In 2006 I wrote an extended essay for 1966 Uncovered, Peter Robinson and Doug Cheeseman's beautifully illustrated book about the 1966 World Cup. This is an edited version of the section covering the North East. The first part deals with the build up to the tournament. A couple of further pieces on the games will follow.
England, it goes without saying, was a very different place in those days. This was the country featured in Don’t Look Back, D A Pennebaker’s documentary account of Bob Dylan’s 1965 UK tour, a place where even the coolest pop music was presided over by men with handlebar moustaches and regimental ties, and the technical side of things was in the slightly bewildered hands of a couple of elderly blokes in brown overalls who would attempt to fix just about anything with garden twine and fish-scented glue.
BAOC Air Hostesses model the kits of the competing nations