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England Prepare For The 1966 World Cup Final With Golf, Cricket And Laughter

By on 25 April 2014 | comments 0

ON June 30 1966 England won the World Cup. And it was magic.

But how did the squad prepare for the biggest day in the history of English sport?

They played golf. And cricket. And sat around at the Bank of England Sports Club ground, Roehampton, London.

Let’s take a look.

Members of the England World Cup soccer team pose at the training ground at Roehampton, England, June 22, 1966. From left to right, back row: Harold Shepherdson, Les Cocker, Roger Hunt, Ron Flowers, Peter Bonetti, Ron Springett, Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves and manager Alf Ramsey. Middle row: Jimmy Armfield, Ian Callaghan, Gerry Byrne, George Eastham, Geoff Hurst, Jackie Charlton, Alan Ball and Nobby Stiles. Front row: Norman Hunter, George Cohen, Terry Payne, Ray Wilson, Bobby Charlton, Martin Peters and John Connelly. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.8306627  Date: 22/06/1966

Members of the England World Cup soccer team pose at the training ground at Roehampton, England, June 22, 1966. From left to right, back row: Harold Shepherdson, Les Cocker, Roger Hunt, Ron Flowers, Peter Bonetti, Ron Springett, Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves and manager Alf Ramsey. Middle row: Jimmy Armfield, Ian Callaghan, Gerry Byrne, George Eastham, Geoff Hurst, Jackie Charlton, Alan Ball and Nobby Stiles. Front row: Norman Hunter, George Cohen, Terry Payne, Ray Wilson, Bobby Charlton, Martin Peters and John Connelly. (AP Photo)
Date: 22/06/1966

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England's Nobby Stiles relaxes with a game of cricket 900-78 Ref #: PA.4826798  Date: 01/07/1966

England’s Nobby Stiles relaxes with a game of cricket
Date: 01/06/1966

L-R, Jimmy Armfield, Manager Alf Ramsey and Ray Wilson England Training. Soccer%0D%0AJimmy Armfield, Alf %0D%0ARamsey & Ray Wilson %0D%0Aat an England %0D%0ATraining session Date: 22/06/1966

L-R, Jimmy Armfield, Manager Alf Ramsey and Ray Wilson England Training.
Date: 22/06/1966

(L-R) England trainer Les Cocker, manager Alf Ramsey, physio Harold Shepherdson and Jimmy Greaves read the morning newspapers during a relaxing training session at Roehampton Ref #: PA.2219402  Date: 15/07/1966

(L-R) England trainer Les Cocker, manager Alf Ramsey, physio Harold Shepherdson and Jimmy Greaves read the morning newspapers during a relaxing training session at Roehampton
Date: 15/06/1966

Nobby Stiles playing cricket, during England's World Cup team's preparation at Roehampton, London, before their semi-final match against Portugal at Wembley Stadium. Fielding in the picture is Alan Ball. Ref #: PA.1737871  Date: 25/07/1966

Nobby Stiles playing cricket, during England’s World Cup team’s preparation at Roehampton, London, before their semi-final match against Portugal at Wembley Stadium. Fielding in the picture is Alan Ball.
Date: 25/06/1966

Sir Alf Ramsey, England manager  International Soccer ... Le Tournoi de France ... France v Italy%0D%0AZinedine Zidane, %0D%0AFrance during Le %0D%0ATournoi de France v %0D%0AItaly Ref #: PA.311731  Date: 15/07/1966

Sir Alf Ramsey, England manager
Date: 15/07/1966

England captain Bobby Moore turns his arm over as the players relax with a game of cricket Ref #: PA.2507799  Date: 15/07/1966

England captain Bobby Moore turns his arm over as the players relax with a game of cricket
Date: 15/06/1966

England manager Alf Ramsey contemplates winning the World Cup during a training session at Roehampton Ref #: PA.2219406  Date: 15/07/1966

England manager Alf Ramsey contemplates winning the World Cup during a training session at Roehampton
Date: 15/06/1966

England's Jimmy Greaves and Jimmy Armfield take it easy during a training session at Roehampton Ref #: PA.2219403  Date: 15/07/1966

England’s Jimmy Greaves and Jimmy Armfield take it easy during a training session at Roehampton
Date: 15/06/1966

England's Bobby Charlton (white shirt) wafts his bat at the ball, watched by (l-r) Terry Paine, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Gerry Byrne and Peter Bonetti, as the England squad relax with a game of cricket during a training session at Roehampton Ref #: PA.2219404  Date: 15/07/1966

England’s Bobby Charlton (white shirt) wafts his bat at the ball, watched by (l-r) Terry Paine, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Gerry Byrne and Peter Bonetti, as the England squad relax with a game of cricket during a training session at Roehampton
Date: 15/06/1966

England captain Bobby Moore tries his hand at cricket during a training session at Roehampton Ref #: PA.2219405  Date: 15/07/1966

England captain Bobby Moore tries his hand at cricket during a training session at Roehampton
Date: 15/06/1966

 

 

England World Cup squad play a spot of cricket at Roehampton today. Ref #: PA.5304010  Date: 15/07/1966

England World Cup squad play a spot of cricket at Roehampton today.
Date: 15/07/1966

England striker Geoff Hurst shows his approval at some nice work on the cricket field during a light-hearted game. Ref #: PA.2658963  Date: 25/07/1966

