46 years old - sporting history you'll need to own
In the calm of a summer's evening, following an afternoon of almost unbearable tension, a menu is passed around the table.
Each of the squad's 22 members sign it in turn. The mood of the players is jubilant.
Across the room, the defeated team paints a different picture. For every winner, there must be a loser. Yet several members of the side will also sign the menu.
It is July 30, 1966, the evening of the World Cup Final. Just hours earlier England defeated West Germany 4-2 in a pulsating match at Wembley.
And now, in a scene impossible to imagine today, the four semi-finalists from the tournament are in attendance at London's Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for a celebratory banquet.
And with each additional signature on the menu, an increasingly remarkable memento of the final, the tournament, and English sporting history, is being created.
Captain Bobby Moore. Hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst. Legendary Bobby Charlton. Their autographs are all there, alongside manager Alf Ramsey.
So too is the tournament's top scorer, Portugal's Eusebio.
And there's one more twist to this most stunning of sporting artefacts. Tofik Bakhramov, the linesman who ruled that Geoff Hurst's second goal was over the line, will also sign his name.
Remember a time when England were world champions
Euro 2012 is upon us. As we embark on the next chapter in the history of English football, the successes of the 1966 team feel more remote than ever.
The game has moved on. England have been left behind. It's why this signed menu deserves to be treasured.
Celebrate a time when England were the champions of the world. It's a feeling that many of us will never get to experience.
You can become the menu's owner today for £4,950.
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|Until next week,|
P.S A month earlier, on the eve of the 1966 tournament, the England players gathered at the Anglo-American Sporting Club in London for a dinner. We have a menu from that evening signed by all members of the squad, and manager Alf Ramsey.
P.P.S You can view all our football memorabilia here.
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