1966 World Cup final shirt worn by Sir Geoff Hurst could fetch £500,000 at auction


Geoff Hurst during the 1966 World Cup final

The football shirt worn by Sir Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final is expected to fetch up to half a million pounds at auction.

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Sir Geoff became the first and only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final during England’s historic 4-2 triumph over West Germany at Wembley.

The auction on July 12 will come almost 50 years to the day of the game – England’s greatest footballing triumph.

The red long-sleeved jersey, with the famous Three Lions badge on the front and the number 10 in white stitching on the back, was going on display at Sotheby’s auction house in London today ahead of the sale next month.

Striker Sir Geoff, who went on to make 49 senior appearances for England, scoring 24 goals, was awarded a place in the starting line-up after striker Jimmy Greaves was injured earlier in the tournament.

He went on to guarantee his place in English football history by scoring the game’s decisive goals.

Geoff Hurst’s football shirt, pictured in 1998, sold for more than £90,000 in 2000

Auctioneers Sotheby’s estimate the cotton Umbro jersey will attract bids of between £300,000 and £500,000.

Gabriel Heaton, a specialist at the auction house, hailed a ‘really special, unique item’.

He said: “Half a century on, the immense importance of this match to the English game and nation is being underlined once again with the extensive commemorations of the match’s 50th anniversary.

“This shirt, worn by the match’s star player, is the most significant obtainable artefact relating to this historic match. It represents a legendary moment in the annals of English football, and a sporting achievement that has never been repeated in half a century.

“It’s a really special, unique item – there is a premium attached to it and it’s these sort of items that increase in value over the years.”

The shirt has been auctioned before – in 2000 it was sold by Sir Geoff for more than £90,000, Mr Heaton said.

The jersey will go on display at Sotheby’s auction house in central London ahead of the sale on July 12.

The famous final gave rise to one of the most iconic sayings in English football, when Bolton-born BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme said “some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over. It is now” as Sir Geoff’s final goal went in.

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