Geoff Hurst



Sir Geoff joined West Ham as an apprentice in 1957.  He signed full professional forms in 1959 and made his league debut at the City Ground in 1960.  He went on to make 411 league appearances, scoring 180 goals, plus 88 Cup appearances, scoring 68 goals and became the First Division's leading goal scorer for six consecutive years. 

Sir Geoff was voted Player of the Year three times in 1965/66, 66/67 and 68/69.  During his time with West Ham, other honours include FA Cup Winners in 1964 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965.

In a distinguished career, Sir Geoff won 49 caps and scored 24 goals for England but is best remembered, of course, for scoring a hat trick in the 1966 World Cup Final triumph against Germany; an achievement which has never been matched.

Sir Geoff transferred to Stoke City from West Ham in 1972 before moving to West Bromwich Albion in 1975.  He became Player Manager for Telford United in 1976, moved to Chelsea as Manager in 1979 and, in 1982, became Coach for the Kuwait Sporting Club.

After leaving full time football, Sir Geoff enjoyed a second career as a successful businessman in the extended warranty insurance business. He was knighted in 1999 in recognition of his services to football.

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for your wonderful contribution to our event in Berlin. The audience enjoyed your participation and insights very much.  They also welcomed the opportunity to spend time with you during the evening. Thanks so much for being so accommodating and friendly.  You made many people, not least the mad football fans, very happy. We would certainly recommend you for future events.  Sir Geoff Hurst spoke at the Rovi Industry Briefing in Berlin - September 2010

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