This is another photo challenge, this time the title is Victory and I’ve been digging through my archives to see what could possibly fit the bill. I came across this statue which is outside West Ham’s football ground, Upton Park in East London. The sculpture is a recreation of that famous scene back in July, 1966 when the England football team won the World Cup. It features Bobby Moore being held aloft by team mates Geoff Hurst (who scored the famous hat trick that afternoon prompting one of the most recognizable phrases of the 20th century, when Kenneth Wolstenholme said “They think it’s all over……..it is now!”) Ray Wilson and watched by fellow team mate Martin Peters. Ray Wilson never played for West Ham but was added to the statue because he was the player helping to hold Bobby Moore aloft.
I often think this World Cup win was the pinnacle of a victorious time in England, we had The Beatles and The Rolling Stones top of the pops all over the world, and life in general seemed pretty relaxed, even though I was only 10 at the time.