Geoff Hurst

Hurst started his playing career at West Ham United in the midfield position but was moved to the position of centre forward by the manager Ron Greenwood. While at West Ham he was in the team that won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup in 1965.

He was called up to the England squad in 1966 by Alf Ramsey and his inclusion into the world cup squad was initially just to provide options to the partnership of Jimmy Greaves and Roger Hunt. Greaves suffered an injury forcing Ramsey to play Hurst in the early games, when Greave had recovered Ramsey opted to keep Hurst in the squad and faced a backlash from the press in doing so, however the 4-2 result and a hat-trick from Hurst soon silenced the critics, although some German fans may feel some of the goals should have been disallowed!

When his playing career had finished he went into football management and started off as assistant to his ex boss at West Ham Ron Greenwood he then went on to manage Chelsea for 3 years.

International Career

Team Years Appearances Goals Goals to Game Ratio
England 1966 - 1972 49 24 0.49
Total 49 24 0.49


Geoff Hurst is one of the few footballers who have had the honour of being knighted.