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1966 Winners Don't Deserve Medals?

1966 World Cup Winners don't deserve Medals?

Sir Alf Ramsey, Les Cocker and Harold Shepherdson our '66 World Cup Winners don't deserve Medals, sounds ludicrous doesn't it; what a statement, can you imagine FIFA and the FA saying that? Well not in so many words but they have! We would appreciate your help in resolving this stupidity by emailing the template letters below to the FA, FIFA and any media outlets that you know so we can let them know we are not happy how they are dealing with this matter.

Just to give you some background to this, in 1966 only the 11 Players on the pitch were awarded Medals, therefore a TOTAL of 11 Medals were awarded, since 1986 The World Cup Winners have been awarded a Total of 45 (yes FORTY FIVE!) Medals with 23 for the Squad and 22 for the Coaching Staff.

In 1966 England won The World Cup with a Squad of 22 Players and 3 Coaches (Sir Alf Ramsey/Les Cocker and Harold Shepherdson). This 'injustice' has been battled on many fronts including input from Politicians at the highest level, yet both The FA and FIFA have refused to award Medals to them, Retrospective Medals will only be awarded on May 28th at Wembley to the 11 Players who didn't play in the Final.

A couple of years ago Mike Ingham of Radio 5 Live took the battle on and managed to persuade Richard Caborn MP to take on the case, this resulted in Sepp Blatter announcing at the World Cup Draw in November that justice would be done and FA's would be instructed to award 'Retrospective' Winners Medals to all 'Non Playing Squad Members' and in the case where those concerned had died, Medals would be awarded to their Family, all well and good and rightly so, however this is still not the case, for Sir Alf Ramsey Les Cocker and Harold Shepherdson.

So let's show our support so that they and their families get the medals they deserved by sending off the template below.

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In 1966 English international Football peaked, with our 4-2 win over Germany. All players who played in the Final were awarded a Winners Medal for their effort and following Sepp Blatters announcement at The World Cup Draw in November 2007, quite rightly, the 11 Players in The Squad who didn't receive Medals in 1966 will be Awarded them in a Ceremony prior to an England International Game at Wembley on May 28th 2008

Sepp Blatter also made it clear that where, in the case that those involved had died, their families would be Awarded Medals

However, the three men who made this possible were not awarded medals, these included Sir Alf Ramsey, Les Cocker and Harold Shepherdson. As to why these three men shouldn't be awarded a winners medals is totally, well, disgraceful. For example, if England won the World Cup in 2010, Fabio Capello would be awarded a winners medal, as would the backroom staff of 21, nowadays a Total of 45 Medals (23 Players and 22 Coaches) are Awarded to not only The World Cup Winners but also the Runners Up and the Country in 3rd Place

Many people have fought long and hard battles with certain parties to try and rectify the above, and at the moment, to no avail. I think all English, well in fact all Football supporters will agree with our stance, that these three men who made 1966 England's year possible should be awarded the winners medals they deserve. Afterall, without these three men at the helm, would England of won it? I'd doubt so very much.

It's a true fact that one week is a long time in the Footballing world, never mind 42 years, however 42 years ago, in 1966, something very special happened, and something that has lived and been passed on to all young and old Football fans, irregardless of nationality.

As some who may of done some research into this, will know that BBC Radio 5 Live's Mike Ingham took on the cause only a couple of years ago, and persuaded MP Richard Caborn to also lean his weight towards the cause. Successful he was in one way. The England squad, the ones who didn't play in the final were all awarded winners medals. However, why weren't Sir Alf, Les Cocker and Harold Shepherdson? I don't know, neither do many of the countries football fans.

And of course medals were awarded to the rest of the squad, and the ones who had since passed away, the medals were awarded to relatives of the late, great players. Should Sir Alf, Les Cocker and Harold Shepherdson be awarded medals? A resounding 'Yes' is the sound from us Football fans. Will you for once listen for us, and for common sense to prevail?; and award these three men who made our one, and only World Cup triumph a reality? I, and as all Football fans hope, 'Yes', to be the outcome.

Yours Sincerely
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Date:Monday February 11 2008

Time: 12:31PM

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im glad this has been brought to our attention fully by vital football. i think its a disgrace that the masterminds behind us winning the world cup are not being honoured as they should be - hence i have forwarded the template to fifa and the fa, hopefully plenty of you will do so aswell...
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11/02/2008 12:37:00

No matter how valued this argument is, it's very hard to 'rewrite the history'. How far do you back? No doubt those alive from the finals after WW2, 1950+ would have the same argument. I agree they all should & was very surprised thay all didn't, when the story originally broke. No doubt it's a problem to big for FIFA.
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11/02/2008 12:59:00

but they re-wrote it to issue the squad players with winners meadals - we cant it be re-written alittle more to give the coaching staff medals too...
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11/02/2008 13:19:00

Gotta love the football authorities, for things like this their hands are tied, nothing we can do guv. But for some new fangled idea where they can rip off the fans or squeeze in one more money spinning pointeless international friendly, they can't be productive enough.
Little Dutch
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11/02/2008 14:01:00

I will send this too. Yes I was there in 1966, not the Final sadly but the games with France and Argentina (Quarter Final) blimey 42 years ago now!!
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11/02/2008 16:28:00

They all deserve a medal, they gave us our proudest moment in international football and then got a bonus of 22,000 between the whole squad. The FA never fail to amaze the common fan, i will buy a medal for them, i will never forget that day or those players.
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11/02/2008 20:56:00

i dont think i remember that day...or any of those players...i look back on it, and say "how have we not won since then? thats AGES ago" - and here are you guys saying you went to the games! what an amazing place to be that must have been!!!
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11/02/2008 22:23:00

Swinging on the chandeliers at Butlins at Clacton-On-Sea, underage drinking, jumping into swimming pools fully clothed, kissing all the girls...oh yes what a time !!
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13/02/2008 01:53:00

For goodness sake give them a medal.. What harm will it do ? WHere do they get off making decisions like this ... makes me wanna ... oh.. spit !
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13/02/2008 08:04:00


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