A lot’s changed during those 55 years of hurt: Tickets cost 10 shillings to a squad earning £2,800

When Harry Kane fired a rebound into the net and propelled England past Denmark into the final of Euro 2020 the nation came together as one, leaping to their feet and crying to the skies.

Not since 1966 has the country felt such a sense of togetherness, a palpable level of euphoria rippling through pubs and homes up and down the country.

Fans chanted ‘football’s coming home’ outside the stadium on Wednesday, hoping to relive the glory days of half a century ago, when a very different kind of England tasted ultimate victory.

The last time the Three Lions displayed their prowess on the pitch, the Beatles were set on global domination, young couples could buy a house for £2,999 and have change leftover and a pint would cost 1s and 7p.

A loaf of bread was 1 shilling and a packet of 20 cigarettes would set you back just less than 5 shillings.

Football was seen as a working-class sport, before the enormous surge in players’ wages.

The average wage in English football’s top flight 55 years ago was £44 per week – £2,288 a year – and a ticket for the 1966 World Cup final was just 10 shillings, or 50p – roughly around £9 today.

George Cohen earned £80 a week – pocket change for Harry Kane, who earns £200,000 a week at Tottenham Hotspur.

Inflation may have soared, owning a home seems unattainable and space flight is now a daily occurrence, but one thing remains the same – fans are united in praying, and dreaming, that football will be coming home.

30 July 1966, FIFA World Cup Final, England v West Germany: Jack Charlton runs with the Jules Rimet trophy

30 July 1966, FIFA World Cup Final, England v West Germany: Jack Charlton runs with the Jules Rimet trophy

30 July 1966, FIFA World Cup Final, England v West Germany: Jack Charlton runs with the Jules Rimet trophy

Harry Kane, bottom, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 semifinal.

Harry Kane, bottom, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 semifinal.

Harry Kane, bottom, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2020 semifinal. 

1966: Top row left to right: trainer Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Manager Alf Ramsey, and bottom row, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton

1966: Top row left to right: trainer Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Manager Alf Ramsey, and bottom row, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton

1966: Top row left to right: trainer Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Manager Alf Ramsey, and bottom row, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton

2021: Top row left to right: Reece James, Luke Shaw, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Marcus Rashford, Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho. Middle row left to right (players only listed): Ben White, John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady. Front row left to right: Phil Foden, Kieran Trippier, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Bukayo Saka

2021: Top row left to right: Reece James, Luke Shaw, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Marcus Rashford, Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho. Middle row left to right (players only listed): Ben White, John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady. Front row left to right: Phil Foden, Kieran Trippier, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Bukayo Saka

2021: Top row left to right: Reece James, Luke Shaw, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Marcus Rashford, Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho. Middle row left to right (players only listed): Ben White, John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady. Front row left to right: Phil Foden, Kieran Trippier, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Bukayo Saka

2021 captain Harry Kane

2021 captain Harry Kane

1966 captain Bobby Moore

1966 captain Bobby Moore

Harry Kane last night fired the rebound seen around the world into the net, propelling England past Denmark into the final of Euro 2020. In 1966, Bobby Moore lead his team to an astounding World Cup victory

The Captains 

Bobby Moore v Harry Kane

Bobby Moore

Salary: Joined West Ham for £7 a week 

Wife: Married Tina Moore in 1962, but the couple split in 1986. Then remarried Stephanie Parlane in 1991, but they divorced two years later.

Car: Ford Cortina 1600E

House: £100,000 Georgian-style house called ‘Morlands’ in Chigwell, Essex

Teams played for: West Ham and Fulham

Caps: 108 

Harry Kane

Salary: £10,400,000 a year

Wife: Katie Goodland 

Cars: Range Rover Autobiography, Jaguar F-Pace,2018 Bentley Continental Supersports 

House: £17million seven-bedroom London mansion 

Team played for: Tottenham Hotspur

Caps: 60 

Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

Gordon Banks v Jordan Pickford: Banks earned around £3,120 a year – a figure which pales in comparison to Pickford’s £5,200,000

