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1966 Uncovered: The Unseen Story of the World Cup in England [Hardcover]

Sir Bobby Charlton , Franz Beckenbauer , Alan Bennett , Peter Robinson , Doug Cheeseman , Harry Pearson
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'This book deserves to become an essential part of any proper football fan's collection' SPORTSPAGES 'Robinson's work is essentially joyous and often very funny.' TIME OUT 'Robinson seems incapable of producing a banal image. Evocative and dazzling, the book provides genuine insights into the world's most popular sport.' THE INDEPENDENT 'Robinson's photos perfectly capture the many facets of our game and shed new light on football.' FIFA MAGAZINE 'Robinson has succeeded brilliantly in capturing the humanity of the world's game.' LOS ANGELES TIMES 'This book quite simply is the best compilation of football imagery I have ever seen.' SHOOT MONTHLY

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An outstanding collection of unique and unseen archive photography from the 1966 World Cup, '1966 Uncovered' captures the distinctive flavour of the tournament both on and off the pitch.
The book opens with interviews with Sir Bobby Charlton and Franz Beckenbauer, in which they relive their memories of the 1966 tournament, exchange views on the world of football and give their last word on England's controversial third goal in the final.
Five main chapter follow the tournament around the country from the regional group stages in the North-East, Midlands, North-West and London, to knock-out stages and of course the final. Along the way, Harry Pearson's revealing text captures the particular charm of the times and of the tournament, and the outstanding collection of images brings the event to life in a new, insightful and thought-provoking way.
A specially written afterword by Alan Bennett completes the book - a characteristically telling piece by one of the defining figures of the English cultural landscape over the last 40 years.
From the giant-killing North Koreans to the tears of Eusebio, from the theft of the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Charlton's semi-final strikes - all the drama of 1966 is captured and uncovered in a book that will captivate those who remember the event itself and the generations of football fans who have grown up enthralled by the legacy it created.

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With over 250 photographs - some classic, some rare, some never published before - a series of insightful essay, and the memories of Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, and Alan Bennett, '1966 Uncovered' is the story of an event, a nation, and an era told and illustrated with warmth, wit, and originality.

About the Author

Peter Robinson trained at Leicester College of Art and The Royal College of Art, and began his professional career in 1965. After working on The Football League magazine he was invited by Sir Stanley Rous on behalf of FIFA to photograph the Mexico '70 World Cup. Over a period of 35 years, Robinson has covered 9 World Cups, the English and Scottish leagues, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the European Cup/Champions League (he was at Heysel in 1985 and in Barcelona 1999 for Manchester United's victory over Bayern Munich). He has run his own photographic agency, and has mounted major exhibitions of his work. Football Days, the best-selling book commemorating his life's work won the Illustrated Sports Book of the Year award in 2004. He is based in London SE1. Doug Cheeseman is a freelance designer and art director. Since 1988 he has worked as designer and director of the football magazine When Saturday Comes during which period the title developed from groundbreaking fanzine to the definitive voice on football culture. He also art directs WSC books, an independent book publisher in its own right. His other design work includes: Shot! - Images of football in the seventies, This is Soccer - Images of the 1994 World Cup, Football Days - Classic Football Photography, Golfing Days - Classic Golf Photography and Cricket - Celebrating The Modern Game Around The World. He is based in London SE23. Harry Pearson is a sports columnist for The Guardian and author of The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North East Football, shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He has also written a number of other travel-related titles that have seen him hailed as the new Bill Bryson. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland

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In the 40 years since the 1966 World Cup, the aura of the tournament has grown far and beyond what was the case at the time. Certain photographs, the colour image of Bobby Moore on the shoulders of his team-mates being the most notable, have become not just icons but the only ones that can seem to do justice to what the England team achieved.
In late 2004, while working on a regular feature on archival football photography for the magazine 'When Saturday Comes,' the picture below, showing the scene of that famous shot of Moore, came up for inclusion. There must be 20 odd photographers gathered, so why is that one colour image so frequently used? Who were these photographers and what become of their work, not just that day, but throughout the tournament? They must have produced a largely forgotten record of what remains a landmark in sport for countries as diverse as North Korea and Portugal. So the idea for '1966 Uncovered' began to take shape.
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