An Evening With Sir Geoff Hurst

An Evening With Sir Geoff Hurst

Sun 29th Mar / 7:30pm / Theatre

Tickets: £26.50


Sir Geoff Hurst will be touring his theatre show again this year and next. It’s just him and Terry Baker From A1 Sporting Speakers onstage. It’s been universally well received by almost everyone that has seen it so far. It’s mainly a football show with lots of lighthearted moments but some serious ones as well. He says ‘ mostly we have a laugh but I do a q&a in the second half and I do treat serious questions with whatever degree of gravitas they deserve. ‘

Here’s his answers to some random questions on mainly subjects other than football.

Only my kids call me Sir Geoff.
I did an interview online a year ago. Of course, you get comments. Somebody wrote, “Geoff Hurst, he’s a god.” The bottom one was, “Geoff Hurst? I thought he was dead.” People’s impressions vary.

When I worked in the insurance business years ago I was given a lead to call a gentleman. His wife answered and I said I’m Geoff Hurst , can I speak to your husband. He came on the phone and said my wife said you’re Sir Geoff Hurst. Well if you’re Geoff Hurst I’m (rude word) Marilyn Monroe.

Interests away from football? None. Nothing. Put “nothing”. I don’t have a hobby. I’m hopeless at DIY; I got out of that years ago after I dropped a couple of mirrors. As for gardening…don’t even go there. We like dining out and Terry Baker, my friend and agent finds us some great places to go. We especially like Tom Kerridge at the hand and flowers in Marlow. Also his new restaurant and grill at the Corinthea Hotel in Westminster. We like holidays as well but I don’t really think they are hobbies.

Green Book is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. Viggo Mortensen is fantastic in it and so is Mahershala Ali. One character was very gifted and the other very down to Earth. There are a lot famous people with their heads up their backsides. I admire the more level-headed characters.

I was born in Ashton-under-Lyne in Manchester. We lived there until I was six or seven and then we moved down to Chelmsford. My dad was a bit of a joker and I am too. He wasn’t particularly tall. My mother and her sisters and their parents were quite big. I’m built more like them. My grandmother on my mum’s side was fearsome.

I used to eat steak before a game. I’ve also had cheese on toast, maybe cornflakes. Latterly, steak went out the window. Science was telling us about dietary issues, but it was nothing compared to today.

Live within your means. Nowadays people want things immediately. You used to save up.

At school, I was very good at any subject that had exact answers, like science and maths. When it came to art or writing essays, where you had to be a bit more creative, I was hopeless.

A long time ago, my late father-in-law said, “I have fallen out with God.” That’s an expression I use when I’m asked about religion; my daughter died in 2010 [after a 24 year battle with a brain tumour]. When you see your daughter suffer for a long time, you’re not sure whether there is anybody up there. I’ll leave it at that.

I’d have a drink after a game. A couple of pints, maybe more, providing there was a break between matches. I wouldn’t drink after Wednesday. That was taboo.

Bobby Moore and I went to see Frank Sinatra in LA. The tickets were $100, which was an absolute fortune back then. After the concert, we were briefly introduced to him. Mooro enjoyed all that stuff. There were some great singers around. Of the current ones, I like Michael Bublé

I batted for Essex, mostly for the Second XI. My only first-class game was against Lancashire in 1962. I was nought and nought not out. It was an era when you could [play both] cricket and football. To be successful in any profession, you’ve got to focus. My decision was made for me when I got into the first team at West Ham.

I come from a time of loyalty. Players move clubs quickly now, sometimes for the money, and then they kiss the badge. Badge-kissers irritate me.

Women are quite capable of doing any job as well as a man. There’s no argument at all from me about why we can’t have women referees.

Some of my World Cup teammates smoked. Jack Charlton did and Bobby Charlton had a few. I’ve heard about people having a fag at half-time, but I never saw that. Although Jimmy Greaves had a great line about it when he spoke.

I binged on Breaking Bad a few years ago. . I was so addicted to it that when I went on holiday to Arizona, I watched the first four series all over again. I’m also quite keen on wildlife programmes.

Jimmy Greaves did a 15-minute comical piece at some awards and said, “Wayne Rooney’s now on £300,000 a week. We wouldn’t earn that in three or four lifetimes.” I think it’s best to clarify I’m not bitter about the money they earn. The Premier League is worth billions and the players are a vital part of it so they’re dragged along from a financial point of view. Good luck to them.

Some people can adjust to a different culture. Others find it difficult. There was one player [Ian Rush] who said, “I couldn’t settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country.” That’s one of my favourite lines . There’s a few more like that in the stage show.

I’m in the gym most days. When you get to my age, you’re not trying to improve. Maintaining the level you’re already at, that’s the battle. 

A young boy asked me a question the other week. He said, “What was better? Scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup final or being knighted by the Queen?” He was only about seven, so maybe his parents had put him up to it. That was difficult to answer. Lots of other people have been knighted but nobody else has scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final, so on that basis we’ll just give the hat-trick the edge.

From time to time I will sit back in a reflective manner and think, “Wow, just to be part of the whole thing and the team and what happened...” The memories are vivid, certainly of the game and a lot of the stuff surrounding it. I remember exactly what I did the next morning, which was cut the grass and wash my car.

If you want the full story of 66 and the characters involved , come and see the show. We will have some fun and some laughs along the way.

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