Channel 4 to repeat 1966 World Cup Final
Staff Reporter | On 03, Jun 2020
The most iconic moment in English footballing history – England’s dramatic 1966 World Cup Final win over West Germany – is being broadcast in full on Channel 4.
Football fans in the UK will be counting down the days until the Premier League returns, which
is currently planned to take place on 17th June. Remaining matches will then play out on Sky, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and even the BBC, with some games made available for free. Until then, though, broadcasters have moved to keep fans entertained, with ITV Hub streaming the whole of Euro 96 in chronological order, racking up more than half a million streams in the process.
Now, Channel 4 is also delving into the football archives to relive a past tournament, with the 1996 World Cup final airing in support of the National Emergencies Trust’s (NET) Coronavirus Appeal. FIFA has granted Final Replay the rights to the footage for Channel to support the Appeal, which is providing vital funds to grassroots charities and groups all over the UK who are supporting the urgent needs of their communities.
Viewers will be able to watch the entire match alongside England’s hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst who will give his unique insight into the game as it happens. Final Replay ’66 will be presented by Gabby Logan, working alongside Geoff and ex-England player and manager Glenn Hoddle. The pre-match build-up will include Gabby interviewing Geoff – the only man ever to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup Final – about the moment he netted his third goal, Alf Ramsey’s tactics and legendary temper, the team’s pre-match nerves and what it meant to walk out onto the green pitch at Wembley Stadium in an England shirt on that special day.
The match, complete with extra time, will be broadcast in black and white as it was on 30th July 1966 from Wembley Stadium. It will include a mix of commentary and chat with input from Geoff who will be joined by a host of other star footballing names past and present including Jurgen Klinsmann and Alex Scott. The programme will also feature colour footage taken on the day including The Queen greeting the teams and celebrations after England’s famous win.
Sir Geoff said: “Revisiting that special day in 1966 always brings back many fantastic memories and I am certain the re-broadcast of the match by the Final Replay team will bring a smile to many at a difficult time – and help raise funds for the vital National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal.”
Anyone can donate to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal before, during and after the show by texting TEN to 70820 to donate £10 (+1 std rate message, UK mobiles, 16+ only) or by visiting www.dowhatyoucan.net. All donations made by the public throughout the Final Replay ‘66 show will be match-funded by NatWest up to a value of £1.5 million.
The final will air at 1.30pm on Sunday 7th June.