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Tommy Ross with newspaper reports from the time of his historic hat-trick

The scorer of the fastest hat-trick in football, Tommy Ross, has died, one of his former football clubs has said.

Mr Ross held the Guinness World Record for three goals scored in 90 seconds when he was 18 and playing for Ross County against Nairn County in 1964.

His death has been announced by Tain club, St Duthus FC, which he managed. Mr Ross was 70.

Inver-born Mr Ross also played for English clubs including Peterborough United and Wigan Athletic.

He was also a player for York City FC and Lancashire club Rossendale United before later returning to the Highlands.

Mr Ross’ hat-trick beat a previous record time for three goals set by a Gillingham player in the 1950s.

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Mr Ross was a player with Ross County when he scored his record-breaking hat-trick

North Highland Caledonian League club St Duthus has posted tributes to Mr Ross, who scored his hat-trick at County’s ground in Dingwall, on social media.

The club tweeted: “Everyone at St Duthus Football Club wishes to extend their deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to Tommy’s family and close friends at this difficult time.”

Ross County has retweeted the tribute.

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Tain’s St Duthus FC has paid tribute to its former manager Tommy Ross

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