1966 FIFA World Cup - Short Film Part 1 of 2
1966 FIFA World Cup - England beat West Germany 4–2
The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from 11 July to 30 July. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the World Cup for the first time, so becoming the first host to win the tournament since Italy in 1934.
London's Wembley Stadium provided the venue for the final, and 98,000 people crammed inside to watch. After 12 minutes 32 seconds Helmut Haller had put West Germany ahead, but the score was levelled by Geoff Hurst four minutes later. Martin Peters put England in the lead in the 78th minute; England looked set to claim the title when the referee awarded a free kick to West Germany with one minute left. The ball was launched goalward and Wolfgang Weber managed to poke it across the line, with England appealing in vain for handball as the ball came through the crowded penalty area.
With the score level at 2–2 at the end of 90 minutes, the game went to extra time. In the 98th minute Hurst found himself on the score sheet again; his shot hit the crossbar, and bounced down and hit the ground either onto or just over the goal line. Whether the ball actually crossed the goal line or not has been a matter of discussion for decades, and this goal, known as the "Ghost Goal", has become part of World Cup history. Recent digitally-enhanced footage is said to clearly illustrate that Geoff Hurst's second goal did not cross the line. England's final goal was scored by Hurst again, during a pitch invasion and the goal should therefore not have stood. This made Geoff Hurst the only player ever to have scored three times in a World Cup final.
However, the fact of the illegality of the goal is illustrated by BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, whose description of the match's closing moments has gone down in history: "Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over ... [Hurst scores] It is now!".
England's total of eleven goals scored in six games set a new record low for average goals per game scored by a World Cup winning team. The record would stand until 1982, when it was surpassed by Italy's twelve goals in seven games; in 2010 this record was lowered again by Spain, winning the Cup with eight goals in seven games. Likewise, the total of three goals conceded also constituted a record low for average goals per game conceded by a World Cup winning team. That record would stand until 1994, when it was surpassed by Brazil's three goals in seven games.
England received the recovered Jules Rimet trophy from Queen Elizabeth II and were crowned World Cup winners for the first time.
Manager: Alf Ramsey
No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Gordon Banks 30 December 1937 (aged 28) 27 England Leicester City
2 2DF George Cohen 22 October 1939 (aged 26) 24 England Fulham
3 2DF Ray Wilson 17 December 1934 (aged 31) 45 England Everton
4 3MF Nobby Stiles 18 May 1942 (aged 24) 14 England Manchester United
5 2DF Jack Charlton 8 May 1935 (aged 31) 16 England Leeds United
6 2DF Bobby Moore (captain) 12 April 1941 (aged 25) 41 England West Ham United
7 3MF Alan Ball 12 May 1945 (aged 21) 10 England Blackpool
8 4FW Jimmy Greaves 20 February 1940 (aged 26) 51 England Tottenham Hotspur
9 3MF Bobby Charlton 11 October 1937 (aged 28) 68 England Manchester United
10 4FW Geoff Hurst 8 December 1941 (aged 24) 4 England West Ham United
11 4FW John Connelly 18 July 1938 (aged 27) 19 England Manchester United
12 1GK Ron Springett 22 July 1935 (aged 30) 33 England Sheffield Wednesday
13 1GK Peter Bonetti 27 September 1941 (aged 24) 1 England Chelsea
14 2DF Jimmy Armfield 21 September 1935 (aged 30) 43 England Blackpool
15 2DF Gerry Byrne 29 August 1938 (aged 27) 2 England Liverpool
16 3MF Martin Peters 8 November 1943 (aged 22) 3 England West Ham United
17 2DF Ron Flowers 28 July 1934 (aged 31) 49 England Wolverhampton
18 2DF Norman Hunter 24 October 1943 (aged 22) 4 England Leeds United
19 4FW Terry Paine 23 March 1939 (aged 27) 18 England Southampton
20 3MF Ian Callaghan 10 April 1942 (aged 24) 1 England Liverpool
21 4FW Roger Hunt 20 July 1938 (aged 27) 13 England Liverpool
22 3MF George Eastham 23 September 1936 (aged 29) 19 England Arsenal