WORLD Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst joined the district’s young football hopefuls in Featherstone on Saturday to help raise money for community sport.
The former West Ham United star – who scored a hat-trick for England in their 1966 World Cup final triumph over West Germany – spent the day at Featherstone Technology College watching teams from across the Five Towns compete in an action-packed youth tournament.
Sir Geoff was also on hand to present medals to winning teams, sign autographs, and talk about his career.
Joanne Goodwin, event organiser and football manager, said: “Having a football legend like Sir Geoff Hurst at our first football event has given the tournament a great boost and we’re so pleased that he took the time to come and watch the teams and present the medals.
“It’s been such a great day and I just hope we can make next year’s event live up to the first one.”
Castleford Town under 11s girls team – known locally as the ‘Fev Beasties’ – won a national competition run by the Football Association and McDonald’s to spend a day with a legend.
Sir Geoff, who is McDonald’s director of football, said: “The tournament was a great success and I was pleased to have been a part of it.
“Grassroots football is so important to the future of the game and it is tournaments like this one which really bring communities together and allow us to see football talent and team spirit in action.
“It was a great day out and Jo and her teams are deserved winners of the competition. I wish them every success for the future.”
The day raised more than £800 which will go towards supporting girls’ football teams across the district.