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The World Cup At Goodison Park
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My Memories Of The World Cup At Goodison Park by Sting Ray Jones

1966 is a special year in the English football calendar, not only because England won the world cup for the first time, but as every true blue knows, in May 66 Everton won the FA cup at Wembley for the third time, beating Sheffield Wednesday 3 - 2 after being 2 goals down.

The idea of writing this article, is to talk about the games that were played at Goodison in July 1966, leading up to the world cup final at Wembley.
The 4 countries drawn to play at Everton's ground were Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary and Portugal, real mouth watering stuff, and the prospects of seeing the likes of Pele, Jairzinho, Garrincha, Beckenbauer, and Eusebio etc. for the first time.
All this at Goodison Park after watching the blues lift the FA .Cup just a few short weeks ago, made me realize that God must be an Evertonian.

As I queued up in Goodison road for tickets for the first game, Brazil versus Bulgaria, I couldn't help but notice, that out of the thousands that were in the queue, (there was 52.000 at the game) nearly every other one had a blue and white scarf on.
Everyone was talking about the FA.cup the buzz was tremendous. My own thoughts kept going back to Wembley, wondering why the hell Harry Catterick had dropped Fred Pickering, and brought in Mike Trebilcock, and silently thanking him for doing so.
Four of us went down to Wembley for the cup final on the Friday, prior to the game and, (no! maybe I should keep that story for another day)

What I can say though is, when I got back home on the Sunday my wife Flo, had decked out the house in blue and white, and with my two sons Steve and Paul we just jigged round the house, that's what you call happy. As we danced around my two lads kept saying, isn't it great to be an Evertonian dad.

Little did we know that years later they would create an Everton web site and have nicknames like Kipper and Jogger, but again that's another story. Sorry I digress, this article is about Goodison Park and the world cup.

Brazil v Bulgaria, Tuesday 12th July 1966. 2-0 (H/T 1-0) Goals: PELE, GARRINCHA. Atten. 52,847.

BRAZIL: GILMAR, DJALMA SANTOS, BELLINO, ALTAIR, PAULO HENRIQUE, DENILSON, LIMA, GARRINCHA, ALCINDO, PELE, JAIRZINHO.

BULGARIA: NAIDENOV, CHALAMANOV, PENEV, VOUTSOV, GAGANELOV, KITOV, JETCHEV, DERMENDJIEV, ASPAROUKHOV, YAKIMOV, KOLEV.

The scene was set for the start of a feast of football, July 12 1966. The ground staff had done a wonderful job since our last league game. The stands had a new lick of paint, and the pitch was immaculate.

As the German referee Kurt Tschenscher led the two teams out, the crowd of 52,847 were in full voice. First game on Brazil v Bulgaria.

Brazil had won the world cup (Jules Rimet trophy) in 1958 and 1962, and the way they started to out play the Bulgarian's in the first half the hat trick was on the cards. It was a wonderful sight to see Pele, he seemed to stroll through the game stroking the ball around. (he reminded me of Alex Young)

When Pele scored the first goal after 10 minutes it looked like we were in for a goal feast, the Bulgarians made the mistake of fouling Pele just outside the box, Pele took the kick himself and scored what has became a trade mark from the Brazilian's, bending the ball around the wall for a wonder goal .
But only a Garrincha goal from another free-kick again bent around the wall for 2-0 were the only goals we were going to see. As the final whistle went the crowd rose to the Brazilian team. It was a great feeling to say you had seen a soccer legend Pele.

Brazil v Hungary, Tuesday 15th July 1966. 1-3 (H/T 1-1) Goals: TOSTAO.(BRAZIL), BENE, FARKAS, MESZOLY.(HUNGARY). Atten. 57,455

HUNGARY: GELEI, KAPOZTA , MATRAI, SZEPESI, MESZOLY, SIPOS, BENE, MATHESZ, ALBERT, FARKAS, RAKOSI.

