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Fifty years on, a legend remembers. Sir Bobby Charlton takes us on a personal journey back to the greatest moment of his life and the nation's greatest sporting achievement: winning the World Cup

Fifty years on, the ultimate football and World Cup legend Sir Bobby Charlton looks back on England’s greatest sporting triumph

Wembley, 1966. England wins the World Cup to roars of a euphoric home crowd.
Sir Bobby Charlton, England’s greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. Now, half a century on, he looks back on the most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement.
In 1966, he takes us through the build-up to the tournament and to the final itself - what he saw, what he heard, what he felt. He tells us what it was like to be part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s team, his memories of his teammates, the matches, the atmosphere; the emotion of being carried on the wave of a nation’s euphoria and how it felt to go toe-to-toe with some of the foremost footballers to ever play the game.

His life has been forever defined by a single moment: one day when a man stood side-by-side with his best friends, united in a single aim in front of a watching nation. This is his story.

‘It’s gripping stuff… This is a mellow book, the product of many years’ contemplation, and emotional in a way that may surprise you…He has a wonderful story to tell’ Daily Mail

Reviews

Carefully and lovingly told with deeper layers of reflection and wistfulness.

Giles Smith, The Times

It’s gripping stuff… This is a mellow book, the product of many years’ contemplation, and emotional in a way that may surprise you…He has a wonderful story to tell

Markus Berkmann, Daily Mail

Breathtakingly lucid, insistently informative and deeply affecting... It owes much to the presence of that most benign of ghosts, the wonderful James Lawton, who imbues his books not only with an authentic, clear-eyed love of the game but with his gift, spectacular in this particular instance, to bring historic moments into a focus so immediate that one is almost forced to blink

Herald

Thoughtful and reflective...full of fascinating detail.

Mail On Sunday

[A] fascinating inside account of what remains the nation’s greatest sporting achievement.

Choice Magazine

He simply tells the story as it was, with relish and fondness – as you would expect of a man many consider England’s greatest ever footballer.

Dorset Echo

This unique perspective contains some nice stories.

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  • Paperback

    9780224100519

    June 15, 2017

    Yellow Jersey

    320 pages

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  • EBook

    9781473545540

    June 2, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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