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Caught in time 1968.

Byline: Doug Thomson ,

Geoff vowden entered football's record books as Town came a cropper in their Second Division game down at Birmingham City.

The Barnsley-born former Nottingham Forest striker became the first substitute to score a hat trick in a Football League game as Ian Greaves's side slumped 5-1 in front of 25,001 at St Andrews.

Town, with Greaves new at the helm, had travelled to the West Midlands in optimistic mood.

They were unbeaten in five, and having just held Carlisle and much-fancied Middlesbrough to league draws at Brunton Park and Ayresome Park, had pushed reigning top-flight champions Manchester City all the way in a League Cup second-round tie, forcing a Maine Road replay after a 0-0 stalemate.

While Town were mid-table, Stan Cullis's Blues were rock-bottom with just one win in six, and had conceded three goals a game on average.

They had also suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea in the League Cup, with centre-back Winston Foster scoring an own goal.

While his defence was leaky, Cullis's response had to been to sign an inside-forward, paying Leeds pounds 70,000 for Jimmy Greenhoff, who made his second appearance against Town and slotted his side's opening goal after 26 minutes.

Within 10 minutes, Blues were two to the good after frontman Fred Pickering headed home from Greenhoff's well-placed cross.

Town had created plenty of chances themselves, the closest falling to Jimmy Lawson (above), whose shot from Paul Aimson's pass hit the inside of a post and rolled back to grateful goalkeeper Jim Herriot.

Greaves's men finally found the net on 63 minutes, when substitute Frank Worthington, who had only just come on for Lawson, tucked home the rebound after a Jimmy Nicholson shot struck an upright.

If visiting fans had hopes of a fightback, they were over within 12 minutes, by which time Blues led 4-1 after Vowden, who had come on for Ron Wylie five minutes after the restart, first headed home from Bert Murray's 72nd-minute centre, then nodded in a corner from future Town player Phil Summerill.

An unhappy afternoon for Town was crowned when goalkeeper John Oldfield fumbled a Pickering shot and Vowden pounced from close range.

Town were left six off the foot of a table led by Charlton, who beat Portsmouth 2-1 at The Valley.

Carlisle, crushed 5-0 at second-placed Crystal Palace, were now propping up the division.

Millwall completed a capital stranglehold at the summit by winning 4-2 at Blackburn to be third.

Back at Leeds Road, another future Town player, Steve Kindon, scored a superb solo goal to give Burnley's second string a 4-3 win over Town Reserves.

Scorers for the home side, who led 2-1 at half-time in the Central League fixture, were trialist striker Mick Pamment (2) and Bobby Hoy (right).
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2006
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