Back in 1966, the Swiss match official Gottfried Dienst blew the final whistle at Wembley Stadium and crowned England World Cup champions for the first and only time in their history. Whilst the England players celebrated the official Slazenger match ball was safely tucked under the arm of German striker Helmut Haller, who then took the famous piece of football memorabilia back home to the Fatherland.
Unlike modern tradition where the hat-trick hero takes home the match ball as a symbolic reward or memento, back in the 60’s this unwritten rule was not the norm and hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst simply walked away with his winners medal. The official 1966 World Cup final match ball did return back to the National Football Museum in 1996 as part of the Euro 96 ‘Its Coming Home’ preparations.
However, en-route from Germany to England the ball had the initials of one individual marked onto the ball which is still there to this day (see above). Can you name the individual?
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