England’s 1966 Word Cup win honoured with epic game of car football

England’s 1966 Word Cup win honoured with epic game of car football
Stars from the worlds of football and Formula One have put an exciting spin on the beautiful game to celebrate 50 years since England won the World Cup.

Players including John Barnes went up against the likes of Damon Hill for the anniversary game, which was played using mini SUVs and a giant football.

The match, which saw the stars compete in a selection of six SsangYong Tivoli cars, was also organised to support Prostate Cancer UK.

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It was all in honour of England’s historic 1966 win, which saw the team beat West Germany 4-2 in a nail-biting final at Wembley Stadium.

Joining Barnes in the red cars for England were Steve Hodge and John Stiles, son of World Cup hero Norbert “Nobby” Stiles.

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They were lined up against ex-Formula One stars Johnny Herbert and Anthony Davidson, who teamed up with Hill in the white German team cars.

In a bid to stick as closely as possible to the proceedings of the legendary game, the match kept the same kick-off time of 3pm.

However, the game did depart from the original in one important respect – the final score was a 3-3 draw after players in cars from both teams managed to guide the ball into their opponents’ goal.

It was all held at the Silverstone racing circuit, with a film of the match played on big screens during the Silverstone Classic motoring festival on July 30.

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Despite English Premiership referee Lee Probert being on hand to keep order during the game, there were a number of last-ditch tackles and some inevitable impact between the vehicles.

Barnes went as far as to call the game “no holds barred”, with players from teams even picking up red and yellow cards throughout the 90 minutes.

The former Liverpool left-winger said: “They started well and closed us down. Once John Stiles took his handbrake off, we came into it!

“We soon realised it was no holds barred and that this was a contact sport after Herbert hit us two or three times in the first minute – we could be a little more aggressive we did OK!”

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