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1718 burnley chris wood 01 1000x500Burnley Football Club history was created on 2nd March 1889 when Jack Yates played for England in a 6-1 win against Ireland at Anfield in Liverpool, then the home of Everton Football Club.

Yates, whose direct descendant Adam Kay made the first team squad nine years ago, was the first Burnley player to be called up and play for his country, but he went one better than that and scored a hat trick, netting England’s second, fourth and fifth goals.

Sadly, he was never called up again although several Burnley players have represented their countries since, but it wasn’t until today that anyone could repeat Yates’ feat of scoring three times.

The latest player to be added to our list of internationals is recent signing Chris Wood. He captained New Zealand today in a World Cup qualifier against the Solomon Islands in Auckland and scored three of the goals as they repeated the scoreline of 6-1 from all those years ago.

The first was a left foot shot from close range and the second a right foot lob over the goalkeeper from just outside the box. His hat trick, also with his right foot came from a free kick from around 25 yards.

The two sides meet again in Honiara next week with the winners going through to a play-off against the team finishing fifth in South America for a place in next year’s World Cup Finals in Russia.

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