Asif Burhan on 1966 World Cup winning squad
Tomorrow (30 July) sees the 50th anniversary of England winning the 1966 World Cup on home soil at Wembley Stadium.
To celebrate the greatest occasion in English football history, Philosophy Football will host a screening of the match at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, East London, followed by an afternoon of entertainment based around the triumph.
To find out more about the event, visit the Philosophy Football website here.
Philosophy Football co-founder Mark Perryman has also produced a book on the tournament titled 1966 And Not All That. The book features a contribution from Asif Burhan, resident feature writer for Kick It Out.
Below is Asif’s contribution to the book as he reflected on what happened to the England squad after the 1966 World Cup.
To read more from Asif, visit his section of the Kick It Out website here.
What happened next to the 1966 World Cup winning squad
Played 6 matches, 3 goals conceded
Set a new World Cup record going 442 minutes without conceding a goal which stood until Peter Shilton surpassed it in 1986. England’s number one for the next six years and voted Footballer of The Year in 1972, he was involved in a car accident that year which cost him the vision in his right eye effectively ending his top-level career.
George Reginald Cohen
Played 6 matches
Started all six games and remained an ever present until 1967 when a serious knee injury sustained against Liverpool curtailed his career. He was the last Fulham player to play for England until Bobby Zamora in 2010. After a five-year battle with cancer, Cohen worked for various cancer charities.
3. Ramon Wilson
Played 6 matches
Another who played every minute, it was Wilson’s uncharacteristic mistake which presented Helmut Haller with the opening goal of the Final. First choice through to the 1968 European Nations’ Cup, Wilson then suffered a training ground injury that summer which ended his England career. After retiring in 1971, he joined his brother-in-law’s undertaking business.
Norbert Peter Stiles
Played 6 matches
Stiles failed to impress in England’s opening games and gained notoriety for a mis-timed challenge on France’s Jacques Simon which earned him a booking and a reprimand from FIFA. The FA asked Ramsey to drop Stiles but he refused, threatening to walk-out on the job. Stiles was retained and starred in the semi-final neutralising the threat of Eusébio. He played for England for another year before being replaced by Alan Mullery. In 1968 he again got the better of Eusébio at Wembley as Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup. He was part of the squad in 1970 but did not play. After two serious cartilage operations ended his time at Manchester United he went on to coach Vancouver Whitecaps before returning to coach the juniors at Old Trafford.
Played 6 matches, 1 assist
Part of a rock-solid centre back partnership throughout the tournament, Charlton’s header against France led to Roger Hunt’s second goal. His deliberate handball against Portugal led to England conceding their first goal of the tournament in the semi-final. Charlton was replaced as first choice by Brian Labone in 1968 but travelled with the squad in 1970, playing one game. He later managed the Republic of Ireland against England in the 1990 World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals.
Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore
Played 6 matches, 2 assists
Imperious throughout the tournament, he was close to missing the Final due to tonsillitis but recovered in time. Moore won the FIFA award for Player of the Tournament, memorably assisting England’s first and last goal in the Final. Arrested in Bogotá, shortly before the 1970 tournament, he went on to perform flawlessly. England’s record appearance holder for 16 years until overtaken in 1989 by Peter Shilton, he still holds the joint-record for most England appearances as captain with Billy Wright. He died in 1993, aged 51, after suffering from bowel cancer.
Alan James Ball Jr
Played 4 matches, 1 assist
Started the tournament against Uruguay but did not return until the change of formation for the quarter-final. Better suited to 4-3-3, he excelled in the final where he was the youngest player on the field. It was from his run and cross that Geoff Hurst scored the decisive and disputed third goal. Capped 72 times and twice moving for record transfer fees, Ball went on to manage various clubs. He died suddenly from a heart attack in 2007, aged 61.
James Peter Greaves
Played 3 matches, 1 assist
Unable to score in the group games, despite laying on Roger Hunt’s goal against Mexico, England’s record goalscorer suffered a shin injury against France following a kick by Joseph Bonnel which required four stitches. Declared himself fit for the final but was not picked. Only played three times for England thereafter, scoring once. Battled with with alcoholism for years before becoming a successful television pundit.
Played 6 matches, 3 goals
Came out of the World Cup as arguably the greatest footballer in the world after proving instrumental in England’s success. His fulminating goal against Mexico shook England from the lethargy of their poor opening and his two goals in the semi-final were the highlight of his and England’s best performance of the series. It is a testament to his ability that West Germany’s best player, Franz Beckenbauer was chosen to man-mark him in the final yet he still managed to hit a post. Charlton went on to regain his position as England’s leading goalscorer in 1968, a record which stood for 47 years. On the board of directors at Manchester United since 1984, he remains England’s greatest and most decorated footballer of all time.
Geoffrey Charles Hurst
Played 3 matches, 4 goals, 2 assists
The unlikely hero. Uncapped until four months before the tournament, Hurst was unused in the tournament until Greaves’ injury against France forced a reshuffle. Hurst preceded to be a revelation, involved in all but one of the seven goals that England scored in the knockout stages. His intelligent link-up play decisive in setting up Charlton’s winning goal in the semi-final and his hat-trick in the final, still the only one in history, consisting of a header, a right foot strike and a left foot shot. Hurst also scored in the next two tournaments in 1968 and 1970, a record not equalled until Alan Shearer at the turn of the century. Briefly a manager at Chelsea and an insurance salesman, Hurst is now an ambassador for the game and known throughout the world.
