|BC238L11||World Cup Willies 40th Ann Smilers Stamps & Labels, with Englands Lane postmark||£12.50||Buy Now|
|BC238L12||World Cup Willies 40th Ann Smilers Stamps & Labels, with Football Lane, Harrow postmark||£12.50||Buy Now|
|BC238L13||World Cup Willies 40th Ann Smilers Stamps & Labels, with England Winners, Wembley postmark||£12.50||Buy Now|
|BC238L14||World Cup Willies 40th Ann Smilers Stamps & Labels, with Football Heroes, Wembley postmark||£12.50||Buy Now|
|BC238L15||World Cup Willies 40th Ann Smilers Stamps & Labels, with Bletchley Park Post Office postmark||£12.50||Buy Now|
|BC238L16||World Cup Willies 40th Ann Smilers Stamps & Labels, with England 4 West Germany 2 postmark||£12.50||Buy Now|
|BC238L17||World Cup Willies 40th Ann Smilers Stamps & Labels, with World Cup Winners, Wembley postmark||£12.50||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 06/06/2006
Issue Name: World Cup Willies 40th Anniversary - 2 Smilers Stamps and Labels
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On June 6th 2006, Royal Mail issued a set of stamps for the 40th Anniversary of the England’s World Cup victory. At the same time, they also released a new Smilers sheet. The sheet had 20 of the new 1st class England Football stamp and 20 different Smilers labels. The labels tell the whole story of England’s victory on 30th July 1966 in pictures - from the crowds arriving at the start to Bobby Moore holding up the cup.
This is our alternative cover for the World Cup Smilers. It features the 1966 mascot, World Cup Willie. Our illustration comes from a MaxiCard signed by Bobby Moore (for most collectors these days, that’s the closest you will get to owning his autograph!). Each cover has OUR CHOICE of 2 smilers stamps and labels along with a first day of issue postmark.
40th Anniversary of England Winners 1966 - 2006
160 national teams compete in the World Cup Championship, but since the competition began in 1930, only eleven countries have made it to the finals, of which seven have had the honour of winning. Brazil is at the top of the list with five wins, then Italy and Germany, with three each, Uruguay and Argentina have two wins each and England and France just one.
Six of the seven past world championships have won while playing in their homeland. The only previous winner not to have won on home ground is the otherwise extremely successful Brazil, who famously lost the deciding match when they hosted the 1950 tournament. Even traditionally weaker nations have been successful during their spell as hosts, most recently South Korea in 2002.
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