1966 - The Meeting Place

Forty years on - the 1966 Football World Cup Finals in England have been reduced in many minds to

 Did the ball go over the line?
  They think it's all over - it is now!

Now I was lucky enough to be present at all of England's matches at Wembley to see .........

Uruguay unfold a frustratingly effective blanket defence in their opening match against the host nation.

Bobby Charlton's rocket against Mexico which launched England's bid for the title.

Nobby Stiles steal the headlines against France.

Geoff Hurst's precision header to win the game after Rattin's half-hour of madness as Argentina's captain.

A wonderful classic encounter against the attacking brilliance of Eusebio's Portugal.  If I could see just one football game again - this would be my choice.

The fitness and determination of both finalists on Wembley's stamina-sapping pitch.

But other spectators saw different contests which took place elsewhere around the country like .........

The stunning exploits of Pak Doo Ik and the North Korean team at Ayresome Park.

Hungary's early flair when beating Brazil at Goodison.

A muscular encounter between Argentina and West Germany at Villa Park.

Switzerland's part-timers almost forcing a draw against underperforming Spanish stars at Hillsborough.

Russia finally ending Hungary's run in their quarter-final at Roker Park.

Portugal giving warning of their potential in two group matches at Old Trafford.

Plus all the other games played at these venues and the single one at White City.

This website has two objectives ...........

1) To archive spectator memories while there are still enough of              us around to remember ...... and

2) If there is enough interest - a reunion - perhaps giving some small        and deserving club a bumper gate one day.

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