Cheltenham’s World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst to get new London statue – Gloucestershire Live



Cheltenham’s World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst is to get a new London statue.

Sir Geoff, who lives in Cheltenham after a career in which he scored a hat-trick as England won the World Cup final in 1966, already features in a statue that remembers that famous day.

It is near West Ham’s old Boleyn Ground, where the Hammers played before moving to the London Stadium.

Now the club says it is to install a new statue of former players Sir Geoff, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters at the stadium.

The statue of the trio, who helped England to beat West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley, will commemorate their finest hour in a Hammers shirt – the 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph.

The lifesize-and-a-quarter bronze statue will depict Sir Geoff, Moore and Peters lifting the European trophy and will be located at Champions Place.

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It will be unveiled as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations over the course of the next year. The original champions’ statue will remain at the junction of Barking Road and Green Street, close to the Boleyn Ground.

Sir Geoff told West Ham’s website: “It is a tremendous honour and I feel very proud that Bobby, Martin and I, along with our team-mates in 1965, have been recognised in this way.

“We were all very fortunate to play together for West Ham United at a time when the club enjoyed such great success, and it was our development in that period which ultimately paved the way for the achievement of winning the World Cup with England.

“Bobby, Martin and I shared such wonderful times. We grew up together as young players and managed to reach the pinnacle of the game alongside one another for both club and country.”