And Finally

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Alan Mullery:
I lived through every emotion on that trip and made friendships that have lasted a lifetime. There was a wonderful camaraderie between Alf and all the players… It was a special time in all our lives.CLICK HERE ⇒
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Peter Logan:
The other chap I went with – Frank Nottage – I lost track of him. He stopped going to Millwall and we just sort-of lost touch. He was older than me at the time and, as I mentioned, he wasn’t in all that good health either.
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Patrick Burke:
The people who went were a good crowd, and I made friends with a number of them. Some are still friends. The trip resulted in at least one marriage. A Millwall supporter met a Q.P.R. supporter who became goalkeeper for the England women’s team. This was Brian & Pat Napier. I got to know Brian because he was another Millwall supporter. Pat was travelling with some Q.P.R. supporters I think. My wife and me still regularly meet up with Pat and Brian. In fact Pat eventually saw the light and is now a Millwall season ticket holder!
Stanley Lewis:
I lost track of Colin Kerch. He moved down to Tilbury. Alan ‘Cobby’ Jones. He’s dead now.
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Peter Logan:
For me the trip was there-and-then and after that I sort of forgot about it. It was an adventure that not many people got to do at the time. But I went to so much football at the time. Yes, it was special though.
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Patrick Burke:
I can’t deny that I’ve dined out on the trip. And yes, I felt more than slightly pioneering. When I tell people that I saw the World Cup in 1966 and in 1970 I suppose I’m held in some awe. I forget that many people weren’t even born then. Mind you, I have lived on the stories for the past 40 years! I suppose it’s because in 1970 not many people went abroad with England. It has to be remembered that at that time, the only way to get a cheap trans-Atlantic fare was to travel with an organised group in a charter aircraft. It was only with the coming of Freddie Laker and his Skytrain in the mid-1970s that cheap trans-Atlantic fares became readily available to all.
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Peter Logan:
It wasn’t until we moved into the new stadium at Millwall that I thought I recognised this chap (Patrick Burke). I said to my mate “I’m sure that bloke went to Mexico…” But never spoke to him for years. But one day – at a Millwall ‘Dockers Day’ he came up to me and said “You went to Mexico, didn’t you”. But even now we’re still on “Hello…” terms. That’s it. We’re both on the aisle seat at the Den. He’s about three rows in front.
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Patrick Burke:
In more recent years, whenever we have followed England abroad we just booked for the three Group games. We usually come back quite happy as we tend to win maybe a couple of the games and qualify for the next phase.
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Peter Logan:
I carried on watching England but didn’t attend any more big tournaments. I slowed down a bit. I’m afraid my days of travelling away to matches are finished, and I only go to Millwall home matches now.
Stanley Lewis:
I haven’t really dined out on this over the years. The only thing we [me, Kerch-ey and Cobby] used to talk about was nearly getting nicked in Puerto Vallarta! Apart from that it was planes, coaches, hotel, football…
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Jasper Cook:
Over the years I gave most of the souvenirs from my trip away. What would I do with them now? They’re now in the hands of people who would hopefully relish them. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
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Alan Mullery:
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Afterthoughts

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Alan Mullery:
Losing in the 1970 World Cup was shattering, but overall the tournament was a marvellous experience, a real adventure…

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Patrick Burke:
On reflection, it was better than any tournament since in my opinion. Mexico ‘70 was special. I gained a feel for international football – that watching England abroad in a major tournament is always more exciting than a game at Wembley, and that one of the main pleasures of life is travel abroad.
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Peter Logan:
It was definitely an adventure that combined a holiday of a lifetime and the chance to see some top-class football. I would hate to think what a trip like this would cost these days. We certainly got good value for our money I think.
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Jasper Cook:
I think the majority of England supporters remained solidly behind Sir Alf and his ideas. From what I saw and heard, our squad was better prepared than most, if not all, of our opponents. I felt equally certain however that little was learnt from the tactics employed by the Brazilians. Their eventual and, in my opinion, inevitable success sprang from the huge individual technical ability of all of their players. They were always a joy to watch.
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Patrick Burke:
Best England player of the tournament? In my opinion it was Terry Cooper. Good defender and excellent at going forward. Not really surprising as he started his career as a left winger. Most disappointing? Francis Lee.
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Peter Logan:
Star man of the tournament for me was probably Bobby Moore. He was so calm and never hurried – the time he always seemed to have on the ball. He could pick a pass… But I never really thought Jeff Astle was a top class international player. People blame him and, of course, Bonetti – but, in the end, it was just unfortunate.
Stanley Lewis:
I never followed England to games afterwards. I hadn’t done before either! I watch them on the telly though. As for Mexico itself… It was a one-off really.
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Jasper Cook:
Mexico itself left me with a lot of lasting impressions. It was a vast country, rich in memories of the Aztec Empire and exciting in its ultra-modern developments and ideas. At the same time it was still home to a huge population of almost destitute families who scratched a living from the land and in most cases were housed in badly constructed pre-fabricated homes – often without sanitation, roads or other services. Beasts of Burden still seemed to outnumber the motor car and it was impossible to ignore the beggars in the streets, without giving the money. And although the main reason for going was obviously the football, it did broaden my horizons.
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Alan Mullery:
… Mexico was a land of stark contrasts. The football pitches (at the Reformer Club, Mexico City, where England initially trained) were immaculate, like manicured lawns, with perfect playing surfaces. But… every day we saw the contrast between rich and poor. We were training in a top-class sports club with a beautiful clubhouse and facilities. Next door was a shanty town. You couldn’t help feeling sorry for those people in those tin huts, but we had to stay focused on the job we had come to do.

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Patrick Burke:
It was worth every penny though I maybe would have taken sunscreen and tried more of the local food instead of the American-style restaurants.
Stanley Lewis:
I wish I’d gone to see some Aztec stuff. But we never did. We were there for the football. I’m not a sight-seer really. But if we were back in 1968 all over again, and my mate said, “Are you coming to Mexico?” Then, yes – I’d do it. Definitely. And one thing I’d do is go to the Aztecs [Temples]. It’s the one thing I regret not taking the chance to see.
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Pyramid-of-the-Moon near Mexico City © Peter Logan
Pyramid-of-the-Moon near Mexico City © Peter Logan

Peter Logan:
And another thing… the moon… With a crescent moon it was like – on its back rather than standing-up. No idea why that was. I’m sure I didn’t dream that… Something to do with the Southern Hemisphere? I’ve been to Australia and never seen it there.

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Jasper Cook:
Although I like a drink, and I did have the occasional drink, I can say without fear-or-favour that I enjoyed the tournament so much that I never thought to resort to it. It was so enjoyable I never felt the need for it.
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Patrick Burke:
A number of fans that went will have gone to the great stadium in the sky by now. Most supporters must now be over 60 years of age. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
 

England v W. Germany

The Quarter Final
Sunday June 14th 1970 – Kick-Off: Midday

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Alan Mullery:
We all had breakfast and were sitting on the coach by 10.30am… we were still supremely confident; we knew we could beat the Germans.

