1966 World Cup Winners Theatre Show
Starring: GORDON BANKS, GEORGE COHEN, RAY WILSON, NOBBY STILES, JACK CHARLTON, ROGER HUNT, SIR GEOFF HURST & MARTIN PETERS.
With Special Guest
Stars of the Show
English football’s finest moment came in 1966 when Sir Alf Ramsey’s ‘wingless wonders’ beat West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley and the country that had invented the beautiful game were crowned world champions.
It was a match that has become part of the social, let alone sporting fabric of the whole nation and made heroes of the players who donned the famous white shirt that day and beat the Germans in a dramatic contest that went into extra-time and took everyone who witnessed it on a 120-minute long emotional rollercoaster.
Many still consider the game the greatest final in World Cup history and the controversy over whether England’s third goal in extra time from Sir Geoff Hurst crossed the goal line still rages to this day.
West Germany took the lead at Wembley through a Helmut Haller header but England were level seven minutes later when Hurst latched onto to Bobby Moore’s freekick and scored. It was to 2-1 to Ramsey’s team 13 minutes before the end of the second-half when Martin Peters’ fierce half-volley rippled the German net but English celebration were put on hold when Wolfgang Webber equalised with seconds to go and the match headed into extra time.
Hurst’s second goal and England’s third was mired in controversy after Russian linesman Tofik Bakramov ruled the striker’s instinctive shot had crossed the line but any doubts about England’s victory were allayed when Hurst completed his hat-trick late on and Moore proudly climbed the steps to the Royal Box to collect the Jules Rimet trophy from The Queen.
No sporting event has ever come close to eclipsing the delirious celebrations that followed England’s 4-2 victory and the players who took to the field that day at Wembley will never be forgotten.