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Hurst sells 1966 medal to West Ham
England and West Ham striker Sir Geoff Hurst is to sell his most prized possession - his 1966 World Cup winner's medal. England's hat-trick hero against West Germany has accepted a substantial offer from West Ham, thought to be around £150,000.
West Ham have already paid £1.45 million for the late Bobby Moore's collection of memorabilia, which included his 1966 winner's medal, and they have also persuaded Martin Peters, their other member of the World Cup winning team, to sell them his medal. The club will be able to show all three medals as the centre-piece of a new, £3.5m museum, which is due to be opened next summer as part of their £35m stadium redevelopment.
"It was always my intention to leave my memorabilia to my three daughters but how do you divide the medal three ways? As a family we decided the best thing to do was to place it in a museum and invest the proceeds for the girls."
West Ham will also display Hurst's FA Cup winner's medal from 1964 and his Cup Winners' Cup medal from 1965. West Ham chairman Terry Brown said today: "This will be a unique collection. We were very lucky. The odds against being given the opportunity to acquire these three World Cup winner's medals at the time when we were building our museum at Upton Park must have been very long indeed." West Ham have invested almost £2m in their three World Cup stars' memorabilia and Brown added: "There is a lot more to a football club than buying and selling players. "Having three players from one club playing in a victorious England World Cup Final team is a unique feat and we are immensely proud of it.
IN THE NEWS : 21st August 2001