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My World Cup Story


320 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9780224100519

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Sep 2017)
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In 1966, England won the World Cup at Wembley. Sir Bobby Charlton, England's greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. Now, 50 years on, Sir Bobby looks back on the most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement. In 1966, he takes us through the build-up to the tournament and to the final itself, describing what he saw, what he heard, and what he felt. He explains what it was like to be part of Sir Alf Ramsey's team, gives us his memories of his teammates, the matches, the atmosphere; the emotion of being carried on the wave of a nation's euphoria and how it felt to go toe-to-toe with some of the foremost soccer players to ever play the game. He reveals what it means to be forever defined by one moment; how a life fully lived can come back to one single instance, one day when a man stands side-by-side with his best friends united in a single aim, in front of a watching nation.


"Breathtakingly lucid, insistently informative and deeply affecting . . . It owes much to the presence of that most benign of ghosts, the wonderful James Lawton, who imbues his books not only with an authentic, clear-eyed love of the game but with his gift, spectacular in this particular instance, to bring historic moments into a focus so immediate that one is almost forced to blink." —Herald

"Carefully and lovingly told with deeper layers of reflection and wistfulness." —Times

"He simply tells the story as it was, with relish and fondness – as you would expect of a man many consider England's greatest ever footballer." —Dorset Echo

"This unique perspective contains some nice stories." —Sport

"[Charlton is] a thoughtful and reflective character, [1966] is full of fascinating detail." —Mail on Sunday

Author Biography

Sir Bobby Charlton survived the trauma of the Munich air disaster at 20, and played as if every game was for his fallen colleagues, recovering from his injuries to reach the pinnacle for both Manchester United and England. Playing as an attacking midfielder, he is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players the game has ever seen. During his playing career that spanned 20 years, he won three League Championships, the FA Cup, the European Cup, and the World Cup. With England he played in four World Cups, scoring a then-record 49 goals. He is currently a director of Manchester United.