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Sport Banks lambasts FA over treatment of 1966 World Cup winners

19:35  10 july  2018
19:35  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup and was held in England from 11 to 30 July 1966 . England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the Jules Rimet Trophy.

This is a list of all teams, players and coaches who have won the FIFA World Cup tournament since its inception in 1930. The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different nations.

Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks says the 1966 World Cup winners were not looked after by the Football Association © Provided by AFP Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks says the 1966 World Cup winners were not looked after by the Football Association

England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks says he hopes if Gareth Southgate's team lift the trophy, the Football Association will look after the players better than they did his generation.

The 80-year-old told the Daily Telegraph newspaper he and his teammates have never felt they received proper recognition after beating West Germany 4-2 at Wembley.

England are two wins away from winning the trophy for just the second time in their history despite low expectations going into the tournament in Russia. They play Croatia in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.

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ENGLAND legend Gordon Banks has slammed the FA 's treatment of the World Cup winners of 1966 , saying they have "have done nothing for us".

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"I hope if these guys succeed they feel more appreciated by the FA than we were," said Banks. "They should be. They will have deserved it.

"The FA have done nothing for us. I have been very disappointed with the FA and what they could have done for us."

Banks was capped 73 times but his top-flight career was ended when he lost sight in his right eye following a car crash in October 1972.

FILE - In this July 30 1966 file photo, England's soccer captain Bobby Moore, carried shoulder high by his teammates, holds aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy. England defeated Germany 4-2 in the final of the 1966 World Cup at London's Wembley Stadium. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this July 30 1966 file photo, England's soccer captain Bobby Moore, carried shoulder high by his teammates, holds aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy. England defeated Germany 4-2 in the final of the 1966 World Cup at London's Wembley Stadium. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo, File)

His most famous save came in a 1970 World Cup group match against eventual champions Brazil, when he somehow got down to his right to keep out a Pele header.

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England's World Cup -winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks admits he is disappointed with the way the FA has treated the heroes of 1966 . Jubilation | Banks (left) celebrates England 1966 success with his team-mates ( Getty Images ).

The 1966 World Cup is the only World Cup to have been boycotted by an entire continent. Ghana's Osei Kofi was once described as being the equal of the legendary George Best by Gordon Banks , a World Cup winner in 1966 .

Banks said he and his teammates had been forced to sell memorabilia to make ends meet.

"In my case it was my shirt," he said. "That was 10 or 15 years ago. I still have the medal."

England's 1966 World Cup winner Geoff Hurst holds the FIFA World Cup trophy as he poses for the Associated Press on the first leg of the soccer Wold Cup 2018 trophy tour at Stansted Airport, England, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The trophy will visit some 50 countries as it make its journey round the world to Moscow for the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © ASSOCIATED PRESS England's 1966 World Cup winner Geoff Hurst holds the FIFA World Cup trophy as he poses for the Associated Press on the first leg of the soccer Wold Cup 2018 trophy tour at Stansted Airport, England, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The trophy will visit some 50 countries as it make its journey round the world to Moscow for the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Banks added that even reunions were organised by their hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst instead of the FA. But the players have stopped meeting after various deaths and for reasons of ill health.

"We used to be able to get together ourselves, which Geoff Hurst organised," Banks said. "We did that for a good few years but so much has happened to the players now.

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The 1966 European Cup Winners ' Cup Final was an association football match between Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Liverpool of England played on 5 May 1966 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland.

The 1964–65 season of the European Cup Winners ' Cup club football tournament was won by West Ham United in a final at Wembley Stadium against 1860 Munich. West Ham's Bobby Moore was captaining a side that also included Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters just one season before all three

"A few suffer from Alzheimer's, a few others we have lost. Geoff had to stop it. We all felt sad about that."

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