Fan’s memories of ‘66 revealed in book
AMACCLESFIELD man features in a new book about England’s famous World Cup victory in 1966.
Howard Millerman was at Wembley to see English football’s great day 50 years ago.
Then only 17, he was lucky enough to get a ticket through his dad’s connections at Manchester United.
As a result Howard was sat among football greats George Best and Mike Summerbee.
Howard’s account of England’s victory over West Germany now features in a book called ‘66 on ‘66: I was there’ by Matt Eastley.
The book has collected together testimony from 66 fans – the journalists, the celebrities, the musicians, the police officers, the ball boys and the officials – who all witnessed that famous match.
Howard, 67, said: “When I took my seat I was amazed to find myself just behind these players. I got George Best’s and Mike Summerbee’s autographs in my programme and, to this day, I still can’t work out whether that devalues or adds value to it.”
“We had good seats, on the same side as the royal box, level with the edge of the penalty area. We were entrance 73, row four and my seat was 82.”
Amazingly, in the years since Howard relies purely on his first hand memory and has never watched a recording of the game.
He said: “I’ve never watched the whole game on television but, in my memory, I remember this constant ebb and flow. It was a great game.”
No one knows for certain how many West German fans were present at the final but Howard believes there were 20,000.
He said: “When Germany scored early on, it seemed to me they were everywhere.
“When they scored that first goal, I saw them all over the ground, springing out of holes like rabbits.
“I could not believe how many there were of them. I just was not expecting it. But it was a day I will never forget.”
Howard runs a consultancy firm for children’s homes and lives in the town centre with his part- ner Maria daughters Joanne.
Author Matt Eastley said: “Countless words have been written and spoken about this extraordinary match which made national heroes of the and Clare twin and team and its manager.
“Yet this book eschews those men who sported the Three Lions that day and, instead, talks to dozens of other people who were present.”
The book is on Pitch Publishing priced £19.99.
●● Howard Millerman was at the World Cup Final in 1966