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Pathé: 1966 World Cup Final

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is ‘1966 World Cup Final’ – a highlights compilation of Britain’s World Cup winning match against Germany in Wembley Stadium in July 1966.

With this film, students could consider:

  • What was the atmosphere like for British fans in the Stadium?
  • This was the seventh world cup, only Uruguay, Italy, West Germany and Brazil had won beforehand. What did it mean for England to win?
  • There is some dispute over the result and referees of the tournament, why did this occur?
  • Britain hosted the World Cup in 1966, why did this add to the controversy over the result?
  • Have you head the phrase ‘They think it’s all over. It is now!’ before? Why has this phrase stuck in the national memory? What does it represent?
  • Why do sporting events have such power over national identity? Should they have this much influence?

This film could be used in conjunction with our themed collection on Sixties Britain and our lesson ‘World Cup 1966’. It could also be used as a registration/form time task or assembly during this year’s World Cup campaign.

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