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Alf Ramsey
Gender Male
Born 1920 01 22
Die 1999 04 28
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  English Football Coach
Desc Ramsey is widely regarded as England’s first proper manager. Following his appointment in October 1962, he demanded control over squad selection, which previously had been left up to committees. Ramsey caused a further stir by predicting England would win the 1966 World Cup. His first game was the second leg of a qualification round for the 1964 European Nations Cup against France, which ended in a 5-2 defeat but he got it right when it mattered three years later


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2009 06 24 Retrieve

[England took a commanding 2-0 lead, but lost their way in the heat, with Bonetti enduring a nightmare as the Germans completed a dramatic comeback to win 3-2. England were out of the tournament, leaving Ramsey to rue Banks’ stomach bug, saying] Of all the players to lose, we had to lose him

2010 06 10 Retrieve

[Sir Alf Ramsey on Argentine Animals] We have still to produce our best, and this is not possible until we meet the right sort of opponents, and that is a team that comes out to play football and not act as animals

2012 03 16 Retrieve

[on John Giles] As I look at all the talent and character at my disposal today, my one regret is that John Giles wasn’t born an Englishman

2012 04 01 Retrieve

[Alf Ramsey - England’s Anonymous Hero] Never change a winning team

[Ramsey’s indignant opinion of Argentina after England beat them 1-0 in a bruising quarter final in the 1966 World Cup] It seemed a pity so much Argentinian talent is wasted. Our best football will come against the right type of opposition-a team who come to play football, and not act as animals

[Ramsey said after taking the England job in 1963] We will win the World Cup

[Ramsey’s brief team talk prior to the extra-time period in the 1966 final] You’ve won it once. Now you’ll have to go out there and win it again

2013 02 25 Retrieve

[Moore holding aloft the World Cup on 30 July 1966 is the most iconic image in English football. It was a perfect moment in the country’s sporting history, and the captain - composed, immaculate, stylish - was its perfect hero. Alf Ramsey, the national team manager, said of Moore in the aftermath of that triumph] My captain, my leader, my right-hand man. He was the spirit and the heartbeat of the team. A cool, calculating footballer I could trust with my life. He was the supreme professional, the best I ever worked with. Without him England would never have won the World Cup

2013 02 25b Retrieve

[Alf Ramsey on Bobby Moore] He was the supreme professional… Without him England would never have won the World Cup.

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[At the final whistle in the World Cup final of 1966, he did not leap for joy or pump his fist, but instead sat staring impassively into the distance. When the ecstatic England team begged him to join them on a lap of honour around Wembley, he refused] This is your day, you have done this. Until the end of his life, he exhibited the same reserved modesty

[A fierce patriot, he loathed the very concept of cashing in on the national cause. In the early 1970s, when the Football Association was considering a sponsorship deal on England’s famous three lions shirt, Sir Alf privately complained] How can they want to make money from it? I can’t believe these people

[Even worse was the meagre financial settlement. At the time of his dismissal in 1974, his salary was just £7,200, lower than the earnings of some Third Division managers, and his redundancy payment amounted to only £8,000, less than a third of the annual £25,000 ­salary enjoyed by the new England manager Don Revie. Moreover, Sir Alf’s FA pension came to a pathetic £25 a week. This was no way to treat a national hero. Out of work, he had no financial security] The wealth of the game passed me by. I would like to have retired in comfort and have no worries about money, but that has not been the case

2020 01 27 Retrieve

[The Essex man announced with uncharacteristic bravado as he took the national-team reins in 1963] We will win the World Cup

[England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals in West Germany] If Bobby Moore had wept, we would have all wept with him. It was the most devastating half-hour of my life [Ramsey later said of his sacking]. I stood in a room almost full of staring committee men. It was just like I was on trial. I thought I was going to be hanged