Author(s): Brian Scovell
Many books have been written about the 1966 World Cup, but this one is different. Brian Scovell was the only national newspaper sports writer – for the Daily Sketch – to report on both the World Cup and the England vs West Indies series dominated by Gary Sobers.
He had full access to the heroes like Bobby Charlton, who was nearly run over on the day of the final, Bobby Moore, who was sacked by West Ham just before the event and reinstated, Eusebio, Alf Ramsey, Colin Cowdrey, Tom Graveney, Brian Close, Ken Barrington, Wes Hall and all the leading figures.
He contrasts these stirring and sportsmanlike happenings against what is occurring now: greed and corruption in football, and the absence of genuine heroes in cricket. His on the spot reports from his cuttings and the book he wrote on the Test series at the time, Everything That’s Cricket, brings to life the action that captivated the nation.
The Conquests of 1966 by Alf and Gary is his twenty-seventh book and four were shortlisted by the British Sports Books Awards.
|234 x 156 mm
|15 November 2016
|32 black-and-white photographs