Date with a legend

Thurrock Gazette: Geoff Hurst withthe young Essex Royals Geoff Hurst withthe young Essex Royals

PLAYERS club officials and parents rubbed shoulders with England’s World Cup hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst when he visited Wickford club Essex Royals on Saturday.

The two-hour trip was part of Sir Geoff’s work as a McDonald’s grassroots football ambassador.

Club official Dawn Hutson said: “It was a lovely day and everyone went away with a smile.

Sir Geoff stayed longer than he was supposed to and signed everything.

He spoke to everyone of the teams and also kicked a few footballs.”

Sir Geoff scored three of England’s goals as they beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley in the famous 1966 World Cup final.

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