Farewell Boleyn - Boleyn Memories

Sir Geoff Hurst has so many magical memories of his spell at the Boleyn Ground and will never forget the joy and happiness it provided for him during his playing career in east London.

Hurst will of course be remembered for his famous hat-trick for England in the World Cup Final against Germany back in 1966.

But the prolific forward will never forget how he learned his trade as a youngster coming through the ranks at the Boleyn Ground and played under Ron Greenwood in one of the most successful side's in the Club's history.

Hurst said: “I remember a friend of my father wrote to West Ham for a trial and I arrived on London Underground and I got lost and didn't make the trial so I was very fortunate that they gave me a second trial!

“It was a great time to be at the Club and I remember the senior players were coaching the youngsters and then you had Ron Greenwood arrive and he took me from a mediocre midfield player and transformed me into a player who played in a World Cup Final.”

Hurst was lucky enough to help West Ham win the FA Cup in 1964 and then the Cup Winners Cup a year later but his biggest highlight at the Boleyn Ground came when he scored a hat-trick in each half against Sunderland during an 8-0 victory back in October 1968.

Hurst added: “The Sunderland game brings back some good memories for me. I got the six goals which has not been done in a league game since and it was a personal highlight for me.”