Friday, April 30, 1999 Published at 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
Sir Alf Ramsey: World Cup victor
His moment of glory: holding the Jules Rimet trophy
When he took the job of England's manager in 1963, Alf Ramsey predicted that England would win the next World Cup.
Born in Dagenham, Essex, in 1920, the son of a smallholder, Alf Ramsey was a promising footballer at school, and later played for his army regiment during World War II.
In 1949 he moved to Tottenham Hotspur. His arrival at White Hart Lane marked the beginning of successful period for Spurs.
He played at right-back in more than 250 cup and league games, and until late in 1953 was an automatic choice for England, captaining the national side three times.
As a player, Ramsey's coolness, his capacity for critical analysis combined with decisive action, won him the nickname "The General".
This feat earned Ramsey a new job, as manager of England.
After meticulous planning and preparation, Ramsey took his "wingless wonders" to the World Cup Final at Wembley on 30 July 1966.
He himself confessed afterwards that he did not remember feeling any emotion at all. He said he was too busy watching and noting every movement to feel tense or excited.
He was knighted in 1970.
Then, at Wembley in October 1973, England could only draw with 1-1 with Poland which meant that they had failed to qualify for the World Cup finals. Later that season, Sir Alf was sacked.
A quiet retirement followed. He remained a regular visitor to Wembley for major occasions and in 1991 he was reunited with some of his World Cup-winning team before the FA Cup Final.
But Sir Alf Ramsey will always be associated with one summer's day in 1966 when his England were on top of the world.
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