Englands 1966 World Cup celebrations of street parties and jumping in fountains

Should England beat Italy on Sunday night, Monday morning is set to be as blurry eyed as July 31, 1966.

The Three Lions had won its first, and still only, World Cup on home soil and the nation went delirious.

Waking up with a thumping head ache the next day served as an immediate answer to hungover fans wondering whether it had all been a dream.

Just 90 minutes (more likely 120 and a penalty shoot-out) and a top Italian side, stand in the way of Gareth Southgate's side helping fans wind back the clock 55 years.

But the street parties of July 30 will take some beating.

Putting four goals past West Germany at the old Wembley Stadium secured Sir Alf Ramsey's men immortal status in the eyes of England fans.

A line up including Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton had won the grandest prize in world football and the public could not have loved them more for it.

Leta Street in Liverpool, just a stone's throw from host ground Goodison Park, was booming with life from all generations united under bunting tied from terraced house to terraced house.

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The scenes of neighbours sharing cake and wine, captured in black and white, show just what victory in the final meant to the country.

Out came the flags and the ticker-tape as overjoyed celebrations ran deep into the night, GQ reports.

England fan Peter Shepherd remembered the elated atmosphere that swept the population which watched or listened to every kick of the game.

He previously told BBC News: "Later that night I travelled to Scotland on the overnight train for my ACF camp.

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"I have never seen before or since the British public so emotional.

"Strangers hugged me at the station, everyone was ecstatic, people were crying with joy, hugging and kissing complete strangers.

"The train ride to Scotland was one big party and all the British reserve and class attitudes vanished for 24 hours.

"Maybe we should do it again. Even my 80-year-old grandma did a jig and she hated football."

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The final, which gave birth to BBC's Kenneth Wolstenholme infamous commentary of "They think it's all over… it is now!", was watched on TV by 38 million in the UK and up to 400 million in 75 countries around the world, according to Medium.com.

Just as the momentous occasion remains the football team's only trophy, it still keeps the record for the UK's most viewed event on television.

The Mirror published at the time: "Nothing has ever gripped the entire nation like this World Cup," adding that it was "the greatest show ever staged in England."

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Celebrations in London were “like coronation night” as thousands of cheering fans packed pavements to watch the team bus drive to a reception at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.

Banners were held from windows and flags were passionately waved.

There were chants of "England! England!" and a “tumultuous roar” when players arrived at the hotel where captain Bobby Moore lifted the trophy once again to a sea of supporters, reports Medium.com.

The fountains of Trafalgar Square were bathed in while bugles, bells, and horns sounded for miles.

It was an unprecedented celebration that spilled joyously from people’s living rooms and into the streets, The Guardian reported.

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