||8 Dec 1941
Geoff Hurst stands unique as the only man to have scored a hat-trick in
a World Cup final. He was born in Ashton-under-lyne, Lancashire, in 1941
and turned professional with West Ham United. Between 1959 and 1972 he
made over 400 league appearances and scored 180 goals, helping the Hammers
win the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winner's cup the following
year. Both matches were at Wembley and Hurst made it a remarkable hat-trick
in 1966, when England lifted the Jules Rimet trophy.
His second goal in that final was one of the most controversial in World
Cup history when his shot hit the crossbar and bounced over the line(?).
Hurst had made his debut, against West Germany, only five months before
the World Cup and it was an injury to Jimmy Greaves that saw him into the
side in the finals, where he scored the winner against Argentina in the
quarter final. He also appeared in the 1970 World Cup and in 1972 he moved
to Stoke City before finishing his career at West Bromwich Albion. Hurst
won 49 caps and scored 24 goals for England. He managed Chelsea and Telford
United and assisted Ron Greenwood with the national squad. His appearance
for Essex against Lancashire means that he is the only first-class cricketer
to have won a World Cup winner's medal at soccer.
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