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Stanley Lewis:
Leon was their (W. Germany’s) area. They’d played their group games there.
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Patrick Burke:
The stadium (the Estadio Nou Camp) was alright – but a come-down from Guadalajara
Jasper profile
Jasper Cook:
It was quite a small stadium – very ordinary. I don’t think it was a full house either.
Stanley Lewis:
The coach took us from the hotel to the ground. What a khazi of a stadium it was. When you went to the toilets it was filthy. Horrible!
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Patrick Burke:
It was a lively atmosphere but the stewarding and policing was ok. Because the Germans had played their group games there, I think they’d made a lot of friends with the locals.
Jasper profile
Jasper Cook:
I don’t remember any problems with stewards. We were outnumbered by the German fans but not badly so. The only reason we were outnumbered (generally) was because of this possibly anti-England feeling. But, as I said earlier, the Germans – like the Brazilians – they were fated by the locals because they did all the right things. They got that right and England didn’t.
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Patrick Burke:
We found our seats ok. It was in the open.
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Jasper Cook:
We were behind the goal. The one where Gerd Muller scored the winner… He literally hadn’t looked like scoring until he got that winner.
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Patrick Burke:
I was behind the goal where Beckenbauer scored – and Muller scored the winner…
Stanley Lewis:

Stanley sitting in the Estadio Nou Camp
Stanley sitting in the Estadio Nou Camp © Stanley Lewis

We were behind the goal – sort of nearer the corner flag.

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Jasper Cook:
I thought the conditions made it essential that England play with an extra mid-field man. But it was unexpected and individual lapses that put us out.
Stanley Lewis:
We heard somewhere that Banks had been nobbled and Bonetti was playing.
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Patrick Burke:
I didn’t know about Gordon Banks – that he wasn’t playing. I don’t think I knew until the teams actually came out for the game. Players – as I recall – didn’t used to come out for a warm up before games in those days.
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Jasper Cook:
We didn’t know about Gordon Banks not playing until we got there. Possibly when the teams came out onto the pitch. The decision was made very late.
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Peter Logan:
Back in Guadalajara, the word that Banks wasn’t playing sort of spread amongst the England supporters that was there. Of course, none of us knew or could understand why…
Patrick profile
Patrick Burke:
I don’t remember any particular reaction. Nobody saying “Oh blimey, Bonetti’s in goal…” No, nothing like that.
Jasper profile
Jasper Cook:
Peter Bonetti was a good goalkeeper. I never really had doubts about him. But with Banks – especially after that save against Brazil – it might have been different. Who knows?
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Alan Mullery:
I would have picked Stepney for the game ahead of Bonetti… He had won the European Cup with Manchester United two years before and his big-match temperament was excellent. Don’t get me wrong, Peter Bonetti was a first-class keeper, but I don’t think he was the right choice on the day.

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Jasper profile
Jasper Cook:
I can’t remember the game itself in great detail.
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Patrick Burke:
It was a classic game played in a hot house…
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Peter Logan:
We couldn’t listen on the radio, so the only means of knowing what was going on was from the stadium scoreboard in Guadalajara… It kept us up to date with the scores but that was it. We didn’t know what was really happening. So – although we were watching Brazil beat Peru – most of the time our eyes were on that…
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Jasper Cook:
I do remember, however, that for most of the game we were superior to the Germans. Even the biased Mexicans were silenced by half time, and had lapsed in to bursts of applause at the quality of our play. It’s fair to say that at half time it felt that we were literally on the coach to the final…
Stanley Lewis:
When I braved the toilets at half-time, there were all these Germans, but it was us doing all the chanting because we was winning 1-0. It comes back to bite you on the bum though, doesn’t it…
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Alan Mullery:
Keith Newton’s angled pass to the edge of the six-yard box was perfect. The minute I hit it, I knew it was a goal. The ball flew past German keeper Sepp Maier… We were one up and on our way to the semi-finals… Martin Peters added a second after forty-nine minutes and, for over an hour, things were looking good.

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Patrick Burke:
After the second goal – when we went 2-0 up – I was feeling pretty good.
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Peter Logan:
We just kept seeing the score come up.
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Jasper Cook:
I do remember at 2-0 up we were playing so well – we were cruising. That was the most disappointing thing of the whole trip I suppose.
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Peter Logan:
When we saw that England were 2-0 ahead, all hell was let loose. We were in ecstasy. It looked like we was coasting… There were quite a few England fans who’d stayed in Guadalajara…
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Alan Mullery:
Franz Beckenbauer pulled one back after sixty-seven minutes… A soft goal, a real sickener that definitely shook our confidence.

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Patrick Burke:
When they got the first goal back the momentum was with them.
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Jasper Cook:
It wasn’t until they actually pulled one back that I thought ‘Oh God, no…’
Patrick profile
Patrick Burke:
Some people blamed Ramsey for taking off Bobby Charlton when we were 2-0 up but, of course, (Bobby) Charlton, being no youngster, was being saved for the semi-final.
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Jasper Cook:
I thought when Alf did the changes, ‘has he done the right thing?’ It was 2-1 but even so, we could have scored another one or two.
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Alan Mullery:
Some have criticised Alf, saying that by taking Bobby Charlton off, he freed Beckenbauer to score that vital goal. The fact is that Bobby was still on the field when Germany scored. Alf took Bobby Charlton off a couple of minutes later and sent Colin Bell on to give us a fresh pair of legs in midfield.

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Peter Logan:
Our joy turned to dismay as the Germans drew level. Remember, all we had was the scoreboard at Guadalajara to go by… The Brazil / Peru game finished before the England one because Brazil had won 4-2 in the 90 minutes.
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Jasper Cook:
Before extra-time started I still thought we had a good chance to win – like in ’66.
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Alan Mullery:
Alf got us together at full-time and said what he had said in ’66. ‘You’ve won it once, now go out and win it again’. But it was less convincing this time. It was 100oF in the shade and the England players were physically drained.

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Peter Logan:
And then they scored in extra time…
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Jasper Cook:
We couldn’t believe what happened at the end.
Stanley Lewis:
Bonetti didn’t play very well. Didn’t have a lot of help in defence. Labone – he didn’t play very well either. It was a good team on paper. But it was so hot out there. The worst thing that Ramsey done was he took Bobby Charlton off. Beckenbauer had just been following him all round the park. Everywhere he went, Beckenbauer went. But when he (Charlton) went off Beckenbauer ran the game. Everything went through him. They just ran amok after that. We were 2-1 up went Charlton went off…
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Alan Mullery:
… We all sat in the dressing-room in silence… The truth was that we had been 2-0 up and, as a team, we should have held on to that.

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Peter Logan:
If I remember rightly, I think it was on the bus that we found out that England had lost. From a distance, and not knowing anything really about the match apart from the result, it seemed like it’d just all caved in…
Patrick profile
Patrick Burke:
No doubt in my mind that Bonetti was to blame. He was hesitant. When a ball comes across your goal towards the far post you come out and get it. He was caught in two minds. Then again maybe somebody should have been marking Muller. It’s a collective thing really, isn’t it…
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Jasper Cook:
I was so disappointed…
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Alan Mullery:
We had cold showers, put our tracksuits on and went back to the hotel.

