When World Cup fever came to Sunderland - 13 reminders of the 1966 World Cup

Thousands of viewers got a chance to re-live the drama of the 1966 World Cup.

Monday, 8th June 2020, 5:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 2:39 pm
Hundreds of Italians surged  through Sunderland yesterday waving flags, blowing horns, shaking rattles and shouting slogans.  One flag bearing crowd of Italians were waiters from an hotel in Keswick who had travelled to Sunderland for the day.
Hundreds of Italians surged through Sunderland yesterday waving flags, blowing horns, shaking rattles and shouting slogans. One flag bearing crowd of Italians were waiters from an hotel in Keswick who had travelled to Sunderland for the day.

England’s dramatic 1966 World Cup Final victory was broadcast on Channel 4 and viewers also got a chance to donate to the National Emergencies Trust’s (NET) Coronavirus Appeal which provides vital funds to grassroots charities and groups.

But who remembers the scenes in Sunderland which hosted three matches in group 4 as well as the quarter final between Hungary and the Soviet Union?

Here are 13 reminders from the scenes on Wearside. Take a look and why not get in touch with your own memories.

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World flags in Blandford Street to mark the festival of football. Remember when it looked like this in 1966?
World Cup footballers sign autographs during their time at Roker Park.
With only a few hours to the grand kick off for the competition at Wembley, Wearside fans began coming forward in greater numbers to buy tickets for games at Roker Park.
The anticipation grows as the game gets closer.
A team of interpreters at Sunderland's General Post Office was being kept busy by the queries of foreign visitors to the World Cup matches. Do you recognise any of them?
Press interest in the arriving players and officials was huge.
The team that handled the administrative duties at the Press Centre at Wearmouth Hall and at Roker Park. Seen with George Crow and Mrs P Came, supervisor, are left to right : Rachael Cohen, Pauline Phillipson, Margaret Scott, Coral Maughan, Susan Cramner, Christine Hardy and Margaret Toomey.
The view at pitchside in July 1966.
The flags of the visiting nations were on this Sunderland bus.
Roker Park was getting back to normal after the end of the World cup games. Workmen were busy removing the temporary seating in the clock stand, grandstand paddock and the Fulwell End for the start of the domestic season.
Getting the stadium ready for action.
Russia and Chile battle it out at Roker Park. Were you there for the game?
What do you remember of the World Cup in Sunderland? Tell us more by emailing [email protected]