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Saturday, 30 July 1966
World Cup 1966 Final Match

England 4 West Germany 2 [1-1]
2-2 after ninety minutes

 

Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Attendance: 93,802, some sources suggest 96,924 
Kick-off 3.00pm BST
  Live on BBC (UK), commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme,
and ITV (UK), commentator: Hugh Johns.

England - Geoff Hurst (header 19, shot 'in' of crossbar 101 100:10, fifty-yard run, then shot 120 119:51 - hat-trick), Martin Peters (volley 78).
West Germany -
Helmut Haller (low shot 13), Wolfgang Weber (slide-in 90 89:23). 
Match Summary
England Squad
West Germany Squad
Team Records
Results 1965-70 England - Martin Peters (c.25) 

England won toss, West Germany kicked-off and also kicked-off ET. 121 minutes (45:59 & 45:03) (14:44 & 15:00).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials

West Germany

Type

England

Referee - Gottfried Dienst
46 (9 September 1919), Basel, Switzerland

Linesmen - Tofik Bakhramov (Orange flag), 39 (29 November 1926), Soviet Union & Dr. Karol Galba (Flame flag), 45 (2 February 1921), Czechoslovakia.

This was the 200th ever World Cup finals match. Any replay would be played on Tuesday, 2nd August;

Trophy presented by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd to 1st
Colours: The 1965 away uniform - Vermillion red shirts, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Bobby Moore, 30th captaincy Coach:  Alfred Ramsey, 46, appointed 25 October 1962 effective 1 May 1963.
44th match, W __, D __, L __, F ___, A  ___
England Lineup
1 Banks, Gordon 28 30 December 1937 G Leicester City FC 33 0
2 Cohen, George R. 26 22 October 1939 RB Fulham FC 30 0
3 Wilson, Ramon 31 17 December 1934 LB Everton FC 51 0
4 Stiles, Norbert P. 24 18 May 1942 D/M Manchester United FC 20 1
5 Charlton, John 31 8 May 1935 CD Leeds United AFC 22 2
6 Moore, Robert F.C. 25 12 April 1941 CD West Ham United FC 47 2
7 Ball, Alan J. 21 12 May 1945 RM Blackpool FC 14 1
16
Peters, Martin S. 22 8 November 1943 LM West Ham United FC 8 2
Peters was booked in the first half for unsporting behaviour, for tussling with Wolfgang Overath just outside the centre circle.
9 Charlton, Robert 28 11 October 1937 AM Manchester United FC 74 40
10
Hurst, Geoffrey C. 24 8 December 1941 CF West Ham United FC 8 5
21 Hunt, Roger 28 20 July 1938 CF Liverpool FC 19 15

reserves:

8-Jimmy Greaves, 11-John Connelly, 12-Ron Springett, 13-Peter Bonetti, 14-Jimmy Armfield, 15-Gerry Byrne, 17-Ron Flowers, 19-Terry Paine, 20-Ian Callaghan, 22-George Eastham.
   

4-3-3

Banks -
Cohen, J. Charlton, Moore, Wilson -
Stiles, R. Charlton, Peters -
Ball, Hurst, Hunt

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 29.6 5.8

 

West Germany Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st to 2nd
Colours: Made by Umbro - White shirts with round black collar and cuffs, black shorts, white socks
Capt: Uwe Seeler Coach: Helmut Schön, 50 (15 September 1915), appointed 1964;
West Germany Lineup
1 Tilkowski, Hans 31 12 July 1935 G BV Borussia 1909 eV Dortmund 38 0
2 Höttges, Horst-Dieter 22 10 September 1943 D SV Werder Bremen 18 1
3 Schnellinger, Karl-Heinz 27 31 March 1939 D AC Milan, Italy 36 0
4 Beckenbauer, Franz 20 11 September 1945 M FC Bayern München eV 14 7
5 Schulz, Willi 27 4 October 1938 D SV Hamburger 37 0
6 Weber, Wolfgang 22 26 June 1944 D 1.FC Koln 18 1
12 Overath, Wolfgang 22 29 September 1943 M 1.FC Koln 22 6
8 Haller, Helmut 27 21 July 1939 M Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy 27 5
9 Seeler, Uwe 29 5 November 1936 F SV Hamburger 54 35
10 Held, Siegfried 23 7 August 1942 F BV Borussia 1909 eV Dortmund 10 1
11 Emmerich, Lothar 24 29 November 1941 F BV Borussia 1909 eV Dortmund 5 2

