Fifty-one years ago today- playing before 96,924 at Wembley Stadium in London- England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Finals. A record 32 million folks were watching in black and white- on British television. Geoff Hurst’s hat trick- still the only hat trick in a World Cup final led the way for England.
The game was closer than the score indicted. It was 2-2 after regular time and England’s third goal remains to this day highly controversial. To be a goal the whole of the ball has to pass over the line. The referees ruled that it did but it appears that it wasn’t totally over the line. Either way it was ruled a goal and Hurst added another at 120′ and it was all over. England had won it’s first and to this day still their only World Cup.
Alf Ramsey was the manager of that celebrated England team. Bobby Moore was the captain [Pele has called Moore the greatest defender he ever faced} -their goalie was one of the all time best net minders- Gordon Banks. The great Bobby Charlton and his brother Jack were also starters that team. All the starters are living except Alan Ball and Bobby Moore.
Fifty-one years later England is still waiting for another Cup. Will 2018 be their year?