World Cup heroes in city celebration

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A magnificent seven members of England’s World Cup winning squad of 1966 are heading to Leeds United’s Elland Road ground for a dinner to mark 50 years since their famous triumph.

The legendary names lined up for the black tie bash at the stadium’s Centenary Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, March 19, include United greats Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter.

Also in attendance will be Gordon Banks, Martin Peters, George Cohen, Roger Hunt and Sir Geoff Hurst, the man whose hat-trick helped the Three Lions see off West Germany 4-2 at Wembley in the final.

And Leeds fans are being urged to snap up places at what is sure to be a nostalgia-filled celebration of the day when England put themselves on top of the footballing world.

A United spokesman said: “Demand for tickets is anticipated to be high so make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a once-in-a-lifetime event here at Elland Road.”

Leeds centre-back Charlton was in the XI that started the final for England on July 30 in 1966.

His United team-mate Norman did not feature in the game but was a key member of the Three Lions squad during the tournament.

The late Leeds coaching stalwart Les Cocker, meanwhile, was an aide to then England manager Sir Alf Ramsey.

The Centenary Pavilion event will see the assembled heroes reminiscing on stage about their part in one of the country’s finest sporting hours. Guests will also be treated to further live entertainment and an auction of football memorabilia.

Tickets start at £99 plus VAT per person.