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On the edge of history

I was minus 27 days old when England won the World Cup in 1966. I am told there was a lot of commotion, but I slept through it all, not even a kick.

I am lucky enough to be going to Wembley tomorrow for England’s most current crack at bringing a major trophy home. I will head into town early for another travel enforced Covid test, throw my bags in a hotel room near to the famous stadium, and then meet mid afternoon with three others to have a couple of warm ups.

Tomorrow’s winner will play Italy who came through a captivating semi-final against Spain tonight with only penalties separating the old Mediterranean rivals.

After practicing pretty steadfastly the 2m rule, I am sure being in the company of 60,000 others will at first seem strange, but in my time I have literally stood in stranger’s pockets on rammed and dangerous terraces and I’m excited to be part of a scintillating and passionate atmosphere as England stand on the edge of history again.

Last time I was at Wembley was in May 2019. There were over 76,000 fans at that game and the roof nearly came off one end of the stadium. 90+4 and all that….

Never stopped me dreaming 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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  1. paul palmer #

    Enjoy the game – I was 11 in 1966 but was also there in 2019 best day ever this century! – my dad is 90 this Thursday so remembers another Wembley win for the Addicks last century – who knows!

    July 6, 2021
  2. Peter Donovan #

    Hello sir, I’ve been reading your great blog for awhile now, like you I live in many miles away from home. NB Canada to be precise. I’m 43 born in Woolwich and life took me here a number of years ago. I don’t normally like commenting, my education even though at a great school, I struggled for other reasons, so when I have, and I have spelt a word incorrectly, or haven’t used proper grammer, the keyboard trolls like to insult and hammer you.. I think you are very different, like a few other blogs I’ve found recently.

    I know you will cheer our boys on with the gutso like you do with Charlton. I was last at Wembly watching Gillingham lose to Man City, but I was there for the best ever non England game against Sunderland. Like many of us trying to explain the culturally importance of football in England is often hard to explain, but a few do understand. Actually the ones who do are often the ones who understand why the Super League, NFL, NBA and most other team sports in North America aren’t about the fans, buy pure profit. So cheer on our boys, never has there been a better time for us to shine and conqour Europe. Hopefully Thomas might also unveil a few signings that surprise too, this week. I actually think we might do a million pound signing via Norwich.
    Love to see some pictures, and great pies..

    July 6, 2021

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