30 July 1966, 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England, England 4 - 2 West Germany
The eighth football World Cup and one of the most controversial finals ever. The match was played by England and West Germany on 30 July 1966 at Wembley Stadium in London, and had an attendance of 96,924. The British television audience peaked at 32.30 million viewers, making the final the most watched television event ever in the United Kingdom.
England won 4–2 after extra time to win the Jules Rimet Trophy. The England team became known as the “wingless wonders”, on account of their then-unconventional narrow attacking formation, described at the time as a 4–4–2. The match is remembered for England’s only World Cup trophy, Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick – the first one ever scored in a World Cup Final – and the controversial third goal awarded to England by referee Gottfried Dienst and linesman Tofiq Bahramov.
The final goal gave rise to one of the most famous sayings in English football, when BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme described the situation as follows:
“And here comes Hurst. He’s got… some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over. It is now! It’s four!”