Pele celebrates after scoring his third goal against Newcastle United at Hong Kong Stadium on June 4, 1972. Photo: SCMP Pele celebrates after scoring his third goal against Newcastle United at Hong Kong Stadium on June 4, 1972. Photo: SCMP
Pele celebrates after scoring his third goal against Newcastle United at Hong Kong Stadium on June 4, 1972. Photo: SCMP

When Pele scored a hat-trick against Newcastle United in Hong Kong – and football hit heady heights

  • Several of the Brazilian’s 1,281 career goals came in Hong Kong on tour with club side Santos
  • His earlier trip to the city in 1970 had an inadvertent effect on the local game by attracting Derek Currie

Topic |   Hong Kong Premier League
Pele celebrates after scoring his third goal against Newcastle United at Hong Kong Stadium on June 4, 1972. Photo: SCMP Pele celebrates after scoring his third goal against Newcastle United at Hong Kong Stadium on June 4, 1972. Photo: SCMP
Pele celebrates after scoring his third goal against Newcastle United at Hong Kong Stadium on June 4, 1972. Photo: SCMP
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