BRAZIL GILMAR, DJALMA SANTOS, BELLINI, ALTAIR, PAULO HENRIQUE, GERSON, LIMA, GARRINCHA, ALCINDO, TOSTAO, JAIRZINHO.

When the two teams lined up, the shout from the crowd was, where's Pele? It seems he took one to many knock's in the Bulgarian game.
But the disappointment was soon over come, because this game resulted in one of the best ever games played at Goodison Park. For pure football skill this was hard to beat. The Hungarians sensed that without Pele, Brazil were not the same team, and so it proved.
Bene score first for Hungary, and although Tostao equallised just before half-time, you could see that Hungary were the better team.
2 further goals from Farkas and Meszoly made sure that the Magyar's were full value for their 3-1 win, in what turned out to be one hell of a game. This also turned out to be Brazil's first defeat in the world cup since 1954

Brazil v Portugal, Tuesday 19th July 1966. 1-3 (H/T 0-2) Goals:RILDO, (BRAZIL) SIMOES, EUSEBIO (2). Atten.62,204

BRAZIL: MANGA,FIDELIS, BRITO, ORLANDO, RILDO, DENILSON, LIMA, JAIRZINO, SILVA, PELE, PARANA.

PORTUGAL: JOSE PERIRA, MORAIS, BATISTA, VICENTE, HILARIO, COLUNA, JAIME GRACA, JOSE AUGUSTO, EUSEBIO, TORRES, SIMOES.

When Portugal faced Brazil in the third game at Goodison, it was the chance to see the new kid on the block Eusebio. It turned out to be another outstanding game, Pele was back for Brazil much to the delight of the crowd of 62.000. Portugal's game plan was stop Pele and you stop Brazil. The Portugese captain Coluna did a man marking job on Pele, and by fair means or foul he made sure that Pele's influence on the game was minimal. Simoes opened the scoring for Portugal closely followed by Eusebio's first of the match to make it 2-0 at half-time.
Brazil tried to pull the game back in the second half when Rildo scored to make it 2-1 but Portugal were not to be denied, Eusebio made it 3-1 with his second of the game, to make sure that Portugal won group 3 and a place in the quarter final. So Brazil the world champion's were out, as the crowd gave them a standing ovation at the end of the game, we wondered whether we were in for anymore shocks. We had heard that North
Korea had also qualified for the quarter-finals. North Korea na!!!

GROUP 3 (final table)
1. Portugal (6 points - beat Hungary 3-1, Bulgaria 3-0 and Brazil 3-1)
2. Hungary (4 points - beat Brazil 3-1 and Bulgaria 3-1)
3. Brazil (2 points - beat Bulgaria 2-0)
4. Bulgaria (0 points)

Portugal v North Korea, Saturday 23th July 1966. 5-3 (H/T 2-3). Goals: PAK SEUNG-JIN, LI DONG-WOON, YANG HOOK. (N. KOREA), EUSEBIO (4) AUGUSTO. (PORTUGAL). Atten. 51,780

NORTH KOREA:LI CHANG-MYUNG, LIM ZOONG-SUN, SHIN JUNG-KYOO, HA JUNG-WON, OH YOON-KYUNG, PAK DO-IK, IM SHUNG-HWI, HANG BON-JIN, PAK SEUNG-JIN, LI DONG-WOON, YANG HOOK

PORTUGAL:
JOSE PEREIRA, MORAIS, BATISTA, VICENTE, HILARIO, GRACA, COLUNA, AUGUSTO, EUSEBIO, TORRES, SIMOES

When the game kicked of little did we know, we were about to witness one of the most remarkable games ever played in the history of world cup football. Portugal, who had won all there 3 games, against Bulgaria (played at Old Trafford) Hungary, and world champions Brazil were odds on favourites for this one.

Although the Korean's had brought of the shock of the tournament beating Italy 1-0 (at Ayrsome park). Nobody gave them a chance against the Portuguese.

