1966 World Cup Final

30th July 1966.

What a proud day for England and what a very memorable experience for me. 

It was the day when England won the World Cup Final 4-2 against West Germany at Wembley Stadium – and the only major tournament England have won to date.

Fifty years of hurt, as they say, since then.

I was just twenty-one years old at the time and all these years later I wonder how many of the 96,924 inside Wembley Stadium on that incredible summer day remain alive to say “I was there”.

I had a low quality camera with just one film and these are my modest photographs taken before, during and after the match. They have never been published before but with the fiftieth anniversary of that historic football event next month, I think the time is right.

There are many far better images of the occasion shot by professional photographers but I have not seen any amateur photos taken by other spectators.

I had a great position above the players tunnel, where I had stood for all six of England’s matches – and behind the goal where Geoff Hurst scored his controversial second goal in extra time to give England a 3-2 lead.

Was it a goal? I thought so at the time. The ball appeared to bounce behind the line and the players positive reactions reinforced that view. I was very glad when the linesman agreed with me and referee Dienst signalled a goal!

All England celebrated hard that night but my memory of that particular evening in the Merryhills Hotel, Oakwood, is hazy. Very hazy.


All images © R.Powell except where stated otherwise


1966 World Cup Final – West Germany inspect pitch.
1966 World Cup Final – Jack Charlton & Bobby Moore walk out to inspect the pitch.
1966 World Cup Final – George Cohen & Bobby Moore walk back after pitch inspection.
1966 World Cup Final – Bobby Moore after pitch inspection.
1966 World Cup Final Wembley crowd view.
1966 World Cup Final – the teams walk out. West Germany in white, England in red.
1966 World Cup Final pre-match warm up. Where’s the W. German goalie?
1966 World Cup Final – time to kick-off.
1966 World Cup Final Alan Ball takes a corner.
1966 World Cup Final – West Germany score first.
1966 World Cup Final – England equalise. 1-1.
1966 World Cup Final – half-time.
1966 World Cup Final – England score. 2-1. Out comes the flag!
1966 World Cup Final – England win 4-2. There’s that flag again!
1966 World Cup Final – the moment when Bobby Moore receives trophy from Queen Elizabeth II.
1966 World Cup Final. Bobby Moore receives cup from Queen Elizabeth.
1966 World Cup Final – the moment when Bobby Moore held the World Cup aloft.
1966 World Cup Final – England pose for pictures with the World Cup.
1966 World Cup Final – Bobby Moore & the England team parading with the World Cup trophy.
1966 World Cup Final England team leave the field with the World Cup.

Teams:

England: Gordon Banks, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton , Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Bobby Charlton.

West Germany: Hans Tilkowski,  Horst-Dieter Höttges, Willi Schulz, Wolfgang Weber, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Franz Beckenbauer, Wolfgang Overath, Helmut Haller, Uwe Seeler (c), Sigfried Held, Lothar Emmerich.

Match Officials:

Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland).

Linesmen: Tofik Bahramov (Soviet Union), Dr. Karol Galba (Czechoslovakia).

My Ticket:

1966-07-30 My World Cup Final Ticket

My Location:

This famous picture of Geoff Hurst completing his hat-trick at the end of thirty minutes extra time is credited to Syndication International and appears on the front of Geoff Hurst’s book, “1966 And All That”.

My position for this match – behind the players tunnel and just behind the enclosure barrier –  is marked by the two dots (top and left).


All images © R.Powell except where stated otherwise


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