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Book Review: 1966 - The 50th Anniversary

Saturday 30th July 2016
50 years ago today, England won the World Cup, the rest they say is history...Well, for the English national team, it could be argued that it is as things have seldom got much better in the half century since that memorable occasion. Here's a look back on that historic day at Wembley Stadium.
With a delightful blend of information and entertainment, this book produced by Vision Sports Publishing Ltd portrays the events of England's World Cup success through story, pictures, right through to traditional fact file.

As we pass the 50th anniversary of English football's finest hour, Vision Sports publishing ltd have compiled a commemorative publication narrating Sir Alf Ramsey's team and their journey to lifting the Jules Rimet at Wembley in a landscape A4 format. With access to items from the National Football Museum, interviews with players and also a whole host of pictures from the event itself, the book has covered all bases and the final publication is as educating as it is aesthetically pleasing. If you're looking to find out all things world cup 1966, then look no further.

There will of course been many different books marking such an occasion, whether it be past or present, but you will struggle to find one that matches this one in terms of depth and content, from the first page to its 255th and final, you really are taken on a journey of England's road to glory. Despite being a fiction book, it still narrates just like a non-fictional fantasy. Beginning with a chapter entitled "build up" and ending with one called "celebrations" it tells the tale from start to finish. With the build up listing items such as the preparations from the team and the manager himself right through to the famous mascot Word Cup Willie. The fairy-tale story of Pickles the dog of course gets a brilliant write up to, they really have covered every inch of the excitement.

The book descends into stages and sections, beginning with a profile on each player who started the final then a section on the games before continuing on its player profiles in order of position. Focussing firstly on the player profiles, each one is given at least four pages of fact file and photos. The two are combined together well and no stone is left unturned right from the players origins to quotes from the men themselves. Its apparent the writers were educated on the player before writing and combined their existing knowledge and opinion with any facts they might have found along the way.

The other sections enlist the rounds of games throughout the competition. With the group stages section outlining not only the teams within each group, but also the location these group games are based within and also the games which took place. In an area which could very easily lose a reader, it continues to draw you in with its description of the grounds hosting games and the fan fever the nation felt during the tournament. Even the run of the mill analysis of the games is an entertaining read with playful narrative.

The book is a must for any English football fan. Whether you're in search of facts and figures or simply looking for a good read. The achievement of England lifting their only world cup will always live long in the memory, and its memorabilia such as this that will ensure we continue to honour that triumph.

Author : The Football Association

Publisher : Vision Sports Publishing

Published Date : 11th July 2016

RRP : £30

You can currently find the book on Amazon for around £11.00
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.

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