|BC238V||World Cup Willies 40th Anniversary, with OUR CHOICE of postmark, unsigned||£25.00||Limited Availability|
|BC238AS||World Cup Willie's 40th Anniversary, signed by Martin Peters MBE||£40.00||Limited Availability|
|BC238S5||World Cup Willies 40th Anniversary, signed by Eusabio||£200.00||Limited Availability|
|BC238AS2||World Cup Willie cover signed by 10 of the 1966 winning team||£350.00||Buy Now|
|BC238A||World Cup Willie's 40th Anniversary, unsigned||£25.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 06/06/2006
Issue Name: World Cup Willie's 40th Anniversary
Producer: Buckingham Covers
World Cup Willie was the England mascot for the 1966 Football World Cup and he did the trick! 40 years since England's victory, Royal Mail has released a set of World Cup Winners stamps. Our cover features World Cup Willie, the full set of commemorative stamps and a special World Cup Willie postmark. It is available signed by Martin Peters MBE or Eusebio.
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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Martin Stanford Peters MBE is an English former footballer and manager and a member of the England team which won the 1966 FIFA World Cup as well as playing in the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Born in Plaistow, Essex, he played club football for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Sheffield United.
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira GCIH GCM was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches.