1966 WORLD CUP BOBBY MOORE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Team­mate Bobby Charl­ton once said of foot­baller play­ers’ salaries in the 1960s: ‘ There were no Jaguars or any big cars like that back in those days. The money wasn’t there then. You’d be more likely to find a player driv­ing a Ford Cortina.’ Although to­day most of us adore the Ford Cortina for its nos­tal­gia value, we can un­der­stand that at the time it was deemed as a stan­dard fam­ily-man’s car, or pos­si­bly a com­muter car of the Six­ties.

That said, Bobby Moore was el­e­vated slightly higher than the av­er­age foot­ball player – and he, like the rest of the 1966 Eng­land team, won a bonus £1000 for win­ning the World Cup, so he would cer­tainly have had the money for a new car. He is seen here pic­tured with his Ford Zo­diac MkIV, priced £1600 and at the time the height of Ford own­er­ship – it was the best blue oval of­fer­ing you could buy.

How­ever, while the fi­nal evo­lu­tion Zo­diac was also sup­posed to be the best, it came with many is­sues – chiefly poor han­dling and a coarse en­gine. In 1967, ra­dial tyres and power steer­ing ap­peared on the V6 mod­els and the re­views started to im­prove. With am­ple room in­side, plus a 0-60mph time of 11 sec­onds, the Zo­diac left the road on a high be­fore hand­ing over to the Ford Granada. By that time Bobby had up­graded to a Jaguar Mk2 – and who could blame him for that?

FUN FOOT­BALL FACT Eng­land man­ager, Alf Ram­sey, said of Bobby Moore: ‘He was the spirit and the heart­beat of the team. A cool, cal­cu­lat­ing foot­baller I could trust with my life. With­out him, Eng­land would never have won the World Cup.’

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