John Michael Connelly
Played 1 match
Started the tournament in a front three and came closest to breaking the stalemate against Ururguay, hitting the bar and post. Connelly was replaced for the next game and never played for England again. Released by Manchester United that summer, he played for Blackburn and Bury before retiring to run a fish and chip shop “Connelly’s Plaice”. He died in 2012, aged 74.
Ronald Deryk George Springett
Springett never saw action in the finals and never played for England again after appearing in the pre-tournament game against Norway in Oslo. Uniquely swapped for his brother when he moved to Queen’s Park Rangers in 1967, he went on to become involved in a gardening business. He died in 2015, aged 80.
Peter Phillip Bonetti
Third-choice goalkeeper in 1966, Bonetti was thrust into the limelight in only his seventh cap when Gordon Banks came down with food poisoning on the eve of the 1970 World Cup quarter-final. Criticised for his performance as England went out to West Germany, he never played for England again but enjoyed a stellar career with Chelsea as a Cup-winning player and latterly as goalkeeping coach.
James Christopher Armfield
Captain in 1962, a broken toe prevented Armfield from playing in the 1966 World Cup. He never represented his country again but helped Blackpool win promotion to the First Division in 1970. Managed Leeds United, taking them to the 1975 European Cup Final before becoming a respected journalist and radio pundit still regularly appearing on BBC Radio 5Live.
Never played for England during or after the 1966 World Cup. A one-club man he continued to represent Liverpool with distinction until injury forced him to retire in 1969. Thereafter, he briefly joined the coaching staff.
Martin Stanford Peters
Played 5 matches, 1 goal, 1 assist
Came into the team after the disappointing opening game and never lost his place. He supplied the near-post cross which helped break the deadlock in the tight quarter-final with Argentina before scoring what so nearly proved to be the winning goal in the final. Famously labelled “ten years ahead of his time” by Alf Ramsey in 1968, Peters was not always as valued by the media. Yet he continued to play for England for another eight years scoring 20 goals from midfield. Peters became England’s first £200,000 footballer when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in part-exchange for Jimmy Greaves. After retirement he worked in insurance and now works in the hospitality suites at White Hart Lane.
Another who never played for England during or after the tournament, Flowers finally left Wolves in 1967 after 15 years at the club to become player-manager at Northampton Town before leading Telford United to the FA Trophy Final. After retiring, he opened a sports shop in Wolverhampton, “Ron Flowers Sports”, which still trades today.
Hunter remained Bobby Moore’s understudy for much of his England career, winning 28 caps. His only World Cup appearance came as a late substitute in the 1970 defeat to West Germany. Finally picked ahead of Moore for the vital qualifier against Poland in 1973, Hunter trod on the ball leading to a Polish goal. He won numerous honours at Leeds earning the distinction of becoming the first-ever PFA Player of the Year in 1974. After various coaching and management roles, he joined the after-dinner circuit before working for BBC Radio Leeds.
Terence Lionel Paine
Played 1 match
One of three wingers alternated in the group stages, Paine’s chance came in the second match against Mexico, his 19th and last England cap during which he was concussed but forced to play on. Made a record 801 appearances for Southampton over 17 years and their record goalscorer until overtaken by Mick Channon and Matthew Le Tissier. His career total of 819 league appearances has only been surpassed subsequently by Tony Ford and Peter Shilton. He emigrated to South Africa to become a football coach and now works as a TV presenter. He was an ambassador for South Africa’s successful 2010 World Cup bid.
Ian Robert Callaghan
Played 1 match, 1 assist
Callaghan replaced Paine for the final group game against France and crossed for club-mate Roger Hunt’s opening goal. When Ramsey opted to forsake his wingers in the quarter-final, Callaghan was dropped for Alan Ball and he did not play for England again for over 11 years, a record gap between internationals. In the meantime, Callaghan re-invented himself as a midfielder and won every honour except the League Cup. Retired to set up an insurance business and today he remains Liverpool’s record appearance holder, president of their official fan club and, alongside Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles, one of only three Englishmen to win the World Cup and European Cup.
Played 6 matches, 3 goals, 1 assist
Played every game and finished the group stage as joint-top scorer in the tournament with three of England’s four goals. His run created the opening goal of the semi-final and may have been credited with a goal in the final had he chosen to follow up Geoff Hurst’s shot against the bar in extra time. Hunt only scored two more goals for England in the next three years. He left Liverpool in 1969 but remains their all-time highest scorer of league goals. Retired in 1972 to work in the family haulage business and also formed part of the Football League Pools Panel for a while.
George Edward Eastham
Never played for England after scoring in the final game of the pre-tournament Scandinavian tour. Left Arsenal for Stoke that summer and spent seven years there, scoring the winning goal in the 1972 League Cup Final and briefly managing the club. Emigrated to Johannesburg in 1978 and set up a sportswear company. An opponent of apartheid, he coached black children and is president of the South African Arsenal Supporters’ Club.
Manager: Alf Ramsey
A year after the World Cup, Ramsey became the first football manager to be knighted. He led England to third place at the 1968 European Championship and was confident of retaining the World Cup in Mexico two years later. A quarter-final defeat to West Germany was followed by another two years later to the same opposition in the European Championship. Failure to beat either Wales or Poland at Wembley in 1973 meant England did not qualify for the 1974 World Cup and Ramsey was sacked by The FA shortly after. After a brief stint as manager of Birmingham City and serving as Technical Director at Greek club Panathinkaikos, Ramsey retired in 1980. Following a stroke in 1998 and suffering from Alzheimer’s, England’s only World Cup winning manager passed away after a heart attack in April 1999.