April 17, 2024

WORLD Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst has sparked health fears after reportedly being rushed off the stage at an event after “sudden bleeding”.

England icon Hurst, who etched his name into history after scoring a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup Final, is hosting a Farewell Tour across the UK.

Sir Geoff Hurst, 82, has reportedly had a health scare

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Sir Geoff Hurst, 82, has reportedly had a health scareCredit: Getty
The England legend's shot famously crossed the line in 1966

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The England legend’s shot famously crossed the line in 1966Credit: Hulton Archive – Getty
Sir Geoff is the last surviving member of the 1966 World Cup winning team

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Sir Geoff is the last surviving member of the 1966 World Cup winning teamCredit: Getty – Contributor

But the 82-year-old left the stage twice with nosebleeds, with organisers eventually pulling the plug on the event in Somerset just minutes in, reports the Mirror.

An audience member said: “Sir Geoff came on at 7.30pm but within about seven minutes his nose began to bleed quite heavily. He said he had had it looked at several days before and they were worried about him having to cancel the show.

“He went off and they did an auction and a raffle and he came back on to a massive applause at 8.30pm. He started doing his anecdotes but it soon started again.

“He tried to carry on but someone in the crowd shouted, ‘Don’t worry, go get it sorted mate’ and so he went off stage.

“After half an hour the show’s organiser said he couldn’t carry on. People started applauding really loudly because they knew he was backstage and could hear.

“All anyone cares about is that Sir Geoff is OK and can recover.”

Hundreds of fans applauded the Three Lions legend at the Cheese and Grain venue on Thursday evening, despite the show being cancelled.

Sir Geoff’s representatives insist there “wasn’t a problem and [there’s] nothing to worry about”.

The legend has at least seven more dates planned for his “An Evening With..’” tour, which charges £75 for a meet-and-greet, a signed photo and front row seats.

Sir Geoff, famously scored three of the goals that helped England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966.

In the final, Hurst’s shot famously hit the crossbar then came crashing down over the line during a hard-fought match.

German players protested it didn’t cross the line, but the goal was given and proved crucial in England’s only World Cup triumph.

He was a sub for the 1966 group games and did not score.

But he got the only goal against Argentina, laid on another against Portugal before his epic hat-trick in the final against England’s bitter rivals.

He is the last surviving member of the World Cup winning squad after Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton, died aged 86.

The footballing legend passed away in October 2023 after a brave battle against dementia for the past three years.

Sir Geoff paid moving tribute but did not attend his former England teammate’s funeral in November.

In 2021 he was fitted with a pacemaker after a heart scare during a stroll in the park, when his pulse hit 200 beats per minute.

At the time, he said: “Life is a lottery. Look at my colleagues from the World Cup team. Sadly, some have had one issue or another and passed away.”

What happened to England’s World Cup winning team?

In the 1966 World Cup, initially only the 11 players who played received medals

Only Sir Geoff Hurst, 82, remains alive with the other national heroes passing on.

Gordon Banks – goalkeeper died aged 81 in 2019

George Cohen – right-back died aged 83 in 2022

Ray Wilson – left-back died aged 83 in 2018

Nobby Stiles – defensive midfielder died aged 78 in 2020

Jack Charlton – defender died aged 85 in 2020

Bobby Moore – defender died aged 51 in 1993

Alan Ball – midfielder died aged 61 in 2007

Martin Peters – midfielder died aged 76 in 2019

Roger Hunt – forward died aged 83 in 2021

Sir Bobby Charlton – forward died aged 86 in 2023

Sir Geoff is the last surviving member of the 1966 World Cup winning squad

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Sir Geoff is the last surviving member of the 1966 World Cup winning squadCredit: Getty
Sir Geoff Hurst and Debbie Hewitt lay a wreath on the pitch in remembrance of Sir Bobby Charlton prior to a UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match

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Sir Geoff Hurst and Debbie Hewitt lay a wreath on the pitch in remembrance of Sir Bobby Charlton prior to a UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier matchCredit: Getty


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