Typography

 

 

goal-line-wc66.jpg

 

 

Collectors have the chance to buy a piece of football history when the goal line from the 1966 World Cup final is auctioned by King Sturge this month.

 

The Wembley Stadium goal line has been the subject of discussions and debates for decades thanks to England hero Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal.

 

As every football fan knows, Hurst's shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the line. The German players claimed the ball didn't actually cross the line but the Swiss ref, Gottfried Dienst, and the Russian linesman Tofik Bakhramov, said "Goal" so it stood.

The famous goal line was dug up when Wembley was re-turfed in 1969 and a TV producer called Bob Gardam took it home. He planted it in his back garden in Hertfordshire where it has remained ever since.

 

Now the new owner of the house has decided to donate part of the goal line to the National Football Museum in Preston where it will be displayed for the nation to enjoy.

 

The donation will be made at the annual Football Hall of Fame Awards, in association with The Football Foundation and FA Grass Roots, at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel on 18 September when the goal line will be reunited with the match ball, for the first time since 1966, in front of a celebrity audience.

 

The remaining section of the goal line is to be divided in to seven lots each one yard long (half a metre). These will be auctioned off by King Sturge at an online auction opening on 8 September and closing on 29 September 25% of the auction proceeds to benefit UNICEF UK in conjunction with Soccer Aid.

 

The IOG (Institute of Groundsmen) have verified that the Wembley turf was not replaced between 1966 and 1969 and the STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute) confirmed the authenticity of the goal line through scientific soil analysis.

The famous goal line fell into the hands of Bob Gardam after the pitch was used for the Horse of the Year Show in 1969. The badly damaged pitch was used for one last match – a fun game between World of Sport staff from London Weekend television and their rivals from ITN.

 

Mr Gardam was the director of LWT’s Big Match programme and part of their team that day. At the end of the game Wembley’s groundsman George Stanton asked Mr Gardam if he would like a piece of the soon to be replaced turf as a souvenir.

 

Mr Gardam said: “I was so knackered that I couldn’t be bothered. Then it suddenly occurred to me that the north end goal was where Geoff Hurst had fired in that terrific shot. ‘Hold on,’ I said. I went and got my car, drove it up through the tunnel and out onto the pitch, where some chaps kindly dug out the entire goal line, a foot either side.

 

“We rolled it up into three strips which we put into the car boot. Back home, I laid them into my lawn in the shape of a V for Victory sign.”

 

The piece of goal line donated to the National Football Museum will become part of a permanent exhibit with the match ball from the 1966 final. The exhibit will tour the country and may to play a part in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.

 

Mike Hanson, Partner at King Sturge, said: “We are delighted to be handling the sale of a piece of the nation’s sporting history.

 

“This is a unique disposal and something which is difficult to value because it has never been sold before. We are particularly pleased that a section of the goal line will be placed on display in the National Football Museum for the public to enjoy and the sale of the remaining lots will benefit such a great cause as Soccer Aid which is raising funds for UNICEF.”

 

Funds raised by Soccer Aid 2008 will go towards the main areas of UNICEF’s work - health, education, nutrition, water, HIV and AIDS and protection for vulnerable children.

 

Visit the auction Here

 

 

Comments (3)

  1. fsc

hey, Racing Club (argentina) has just released their new home shirt:<br />http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_olQjRTCEYRI/SMlhY4-8ZiI/AAAAAAAAAfo/-_8UyAt5KeQ/s1600-h/RACING.bmp<;br /><br />it would be great if you give credits,huh?

 
  1. fsc

they preserved tat piece fer 42 years?

 
  1. fsc

\" the Russian linesman Tofik Bakhramov, said \"Goal\" so it stood.\"

 
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location
Type the text presented in the image below

LATEST FOOTBALL KITS

Walsall 2018-19 Errea Third Kit

Walsall 2018-19 Errea Third Kit

Walsall revealed the Saddlers' new third kit for the 18/19 campaign. The grey and electric green strip is manufactured by Errea and sponsored by…
Northampton Town 2018-19 Nike Away Kit

Northampton Town 2018-19 Nike Away Kit

The new Northampton Town 18/19 away kit by Nike has been revealed. The new away shirt is made with Nike Dry fabric, designed to help you stay dry and…
Macclesfield Town 2018-19 Macron Away Kit

