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Eng’s 1966 WC winners were duped into parading a fake trophy

London, Nov 17 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/17/2020 1:23:28 PM IST

England World Cup winner George Cohen has revealed his shock at learning the players were duped into parading a fake trophy in 1966.

According to Dailymail.co.uk, Cohen said he had spent the last 54 years believing he was holding the real Jules Rimet Trophy when celebrating with thousands of fans on the night of the victory.
The Fulham and England legend was unaware that the FA, with the help of Scotland Yard, had secretly swapped the cup for a replica moments after the Queen awarded it to captain Bobby Moore at Wembley.
Cohen, 81, was speaking in a new seven-part podcast called ‘Stealing Victory – The Untold Story of the 1966 World Cup Heist’.
Told the England team had the fake on the night they beat West Germany, Cohen said: ‘I’m staggered. I did not know that, bl***y cheek. It’s outrageous. Just like the FA isn’t it? Bl***y hell, I don’t understand that. I honestly did not know anything about that.’
Peter Weston told the podcast how he was a rookie PC when he was tasked with swapping the real trophy with the fake by the FA.
After watching Moore holding the genuine one aloft after being presented it by the Queen, Weston went to the England dressing room with the fake where he found midfielder Nobby Stiles.
Weston said: ‘I had it under my tunic and walked into the dressing room, it was bedlam, it was packed with people. My main thinking was “I hope Jackie Charlton’s not holding it” because Jackie would have told me to go away.
‘Out of sheer luck Nobby was sitting starry eyed almost in tears with it in his lap, on his own.
‘I just walked up and said: “Nobby you have this and I’ll have that,” and he looked at me and went “okay” and I took the real one off him and out I went. Straight out and then put it in the boot of the car.’
Nobby, who passed away earlier this month, never told his team-mates what had happened and they unwittingly celebrated with the fake from that moment on. Crystal Palace fan Peter was just four months into his training when he was ordered on the morning of the final to go to the FA headquarters with two senior PCs. 
Asked if he knew why, he said: ‘We didn’t have a clue, not until we actually arrived and then we were introduced to the secretary who had two wooden boxes on his desk.
‘He went on to explain that this is the World Cup and this is the replica and this is what you are going to do.
‘We were just wide eyed really. You will be taking these to the stadium where you will be met by the head of security. If England win we want you to swap the trophies when you get the chance.’
Asked why the FA had swapped the trophy Peter told the podcast: ‘It’s politics, pure politics.’
The real trophy was stored in a central London bank vault until it was handed to the next hosts Mexico.
 

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