Geoff Hurst

Geoff Hurst or Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst MBE is an English former professional footballer.

A striker, he remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, when England recorded a 4-2 victory over West Germany at the old Wembley Stadium in 1966.

Geoff Hurst began his career with West Ham United, where he scored 242 goals in 500 first team appearances.

There he won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965.

He was sold to Stoke City in 1972 for £80,000. After three seasons with Stoke, he finished his Football League career with West Bromwich Albion in 1976.

Geoff Hurst went to play football in Ireland (Cork Celtic) and the USA (Seattle Sounders) before returning to England to manage non-league Telford United.

He also coached in the England set-up before an unsuccessful stint as Chelsea manager from 1979 to 1981.

He later coached Kuwait SC before leaving the game to concentrate on his business commitments.

In total, he scored 24 goals in 49 England appearances, and as well as success in the 1966 World Cup he also appeared at UEFA Euro 1968 and the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

He also had a brief cricket career, making one First-class appearance for Essex in 1962, before concentrating on football.


It’s one of the great sporting ironies that the most crucial goal in English football history may, not have been a goal.

Geoff Hurst’s first injury-time strike in the 1966 World Cup final gave England a 3-2 advantage against West Germany, the forward swiveling and cannoning the ball off the underside of the bar.

Did it cross the line? Any English fan will tell you it did. Germans will forever swear it didn’t.

The Swiss referee and Soviet linesman deliberated, before sending Wembley into raptures.

We all know what happened next. Geoff Hurst ran clear to grab his hat-trick; they thought it was all over (it was), and England crowned as World Cup winners for the first – and, so far, only – time.

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