England started the 1966 competiton as one of the favorites, due partly to the fact that the tournament was held on home soil, and began their group qualifying games with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay. In the two remaining group qualifying matches England defeated Mexico and France 2-0 in both games. In the quarter-final match against Argentina Geoff Hurst scored the only goal of an explosive match thirteen minutes from the end. England's opponents in the semi-final were Portugal who had the wonderfully gifted Eusebio in their side. In a very entertaining match, England were worthy 2-1 winners.
In the final, played on 30th July 1966 before a crowd of just under 100,000, Haller scored for West Germany in the thirteenth minute, but six minutes later Geoff Hurst scored his country's equaliser. For the best part of the next hour, neither side dominated the match but with twelve minutes remaining Hurst had an optimistic shot at goal which spun up in the air for Martin Peters to knock it home for what would appear to have been the winning goal. However, with seconds remaining, a hotly disputed free-kick from West Germany found its way across the England goal and Weber knocked the ball into the net for a dramatic equaliser which took the match into extra-time.
After ten minutes of extra-time, England scored their third, and without doubt, the most controversial goal that has featured in any football match. Alan Ball chased a long ball towards the corner flag and pulled it back for Hurst, who shot from the edge of the six-yard box with the ball crashing against the underside of the bar. The ball bounced down and then upwards and out of the goal area. Roger Hunt could possibly have knocked the ball in the net, but he turned away raising his hands in jubilation, convinced that the ball had crossed the line. The ball was then cleared for a corner without a 'goal' being given and the Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst ran over to consult the Soviet linesman, Tofik Bakhramov who awarded the goal. This goal is still argued about today and film evidence of the match is totally inconclusive. However, in the last minute, the match was finally settled when England's captain, Bobby Moore, found Geoff Hurst in the centre circle with a long pass. Hurst then set off on one of his long runs and with the immortal words of match commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme 'and there are some people on the pitch. They think it is all over....it is now!' ringing in the nations ears, Hurst smashed the ball into the net for his side's fourth and his hat-trick
A 1966 WORLD CUP WINNER'S MEDAL
Please note that estimate should read £100,000-120,000
ALAN BALL, MBE
Born in Farnworth, Lancashire in 1945, Alan James Ball began his career playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers youth team. After leaving school, Wolves decided not to take Ball on and he started training with Bolton Wanderers. They too decided not to offer him a professional deal due to his short height. It was not until Ball's father, an ex-player himself, called in a favour with the coach of Blackpool that his professional career began. He made his debut for Blackpool in May 1962 and went on to make 116 League appearances for the club.
In 1965, at the age of 19, Ball made his International debut for England in a 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia. The following year, Ball became an integral part of England's 1966 World Cup campaign. At the age of 21 he was the youngest member of the England squad. In the tense World Cup Final match, Ball made an outstanding contribution to England's momentous victory. He won and took the corner that led to England's second goal and in extra-time it was Ball's pass that set up Geoff Hurst to score England's controversial third and decisive goal.
Ball's outstanding performance in the 1966 World Cup prompted interest from other clubs and it was Everton who signed Ball from Blackpool for a then record £110,000. Playing alongside Colin Harvey and Howard Kendall, Ball settled into what was regarded as his generation's best midfield trio. At Everton, Ball reached the 1968 F.A. Cup Final and won the 1970 Football League Division 1 Championship.
Playing in the 1970 World Cup Tournament, Ball helped England reach the quarter-finals. In 1971 he made his 50th appearance for England and by the end of the year transferred to Arsenal for a then record £220,000. Whilst at Arsenal, Ball played in his second F.A. Cup Final, in 1972, losing 1-0 to Leeds United. He also helped Arsenal to second place in the First Division a year later. Ball continued to play for Arsenal until 1976, when he was sold to Southampton. He helped Southampton back to the First Division in 1977 and a League Cup runner-up in 1979.
After a brief spell playing in the North American Soccer League and as player/manager at Blackpool, Ball returned to play for Southampton until he was 37. His playing days finally ended at Bristol Rovers after a career spanning an impressive 975 competitive matches.
Ball embarked on his management career at Portsmouth in 1984 and led them to the First Division in 1987. Two years later he moved to Stoke City and then had further spells managing Exeter City, Southampton and Manchester City. After a disappointing time at Maine Road, Ball returned to Portsmouth for his final managerial position.
In 2000, Ball, along with four of his World Cup winning team-mates, Roger Hunt, Nobby Stiles, Ray Wilson and George Cohen was awarded the MBE for his services to football.
THE FOLLOWING FOUR LOTS (138-141) WERE AWARDED TO ALAN BALL