reserves:

7-Albert Bruells, 13-Heinz Hornig, 14-Freidel Lutz, 15-Bernd Patzke, 16-Max Lorenz, 17-Wolfgang Paul, 18-Klaus-Dieter Sieloff, 19-Werner Kraemer, 20-Jürgen Grabowski, 21-Günter Bernard, 22-Josef Maier.
   
4-3-3 Tilkowski -
Höttges, Schulz, Weber, Schnellinger -
Beckenbauer, Haller, Overath -
Seeler, Held, Emmerich

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals 25.4 5.1

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

The World Cup had come home at last!  England, the pioneers of organised football were the new World Champions after an afternoon of high excitement, emotion, tension and drama that Wembley Stadium had never seen the like of before.

From early in the morning, the atmosphere was electric.  The crowd flocked to Wembley from all corners of the world and at kick-off time on a day of squally showers and bright sunshine, the stadium was a sea of waving flags.  As the teams marched into the arena, the emotion of the occasion made even the most hardened spectator clear the lump from his throat.  It was a magical moment in the history of English football.

The noise was deafening and from high in the stand there came a beating of a drum, a deep pulsating throb that lasted throughout the game. Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were introduced to the teams and after all the preliminaries were over, Gottfried Dienst, the referee from Switzerland, blew the opening whistle.

Both sides tentatively felt each other out in the early stages and they found the pitch treacherous after two heavy showers had fallen just before the start.  It was ripe for error.  That statement proved fatally correct in the 13th minute when Ray Wilson misjudged a headed clearance from Seeler's deep cross.  The ball dropped straight at Haller's feet and the German forward wasted no time in hitting a shot into the far corner of Gordon Bank's goal.  One could feel the wave of disappointment that swept from the terraces, at least from the English contingent.  But thankfully, the home supporters did not have to wait long for a reply.

Only six minutes after the goal, England equalised.  Overath unfairly tackled Bobby Moore and the captain quickly spotted a gap in the German rearguard.  His instant free-kick floated beautifully 35 yards to the middle and there was Geoff Hurst leaping unchallenged to direct a downwards header to the right of the flat-footed Tilkowski.  It was a vital goal.

So, all-square and plenty to play for.  Near-misses came at both ends.  Banks made two saves in as many seconds from Overath and Emmerich, whilst at the other end Tilkowski parried a left-foot rocket from Roger Hunt after a good pass by Martin Peters.  The goalkeeper then needed treatment after a 20-yard fizzer by Bobby Charlton beat his dive but struck the post and bounced back into Tilkowski's face before being cleared.

The half ended at one goal each and both sets of players walked off to get fresh inspiration from their respective managers.  When the teams reappeared, more slanting rain fell, glinting through the watery sunshine.  The half opened with some cagey play from both sides.  Each sought a chink in the armour of the other's defence and the game went into a relatively quiet spell.  The referee annoyed the crowd with some irritating decisions and goal chances were few and far between.

A deep cross by Peters out on the left was met by Bobby Charlton and another fierce shot went only just wide.  As the game wore on, both teams tensed up not daring to make the mistake that might settle the issue.  But with 13 minutes to go, the stadium erupted.

