“In West Ham we had a balloon hanging from the roof. You would do this 15, 20, or 30 times in a span of 10 or 15 minutes. We played head tennis. On the grass, we trained at the nearby post cape for half an hour to 45 minutes. The practice is probably much more harmful than the game itself.
When asked if he would impose fixed restrictions, Hurst replied, “Yes, absolutely. And look at the children. Their brains are nowhere near as developed as that of adults. I don’t think stopping the head would hurt the quality of grassroots football for children. They could still play and enjoy so much without heading to [aged] 10 or whenever scientists think they shouldn’t be heading.
“The practice and the children are fundamental issues that could be dealt with very quickly and which I think would have an impact.”