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England cap of West Ham hero Geoff Hurst sold for £5,000

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 April 2016

Sir Geoff Hurst (second left) with Martin Peters, Ray Wilson and Stephanie Moore in front of the statue at West Ham's Boleyn Ground (Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Sir Geoff Hurst (second left) with Martin Peters, Ray Wilson and Stephanie Moore in front of the statue at West Ham's Boleyn Ground (Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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The first England cap won by West Ham’s 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst was sold for £5,000 today.

Hurst, now 74, originally sold the cap for £3,290 at Christie’s on September 28, 2000, but a mystery bidder snapped it up for more than one-a-half times that at Graham Budd Auctions.

The striker was 24 when he was awarded the cap for his debut against West Germany at Wembley on February 22, 1966 – five months before scoring three against the same opponents to win the Jules Rimet trophy.

Also on sale was the first England cap won by trail-blazing Leyton Orient legend Laurie Cunningham, which sold for £1,600.

The money will help pay for a statue of Mr Cunningham,which will be unveiled in West Bromwich in the summer.

The blue cap was awarded to Cunningham at the age of twenty three when he made his debut for England against Wales at Wembley on May 23,1979, when he became only the second black footballer to play for the senior England team.


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