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The football shirt worn by Sir Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup Final will return to Wembley tomorrow thanks to an Oxfordshire businessman.

Property investor Andrew Leslau has fronted a consortium of collectors who recently purchased the match worn football shirt of the world cup 66 hero.

His plans are to take it to the WC 2010 qualifying match against Kazakhstan. 

Mr Leslau, of Milton Common, said he hoped the shirt — insured for £1million — would be a talisman for fans and spur the team on to victory.

"This is the most important shirt in English football history - not just the most valuable and most expensive in the world," said Mr Leslau.

 "We know how much all the other shirts have sold for and the one prior to that was Pele's from the 1970 World Cup final, which was £157,000. Geoff Hurst's shirt is worth more than that.

 

"I will be proud to bring it back to Wembley.

 

"The stadium might have changed but the shirt is the ultimate reminder of the England team's most glorious day."

 

The shirt was bought at auction at Christie's in 2000 by a private collector for £91,750 and has been sold again.

 

Mr Leslau said he was in talks with a number of parties interested in exhibiting it but it would return to Wembley on Saturday.

 

The shirts of West Germans Wolfgang Weber and Lothar Emmerich were also included in the purchase.

 

"It should not be hidden away in a bank vault somewhere," he said.

 

"We do think it is as valuable as a Damien Hirst but nonetheless we want it seen by football fans in an appropriate and fitting home."

 

 

 

 

 


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