England cap of West Ham hero Geoff Hurst expected to fetch thousands

Sir Geoff Hurst with his footballing memorabilia, including cap Picture: Fiona Hans

Sir Geoff Hurst with his footballing memorabilia, including cap Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Images - Credit: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

The first England cap won by West Ham’s 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst, which he sold for £3,290 sixteen years ago, is up for sale again – but this time is set to fetch nearer £6,000 at an auction.

Sir Geoff sold his cap at Christie’s on September 28, 2000. Now it is expected to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000 at Graham Budd Auctions in London next Tuesday.

The striker was 24 when he was awarded the cap for his debut for England – against West Germany at Wembley on February 22, 1966 – just five months before he made history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, also against West Germany at Wembley, on July 30, 1966.

The 74-year-old sold many of his football mementoes at the auction in September 2000 for more than a quarter of a million pounds, including the red number-ten England shirt he wore in that historic 1966 World Cup final, which alone sold for £91,750.

West Ham are thought to have paid Sir Geoff around £150,000 for his 1966 World Cup winners’ medal.

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Between February 1966 and April 1972, Sir Geoff scored 24 goals in 49 matches for England.

For West Ham, he scored 180 goals in 411 Football League appearances.

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In their book, West Ham: A Complete Record, John Northcutt and Roy Shoesmith said: “He was a pioneering near-post goalscorer, he unselfishly ran and provided for others, his penalty-taking style was typical of the way he reacted in the area – powerful and explosive rather than subtle and dainty.”

Father-of-three Sir Geoff was belatedly knighted in 1998 and he is also among a comparatively small number of footballers to be invited to appear in Who’s Who.

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