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Patrick Burke:
I felt England did everything right – but for some indecisive goalkeeping.
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Alan Mullery:
That fateful day in Leon would ultimately turn out to be the most disappointing day in my whole career.

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The Aftermath…

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Patrick Burke:
I shook hands with some German fans. Said ‘well done’ and that. Then we made the long journey back to the motel.
Stanley Lewis:
We were down in the dumps. Tail between our legs. We just got the coach back to the hotel.
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Jasper Cook:
We got on the coach and headed back to the motel in Guadalajara. But when we got there the Brazilian press people were all in the swimming pool fully clothed celebrating there ‘winning’ the World Cup! You see we were the only team they feared. And we said “What’s going on?” They said, “Sorry, but we are so happy!” We probably just had a quiet drink.
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Patrick Burke:
Speaking to some Brazilian supporters I came across later in Guadalajara, they said they were glad England had been eliminated. We were the one team they feared. Looking back now it easy to see why. As I say, we could have won or drawn against them in the Group match. We gave them their hardest game. Brazil played 5 times in the whole tournament. They scored 4 times in three of their games and 3 goals in another. But they only scored once against England.
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Jasper Cook:
It was from a Belgian journalist who was also at the motel that we got some information following the game. We said we were very disappointed – we had been playing so well and felt we were on our way to win it. We asked if he had had any indication as to why England had made the changes? I mean, it wasn’t as if we’d put two duffers on in midfield. As a team manager I would think twice about it. If my side were playing well I wouldn’t want to make changes for the sake of it – which some managers do. But he said it was all part of the plan. Basically, if Alf hadn’t had made the changes when he did, (Bobby) Charlton and Peters would not have been fit enough to play in the semi-final. He told us the next day that Ramsey would have made the same decision if the game had come up again.
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Patrick Burke:
Some fans were desolate but I wasn’t too upset. It wasn’t ‘end-of-the-world’ stuff… No point in crying your eyes out… Our defeat was just one of those things.
Stanley Lewis:
I thought, ‘Sod this. It’s all finished. What’s the point?’ I wanted to go home. I said to my mate, “If we go to the Aztec. Just stand there with our tickets, someone’s bound to come up. We can flog them.”
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Jasper Cook:
It had been a long disappointing day. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
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Alan Mullery:
We sat by the pool and Alf ordered champagne. We all had a glass and Alf thanked us for what we had done in the tournament. He said he was very proud to be our manager. I felt sorry for him. He was obviously bitterly disappointed, but carried it with dignity as always… The FA gave us all the opportunity to stay on and watch the semi-finals and final, but I had been away for six weeks and I was missing (my wife) June and our little girl, Samantha. Inside two days I was on my way home.

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And So To Leon

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Peter Logan:
We had tickets but we didn’t go.
Patrick profile
Patrick Burke:
Not all the England’s supporters went to see the game. (England v West Germany). Some people went to Acapulco instead, as that was one of the side trips on offer. Still can’t understand why anyone would go on a side-trip when it’s clashing with an important game. Perhaps it was the only time they could fit it in – or it was all pre-booked.
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Peter Logan:
We had tickets for the Guadalajara quarter-final and if England had won the group they would have been staying there.
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Patrick Burke:
I think the ticketing arrangements made provision for us to either stay in Guadalajara or go to Leon for the quarter-final.
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Peter Logan:
The organisers said that we could exchange our tickets for Leon. That was the arrangement because you don’t always know where your team is going to be playing, do you.
Jasper profile
Jasper Cook:
It was organised fairly quickly. I think we had our quarter-final tickets transferred from Guadalajara to Leon. Leon was a fair journey as well. Certainly over 100 miles
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Peter Logan:
But Frank and me thought, it’s a long trip and we were going to be making a long coach trip the following day down to Mexico City. So what with the heat and humid conditions we thought ‘Shall we stay in Guadalajara?’ We weren’t the only ones who made the decision. It was just the travelling. We decided we wouldn’t bother. A lot of them did swap their tickets but I think a few didn’t.

Getting There, or Not…

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Alan Mullery:

We arrived the day before the game… We drove down to Leon in the team bus, with a police escort. Leon itself was a fairly nondescript industrial city. The accommodation was OK; a motel in a guarded complex… It was only a short drive from the Nou Camp stadium, where the match would be played.

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Stanley Lewis:
We went by coach. It was a fair old trot away from Guadulajara.
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Jasper Cook:
We did it as a day trip. It was a midday kick-off. I think we had to head off fairly early in the morning. About seven-ish. We went by coach.
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Patrick Burke:
I don’t recall the journey but it was an early start, as it was a noon kick-off.
Stanley Lewis:
It was a lovely hotel in Leon. Like a ranch. All greenery and flowers. Again, somewhere on the outskirts. And it was all on one level and the swimming pool – it was like going in the warm bath. Yeh, lovely. But then some bloke says, “I’ve found out where all the bars are!” So, we all rushed out of the hotel and piled into cabs, and it was like, ‘Follow that cab!’. And, like, there’s this convoy of England fans. So we’re driven down this road, and there’s this big white wall on one side and on the other all bars and clubs. It was like something out of a cowboy film.
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Peter Logan:
I suppose it was a bit of a wrench not to go. If we’d been on a train perhaps… But if it was on a coach… So we went to watch the Brazil v Peru quarter final match instead.
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Jasper Cook:
We were dropped at a convenient place where we could get snacks – food and drink. We wandered through the streets – some having the odd tipple of tequila or whatever. I had some but was drinking mostly water I think. As a diabetic, it was hard to find sugar-free drinks. I never found any sugar-free Coca Cola! I think it was a pretty straightforward walk to the stadium from where they dropped us off.
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Patrick Burke:
I remember troops outside the stadium. I suppose that was normal though I don’t remember them outside the stadium in Guadalajara.
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Jasper Cook:
There was an excellent atmosphere and confidence.
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Patrick Burke:
I think I was reasonably confident. I felt ok. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
 

England v Czechoslovakia

Final Group Game
The Build-Up

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England v Czechoslovakia match ticket

Jasper Cook:
I had recovered a couple of days after the Brazil game.

Patrick profile
Patrick Burke:
Again, I was quite confident and happy with the team selection.
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Jasper Cook:
I was quite relaxed about the Czech game. We were building up a bit of confidence about our chances. We were still very much in it and we’d only lost by one goal to the Brazilians.
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Peter Logan:
I’d imagine I felt quite confident. But, to be honest, I can’t really remember…

Thursday June 11th 1970 – Kick-Off: 4pm

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Alan Mullery:
… It was a real anti-climax. We won a dour, defensive match with a penalty by Allan Clarke… That goal put us in the quarter-finals.

