How Richard missed Eng­land’s finest hour...

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

SHEFFIELD Wed­nes­day fan Richard Crooks tells a great story about the World Cup fi­nal in 1966 in his re­cently pub­lished

book ‘ Grandad – what was Football like in the 1960s?’

Af­ter Ger­many equalised at the death, there was all to play for in ex­tra­time, but… his par­ents de­cided he and his brother were too over-ex­cited.

“De­ci­sion taken by Dad to go for a walk into town be­fore the im­pend­ing start of ex­tra- time – protes­ta­tions and ob­jec­tions pushed aside.

“And so it was that Dad, me and my brother walked into town, about a twenty-minute walk, while the world watched the World Cup Fi­nal. It will come as no sur­prise that the streets of Sheffield were de­serted, our walk unim­peded.”

By the time they’d got home, Ge­off Hurst had hit his hat­trick and Eng­land were world cham­pi­ons. If only Richard had had chance to see it.

GLORY MO­MENT: Ge­off Hurst hits Eng­land’s

clincher in the fi­nal

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