The 1966 FIFA World Cup Final was played at Wembley Stadium, London, on 30 July 1966. England faced West Germany, coming out victourious winning 4–2 after extra time to claim the Jules Rimet Trophy. It was the first – and to date only – occasion that England has hosted or won the World Cup.


The match is remembered for England's only World Cup and major international title, Geoff Hurst's hat-trick – the first and only one ever scored in a FIFA World Cup Final – and the controversial third goal awarded to England by referee Gottfried Dienst and linesman Tofiq Bahramov. The England team became known as the "wingless wonders", on account of their then-unconventional narrow attacking formation, described at the time as a 4–4–2.


In addition to an attendance of 96,924 at the stadium, the British television audience peaked at 32.3 million viewers, making it the United Kingdom's most-watched television event ever.


1. George Cohen MBE: Right-back and vice captain. His unfussy perfomances were rightly seen to be as vital as the attention grabbing displays from the likes of Bobby Charlton.

Club: Fulham

2. Gordon Banks OBE: A goalkeeper, agile and alert, he was frequently seen making amazing reflex saves and professional flawless positional sense and reading of attackers  movements and instincts.

Club: Leicester City

3. Ray Wilson MBE: Lleft-back. At 32, he was the oldest member of the team and the victory crowned an especially good year for him, winning a major domestic honour and then adding the biggest prize in the game

Club: Everton

4. Nobby Stiles MBE: Defensive midfield. In the semi-final, he performed an effective man-marking job on the Portuguese playmaker, and prolific goalscorer, Eusébio; to the extent that the immensely skilled player was essentially nullified for the whole match, which England won 2 - 1.

Club: Manchester United.

5. Jack Chorlton OBE: Centre-half. One of the more memorable images at the final whistle was the sight of Charlton, at 31, the second oldest member of the team, sinking to his knees with his face in his hands, weeping with joy.

Clubs: Leeds United.

6. Bobby Moore OBE: Defender and captain. Another memorable sight from that day was of Moore wiping his hands clean of mud and sweat on the velvet tablecloth before shaking the hand of Queen Elizabeth II as she presented him with the Jules Rimet trophy.

Club: West Ham United

7. Alan Ball MBE: MIdfield. He was the youngest member of the squad of 22 selected by Ramsey for the tournament, aged only 21. After the World Cup, he was transferred to Everton for a record fee.

Club: Blackpool.

8. Sir Bobby Charlton CBE: Midfield. He scored two goals in the 2 - 1 win over Portugal in the 1966 World Cup semi-final. By the late 60's he was, arguably, the most recognised footballer in the world.

Club: Manchester United.

9. Martin Peter MBE: Midfield. He scored England's second goal in the 1966 World Cup Final. It's often quoted that his style of play was 10 years ahead of it's time.

Club: West Ham United.

10. Roger Hunt MBE: Striker. He played in all six games, scoring three times, as England went on to win the Jules Rimet trophy after a 4 - 2 extra time win over West Germany.

Club: Liverpool. 

11. Sir Geoff Hurst MBE: Striker. He is the only player to ever score a hat-trick in the World Cup final. His third goal came in the final minute with some members of the crowd already celebrating on the pitch "thinking it was all over", by the time Hurst scored again, it was.

Club: West Ham United

12. Sir Alf Ramsey: He was appointed England manager in1963 and inmediately caused a stir when he predicted that England would win the next World Cup. On 30 July 1966, his promise was fulfilled as England became the World Champions by beating West Germany in a thrilling final.


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