The Goalkeepers

Gordon Banks v Jordan Pickford 

Gordon Banks

Salary: £3,120 a year

Wife: Ursula Banks

Car: Ford Consul 

Teams played for: Chesterfield, Leicester City, Stoke City 

Caps: 73 

Jordan Pickford

Salary: £5.2million a year

Wife: Megan Davison

Car: Mercedes-Benz C220 AMG Sport

House: £2.1million mansion in Cheshire

Teams played for: Sunderland, Everton

Caps: 35 

Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

Jack Charlton v Kyle Walker: Charlton’s £111,515 Irish holiday home looks tame next to Walker’s £3.5million six-bed mansion in Cheshire

Jack Charlton v Kyle Walker

Jack Charlton 

Salary: £10,000 as Middlesborough manager

Wife: Pat Kemp

House: Had £111,515 Irish holiday home in Ballina, County Mayo. Lived in Northumberland with Pat before his death

Teams played for: Leeds United

Caps: 35

Kyle Walker

Salary: £7.8million a year

Wife: Engaged to Annie Kilner

Car: Lamborghini Huracan

House: £3.5million six-bed mansion in Cheshire

Teams played for: Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United

Caps: 60

George Cohen

George Cohen

John Stones

John Stones

George Cohen v John Stones: Cohen (right of left pic) earned just £80 a week, while Stones takes home £5.2 million a year

George Cohen v John Stones 

George Cohen

Salary: £80 a week

Wife: Daphne Cohen

Team played for: Fulham

Caps: 37

John Stones:

Salary: £5.2million

Girlfriend: Olivia Naylor 

Car: £265,000 Rolls Royce

House: £3.4million Cheshire mansion  

Teams played for: Barnsley, Everton, Manchester City

Caps: 48

Ray Wilson wears the World Cup on his head as he parades around Wembley in 1966

Ray Wilson wears the World Cup on his head as he parades around Wembley in 1966

Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire

Ray Wilson v Harry Maguire: Wilson wears the World Cup on his head as he parades around Wembley in 1966. Maguire, right, is seen celebrating yesterday

Ray Wilson v Harry Maguire 

Ray Wilson 

Salary: £12,000 to £15,000 a year in the 1970s

Wife: Pat Wilson

House: Lived in Slaithwaite near Huddersfield, where average house prices are £225,974

Teams played for: Huddersfield Town, Everton

Caps: 63

Harry Maguire

Salary: £9.88million

Wife: Engaged to Fern Hawkins

Car: Audi A5 S Line

House: Not much is known about his house, except he lives in Manchester

Teams played for: Manchester United, Leicester City, Hull City, Sheffield United

Caps: 35

Nobby Stiles' toothless dance at Wembley after winning the World Cup is an iconic moment

Nobby Stiles' toothless dance at Wembley after winning the World Cup is an iconic moment

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

Nobby Stiles v Luke Shaw: Stiles’ toothless dance at Wembley after winning the World Cup is an iconic moment. Shaw, right, is seen during the match

Nobby Stiles v Luke Shaw

Nobby Stiles

Salary: £12,000 to £15,000 a year in the 1970s

Wife: Kay Stiles

Car: Austin 1100

House: Semi-detached in Stretford

Teams played for: Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Preston North End

Caps: 28

Luke Shaw

Salary: £7.8million

Girlfriend: Anouska Santos

Car: £250,000 Rolls-Royce 

House: £2.8million mansion just outside of Manchester

Teams played for: Southampton, Manchester United

Caps: 13

Diminutive midfielder Alan Ball was the youngest player in the 1966 team

Diminutive midfielder Alan Ball was the youngest player in the 1966 team

Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips

Alan Ball v Kalvin Phillips: Ball was the youngest player in the 1966 team. Phillips, right, is seen during yesterday’s match

Alan Ball v Kalvin Phillips

Alan Ball

Salary: Arsenal paid a record fee of £220,000 for Ball in 1971

Wife: Lesley Ball

House: Lived in Fareham Hampshire

Teams played for: Blackpool, Everton, Arsenal, Southampton, Blackpool, Southampton, Bristol Rovers

