George Cohen MBE to reunite the fans of 1966
24th of May 2010
World Cup winner teams-up with the people-finding website, 192.com
George Cohen MBE is leading an unprecedented call to reunite the fans of 1966 to recreate a winning atmosphere in 2010.
For the first time ever, 192.com will find the fans of 1966, and reunite them under one roof to watch England compete in this year's World Cup.
The '66 reunion group will enjoy a pub-meal on 192.com and will roar England to victory.
Remembering the spirit of 1966, George Cohen remembers the value of a collective World Cup spirit.
"When the final came you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. It was fantastic", Mr Cohen said.
"I'm helping fans of 1966 to get back together by using 192.com. Lets revive that incredible feeling and give the boys a great send-off for the World Cup."
"Whether you were in the ground or watching the game at home, get reunited and tell us about your reunion by going to 192.com."
Speaking to the people-finding website, Cohen vividly recalled the final, in particular being kissed by Nobby Stiles at the final whistle:
"He jumped on me and gave me a big toothless kiss. Now I know what it's liked to be kissed by Mick Jagger!"
The legendary full-back also recalled the tense moments before the famous Wembley final.
"When I walked into the tunnel and stood next to the German players the first thing I noticed was that I couldn't hear anything. Then as you got closer to the pitch I heard this buzzing like a bee. The buzzing became a roar. When I got to the pitch all I could see was movement and colour. That was the only time I felt nervous."
Recalling Germany's equalizer at the end of normal time, Cohen revealed that the goal shouldn't have stood because a German player hand-balled in the area following a free kick:
"I think we set the wall up too deep, Gordon's (Banks') reactions were excellent but we might have impeded his view," Mr Cohen said.
"The ball hit my knee and went across the box, I'm pretty sure it stopped in the middle because it struck a German hand".
"They scored and I can't repeat what I said! We just felt numb. We had to do it all over again."
George Cohen's nationwide reunification call coincides with England's last home match before going to the World Cup in South Africa.
Asked how the 2010 team would fair, Mr. Cohen said:
"If England can't get out of their group they should try subuteo. Put it this way, they better take a long time getting home."
192.com is encouraging people to send in their World Cup memories and to find those that they share those memories with. Favourites so far include people whose weddings clashed with the final, a man who worked as liaison officer for with the Argentinean team, and Eddie Murray who at 15, carried the Cross of St George at England's opening game against Uruguay in 1966.
Dominic Blackburn, Product Director of 192.com said: "We're honoured the great George Cohen is leading our call to the fans of 1966 to get reunited. To get involved, go to 192.com."
192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for millions of users every month. On 192.com, users can search over 700 million records including free directory enquiries, edited electoral roll information, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports.
George Cohen MBE
George Cohen won 37 caps for England, vice captaining the side in the 1966 final. Described by Alf Ramsay as "England's greatest right back", Cohen's forward runs gave Ramsay's side width, and set up England's decisive goal against Portugal in the semi-finals. His major contribution in the final was blocking the last minute free kick from Lothar Emmerich. Cohen is the only Fulham player to have won a World Cup while at the Cottagers. Cohen received an MBE in 2000, and in 2003, watched nephew Ben win the Rugby World Cup with England.
Get ready to roar!
192.com and George Cohen MBE are urging friends and family who remember England's 1966 World Cup victory to get back together and roar the lads to victory in 2010. The best '66 reunion wins a meal on us watching a World Cup game. Learn more and share great World Cup moments at http://worldcup.192.com/
For more information contact the 192.com Press Office.