Take a look behind the curtain at England’s 1966 triumph in rare photos
The year of 1966 remains the greatest year in English footballing history.
Victory over West Germany in the final, 4-2 after extra time, is the biggest, most famous, most memorable game in the country’s long-standing relationship with the beautiful game and until it is achieved again will remain that way.
Everyone has seen the iconic photo of Bobby Moore being held aloft with the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley following the triumph.
But what many people will not have seen is some of the lesser publicised photos from what was a marvelous year for the Three Lions.
This gallery looks at some of the behind-the-scenes snaps taken from that year – mainly involving the frenzy that went on during that wonderful summer in July – but also from before the tournament and what happened following the final on July 30th 1966.
And we start with the legendary Bobby Charlton taking some time out of a pre-tournament training session to relax on the grass and chat with a few idolising fans…
Bobby Charlton chatting to fans while he takes a breather from training in Shropshire before the World Cup.