Paddy Haughton

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To London’s Wembley stadium they came.
A crowd almost a hundred thousand strong
The final of the world’s most cruel game
All voices raised in patriotic song
Ye gods! Two hours never seemed so long
In 1966 in late July
At 3 o’clock by British summer time.

First France and Mexico and Uruguay
Trailed in the wake of England’s flawless chase
Then Argentina followed the same way
Next Portugal; Eusabio’s goal and grace
Inadequate to conquer England’s brace
With seven for and just one goal against
They met the Germans, Ref’ed by Gottfried Dienst

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