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Peter Gilham remembers that World Cup Final hat-trick

Ahead of our next Sporting Dinner, ‘Mr Brentford’ shares his memories about this special event

4 October 2017

It’s the international break and our next Sporting Dinner with Geoff Hurst is coming soon so I thought it would be good to share my memories about the hat-trick hero, who helped England win the World Cup in 1966.

My wages from my early days at the BBC had enabled me to splash out and pay the £10 and ten shillings for the London based World Cup Season Ticket, enabling me to watch all the Wembley fixtures plus the odd one at White City Stadium.

But as I awoke this Saturday morning already hyper in anticipation, little did I know I was about to witness history in the making. No sooner had I gulped down breakfast than I was outside helping my older brother Ron (who didn’t have a ticket) totally festoon his old banger with union jacks before setting off to drive around the streets of Wembley in unison with countless others to create the cacophony of sound and colour that would last way into the evening.

Having made my own way to the area within the old stadium as noted on my ticket - midway, towards the back, between the presentation area and the original entrance tunnel, I was still on a high knowing I was one of the lucky ones to be there…and I was going to enjoy every second regardless of the result.

But as with any football match, the play and the emotions, ebbed and flowed, but in truth on looking back I remember little of particular incidents, apart of course from the goals. Needless to say I was perfectly positioned to confirm that Geoff Hurst’s second goal was way over the line!

Come the immortal (but unknown to us at the time) words “they think its all over ….. it is now”, there was a total ‘love-in’ with whoever happened to be nearest, male or female. The celebrations continued way through the presentations, and way in to the evening.

I got home eventually, apparently, full of pride on having personally witnessed this piece of footballing history. That pride remains to this very day as do the mementoes I still have from that special day including my prized World Cup Final programme signed amongst others by the legendary hat-trick hero himself.

With these memories in mind, I look forward to our next Sporting Dinner next month as it will be a great opportunity to meet World Cup hero Geoff Hurst. I will be at the event and I am pleased to remind you that tickets for the dinner, sponsored by Lifeline, are still available for £84 per person.

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