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England and the 1966 World CupA Cultural History$
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John Hughson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096150

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096150.001.0001

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The Cup tradition and England 1966

The Cup tradition and England 1966

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(p.12) 2 The Cup tradition and England 1966
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England and the 1966 World Cup
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John Hughson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096150.003.0002

This chapter looks at the encounter between post-war modernity and tradition, by examining the relationship between the World Cup and the English FA Cup. The particular reason for looking at the relationship between the two is to understand how England’s World Cup victory was able to acquire such importance within a national context and football culture in which the World Cup competition had previously struggled to gain significance. The symbolic conferment of prestige upon the World Cup by the monarch, like that historically given to the FA Cup, is a key part of the story. The role of Queen Elizabeth II in the ceremonial aspects of the 1966 World Cup and England’s victory is thus regarded as crucial to the cultural signification process.

Keywords:   World Cup, FA Cup, Monarch, tradition

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