Published on July 30th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
50 Years Ago, England World Cup Win
Today celebrates one of the most historic sporting moments in history for the England Football Team. It is the day when they won the World Cup 50 years ago in that unforgettable and, yet to be repeated, England World Cup Win.
There are some exciting activities taking place to remember this milestone event; including exhibitions hosted at Wembley Arena and the National Football Museum and live screening of the event.
Football legends who were there on the pitch that very day 50 years ago will return to Wembley for a 50th celebration dinner that includes a full evening of entertainment and music.
The famous words of BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme are still remembered today: “They think it’s all over! It is now…”
Sir Geoff Hurst bagged a hat-trick in the World Cup Final that day to ensure England beat Germany 4-2 at the final whistle.
Remembering England’s World Cup Win
A special commemorative 1966 FIFA World Cup England Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Coin has been produced this year to celebrate the event and a donation from every coin purchased will be made to the Bobby Moore Fund. The coin features the Jules Rimet Trophy that was famous for being held aloft by Moore at the end of the game when he was carried by his team mates.
This famous scene was also featured on a stamp cover 10 years ago, the 1966 England World Cup Win Signed Photo Cover to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
However, while we all know the obvious details, there are a load of 1966 World Cup facts that could really surprise you.
Did you know any of these facts about the tournament from 50 years ago?
1 Only one of the quarter-finals was on TV – The event was a lot smaller than it is today back in 1966 all four quarter-final games were placed at the same time and kicked off at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon
2 Greyhounds were more important than football to Wembley – All of the games in England’s group were to be staged at Wembley but France v Uruguay was due to be played on a Friday which clashed with a regular greyhound meeting so the World Cup game had to be moved to a different day.
3 None of the other British teams made it through qualification – Northern Ireland narrowly finished second in their group, Scotland went in to their last qualifying game at the bottom of their group, the Republic of Ireland had a strange group which included Syria who withdrew and their group consisted of home and away matches with Spain who beat them. Wales finished second in their group.
4 The tournament was boycotted by African teams -There was no direct route guaranteeing one African team at the finals so everybody from the continent withdrew in protest.
5 England didn’t concede a goal until they reached the semi-finals -Eusebio’s late consolation penalty in the semi final was the first time England had conceded in the whole tournament. Helmut Haller’s early opener for West Germany in the final was the first, and only time England were behind.
6 If Geoff Hurst hadn’t scored that hat-trick – Had the game finished 2-2 without the extra-time goals then England and West Germany would have reassembled at Wembley the following Tuesday for a World Cup Final replay!