Published on June 2nd, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw0
When England Welcomed the World
This year marks 50 years since Bobby Moore lifted the famous Jules Rimet trophy when England beat Germany in the final with extra-time in their World Cup Win. We now celebrate a footballing legacy that is inspiring a new generation of English players to emulate the heroes of 1966.
Alf Ramsey made a bold prediction soon after he was appointed England manager in 1962; he said England would win the next World Cup – a tournament that would be played on home soil. With a core of world-class players along with exciting youngsters, the stage was set. On 11 July 1966, after six years of planning, England’s FIFA World Cup™ finally got underway. For the next 20 days the world’s best players including Eusebio, Pele, Beckenbauer and Moore would showcase their skills in packed stadia across the country. Each nation battled to be crowned champion and lift the famous Jules Rimet trophy. BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme’s words would become world-famous, and ever since we have hoped for a moment when we can say, ‘They think it’s all over! It is now…’ once again.
To celebrate 50 years since the trophy was lifted, coins have been produced in collaboration with The Football Association (the FA) and a donation for every coin purchased will be made to the Bobby Moore fund.
The coins feature an original design by designer Emma Noble who was inspired by the England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup™ logo. The logo has evolved over the years, reflecting the change in host nation but for the 1966 logo England chose the image of the trophy with a football and Union flag in the background. This design worked well in 1966 and 50 years on it’s still an iconic image. The coin features the Jules Rimet Trophy as it was famous for being held aloft by Moore at the end of the game when he was carried by his team mates.
Tonight is the final friendly match before Euro 2016 for England and the kick off will be decided by one of these coins which have been specially struck by Bobby Moore’s widow. The late West Ham favourite’s widow Stephanie struck the coin earlier this week in South Wales at the Royal Mint, ahead of the game tonight where England play their friendly with Portugal, where it will take centre stage.