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Sheoo Mewalal
Sheoo Mewalal

The first player ever to score a hat-trick for India in an international football match was R. Lumsden. He achieved the feat in a friendly match against Australia on 24 September 1938, at the Sydney Showground, although India lost the match 5–4. Since independence in 1947, nine Indian players have scored a hat-trick in an international football match. No Indian player has ever scored more than three goals in a single game. The first player after independence to score a hat-trick for India was Sheoo Mewalal (pictured) in a 4–0 victory over Burma in the 1952 Colombo Quadrangular Tournament. Sunil Chhetri is the only Indian footballer to have scored a hat-trick more than once; he has achieved the feat three times, the latest of which came in India's 5–0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the opening match of the 2018 Intercontinental Cup. Neville D'Souza was the first Asian to score a hat-trick in the history of Olympic football. He achieved the feat in a 4–2 victory over Australia at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. (Full list...)

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Elsie Leslie

Elsie Leslie (August 14, 1881 – October 31, 1966) was an American actress, the country's first child star and the highest-paid and most popular child actress of her era. She came to prominence in 1887 with her performance in Editha's Burglar opposite E. H. Sothern at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. She achieved further fame with her roles in Little Lord Fauntleroy in 1888 and The Prince and the Pauper in 1890. Leslie was a great letter writer, maintaining a correspondence with leading actors, actresses and statesmen. Although most of her correspondents were adult, two were girls nearer her own age: Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Keller. She took a break from acting, returning to the stage in 1898, but did not manage to recapture the old magic as an adult. This photograph from 1899, taken by Zaida Ben-Yusuf, shows Leslie playing the role of Lydia Languish in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals.

Photograph credit: Zaida Ben-Yusuf; restored by Adam Cuerden

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