Half a century ago in 1966, England won the World Cup for the only time in their
history and the team were joined at a celebration dinner by canine hero Pickles
who had found the trophy after it had been stolen from an exhibition.
captain Bobby Moore, lifted the FA Cup, European Cup Winners Cup and Jules
Rimet trophy for club and country in the mid 1960s, then, found himself at the
centre of a diplomatic row prior to the 1970 World Cup finals when he was framed
over the theft of a bracelet from a shop in Bogota.
The soccer-mad nation of Brazil was awarded the World Cup outright after
winning it for the third time in 1970, then felt a sense of national disgrace when
the trophy was stolen without trace in 1983.
Mike Holgate recalls these unsavoury
soccer incidents alongside a litany of illegal activities featuring murders, trophy
thefts, match-fixing and the greatest scandal in the history of sport as Fifa stands
accused of rigging votes to rob countries of the right to host the finals of the
Mike Holgate lives in Devon and has combined three careers as a writer,
musician and librarian since obtaining a honours degree from Plymouth
University in 1988. The author of several soccer and true-life crime books,
he has also contributed articles to newspapers and magazines and has
acted as an advisor and researcher for programmes produced by BBC
Radio Devon and Granada Television.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 279 8, softback, 210x148mm, 120 pages. Published October 2015.