Golden memories recalled in 50th anniversary book

1966? In this 50th anniversary year of England winning the World Cup, it feels so long ago that it might as well have been 1066.

1966 And All That! jpegBut a unique cartoon celebration of England’s greatest football achievement has just been published which endeavours to make the Swinging Sixties feel like only yesterday.

With on-the-spot memories from some of the greatest writers in Fleet Street, including Patrick Collins, five times Sports Writer of the Year with the Mail on Sunday and the SJA President; James Lawton, Sports Writer of the Year with the Daily Express and Sports Columnist of the Year with The Independent; Steve Curry, chief football writer of the Daily Express and Sports Reporter of the Year with the Sunday Telegraph; Bob Harris, chief correspondent for Thomson Newspapers; and John Keith, award winning northern football writer for Daily Express.

All edited by David Emery, award-winning head of sport at Express Newspapers and now MD of Greenways Publishing, home of five niche sports weekly newspapers.

The book includes reports on every match from the tournament plus special insights into Alf Ramsey’s dilemma over Jimmy Greaves or Geoff Hurst; the systematic butchering of Pele, the world’s greatest player; the romance of North Korea beating the mighty Italians; and the full drama of the final and Hurst’s hat-trick.

Set against the backdrop of James Bond, E-types, Twiggy and the Beatles , cartoonist Bob Bond also recalls other fond sporting memories of the decade including Ali versus Henry Cooper; John Snow blitzing the West Indies; and George Best inspiring Manchester United to beating Benfica 4-1 in the European Cup final.

  • To order 1966 And All That at a special price of just £9.99 (RRP £12.99), with free postage and packing, please click here for an order form from the Football Paper. Credit or debit cares, as well as Paypal accounts, may be used to buy the book.