66 on 66 provides a unique perspective on what, 50 years on, remains the greatest occasion in English sporting history. Countless words have been written and spoken about this extraordinary match which made national heroes of the team and its manager. Yet this book eschews those men who sported the Three Lions that day and, instead, talks to dozens of other people who were present. For the first time, one book collects together the fans, the journalists, the celebrities, the musicians, the police officers, the ball boys and the officials who all witnessed that famous, wonderful match. Their stories are accompanied by newly-taken, world-class photographs making 66 on 66 the definitive record of England's World Cup glory.
Matt Eastley was always destined to write about 1966, having been born in the April of that year. He is the author of six books and specialises in scouring the world for football fans who attended major football matches and conveying their personal experiences. A print journalist by trade, he now works for the BBC. Stuart Thomas has been a photographer for 21 years and specialises in high-quality portraiture. He is much in demand as a corporate photographer and his work has featured in many national newspapers and trade publications. This is his first book.