This Saturday, 28 May, sees the launch of 66 on ‘66 at Manchester’s National Football Museum. The event runs from 11.30am to 3.30pm, with readings from author Matt Eastley at 12pm and 2pm in the midst of the nostalgia fest. BBC Radio 5 Live are making a documentary based around the fans featured in the book and will also be along for the event. 

 

66 on ’66 is a stunning new book to commemorate 50th anniversary of 1966 World Cup Final. There are terrific, unique stories from fans who were there – accompanied by newly-taken, world-class photographs from Matt’s collaborator Stuart Thomas, making 66 on ‘66 the definitive record of England's World Cup glory.

 

For the first time, one book collects together the fans, the journalists, the celebrities, the musicians, the police officers, the ball boys and the officials who all witnessed that famous, wonderful match…

  • The future Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer who claims to have influenced the famous ‘Russian’ linesman on that goal.
  • The German fan who spent whis last money on a ticket and today is one of the leading football analysts in the world.
  • The dairy farmer who dreaded extra time because he had to get back to the Midlands to milk his herd.
  • The startled English fan shaken at the final whistle like a rag doll by a delirious Scotsman dressed in kilt, sporran and dirk.
  • The former Manchester City and England player who was there with his best friend, a certain George Best.
  • The reporter who went out drinking with Jack Charlton after the game and ended up sleeping with ‘The Giraffe’ on a sofa in East London.
  • The Irish student who came to England for summer work and ended up operating the scoreboard during the entire tournament, including the World Cup Final itself.
  • The aspiring pop star who was one of those running on the pitch as Kenneth Wolstenholme uttered his immortal words.
  • The future professional footballer whose quirky claim to fame made him the first English born person to touch the ball during the match… and many more.

 

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from 66 on ’66.