Caps: 72

Kalvin Phillips

Salary: £1.8million per year

Girlfriend: Ashleigh Behan

House: Phillips lives in Leeds with his girlfriend

Team played for: Leeds United  

Caps: 14

Martin Peters

Martin Peters

Declan Rice

Declan Rice

Martin Peters v Declan Rice: West Ham United player Martin Peters was almost the matchwinner in the World Cup final. Declan Rice, right, also plays for West Ham

Martin Peters v Declan Rice

Martin Peters 

Salary: £12,000 to £15,000 a year in the 1970s

Wife: Kathleen Peters

Teams played for: West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Sheffield United

Caps: 67

Declan Rice 

Salary: £3.2million

Girlfriend: Lauren Fryer

Teams played for: West Ham United

Caps: 23

Sir Bobby Charlton (centre) survived the Munich Air Disaster and went on to win the 1966 World Cup

Sir Bobby Charlton (centre) survived the Munich Air Disaster and went on to win the 1966 World Cup

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka

Bobby Charlton v Bukayo Saka: Charlton survived the Munich Air Disaster and went on to win the 1966 World Cup. Right: Saka being carried by his teamates

Bobby Charlton v Bukayo Saka

Bobby Charlton 

Salary: £12,000 to £15,000 a year in the 1970s 

Wife: Norma Ball

Teams played for: Manchester United, Preston North End, Waterford United

Caps: 106

Bukayo Saka 

Salary: £520,000

House: £2.3million mansion in Hertfordshire

Team played for: Arsenal 

Caps: 8

Geoff Hurst still remains the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final

Geoff Hurst still remains the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final

Mason Mount

Mason Mount

Geoff Hurst v Mason Mount: Hurst still remains the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final. Right: Mount is seen looking at the crowd after the game

Geoff Hurst v Mason Mount

Geoff Hurst 

Salary: £12,000 to £15,000 a year in the 1970s 

Wife: Judith Hurst

House: Hurst used to live in St George’s Hill, a private estate in Weybridge that sprawls over 960 acres of Surrey countryside

Car: 2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello 

Teams played for: West Ham United, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Cork Celtic

Caps: 49

Mason Mount 

Salary: £3.952million

Girlfriend: Chloe Wealleans-Watts

Teams played for: Chelsea

Caps: 20  

Roger Hunt

Roger Hunt

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Roger Hunt v Raheem Sterling: Hunt took home a salary of just £22 per week while playing for Liverpool in 1960. Sterling on the other hand earns £10.4million a year

Roger Hunt v Raheem Sterling

Roger Hunt

Salary: £22 per week while playing for Liverpool in 1960

Wife: Hunt was married to Patricia, but now lives with his second wife Rowan Hunt 

Teams played for: Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers

Caps: 34

Raheem Sterling

Salary: £10.4million 

Wife: Engaged to Paige Milian

House: £3.1million house in Cheshire

Car: Smart Fortwo Grandstyle Edition 

Teams played for: Liverpool, Manchester City

Caps: 67

…and the managers

How ‘Perfect leader’ Gareth Southgate is leading the young cubs to victory – 55 years after Sir Alf Ramsey steered England to World Cup glory  

Gareth Southgate, whose missed penalty resulted in England going out of Euro 96 at the last-four stage, has forged an impressive career in charge of the national team

Gareth Southgate, whose missed penalty resulted in England going out of Euro 96 at the last-four stage, has forged an impressive career in charge of the national team

Former Southampton and Tottenham full-back Ramsey had cut his managerial teeth with Ipswich, guiding the Suffolk club from the Third Division South to First Division champions in 1962. Ramsey took England to the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup, where they were beaten 3-2 by West Germany having been 2-0 ahead.

Former Southampton and Tottenham full-back Ramsey had cut his managerial teeth with Ipswich, guiding the Suffolk club from the Third Division South to First Division champions in 1962. Ramsey took England to the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup, where they were beaten 3-2 by West Germany having been 2-0 ahead.

Gareth Southgate, whose missed penalty resulted in England going out of Euro 96 at the last-four stage, has forged an impressive career in charge of the national team. Right, Former Southampton and Tottenham full-back Ramsey had cut his managerial teeth with Ipswich, guiding the Suffolk club from the Third Division South to First Division champions in 1962

Gareth Southgate 

Southgate, whose missed penalty resulted in England going out of Euro 96 at the last-four stage, has forged an impressive career in charge of the national team and succeeded in going one step further than the 2018 World Cup semi-final as he and his players saw off Denmark 2-1.