Alan Ball, who showed boundless energy throughout and covered every blade of the Wembley turf, now forced a corner on the right.  He took the kick himself and the ball eventually reached Hurst.  Hurst aimed a rather speculative shot goalwards but Höttges deflected it into the path of Peters and Jack Charlton.  Peters was there first and his bundled shot billowed the West German net to roars of delight from the crowd.

We thought that was it, but these Germans were not beaten until the very last whistle sounded.  Reinforced by Schnellinger and with the tireless efforts of Haller, Overath, Held and Beckenbauer, they kept pushing forward.  Moore and Nobby Stiles were masterly in defence, but with the last minute unwinding, and with Moore's hands all but on the trophy, the Germans found a sensational equaliser.

A somewhat harsh decision gave the Germans a free-kick against Jack Charlton.  With everyone back behind the ball, Emmerich blasted the kick against the English wall. The ball rebounded to Held, who blazed wildly sending it across goal.  There was a suspicion of handball against Schnellinger but eventually it ran wide and in came Weber to stun the whole of England by crashing the ball past Banks' despairing dive.

England just had time to kick-off again before the referee blew his whistle for the end of 90 minutes.  Alf Ramsey came on, as did most of the England World Cup party, and his first task was to get the players on their feet ready for the extra-time period.  Many sides would have folded after having had victory snatched from their grasp in such dramatic fashion, but not England.  They rolled up their sleeves and rolled down their socks and prepared for battle all over again.

The energy-sapping pitch was having dire consequences and many players were suffering from cramp.  England stuck to the pattern which had served them so well.  Stiles and Moore mopped up the Germans' central thrusts, Bobby Charlton and Peters provided from midfield, Ball scurried here, there and everywhere and up front Hurst and Hunt battered away at the German defences.

Extra-time approached its half-way stage as Stiles sent Ball on another lung-bursting run to a through-ball.  The fiery red-haired number-seven collected and put in an instant centre.  Hurst trapped the ball with his back to goal, swivelled, and crashed a tremendous shot which thudded against the bar, bounced down and was then headed clear by Weber.

"Goal," shouted Hunt, who turned immediately to salute Hurst's shot.  The Germans disagreed, convinced the ball had not crossed the line.  The England fans bayed as the referee trotted over to the Russian linesman, Tofik Bakhramov.  There was an agonising wait as the two engaged in a tense conversation.  But at the end of it all, Mr Dienst pointed to the middle and the English celebrations began in earnest.  The Germans argued but the record book had been written and at half-time in extra-time, the score was 3-2 to England.

How the two sides managed to see out the last stage of this two-hour epic was beyond praise and marvellous testament to the wonderful level of fitness, the two squads had reached.  The minutes ticked away, England feared another German comeback, but then, finally, with seconds left, the greatest day in the history of English football was sealed by a fourth goal.

Moore, in majestic form even at this late stage, put another superb defence-splitting pass through the wide open spaces of the German defence, exposed by their desperate attacking commitment.  On to it ran Hurst and the West Ham combination reached a remarkable climax at a rasping shot from Hurst's left foot flew into the top corner of Tilkowski's net.  A hat-trick for Hurst and the first time that a player had achieved that feat in a World Cup Final.

Seconds later, the whistle blew to end a passionate afternoon.  Ball leapt on Hurst, Jack Charlton sank to the floor in sheer fatigue and unashamed joy, whilst brother Bobby's face just crumpled into a flood of tears.  The scenes were marvellously unforgettable.

The walk up the steps for the team to receive the trophy was a proud moment and when Moore lifted the World Cup to the heavens, the roar could be heard for miles around. And who will ever forget Nobby Stiles, doing his victory jig on the lap of honour, his toothless smile an image that would be on the front pages of every newspaper the following day.

England were World Champions and worthy winners.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
FIFA.com
'Complete Book of the World Cup' -
Cris Freddi
Planet World Cup
Deutscher Fußball-Bund
Official matchday programme -
courtesy of Geoff Mills.
Mike Payne's
England: The Complete Post-War Record
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