Some people are on the pitch…they think it's all over…it is now, it's four! Four goals that made England champions of the world. And four years for English football, at last, to bask in the glory of the one occasion when football really came home. When England Ruled The World charts the progress of our national and club sides throughout this golden age, providing a month by month commentary on the great teams, matches, players and managers of the era. Referencing the social climate and popular culture of the time and recalling with nostalgic affection the plethora of mavericks and hard men to have graced and disgraced the less than pristine playing surfaces of the day, the book also covers the development of every aspect of the game, on and off the pitch. Tactical shifts, TV and media coverage, the emergence of hooliganism, club finances, the transfer market, the authorities and their efforts to retain power, the interaction between club and country, marketing the game and its star players…this was a period of enormous change and ongoing influence. So many of the trends which emerged in this period set us out on the road towards football as we know it today. But for better or worse?
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Table of Contents
1966/67: United's Stepping Stone 13
1967/68: Manchester: A City United In Glory 83
1968/69: Triumph of the Dark Side 157
1969/70: Return of the School of Science 230
Four Years that Shaped the Modern Game? 297