It was a hot Saturday afternoon when Referee Ashhenasi got them under way. The Korean's were kicking into the Gwladys street end first half, and what followed next was fairy book stuff, the crowd of 51.000 were stunned when in the first twenty minutes North Korea were 3 goals up. After the initial shock the crowd got behind the Korean's and were loving every minute of it (why do we always love the underdog)
Portugal could not get into the game, that was un till Eusebio inspired his team to an incredible fight back. He scored his first goal after 27 minutes then a second from a penalty just before the interval. The buzz at half time was fantastic. The Korean's undoing in the second half, was they tried to defend. Attack yes, defend no. They were just not good enough at defending, in the first half they were full value for there 3 goals with there attacking style of football.

In the second half Portugal went at them from the start. Eusebio completed his hat-trick after 55 minutes with a superb goal from just outside the box, to take the score to 3-3. The Korean team lost their self belief completely when Eusebio hammered home his 4th goal from the penalty spot. Augusto's goal in the 78 minute completed the scoring, with Portugal winning the match 5-3. Full credit to North Korea who almost engineered another famous victory. This win put Portugal into the semi-final were they would play England at Wembley.

West Germany v Soviet Union, Monday 25th July, 2-1 (1-0 H/T) Goals: HALLER, BECKENBAUER. (WEST GERMANY) PARKOUJAN. (SOVIET UNION)

WEST GERMANY: TILLKOWSKI, LUTZ, SCHULZ, SCHNELLINGER, WEBER, BECKENBAUER, HALLER, SELLER, HELD, OVERATH, EMMERICH

SOVIET UNION: YASHIN, PONOMAREV, CHESTERNIEV, DANILOV, VORONIN, KHOUSAINOV, SABO, CHISLENKO, BANICHEVSKI, MALAFEEV, PARKOUJAN.

The last game at Goodison Park turned out to be one bad game. After seeing so many great games in the last week or so. You can understand that nobody wants to lose a semi-final, but the crowd expected better than this, after all I'd paid 7/6d. to watch this. Talk about after the lord mayor show, the only good thing about the game was, when they started to kick shite out of each other. Just for the record, Held put the German's 1-0 up before half/time, Beckenbauer made it 2-0 with the best goal of the game. It started to get a bit tasty when Parkoujan pulled a goal back for the Russian's.

The Italian referee Bello had lost the plot completely, Weber the German defender who earlier thought the referee should have sent one of the Russians off. Decided to take things into his own hands, and kicked anything that moved. He brought down Banichevski with a terrible tackle that put the lad out of the game. This started a mini riot amongst the players, in the meantime Chislenko takes a swipe at Haller and gets sent off, the only man to come out of the game with any credit was the Russian goalkeeper Yashin. Here is a quote from one of the leading newspapers at the time on how they saw the the game.

"Germany and the USSR played as if they were at war. The Italian Bello, did his best to control the game , but he was not strong enough to do so. The Soviets had one player hurt and another sent off. The Germans were again very physical, and the Soviets paid them back in kind. It was a game that did justice to the title, World cup of fouls."

And so the curtain came down on Goodison Parks involvement in the 1966 World Cup.

Looking back it had been a fabulous experience, to be able to say you had seen the finest players in the world, playing on your home ground, and witness some never to be forgotten goals ie. Pele's goal against Bulgaria, Bene scored a beauty for Hungary. Beckenbaur's goal against Russia. The North Korean's goals, plus Eusebio's hat-trick, how could you forget them. But if I had to pick one goal that stood out during 1966 it would have to be Derek Temple's goal against Sheffield Wednesday that won Everton the FA Cup. Amen. Sting Ray Jones (04/09/04)

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The Hungarian centre forward, Albert, was absolutely brilliant. Hungary had a great team but a bit of a duff goalie otherwise they may have gone all the way.
Bill, Huyton, 12:55 AM 23/07/2010
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