Double celebration for Hammers heroes

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 8th December 2020

Two of West Ham United's favourite sons celebrate birthdays today, 8 December.

Septuagenarians David Cross and Sir Geoff Hurst - both of whom are legendary figures at the club - were both born on this day 70 and 79 years ago respectively.

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Cross - who represented West Ham between 1977 and 1982 - was a member of the last West Ham United team to win a major trophy, being part of the side that upset favourites Arsenal to lift the 1980 FA Cup 40 years ago.

Meanwhile Hurst - a product of the club's youth Academy who spent 14 years as a pro at West Ham - remains the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final following his heroics for England against West Germany in 1966.

Sadly Hammers fans never got the opportunity to see both men in action in the same team, with Hurst leaving for Stoke five years before the Manchester-born Cross made the move to Upton Park from West Bromwich Albion.

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Between them, Cross and Hurst scored no fewer than 258 first team goals, with the former grabbing 78 from 179 first team appearances (at an average of 0.436) goals per game) and Hurst 180 from 411 (0.438 per game).

Despite sharing an almost identical goals per game ratio at club level, Cross was unfortunate to never play for England - while Hurst represented his country on 49 occasions, picking up a World Cup winners medal and an as-yet-unmatched record.

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