Fastest four goal frenzy in football history?

Liam Cooper celebrates with fellow goalscorer Dan Gardner by Tina Jenner Cheltenham Town v Chesterfield
Liam Cooper celebrates with fellow goalscorer Dan Gardner by Tina Jenner Cheltenham Town v Chesterfield

Well, have you seen or heard anything like that before?

Statisticians are scratching their heads, riffling through mountains of paperwork and watching endless YouTube clips to find out if Chesterfield’s four goals were the fastest four goals ever scored in the history of professional football.

Dan Gardner opened the floodgates on 21 minutes and 52 seconds. Eoin Doyle quickly made it two on 23 minutes. Ollie Banks got in on the act on 25 minutes and 25 seconds before Liam Cooper got a fourth on 28 minutes and 16 seconds.

The four goals the Spireites scored spanned a time of six minutes and 24 seconds, but is that the fastest four goal frenzy the world has ever known? Are Paul Cook’s men World Record Holders? Do records of such an accomplishment even exist?

So, while the Derbyshire Times team get on the case in the darkest rooms in the deepest corners of DT Towers, we take a little stroll down Memory Lane to review some of the fastest goals in the beautiful game...

Liverpool fans will recall Robbie Fowler’s famous hat-trick against Arsenal in August 1994 when he dismantled the old guard in the space of four minutes and 33 seconds at Anfield.

VIDEO: Fowler hat-trick v Arsenal

Following the Liverpool theme, the Spice Boys, led by Steve McManaman and a Fowler brace, blew Aston Villa out the water in March 1996 in the space of five minutes and 58 seconds.

VIDEO: Spice Boys go to town on Villa

The fastest Premiership goal is a toss up between Ledley King’s long range effort for Tottenham against Bradford City in December 2000 at Valley Parade.

VIDEO: King of the fastest goal?

And Alan Shearer’s opportunistic smash and grab for Newcastle United against Manchester City in January 2003 at St James’s Park.

Shear luck, or signs of a true marksman