11 Jun 2009

England's 1966 World Cup players finally get their medals

3:05 pm on 11 June 2009

They were a long time in coming, but members of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad have finally received their medals in a ceremony hosted by British prime minister Gordon Brown.

When England lifted the Cup 43 years ago, it was customary for only the 11 players on the pitch at the final whistle to be given medals - denying the others the reward commemorating their part in the historic campaign.

But after petitioning by the news media and the government football's world governing body FIFA produced replica medals, which Brown handed out to the 11 squad players who did not feature in the final.

Relatives of late manager Sir Alf Ramsey and other backroom staff also received medals.