It's almost 50 years since England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst became the first and only player to ever score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.
SIR GEOFF HURST, ENGLAND NO.10 JERSEY WORN IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL, 1966, ESTIMATE £300,000–£500,000.
The footballer's performance in the game is widely recognised as one of the greatest in the sport's history and yet, it almost wasn't to be. The player started out in the competition on the substitutes' bench and was only awarded a place in the starting line-up when the nation's top scorer - Jimmy Greaves - suffered an injury just ahead of the quarter-finals.
Hurst, whose iconic No.10 jersey features in the English Literature, History and Children’s Books sale on 12 July, soon proved his mettle in the final with a goal scored in the 18th minute.
His second goal, scored in the 101st minute, is one of the most controversial in British footballing history. His shot sped past the goalkeeper, hit the underside of the bar, and bounced down perilously close to the line. The Swiss referee Gottried Dienst granted the goal, although its legitimacy is still hotly debated today.
A further goal in extra time helped England clinch a 4-2 triumph over West Germany and the victory was immortalised by Kenneth Wolstenhome’s BBC television commentary: “...Here comes Hurst... Some people are on the pitch. They think it’s all over... it is now!”.
ENGLAND 1966 FOOTBALL TEAM © JOHN VARLEY/OFFSIDE SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
The viewing figures for the 1966 final are still the highest ever recorded for an event broadcast on British television and the match was watched by some 400 million people around the world. At the time, the win represented the first time in 32 years that the competition had been won by a host nation, and it remains the only occasion in which England has won the trophy.
The red long-sleeved crew-neck football jersey (Estimate £300,000–500,000) was made by the celebrated Manchester-based manufacturers Umbro.
Ahead of the sale, the jersey will be placed on public exhibition at Sotheby’s in London from 8–11 July.