50 years on from England’s iconic World Cup, the National Football Museum have worked with The FA to bring the glorious summer of ’66 back to life.
With stories from the people who made the games, played the games and watched the games that made the 1966 World Cup such an iconic tournament, the 1966 World Cup Exhibition celebrates England’s success and looks at the legacy of that win.
In this online exhibition we look at the day of the final: 30 July 1966. Track the movements of supporters, staff and players as they make their way to Wembley and witness the match and its aftermath.
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to a £302,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.
Night Owls and Early Birds
01:30: At Wembley, students Eddie O’Keefe & Michael O’Sullivan finish work and head home, having cleaned up after the previous night’s dog race.
Breakfast Time Revelations
07:20: Soon after setting off, Derek realises that he’s left his uniform at home. He is let off the bus on the roadside and now must recover his uniform and make it to London by himself.
Late Morning Team Talks
11:30: Alf Ramsey delivers one last team talk to his players at the Hendon Hall Hotel. Weary of the threat of Franz Beckenbauer, Ramsey asks Bobby Charlton to man-mark him. Coincidentally, West Germany manager Helmut Schön has instructed Beckenbauer to do the same to Charlton.
13:00 The England squad arrive at Wembley Stadium.
The Fans Arrive
13:45: Liverpool fan and photographer Tom Lutton arrives at Wembley and starts to take pictures. His father was unable to attend with him, so Tom swaps his pair of tickets with another fan and smuggles his camera into the stands.
14:20: West Germany supporter Jurgen Buschmann has his photo taken at Wembley holding a German flag.
14:45 The Royal Marines Band are on the pitch and Derek Roberts has just made it in time to play his part.
The Biggest Game of Their Lives
15:00: Kick-off – Fans ramp up the atmosphere, Wembley shakes with expectation.
15:17: A foul on Bobby Moore gives England a free kick, which Moore himself takes. He floats a ball into the box, where it is met by the head of Hurst and directed past West Germany’s goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski. 1 – 1.
Second Half Drama
16:00: The second half kicks off.
16:42: To calm his nerves, England supporter Mike Crisp had a ritual for the ten matches he attended throughout the tournament. So engrossed, he leaves it late in the match to light his final cigarette.
Extra Time Controversy
16:52: The first period of extra time kicks off.
They Think It's All Over
17:22: The referee blows his whistle for a free kick. Many in the stands believe he is signalling full time. Some leap the hoardings to get onto the pitch, while police officers struggle to keep them at bay.
17:26: The players make their way up to receive the trophy from the Queen in the Royal Box. Several players nervously try to wipe the sweat and mud from their hands on their shorts before shaking hands with the monarch.
17:45: In the changing room, Peter Weston takes the Jules Rimet trophy from Nobby Stiles and swaps it for the replica.
19:30: The players arrive at The Royal Garden Hotel for the banquet and go out onto the balcony with the trophy, to the cheers of thousands of supporters outside.
The Night Draws In
21:30: Reg and Philip Hodgskiss finally arrive back at their farm and milk the cows as the sun sets. They hope to be finished in time to watch Match of the Day.
23:00 The German players make their own plans, going out to a London club, where they were surprised by the reception they received.
In the Midnight Hour
00:00: Stiles’ party reconvene at Danny La Rue’s club in Hanover Square, where drinks are laid on for them by management and fellow patrons, who are happy to be a part of the celebrations.
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