The ex-Middlesbrough boss has earned widespread plaudits for not only his achievements with the team but his work on inclusivity and diversity issues too. Off the pitch, he once said he’d ‘never been any good at gambling, drinking, fighting, tantrums, celebrity’.

He grew up on a housing estate in Crawley, West Sussex. He and wife Alison have been married for 24 years and former air hostess and boutique shopgirl Alison is passionate about animals and protecting the environment.

The couple have two dogs, a labrador and a cockapoo named Ted, whom she describes as ‘handsome’. Southgate jokes that both are above him in the family pecking order.

While Southgate has ditched his famous ‘lucky’ Marks & Spencer waistcoat that he was never seen without at the World Cup in Russia three years ago, he still wears a silver ‘friendship band’ on his right wrist made by British jeweller Monica Vinader. 

Following his infamous miss in the semi-final penalty shootout against Germany, he was moved on from this role but Pizza Hut, of course, came to the rescue by signing him up for a TV advert celebrating his misfortune.

He hates parties – sheepishly revealing that his favourite karaoke song is Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, which, incidentally, has become an anthem for England football fans. When driving to watch matches, he tunes into Radio 1 so, he says, he can ‘listen to what the kids are into’. Otherwise, he prefers Smooth Radio’s Relaxing Music Mix to ‘relive his youth’. 

Life up north, 250 miles from his childhood home, hasn’t been a wrench for Southgate as he managed Middlesbrough FC from 2006 to 2009. He and his son Flynn play for the village cricket team. He also spent many years supporting his daughter, Mia, when she played netball at county level. 

Sir Alf Ramsey

Former Southampton and Tottenham full-back Ramsey had cut his managerial teeth with Ipswich, guiding the Suffolk club from the Third Division South to First Division champions in 1962. Ramsey took England to the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup, where they were beaten 3-2 by West Germany having been 2-0 ahead.  

Sir Alf was born and raised in Dagenham, Essex, and showed early sporting promise, going on to play right back for Southampton and Tottenham after serving with the Army in the Second World War.

He was part of the England World Cup squad in 1950 before retiring to manage Ipswich Town in 1955.

Sir Alf took Ipswich Town from the old Third Division (South), to the Second Division title, and then the old First Division – now the Premier League – at the first attempt in 1962.

His incredible success at Ipswich Town is still hailed as one of football’s greatest success stories, rivalling Leicester City’s achievement in winning the Premier League this year.

After winning the World Cup, Sir Alf took England to third place in the 1968 European Championship and the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup and the 1972 European Championships.

But when England failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, the FA sacked him and called on Joe Mercer for seven games, followed by Don Revie.

Sir Alf never got over the manner of his sacking, and steadfastly refused to take part in any future media programmes about the World Cup. He remained in Ipswich until his death.

Colourised BBC, a world gripped by Covid, Moors murderers jailed and Harold Wilson to Trump: How the headlines compared in 1966 and 2021

The fevered passion for football has changed little from 1966 to 2021 – but England is a very different place. Some 55 years ago, the Beatles dominated the charts, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister and the Vietnam War was still going. Today, coronavirus dominates global headlines as much of the world remains in the grip of a pandemic and stringent lockdown. Here are the headlines which dominated in 1966: 

Some 55 years ago, the Beatles dominated the charts, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister

Some 55 years ago, the Beatles dominated the charts, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister

Some 55 years ago, the Beatles dominated the charts, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister

1966

January  

24: 117 die in Air India tragedy

February

3: Soviets land probe on Moon

March

1: Britain to go decimal in 1971

3: BBC tunes in to colour

5: Passenger jet crashes into Mount Fuji

31: Harold Wilson wins sweeping victory

May

6: Moors murderers jailed for life

June

2: First US space probe lands on Moon

July 

30: Football glory for England

October  

21: Coal tip buries children in Aberfan 

Source: BBC 

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