Nigerian striker Efan Ekoku was on a roll when Norwich City rolled into Goodison on September 25th, 1993.
Just ten days prior, Ekoku had scored the Canaries’ first ever goal in European competition, finding the net in their 3-0 first-leg win over Vitesse Arnhem in the first round of the UEFA Cup (Norwich went on to famously beat Bayern Munich over two legs in the second round before eventually succumbing to Inter Milan in the third).
Next up came Everton, and Norwich, on a high from their continental exploits, absolutely bowled the home side over – thumping the Toffees 5-1 on their own patch with Ekoku helping himself to not one, not two, not three, but four goals in the process.
In fact, the lanky forward took just 25 minutes to complete his afternoon’s haul.
Ekoku therefore became the very first player to score four goals in a Premier League match – a record he held onto for some 18 months before Manchester United hitman Andy Cole surpassed him with a five-goal outing against Norwich’s local rivals Ipswich in March 1995.
Ekoku’s four goals in a Premier League away game remains a record, though one he jointly holds with Jurgen Klinsmann, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Owen, Andrey Arshavin and Edin Dzeko.