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Robbie Fowler’s only hat-trick in the A-League came at HBF Park

Joel Smith | Monday 13th December 2021
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HBF Park has played host to some famous Brits over the years, with the venue formerly known as Perth Oval happy to throw open its doors to visitors from the other side of the world.

Most of the stellar names to have graced such a stage have done so with a microphone in hand. Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, and Ed Sheeran have all rocked out in Western Australia. Not to be outdone, the odd famous face from the world of sport has also passed through its doors.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, a man with 26 England caps to his name, spent two years in Australia between 2009 and 2011. He was never truly prolific for North Queensland Fury or Perth Glory but ended both of his playing seasons in the country as the top scorer at two different clubs.

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North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory thought they had done enough homework when plucking Fowler from the deepest of talent pools but will likely feel as though they could have got more bang for their buck. There was, however, one contribution from a striker affectionately known as ‘God’ at Anfield that will live long in the memory. Robbie Fowler once registered the fastest hat-trick the Premier League had ever seen – at a little over four minutes and 30 seconds – and struck one treble during his stint in Australia.

That solitary match ball was secured in a meeting with Melbourne Victory in Perth during the 2010/11 season. It took him 71 minutes to get there, but there were no complaints from those in attendance at having to show a little patience on this occasion. Fowler remains one of the more notable imports to have turned out in the A-League, and enjoyed his time south of the equator so much that he returned in a coaching capacity at Brisbane Roar some eight years later.

There have been more notable names to have trodden that path before and since, but a man from Merseyside stands alongside some illustrious compatriots from his particular corner of the world when it comes to boasting a small part of history at HBF Park.

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HBF Park has played host to some famous Brits over the years, with the venue formerly known as Perth Oval happy to throw open its doors to visitors from the other side of the world.
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