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Patrick profile
Patrick Burke:
Poor passing made hard work of it. A lot of passes went astray that day. The Czechs played in all white and England in all pale blue, which looked almost white in the blinding sunlight. I was surprised at the choice of kit. It’s the little details. I’m surprised Alf missed it.
Stanley Lewis:
On the coach after the game we was all laughing and celebrating and this bloke – I think he was Norwich or west country or something. A right carrot-cruncher anyway – he says, “Why are you all laughing? We lost!” “No!” we said, “We won!” We had to point out that England were playing in that light blue kit, whilst Czechoslovakia played in white. Honestly, all this way and he didn’t know what colours we were playing in. Unbelievable!
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Jasper Cook:
But even though we won against the Czechs, Brazil stayed in Guadalajara – having finished top.
Stanley Lewis:
The result didn’t mean anything because Brazil had beaten us and they won the group. Brazil stayed in Guadulajara and so we had to go to Leon. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
 

England v Brazil…

2nd Group Game
The Build-Up…

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Brazil v England match ticket

Peter Logan:
We were back at the stadium the next day to see Brazil easily beat Czechoslovakia 4-1.

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Patrick Burke:
We then witnessed Brazil’s 4-1 win against Czechoslovakia. The Czechs scored first and their scorer went down on his knees and blessed himself – ensuring he would never play for Glasgow Rangers! The England team had left early. I don’t think Alf Ramsey saw anything he didn’t already know about Brazil.
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Jasper Cook:
We had watched the Brazil v Czechoslovakia game on the television back at the motel. The Brazilians were a delight to watch, with the brilliant play of their forwards. They were so athletic. They had something in their genes… You had to be careful not to let them have the ball – and that was difficult. But the mid-field general-ship of Gerson remained stamped on my mind for a long time after.
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Patrick Burke:
Some experts reckoned that Brazilian team was the greatest of all winning teams. We probably didn’t see it that way at the time, and it was only some decades down the line that we truly appreciate how good a team it was.
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Jasper Cook:
The Brazilian and West German teams in particular, had wooed the locals in Guadalajara and Leon to an extent that was almost sickening. But certainly, when the chips were down, they enjoyed almost complete support from the home crowds.
Stanley Lewis:

Brazil v Czechoslovakia
Brazil v Czechoslovakia © Stanley Lewis

When they (Brazil) came out, no matter who they played, they brought bunches of flowers and threw them to the crowd – so they had them on their side straight away.

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Jasper Cook:
We knew that the winning team of this game (England v Brazil) – as probable group winners – would stay in Guadalajara for the quarter-final. So the other team would, in effect, be playing their Quarter-Final game ‘away’.
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Peter Logan:
Everyone thought that whoever won this one would probably win the cup.
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Patrick Burke:
I wasn’t worried. We had won our first game so we could afford to lose this one provided we beat Czechoslovakia in the third game.
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Peter Logan:
We had been to the stadium to see Rumania beat the Czechs 2-1. There was nothing really to worry about there… (with the Czechs). But the next day was the Big One… England v Brazil…
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Alan Mullery:
There was a lot of bad feeling towards the England team… The night before the game, Brazilian and Mexican fans got together to make sure we didn’t get a wink of sleep. There were Mexican bands playing outside the hotel. Samba rhythms filled the night. Hundreds of cars drove up and down the street, sounding their horns for hours on end. People were shouting and screaming. Fireworks were going off… But the Mexican police did nothing to stop it… We had to move rooms at about 3am, going to the back of the hotel.

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Sunday June 7th 1970 – Kick-Off: Midday

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Alan Mullery:
If anything, the events of the night (before) made us even more focused on the game ahead…

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Jasper Cook:
On the day of the game I got the flu… I think it was flu. Could have been something to do with the mosquito bites. The motel arranged for the house doctor to see me. They were very good. But I was so ill I could hardly think about the game. I couldn’t go… The motel was so quiet around kick-off time because pretty well everyone had gone to see the game. I mustered myself to watch it on television in the motel lounge.
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Alan Mullery:
… The adrenalin that flooded through me on the way to the stadium more than made up for a bad night’s sleep.

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England v Brazil - Guadalajara
England attack against Brazil © Peter Logan

Peter Logan:
For this one, the 12 o’clock kick-off, we was sitting in the sun… But the sun gradually moved round and I suppose it eventually went off you. But early on, yes, it was hot.

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Patrick Burke:
I was satisfied with the team selection for the game but – if anything – I had doubts about Francis Lee.
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Jasper Cook:
I was all by myself at the motel… It was a bit like the Gordon Banks situation in Leon – I’m sure if I had been there, at the game, we wouldn’t have lost 1-0!
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Peter Logan:
It lived up to the expectancy. A great game…. Probably the best game of the lot really. England gave as good as they got. We were sitting high-up behind the goal where Gordon Banks made that incredible save from a Pele header. We didn’t probably appreciate what a brilliant save it was until later when we saw it on the television. It’s only then you think “Gord, how did he keep that out?”
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Alan Mullery:
… It was probably the best game I ever played in.

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Patrick profile
Patrick Burke:
It was probably the best technical game I have ever seen.
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Alan Mullery:
Alf again asked me to man-mark Pele, as I had done a year before (1969 Brazil v England friendly in Mexico City).

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Patrick Burke:
We could have won it. We were never out-classed at all. Pele was up against Mullery. I think he [Pele] might have been fading a bit by then to be honest. I thought we deserved a draw. We should really have got one. Peters and Astle had very good chances.
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Peter Logan:
England had their chances to win the game, none more so than the Jeff Astle miss. Oh dear, oh dear… That was the end we were at. So, in the end, we missed our chance and they took theirs.
Stanley Lewis:
The only person who let us down that day was Astle. He missed that gold-plated chance.
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Alan Mullery:
We were disappointed to lose 1-0. A draw would have been a fair result, but we just could not score on the day.

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Jasper Cook:
Everyone came back to the motel disappointed… Somebody asked me “who do you think’ll win it?” I said “I don’t think – I know it’ll be Brazil!” They were just in another class.
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Peter Logan:
Obviously you want to win all your games. But I don’t remember being too disappointed because we were probably going on at any rate.
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Jasper Cook:
People didn’t really drown their sorrows too much. I don’t think in our wildest dreams we expected to go out and murder them anyway. It was always going to be a tough one. Generally, at least amongst our party at the motel, we weren’t people who thought we were going to win by ten or lose by ten.
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Patrick Burke:
As for qualification for the quarter finals? Well, the result was academic in the end – as long as we beat the Czechs.
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Jasper Cook:
I was bitterly disappointed to have missed it. One of the greatest games…
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Peter Logan:
We went to all the group games in Guadalajara but I can’t really remember them – apart from this one – the Brazil game…
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Alan Mullery:
… I was confident that we would meet Brazil again… in the World Cup final.

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Jasper Cook:
It should have been the final… End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero

Between England Games

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Alan Mullery:
The day after our win over Romania, there was a training session for all the squad players who hadn’t taken part. The rest of us just strolled around and had a massage to loosen our muscles… but the following day we were back in full training with the rest of the lads.

