On This Day: July 30th

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On July 30th 1966 England defeated West Germany in the FIFA World Cup final, the final ended 4-2 to the host nation England in what was one of the most controversial football matches of all time between two great rivals. England won the Jules Rimet trophy and revolutionised a narrow attacking 442 formation. The attendance for the match was 96,924 and the British television audience peaked at 32.30 million viewers, making the final the most watched television event ever in the United Kingdom. The final is most memorable due to it being England’s only World Cup win and only major international honour to date. Controversy in the match arose over whether Geoff Hurst’s third goal to seal the first ever hattrick in the final actually crossed the line, the likely outcome being that it didn’t although England confirmed the victory with a fourth anyway. 

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