World Cup 1966
Runners-up: West Germany
Third Place: Portugal
Fourth Place: USSR
Top Goalscorer: Eusébio (Portugal) – 9 Goals
Participants: 16 (Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, England, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, North Korea, Portugal, Soviet Union, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, West Germany)
1966 was to be a year to remember for English supporters. Not only were they set to host the World Cup for the first and last time to date but they were also destined to go on and record their biggest achievement in football when they won the competition on home soil. The final saw two old bitter foes battling it out in what turned out to be a slogging match of the highest proportion. England won the highly anticipated final but it took more then 90 minutes to decide the winner. The game went into a gruelling 30 minutes but it was England who scored two goals ion Extra-Time to record an heroic World Cup win.
Over 1.5 million attended the 32 matches played during the finals with nearly 100,000 watching the final alone. Goodison Park (Everton), Hillsborough (Sheffield Wednesday), Roker Park (Sunderland), White City Stadium, Villa Park (Aston Villa), Old Trafford (Manchester United), Ayresome Park(Middlesborough) and of course, Wembley, where all the stadiums used during the 19 day tournament.
Another record, amusing but unique nonetheless, was the arrival of the very first World Cup mascot in the form of World Cup Willie. He was a Lion which was a typical symbol of United Kingdom.
England 4 – 2 West Germany (After Extra-Time) – Wembley Stadium ~ 88,000 Attendance
England – Hurst x3, Peters
West Germany – Haller, Weber
Third Place Play-Off:
Portugal 2 – 1 USSR
Portugal – Eusébio, Torres
USSR – Malofeyev