Back then: 22 September 1966

Look what gets brushed under the carpet!
Source: Daily Mirror
By: Jacqueline Alexander

Clearing out an old cottage recently, it was a huge surprise to find Sir Geoff hiding under the carpet! As we pulled up the old and dusty rug, there, stuck to its reverse side, was a page from the Daily Mirror published on 22 September, 1966.

The article tells of Sir Geoff's skills, his post World Cup confidence and the widespread praise of his game.

"Hurst has got everything," says Derek Ufton, manager of Plymouth. "He is big and strong. He shoots well. He heads well. He is always on the move and he is completely unselfish. No one could ask for more."

With the carpet still attached to the newspaper, it has now been scanned and given a new home here on Sir Geoff's website. Click below to download a larger image to read the full article.

Sir Geoff Hurst MBE secured a unique place in the history of football when he became the first and, over 45 years later, still the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.

Knighted in 1998 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Sir Geoff holds a special place in the hearts of football fans and has become an iconic sporting figure.