BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

HOW Eng­land won The World Cup 50 years ago this sum­mer is told in bril­liant full-colour car­toons drawn at the time.

Car­toon­ist Bob Bond, who worked for Foot­ball Monthly, brings the drama and the hu­mour of the tour­na­ment alive, match by match.

His su­perb pen­man­ship is sup­ple­mented by sto­ries from some of the big­gest names in Fleet Street who were there.

Pa­trick Collins, five times Sports Writer of the Year, tells how Eng­land man­ager Alf Ram­sey made a se­cret late night call to a highly dis­tin­guished foot­ball writer just three days be­fore the Fi­nal. On the agenda? The drop­ping of Jimmy Greaves for Ge­off Hurst.

James Law­ton, an­other Sports Writer of the Year, mag­nif­i­cently sets the scene for the tour­na­ment, cul­mi­nat­ing in what Bobby Charl­ton called ‘the di­a­mond of my days’.

John Keith, of the Daily Ex­press, re­calls the amaz­ing North Kore­ans who sent Italy home in dis­grace and found them­selves three goals up in the quar­ter fi­nal against Por­tu­gal be­fore Euse­bio ended the fairy­tale with four goals.

Bob Har­ris, for­mer ex­ec­u­tive sports ed­i­tor of the Sun­day Mir­ror, tells of the savage butcher­ing of Pele.

Steve Curry, for­mer chief foot­ball writer for the Daily Ex­press, re­counts the full emo­tion and ela­tion of the fi­nal it­self, re­veal­ing how, as a young re­porter, he was left in tears as Eng­land pre­vailed in ex­tra time against West Ger­many.

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