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How the Three Lions began to Purr

Benjamin Holden

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“Although England’s victory in the World Cup final was a great achievement which at the time gave the game a badly needed boost, I think that in the long run it was a bad thing for British football. It was the beginning of the end of football as we know it.” Dennis Law European Footballer of the Year, 1964 ~ English football has had it’s ups and downs, much has changed since our infamous win in 66, improvements to the game have been vast and the English Premier League can boast itself as the greatest league in the modern game. Our international football however, is increasingly treated as a sideshow when it should be the pinnacle. League football is now the bread and butter; its played consistently as the main focus each year. Cup football is the desert, and European football is now the afterdinner drinks and liqueurs. International football should be the cheese and biscuits, instead its now mostly the post-meal fart done on the way to putting your plate in the dishwasher. Necessary, sometimes satisfying, but untimely and prone to lingering, almost an embarrassment. The book you are about to read is not of positivity for our beloved national side. It’s one of misfortune and calamity soaked in dry sarcasm that litters both our press and terraces. It sums up the consistent years of our despair, from spot kicks to ghost goals, this book includes every travesty that’s occurred since ‘66.


Written by an Englishman, for the Englishmen.


Never forgotton by the German’s, but subtlety shielded from English football history. In typical English fashion the goal that won the world cup shouldn’t have stood.

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Four years after the controversial final, England faced West Germany in the Quarter Finals of Mexico 1970. Gordon Banks, off the back of a wonder save from PelÊ in the groupstages, didn’t feel up to it and pulled out with an upset tummy.

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CREDITS To the English football team (both past and present) for the continual disappointment throughout my life.

Benjamin Holden Š All Rights Reserved



How the Three Lions Began to Purr