“Some people are on the pitch. They think it’s all over. It is now!” The famous line uttered by TV commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme as Geoff Hurst smashed in England’s 4th goal against Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.
The 1966 World Cup line up, England Vs Germany and the World Cup Match Balls
Being England’s only major tournament success for about a gazillion years, virtually every detail of that game and moment of trivia is regularly discussed by England fans, desperate for another World Cup victory.
But ask which company made the famous amber ball for that game and you might be surprised by the answer. Not Nike, not adidas, not Umbro, Reebok or Mitre. The answer is in fact Slazenger.
Much more famous for providing the balls at Wimbledon (that’s the All England Championships, not AFC Wimbledon) Slazenger won the right to provide the balls for the 1966 World Cup after a blind test of entries from a number of sports companies.
And in this World Cup year, they’ve decided to release a limited edition replica of the ball that was so clearly seen by the Russian linesman!
Apparently, it’s a bit lighter than the original, despite being made up of 25 panels and genuine hand stitched leather and price wise it’s being retailed at £19.66 (clever eh?)