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Last Updated: Monday, 31 July 2006, 09:57 GMT 10:57 UK
World Cup 1966 flashback
By Caroline Cheese


On Sunday 30 July, it was 40 years since Alf Ramsey led England to glory in the 1966 World Cup, beating West Germany 4-2 in a gripping final.

BBC Sport looks back on the players who featured at Wembley and their exploits since.


Sir Alf Ramsey
Manager - Alf Ramsey Appointed in 1963 and immediately predicted England would win the 1966 World Cup. His reward for fulfilling that promise was a knighthood in 1967 but he was sacked after England failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.

Spells at Birmingham and Panathinaikos followed before he retired. Ramsey died on 12 April 1999, aged 79.

Gordon Banks Banks did not concede a goal in 1966 until the semi-finals but Leicester transfer-listed him the following year as the Foxes relied on Peter Shilton.

Banks went to Stoke and at the 1970 World Cup, made history again with his miracle save from a Pele header. His playing career at the top level ended in 1972 when he lost the sight in his right eye after a car accident.

George Cohen
George Cohen Fulham stalwart Cohen took over at right-back from Jimmy Armfield shortly before the World Cup and won his 37th and last England cap in November 1967.

He retired altogether in 1969, with the World Cup his one major honour, and has since fought three successful battles against cancer. Cohen received a long-overdue MBE in 2000, and in 2003, watched nephew Ben win the Rugby World Cup with England.

Jack Charlton
Jack Charlton Charlton collapsed in tears when England prevailed in 1966. He and brother Bobby took the joint decision to retire from international duty after the 1970 World Cup and Jack's playing career finally ended in 1973 after 773 appearances for Leeds.

A keen angler, Charlton still found time to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle before taking the Republic of Ireland job and leading them to the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990.

Bobby Moore
Bobby Moore Described by Ramsey as the "spirit and heartbeat" of England's 1966 champions, Moore won 108 caps and skippered his country 90 times. Despite his arrest for stealing a necklace in Bogota before the 1970 World Cup - he was cleared - Moore was at his imperious best in the tournament and sealed his legendary status as he and Pele went toe-to-toe in England's 1-0 loss to Brazil.

Moore ended his 15-year association with West Ham in 1973 to join Fulham before a brief time in the US and manager posts at Oxford City and Southend. He died in 1993, aged 51.

Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson The oldest member of Ramsey's squad, Wilson's form for Everton as they won the 1966 FA Cup earned him first-choice status at left-back for England. A knee injury, and the emergence of Terry Cooper, brought Wilson's international career to an end in 1968 after 63 caps and he quit altogether in 1971.

Publicity-shy Wilson turned his back on football and became an undertaker in Huddersfield, before retiring in 1997.

Nobby Stiles
Nobby Stiles England's midfield enforcer famously danced a jig holding the Jules Rimet trophy. Stiles won only eight more caps over the next four years and his total of 28 makes him the least-capped player of the 1966 team.

In a glittering club career, Stiles won two league titles and the European Cup with Manchester United. As youth team coach at United, he helped with the development of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers.

Alan Ball The youngest team member, Ball's energetic midfield displays earned him a record 110,000 move from Blackpool to Everton where he won the 1970 league title. That year, he shone at the World Cup, hitting the bar in the epic encounter with Brazil, but after a brief spell as captain, he was dropped by Don Revie in 1975.

Ball's managerial career took in Blackpool, Portsmouth, Stoke, Exeter, Southampton and Manchester City but in recent years, he has dropped out of the limelight in order to care for his cancer-stricken wife and daughter. His wife died in 2004.

Bobby Charlton
Bobby Charlton Franz Beckenbauer conceded England won the World Cup because "Bobby was just a bit better than me." England's goalscoring midfielder cemented his status as his country's best player in 1968, overtaking Jimmy Greaves' national goalscoring record a week before scoring twice as Manchester United beat Benfica in the European Cup final.

He netted 245 goals in 751 games for United and still holds the England scoring record of 49. After brief spells in management with Preston and Wigan, Charlton returned to United to sit on the board and was knighted in 1994.

Martin Peters Described by West Ham boss Ron Greenwood as being "10 years ahead of his time", Peters put England 2-1 up in the final and would have taken the personal glory but for West Germany's late equaliser. He was a World Cup winner in only his eighth match for England and in 1970 moved to Tottenham for 200,000.

He scored against West Germany again at the World Cup that year but Ramsey's side crashed out 3-2. His international career ended on 67 caps and 20 goals and after a disastrous spell as Sheffield United manager, Peters worked in the insurance sector until 1998.

Geoff Hurst
Geoff Hurst England's hat-trick hero was expected to be a squad player at the '66 World Cup but an injury to Jimmy Greaves let in the West Ham frontman and an England legend was created. He continued to score regularly for both West Ham and England until 1972 when he departed the international stage after 49 caps and 24 goals.

He finished his career with spells at Stoke, West Brom and the Seattle Sounders. He flirted with management and was assistant coach to Ron Greenwood for England between 1977 and 1982 before later working alongside Peters in insurance.

Roger Hunt
Roger Hunt Hunt's lasting legacy from the 1966 final was as the player who swore Hurst's second goal was legitimate. Hunt was following up when Hurst's shot bounced down off the crossbar and, he says, he would have tapped the ball in had he not been 100% sure it had crossed the line.