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Hob-Nobbing & Relaxing…

Stanley Lewis:

Gordon Bank at training
Gordon Bank at training © Stanley Lewis

We found out that we could go to the hotel where the England team was staying and have a drink there. So, we got there, and it was already pretty full because word had got around amongst the England supporters. But we managed to get in passed the doorman. Some of the England players were sitting around one of the tables. I remember that there was Peter Osgood, Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore – and, with them there’s the singer, Susan Maughan who did ‘Bobby’s Girl’*. Anyway, we got some beers, and soon loads more fans started coming in. So, the players started telling the security who could come in, and who couldn’t. Then we see Billy Wright, Bertie Mee & Don Howe at the door – you know, trying to get in. But the England players wouldn’t let them. The doorman had got the attention of Peter Osgood, and Osgood looks round and sees Billy, Bertie and Don, and he shakes his head to the doorman. So, the doorman doesn’t let them in! And I hear Osgood say, “Boring bastard” – or it might have been “Boring bastards.” Whether he meant one of them or all three, I don’t know. I did get a dollar bill signed by them though (Wright, Mee and Howe), but I had to spend it because I ran out of money!

The players weren’t getting up to no good though. Alf wouldn’t have allowed it. They had massive respect for him. He was God.

So when we headed back to our hotel it was pitch-black. And we’re walking along – no pavements – just the car headlights to help us see. And there’s this sort of ‘crunch, crunch’ as we go – like with our footsteps. And we’re thinking ‘What the bleedin’ hells that then?’ And when this car comes with its headlights, we look down and we’re walking on cockroaches. Millions of them! So, we jumped onto the grass verge.

* released in 1962, spending nineteen weeks in the UK charts and peaking at No. 3

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Peter Osgood at training
Peter Osgood at training © Stanley Lewis

Patrick Burke:
Between one of the games we went to England’s training ground where Harold Shepherdson, the trainer, asked us inside to act as ball boys. It was a fascinating experience seeing the players close up. Players such as Peter Osgood and Emlyn Hughes looked so young and fresh. Even now, I find it hard to believe neither reached 60 years of age. I read somewhere that seven of the England squad have since died compared to only one of the Brazilian side – and he died in a road accident.

Bobby Charlton at training
Bobby Charlton at training © Stanley Lewis

I recall on the training ground Bobby Charlton taking shots from 30 yards in his bare feet. But what struck me most was the speed of play, even in a 5-a-side match. I don’t think the ordinary spectator in the stands really appreciates how quick the game is. A player would receive the ball with the nearest opponent some 10 yards away. From seemingly nowhere a tackle would come in. That memory always causes me smile when I hear on TV a commentator saying that a player had all the time in the world to score. No, he didn’t! You wouldn’t get within a mile of being a ball boy now days. We probably didn’t appreciate how lucky we were to do this at the time.

Alf and Stanley
Alf and Stanley © Stanley Lewis

Stanley Lewis:
We saw the England boys training. The hotel just let us in to watch them I remember Frank McGhee. He was a columnist for the Sunday Mirror. Big black moustache. He was talking to Bobby Moore and we was all sitting round – beer in hand… And he comes over to us and says, “Alright lads? How are you doing?” – and all that. And we say, “Not too bad.” He says, “D’you play for anybody?” We say, “Nah. Nothing like that.”

Keith Newton and Stanley
Keith Newton and Stanley © Stanley Lewis

He says, “What d’you do then?” I say, “You know – Go out for a beer. I like my beer. And I go and support my team and all that.” I had a bit of a gut on me back then. So, he says – and he’s pointing at my gut – he says, “Look at you.” And I say, “It was always my ambition to get a middle age spread before I was middle aged. And I’m happy to say it’s on its way!” And he says, “Look at them out there. Same age as you…They’re like Greek Gods. That’s what you should be.” So, I say, “Leave off!” He was taking the piss a bit!

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Patrick Burke:
We went along to the Brazilian training ground as well; but, not surprisingly, we couldn’t get in. We spoke to Billy Wright and Alan Ashman, the West Bromwich Albion manager, outside. However, we managed to see the Brazilians from a distance as some England supporters were in a hotel overlooking the training ground.
Stanley Lewis:
One time we were walking down to this supermarket near the hotel. And we see all these players on the veranda [of another hotel]. And my mate says, “That’s Brazil over there.” And I say, “You what?” But it was the Brazil team. They were staying there. So, we looked down the side of the hotel. And the grounds – they went right back. They had football pitches and everything. Anyway, we get to the supermarket – gigantic place, and we’re walking around, and there’s this bloke. Big tall geezer he was. And were walking down one of the aisles and he says, “Excuse me. Inglaterra?” And we go, “Oh yes, yeah. Football.” Then we carry on and don’t see him until we’re down another aisle and bang, we bash into him again. And he goes, “Who do you support?” And my mate Kerch-ey says that he’s Arsenal. Cobby Jones – well he never supported anybody. And I go, “Millwall.” And the fella he says, “Millwall? Who is Millwall?” Turns out this fella’s a Brazilian chief-of-police. We’d see him again…

Brazil players on their hotel balcony
Brazil players on their hotel balcony © Stanley Lewis

Anyway, I got a camera at the supermarket, and on our way back we passed the hotel with the Brazilian team again. It was the first picture I took. The Brazil players. You can’t tell who they are because we was the other side of the road.

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Peter Logan:
During our free time the E.F.S.A. (England Football Supporters Association) had organised some trips, and one was to a reception somewhere, where we were wined and dined, with a local mariachi band group playing in the background. In the gardens of the building I can remember seeing banana trees growing, laden with fruit.

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Martin Peters
Martin Peters signs autographs © Jasper Cook

Jasper Cook:
On one occasion – though I can’t actually recall when exactly – we stopped at the same hotel that the England players had stopped at. So we went into the garden at the rear and I was sat there having a drink and a sandwich, and the England team was in their tracksuits walking across for lunch.

Jackie Charlton at training
Jackie Charlton © Stanley Lewis

That’s when I spoke to Jackie Charlton who had been in the Horse Guards at the same time as me back in our National Service days. We chatted about those old days for about 10 minutes. He had been captain of the regimental football team and Leeds United always had to request that he could be released on Saturdays to play for them. That was the same back then for all the pros. The players’ mood was good.

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Patrick Burke:
Another time, we were invited to the England team hotel, which I think was the Hilton. Some drinks and a mariachi band were laid on. A know some of the supporters had their photo taken with players and I remember the pop singer, Susan Maughan, was in the swimming pool. Whilst we were there, I had an argument with another supporter. He had hitchhiked down from Canada and derided us as we had come the ‘easy way’ – i.e. a package with flight and hotel. I retorted that we had come the hard way as we had been saving for the previous four years, taking on extra jobs and doing all the overtime going. As far as I was concerned he had come the easy way as all he had done was to sponge off other people.
Stanley Lewis:
Can’t remember when – Might have been that evening. But we were in this bar and the big Brazilian Chief-of-Police is there – the fella from the supermarket. We get talking and he says that he’s going to Puerto Vallarta (a coastal resort). And I told him that we were thinking of going there as well. And he said, “If you’re there I will see you.”
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Peter Logan:
Apart from that and going to the games, we just spent our time pottered about really.
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Patrick Burke:
The rest of the time, I can’t remember specifically what we did but probably spent most of the time around the pool at the motel. We did used to play a bit of football as well though. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero

England v Romania…

1st Group Game
Tuesday June 2nd 1970 – Kick-Off: 4pm

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England v Romania match ticket

Patrick Burke:
We got the coach there. We had no trouble getting to the (Jalisco) stadium because everything was laid on for us as part of the package.

