1966 World Cup hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, and club President, dropped into Ewen Fields yesterday afternoon, one of many stop offs on his visit to the Borough he was born in.
During the day Sir Geoff opened a new antenatal unit at Tameside Hospital, had afternoon tea with the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman at Dukinfield Town Hall and was made an honorary freeman of the borough.
During his visit to Ewen Fields Sir Geoff meet with a walking football team and even attempted a couple of penalties against one of the goalkeepers.
He then meet and chatted with first team manager, Darren Kelly, who had just finished a coaching session with players from the onsite Academy. Darren presented Sir Geoff with one of next seasons first team home replica shirts.
Just before departing Sir Geoff signed of next seasons home replica shirts.
To this day he remains the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final. Which was what can be described as the perfect hat-trick, a goal scored with each foot and one from a header. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Charles, who was also a footballer who was once on the books at Hyde United.
As in the famous words of Kenneth Wolstenholme, "They think its all over" it was all so soon before Sir Geoff departed Ewen Fields, "it is now"
Updated 19:13 - 26 Jul 2017 by Tony Spencer