ENGLANDS GREATEST EVER SPORTING TRIUMPH
Youve beaten them once now go out and do it again! With these words Alf Ramsey sent out his weary players for a gruelling half hour of extra time. They had already played 90 minutes of superbly entertaining football against a West German team determined to play their part in a thrilling final.
For 12 long minutes it had seemed that Martin Peters goal had won the cup for England. Then , in the last minute of normal time, Wolfgang Weber had desparately stretched for a bobbling ball and stabbed it past the despairing Gordon Banks. The capacity crowd fell silent. The England players looked shattered.
The subsequent 30 minutes proved even more dramatic. Millions witnessed the most contriversial moment in World Cup history, the first ever hat-trick in the Final and an outburst of relief and celebration when the final whistle signalled Englands greatest ever sporting triumph