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Jasper Cook:
We were dropped off by our coach about half a mile from the Jalisco Stadium. We walked the rest of the way. So there was time to soak-up the atmosphere.
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Peter Logan:
They came and picked us up in the bus and took us to the ground. We didn’t have to travel too far from where we were staying – twenty minutes at most. Of course, you’d get caught in the traffic jams. And when we got there they told us what time they’d collect us to go back. There was never any problem. Everyone turned up on time. No messing around.
Stanley Lewis:
We got to the stadium by coach. It dropped you off and picked you up. We didn’t hang about much. Just walked in.

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England fans head to the Jalisco Stadium © Jasper Cook

Jasper Cook:
Outside the stadium were just people and noise and music and drums and bands. We were frisked as we went in. The police were very serious and, I think, armed. They were certainly determined to see that there was little trouble I remember being frisked before every game. I believed that this was general and not something personal! In fact I tried to make a bit of a joke about the frisking but the policeman just stared at me a bit menacingly. I do know when to back off! They didn’t seem too heavy-handed though.

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Patrick Burke:
The policing was ok I think.
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Jasper Cook:
The Jalisco Stadium was a fine ground.

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Patrick Burke:
It was a very good stadium – quite modern compared to ours at home at the time. There were no stanchions for sightlines. There was nothing to block your view.
Stanley Lewis:
The stadium was ten times better than ours at home. We’d never seen anything like it – especially as we were used to going down The Den! It was a vast stadium. We had designated seats. As far as I can remember they was just benches. We was behind the goal at the England end.
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Peter Logan outside the stadium © Peter Logan

Peter Logan:
The stadium was alright. Like a concrete bowl really. It was partially covered and was quite new. I think it had probably been up-graded for the World Cup.

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Jasper Cook:
The organisation within the stadium left a little bit to be desired though. There were few stewards – if any.
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Patrick Burke:
I’m pretty sure we had all the match tickets in advance. Quite often these days you pick them up on the day from the venues. I probably carried them around – crumpled-up in my pocket. Wouldn’t do that today! But it was easy finding our seat. We were in a block of England supporters behind one of the goals.
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Peter Logan:
Our seats were high up behind the goal. There were plenty of English fans in the stadium and they made plenty of noise.
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Patrick Burke:
It was a good atmosphere. All the games we were behind the goal. There might have been a choice with ticket prices and we probably went for the cheapest option. There were probably no Romanians there. No Russians or Bulgarians [at their games] either I should think. You needed permission to travel if you were from the Eastern block – unless you were a party official I suppose. . Anyway, at four in the afternoon it was still hot. Quite a sticky heat. I didn’t even wear a hat as far as I remember. And I don’t think I carried around bottles of water either.
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Peter Logan:
I don’t think bottled water was around much then.
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Jasper Cook:
We had a good idea of what the team was going to be but we didn’t hear any whispers or anything.
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Patrick Burke:
I never saw newspapers so didn’t know the team selection. Even in Germany during the 2006 World Cup, people back home know a lot more about what’s going on than the people out there. But I was confident and the team selection was OK – as expected really.
Prior to kick-off
Prior to kick-off © Stanley Lewis

Stanley Lewis:
When England came out we sang ‘God Save The Queen’ as loud as we could.

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Jasper Cook:
It was a fairly dull game as I remember it. We did enough to win.
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Patrick Burke:
The game itself was a bit of a blur apart from Hurst’s goal. It was slow-motion football. Not our strength, of course. You had to get used to the slower pace. You weren’t going to see British-style football – not in that climate. But, nothing wrong with getting off to a slow start in the World Cup. Much better than starting with a bang as it raises expectations too much.
Stanley Lewis:
At the end of the game, there was nowhere to really go round the outside of the stadium. So, we just found our coach and went back to the hotel.
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Jasper Cook:
However, returning to our motels after this, our coach literally ‘ran the gauntlet’ – with the throwing of tomatoes, buckets of water and other unmentionables commonplace. But in fairness, a small contingent of younger children and women were waving the Union Jack. And when we were not on the coach I remember people being friendly. I can’t say that I felt any animosity towards us as individuals. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
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Alan Mullery:
Back at our hotel, we were weighed to see how much weight we had lost. Then we were given bottles of mineral water to drink and told to lie down for a few hours. When you are dehydrated, your whole body aches. It took me thirty-six hours to recover fully.

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The England Party

Alf’s 22

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Alan Mullery:
England went into the 1970’s finals using very similar tactics to those used four years earlier. Alf Ramsey had won the World Cup and we were happy to be guided by him. We all knew our job within the team. I was very fit and could do the running needed in midfield. Bally was full of energy too. Bobby Moore was brilliant at marshalling things at the back. Martin Peters was very consistent and excellent at drifting into the box late. And Geoff Hurst still led the line very well indeed… Alf picked you to do the job you did for your own club.

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Patrick Burke:
I was in full agreement with Alf’s choice of squad. We knew that the climate and altitude would be against us but we were buoyed by the fact the experts rated the team better than the ’66 team.
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Jasper Cook:
I always thought that every time somebody played against the ‘Alf Ramsay’ England – nobody was going to beat us. That remained constant with me. I was a 200% Alf Ramsey supporter. Everyone will always say ‘Oh, why hasn’t he included so-and-so’, but I had no qualms at all about the squad. The preparation seemed to be very thorough.
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Peter Logan:
Alf did things his own way. A quiet man. I trusted him. And Bobby Moore was probably one of the worlds greatest then.
Stanley Lewis:
Good squad. And a lot of the same players who’d won the World Cup in ‘66. I really thought we could win it again.
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Alan Mullery:
We had some very strong characters, but the spirit was excellent. Alf deserves credit for that.

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The Worlds’ Against Us?

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Patrick Burke:
The so-called snub by Alf Ramsey was probably a bad PR move. I remember that England shipped over their own team motor coach and brought their own food. It didn’t please the locals. I think all the other teams used the coaches provided by the organisers. A snub like this would now be seen – like Capello – as attention to detail. Alf said he wanted his players to have their own food. It was fair enough but was seen as a slight on the Mexican food. There’s no point in people going to a strange country and then going down with a food bug.
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Alan Mullery:
Alf would not let us touch the local food. And that also applied to the local water. As ever, Alf wanted what was best for the team, but it turned into a PR nightmare.

