Behind the Scenes at the FA Cup Final: 1966

Into the Wembley changing rooms with Pathe News for Everton v Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday’s manager was Alan Brown, Brian Clough’s mentor at Sunderland four years earlier.

So much of this kind of broadcasting seemed aimed at the non-footballing public. The degree of knowledge and involvement assumed on the part of the viewer is almost nil.


Everton would return to the Cup Final as losers in 1968, then take the League title in 1970 before putting up a fair showing in the European Cup.

1964-72 must surely be the most competitive era in English professional football history. Titles went to Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester’s United and City, Everton, Arsenal and Derby, with FA Cups going to Leeds, Liverpool, Everton, WBA, Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal.

You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. At the time, commentators could do nothing other than moan about Leeds, Ramsey and 4-3-3.