On this day in 1975, England thrashed Cyprus 5-0 in a European Championship qualifier at the Empire Stadium at Wembley and Malcolm Macdonald scored all five goals.

Don Revie started Peter Shilton, Paul Madeley, Kevin Beattie, Colin Bell, David Watson, Colin Todd, Alan Ball, Mick Channon, MacDonald, Alan Hudson and Kevin Keegan, but it was the Newcastle man who stole the headlines.

From David Potter’s ‘Newcastle United On This Day – History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year’

Macdonald’s first goal came in the second minute where he headed home uncontested from a free-kick. His second goal came at the half-hour mark and

saw him convert a cut back with a scuffed effort. He sealed his hat-trick minutes after restart with a poachers goal from close range, beating the goalkeeper to a knockdown.

The forward’s fourth was mere minutes later and was a thunderous header from a pinpoint cross. And Macdonald’s fifth came in the dying minutes of normal time and was another headed effort after a cross bypassed the goalkeeper.

The 71-year-old spent five years at Newcastle between 1971 and 1976, making more than 250 appearances in all competitions and scoring 138 goals. He was an FA Cup and League Cup runner-up for the Magpies but made their Hall of Fame.

Macdonald opened his account for England in that Cyprus win but would go on to score only one more goal before bowing out of international football. The Fulham-born striker made a total of 14 caps between 1972 and 1975, scoring six goals.

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