England striker Geoff Hurst shows his approval at some nice work on the cricket field during a light-hearted game.
Date: 25/07/1966

 

 

On the eve of the World Cup Final:

It can't be a fishing story, it might be the size of the hole in his injured leg. But whatever it is, Jimmy Greaves holds the attention of fellow England World Cup squad players Bobby Moore (right) and Ron Springett as they relax at Roehampton, London. Date: 29/07/1966

It can’t be a fishing story, it might be the size of the hole in his injured leg. But whatever it is, Jimmy Greaves holds the attention of fellow England World Cup squad players Bobby Moore (right) and Ron Springett as they relax at Roehampton, London.
Date: 29/07/1966

England's Roger Hunt putts watched by Ron Flowers and John Connelly (C) at Roehampton Archive-900-76 Ref #: PA.5136490  Date: 29/07/1966

England’s Roger Hunt putts watched by Ron Flowers and John Connelly (C) at Roehampton
Date: 29/07/1966

England's Bobby Charlton preparing for a World Cup training session at Roehampton, London Archive-900-74 Ref #: PA.5136488  Date: 29/07/1966

England’s Bobby Charlton preparing for a World Cup training session at Roehampton, London
Date: 29/07/1966

The England squad are all ears as they gather at Roehampton to prepare for the following day's World Cup Final: (l-r) Jimmy Greaves, Nobby Stiles, trainer Les Cocker, trainer Harold Shepherdson, Alan Ball, Geoff Hurst, George Cohen, Peter Bonetti, Ron Springett, Terry Paine, Gordon Banks, Gerry Byrne, Jack Charlton, Martin Peters, George Eastham, Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Armfield, Ray Wilson, Ron Flowers, Ian Callaghan, John Connelly, Bobby Moore, Norman Hunter, Roger Hunt Ref #: PA.2558683  Date: 29/07/1966

The England squad are all ears as they gather at Roehampton to prepare for the following day’s World Cup Final: (l-r) Jimmy Greaves, Nobby Stiles, trainer Les Cocker, trainer Harold Shepherdson, Alan Ball, Geoff Hurst, George Cohen, Peter Bonetti, Ron Springett, Terry Paine, Gordon Banks, Gerry Byrne, Jack Charlton, Martin Peters, George Eastham, Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Armfield, Ray Wilson, Ron Flowers, Ian Callaghan, John Connelly, Bobby Moore, Norman Hunter, Roger Hunt
Date: 29/07/1966

England's Charlton brothers, Bobby (l) and Jack (r), relax after a game of cricket Ref #: PA.2501878  Date: 29/07/1966

England’s Charlton brothers, Bobby (l) and Jack (r), relax after a game of cricket
Date: 29/07/1966

England's Jimmy Greaves (third r) lines up a putt as he and his teammates take a break from the serious business of preparing for the World Cup Final. Looking on are (l-r) trainer Les Cocker, Peter Bonetti, Bobby Moore, ?, Jimmy Armfield, Roger Hunt, Ron Springett, Norman Hunter and Ron Flowers Ref #: PA.2494092  Date: 29/07/1966

England’s Jimmy Greaves (third r) lines up a putt as he and his teammates take a break from the serious business of preparing for the World Cup Final. Looking on are (l-r) trainer Les Cocker, Peter Bonetti, Bobby Moore, Jimmy Armfield, Roger Hunt, Ron Springett, Norman Hunter and Ron Flowers
Date: 29/07/1966

 

England's Jack Charlton bowls watched by George Eastham at Roehampton Ref #: PA.5136500  Date: 29/07/1966

England’s Jack Charlton bowls watched by George Eastham at Roehampton
Ref #: PA.5136500
Date: 29/07/1966

Bobby Charlton playing golf at Roehampton, London, before tomorrow's World Cup final match against West Germany at Wembley. Ref #: PA.17724872  Date: 29/07/1966

Bobby Charlton playing golf at Roehampton, London, before tomorrow’s World Cup final match against West Germany at Wembley.
Ref #: PA.17724872
Date: 29/07/1966

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"Will he sink the putt?" and "Will he play in the World Cup Final?" are two questions that Jimmy Greaves poses for his team-mates. Jimmy gives an immediate answer to the first when training with other England men at Roehampton, London. The answer to the second lies with the inscrutable Alf Ramsey. Ref #: PA.1545971  Date: 29/07/1966

“Will he sink the putt?” and “Will he play in the World Cup Final?” are two questions that Jimmy Greaves poses for his team-mates. Jimmy gives an immediate answer to the first when training with other England men at Roehampton, London. The answer to the second lies with the inscrutable Alf Ramsey.
Ref #: PA.1545971
Date: 29/07/1966

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And the pick of the bunch. We give you the legend that is, Nobby Stiles:

 

Nobby Stiles, the Manchester United wing-half, concentrates hard during a putting session at the Bank of England Sports Club ground, Roehampton, London, where he was training with other members of England's World Cup squad. Watching him are Leeds United half-back Jackie Charlton (left) and Blackpool full-back Jimmy Armfield.

Nobby Stiles, the Manchester United wing-half, concentrates hard during a putting session at the Bank of England Sports Club ground, Roehampton, London, where he was training with other members of England’s World Cup squad. Watching him are Leeds United half-back Jackie Charlton (left) and Blackpool full-back Jimmy Armfield.