Sir Geoff Hurst Interview
“That was the day the manager of West Ham at the time, Ron Greenwood, moved me from midfield and played me as a striker. We were playing Liverpool at Upton Park, and won 1-0. I didn’t score, but the move up front transformed my career.
“Not just for that reason, but Ron – who went on to manage England – was a hugely positive influence on me. He was a brilliant coach and took me from a mediocre player messing about between football and cricket, and in truth taught me to play. He changed my career and my life, and took me to the highest level."
“Sir Alf had some great training methods – and really got into the tactical side of the game. Well, he must have known what he was doing – he’s still the only manager who’s guided our national team to the top of world football."
“Anyone who saw him will recall how assured he was on the ball, and how he could turn defence into attack instantly with pinpoint passes. I know, because I was often on the receiving end – probably most memorably for my third goal in the 1966 World Cup Final.
He was the best player in that tournament, which takes some doing when the world’s best players are there."
“My best memory of the successful FA Cup run was beating Manchester United 3-1 in the semi-final at Hillsborough, followed by an astonishing Final. Ronnie Boyce, one of our midfielders, who rarely scored, got two in the semi-final and the winner in the Final against Preston North End. I got the equaliser in the Final to make it 2-2, when the ball hit the bar and crept over the line. A rehearsal for what was to happen two years later back at Wembley!”
Memories – it’s one reason we love the world’s greatest game. And they’re still being created today at Wembley. Every season that goes by sees Wembley write another page into football history, and this season will be no different. It’s why one of the main benefits of Club Wembley membership is being there when history happens.