‘The hairs still stand up on the back of my neck’: March man who attended all of England’s 1966 World Cup games looks back 50 years on
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Bobby Moore lifting the World Cup in 1966 evokes happy memories for many football fans, but none more so than a man from March who watched every England game 50 years ago – including the final.
Former director of March Town Football Club, Albert Fox, was the lucky recipient of tickets for every match at the tournament 50 years ago, and the former railway driver travelled from the Fens every day to take in the action.
He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Johnny Dee: “I was on the football field in 1965 and an FA assessor came and asked if I could show him round and answer a few questions.
“He then asked if I wanted tickets for the World Cup, and I couldn’t believe it. A year later I received a letter to say that when the tickets became available they would send me some, and they did.”
“I was a driver on the railway so I travelled for free every day on a pass.”
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Albert saw all six England matches as well as six others, and had the perfect view when Geoff Hurst sealed his iconic cup-final hat-trick at Wembley on July 30.
“It was the most interesting final there ever was,” he said. “I was sat over the tunnel when they came out.
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“When Hurst scored the final goal and Kenneth Wolstenholme said ‘they think it’s all over, it is now,’ I can say I was there and that’s the spot where I was.
“The hairs still stand up on the back of my neck.”
The 94-year-old also says that Hurst’s second goal – which has been the subject to controversy in the years since the tournament – did go in.
He said: “Of course the ball went in – I saw it! And when he scored the final one then we knew we’d beaten the Germans.”
Albert still watches football to this day, but doesn’t believe that England’s current squad can match the achievements of Alf Ramsey’s men 50 years ago.
“I don’t think we’ll win the World Cup with the team we’ve got now!” he added.