The '66 World Cup, are the English really that fanatical about it.
It is something deep down – it’s like the jocks and bannockburn – doesn’t matter that you had your arses handed to in almost every engagement since (as scots that is, not taking anything away from the arsekickings handed out as part of uk forces) like we have at football, you still harp on about that famous victory over 400 years on. I think 40 is quite reasonable tbh. 😀
I’m English, spent the last 42 years in Scotland and the east highlands were a tough place to be an Yorkshire kid at times in the 70’s – no hiding behind a neutral edinburgh accent for me! I worked out early on that the scots didn’t ‘hate’ the English, they hated Jimmy greaves the pundit. Sod it, I hated Jimmy greaves the pundit.
Don’t forget that 90% of the population is English, so much of the Bbc is playing to the audience.Posted 1 year ago
Dez, how else should I refer to the people of England then? I was trying to be fairly generic.
Rich, that’s what my impression is as well. It seems like media trying to invoke sentimentality where there doesn’t really appear to be any on the part of the public. But I could be wrong hence the curiosity.Posted 1 year ago
Genuine curiosity here. I’m Scottish and not much of a football fan. Recently on radio 2 there has been a running advert for a special show that focuses on the 66 World Cup and an as it happened type of show. It got me thinking, are English people really that sentimental about it ? Or is stuff like that and the many mentioned reference to the 66 win by media commentators a thing which is pushed onto the people by the media itself ?
It just seems that other countries have won the World Cup but I don’t get the impression that they revel in the nostalgia of it to the same extent.
And yes, I listen to radio 2Posted 1 year agocaptainsasquatchMember
Christ I feel old now, I would have been about 3 weeks old on that fateful day.Posted 1 year ago
I guess it’s the only reference point that puts England in the ctategory of world class. They can now be talked about in the same breathe as Germany, Brasil and Argentina rather than The Netherlands.maccruiskeenSubscriber
plus of course we beat the Germans
Its funny how whenever England and Germany face each other we bring that up – as if Germany will somehow be sore about it the result. Its one of the 4 cup finals they lost rather than one of the 4 they won – they’ve made it to the final more times than any other nation – in fact they’ve made it to close to half of all the finals in history. So as a loss it doesn’t really figure in their folk memory of historic football results. By comparison 1966 the only cup final England has ever managed to get reach.Posted 1 year agorusty wrote:
Well, I like football and wasn’t around in 1966.
I don’t recall ever seeing the match being reshown on TV.
I’d like to see the colour film footage.
I watched it (in B&W, obviously). At the tender age of 7, I wasn’t aware that England wasn’t even “my” team – but that would start a whole different discussion on the Scottish education system, institutionalised racism, cultural censorship and the Celtic Cringe. So lets not go there.Posted 1 year agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
I’ve never understood (even as a fervent Scotsman) why folk get annoyed about England and the constant 1966 references. If we had won the World Cup, there would be a tv series about it, and I’d watch every **** episode, Christ we still go on about beating you lot in a ‘friendly’ in ’67!.
Celtic fans go on about winning the European cup in 1967 every bit as much, even though bloody Linfield made the quarters.
Celebrate it as you wish, it’s only the nay Sayers that moan, and who cares about them.Posted 1 year ago
I saw Montrose at home to Queen’s Park (I think) once.
186 people, 40 of which were up from Manchester.
Went for a pint in the British Legion across the road at half time, slightly surprised to see a couple of members of the coaching staff doing the same.
It was brilliant.Posted 1 year agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
Nobeer +1. The adulation showered on the class of 66 will only grow with every inept tournament showing since. They’re legends because just about every other effort at a major championship since – bar 1990 and 1996 – has been woeful. During Euro 2016 there was a stat going about along the lines of England only beating 4 teams in normal time after the group stages since 1966. Says it all.Posted 1 year agoBustaspokeSubscriber
I’m English,I’ve no interest in it. Lots of English people have fallen out of love with football,but you don’t hear about that because the media love it.so it’s all over the press/airwaves, these days I can’t stand football,there’s no getting away from it.Presumably it sells papers,generates interest on TV?Posted 1 year ago
I never watched a minute of the Euro’s & a few of my mates are of the same opinion..
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