Football Statues No 44 (in a series of several): Geoff Hurst (1941 -), Jimmy Armfield (1935 -) and Simone Perrotta (1977 -)
Located outside the Roy Oldham Sports Village in Ashton-under-Lyne this triple bronze statue commemorates the three footballers from the Greater Manchester Borough of Tameside to have won World Cup winners medals. Geoff Hurst is the most obvious one as England’s 1966 World Cup Final hat-trick hero, but Jimmy Armfield and Simone Perrotta? Jimmy Armfield passed the England captains armband over to Bobby Moore before the 1966 tournament but despite not playing in any games qualified for a winners medal as part of Alf Ramsey’s 22 man squad. Simone Perrotta, with AS Roma since 2004, and a World Cup winner with Italy at the 2006 finals in Germany, was born in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1977 where his Italian parents ran a pub in Ashton but returning to Italy when Simone was just 6.
Picture from here.