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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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When football first came home: the World Cup in England

When football first came home: the World Cup in England

(p.32) 3 When football first came home: the World Cup in England
England and the 1966 World Cup

John Hughson

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the political background and organisational aspects of the 1966 World Cup. Prime Minister Harold Wilson seemed to have little idea about the World Cup in the year prior to the finals coming to England, but by the time of England’s victory he was so drawn to the golden glow of the Jules Rimet trophy as to create a ‘legacy’ for the way in which politicians would regard the World Cup into the future. His government provided some funding for infrastructure and became involved in planning ahead of the tournament. The chapter addresses hosting issues and adopts a case study approach by focussing on Liverpool as a host city and Everton Football Club’s home ground, Goodison Park, as a match venue. The concentrated study draws on a range of materials to provide insight into the cultural particularity of Liverpool’s hosting experience.

Keywords:   Hosting locations, Liverpool, Government funding, Politics, stadiums

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