Saturday July 30th 1966
England versus West Germany
The World Cup Final
I was twelve years old.
Mum and Dad and the dog
I’m lying down on the carpet
Sister is upstairs in her room
It’s three o’clock in the afternoon.
The Germans score an early goal
Remember Dad swearing at the telly
Mum going to put the kettle on
Me, I’m thinking we’re going to lose.
Then Geoff Hurst gets the equaliser
Me and Dad and the dog make some noise
Sound of cups being dropped in the kitchen
Upstairs my sister’s listening to the Beatles.
Into the second half and nothing
to seperate both the teams.
Until Peters smashes home the ball
All but my sister are leaping about.
But with just a minute to go
The Germans go and equalise
Dad’s swearing loudly at the telly again
I think me and Mum were near to tears.
So it went into extra-time
All but my sister on the edge of the settee
YES ! The ball has crossed the line
We’re all hugging each other again.
“Come on ref blow your whistle
surely the Germans won’t score again ? ”
“Some people are on the pitch,
they think it’s all over, it is now ! ”
England four West Germany two
We’ve won the World Cup Final
Me, Mum and Dad, and the crazy dog
Outside on the street with all the neighbours.
( Sister still in her bedroom )