As part of our ongoing ‘best picks’ series, in which we review all of the best football kit, equipment and memorabilia available to football fans, we were lucky enough to get our hands on one of the 500 limited edition ‘The Golden Game – 1966 World Cup Final’ prints.
This photo exhibition, featuring 15 stunning coloured photographs, shot by legendary sports photographer Gerry Cranham – the only photographer to shoot England’s infamous 1966 World Cup final victory over West Germany in colour – brings the heroics of Sir Geoff Hurst and co. to life, in stunning fashion.
On the afternoon of England’s historic success on home soil, there were only 27 press passes available. As one of the world’s pre-eminent sports photographers, Gerry was privileged to be accredited to work on the event. He went on to capture images that were both intimate and action-packed, capturing the humanity and thrill of the game.
Heroes were born and history made as England defeated West Germany 4-2 after extra-time, thanks to Hurst’s hat-trick. Now 75 years of age, he remains the only man to have scored three goals in a World Cup final, while ’66 remains the only time that the nation which invented football has been world champions.
Thanks to Stories on Walls, you can now get closer to the historic day in which history was made at Wembley.
From ‘Pushing for Freedom’, a shot of Geoff Hurst challenging opposition German goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski inside the penalty area, to ‘The 39 Steps’, the moment Bobby Moore walked the famous steps at Wembley to receive the Jules Rimet Trophy (the FIFA World Cup trophy) from Her Majesty The Queen, there are several moments to choose from.
Our personal favourite is ‘Toasting the Nation’ – as pictured above – a simply iconic shot of then-England captain, Moore, holding the World Cup trophy aloft, sharing his side’s success with those lucky enough to be in attendance at Wembley on the day. This product now hangs proudly in our office, mounted, and finished off with a light, but classy, black wood frame.
To add to the special nature of this exhibition, all photographs are thoughtfully narrated by Sir Geoff Hurst, himself, as the former West Ham and Stoke City forward offers unique anecdotes from his recollections of perhaps the most momentous day in English sporting history.
With father’s day on the horizon, this would make an excellent, and somewhat unique, gift. Each print costs £65, but we would recommend going all out and purchasing these mounted, and with a frame. Having said that, if you want to purchase one, be quick, as they are limited to just 500 copies. They’ll be gone fast, so don’t miss out!