Claridge toasts treble against old club

Steve Claridge celebrates his hat-trick goal from the spot against Wolves in August, 2000
Steve Claridge celebrates his hat-trick goal from the spot against Wolves in August, 2000
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

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Steve Claridge celebrates his hat-trick goal after blasting Pompey to a 3-1 win over Wolves at Fratton Park.

The striker tormented his former club to lead the Blues to their first victory of the division one season in August, 2000.

Claridge completed his treble inside the first 31 minutes - the last coming from the penalty spot - had another effort cleared off the line in the first half and, after the break, saw an intended centre rebound off the bar.