World Cup 1966: Is this our final celebration?

AS football remembered the 50th anniversary of England’s finest footballing two hours, somebody in Australia tweeted, “can you believe it, they are still crowing about something that happened 50 years ago – have they not go anything better to do?” Actually, as far as football goes, we do not have anything for notable to commemorate. Sad as that may seem, winning the World Cup in 1966 is … Continue reading World Cup 1966: Is this our final celebration?

The wake-up calls we ignored and why England should look to Germany

IF there is one subject that was bound to distract politically-minded people in these troubled times it is the state of English football, particularly after England’s second major exit in a matter of days. It was a genuine privilege to be asked to speak at an event hosted by the Lewes Labour Party that coincided with the launch of the excellent book, 1966 and not … Continue reading The wake-up calls we ignored and why England should look to Germany

Last hurrah: The meaning of 1966

IN 1993, I met Alan Ball and spent an entire evening talking to him about his career. It was a surreal experience, sitting next to a man who had actually won the World Cup. He played a key role, producing the cross that created Geoff Hurst’s disputed goal and was still running strong after 120 minutes. Ball was, after all, the youngest member of the … Continue reading Last hurrah: The meaning of 1966

Football Read Review: A new slant on that 1966 story

THERE have been many books written about the 1966 World Cup – a few pop up every time some form of anniversary is celebrated. And why not? It is, after all, the very high point of England’s football history, and sadly, unlikely to be repeated any time soon. One of the latest batch is 1966 and not all that, edited by Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman. … Continue reading Football Read Review: A new slant on that 1966 story