Wednesday, December 9, 2009
World Cups - England 1966
Considering England were awarded the 1966 finals for forming the FA a hundred years before, that their side became champions with no-wingers and a formation that firmly turned its back on Hungary and the lessons of '53 and that the goalnets were hung mostly on stanchions as English as World Cup Willie then those finals could be seen as the empire's last hurrah.
But with journalists from a greater diversity of countries than ever before attending the tournament, the matches broadcast live to the world for the first time and these Continental D's supporting the nets at Hillsborough, Sheffield -
the 1966 finals could as easily be seen as the first of the modern tournaments.
Games for the 1966 finals were held at Wembley, Old Trafford, Hillsborough and 5 other stadia including White City Stadium, London - used only because Wembley refused to cancel the scheduled greyhound racing for the same night as Uruguay v France, hence the temporary look of the goalposts.