Sir Geoff Hurst opens St Ives football pavilion
Former England football star Sir Geoff Hurst has opened new changing rooms and a pavilion at a Cornwall football club.
The £350,000 building at St Ives Town FC is being named after a former player, Sgt Paul Fox, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.
It has taken the club seven years to raise enough money to build the new changing rooms.
Sir Geoffrey Charles “Geoff” Hurst MBE (born 8 December 1941) is a former England international footballer. A striker, he remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final as England recorded a 4–2 victory over West Germany at the old Wembley in 1966.
He began his career with West Ham United, where he scored 242 goals in 500 first team appearances. There he won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup 1965. He was sold to Stoke City in 1972 for £80,000. After three seasons with Stoke he finished his Football League career with West Bromwich Albion in 1976. Hurst went to play football in Ireland (Cork Celtic) and the USA (Seattle Sounders) before returning to England to manage non-league Telford United. He also coached in the England set-up before an unsuccessful stint as Chelsea manager from 1979 to 1981. He later coached Kuwait SC before leaving the game to concentrate on his business commitments.
In total he scored 24 goals in 49 England appearances, and as well success in the 1966 World Cup he also appeared at UEFA Euro 1968 and the 1970 FIFA World Cup. He is married and has three daughters.