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Jasper Cook:
The animosity shown towards the England team and its supporters – as apparently portrayed on radio, television and press reports – was in no way exaggerated. But the staff at our motel was very good. In fact it was them who explained to us why England was suddenly unpopular with the locals. The reason was that when the official England party arrived at the Guadalajara Hilton, they virtually, although not completely, snubbed the official welcome. The Mexican people had been genuinely upset. Not at all surprising. But what concerned me most was the reasons for this attitude from a people we had been led to believe, were among the more friendly races. An English speaking Mexican courier assured me that before England arrived in Mexico, there was a good measure of support for us. There seemed little doubt to me – and the feeling was pretty general throughout our party – that England could not afford to adopt such an attitude. Whilst not expecting Sir Alf to act as ‘mine host’ and ‘soccer supremo’, it seemed quite clear that the Football Association should have given serious consideration to appointing a well known ‘diplomat’ to attend official Receptions. Somebody like Joe Mercer sprang readily to mind.
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Patrick Burke:
I wasn’t aware of any hostility though. After all there was no history of bad blood like, say, England and Argentina. But the press were probably trying to stir things up. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
 

Guadalajara

Arrival

Stanley Lewis:
The Bobby Moore stuff (allegation of stealing jewellery) had all happened before we went out there. Read about it in the papers at home. That was all done-and-dusted by the time we got out there.
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Jasper Cook:
We were kept on the plane for one, maybe two hours when we arrived in Guadalajara. I think the police took Mrs. Moore from the aircraft to question her about the alleged theft by her husband (Bobby Moore) of some jewellery from the Hotel where the England Squad had been staying.
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Alan Mullery:
We were in low spirits when we arrived in Guadalajara… I was as close to Bobby Moore as anyone in the England party. We always roomed together. I still couldn’t believe what was happening to him. Now my shock was turning to anger. How dare they treat Mooro like that!

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Patrick Burke:
I didn’t take too much notice of it at the time. You know, why would he steal a watch or whatever. Anyway, I was confident it would all work out in the end.
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Jasper Cook:
We were given no explanation – all we knew was that Tina (Moore) had been taken off the plane and we were not happy-bunnies. Nobody told us what was going on. We certainly weren’t given champagne and bacon sandwiches. We were just told we’d have to wait until it was sorted out – whatever that meant. It was almost the only unsettling time we had. But, I do remember a big cheer went up when she (Tina Moore) came back onto the plane to collect her stuff.
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Patrick Burke:
We were each given a quarter bottle of tequila as a sort-of ‘welcome’. They wouldn’t do that now of course. More likely they’d take it off you! It was a bit chaotic at the airport. Luggage arrangements were a shambles. There was no carousel – just a pile of baggage off the plane. We sorted it out ourselves.
Stanley Lewis:
When we landed I was wearing a cotton shirt, and you could literally see the sweat popping out of every pore. And I thought to myself – Jesus, we must be behind the engine of the plane. But the farther we got away from the plane, the hotter it got.
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Peter Logan:
We were put onto mini-buses or coaches to take us to our accommodation. All the fans were going to different places. But we were in the town itself though. We weren’t out in the ‘sticks’.
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Outside the motel © Jasper Cook

Jasper Cook:
We were taken to our motel by coach. We never had to look around for transport.

Stanley Lewis:
We headed to our hotel. And right by the highway you look out and it’s all shanty towns. And then you look the other side – up the hill – and it’s all lovely houses and flats. They’d had the Olympic games a couple of years before, and those in the shanty towns were supposed to be moving into the new places after it had finished. And what happened? The affluent bought-up all the new houses. That was the first thing I noticed in Mexico. The poor by the motorway and the rich up there [on the hills]. They [developers] always make promises to ‘Tom, Dick & Harry…’ Same with Surrey Docks. It all goes to people who’ve got money. Unbelievable. Out in the suburb where we stayed, we never saw any poor out there.

Settling In

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Alan Mullery:
The England team was staying at the Hilton. We had booked the whole of the fourteenth floor. There were a lot of England fans in the hotel and, of course, the Press. They (were) with us through the whole build-up period. We saw them every day and it was never a problem.

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Stanley Lewis:
We met people we sort-of knew. Charlie Lowry, and a character called Cornelius Delay. He had this deep, booming voice. We must have stopped at the England hotel to drop-off some people because we could see the England players getting off another coach and going in. Anyway, some of the (players) wives had just flown out as well. So, Cornelius spots Geoff Hurst and as Hurst is getting off his coach, Cornelius calls out – in his deep, booming voice, “Geoffrey… Geoffrey… Your wife has landed. She is well-safe.” So Geoff Hurst, he looks round puzzled – like ‘Who the hell is that!?’
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Patrick Burke:
We stayed at a good motel on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Called Loma Bonita – Bonita means ‘well’ or ‘good’. Loma might be ‘home’. It was family run and I think the owner was a Mexican. This owner once gave a fellow fan – Brian Napier – a lift one day in Guadalajara. There was a bit of ‘road rage’ at a junction. The owner told Brian that he wasn’t worried. With that he opened the glove compartment to reveal a pistol. Apparently it was the norm.
Stanley Lewis:
Our place was on the outskirts of Guadalajara, in the suburbs. Just basic, you know. Nothing outstanding. Not 5-Star or anything. We shared rooms. You had a shower. But it was air-conditioned. That was the main thing.
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Jasper Cook:
A doctor who was an obstetrician owned the motel we were staying at. It was family-run I think. There was a swimming pool there and we were made very welcome and well looked after. There was also a television in the communal room. We didn’t have any in our own rooms.
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Peter Logan:
Frank and I were led to believe we would be staying in a villa with local residents – Sort-of a guesthouse. But this proved to be completely wrong. We had been offered different things – accommodation-wise – and we had put that one down. Might have been a price thing. But when we got out there it was a completely different thing. We were dropped off at an apartment block in the town, which turned out to be a self-catering flat. There was something like three apartments together. Can’t remember who was in the others. They were England fans though. Anyway, I told the organisers ‘this isn’t the right place’. But they had the paper work that showed it was.

Then they told us ‘Right. Mini-bus’ll will pick you up on the day of the games at so-and-so time’. And that was it. They just left you. There was no food or anything. But luckily, apart from the food situation, everything was in working order in the flat.

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Patrick Burke:
We didn’t have TV’s in our rooms, though there might have been a communal one in the lounge area. I don’t really remember watching TV at all out there.
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Peter Logan:
I think we might have had a telly in the apartment. It was metered. You had to put money in it.
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Jasper Cook:
The rooms were clean and big. I shared a room with Pat. There were large ‘carboys’ of drinking water outside the door of each room. There were no other fans apart from England fans. But some Brazilian press – photographers I think – were also staying there. There was a hypermarket within walking distance and it was open right through the night.

Food & Drink

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Alan Mullery:
… All our food was impounded at customs on arrival. We never saw our Angus steaks, the Mexicans had them! It’s true we had our own chef, but for a long time all he could cook us was fish fingers and chips. We got sick of it. I’ve never eaten a fish finger since!

