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The Golden Game

One of the most dramatic sporting contests ever, the 1966 World Cup Final is still discussed and debated 50 years later. Esteemed sports photographer Gerry Cranham was pitch side to capture this extraordinary series of pictures, now available as limited edition prints for everyday football fans to afford.

Watch as Sir Geoff Hurst who scored the ultimate hat-trick, relives The Golden Game for us all to enjoy.

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About the exhibition

England’s Victory In The 1966 World Cup Final Represented The Swinging Sixties As Much As The Beatles Or Carnaby Street.

On a glorious July afternoon, almost 100,000 fans packed into the iconic Wembley Stadium and a record 26 million tuned in on television, many buying their first sets especially for the occasion. What they witnessed was one of the most dramatic sporting contests ever, still discussed and debated 50 years later.

Heroes were born and history made as England defeated West Germany 4-2 after extra-time. It remains the only time that the nation which invented football has been world champions. From captain Bobby Moore to hat-trick striker Geoff Hurst, the Three Lions all played the game of their lives.
Who doesn’t know the immortal commentary from Kenneth Wolstenholme that greeted Hurst’s final, clinching goal. “Some people are on the pitch. They think it’s all over…It is now.”

Now to mark the golden anniversary of the golden game, you have a chance to claim the next best thing to a front row seat for the final. So sit back, watch, share and enjoy. Esteemed sports photographer Gerry Cranham, a world leader in his field, was pitchside at Wembley to take an extraordinary series of pictures that captured both the excitement and personal emotions of important figures like manager Alf Ramsey and “gentleman” Bobby Charlton.

Here, for the first time, some of these iconic shots are available for public purchase, priced for everyday football fans to afford. Gerry was an early pioneer of colour photography and his work is held in a permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Now with this pictorial football documentary on the 1966 World Cup Final, narrated by Sir Geoff Hurst himself, you can have some of Gerry’s work in your home which is the closest thing you’ll get to being at Wembley to see history made.

About Gerry Cranham

Gerry Cranham pioneered a new wave of sports photography that was both intimate and action-packed, capturing the humanity and thrill of sport.

As one of the world’s pre-eminent sports photographers, Gerry Cranham was privileged to be accredited to work at the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany at Wembley Stadium.

Unlike today’s sports events, there were only 27 passes available, and only a couple of pioneering photographers who shot the event in colour, making Gerry’s work all the more special.

It wasn’t an easy task. There was no automatic exposure on cameras and photographers had to determine the right shutter speed manually, making this type of action based photography extremely challenging.

In 1971 Gerry’s work was profiled with a solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

During his unparalleled career he shot for The Observer, The Sunday Times, Sports Illustrated, and Time Life Inc to name only a few.

Gerry produced many images that went on to define sports reportage – from the England bench upon scoring the winning goal at the 1966 World Cup Final (included in this exhibition) to Mohammad Ali in training.

Read an interview with Gerry on the Stories on Walls blog.