Jack Charlton at Hirst Park
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1966 World Cup: Heroes celebrate new pitches at park

England World Cup winning stars are celebrating the news that a public park in Northumberland where they began developing their footballing talents, is to receive £2.3m of lottery funding.

Hirst Park in Ashington was where Jack Charlton was spotted by a scout, and his brother Bobby and cousin Jackie Milburn also played as boys.

Now all the pitches will be fully restored.

Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner in 1966 described Hirst Park as "our very own Wembley" as he went back to his childhood playground for a trip down memory lane.

  • 14 Jan 2016
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