A Leeds United welcome for the glory boys of 1966

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A magnificent seven members of England’s World Cup winning squad of 1966 are heading to Leeds United’s Elland Road ground for a dinner marking the 50th anniversary of their famous triumph.

The legendary names lined up for the black tie bash at the stadium’s Centenary Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, March 19, include United greats Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter.

Also in attendance will be Gordon Banks, Martin Peters, George Cohen, Roger Hunt and Sir Geoff Hurst, the man whose hat-trick helped the Three Lions see off West Germany 4-2 at Wembley in the final.

And Leeds fans are being urged to snap up places at what is sure to be a nostalgia-filled celebration of the day when England put themselves on top of the footballing world.

A United spokesman said: “Demand for tickets is anticipated to be high so make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a once-in-a-lifetime event here at Elland Road.”

Leeds centre-back Big Jack was in the XI that started the final for England on the afternoon of Saturday, July 30.

His United team-mate Norman did not feature in the game but was a key member of the Three Lions squad during the tournament

The late Leeds coaching stalwart Les Cocker, meanwhile, was a trusted aide to the England manager of the time, Sir Alf Ramsey.

The Centenary Pavilion event will see the assembled heroes reminiscing on stage about their part in one of the country’s finest sporting hours.

Guests will also be treated to further live entertainment and an auction of rare football memorabilia.

Tickets start at £99 plus VAT per person. A platinum package which will include a commemorative photograph with the 1966 players and welcome drinks is priced £1,966 plus VAT for a table of 10.

Stories in the YEP on the day England lifted the World Cup included:

* Sir Stanley Matthews recovering after suffering head injuries and fractured ribs in a car smash.

* The latest Beatles album, Revolver, being hailed as “new and adventurous”.

* Pudsey MP Joseph Hiley speaking out against letting TV cameras into Parliament.

* Around 60,000 Leeds clothing and engineering workers enjoying their annual fortnight’s holiday.

* Yorkshire’s disastrous start in a Roses cricket match at Old Trafford.