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Football idiosyncrasies


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So there are some old traditions and idiosyncrasies in football that are quite unique. 

Where do they come from? Is there any meaning to them? 

For example why a “hat trick” for three goals (not just football specific)? Then when you score a hat trick why do you get to keep the match ball?

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A hat trick is borrowed from cricket. The story goes that a guy called H H Stephenson, who was an England international bowler, took three wickets in three balls and the crowd were so impressed that they had a whip round (for these were amateur days) and quite literally bought him a new hat with the proceeds.  The term stuck and crossed over into other sports. 

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