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2015-07-30T00:00:00 Updated 2015-07-30T00:00:00
On this day

On this day - 30 July

Anniversary

England 4-2 West Germany (AET)
FIFA World Cup Final
30 July 1966

30 July is a day etched into the history of English football, as it marks the date of their solitary FIFA World Cup success.

Alf Ramsey's Three Lions won the greatest prize in world football on home turf by defeating West Germany 4-2, helped by a healthy contingent of Hammers.

Bobby Moore captained the side from defence, while all four goals in the final were scored by players who turned out in claret and blue in their club football.

Geoff Hurst famously notched a hat-trick, including both goals in extra time after West Germany had notched a dramatic late equaliser to make it 2-2.

England's second goal was scored by Martin Peters, as both the country, and the Hammers, enjoyed a day never to be forgotten.

The final itself was a see-saw affair, as Germany took a 12th minute lead through Helmut Haller, only for England to level six minutes later through Hurst, assisted by Moore.

Twelve minutes from time it looked as though Peters' strike had won it, but Germany struck back at the death thanks to Wolfgang Weber.

Into extra time, and controversy surrounded Hurst's strike for 3-2. with pictures proving inconclusive as to whether his shot crossed the line after bouncing down off the crossbar.

But there was no doubting his powerful strike that settled it in the 120th minute, sparking joyous scenes inside Wembley.

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