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Main street - Guadalajara
Main street, Guadalajara © Peter Logan

Peter Logan:
We went to find the nearest food shop to stock up, and we found a supermarket nearby. We bought the food we recognised like bread, Cornflakes, eggs, milk, butter and cold drinks like Coca Cola. I’ve an idea we used US dollars for some things… Wouldn’t swear to it though. But I think the locals were keen for dollars.

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Patrick Burke:
There was a supermarket or hypermarket nearby to us but we didn’t get our daily ration of fruit or anything. I don’t think anybody really thought of doing that healthy stuff.
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Peter Logan:
We probably ate out a few times but at places where you could understand what you were eating. I’m afraid my stomach is a bit finicky. I like English food. I’ve never been a great foreign food man. Some people will go away and they’ll eat anything. But I always thought that if it doesn’t look right to me, I’ll pass…
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Patrick Burke:
We bought a steak and chips in the first couple of days but then thought ‘hold-on… if I go on like this I’ll run out of money.’ After that, although we ate out all the time, we went for the cheap meals – bag of chips, you know, that kind of thing. We probably lived quite frugally. But it was probably true to say we had to watch the money, and food was a priority. Most people were wary of how much they had to spend. And we were, after all, there for the football! Now, I think perhaps it would be more ‘lets have a holiday with the football thrown in’.
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Jasper Cook:
There was a restaurant nearby – mostly American food as I remember it. And we soon learned how laid-back the Mexicans were – we never got anything in a hurry. If you went to breakfast it could be an hour-and-a-half to two-hour job. But if you weren’t in a hurry it didn’t really matter too much.
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Patrick Burke:
A popular place for us to eat was ‘Denny’s’, an American-owned chain. It was close to our motel. The Mexican system, I think, might have been based on an American system. For example when you built a hotel, you never built it by itself. You always built a cheap place close-by like a Burger King or whatever. It’s basically ‘room-only’ – they don’t do bed-and-breakfast because there’s always a cheap place around the corner. I think that was the same set-up. Denny’s was cheap for breakfast – waffles or something. Nothing high-class. Junk food really. Bit like McDonalds I suppose. It was quite basic and we’d probably have one big meal later. That would do us.
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Peter Logan:
We were worried about stomach upsets, so we made sure we didn’t drink any of the water. So it was mainly Coca Cola. As far as food went, I think we lived off Corn Flakes and stuff like that – stuff that we knew. English sort-of food – at least for the first few days.
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Patrick Burke:
I certainly don’t remember coming back saying that I liked Mexican cooking or anything like that. Can’t remember even trying anything – you know, like burritos…

Acclimatizing & Relaxing…

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Patrick Burke:
I didn’t worry too much about acclimatisation. After all, we weren’t playing.
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Peter Logan:
It was very hot and for the first couple of days – before England’s first match – we didn’t do much. Just got our bearings and drank plenty of fluids. Every time you came in you were sweating and stuff and it was always good to keep the fridge filled with Coca Cola.
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Patrick Burke:
Roy and me stuck to beer and cold drinks I think. But there was no excess as far as I can recall.
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Jasper Cook:
The very first night I woke up to find I had been bitten about 15 times by mosquitoes. Thankfully they weren’t malaria-carrying mosquitoes. I remember we bough sun lotion when we were there. We also picked-up big straw hats to keep the sun off.
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Peter Logan:
It was very humid and I bought a Stetson-type hat – a straw one. I’m fair-skinned and it was one of the things we were advised to do.
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Patrick Burke:
Within a day or two somebody on the trip went down with a sunburnt chest. He needed an injection, which didn’t come cheap. I was pretty naïve. I never worried about sun tan lotion and all that.
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This is the life! – Jasper (left) and friends relax © Jasper Cook

Jasper Cook:
I didn’t really go into Guadalajara. I stayed around the motel and the swimming pool and relaxed. I maybe went into the city once or twice but I was quite happy to sit around the swimming pool.

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Patrick Burke:
Guadalajara itself wasn’t a fashionable place like Mexico City or Acapulco. It was just a football centre for the World Cup. We didn’t really explore it much. One reason was cash, which had to last for a month.
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Opera House, Guadalajara © Peter Logan

Peter Logan:
Once we got our bearings it was like any holiday you go on. If you know where you are, you’re alright. There wasn’t much to see really. A few statues but we didn’t really know what the history was. One thing that really stood out though was the begging. Kids, grown-ups and what-have-you sitting on the side of the street… We stood out a mile (as tourists). Always trying to flog you beads and stuff. Mind you it’s probably just the same in a lot of places now.

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Patrick Burke:
Tourists rode horses around the streets. It was the first time I’d ever been on a horse and it frightened the life out of me. When you see it on TV, it looks like nothing to sit on a horse. But once you’re up there looking down… well… different thing all together. The horses were so docile though. You were better off just sitting still rather than trying to guide them. They were extremely safe. When we hired them we asked “how much?” and then they said “10 pesos and hour” or something like that. But they knew it was going to take more than an hour. We didn’t know that though, did we. So it was more than an hour. Roy fell off his. Never even been on a pony before… Fell on the pavement. He was getting off it and left one foot in the stirrup. He was hobbling around for a day-or-two afterwards. It was all good-natured though.
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Jasper Cook:
We did do a couple of excursions though. It’s amazing how small the world is. On one of the excursions we went to a place we called ‘Klakki-Pakki’ (Tlaquepaque), and saw a chap working with silver. A few months later I picked up my copy of National Geographic magazine and in it was an actual picture of this fellow.
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Patrick Burke:
Roy and me didn’t know anybody else who was going but we generally stuck with other England fans, probably because most of the Mexicans couldn’t speak English.
Stanley Lewis:
We didn’t really mix with locals. Kept pretty much to ourselves.
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Peter Logan:
We didn’t really have that much contact with the other England fans. We didn’t all go around together and all that. Frank and me weren’t great drinkers so we didn’t really end up in bars. We probably had a drink now-and-again but half the time you didn’t know what the drinks were and we couldn’t talk the lingo sort-of-thing. Coca Cola was a universal thing, you know. There were adverts for it everywhere.
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Jasper Cook:
Although we didn’t know anyone else who went, we got on very well with everyone in our party. A lot of them were London people. There were two ladies who had won a trip to Mexico in a newspaper competition. They enjoyed it. They liked football by the time they came back! It was a great atmosphere among us – it really was. We sort-of formed a family – what with us all staying at the same motel. We got into a routine. All our new gang were there. There was probably about thirty of us who used to sit around the pool every night having a few drinks.

At one point Charlie Cooke (Chelsea & Scotland) came in with an American friend of his. The American fellow was brash like they usually are, although – I want to make it quite clear – I like Americans. Anyway, he says “Is it alright if we stop and have a drink with you”. Of course, Charlie was instantly recognised and one of the Londoners – one of the wags said, “Provided Charlie gets the first round in!” So he did. He bought thirty-odd drinks. They were regulars after that! Charlie was a big Alf Ramsey fan. I think he was out there just for the World Cup. I’m not sure if he was working for anybody. He was a good fella. But because he was Scottish we nailed him from the start. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero

 
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