Former West Bromwich Albion player shares his memories
11th of May 2010
192.com finds Lake Vyrnwy witness to the 1966 World Cup final
Leading people finding website 192.com are asking people to share their World Cup memories, as they seek to reunite witnesses to England's 1966 World Cup victory.
As part of this effort, 192.com found a former West Bromwich Albion player who worked as an official liaison for the Argentine Team, saw the 1966 squad in training, watched the final and met a policeman giving away dozens of free tickets to the game.
Writing to 192.com, Bob Whittock, 79, formally of Birmingham, now living by Lake Vyrnwy said:
"I had finished my amateur playing days and had started coaching. I went to Lilleshall and spent the day with the England players. I was appointed liaison to the Argentine team and saw all of the games up until the quarter final, but as the 'Argies' had been knocked out I had no ticket for the final. However, a few days before the day, I had a phone call to say I had won a ticket in a raffle. Happy Days!"
"Not many people know this but prior to the game, all teams not in the final were to return home, and most did so taking their supporters with them. Hence there were thousands of tickets going begging at the game. Policemen on horses had pockets full of them, giving them out to anyone who wanted them!
In conversation with 192.com, Mr Whittock, recalled the final saying: "It was an incredible day, a strange game. Jack Charlton's performance in defense really stood out for me. I expected Bobby Charlton to get forward more, unleashing those tremendous shots but he was busy keeping the German player quiet, so I didn't see as much of him as I expected."
Though a promising amateur, Mr Whittock didn't become a professional player through bad timing: he was called to the Navy in 1948 on the day he was due to sign for Wolves.
Dominic Blackburn Product Director of 192.com said:
"We've had an incredible response to our request for World Cup
memories, Mr. Whittock's story brings that amazing day in 1966 to
"We want friends and family to reunite to recreate the spirit of 1966. Whether you were at Wembley in 1966 or watching the match at home, get back in touch with people you experienced those winning World Cup moments with. The best reunion wins a meal on us, to be enjoyed during this year's World Cup".
Share great World Cup moments at http://worldcup.192.com.
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Get ready to roar!
We're 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.
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