On this day 1941: Geoff Hurst was born
By Emma Sanders
West Ham legend Sir Geoff Hurst was born on 8th December 1941 and went on to become one of the club’s best ever goal-scorer after producing heroics for England.
The Lancashire-born star moved to London at the age of 17 when he was successful in a trial for West Ham under then-manager Ron Greenwood.
He initially started off as a box-to-box midfielder but quickly emerged as one of the best strikers in the club and went on to enjoy a successful 13 year career with West Ham.
Hurst made history in 1966 when he became the only player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final after England produced the most famous match of the country’s history to become world champions.
He became a club legend and an England icon but his success didn’t just come on the international stage and he won two major trophies with West Ham, including the FA Cup.
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The striker played at the club between 1959 and 1972, scoring 248 goals in 499 appearances before eventually joining England World Cup teammate Gordon Banks during a spell at Stoke City.
He spent a final season in England with West Bromwich Albion before moving to Seattle Sounders where he helped them reach the play-offs for the first time in their history.
Hurst retired from football shortly afterwards and went into management but his time at West Ham was already written into folklore.
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