The Conquests of 1966 of Alf and Gary: England’s Sport Finally Triumphs

Author(s): Brian Scovell 

ISBN: 9781781555774
£13.29 £18.99
Amusing insights of England’s lucky win of the World Cup and the world’s best cricketer, Gary Sobers.

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  • Great scoops and insights in to the minds of Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore

  • Profusely illustrated with many unpublished photos

  • Features Don Bradman’s original article in which he commented that Gary Sobers would become the world’s number one all-rounder cricketer of all time

  • A gripping and entertaining period in sporting history

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.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555774
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 192 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 November 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 32 black-and-white photographs



Brian Scovell spent forty years with Associated Newspapers - Daily Sketch and Daily Mail - as a cricket and football writer and is now concentrating on writing books. This is his 26th. Several were best sellers and four, about Jim Laker, the England football managers, Brian Lara and Bill Nicholson, were short listed for the British Sports Books Award. John Harding of the Daily Mail said of his previous book, an autobiography called Thank You Hermann Goering — The Life of a Sports Writer“It is a terrific read.”

He has played cricket all over the world and skippered the Cricket Writers' Club team for more years than he can remember. As a former chairman and secretary, and now chairman of the Facilities Committee, he advises the Test match grounds about their press facilities. He ran Woodpeckers CC for more than forty years and is now Life President, fixture secretary and PR advisor.