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Memories wanted for Geoff Hurst book

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: September 01, 2011

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ONLY one man has ever scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final and he lives in Cheltenham.

Now Sir Geoff Hurst and his management team are asking all of us to help make his 70th birthday a special one.

The striker who became a national hero when helping England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966 will be at a charity event on December 8.

To mark his birthday, his representatives want to present him with a book featuring people's memories of the famous match.

Jacqueline Alexander, from his management team, said: "By sharing your memories and photographs, and those of your friends and family, we can build a picture of the nation on July 30, 1966, as a lasting tribute to a day when the nation united and celebrated with the team that lifted the Jules Rimet trophy.

"As a former president of the children's charity, Sparks, Sir Geoff is guest of honour at this year's annual winter ball on December 8, his birthday. HRH Princess of Kent will be presenting him with a life presidency award for the charity. Your memories of 1966 will be part of this glittering occasion.

"The best ones will be included in a book to be presented to Sir Geoff during his birthday celebrations."

Sir Geoff has long championed the importance of the national squad, knowing that if you lift the World Cup, you lift the entire country. He is backing the initiative and said: "Having experienced the full impact of a World Cup win on the country as a whole, I know a win lifts the spirits of the whole nation, not just football fans.

"The team of '66 were surprised and humbled by the reaction – it was tremendous."

His management team is keen to know whether it was your dad who ran on to the pitch at the end of the game or whether your family had a party after the glorious result.

It wonders whether you watched the game on TV or missed it due to work.

Memories of when England ruled the football world on that famous sunny day at Wembley Stadium can be sent to Sir Geoff's website at www.geoff hurst.com.

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