How Richard missed England’s finest hour...
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