On his return to Liverpool, he was nicknamed 'Sir Roger' by the Kop and scored 285 goals in a glorious Reds career. After retiring in 1972, Hunt worked for his father's haulage company.


ON 30 JULY 1966
Chris Farlowe number one in pop charts with 'Out Of Time', written by Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
The BBC had announced plans to begin broadcasting in colour
Harold Wilson was in his second term as PM after Labour won March election
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had been jailed for life for the 'Moors Murders'
Manager - Helmut Schoen Schoen began a glorious 14-year reign in 1964, after eight years as assistant Sepp Herberger. His side put the disappointment of 1966 behind them with victory at the 1974 World Cup, two years after they were crowned European champions.

Schoen stepped down in 1978 after 139 matches (won 87, drew 30, lost 22). He died in February 1996 at the age of 80.

Hans Tilkowski Tilkowski kept the legendary Sepp Maier on the bench in 1966 but the Borussia Dortmund keeper did not play at another World Cup. He retired in 1970 and went on to manage Werder Bremen and AEK Athens. To this day, Tilkowski, still friends with Hurst, Banks and Ball, remains convinced that Hurst's second goal in the 1966 final did not cross the line.

Horst-Dieter Hottges
Horst-Dieter Hottges The marker of hat-trick hero Hurst later admitted he had been struggling with tendonitis during the final. Hurst came back to haunt the Werder Bremen defender four years later when Hottges was substituted at half-time with West Germany 2-0 down.

He saw his side roar back to win 3-2 and remained on the bench for the rest of the tournament, as he did when West Germany won the 1974 World Cup. Hottges is a Bremen legend and coaches the youth team.

Willi Schulz
Willi Schulz Hamburg central defender Schulz combined playing with a thriving career in insurance, which he dedicated himself to full-time after retiring from football in 1973. He also built up a property empire in his home country and in the United States. Schulz appeared in three World Cups, and played in the epic 4-3 semi-final defeat to Italy in 1970.

Wolfgang Weber The unsung Cologne defender took the final into extra time with a last-gasp goal. Weber stayed with Cologne until 1977 and continued to play for Germany until 1974 - but missed out on that year's World Cup-winning squad. After retirement, he succeeded Tilkowski as Werder Bremen manager and more recently, has carried out voluntary work for the Special Olympics movement.

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger AC Milan's uncompromising defender found fame at his fourth World Cup in 1970 in the legendary semi-final against Italy. Schnellinger, who did not score in nine seasons with Milan, poached a 90th-minute equaliser to take the game into extra-time, but his side lost a classic encounter 4-3.

His international career ended without a World Cup winners' medal and he stopped playing in 1975. He still lives in Milan.

Helmut Haller West Germany's playmaker capitalised on a weak header by Wilson to open the scoring after 12 minutes of the Wembley final.

After his side's defeat, he left London with the match ball but more than 30 years later, returned it to England's hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst, who did not originally claim it because he assumed his third goal came after the final whistle. Haller's club career took in Bologna and Juventus as well as German side Augsberg. He retired in 1979.

Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer 'Der Kaiser' made his international debut in 1965. He captained Bayern Munich to their first German league title in 1969, and was later hailed for revolutionising the sweeper role. At the 1970 World Cup, he played on with a dislocated shoulder as his side went down 4-3 in the classic semi-final against Italy but he finally picked up a winners' medal by leading his country to 1974 glory on home soil.

A hat-trick of European Cup wins followed with Bayern and he underlined his legend by coaching Germany to World Cup glory in 1990. He is now Bayern president and has been heavily involved in Germany's hosting of the 2006 World Cup.

Wolfgang Overath
Wolfgang Overath The left-footer was one of Germany's finest ever midfielders. Just 22 in 1966, Overath reached his peak four years later when he was voted the best player at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

He ended his international career in 1974 when he starred for West Germany's World Cup-winning team. Overath was loyal to Cologne, winning the Bundesliga in 1964 and the German Cup in 1968 and 1977, when he bowed out. He is now chairman.

Lothar Emmerich Emmerich's lasting legacy came in West Germany's third group match at the 1966 World Cup. From close to the left byline, 'Emma' angled a thunderous shot into the top corner to equalise against Spain, a strike Beckenbauer once described as the best World Cup goal he had ever seen.

Emmerich scored 115 goals in 183 appearances for Borussia Dortmund. But he never represented his country again after the 1966 final and retired from football at the age of 37 with only five caps. Emmerich died of lung cancer in August 2003 at 61.

Uwe Seeler
Uwe Seeler Striker Seeler starred for club and country but suffered terrible luck at World Cups. He played in the four tournaments between West Germany's 1954 and 1974 wins and the closest he came to victory was when he skippered the 1966 finalists. Seeler stayed loyal to hometown club Hamburg throughout his career, scoring 137 times in 269 games before becoming president in 1995.

Siegfried Held Siggi's move to the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 1965 earned him a World Cup place the following year and he was an ever-present in England. The striker eventually won 41 caps but by the 1970 World Cup had been relegated to the bench.

After his retirement in 1981, Held coached at several German clubs before managing Malta's national team. Most recently, he spent five months in charge of Thailand.

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