Tag Archives: Alf Ramsey

Howard Carter and the Jules Rimet Trophy


On 3rd January 1922 the Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered and entered the tomb of Tutankhamun and allegedly released an ancient curse that led to the deaths of many people associated with the discovery.

But this is not the only story of a sinister curse and I will fast forward now to 1966.

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Age of Innocence – 1966, Pickles the Dog and the Football World Cup

The solid gold Jules Rimet trophy was stolen while on public display at an exhibition in London and this led to a nationwide search and the Football Association Chairman, Joe Mears, receiving threatening demands for money to ensure its safe return.  Brazil, the then holders of the trophy were understandably outraged and accused the English FA of total incompetence.

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