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!
Download the CBS Sports App for all the latest Premier League news
The CBS Sports app is your one-stop sports news apps, offering lightning fast scores, stats, news, tweets & push notifications for all major competitions globally, including the English Premier League, Major League Soccer, Champions League, La Liga, Mexican Primeria, Bundesliga, Serie A, Europa League, Dutch Eredivisie, Scottish Premier, Brazilian Serie A and Argentina Primera, personalized to your favorite teams.
Primarily an application for the American sports market, with a focus on The National Football League (American football), The National Hockey League and The National Basketball League, this application brings the cool features and up-to-date, around the clock news coverage that we have come to expect from our sports loving friends in the States, to the Premier League and Europe’s top divisions.
This app, sponsored by CBS, can be downloaded on both IOS and Android, through the Apple Store and Google Play, in order to catch all the latest sports news on the go. This is perfect for fans of the Premier League who wish to keep track of their team on a minute-by-minute basis, particularly on a match day. By selecting your favourites team from the competitions listed above, you can track each club’s latest fixtures and results, while keeping up to date with all the latest transfer and team news.
If you are a Fantasy Football player, this could prove to be the perfect companion. Offering injury updates, statistical breakdowns and reference articles, downloading the CBS Sports app will give you a guaranteed advantage over your weekly opponents, whether you are playing the official game, or alternatives, such as the increasingly popular draft formats. This is one of the up and coming football apps on the market today, so don’t miss out.
Review: Adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360 Agility FG White/Solar Yellow/Core Black
A ‘Marmite’ boot, perhaps, the Adidas Nemeziz have certainly split opinion since their initial release. Loved by some, and hated by others, even those who fall under the latter category will quickly come round when they handle a pair in person.
Inspired by boxers wrapping their hands before they put on their gloves and ballet, the Nemeziz + 360 Agility utilises Torison Tape and a laceless bandage system to provide a completely new fit experience.
‘Unlock Agility’ is the marketing slogan for Adidas’ latest offering and, as such, they are custom built for those attackers who love to duck and dive outside the reach of their opponents.
Worn by the man renowned for unlocking defences, Lionel Messi, alongside Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, these boots offer security, support and adaptability.
Thanks to the agility knit upper, the Nemeziz require zero wear-in-time, meaning you are good to go from the off – you can avoid painful training sessions, in which the boots are moulding to the shape of your feet.
They are light to hold and and sit tight around the foot. Despite being laceless, you get the same level lateral and medial support as you would with any laced boot – if not more, thanks to the foot-hugging Agilityknit 2.0 material.
The Dual Lock Collar ensures superior ankle stability as you change direction, while the lightweight Torsion frame outsole construction features Torsion ribs for support and flexibility when making quick changes in pace and direction on a firm ground surface.
Retailing at £280, they will set you back a significant amount of money. Nonetheless, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, by wearing boots that boast some of the most innovative technology to date, then the Nemeziz are for you.
‘Laceless-ness’ very much appears to be the next step in the development of the modern football boot and, in this respect, Adidas have produced the best effort to date. For those who remain unappeased with the zebra style, white (and black) version, the newly released core black silo may, in fact, be more appealing.
Either way, the comfort and fit provided by the Nemeziz is bound to land a knock-out blow among avid football players ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Review: Mens Concave Aura + FG – White/Blue
With the end of the season came the opportunity to review Concave UK‘s stylish offering, the Aura +. Designed by a Manchester based company, who have developed patented ‘Power-strike’ technology, this was a very favourable time to trial, and review for our readers, some of the next generation boots on the market.
Aesthetically, the Aura + is very pleasing on the eye. The decals are minimalist and compliment the overall feel of the slick synthetic upper. Meanwhile, the blue sole-plate, with ‘Aura +’ inscribed on the heel, alongside a mix of teardrop studs, looks gorgeous. This is undoubtedly a boot for the traditionalist.
As is not always the case when straying away from your typical football boot providers, the likes of adidas or Nike, for example, these Aura + was very, very well received by all teammates. Based on looks alone, they would come highly recommended – on screen imagery doesn’t really do them justice.
At first, these boots feel tight to wear. Opting for a UK Size 8.5, like the majority of leather boots on the market, it took a few sessions with the ball to finally loosen them to allow for real comfort. Leather boots are often the most wearable, as over time, they mould to the shape of your feet, and this was certainly the case with the Aura +.
At this stage, after several training sessions and a two ninety minute matches, they are feeling just as nicely fitting as adidas’ Copa Mundial or World Cup offering – this author’s favourite boots when it comes to wear-ability. This period of time has also seen them pass the durability test. They remain in very good nick, despite a number of hefty tackles.
The lightweight outsole helps reduce weight and the Premium calf leather upper really is great for offering a natural ball feel. For a player who likes to dictate possession and the pace of the game, a central midfielder for example, the Aura + provides a perfect combination of comfort and control.
The primary USP of the Concave range is the Power-strike technology, which they claim make them the ‘most powerful boots on the planet’. With this technology sitting on the upper part of the laces, you are provided with a larger ‘sweetspot’ when making contact with the ball – a feature that will undoubtedly improve your level of performance.
Although claims like this are often shrouded with hyperbole, this is a feature that can genuinely be experienced with the Aura +. Enabling you to strike the ball with more power when taking shots at goal with your laces or playing a through pass over the top of the opposition defence, you quickly notice that the ball is moving both further and faster.
The only real set-back is the material of the inner. Considering this is constructed from a textile lining, and not made using synthetic leather, like its upper, when playing in muddy conditions this part of the boot could very quickly become discoloured. This is a problem you would undoubtedly encounter with the white Aura offering, but perhaps not so much with the equally stunning black version of the boot (as pictured above).
The Aura + is fantastic choice if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to its competitors. A combination of style and comfort make them a sensible choice, while the Powerstrike technology and the leather upper will assist in improving your overall game. With a choice of a black/white or white/blue boot, you could ultimately be left struggling to decide which pair to buy.
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