SOME people were on the course; they thought it was all over when a thunderstorm intervened - but the World Cup heroes of 1966 returned to action and proved their winning style - even now!
St Annes Old Links was the venue for the latest annual get-together by the World Cup stars who, 45 years on, remain the only England players so far to lift football’s greatest trophy.
Hat-trick hero from the 1966 final, Sir Geoff Hurst, was among the soccer heroes in town, along with fellow goalscorer Martin Peters.
Sir Bobby Charlton, his brother Jack, left back Ray Wilson, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, midfielder Nobby Stiles and striker Roger Hunt, who all also started that Wembley final on July 30, 1966, were also at Old Links, along with reserves from the squad Ian Callaghan, Norman Hunter, Ron Flowers, goalkeeper Peter Bonetti and Blackpool’s own Jimmy Armfield.
The party was based at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes, which was also the venue for a prizegiving dinner on Monday evening.
St Annes was chosen as the location by ex-Blackpool star Jimmy Armfield, who has been a member at Old Links for some 40 years and said: “We had a great time and the hospitality at both the golf club and the Dalmeny were excellent.
“Heavy rain, thunder and lightning intervened but we still had an excellent game of golf and all the lads really enjoyed themselves.
“We meet up every year for a day of golf and take it around the country. Last year we were in Hertfordshire and when I realised it was the North West’s turn this time, I suggest Old Links.”
Sir Bobby Charlton won the prize for the longest drive, while Norman Hunter was the leading individual performer and part of the winning team.
St Annes Old Links captain Stuart Wells said: “The club was honoured to host a day of golf involving a group of men who are held in such high esteem.
“Despite the showers, all concerned had a very enjoyable day.”