Best of Times What Became Heroes of 66
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'I tell you what made us what we were. We had this wonderful feeling that we were still part of the people. Every street in England had a footballer living in it. Not any more. They're behind big barbed wire fences. They've got security, they've got blacked out windows, they hire clubs to go and have a night out. They are not part of the people any more. We were ordinary, approachable people. You were welcome to walk the streets, you were patted on the back, you were touchable, reachable'. Alan Ball
On the eve of the 2006 World Cup, Simon Hattenstone tracks down the only ten Englishmen alive who know what it means to be a World Cup Champion. How have the players who triumphed over Germany in 1966 fared since that unforgettable match forty years ago?
Hattenstone's quest, both frustrating and exhilarating by turns, leads to a series of private encounters with the legendary squad. The result is a fascinating and moving story of how their success affected them and what their life is like now.