November against Middlesbrough – was this the first time that an Arsenal player scored home and away against the same team in the same season? One to look at for a future post, I think.
In all Lambert scored eight hat-tricks that season amongst his forty-three goals in all competitions and friendlies (38 League, 1 FA Cup & 4 v Racing Club).