Sir Ge­off Hurst on ‘that’ game

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As boy­hood dreams go, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than be­com­ing the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Fi­nal. And it hon­estly couldn’t have hap­pened to a nicer man than Hurst, as ev­ery­one who at­tended his con­ver­sa­tion with writer and sports broad­caster Danny Kelly will tes­tify — hon­est, funny, hum­ble and he even stayed late for ques­tions de­spite hav­ing an an­niver­sary din­ner with his wife to get to. Self-dep­re­cat­ing too:

“Strangely enough, I wasn’t the man of the match in the fi­nal. That was a lit­tle red-headed guy called Alan Ball, who was 21 years of age. We talk about lack of pas­sion

[in some mod­ern play­ers]: he, I al­ways ar­gue, was the most pas­sion­ate player ever to rep­re­sent Eng­land. He played four or five caps un­der Alf Ram­sey, a year be­fore me, when he was 20. And he said to Alf af­ter a cou­ple of caps, ‘Alf, if you want your shirt back, you’re go­ing to have to tear it off my back.’ That was how pas­sion­ate he was. So, he was man of the match in the fi­nal, and the play­ers on the field cer­tainly en­dorsed that.”

Ge­off Hurst scores Eng­land’s con­tro­ver­sial third goal against

West Ger­many in the World Cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley, 1966

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