There was, I suppose, some cosmic inevitability that Malcolm MacDonald would bring something special to this pre-Christmas party at Highbury. The visitors, Newcastle United, were the club at which he had made his name as the pre-eminent predator in the English game at that time.
Whether there was any expectation of a hat-trick, I doubt. It was his first for the club and wouldn’t be the last. It is often overlooked that Pat Howard was also playing against his former employers.
This is the Match of the Day recording of the game.