Profile: Things you didn't know

A few facts you probably didn't know... or did you?

Double trouble

It was way back in 1968 but Sir Geoff Hurst remains the most recent British-based player to notch a double hat-trick in a top-flight league match. On 19 October, 1968, Geoff scored a double hat-trick during a game against Sunderland at Upton Park. The match resulted in an 8-0 victory - the other two goals were scored by Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking. Ronald Atkin of The Observer wrote: "Hurst was allowed to keep the matchball as a momento, which was only proper since he had it for most of the afternoon." [read more] (With thanks to Danny McGeevy for the heads up on this one.)

Three degrees

In university degrees, a 'Geoff Hurst' is rhyming slang for a First.
And, just for the record:
A 2:1 is known as an Attila the Hun
A 2:2 is known as a Desmond Tutu
A Third is known as a Douglas Hurd or a Thora Hird

His cup floweth over

Geoff holds the record for the most goals scored in the Carling Cup, formerly known as the League Cup. He shares the record of 49 goals with Ian Rush but Geoff scored his goals in fewer games.

Hat trick heroes

Who was the next footballer to score a hat-trick for England after Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final? asked Malcolm Banks
The next hat-trick for England in a full international after the 1966 World Cup final was by none other than Geoff Hurst - in a 5-0 victory over France at Wembley in March 1969. Since then 12 different men have completed international hat-tricks for England, the most recent being by Jermain Defoe against Bulgaria at Wembley in September 2010. Gary Lineker scored five hat-tricks (including two lots of four goals), one behind Jimmy Greaves' England record of six. [read more]

Down to earth, literally

On the day after his hat-trick made history, when every reporter and photographer wanted a piece of Geoff Hurst, they went round to his house and there he was, mowing the lawn. [read more]


Geoff was the 'target man' before the term entered football vocabulary. England went into the World Cup final without an orthodox winger. As a result the ball tended to be played forward from deeper positions. It was Geoff's job to hold the ball until support arrived. Although the term had yet to enter the football vocabulary, Hurst was the 'target man'. (Robert Galvin, the author of Football's Greatest Heroes)

A matter of choice

Alf Ramsey selected Hurst as his first-choice in the attack for six years between 1966 and 1972, the longest run of any forward during his time as manager. (Robert Galvin, the author of Football's Greatest Heroes)

A united front?

In late 1966, Matt Busby put in a bid of 200,000 for Geoff Hurst. The bid was double the record at that time. Busby telephoned from Poland, where United were playing in the European Cup. Ron Greenwood sent a now famous telegram in reply. It read: Busby, Manchester United, Gornik. No. Greenwood.' (Robert Galvin, the author of Football's Greatest Heroes)


The fans called Geoff 'Puffer' at West Ham United because of his habit of puffing out his cheeks when he kicked the ball. "It was just a habit," Geoff says, "I wasn't aware I was doing it!".

Sir Geoff Hurst

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 across the world.