1966 WORLD CUP BOBBY MOORE
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.’