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The 1966 World Cup Final

As Alf Ramsay s England side takes to the pitch, almost 97,000 people are crammed into the stadium under Wembley's famous twin towers, with 32 million watching on televisions around the country. This is the Minute by Minute story of that famous day. It will be a dramatic 120 minutes of football. At the end of normal time, with scores level at 2-2, a shot from Geoff Hurst will bounce just over the line...or not. Linesman Tofiq Bahramov will award the goal. In the dying seconds, with fans already celebrating on the pitch, Hurst will score his third - bagging the only ever World Cup Final hat-trick - to seal the win. But the drama isn't only on the pitch. In 1966 we are at the heart of the swinging sixties, with Dylan going electric and the Beatles psychedelic; but there are rising tensions in the Cold War and continued escalations of the conflict in Vietnam. As 22 men battle for the biggest prize in football, the world at large is changing rapidly around them.
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Jonathan Mayo joined the BBC in 1987, first working in radio and then television, where he won awards for his documentaries. He is the author of four other books from the Minute by Minute series: The Assassination of JFK, D-Day, Hitler's Last Day and Titanic. He lives in Surrey with his wife and son.

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