Macclesfield Town 2018-19 Macron Away Kit

Macclesfield Town revealed their new Macron away kit for the 18/19 season which is a black and grey design. Zaki Artistic Management's logo appears…
Macclesfield Town 2018-19 Macron Home Kit

Macclesfield Town 2018-19 Macron Home Kit

Macclesfield Town revealed their new Macron home kit for the 18/19 season. The home kit is a stylish two-toned blue shirt, together with traditional…
Watford 2018-19 Adidas Away Kit

Watford 2018-19 Adidas Away Kit

Watford's new Adidas away kit for the 18/19 season has been revealed. Adidas is dedicated to creating products in ways that minimise their…
Lincoln City 2018-19 Errea Away Kit

Lincoln City 2018-19 Errea Away Kit

Lincoln City have revealed the brand new away shirt for the 18/19 season, sponsored by APSS. The anthracite grey Errea shirt will be worn by the…
Rovers 2018-19 Macron Home and Away Kits

Bristol Rovers 2018-19 Macron Home and Away Kits

The new Bristol Rovers 18/19 kits have been launched for the upcoming season, with a modern twist on the club's traditional blue and white quarters…
Boca Juniors 18/19 Nike Away Kit

Boca Juniors 18/19 Nike Away Kit

This is the new Boca Juniors 18/19 away football shirt by Nike. Inspired by a seismometer, the away jersey features a navy stripe with Richter…
Boca Juniors 18/19 Nike Home Kit

Boca Juniors 18/19 Nike Home Kit

This is the new Boca Juniors 18/19 home football shirt by Nike. Classic blue and gold colours appear on the home kit, continuing the memorable design…
Club America 2018-19 Nike Home Kit

Club America 2018-19 Nike Home Kit

This is the new Club América 18/19 home football shirt by Nike. The new home kit will be used during the 2018–19 Liga MX season, which is the 72nd…
Club America 2018-19 Nike Away Kit

Club America 2018-19 Nike Away Kit

This is the new Club América 18/19 away football shirt by Nike. The new away kit will be used during the 2018–19 Liga MX season, which is the 72nd…
Bayern Munich 2018-19 Adidas Away Kit

Bayern Munich 2018-19 Adidas Away Kit

The new Bayern Munich home kit for the 18/19 campaign has been revealed. The embroidered FCB crest and the adidas label adorn the front of this ash…
Borussia Dortmund 2018-19 Puma Tournament Kit

Borussia Dortmund 2018-19 Puma Tournament Kit

The new Borussia Dortmund 18/19 Tournament jersey by Puma has been revealed. The BVB Tournament Shirt will be used during the Champions League and…
Hull City 2018-19 Umbro Away Kit

Hull City 2018-19 Umbro Away Kit

Hull City revealed the new away kit by Umbro for the 18/19 season. The dark and moody kit, which features amber on the neckline and cuffs synonymous…
Celtic 2018-19 New Balance Third Kit

Celtic 2018-19 New Balance Third Kit

Celtic’s new 18/19 New Balance away kit has been revealed. Engineered using innovative NB DRY technology, the 3rd Kit SS Jersey wicks moisture away…
Bolton Wanderers 2018-19 Macron Away Kit

Bolton Wanderers 2018-19 Macron Away Kit

Macron and Bolton Wanderers revealed the away kit that the team will wear over the course of the 18/19 season. The kit is fully black with a…
Chelsea 2018-19 Nike Away Kit

Chelsea 2018-19 Nike Away Kit

Nike and Chelsea launched the new away kit for the 18/19 season. The kit brings a return to a yellow colour scheme, made famous through regular…
Napoli 2018-19 Kappa Home Kit

Napoli 2018-19 Kappa Home Kit

In collaboration with SSC Napoli, Kappa’s research and development centre has designed a technical fabric with aggressive and striking imagery…
Norwich City 2018-19 Errea Away Kit

Norwich City 2018-19 Errea Away Kit

Norwich City FC revealed the brand-new Errea 18/19 away kit. The white shirt features modern stripes in the club colours, a nod towards the club's…
Wigan Athletic 2018-19 Puma Away Kit

Wigan Athletic 2018-19 Puma Away Kit

Similarly to their 18/19 home kit, Wigan Athletic's going retro with the 2018/19 Puma Away Kit. A play on the away kit of the 1995-98 era when Dave…