The 1966 FIFA World Cup is the only World Cup football tournament to have been won by England, who beat West Germany 4-2 in the final on July 30, 1966.
The 1966 World Cup final is remembered by football fans for a number of reasons besides being England's only World Cup victory. The game was the first (and only) time that any single player had scored three goals in a World Cup final with Geoff Hurst scoring three of England's four goals.
A Royal Variety Performance programme from November 14, 1966, signed by the England football squad who were invited on stage at the London Palladium during the evening’s performance.
The team were gathered together on this date as they were to play Wales in a home international game on November 16. The starting line up for the Wales vs England match was the same as that for the 1966 World Cup Final between England and Germany earlier that year.
The programme is signed by all 11 of the World Cup winning players. It is also signed by England manager Alf Ramsey and his assistant Harold Shepherdson, as well as reserves Callaghan, Clarke, Hollins, Tambling and Labone.
John Cushley, who at that time played for Celtic, has also signed the menu. Additional signatures include actress Julia Foster and TV presenter Muriel Young.
A superb set of autographs.