The 1966 World Cup Final: Minute by Minute

by Jonathan Mayo

  • Published: 07 Jul 2016
  • Price: 14.99
  • Format: Royal Hardback
  • Extent: 320p
  • ISBN: 9781780722801
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30th July 1966. For millions it was the greatest day of the greatest decade. They may never have seen the Beatles in the Cavern or danced at Woodstock, but they got to see the finest moment in English sporting history.

This is the story of that extraordinary 24 hours, told through the eyes of the players, the fans on the terraces, and those watching and listening at home and abroad.

Take the young policeman with the tricky task of swapping the real Jules Rimet trophy for a replica; the former German POW on holiday in Wales keeping his nationality secret as he watches the match in a stranger s house; and the Kent firecrew dousing a chimney fire as they watch the final on television.

Full of fascinating details, this book evokes a period when football fans wore suits to matches, traffic policemen were invited into homes to watch the game, and the England squad could walk to the cinema undisturbed the evening before the biggest game of their lives.

“Mayo's writing is like time travel - he puts you in his Tardis, opens the door and you're right at the centre of things.”
Jeremy Vine
“Mayo's style is simple, powerful and compelling.”
Daily Mail

About Jonathan Mayo

Jonathan Mayo joined the BBC in 1987, first working in radio and then television, where he won awards for his documentaries. In 2012 he became a freelance producer, director and writer. He lives in Surrey with his wife Hannah and son Charlie.