The Conquests of 1966 of Alf and Gary: England’s Sport Finally Triumphs

The Conquests of 1966 of Alf and Gary: England’s Sport Finally Triumphs

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  • Great scoops and insights in to the minds of Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore
  • Profusely illustrated with many unpublished photos
  • Features Don Bradman’s original article in which he commented that Gary Sobers would become the world’s number one all-rounder cricketer of all time
  • A gripping and entertaining period in sporting history

Many books have been written about the 1966 World Cup, but this one is different. Brian Scovell was the only national newspaper sports writer – for the Daily Sketch – to report on both the World Cup and the England vs West Indies series dominated by Gary Sobers. He had full access to the heroes like Bobby Charlton, who was nearly run over on the day of the final, Bobby Moore, who was sacked by West Ham just before the event and reinstated, Eusebio, Alf Ramsey, Colin Cowdrey, Tom Graveney, Brian Close, Ken Barrington, Wes Hall and all the leading figures. He contrasts these stirring and sportsmanlike happenings against what is occurring now: greed and corruption in football, and the absence of genuine heroes in cricket. His on the spot reports from his cuttings and the book he wrote on the Test series at the time, Everything That’s Cricket, brings to life the action that captivated the nation. The Conquests of 1966 by Alf and Gary is his twenty-seventh book and four were shortlisted by the British Sports Books Awards.


Brian Scovell was born in St Lawrence, Isle of Wight, and has had twenty-seven sporting books published, four shortlisted by the British Sports Books Awards and was highly commended in the Sports Journalism Awards in 1990. He is the only person to have chaired both the Football Writers’ Association and the Cricket Writers’ Club, is an MCC coach and FA coach, and lectures at universities, schools and professional and sports clubs.

Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: paperback
Extent: 192 pages
Illustrations: 32 black-and-white photographs

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