16/10/2013 08:52, Report by Tim Oscroft

#1 - 1966 and all that

"Some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over...It is now!" England's 1966 World Cup win closes our series of greatest international moments for United stars...

Players: Sir Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles
Match: England 4 West Germany 2, Wembley Stadium, 30 July, 1966.

Two of United’s favourite sons were part of English football's greatest moment.

Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles played in the memorable and dramatic 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley, but the pair also made significant contributions on the way to the final. Nobby was a steely presence in midfield throughout the competition, while his Old Trafford cohort, knighted in 1994, scored three times in England’s march to the final, including both goals in England’s 2-1 win over Portugal. United’s John Connelly also played in the goalless opener against Uruguay.

The final itself was dramatic and controversial. England overturned the Germans’ early lead, and were seconds away from claiming the Jules Rimet Trophy when Wolfgang Weber levelled the score at 2-2 to send the game into extra time. Geoff Hurst’s still-debated goal off the underside of the bar put England ahead again and his hat-trick strike, immortalized by Kenneth Wolstenholme's legendary BBC commentary, sealed the victory.

Bobby was overcome with emotion following the final whistle, while Nobby’s jig of delight on the pitch was name-checked by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner 30 years later in the smash-hit number one single “Three Lions”. 

More international moments: Schmeichel's Euro 92 glory


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